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Optimus Prime (Leader Class)


6 comments posted
9.5", huh?

Big, complex transformation...not bad. Still looking forward to the Cyber-Stompin' Prime simply because it looks fun, bashable, and totally NOT Transformers!

Still, this one somehow reminds me of how a Yamato transforming Valk toy should be! It seems very involved and very clever...but also rugged and solid--something the Yamato Valks lack (I'm thinking specifically the 1/48 here). Well, whether I get this or not, I'm glad it exists. Good job, Hasbro (or is that Takara??? ;) ).


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Posted by Sanjeev on 3 May, 2007 - 10:31

Not bad at all. I'm not a big Transformers fan/collector, but if I were, I think I would be enthused about that one.

Does he have winshield wipers on his chest though?!?

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Posted by NekroDave on 3 May, 2007 - 11:31
This is probably my favorite

This is probably my favorite of the movie designs. I think all the iconic details of Prime are there, but there is still a fresh "Transformers Movie" look to it. Heh, even the gawdy flames have grown on me a little.

Nice job on the cool toy Hasbro, and nice job Josh on the great review.

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Posted by REX-203 on 3 May, 2007 - 18:58
I don't have OP here, but

I don't have OP here, but I've seen him in his box a handful of times. Complex, yes, but I'm not sure if I want to get him or not. Yes, it is "Prime", but the contrast between this toy an his film counterpart makes me wonder if it's worth it or not.

Why do his eyes glow yellow when they're really blue? What happened to his 'Energon' sword that so dramatically decapitated Bonecrusher? (That was one of the best movie weapons/moments!) That cannon is supposed be a huge honkin' rifle almost as long as his legs, and is built inside his left arm.

But the thing that really kills it for me, though, is those highly awkward wheels and how they stick out of him like that. Yes, I am well aware that this may be a limit for the designers because of how complex the CGI character model is. The CGI version has them exposed from inside his thighs and ankles, not outside them like the toy's. I just don't know if I can do it or not, I'm sorry...

The flames never bothered me one bit. In fact, I liked the idea. I know this may sound something like heresy to the fanatics out there who posted friggin' death threats to Michael Bay over this one decision, but the idea of a vehicle mode is to disguise the Cybertronians and allow them to move around in plain sight. With a raise of hands: how many of you here have seen flames on a private vehicle, or even a semi-truck? How common are they? Yeah- that's the idea; it makes OP here look no different than any other car or truck out there. Starscream was not dressed in white, red, and blue, and I heard no complaints. Ironhide was not red, and I heard no complaints. Ratchet was not dressed in white and red, but he was dressed in the same colors used by many real emergency vehicles. Did I hear complaints about that? No! People seem to have forgotten that these are supposed to be real vehicles that you don't take notice of, despite the brand-names used (which I won't get into here).

One of the big reasons I really liked the US-exclusive Autobot Downshift from the "Transformers: Cybertron" (2006) line so much was because his choice of disguise and his colors were not eye-catching in vehicle mode specifically. He looked like a muscle car from the 70s that has been around a while! That's an excellent disguise! Same with Bumblebee's '79 Camero choice in the movie, despite Mikaela's odd comment while sitting in Sam's lap. (Funny thing is, they both knew it was a pass at her, and she still did it. Very odd...)

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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 8 September, 2007 - 19:16
Transformers Fan

I am a huge Transformers fan all though I do not buy anything just for the sake of it because its Transformers. I understand what Sanjeev means exactly about the Yamato Valkyries. It is what it is, we would all have loved it to be more like G1, but its not, it is a great solid toy. IMO this is probably the best movie toy, thats why I bought it. If people do not like it they should not buy it.

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Posted by Mark M on 18 June, 2008 - 10:59