Grimlock (Transformers Generation 1)

Transformers Generations Grimlock


Autobot faction symbol
Name: Grimlock
Allegiance: Autobots
Function: Dinobot Commander
Sub-group: Dinobot, Scavenger
Timeline: Generation 1

Among the winners, there is no room for the weak.

Profile:

Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock robot mode
A warrior with a characteristic speech impediment that belies a shrewd military mind, Grimlock is much more than the most fearsome Dinobot - he's one of the most powerful Autobots. He is an incredibly capable and vicious warrior, and a ruthless commander. Grimlock has nothing but contempt for the weak, including most humans; he sees anyone refusing to commit 100% of their strength to the war against Decepticon tyranny as an unforgivable weakness. Grimlock is not shy about expressing this view, and gets into several loud arguments with the more compassionate arguments. Optimus Prime is a particular focus for Grimlock's aggression. Grimlock openly questions Optimus Prime's ability to lead, challenging many of the Autobot leader's decisions. Grimlock often claims Optimus Prime misses opportunities to end the war for Cybertron once and for all - it is an open secret among the Autobots that Grimlock feels he would be a better leader than Optimus Prime, although most Autobots feel having Grimlock in charge would be disasterous, given that the Dinobots are more of a gang than a military unit. With his contempt of weakness and disdain for compassion, one might be forgiven for questioning why Grimlock never defected to the Decepticons or deserted from the Autobot cause. There is a simple explanation - one thing that Grimlock hates more than weakness are those who oppress and exploit the weak. Grimlock is utterly committed to the Autobot cause and the complete and total extermination of the Decepticons, and any others who follow their ways. Optimus Prime's greatest fear is that Grimlock's aggressive nature makes him no better than the Decepticons he fights, and that eventually the day might come when Grimlock may have to be placed into stasis - or worse, forcibly deactivated.


The Scavengers
Transformers Generations Grimlock robot mode
Once, Grimlock was one of the most feared Autobots, whose arrival on the battlefield could make even the most hardened Decepticon warriors tremble in fear. However, those days are long past. Months of torture at the claws of Scorponok left Grimlock broken and barely aware of his surroundings. A shadow of his former self, he was picked up by the Scavengers who figured they could sell Grimlock for a bounty; or if they ran into the Autobots they could claim they were bringing him to safety (so please don't shoot us). However the misfit Decepticons warmed to Grimlock, Misfire in particular, and they ended up adopting Grimlock as a part of their crew. In return, even as he starts to regain some of his memories, Grimlock has increasingly come to view the Scavengers as a family. A family that Grimlock is fiercely loyal to, and fights to protect with all of his still considerable strength.

Powers and Abilities:

Grimlock is immensely strong. He is the strongest Dinobot, each of whom are some of the most powerful Cybertronians. Few can rival Grimlock's raw strength. In Tyrannosaurus mode, Grimlock possesses super-thick ultramantium skin which renders him largely impervious to damage from conventional weapons. Grimlock's dinosaur mode jaws can snap most things in two - from one metre thick steel cables to Decepticon limbs. Grimlock's Tyrannosaurus mode can spray highly incendiary liquid which ignites on contact with air and can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees centigrade.

In robot mode, Grimlock's signature weapon is his energo-sword. The sword has an exceptionally keen cutting edge which can easily slice through a half-metre thick concrete wall in a single swipe. Built-in power cells allow the sword blade to be charged with crackling electric energy which further enhances its devastating effect. For long-range combat, Grimlock carries a double-barreled "stunner" rifle which uses concussive force to disable and disorient opponents, and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher that Grimlock dubs his "galaxial" launcher. Grimlock prefers close combat, but when pressed will use his galaxial launcher to fire explosive and shrapnel rounds at his opponents over a range of 2.5 miles.

Grimlock's greatest - and most understated - ability is his cunning military mind. Due to Grimlock's speech impediment and preference for taking direct action, many assume Grimlock is unintelligent. But Grimlock is actually a shrewd military commander capable of developing strategies which capitalise on the individual strengths of the Dinobot team. Those who've seen Grimlock execute one of his operations first-hand question if Grimlock intentionally maintains the impression of being dim-witted and simple to lure opponents into a false sense of security and destroy them with some unexpectedly brilliant battle tactics.

Weaknesses:

Grimlock is arrogant, and sometimes places himself in dangerous situations, although he's strong and determined enough to usually overcome whatever dangerous situation he finds himself in. Grimlock is relatively slow compared to other Autobots, particularly in dinosaur mode. But other than these two factors, Grimlock has no significant weaknesses.

Tyrannosaurus Rex mode:

Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock Tyrannosaurus Rex mode

Author notes:

Grimlock is one of my all-time favourite Transformers characters. My first exposure to the character cemented him as a favourite. That first exposure was in his debut episode in the cartoon, SOS Dinobots. That episode gave Grimlock and the other Dinobots a strong introduction as badass warriors, who wouldn't necessarily fight alongside Optimus Prime and the Autobots. The whole attitude of Grimlock and his team was summed up when Wheeljack and Ratchet reactivated the Dinobots to ask them to help Optimus Prime and Grimlock replied "we do as you say... for now". That one sentence encapsulates the version of Grimlock I grew up with.

It also helped that I mainly grew up on the UK Transformers comics written by Bob Budiansky and Simon Furman, which prominently featured Grimlock as a major character. The comic version of Grimlock quickly became a firm favourite in my mind - comic Grimlock was a sometime leader of the Autobots and a major character, a bad boy who didn't listen to the rules and instead got the job done his own way. Essentially, he was a badass, I loved it, and that's stuck with me ever since.

In other words:

Me Sol like Grimlock! Him king!

Toys of Transformers Generation 1 Grimlock

Because Grimlock is a firm favourite, whenever a new Grimlock toy comes around I'll usually pick him up. Hence, I own a whole bunch of different toys of Grimlock, but my favourites are the Masterpiece edition, the Fall of Cybertron version, and, for some reason, the Power of the Primes version. I'm going to check out Studio Series '86 when I see him in the stores.

Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock

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Masterpiece Grimlock is an awesome release - he's my favourite of the pre-MP10 Masterpieces, and he holds up fairly well years later. He's a solid, decently articulated release with a great resemblance to the original Generation 1 toy. I really like this one. My one complaint is the torso in robot mode - it doesn't seem to lock in very well, and tends to disengage when posing the figure. With that being said, everything else about this figure is on point, and he looks excellent. I like him a lot.

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Power of the Primes Grimlock

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When I originally wrote this article it was on the back of a photoshoot of all five Power of the Primes Dinobots for my Instagram page. Power of the Prmes Grimlock is a nice toy, but it is really let down by the inclusion of the combiner gimmick. I feel that Hasbro had to compromise on the look of the dinosaur mode to incorporate the transformation into a combiner torso. If it weren't for the inclusion of the combiner gimmick, I think we'd have had an excellent version of Generation 1 Grimlock in both forms. One other thing I have against this toy is the lack of weapons. While the toy can use the weapons from the Generation 1 toy, I'd have at the very least liked a sword to be included with this Grimlock. On the positive, the robot mode on this version of Grimlock looks excellent with a very heroic barrel-chested look. Overall, the Power of the Primes version of Grimlock is a flawed version that I feel could have been far better were it not for the inclusion of the combiner gimmick.

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Fall of Cybertron Grimlock

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Fall of Cybertron Grimlock is based on the design featured in the High Moon Studios PlayStation 3 game (and I understand was included in part to get Hasbro to make a toy of Grimlock). In my mind, it is also the version of Grimlock from the More than Meets the Eye comic series - the version of Grimlock who was rescued by Misfire and the Scavengers, and ultimately became their friend. This is what I mean by the Power of the Primes Grimlock being let down by the combiner gimmick - Fall of Cybertron Grimlock takes the extra freedom afforded by purely being a dinosaur to robot transformation and runs with it, giving us a good dinosaur mode and a solid robot mode. I particularly like the robot mode on this version - even more so than the Power of the Primes version. It has some fantastic poseability and an updated look that sells the idea of a modern interpretation of Grimlock's design. The dinosaur form likewise has a good shape and great proportions. What lets this one down is the fact the chest on the front of the dinosaur mode is open, exposing the robot head, and also the thinner plastic used when the toy was released.

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