In the entire history of Transformers, there is probably no character more self-serving than Drift. A badass ex-Decepticon who killed a bunch of Autobots then eventually joined them? Uses swords for weapons? Transformers into a car with kanji on the sides based on a Japanese Drift Racer? It’s like someone played too much Initial D and wanted to make a character based on it… still, as annoying as his backstory and portrayal are, there’s one thing that can’t be denied: He’s one awesome design.
Drift’s car mode is (unsurprisingly) very Japanese-automotive inspired. It’s a nice sleek design and fits in with the other Classics-style Autobots very well. On each of his doors he’s adorned with the kanji for “Samurai” unlike the katakana for “dorifuto” like in the comics. I much would have preferred the dorifuto (Drift) katakana from a stylistic point, but I guess it would be pretty self-serving to have your own name tattooed on your body, even if it is in a language Drift probably can’t read (though it’s probably something he would do…). All of his wheels roll very easily, thankfully, avoiding a problem I’ve noticed on way too many figures these days.
His car mode holds together pretty well thanks to the rather frustrating pins/holes used to keep his spoiler and hood in place. He does have a lot of visible panels but they aren’t nearly annoying as his wavemate Bumblebee. His transformation is what I would consider to be “satisfyingly complex”-it’s not overly complicated but once you figure it out he becomes a real joy to transform. Continue reading