Transformers Grindor
Transformers Grindor
Transformers Grindor
Transformers Grindor
Transformers Grindor
Transformers Grindor
Transformers Grindor
Transformers Grindor

Grindor is the name that's been semi-retroactively given to the MH-53 Pave Low Decepticon seen in Revenge of the Fallen. The film character was a straight reuse of Blackout's CG model from the first film with slightly different markings on the prop vehicle. The toy was a straight recolour of the Voyager Blackout figure from 2007. The character is unnamed in its' brief screen life but a Hasbro Q&A claimed it was Grindor, and the name has since turned up in things like DVD subtitles - whether this was the plan all along or someone going "Hey, this guy looks like Blackout and our Grindor toy looks like Blackout, might as well tie it together" is anyone's guess, but it'll do for me as it's a neat solution.

It would also circumvent the awkwardness of the powerful, impressive Blackout being revived only to amble slowly around a forest a beat behind everyone else having bits sliced and shot off before dying pathetically. Which is good.


Technically then, the most screen-accurate Grindor toy would just be Blackout. The problem there is that Hasbro never quite got the colours right, Blackout being dark grey but instead being issued in pale blue (mass retail) and dark blue (Premium/Lawson Exclusive). Stock pictures of Grindor showed him to be almost white, but he's actually a light grey - not quite dark enough to pass as Blackout, but at least looking vaguely like a military vehicle, which was a relief.

However, it also means the toy looks ever so slightly bland. Aside from the cockpit markings (which use the same mask as Blackout) he's nearly all grey - even the rear cabin windows are unpainted this time. However, the great gimmicks are also retained - the spinning rotors and the deployable mini Scorponok. The latter follows the same rough scheme as the Revenge of the Fallen recolour of the Deluxe Scorponok and doesn't look bad. That said, I leave it off Grindor to give the bloke some sense of individuality.


Grindor's transformation is obviously the same as Blackout's though the feet do seem a little looser - a sign of mould wear, perhaps, and a little worrying. The rest of him seems to have held up pretty well, though. The grey scheme works better in this mode, complemented by a healthy amount of black and a few gold accents. Indeed, there are some nice paint applications on Grindor's robot mode - the arrows on the shoulders are perhaps a little arbitrary, but they and a few dabs of gold paint do stop him from looking too dull.

The looseness of the feet does restrict Grindor's stability a little - the legs were always a bit constrained on the mould due to the long, unbroken tail on the back, the weakness of the front toes exacerbate this. Putting the feet at anything other than dead flat often ends with them folding up. And yes, I realise you can remove the tail section to form a frankly ridiculous rotor-rifle, but seeing as in the film Grindor was the same lumbering oaf with blades on his back we know and love, I'd rather not. Other than this articulation isn't bad, if a little underwhelming compared to live action toys of the same size bracket. Again the problem is that he's still far too small - oh, for a Megasupreme Pave Low that Prime could clamber on and decapitate.


Overall Grindor is a less essential recolour of Blackout. He doesn't look too bad but he's no improvement on either version of Blackout. The attraction here comes from the chance to pick up an interesting if flawed mould at RRP - Blackout seems to be relatively pricey on the second-hand market. Other than that, the sparse vehicle mode is a bit charmless, while the robot mode doesn't really resemble the onscreen character.