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Optimus Prime Key/Light - Armada - Artifact

"When freedom is threatened, Optimus Prime is prepared to defend it. Take the Optimus Prime flashlight keychain with you on your next intergalactic mission and its beam of light will guide you through battle."

Many years ago, before Armada, RiD, or Beast Wars, Transformers has a ton of peripheral merchandise outside of the main toy line. While Japan, Canada, and a number of other countries continued this tradition after the first two generations, the US was decidedly void of any sort of party favors, slippers, or lunch boxes. Armada has changed all that which brings me to the Optimus Prime flashlight keychain.

Packaged on traditional series one Armada style card, the Optimus Prime flashlight keychain depicts the Autobot leader in his smaller, cab-only robot mode. Thankfully, there are more paint applications on the actual product than the back of the card shows. Gold paint has been applied to areas of his chest and forearms where the card shows all silver. Overall, the paint job is very nicely applied, at least on my version.

I was pleasantly surprised to find the Prime does have moving parts. His arms rotate at the shoulders and his head can turn slightly in both directions, giving him three points of articulation. Each wheel on his leg can turn as well, which some might say gives him seven points of articulation. I guess if the pivoting antenna on Armada Scavenger can be counted, so can the turning wheels of this flashlight.

The raised portion atop his cab on his back activates the flashlight located under his feet. Simply press it towards Prime's robot head and the light turns on. It's a rather weak light however. That may be due to old batteries. I don't have any spars at resent to test that out.


This is a neat little trinket at an affordable price, $2.97 at Wal*Mart. If you like Prime, Armada, or in need of a low-powered flashlight, this is just what you're looking for. Final Grade: B

ReviewerRichard C. Mistron  
DateOctober 20th 2003  
Score 7 stars (7 out of 10)  

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