Review: Transformers Combiner Wars Groove

It has come to my attention that I’ve completely ignored the Legends class lineup of Combiner Wars. It’s not that I don’t like the toys or don’t see them as worth reviewing, I just… forget about them. Half of the line consists of some very dull redecoes (Huffer, Windcharger, Warpath) that I don’t own, while the other half are new molds and are really quite good, but not terribly memorable (maybe with the exception of Blackjack). Bombshell and Powerglide? Meh. I’ll review them soon enough, but for now, and kicking off my coverage of the Combiner Wars Protectobots, let’s take a look at the most recent Legends dude, Groove.

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Vehicle Mode

G1 Groove was a motorcycle that turned into the leg of a combiner… a combiner formed from a fire truck, an ambulance, a police car, and a helicopter. One of these vehicles is really small compared to the others (and one is really big, but we’ll ignore that part). To rectify this non-issue (and sell more toys), Hasbro reshuffled the Protectobots a bit, downsizing Groove to be a bit more in-scale with his teammates and relegating him to Defensor’s chestplate, while introducing Rook the SWAT APC to serve as the replacement combiner leg. This didn’t bother people nearly as much as the Slingshot/Wildrider debacle, mostly because it really does make a lot of sense.

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Being a Legends toy, Groove is on the small size, but really does scale reasonably well with most Deluxe or Voyager car-type figures. As a motorcycle, though, he is a bit bulky and a little odd-looking, but motorcycles are very odd vehicles to try and contort into a humanoid robot. The best ones rank up there with Animated Prowl, and others turn out looking more like Cybertron Lugnutz. Honestly, I think he looks like a motorcycle, and that’s good enough for me. Good luck finding any figures that can ride him, though.

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Robot Mode

Legs. Groove has really, really long legs. This was the first thing everyone noticed when the pictures first came out, and we all thought there had to be some mistransformation going on. Nope, Groove is just all legs. I’m happy to say, however, that he doesn’t look nearly as weird in person as he does in photographs. He’s just a dude who happens to have some really long legs, and you know what? That’s okay.

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Groove is a bit of a dull-looking bot thanks to his black/white/grey colors, but the gold chest and face give him a splash of color, particularly with his distinctive silver visor. He’s missing almost all of the red that his G1 toy had and a lot of gold of his animation model, which admittedly makes him look a whole lot more like a police bot. The whole color scheme makes me think Elite Guard Prowl… which is not a bad thing.

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Groove has pretty standard articulation for his size class, with ball-jointed shoulders, elbows, and hips, thigh swivels, and a standard knee joint. The only think he’s really missing is a neck swivel, but it’s not the end of the world. His long forearms and tiny biceps make it hard to pose his arms in any way that doesn’t look awkward, though.

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Overall

Groove is a fun figure and a great repurposing of a vehicular odd-man-out into a role that still serves a significant role in the combined mode while keeping some sense of scale with his teammates. It’s another odd instance of Hasbro’s designers attempting to instill some scale into the current lines, though I think this one is a bit more worthy an effort than Ultra Magnus’s door. I’ll cover his interaction with Defensor later, but on his own Groove is a great Legends figure and a good update to the G1 toy. Stay groovy.

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