Thanks to Ricky DeWeese who posted tothe Facebook group Transformers Addicts, we have our first look at Power of The Primes Elita-1 out of package. Elita and Hun-Gurrr both suddenly appeared in store at a Walmart in California this weekend, and we were able to share photos of Hun-Gurr with you earlier today. Elita-1 shows a healthy degree of new parts versus Starscream, leading to a decently distinct visual identity. What it largely has in common with Starscream is expansive wing stickers making up a large portion of the deco for the jet mode. But, it may not be quite as bad. Keep reading for images and more details!
This veers off toward "opinion piece" at this point, but while doing functionally the same thing that Starscream's stickers do, covering the majority of wing surface with complex printed details and text, to me it doesn't come off nearly as bad. The transition from the magenta plastic to an equivalent color on the foil stickers is much smoother than the change from grey plastic to silver foil on Starscream. The colors also contribute more pink to Elita-1's vehicle mode, and at least in terms of color layout seem to do a decent job of enhancing the deco. Now, they're still far from perfect. In the photos we have (one closeup of wing surface was sourced from Autobase Aichi, with original photographer currently unknown) we can already see edges peeling up, and the typical hallmarks of Hasbro's factory applied stickers in full effect. And if the metallic finish of the stickers is itself a problem for you, that's not going to be different here. But for myself, this seems like something I can live with easily enough. Unlike Starscream whose stickers were a final nail in that toy's coffin.
Now if only these new toys would hurry and move east so I could find them!
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