The debut of the new Transformers SIEGE War For Cybertron line would probably be getting a lot more fanfare if it wasn't following all the amazing toys we saw in the Prime Wars Trilogy lines. The good news is these SIEGE figures are every bit as good, if not more refined. Today, we'll take a look at the Optimus Prime Voyager figure to see what the new line has to offer in this class.
The first thing that sets this series apart is the packaging. The mix of Cybtertron styling and slanted angles of the boxes are a new look and feel. Focused on showcasing the robot mode, the boxes are taller and slimmer than past designs. This makes for highly a attractive package. One that is reusable and looks good on display, is a welcomed surprise.
Where the new packaging steps up. The instruction sheets feel like a step down in clarity and readability. Thankfully, the transformation was fairly intuitive, but the couple things I did need to look at were obscured by a very dark design. No, evil's not lurking, but the artwork is so black without much contrast, it can be hard to read in places. In my case, the specifics on how to attach the Ax Shield to the alternate mode were not clear due to poor readability. Thanks to a tip from a reader, it turns out the port is on a flap that are part of a connector at the top of the right knee joint. Seen in step 7.
Out of the box, this is one fine Prime. I've not handled enough of the Power of the Prime toys to do a fair comparison. But without the scale and weight of them, this guy has a Masterpiece quality to it. Hard to pinpoint exactly, but the articulation has what I can best describe as a smooth confidence to it. Moving his limbs independently and together follows your hands with little resistance, yet retain their position without floppiness or sagging. Furthermore, the articulation of the legs and feet easily accommodate a wide range of action poses. A real compliment to a toy with two decent sized weapons that are designed to stack up (see gallery below). This Optimus is solid and steady enough to handle both without any balancing or gymnastics required. All while maintaining excellent proportions from head to foot.
In-hand, the first thing you may notice is the textures all over this figure. The blue circuitry inside the chest is a really nice touch that is evocative of their Cybertronian origins. There's a coating of dirt and grime that gives Prime a weathered look. A nice change from the blast charred damage we usually see. The rest of him is shiny classic Optimus Prime goodness from his classic head sculpt, down to his toes. As for scale, the figure is between the classic figure classes. About average for the modern voyager class, I would say.
As mentioned already, the figure is really fun to pose thanks to good balance and the nicely articulated shoulders, elbows and hands. Even with a fair amount of kibble on the forearms, they feel unrestrained in most positions. Fans of the G2 Laser Optimus Prime will feel right at home with his range of motion. On the downside, the previously mentioned kibble on the forearms is almost as unsightly as the puny smoke-stacks. The figure's attention to proportions ends at these stacks. Both too short on the top and the bottom. They are made significantly worse by the addition of a weapon port. Which, are explained by hinges that can be angled more horizontal with the shoulders, but not fully. Viagra Prime no more, with the help of Micromaster and Battlemaster extensions. Still, kind of hard to ignore without anything on them.
On the subject of kibble, in addition to the previously cited forearm issues. The back of SIEGE Optimus Prime does pack a decent amount of kibble. HOWEVER, this could be easily forgiven if it was a jet-pack. The panel with those blue ports look similar enough that I feel an opportunity was missed by the designers. A few adornments added to make it a feature would have taken this toy to another level. I can't find anything mentioning in the instructions that indicates that was intentional. I guess we'll have to hope the 3P folks interpret our dreams and make is so, PLEASE - Yes that IS a challenge.
Moving onto the weapons. SIEGE Optimus Prime is packed with a few decent pieces of protection. The gun weapon looks like a hybrid of the G1 standard and bloated guns. They are sold separately, but the ports are made to host the SIEGE Micromaster, Battlemasters as well as the Ax Shield mounted on top, or add-on Fire Blast accessories on the gun barrel. Coincidentally, the original G1 posts fit the SIEGE ports perfectly if you need some vintage weapons assistance. The included Ax Shield transforms from a long-armed ax with fold-out blade and pick, to a blast shield for holding or mounting on his arm ports by folding the hilt. Worth noting that my ax shield would not align and lock into place. Leaving a slight bend at the hinge. I carefully photographed it straight on, but the shield will flop under its own weight.
Transforming to SIEGE Prime's truck mode is fairly intuitive, but it was a little bit tricky getting front wheels and cab to come together. They are so well integrated with the robot. Moving them into the truck mode positions is puzzle-like with double-folding joints wedged between other parts. The fists get in the way if they are not turned in properly for the door tabs to fit flush. This is all aggravated by the fact that you cannot fold the front cab over till the sides part are in place. At which point, there's a new confusing set of panels for the sides and bumper to interlock with the grill part. All done, this is a very handsome prime truck that borrows all the goodness of Cybertron and Earth mode styles. It is easy to miss, but SIEGE Optimus Prime has a matrix too, albeit just an outline.
One thing I noticed is the wheels. The normal fat tires have been replaced with thinner discs that are side-mounted for an elegant look that is accentuated by detailed sculpting on the gas tanks and through to the wheel covers.
Stiff but highly ariifulated.
Is that a Jetpack?
Shield hinge won't lock.
Viagra smoke stacks
Its not a Jetpack.
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