Generation One is reborn as Transformers Classics! Optimus Prime returns to his roots in an outstanding toy with amazing articulation and posability. Is he the best Prime ever? Read on!
|Name: ||Optimus Prime|
|Function: ||Autobot Commander|
|Motto: ||No sacrifice is too great in the service of freedom.|
|Size Class: ||Voyager|
|Release Date: ||September 2006|
|Wave of Release: ||Wave 1|
|Product Number: ||81291|
|Asst. Number: ||81274|
|SKU Number: ||653569182917|
|Target Age: ||5+|
|Redeco of: ||None|
|Parts: ||Smokestacks Weapon (2 pieces), Wind Vane Weapon (1 piece).|
|Hype Line 1: ||Smokestacks Become Laser Cannon!|
|Hype Line 2: ||Wind Vane Becomes Ion Blaster!||
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BioThe greatest in a long line of AUTOBOT leaders, OPTIMUS PRIME is a beacon of hope to those who suffer under the tyranny of MEGATRON®. He is devoted to the defense of weaker creatures, and has dedicated his life to fighting against MEGATRON wherever he goes. He is unwavering in his compassion, which sometimes allows his enemies to take advantage of him, but he is also utterly without fear in the face of overwhelming odds. Where freedom is threatened, he is an unstoppable force, and a mighty defender of justice and right.
Technical Data (Tech Spec):
Before we begin, Optimus Prime is an icon to the Transformers franchise. There is this unexplainable desire for him to be the ABSOLUTE BEST toy in the entire series, and there have been many times where he has been. However, with Transformers Classics, Optimus Prime is good, but will he be the best when compared to other figures?
Optimus Prime becomes a mac-truck in this incarnation, and it looks nice. Six wheels, all plastic, but they look and feel nice with the vehicle mode. The silver paint applications are added, obviously, to give the figure a little more "flare" in its vehicle mode, but it looks nice with the top removable portion. The windows are a dark translucent blue. There's even some seats and a steering wheel molded inside. The rub sign is sadly placed on Prime's right side (or the left side if you look at him from the front) near the tire. Why it wasn't placed in the "classic" position of his Autobot symbol from Generation One is unknown.
The transformation for Optimus Prime from vehicle to robot mode is eerily similar to that of the 20th Anniversary/Masterpiece Prime toy. The first thing you do is remove the wind guard from the top of the truck, which reveals his head. This wind guard actually turns in to a cannon, and Prime's smokestacks become a nice looking blaster. Prime has his tickets to the gun show, that's for sure. Near his front wheels, pull back each of the blue tabs to the back of his legs. Then pull back his side doors all the way revealing the inner workings of his vehicle mold. Pull the shoulders towards the front of the vehicle, and push the legs down so he's standing up right. Twist the upper torso of Prime so that his chest is now facing the same way as his legs. Pull up Prime's head, and fold in the front wheels to Prime's back. Flip up his leg panels and his toes, leaving only his arms to be transformed. Bring the arms down, match the fists so they're facing the right way, and fold Prime's arm kibble the way you'd like it. Not too tough, but definitely not as easy as some of the previous Optimus Prime incarnations. Overall the transformation takes a realistic looking truck in to a striking robot that resembles the original Optimus Prime. And it's not so difficult which allows kids to transform him back and forth with ease.
Arming one hand with Prime's wind guard gun and the other with his smoke stacks blaster, he looks pretty formidable. His articulation is amazing. About or around 20 points of articulation in his robot mode. That's incredible! Now there's only a few complaints of Prime's robot mode, and they're all paint applications. I'm not entirely sure what Hasbro's thought process was regarding the yellow on the head, or yellow on Optimus Prime (can you count how many "exclusives" have had an alarming amount of yellow on them) in general, but he has it. My assumption was to highlight various parts, and on some parts it works, such as his knees. But on his head and his arms seem a little out of place, but overall it doesn't take too much away from the figure. The lack of any Autobot symbols in his robot mode (save the rubsign on his arm kibble) is a little disappointing, and the arm kibble itself is kind of distracting, though it is understood WHY it's there. Overall, the robot mode is very convincing and LOOKS like Optimus Prime. The articulation is fantastic, and he's just fun to play with and put in various poses.
Optimus Prime is a fantastic toy. The last downside that can be found is that he doesn't FEEL like a Voyager size class toy, he feels like a slightly larger deluxe toy. However, that is easily overlooked as he is worth the money at his pricepoint. The sculpting and detail are fantastic, and he's a worthy addition to any Transformers collector's mantle. Easily rated one of the best Optimus Prime toys of all time. We highly recommend this figure.
Paint Applications: 8
Overall Score: 9.6