Transformers Animated Ironhide Toy Review

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Transformers Animated

General Information:
Release Date: September 2010
Price Point: $14.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: Toys R Us Exclusive
Accessories: "Hammer Hand" fist attachments x 2


Figure comes with accessories.

Unlike the first wave of Toys R Us exclusive "Animated" figures, this one has one redeco/retool, Ironhide. Specifically, he is a retool/redeco of Cybertron Mode Ratchet. I think once upon a time this would have been seen as the "lazy way out" to get another figure out of another sculpt, but nowadays it is generally understood that once a set of tooling is created for a figure, it will be used again as new releases. What always enhances a redeco is retooling a piece, and this tim earound there is a new head sculpt which is most welcome. Check out the Cybertron Mode Ratchet review for a detailed look at this figure. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Vehicle Mode:
There are no sculpt changes to the figure in vehicle mode. Ironhide is a "turtle" like Cybertronian vehicle, seemingly the equivalent of a van on Cybertron. Structurally the vehicle is still solid. The four "legs" that it stands on are nice and tight in the joints so the vehicle stands upright just fine. It is also worth noting that the "Hammer Hand" attachments clip onto the back of the vehicle nicely. I point these things out because I worried about them being potential weaknesses of this sculpt being used again. While it is rare for the second run of a figure to have "floppy joint" problems, it is not unheard of.

The biggest change to the figure is of course the color scheme. The primary plastic colors used on this figure are orange, black, translucent blue and silver. The orange may come as a surprise to those who traditionally see Ironhide as colored red (based on his G1 appearance). While this is a fair assessment in some respects (since so many other versions of Ironhide are all over the place in terms of color) I believe the designers were trying to do two things. First, they were trying to be accurate to Ironhide's appearance in the television show, which did skew a bit more to an orange color than a deeper red color (such as the one used for Optimus Prime). Second, Cybertron Mode Ratchet already had a significant amount of red on him and it may have seen as too repetitive from a design and sales perspective to have two figures based on the same sculpt using the same primary color so extensively. In this respect I'm totally fine with the orange color as it does border line on red.

With respect to paint applications, they'll look quite familiar. With a combination of silver, black and yellow, Ironhide almost completely duplicates the paint scheme from Cybertron Mode Ratchet including having an Autobot symbol on the front, yellow and black headlights and a row of yellow lights outlined by black on the top of the vehicle.

Where Ironhide differs is the top and the "legs" of the vehicle. On the top portion of Cybertron Mode Ratchet, only the raised, outer edge of the "rack" was painted. On Ironhide however, the entire top section inside the raised edges is painted black as well. On the "legs", the black color extends up the side of the treads more than it did on Cybertron Mode Ratchet. There are also some yellow vertical lines painted on the sides of the vehicle, near the headlights. One final difference is on the sides where there are six sided sections sticking out the sides. The insides are painted black like Cybertron Mode Ratchet, but unlike Ratchet there is no Autobot symbol inside of them.

Overall, there's no doubting who the character is when you look at him. He's instantly recognizable as Ironhide, and looks nice. I find the black and yellow colors particularly effective against the orange plastic.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Detach the paddles if they are clipped onto the fists.
  2. Rotate the panels on his arms so they point downward.
  3. Straighten the robot arms down the sides.
  4. Swing the robot arms back.
  5. Swing the robot head back.
  6. Lift the back panel up over the robot head.
  7. Swing each arm under the back panel and then tuck in the arms so the forearms are pointing downward.
  8. Attach the side panels from the arms to the pegs on the back panel.
  9. Tuck the forearms under the back panel.
  10. Swing up the chest plate with the headlights on them.
  11. Pull the curved pieces that were covered by the chest plate out to the sides.
  12. Swing the feet up into the back of the lower legs.
  13. Swing the lower leg section back, then move the legs out to the sides.
  14. Rotate the upper legs on the waist ball joints, then swing the lower legs in.
  15. Attach the lower leg sections to the pegs on the side of the vehicle.
  16. Attach the shock paddles to the two angled clips on the top of the vehicle so they form the back.

Robot Mode:
Cybertron Mode Ratchet had a general color combination of grey and red alternating on parts, but Ironhide is mostly orange plastic in this form. Some smaller parts are silver, black and translucent blue, but for the most part he sticks to the orange color. It is important to note that there are two distinct types of orange plastic being used here. Both are the same color, but one seems to have a matte finish to it (found on his legs, chest, the armor on his upper arms) while some other parts are a shinier plastic (most notably his head and shoulder sections). This sounds terribly monotonous but it's really not. There are small sections of color that break up the flow of orange including silver knee joints, black sections at the elbows and silver sections right above those. What's even nicer is that a lot of these small color "breaks" in the design conform to designs found on the animation model.

Several paint applications match details found on the animation model as well. This includes black paint used on his legs going up to the knees and black lines on his upper arms, both of which you'll see from his cartoon model. There's some use of gunmetal silver paint here as well. The "Hammer Hand" accessories are actually cast in black, but painted silver. His upper legs are cast in orange, but also painted silver. But let's get to the part that's really interesting shall we? That's right, the new head sculpt!

Ironhide features a new head sculpt based on his appearance in the Animated cartoon series, which in itself is a homage to his appearance in the G1 animated series. It features a "helmet" section with a high crest in the center that is so high it resembles ancient Roman helmets. The sides also have raised circles on them, another feature carried over form G1 Ironhide and the Animated model. His face is the real fun part of the design. His mouth is set to the side in a bit of an upturned grin, which matches his reputation as a good natured prankster perfectly. Offering such expressiveness in a robot figure in particular adds personality to the figure, which makes it all the more appealing.

The head is cast in orange plastic with translucen blue plastic used for light piped eyes. The face itself is painted gunmetal silver, matching his appearance in the animated series.

All of Ironhide's joints are still tight and the "punching" action of the right arm is intact and works great.

Final Thoughts:
I'll confess that a turtle like Cybertronian van isn't as exciting a vehicle mode as say, a tank or a jet, but it does fit the character well and I remarked during my Cybertron Mode Ratchet review how it isn't often we get figures of a character's pure Cybertronian form. That holds a lot of appeal, and there is also the fact that this figure represents the last (thus far) of a line that was cancelled before its time. There's also a cool sculpt and solid play value here as well, making this figure recommended!