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RID 2015
Mini-Con Battle Packs: Reworking The Execution of Robots In Disguise Mini-Cons?
ExVee - Saturday, October 24, 2015

Among the new product listings that went live tonight were a pair of "Mini-Con Battle Packs", one for Optimus, and one for Sideswipe. With no image attached, their nature seemed unclear, until we remembered one of the promotional images released during New York Comic Con showing a recolored Optimus carrying a sword Mini-Con. Digging more, we found a similar looking image featuring Fracture's Warrior Class mold. Is the focus of the Mini-Con line changing in 2016? Keep reading for more!

The initial assortment of Mini-Cons in RID were geared around the Deployer toys of Drift and Fracture, being made around the concept of launcher battles. Additional use of a sort was introduced by letting the Mini-Cons attach to the large easy-conversion Optimus toy, but it was still a narrow field of interaction. It looks like the 2016 series will at least to some degree take a new turn and increase line-wide compatibility by making Mini-Cons become weapons that can be used by anything with 5mm compatible hands. Given the second assortment of Deployers, the launcher play doesn't seem to be going away, but it may be supplemented to help drive the pricepoint's relevance.

Meanwhile we don't know exactly what the Battle Packs are. The image of Optimus carrying Windstrike and the two seeming to share a major color heavily hints at a Warrior coming with a weapon Mini-Con. The subsequent image of Fracture carrying a different matched-color Mini-Con may be demonstration of a wider gimmick pattern rather than implying Fracture will be in one of the Battle Packs, or at least not immediately. BigBadToyStore lists the Battle Packs individually at $17.99. If that is a Warrior Class figure and a weapon Mini-Con packaged together, it might help to ease the apprehension some may have at a $15+ price tag for a Warrior alone in most retail settings. And if the individual Mini-Cons phase in weapon modes, it might be the boost this part of the RID lines needs.

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