zeoman4.5's review: Animated Optimus Prime (Activators)
Autobot Space Bridge Repair Crew Commander
Young and inexperienced, but also utterly fearless, OPTIMUS PRIME commands his squad of loyal AUTOBOTS with strength and wisdom. For its own reasons, the Allspark chose him to protect it, and he has sworn to do so with all his might. He is a natural leader and a powerful fighter for peace. Where he goes, his AUTOBOTS willingly follow.
Well, its been a while. My last review was months ago, and yet I can't think
of a better one to start off with than Animated Activators Prime. This is one
of the planned purchases this year that actually exceeded my expectations.
I guess I should say something about Animated OP. Well, he is a young
rookie commander of a crew of Autobot misfits who work on the vast amounts
of space bridges in their universe. One day the Allspark, a source of incredible
power appears out of the blue and the next thing you know good ol' Prime
is fighting a giant sword wielding Decepticon named Megatron, and his ship
is about to crash into an unknown planet. After the crash he and his men
wake up decades later on earth, and become heroes. Unlike most other Primes
he is young, inexperienced, and relies more on skill than raw power. He's got
a shady past and a certain spider-bot resulting from it. Other than that he's
pretty straight forward, honest, kind, wise, heroic, blah, blah, blah. Review
Ordinarily I would start off with a the robot mode since that's how he is
packaged, but this time around I'll start off with the vehicle mode since, I
like to save the best for last. So as not to keep you in suspense, he is a
truck in vehicle mode. I know what your thinking though,"Isn't animated OP
a Fire Truck?" Well yes, on the show and in his voyager class figure he is, but
in this instance I can not in good conscience call him a fire truck. The
entire build of his vehicle mode screams Semi-truck cab. It lacks the
full rear section of the fire-truck mode and the water hose. It does however
try to make itself look like a rescue vehicle by having a pair or siren flashers
on the roof of the truck cab. It is very sleek, and looks heavy duty so there
is little doubt that it belongs to an Optimus. There is a little bit of kibble, but
it is easy to overlook, and doesn't detract from the play value. All of the robot
mode parts are well hidden so it doesn't have the, "hands under wings
problem" Starscream has.
As far as color scheme is concerned he is very show accurate. Red on the
upper portion of the cab, blue on the lower portion and rear section, black
side panels and windows, silver bumpers and stripes, yellow head lights.
It looks alright, but it gives you the feeling something is missing. It would
have been a lot better if he had been given a full rear section, but because
of packaging and other reasons he lacks that which would make him whole.
While it does seem to lack for being an Animated Optimus, as far as being a
Prime goes, he looks good.
The vehicle mode is pretty basic for play, wheels roll well. The only problem
I have with the mechanics is that the connection between the cab and
rear sections is just a pair of ball and socket joints. That makes it so that
there is no way to get the vehicle to rest on its wheels 100% evenly. This
isn't the mode you'd want to display him in but it isn't bad.
This is an Activator, so it is basically a scout class figure with spring loaded
conversion to robot mode. Optimus' conversion is good, I've had no problems
as of yet with him changing. It takes a little more manual transformation to
finish the robot modes legs, and of course you have to fight the springs to
get him into vehicle mode, but the gimmick is well done.
After pressing the tab on his flashers, and fixing his legs he is in his robot
mode. The look of the figure is impressive, nearly flawless representation of
the Animated Prime's appearance. The proportions are right, as well as the
shape of his body pieces, with the exception of the silver bumper parts on the
back of his wrists which stick out a little, although it makes it look like he has
some sort of arm hammer thing going on.
The color scheme is exactly like how it should be, not to dark like the
Deluxe two pack figure. Red on the chest, torso, and shoulders. Blue is on the
lower arms, lower legs, and waist. Black windows on the chest, yellow bits on
the waist, and other various minor details pull his look together perfectly.
His face is the pinnacle, it looks so G1, but at the same rate it is definitely
the animated style. Blue helmet, face plate, and light blue eyes definitely
give him the perfect look for a Prime. The finishing touch on this guy is the
Autobot insignia on his shoulder; it's red, not silver. I can't really emphasize
how good he looks by comparison to many other activators. Best so far.
He has decent articulation. Ball joints on hips, knees, shoulders, and neck.
plus elbows that bend and rotate. He actually has better articulation than the
Deluxe class figure, and that's saying something. Of course it can't all be good
and every activator Autobot so far has had this flaw. He completely lacks a
weapon of any kind, no axe, no grapple, no fire extinguisher, nothing. It
doesn't detract from the figure itself, but if he had an axe this might just
be the coolest toy I've gotten all year. He is still by far the most playable and
displayable figure of the entire lot of Animated Activators and truly befitting
the Prime namesake.
Marks out of ten for the following:
7/10 He is the regular cost for a basic figure and I'd say he's well worth it. I just wish the cost would go down a bit.
5/10 It is a bit tough to get into vehicle mode, but it is very fun.
9/10 He is very tough, can take rough play well, but if anything were to happen to his springs well....
10/10 He's a little Optimus, that is near perfectly show acurate and has a spring loaded transformation, even without weapons he is cool.
9/10 Highly recommended. He is worth while even if you don't like Animated figures, a good figure with a lot of potential.