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Voyager Sentinel Prime - Dark of the Moon - Figure

Unless you're a master of origami, you likely were frustrated when you first transformed the Leader class mold of Sentinel Prime. With all it's individual panels to line up, it was an art form in itself. We're now presented with a smaller Voyager mold that offers a less hectic transform process. Has anything else changed in the downsizing?

Bio

Sentinel Prime is ready for battle. After lying dormant for countless centuries the powerful Autobot is set to awaken on Earth. His close ties to Optimus Prime and the Autobots could form an alliance capable of finally destroying the Decepticons for good!

Strength     
Intelligence
Speed
Endurance
Rank
Courage
Fireblast
Skill

Robot Mode

At first glance, Sentinel Prime's Voyager mold looks alot like his Leader mold. The truth is in the details, or, in the lack of details. There's more unpainted PVC adorning the mold, including the head. The chest is a false applique. The hands are molded in the same red as the arms. The eyes are piped clear.

His footprint is also considerably smaller. However, it surprisingly doesn't interfere with his balance. Nor does the backpack that becomes his cape. He trades his shield and blade in for a cannon. This cannon converts into a much larger piece via a push-and-turn lever in the back. There are also two ports on the barrel that you can hook more MechTech to.

Articulation

Feet:Pin hinge, 90 degree bend.
Knees:Screw hinge, 90 degree bend. Pinned above knee for unlimited lower leg rotation.
Hips:Pinned for 180 degree bend, 4pt ratcheting for 90 degree spread.
Waist:Stationary
Shoulders:Pinned for unlimited rotation, screw hinge for 90 degree spread. Pinned below shoulder for unlimited arm rotation.
Elbows:Pin hinge, 90 degree bend.
Hands:Stationary
Head:Pinned for unlimited rotation.

What's the deal with all the molded waists lately? Articulationi is about average.

Robot Mode Summary:Downsized and downgraded, but only a little.

Robot Mode Specs

Height:6.63in/168.4mm
Width:4.25in/108mm
Depth:3in/76.2mm
Supplied accessories:(1)MechTech weapon

Transformation

Sentinel is basically a shellformer. Fold his arms behind his back, line up the legs and fold out his backpack to wrap around him. Considerably easier than his Leader mold, but still a bit of a hassle.

Alt Mode

The Rosenbauer Panther truck didn't suffer much from the downsizing. The deatails are also a bit different. For instance, the Autobot insignias on the rear end are scratched out, notating his betrayal. The rear end, however, is bland with only PVC molding.

The nozzle boom is capable of being rotated 360 degrees and lifted to a 90 degree tilt. If you so choose, you can also activate the MechTech feature and turn it into a cannon boom. Again, the major complaint with Sentinel's alt mode is the clear front glass that only shows off robot parts. At least tint the windows.

Alt Mode Summary:Smaller, but not much better

Alt Mode Specs

Length:6.38in/162.1mm
Wheelbase:3.63in/92.2mm (from front to rearmost wheel)
Width:2.12in/53.8mm
Height:2.25in/57.2mm
Scale Ratio: 73:1(est)
Wheels:6 rotating
Detailed cockpit:N/A

Value

This is basically a less detailed, smaller version of Sentinel Prime. The only major difference is the MechTech weapon and the false chestplate that sits low to the ground. I can see the chest plate getting scraped up. Also, the mirrors are rubber so long term storage could be an issue.

Summary

I had high hopes for Sentinel Prime's Leader mold and was somewhat disappointed. While I knew the Voyager mold wouldn't be much better, the lack of detailing in some areas was a further disappointment. I know Sentinel is a traitor, but even a traitor deserves some improvements. You won't find them here.

Final Verdict:

Class:Voyager

MSRP:$20


ReviewerBlitzwing  
DateJuly 31st 2011  
Score 6 stars (6 out of 10)  
Reads14326
LinkSentinel Prime via Movie Database  


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AnimatedPlastic
2011-08-11
3:32 am

Somehow I got him right when the DOTM figures were released or at least within the first week. I personally don't really care for him as a figure overall and the only reason I keep him is because I see potential for a custom figure. Because he is a part former he can quite possibly can be used f... read more 
TransformersFan
2011-08-06
3:52 am

I just picked it up today. I can't wait to open it. 
Microeric
2011-08-01
6:13 am

I'm happy with the cyberverse version myself. 
Goktimus Prime
2011-07-31
10:38 pm

You know that all the Mech Tech Weapons use the "universal" 5mm hole, right? So there's a (link) The lack of a ladder in vehicle mode bugs me about the Voyager though, as well as the lack of paint apps and abundance of Hasbro Gray(TM). (>_>) But the smaller figures typically... read more 
masterminicon
2011-07-31
10:29 pm

I'm gonna wait until he's on sale, but I want to gun to give to Leader Class Sentinel. Then he can properly shoot Ironhide (link) 
Omega Jetfire
2011-07-31
7:48 pm

That is one FUGLY robot mode...as stated the paint apps(lack of) really killed the figure. I mean Red Hands as opposed to the Grey ones in Leader version? Definite pass for me. 
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