When Fanstoys helped launch the modern 3p Masterpiece concept with Scoria (aka Slag), they included a pair of boots to give MP8 a lift. This was a nice bandaid, but in no way was this a true fix. As more Iron Dibots were released, MP8 looked more and more archaic. To make matters worse, official figures took a decidedly cartoon influence, making MP8's amalgamation look even more out of place.
Fanstoys answered the fandom's cry for a hero in these troubled times. FT08 Grinder, their in-scale version of a fairly toon accurate Grimlock, solves many of the problems of the official mold, as well as finishing up one of the most ambitious and satisfying transforming robots teams in history.
Let's look at robot mode... as usual, Fanstoys pays close attention to the details of the cartoon in replicating the animation model fairly faithfully. Some minor cosmetic changes (rumored to satisfy the demands of retailers) don't detract too much from the in-hand experience. As a former owner of MP8 and its oversized ko Reximus Prime, I can honestly say Grinder blows both away in terms of a solid figure. Everything locks into place, and there isn't a wiggle or wobble to be seen. Colors are rich, and articulation is everywhere with solid ratchets.
This is truly an impressive dinosaur mode. Far more anatomically correct than the doofus season 3 version of Grimlock, this guy truly represents the ferocious antagonistic warrior of season 1.
- Vast improvement over MP08.
- Balanced amount of diecast.
- Large build looks good with other Iron Dibots.
- Choice of G1 toy head or optional purchase of the G1 cartoon head.
- Feet claws are a bit odd looking.
- No alternate face sculpts for cartoon and comics.