I wasn’t among the first batch of fortunate ones that got their hands on Transformers Prime First Edition Vehicon, but I managed to snag one a few months ago. Here is the review.
Alt Mode: The First Edition Vehicon’s car mode doesn’t look too different from the Transformers Prime Robots in Disguise Vehicon; it’s just a bigger version of the same car. Since I already owned the PRiD version, I wasn’t sure if I went into the review with a bias or not. There’s something about this car’s proportions that I find odd; the front hood looks far too big compared to the rest of the vehicle. Besides this toy’s chunk, the Vehicon’s plastic is glossy and sleek; the paint apps are solid too. I love how the gun can either stows under the base of the vehicle or peg into the hood.
Robot Mode: In robot mode, the Vehicon has a nice weight to it; it feels expensive and high-end compared to modern Transformers. It’s just too bulky for me. The Vehicons are lithe characters on-screen, but this definitely looks like it needs a diet… just look at that giant back kibble. Either way, I’d like to rant about this figure’s excellent articulation, but those elbows are just dung.
Overall: In general I want to say that this Vehicon is a great toy, because it really is. The sculpt is fantastic, and it’s one of the last remnants of the golden age of modern Transformers. It’s just unfortunate that the easier to find Transformers Prime Robots in Disguise Vehicon isn’t a bad figure itself. Because of this, the First Edition figure’s problems stick out like sore thumbs and it’s natural for people to choose the newer figure over this one. If you don’t want your Vehicon troops to look like a mass of vanilla figures, it doesn’t hurt to have some variation among your ranks.