This is the Revenge of the Fallen Optimus Prime to get, in case you hadn’t made up your mind. No longer are we forced to decide which poor representation of ILM’s clockwork masterpiece we should choose to represent the Autobots’ leader on our shelves. This is the movie Prime. However, when it comes to transformation, you may want to free up some time...
Leader Prime’s vehicle mode is great. It minimizes seams and presents all the flame-y Peterbilt goodness you could ask for. The Mech Alive gears can still be seen behind the clear windshield but this is no great detriment. The tires roll nicely, despite not being rubber. Pressing on the side will reward you with an engine-revving noise.
Just a little longer, but shorter tire to roof than its predecessor, the RotF Optimus Prime truck surpasses the ’07 movie Prime in every way. As a side note, the truck’s visor has two independently moving parts, which allows for some great vehicle mode expressions! Such as:
Leader Class RotF Optimus Prime’s robot mode is a marvel of engineering and screen acuity. You can tell some of Hasbro’s people wasted no time after last year’s line putting this beauty together. No longer the bricklike kibble-fest of days of yore, movie Optimus Prime now has a truly worthy toy manifestation.
Great head sculpt, excellent proportions, 17 points of humanoid possibility, and for the first time you can look at a transforming movie Optimus toy and see a real likeness to the onscreen portrayal.
The swords are a welcome play addition and are also much more screen accurate than previous attempts. They fold up a little high and interfere with the shoulder possibility ever so slightly. The triggers are a little light, as well. If you look at this toy and think too hard about the swords popping out, they probably will. (Perfect for practicing those Jedi powers.)
Pulling out a small tab on the abdomen and pulling down activates Prime’s voice and light component. Red lights in the chest and a green one behind the eyes flash as Peter Cullen says. “I am Optimus Prime.” Sadly, like a first quarter high school French student, this seems to be all Prime can say.
The “Mech Alive” feature is a little underwhelming. “Mech Alive” is meant to invoke the intricate feeling of transformations in the live action movie (which won’t be a problem with this toy, but I digress). A small set of plastic gears moves visibly behind Prime’s windscreens during transformation and when his voice and lights are activated.
While they do give a sense of internal movement, during transformation they are barely noticeable, and when you make Prime speak they barely move. Overall they are not worth the kibble – a problem carefully avoided elsewhere on the figure that is present as the toy stands at rest.,
One can only hope that given the mediocre response to “Automorph” that for Transformers 3: Rise of the Go-Bots Hasbro will abandon this gimmickry and just focus on making good toys. Don’t tell anyone, but Transformers already have a gimmick. They transform.
|Head||Turns from side to side. Movement limited by shoulder plates.|
|Shoulders||Full range of motion.|
|Elbows||Full Range of Motion.|
|Hands||Turn on a pin at the wrist, with rectangular hole in grip.|
|Thighs||Full Range of motion. Legs turn slightly outward under the thighs.|
|Knees||Bend up and down.|
|Ankle||Large ball-joint. Loosest part of the figure.|
The long way would be like describing how to make a functional origami VCR. Here are a few illustrations.
These pictures are not intended to portray the transformation exactly as rendered by the instructions, nor to offer helpful visual tips. These pictures are to make sure you are aware of the nightmare that awaits you all.
Hope fully this doesn't overstate the complexity of this Prime’s transformation, but it was off-putting. By the way, the chest pieces of this toy HATE you. They didn’t want you to buy it and they’re not too happy about the toy they’re part of.
There are some clever tricks the designers pull on this toy. Those chest pieces I mentioned have a couple of visual cheats for Prime’s Robot mode – the kind of hidden detail that made some of the Animated toys great.
When converting to truck mode, the edge of the chest pieces folds down into a small groove in the arms that runs lateral to them. These deep ridge makes the whole truck alt-mode work. I could almost call it genius, were it not that it is such a precise movement it’s like stopping in the middle of the transformation to thread twine through a needle.
Parents, stick with you kids while they Transform this one. They may need help (can’t wait for the stream of letters from angry kids telling me how they were able to transform Prime in 22 seconds).
Despite these complaints, there is no arguing with the results. Two phenomenal forms.
This toy is a must buy for the Revenge of the Fallen line. Possibly its crown jewel. p>
Get ready for Ebay to be flooded with ’07 Leader Primes…
|Date||May 25th 2009|
|Score||(9 out of 10)|