Review: Transformers Lost Age AD-11 Dispensor

(If you were expecting a review of Deluxe Slash, I’m sorry to disappoint, but I actually can’t find the darn toy anywhere, and unlike some fans, it’s hard for me to review a toy I don’t have. In the meantime, Japan!)

When TakaraTomy announced the “Lost Age” line, their counterpart to Hasbro’s Transformers Age of Extinction toyline, they revealed pretty much what everyone expected; the same Hasbro toys with premium paint jobs and a doubled price. What we didn’t expect to see was a redeco of ROTF Sideways as DOTM’s infamously-toyless Dino/Mirage, or the Protoform Optimus Prime from the first film’s preview wave done up in Foundation-accurate G1 colors. It seems that “Lost Age” is TakaraTomy’s way of filling in some of the movie toys that were lost to the ages, and perhaps the most striking release is Dispensor, the one-scene wonder Allspark mutation.

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Vehicle Mode

Dispensor is a retool of the 2007 movie figure Payload, who represented a Decepticon drone from one of the video games. Payload was… not a spectacular figure, and combined with his rather bland grey-on-blue color scheme, tended to remain on pegs for a very long time. Dewbot here fares better in the color department, with a nice (though not very photogenic) vibrant green that fits his Mountain Dew “Mood Wiplash” affiliation. Sadly, he does not turn into a vending machine, though if you stand the truck up on its back, the top of the vehicle is painted to resemble a vending machine. That’s neat. The truck itself is nice and boxy, and is a pretty average size for a Deluxe vehicle. His newly-molded can shooter cannon can also peg onto the side, but why would you do that?

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Transformation

Dispensor’s transformation is relatively simple. Arms and legs flip out from the front of the truck into place around the the back of the truck, which is one solid piece that forms the torso (necessary for the gimmick). The panels of the “armored” part of the truck get a little bit more complex, folding themselves into two big panels on either side of the head, and the assembly then folds on top of the torso. Simple as that! It’s a very 2007 transformation in a good way, when Hasbro was just starting to tackle the complexity of movie toys but before they went crazy with the ROTF line.

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Robot Mode

In his brief scene in the film, Dispensor appears as a malevolent multi-armed monstrosity of a Mountain Dew machine who immediately begins pelting the citizens of Mission City with, well, Mountain Dew cans. The toy’s robot mode looks nothing like the CGI model on account of not being based on it, but the mold does a decent job. He’s very squat, befitting a soda machine robot, and surprisingly gets the feel of the movie design across reasonably well. Sadly, the biggest gripe I have with this figure is the head. It looks almost nothing like the CGI model’s sharp, angular face and is instead just mushy and unattractive. The dull green paint does it no favors, either. On the upside his can cannon pegs onto his arm very nicely and looks great. Dispensor also retains Payload’s infamous grabber claw gimmick, and thus has a giant pole sticking out of his back at all times. It’s light enough to not throw off his balance, but it is just kind of… there.

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Articulation is rather limited due to his rather stocky nature. His shoulders are balljointed and his elbows are hinged, but the range is very limited for both of them, mostly due to the size of the chest. His wrists are balljointed, but you can’t really do much with them. Dispensor’s head can technically move, but due to the huge collar area, it can only wiggle a bit. He has a waist joint due to the transformation, his knees are a simple hinge, and his ankles can move back and forth. He also has a giant pole sticking out of his back, and when you press it, a big claw comes out of his gut and snaps back. Fun, right?

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Overall

Dispensor is a neat remold that is really only special for his novelty. He’s done well, but not well enough for me to run out and tell anyone to buy him for the current asking price (around $30). The mold is dated, the head is rather poor, and I don’t feel like he really fills any place in your movie collection, aside from perhaps a spot next to ROTF Ejector. However, if you’re into the idea and don’t mind the mold, he’s totally passable.

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