Optimus Prime - Cybertron - Figure

OPTIMUS PRIME us a leader in the best sense of the word, taking point on every mission and never sending his team into any situation he wouldn't go himself. Dedicated to the protection of all life and the preservation of freedom for all sentient beings, he serves as a role model for his fellow AUTOBOTS. It is through his keen intelligence, even hand, steady nerves and endless compassion that the AUTOBOTS continue to frustrate the DECEPTICONS evil plans again and again. In a desperate race against time, OPTIMUS PRIME has been forced to send teams of his best soldiers into unknown parts of the Universe in search of the lost planet keys.

SPEED: 9.5
RANK: 10

His regular robot mode looks decent, but a bit short and stalky. The legs seem too short, and the arms seem too big. Kind of looks like a short steroid-pumped body builder. Although that's still way better than Energon's normal "Fatimus Prime" robot mode. He's good detailing and articulation, and definitely carries the traditional Optimus Prime look with him. He has a mobile gun cart in this mode, which isn't mentioned at all in the Hasbro instructions, but you can see at Takara's site. It's kind of half-assed, but at least does something with the extra junk that the robot mode isn't using.

The legs get extensions for this mode, so they're plenty long enough now. The arms don't get anything done to them, seeing as they were big enough already. As a result, he's better proportioned in this mode than the normal robot mode. He also now wears a huge backpack that's outfitted with wings and guns. There's all kinds of configurations to do with the guns and wings here. With the wings angled downwards (as the Hasbro instructions have them), the guns can sit on top of his shoulders, and can be positioned all over the place, ready to shoot in any direction. The guns can also fold backwards and down along his back, giving them the potential appearance of jet boosters here. Alternatively, with the wings rotated around to angle upwards (as per Takara's pics on their site), and the guns can go underneath his arms or upward along his back. This (Takara) configuration looks a bit better, and the guns are more stable and usable as weapons. But the other (Hasbro) configuration makes for a better jetpack. The backpack makes him a bit back-heavy at times, especially when the guns are folded back in either configuration. But his feet are quite big, and if you hunch him forward a little by bending his knees he should still be able to stand up most of the time. Even though he's a little unwieldly, and can be difficult to stand up in this mode, it's still a great mode overall. He's sturdy, well articulated, has very flexible configuration options, and is one of the best looking Optimus Prime figures I've ever seen.

Pretty cool looking. It seems to be designed sort of as a fire truck, though it's obviously not supposed to be any real model. It's very futuristic looking, like what a fire truck might be like on Cybertron (hence living up to the series' name "Cybertron"). The dual guns are along the back, sitting as a ladder would on a fire truck, and can be rotated and moved up and down. It's hard to tell whether this is actually a rescue vehicle or a military vehicle, as it seems to share qualities of both. But whatever its specific functions are, there's no denying this is one sleek and cool looking ride.

This is kind of a weird variation of the truck mode. The whole back part of the truck opens up, wings fold out, and the guns flip forward along the side of the vehicle. This section is actually the backpack in robot mode, so this is why the backpack has the same wings and guns. It now looks much different in the back, but the thing is, the front part of the vehicle doesn't change at all, and still looks like a truck. So we've got some weird combination of the front part of a truck mixed with the back half of of a spaceship or futuristic airplane. Each part looks good on its own, but the combination just doesn't seem to match up quite right.

The planet key plugs into the two guns to make them open up. On one of them, missile launchers flip out to the side, and on the other, the barrel opens up to reveal a laser cannon. The key gimmick, which is obviously the new gimmick for the line since all of the figures seem to have them, is basically like the same thing minicons were used for in Armada, except these don't transform or do anything interesting on their own. Personally, it seems kind of pointless to me, and I think they could've just stuck with minicons.

He's got three firing missiles, two that are attached to one of the backpack guns (as mentioned above), and one on his handheld gun, which can also be attached to the backpack to add yet another missile launcher to the bunch. The other gun on the backpack uses batteries to produce a flashing light and sound effects. There's one sound effect for the gun powering up when you insert the planet key to open the barrel, and another one when you fire the gun by pressing a button on the side of it. Nothing too special here, it's kind of disappointing that there's only the two sounds actually. I would've liked to hear at least a few different random firing sounds. It doesn't detract anything from the figure as an added bonus feature though.

Another gimmick is his matrix of leadership, and this is actually really well done. It blends in well with his chest compartment, and you have to open up three separate panels to access it. The matrix itself can be removed, and looks very nice, having a lot of generous detailing for something this small. He can't seem to hold the matrix in his hands too well, since they're too big to grasp the small handles, but it's still really cool as an extra feature.

You can also raise and lower the mouthplate on his face. Although he looks much better with it up, it's kind of cool that you can choose to lower it, revealing an actual mouth underneath.

He's a pretty nice figure, though not quite as impressive as he initially looked in pictures for me. His transformation seems a little simplistic, but maybe I've just been spoiled by Alternators too much lately. He's got good detailing, lots of articulation, and looks fantastic in truck and super robot mode. The flying vehicle mode looks a bit strange and unnatural, but it's not a total disaster. The normal robot mode is kind of weak though, at least when considering it as a whole separate mode. I see the two robot modes are more like variants of one mode, as they don't seem different enough from each other to qualify as two different modes. Having said that, I like the super robot variant a lot more than the normal one, but if you consider it just an extra feature to be able to take the backback off and convert it into a mobile gun cart or weapons platform (which is all you're really doing for the normal robot mode), then it doesn't seem quite as pointless.

He's not as good as RiD Optimus (Fire Convoy), but he's certainly leagues better than the previous Armada and Energon Primes. It seems like they maybe tried to pack a little too many modes into this toy, although I think the two most impressive forms of super robot and truck have more than enough strong points to compensate for the relatively minor weaknesses of the other two modes of the normal robot and flying vehicle. I definitely give him my recommendation, and I don't think too many other people are going to be disappointed with this figure either.

DateJuly 5th 2005  
Score 9 stars (9 out of 10)  

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