"Transformers Adventure" Toys R Us Optimus Prime Toy Review
Release Date: July 2015
Price Point: Give away with purchase with 3000 Yen of "Adventure" product, about $20-25 on the aftermarket
Retailer: Toys R Us Japan
It has become tradition for Takara Tomy to offer small give away items to promote the launch of a toy line. For the "Transformers Adventure" line, Toys R Us Japan ran a promotion where the purchase of 3000 Yen worth of "Adventure" product gave you a bonus: Toys R Us Optimus Prime! This figure is a redeco of Legion Class Optimus Prime. It would go on to be given a new deco as:
For details on the figure, check out my review of the first iteration. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.
Being a Toys R Us promotional item this Optimus Prime does not have the usual red and blue color scheme one would expect. Instead, his base plastic colors are orange (or an intense beige if you prefer) and black. The orange plastic makes up most of the vehicle with black making up smaller parts like the wheels. The orange is based on the color of Toys R Us' mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe.
Paint colors include green, pink and black. The green is used on the left side of the vehicle's middle section. Next to that is a pink section. These two colors in particular show up as a motif on Toys R Us' web site. A bit of red is used on the smokestack section. Black is used to paint the windshield and the robot feet in the back. This is a very bright and cheerful color scheme, appropriate for a Toys R Us promotional item, and it is very unusual among Transformers.
No sculpt changes were made on this figure. If you have Cyberverse style weapons they can fit into the slots on the sides of the vehicle.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
- Swing the section with the rear wheels down.
- Split the trailer section apart and swing the robot arms out to the sides and down.
- Swing the cab section up, then swing the robot head piece forward.
- Push the waist/legs section down.
- Split the legs in the middle.
There's no denying it. Optimus Prime looks weird in this mode. Now, depending on your perspective on weird, this will either turn you off to the figure or make you want it to put on your "weird stuff from Transformers lines" shelf. The orange/beige color still dominates the figure, making up his back, most of the arms and legs. The other plastic parts are black. Most of the paint is on his upper body. The right shoulder is green, the left is pink. The most "traditional Optimus Prime" colors are blue and silver on the head with blue eyes and red and blackon the chest. The least "Optimus Prime-esque" deco are a series of red star shapes on his legs. These are part of Toys R Us' design motif, but on the legs they also mimic the spots on a giraffe, calling back to Geoffrey.
If all the colors above didn't make the point for you, the right shoulder has a sticker with a drawing of Geoffrey on it. The left shoulder has a Toys R Us logo sticker on it. The end result is a deco that is both silly and endearing at the same time.
All the joints on my copy of this figure are nice and tight and the fists still hold Cyberverse weapons without a problem.
When I look at this figure, all I can think is it is glorious in a very strange way. This is simply not the kind of item you'd see coming out for Transformers anywhere else but Japan. United States promo items (rare as they are) tend to be more "serious" and in line with the toy line (such as the KREO Optimus and Grimlock give away from Toys R Us a couple years back). This however is just a wonderfully goofy item and I'm happy to have it as part of my collection.