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Optimus Prime - Alternators - Figures

After three years of Alternators, Optimus Prime finally makes an appearance in the line. The question is..."Is this figure worth adding to your collection." Well...let's find out...

VEHICLE MODE:
Rather than the usual tractor-trailer form Optimus has been given over the years, this time he takes the form of a Dodge Ram SRT-10 pickup truck. Whilst some find this a little disappointing, in my opinion it works just as well.

The red paint used for colour scheme of the truck was an very good choice as it has a nice shine to it. The same shade of red was also used for Alternator Sideswipe. The bed is also nicely done in black.

The hood swings up to reveal the engine...and a whole lot of gapping as well, which is minor flaw of the vehicle form. The engine itself is nicely designed, but could've used a little extra paint.

The interior of the vehicle is very realistic. They even put nifty details such as cup holders. Like the bed it's also nicely done in black. Overall...this one cool pickup truck.


TRANSFORMATION:
Though it may resemble that of a spychanger, it isn't as simple as one might believe. However, there are some parts which people with low tolerance would find frustrating, such as the shoulderpads falling off easily (from what I've heard I'm not the only one who has this problem). With my copy however, the left hand pops off too, though it's relatively minor since it pops back on.


ROBOT MODE:
As usual, in robot mode (as well as the red from ten truck) other black and blue details start to show themselves here. In certain places, there are clear homages to G1 Prime, such as the head and legs. The red, black and blue colours work nicely with each other, and whilst the chest isn't so G1 looking, that is in no way a bad thing.

Unfortunately, there are several problems with way certain parts are structured. The shoulder stick upwards like sore thumbs. When I transformed it the first time, I tried to find a way in which they would fold a different way to make it look a little better...and there wasn't. Then there are his legs. Although he has good posability in his knees, the proportions run in to the same trouble that Alternator Prowl did (with his upper leg being 1.5cm short and the lower leg being FIVE times longer than that). The final major flaw is his crotchplate. Unlike Kiss Players Convoy it is undetailed and you can see the screws used as well, though leaving it up does not cause any problems for the chest.

The gun is quite puny for the character, though it is formed from the engine in a rather interesting manner.


OVERALL:
Though you may think that my mentioning of the flaws sound like a lot of ranting..truth is...I like this figure. It's just there are a number of ways in which it could've been better. I give him a just a standard "RECOMMENDED" rating which inches up a bit if you are willing to sort some of the robots problems by kitbashing.



ReviewerLaserwave22  
DateAugust 8th 2006  
Score 7 stars (7 out of 10)  
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