I’m feel the last couple Transformers reviews I’ve done are unnecessarily segmented, so I’m gonna streamline it a bit here. I figure y’all would prefer if I just keep to the point anyway.
Knock Out is a Basic/Scout class figure from Hasbro’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen line.
Knock Out as a bike looks pretty good. Very modern. Not only that, but his front wheel can turn partially sideways on a swivel, both his front and rear wheels can be reposition higher or lower as well, and finally, his handlebars can be reposition around a bit as well. This gives Knock Out a fairly posable vehicle mode, which is a rarity in Transformers.
Transformation is simple, but the chest conversion is unique. In the end, I’m just glad it’s not a rehash of the Energon Arcee transformation.
Robot mode is also cool. He looks kinda weird with his big ol’ torso and spindly limbs, but nothing too bad. He’s got a double barreled exhaust gun thingy for a right hand, which is neat. And despite my personal dislike of the Michael Bay look, I don’t find Knock Out’s face to be too hideous. He’s well articulated and he’s got plenty of play options as you can see from the pics.
There is one major downside though, and that’s that those wide panels which connect to his legs are extremely prone to popping off. Which can be pretty annoying. But it’s not a deal breaker. My main complaint with Knock Out is that despite looking good and being articulated and having some nice options for fan modes and whatnot, he’s also kinda dull. There’s nothing that pops out at you and makes you think he’s a must have. Not like say, RotF Ransack for instance.
Finally, foreshadowing? Here’s Knock Out’s bio:
“Though he is an incredibly flashy and skilled fighter, KNOCK OUT is also desperately insecure. He practices awesome combat maneuvers constantly in private to be sure that the other AUTOBOTS will notice him on the battlefield. His highest ambition is to be the leader of a special combat team, and to get the combination retrofit everyone has been talking about.”
I believe Hasbro’s said that the Scouts will be combinable. And after fiddling with Knock Out, I can believe it. He makes a perfect upper body, but nothing’s confirmed yet. From the looks of it, it’s gonna be Superlink/Powerlinx all over again, but this time, it looks like there won’t be too much sacrifice in the individual toys themselves.
A good toy in every respect, but there’s nothing exceptional about Knock Out. If it turns out that he can officially combine with other figures, then he’ll be worth it. But otherwise, unless you’ve got cash to burn, give Knock Out a miss and save your money for the trillions upon trillions of other RotF merchandise out there.
Pros: Good robot and vehicle mode. Neat transformation. Solid all around.
Cons: Nothing OMG-OMG-OMG-igottabuy! that pops out at you, except for the side panels, which pop out incessantly.
2.9 out of 4.0
0.0 – 0.0 = I’d pay to get rid of it
0.1 – 0.5 = I’d give it away
0.6 – 1.0 = I wouldn’t take it for free
1.1 – 1.5 = Very Bad
1.6 – 2.0 = Bad
2.1 – 2.5 = Average
2.6 – 3.0 = Good
3.1 – 3.5 = Very Good
3.6 – 4.0 = Excellent