Toy Review: Robo Force The Enemy (Toyfinity)


Continuing my obsession with indie toy lines, here we have my first figure from the new Robo Force line: The Enemy! Doc Kent from ToyFinity, the same dude who scored the license for the Mordles, also snatched up the rights to Robo Force. I'm a huge fan of the Mordles so let's see if he can capture lightning in the bottle twice with Robo Force!

You might remember Robo Force as a short-lived 80s toy line of heroic and villainous robots. I vaguely remember the toys but I don't think I ever owned any of them. Although I dig the 80s robot designs, I just never got into them like I did other "one-wave wonders" like Rocks, Bugs & Things.



Fast forward to today, and now we have a revamped Robo Force for the new millennium! The line has been completely redesigned, with all-new sculpts and pop-apart playability. This review features The Enemy, a bad-guy (not surprisingly) from the original line. But with the 53 parts that are included, you can also build two other classic characters: heroic Maxx Steele and evil Hun-Dred (shown above, respectively).



This figure is one of the most impressive feats of toy engineering I’ve ever seen. The pieces and joints are held together with Glyos-compatible pegs, so they can be popped off and repositioned. Not only that, but many of the parts can convincingly double as something else, so claws can become shoulders, legs can fold up into tank treads, etc. Also, the Hun-Dred and Enemy heads each have a Janus-like alternate face on the opposite side of the head. All this makes it easy to build endless different configurations of robots, and you’ll definitely give yourself the aching “Glyos hands” as you build ever more awesome creations.



I really dig the color variation and paint detailing, which help to keep The Enemy from becoming too monochromatic. The sculpt perfectly captures the 80s vibe of the vintage line but it’s dynamic enough to look exciting and fun.



The figure is pretty hefty, too, as each piece is solid plastic. Of course, the size depends on your configuration, but the robots tend to be about the same size as the current Playmates TMNT figures. Each set costs $20, which can be a bit difficult to swallow for a collector on a budget like me. But with all the extra parts that are included, you'll get a lot of playtime out of this thing.



The pegs fit tightly, while the plastic is flexible enough that you won't worry about them breaking off in the holes. The one joint that has me confused is shown above, behind The Enemy's chest piece. It's a completely different type of joint with a big rotatable peg, and the peg fits into the chest a little loosely. It doesn't seem like it was supposed to be permanently glued into place since there's sculpted detailing between the pieces, so I doubt that it unintentionally broke off. But I'm not exactly sure what's going on here. When you transform the figure into Maxx Steele, that part could be considered a removable backpack, so maybe that's the idea. Whatever it is, it makes the head easy to get off so I'm not complaining too much.



Here we are with another incredible reimagining of a classic 80s toyline by ToyFinity. Great playability, sweet nostalgic style... there isn't much that isn't awesome about this figure. So does that mean that I'm all in with Robo Force? Now just hold on there, Sparky. Although The Enemy is undeniably awesome, it's difficult for me to budget for another toy line, especially in a Godzilla-heavy year like this. Still, I need to get at least a few more colorways so that I can display builds of each of the three robots, and that might be enough for me to get the Robo Force collecting bug. Scroll down for more pics!





6 comments:

  1. I THINK the face on the back of Enemy's head is intended to be another character, Sentinel. But I'm not certain if there are parts included for an intended, official build of him. In any case, the exact toy won me over to the new Robo Force, of which I do have a fondness for the original toyline. I don't know if I'll buy every color variation, but I am in it for at least the versions that are painted like the original characters, and any other ones that look cool. I don't know how many times I want to buy the same basic toy, so I'm looking forward to seeing what the next set with different parts and characters will be. The buildable nature of these toys make then incredibly fun.

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  2. Hi Nate!
    Thanks for the great review. One note: the part you mention above with the backpack for Enemy/Maxx's chest is actually an issue some parts of this run experienced with glue failure. I like your inventiveness though!
    If you want to return it to the original function, a dab of super glue inside the hole will make it just like new.

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  3. @Kevin: Yeah, I think you're right, that probably is Sentinel. Also, I think the reverse face of Hun-Dred might be Cruel.

    @John: That's good to know, thanks for the response! I like the flexibility of not having it attached, so I'll probably leave it for now. If it gets too loose I could always glue it in with Elmer's glue so that I could pop it off again if I ever needed to.

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  5. I'm looking forward to purchasing this set, but they sold out immediately and Ebay Scalpers appear to have grabbed as much as they could and are trying to sell them upwards of 60 each!! very unfortunate for average joes like myself, but that's what happens with most cool exciting new or popular toylines :(

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  6. I might pick one of the Roboforce figures from Ebay, I don't know yet. Its a little annoying dealing with the fact they are so small in size too compared to the originals.

    And the originals are selling at a much cheaper price than the newewr ones even on Ebay. Go figure.

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