Unicron changed that. Here was the malevolent, unstoppable demigod of all Transformers, looking so cool I could hear Orson Welles classic dialog every time I transformed him! "For a time, I considered sparing your wretched little world of Cybertron. Now, you shall witness it's dismemberment!" Except, I had no Cybertron. I didn't even have an army pathetic enough to make a futile attempt with which to combat this evil. Omega Prime just didn't cut it when faced with this monster! I quickly devoured mini-con packs, because they were cool and their own and could be captured by Unicron, and their triple changing and combing (some of them) into weapons is still very impressive. Armada Prime was next, and obviously he couldn't grow to Unicron's height on his own, so Jetfire and Overload were essential. And lots of back collecting came next after all that! Alas, no Cybertron. The only pic I could photoshop was of Unicron attacking the Death Star; a 97 Star Wars eggshell release that housed Darth Vader in meditation chamber. It was enough to make me regret not having bought anything in the cool 95-6 War Planets toy line; they would make great fodder for Unicron during his traverse to Cybertron.
I am happy to say I found Primus today at my nearest TRU, with Unicron damaged head, for the full SRP of 50 smackaroos. There is great irony in that, though in a larger box, his robot mode is shorter than that of Supreme class companions Starscream, Metroplex, and Unicron (expectedly). Yup, that's right, Metroplex the earth mover is taller than Primus THE PLANET at full standing height (measuring by the head). Primus is awash in hard-grey and naval blue, with yellow and gold highlights, which suit him very well. He looks regal and composed. I can imagine Hasbro doing a 'Golden Age of Cybertron' repaint of this figure, can't you?
The canons mounted at the top of the wrists both extend and raise when the Cyber key is inserted into the gauntlet area, adding considerable mass to an already bulky, but still articulate figure. The shoulders and elbows both are ball-pin jointed and fully poseable. Two crescent halves hover like wings over the robots back, and each mounts a cannon that protrudes over the shoulder and resting at the sides of the robots head. All areas are ingrained with excellent molded detail, suggesting the planetary scale this figure is meant to impose.
In Planet mode, Primus, or more specifically Cybertron, shines. It is weighty and tight; the formation is not awkward and splitting as with Unicron. Cities are clearly visible, in all shapes and sizes (some at the North face upward instead of parallel with the crust, which is bizarre) though none are identifiable. I had thought there was to be a map pointing out the more famous (Iacon, Polyhex) but all I got was yet another copy of the Jungle Planet map. In a nice touch, Kaon, Megatron's seat of power, is visible as a separately molded, attached piece on one of the plates that ultimately becomes Primus' heel! The omega lock can be placed at the top, and there are several mini con ports. However, attaching mini-con takes away the intended scale of the figure, which as it is, looks no bigger than a moon or Death Star-esque in both scope and intent.
In all, this is pretty impressive way to close out the Cybertron line. The function and nature of this character is sure to appeal to the hearts of all Transfans, most of whom will not be disappointed. Oh yeah, the Unicron head is pretty good. It has a lot of detail relating to both the 2003 toy and the upcoming deluxe. The tentacles are a bizarre touch, but hold the head upright standing, or are easily connectible to the spires emanating form the planet surface, indicative of being an orbiting satellite. I thought it was a pretty nifty item, and I would regret having bought this figure without that.
|Date||July 2nd 2006|
|Score||(9 out of 10)|
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