Primus - Cybertron - Figure write a full review of this figure both here and at (this review will less flippant than that one, however).

Three years ago, when Unicron released, my transformers figure collection was much smaller than it is now. Sure, I still had all eighty issues of the Marvel comic (and all the spin offs; this was the only comic series I collected from start to finish), plus what were then new and still releasing DVD box sets from Rhino. My figures then were limited strictly to favorite characters such as Megatron (Gen 2 and BW) and Starscream (Legends, Gen 2). Since I never had foils for them, I had bought the RID Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus, which was one the great (and most challenging) combiner toys of all time. The only other transforming Japanese Robot toys I had were the Matchbox Vehicle Voltron from 1982 in ragged shape, and the Trendmasters 1997 Lion Voltron re-re release. This seemed enough for me at the time.

Unicron changed that. Here was the malevolent, unstoppable demigod of all Transformers, looking so cool I could hear Orson Welles classic dialog every time I transformed him! "For a time, I considered sparing your wretched little world of Cybertron. Now, you shall witness it's dismemberment!" Except, I had no Cybertron. I didn't even have an army pathetic enough to make a futile attempt with which to combat this evil. Omega Prime just didn't cut it when faced with this monster! I quickly devoured mini-con packs, because they were cool and their own and could be captured by Unicron, and their triple changing and combing (some of them) into weapons is still very impressive. Armada Prime was next, and obviously he couldn't grow to Unicron's height on his own, so Jetfire and Overload were essential. And lots of back collecting came next after all that! Alas, no Cybertron. The only pic I could photoshop was of Unicron attacking the Death Star; a 97 Star Wars eggshell release that housed Darth Vader in meditation chamber. It was enough to make me regret not having bought anything in the cool 95-6 War Planets toy line; they would make great fodder for Unicron during his traverse to Cybertron.

It seemed inevitable that Cybertron, more specifically, Primus, would get made. He was referred to increasingly since his slumbering debut in Marvel comics 20 years ago. When The Ultimate Guide presented us with a 'what if' picture, we all knew in our heart of hearts that he was coming. When the Cybertron line began, we knew there was only one reason why Hasbro had chosen that as the line's subtitle.

I am happy to say I found Primus today at my nearest TRU, with Unicron damaged head, for the full SRP of 50 smackaroos. There is great irony in that, though in a larger box, his robot mode is shorter than that of Supreme class companions Starscream, Metroplex, and Unicron (expectedly). Yup, that's right, Metroplex the earth mover is taller than Primus THE PLANET at full standing height (measuring by the head). Primus is awash in hard-grey and naval blue, with yellow and gold highlights, which suit him very well. He looks regal and composed. I can imagine Hasbro doing a 'Golden Age of Cybertron' repaint of this figure, can't you?

Primus's robot mode is very impressive, despite the awkward legs (calves very similar to Unicron) but the feet are a definite weak point. They offer little support to the awkwardly weighted, but well proportion body of the robot mode. And they look just plain odd. Just as odd, are two spindly arms that extend from the calves, small rubber pieces that flail about and extensively are molded with mini-con ports - even the lightest mini-con will make these droop in an undignified manner. The arms and torso are very impressive - full of color and detail.

The canons mounted at the top of the wrists both extend and raise when the Cyber key is inserted into the gauntlet area, adding considerable mass to an already bulky, but still articulate figure. The shoulders and elbows both are ball-pin jointed and fully poseable. Two crescent halves hover like wings over the robots back, and each mounts a cannon that protrudes over the shoulder and resting at the sides of the robots head. All areas are ingrained with excellent molded detail, suggesting the planetary scale this figure is meant to impose.

A battle station mode is simply the robot mode face down without the head and shoulders raised. Also the waist is not rotated and the legs not separated. This mode is largely uneventful and unnecessary to an alt mode of a planet that already has a war mode (thus making Primus a quad-changer, IMO). However, I will say something about this mode reminds of The Axalon. In all modes, an attachment called the Omega Lock, which holds four cyber keys, is attachable to the basic body at four ports; back, chest, and each leg. At the legs, this lock is integral to the transformation (twisting it spins the missile racks at the calves) and the Omega Lock lights up with a red LED bulb whenever, wherever connected. At the chest and back, the Omega Lock also produces some sounds that are, at best, interesting. Not sure what these sounds are supposed to represent, but I can say it is unique to this toy.

In Planet mode, Primus, or more specifically Cybertron, shines. It is weighty and tight; the formation is not awkward and splitting as with Unicron. Cities are clearly visible, in all shapes and sizes (some at the North face upward instead of parallel with the crust, which is bizarre) though none are identifiable. I had thought there was to be a map pointing out the more famous (Iacon, Polyhex) but all I got was yet another copy of the Jungle Planet map. In a nice touch, Kaon, Megatron's seat of power, is visible as a separately molded, attached piece on one of the plates that ultimately becomes Primus' heel! The omega lock can be placed at the top, and there are several mini con ports. However, attaching mini-con takes away the intended scale of the figure, which as it is, looks no bigger than a moon or Death Star-esque in both scope and intent.

In all, this is pretty impressive way to close out the Cybertron line. The function and nature of this character is sure to appeal to the hearts of all Transfans, most of whom will not be disappointed. Oh yeah, the Unicron head is pretty good. It has a lot of detail relating to both the 2003 toy and the upcoming deluxe. The tentacles are a bizarre touch, but hold the head upright standing, or are easily connectible to the spires emanating form the planet surface, indicative of being an orbiting satellite. I thought it was a pretty nifty item, and I would regret having bought this figure without that.

DateJuly 2nd 2006  
Score 9 stars (9 out of 10)  

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