Optimus Primal - Beast Machines - Figure

Now I know that the toys are designed first, but I have to say that I dislike the amount of liberties that were taken by Mainframe and Alliance when they designed their model of Optimus Primal for the Beast Machines cartoon. The Optimus Primal that kids watch every Saturday morning on Fox Kids is only loosely based on the Optimus Primal toy.

Beast Mode
Standing at roughly four inches in height in beast mode, Optimus is mostly a dark brownish-black color with translucent blue parts throughout and some gold highlights. Moving the head forward and lifting the middle of his back up reveals his beast mode gimmick. By pushing the back lever in and out, Primal's mouth opens and closes while his chest opens to reveal his Spark crystal. His shoulder also do the equivalent of a shrug when the lever is pushed, though the instructions make it sound as though he should be able to beat his chest.

Transformation is simple. So simple in fact that if they made him a little smaller, he could easily pass for a basic sized toy. Hide the gorilla head in his back, move the gorilla arms together to form the robot legs, swing the rear legs out and around to form the robot arms and there you have it (more or less).

Robot Mode
As a robot, Optimus Primal stands a little under 5 1/2 inches tall. The colors don't do much more for him in this form as they did in gorilla mode. What I do like is that the robot head closely resembles his show self, minus details that were not painted. Otherwise, this toy looks nothing like how Mainframe animated him. Popping open the left hip, you can remove a green throwing star that, when placed in his right hand and pulled back, can be tossed a good distance. The only thing to bear in mind while doing this is that his thumb is very fragile and excessive force could find him with only four digits on his right hand instead of five.

Beast Machines Optimus Primal is an all right toy. It's just hard to believe that the cartoon animators were looking at this toy when putting together the cartoon.

DateOctober 31st 2001  
Score 5 stars (5 out of 10)  

Back to Reviews Index
Advertise on TFormers.com

This site uses cookies for site configuration, advertising, and analysis. By using this site you accept our policies - Read Full Site Policy OK
Sign Up For The TNI Newsletter And Have The News Delivered To You!

Entertainment News International (ENI) is the #1 popular culture network for adult fans all around the world.
Get the scoop on all the popular comics, games, movies, toys, and more every day!

Contact and Support

Advertising | Submit News | Contact ENI | Privacy Policy

©Entertainment News International - All images, trademarks, logos, video, brands and images used on this website are registered trademarks of their respective companies and owners. All Rights Reserved. Data has been shared for news reporting purposes only. All content sourced by fans, online websites, and or other fan community sources. Entertainment News International is not responsible for reporting errors, inaccuracies, omissions, and or other liablities related to news shared here. We do our best to keep tabs on infringements. If some of your content was shared by accident. Contact us about any infringements right away - CLICK HERE