I haven’t seen the last few episodes of Transformers Prime Season 2 yet, but I’m excited for Beast Hunters. Hasbro has released some new figures, and Voyager Optimus Prime is my first acquisition. Here is the Review.
Alt Mode: It isn’t often that Hasbro releases an Optimus Prime with something that even remotely resembles a trailer; I’m glad that Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Optimus Prime does. Though it isn’t a proper trailer, ala G1 Optimus Prime, it’s very similar to Transformers Animated Wingblade Optimus Prime. This time around, Prime is an aggressive truck with spikes on it… oooooooooh. At first, I wasn’t a huge fan of the green Star Convoy windows, but the use of an “un-Optimus Prime” color has grown on me. The plastic though, feels utterly cheap. If you look away for an hour and look back at this truck, you’ll come to realize that it’s just a robot body folded on itself with wheels on it; there’s almost nothing there to conceal any noticeable gaps. Another qualm that I have is that there are several discrepancies between the box art and the final product – where are my translucent green plastic missiles?
Robot Mode: Besides the colors, I find it difficult to classify this figure as Optimus Prime. Sure, I may change my mind when I see the design in action on my television… but what is this? Unlike the other Autobot Beast Hunters, this figure doesn’t look it’s blinged-out with robotic S&M gear. Instead, Optimus Prime now has the boxy build of a Football player mixed with a cathedral. Like Transformers Animated Wingblade Optimus Prime and Transformers Dark of the Moon Jetwing Optimus Prime, this one has wings and can fly. What was once a trailer is now a winged backpack that doesn’t look too different from other iterations of this concept. If you fiddle around with it enough, there is a way to tuck the wings away. The figure’s articulation points are extremely limited, and I can’t fully get behind any thing here. Though I love that the size of these figures is getting bigger… DAT face! What is that? In the weapons department, there are two Ionic Pulse Launchers also serve as rocket boosters for the winged backpack. These guns have prongs that open up… but for what? The Star Sabre though is boss.
Overall: If you thought that the current era of Transformers toys has made sacrifices with their materials and design ethics… Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Optimus Prime feels like another downgrade. How is it possible that this figure feels worse than the already downgraded Transformers Prime Robots in Disguise Voyager Optimus Prime? Now that I think about it, the plastic that this figure uses feels very similar to the type used on Transformers Prime Cyberverse Optimus Maximus. If you can look past this, I’ll be the first to admit that there are a few redeeming features to the toy – the wings and Star Saber are cool. Is it worth the purchase? Yes for Scale-Nazi’s… no if not; the upcoming Ultimate-class Optimus Prime looks leagues better. Also… where are the Autobot symbols on this guy?