As with the other Warriors, Optimus and Lockdown have designs which are evocative of their humanoid robot bodies, but not direct copies of anything. Optimus Prime has vents very much like the character model's helmet (both on the molded armor and on the "inner workings" underlay) and also this time the flames from his movie vehicle mode, which are a nice touch. Lockdown seems consistent with what we've seen of his character so far as well, and the front end of his bug form is very smooth and streamlined; he's not specifically shaped like a Lamborghini but the shape is very sportscar-like. And in case you can't tell which faction either should belong to from a distance, you can flip up a small panel on the front of each Warrior to show their faction symbol.
Of course the centerpiece of the set is the Stadium. You assemble it yourself, which'll only run you about 5-10 minutes if you clear off enough table space to set it down. It's made of plates similar to those of the smaller Arena, but you get five instead of only two. In addition there's a ring you attach to the top that's reminiscent of Armada Unicron's maw. You can use it to drop your Warriors down into the Stadium or keep closed for a more compact ring for two Hexbugs. (They'll eventually force it open, which is a good dramatic touch.) The Stadium floor is nice and big and provides plenty of space for your Hexbugs to move around in, and looks like nothing so much as a cyborg daisy. It's solid enough for Hexbugs once you've got it put together, but not so solid that you can't pull it apart and set it aside for storage. I'd also pick it up by the center and at least one "petal," as it may well pop apart otherwise.
In the first test battle I ran, Optimus Prime beat Lockdown- so if you're betting money on how Age of Extinction comes out, there is my advice based on an objective Hexbug test and not narrative convention in any way at all. When I tested it with all four Warriors in my possession good uniformly triumphed over evil, primarily because the Decepticons were fighting amongst themselves, so again: simulations have been run. It's worth noting that if all four bugs get bunched up on one of the five platforms, it is possible that one of them may get shoved out of bounds, so be careful they don't run away on you.
|Date||June 2nd 2014|
|Score||(8 out of 10)|
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