Action Figure Name: Optimus Prime
I know it's taken me a while to write this review but I finally
took the time to do it. The new Optimus Prime is a little
different from the good old classic one. When I first heard
that the new Optimus Prime would be a fire truck, I was a
little upset. I mean, Optimus was a transport truck. He SHOULD
always be a transport truck. Yet after I got the toy and saw
the cartoon, it didn't hurt AS much. I still think he should
be a transport truck though. Anywho, the new Optimus has three
forms: Main robot form, Super Robot form, and Fire Truck form.
Mind you, as I've said in my Megatron review, he has a forth
form in which he combines with Ultra Magnus.
1) Main Robot Form (pictured below) - The smaller robot form
is pretty good. At first glance, you can see all the carry-overs
from the original Optimus such as the mouth cover, the antenae,
and of course the similar colours. There's a great deal of
poseability too, making the action poses very easy to get.
The only downfall to this form are left over pieces that make
up the super form and the rest of the fire truck. Also, this
form is very easy to get too. Not difficulties at all.
2) Super Robot Form - The larger robot form of Optimus is
pretty cool. Not only is it bigger, but it uses all the pieces
so none can get lost. Unfortunately, it looks less like the
original Optimus Prime which isn't that much of a problem.
However, since the pieces used to make this form are additions
to the smaller form, poseability is lost. It still has a great
deal of it, but not as much as the smaller robot form. To
get the small robot to this one is rather simple and quick.
3) Fire Truck Form - Even though it's not a transport truck,
the fire truck form looks absolutely fantastic. I had no problems
getting to the robot forms from the fire truck but had a little
difficulty at first getting back to the truck. What's cool
is the fire truck's ladder is all moveable with spring loaded
missles and you can get a cool truck pose. The sturdiness
of this form is incredible as well. The only weak spot for
this form is where the smaller robot's gun goes. It slides
into the front of the truck underneath as a small wheel, but
it never feels like its in there properly.
4) Combined Form - This is where things get interesting and
tricky. If you have both Optimus and Ultra Magnus, the two
can form together to make a BIG HUGE robot. And by huge, I
mean it. It dwarfs anything on my toy shelf. This form is
a little difficult to get to, but after a couple attempts
it's not as bad. My main two beefs with this form are the
weakness in the mid section and the left over parts. Again,
the smaller robot form is used as a base and all these bigger
parts fit into him. And since the whole upper section of the
robot is the heavier part of Ultra Magnus the waist seems
a little weak. Not that it can't support the weight, but if
for some reason I'd fear for the mid part buckling under the
heaviness if someone knocked it over. Still, the form looks
fantasitic and the blues and white of Magnus and reds of Optimus
look good together.
Overall, Optimus is a very spiffy toy. Though he looks best
in his smaller robot form, I keep him in his super robot form
simply to ensure no parts are lost. Even though he's a firetruck,
this Optimus is still a cool toy and very well worth the money,
especially if you have Ultra Magnus.