"Cyberverse" Warrior Class Optimus Prime with Battle Base Trailer Toy Review

in 2018, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Cyberverse, Warrior Class

Cyberverse

Optimus Prime Battle Base Trailer

General Information:
Release Date: December 2018
Price Point: $29.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: Walmart Exclusive (US), Toys 'R'Us Exclusive (Canada)
Accessories: Trailer/base

*Images above and text below in italics are from Toys 'R' Us Canada:
Picture this: me, on Earth, still cooler than everyone this side of Optimus Prime, but Ive got zero memories. Now Im on a mission to recover my memories and discover all of my awesome powers. Ill have to battle Decepticons, outrun an explosion or two, and be heroic- basically, Im in for one epic ride across the Cyberverse." -Bumblebee

Noble Optimus Prime leads the heroic Autobots on a mission to defend the universe. Convert and attack with Transformers Cyberverse Action Attackers figures! Change figure from vehicle to robot mode in 8 easy steps. The last step of conversion automatically activates Optimus Prime figures signature Energon Axe Attack move! Convert figure back to truck mode and attach trailer to automatically activate Cannon Charge Action Attack move.

Store other Action Attackers Warrior Class figures, each sold separately, inside the trailer. Convert it into a battle base for the Autobots! Convert to activate 2 signature character attack moves, inspired by the Transformers Cyberverse animated series

  • Easy conversion from vehicle to robot mode activates Energon Axe Attack move
  • Convert figure to truck mode and attach trailer to activate Cannon Charge move
  • Trailer opens to become a battle base for the Autobot leader
  • Battle Base Trailer stores other Warrior Class figures, each sold separately
  • Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
  • Includes Optimus Prime figure, trailer, and instructions.
  • Figure scale: 5.4 inches
  • Warning: Choking Hazard -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

If you visited US Walmart stores in late 2018 you may have seen a special item under the "Cyberverse" line of figures. This boxed set featured the Warrior Class Optimus Prime figure packaged with a "Battle Base Trailer". This trailer could transform into a base for Optimus and other "Cyberverse" figures. This was an exclusive to Walmart in the United States, but in Canada it was a Toys 'R' Us exclusive suggesting that had the chain survived in the United States it may have been intended as a holiday item for Toys 'R' Us stores in the United States.

Packaging:
The Battle Base Trailer set is packaged in a window box with colors that match up nicely to the rest of the "Cyberverse" line's packaging. This relies on a bright color scheme using light blue, yellow and black as its primary colors. Optimus Prime is packaged in robot mode while the trailer is in trailer mode. The front has artwork for Optimus Prime calling out his "Energon Axe Attack" feature. The back of the box shows a rendering of the base with Bumblebee. It also calls out an eight step transformation from trailer to base mode. The cosells on this box are Warrior Class Bumblebee and Megatron. The box also calls out the "Cannon Charge" weapon built into the trailer.

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Vehicle Mode:
The Battle Base Trailer includes a re-release of the "Cyberverse" Warrior Class Optimus Prime figure. You read that right, re-release. Looking at the figure I cannot find differences between this release and the previous one so if you want to read about that figure check out my original review.

The Battle Base Trailer has an interesting design. Instead of being the typical Optimus Prime trailer which basically looks like a big rectangle, this trailer has several additional sections that give it a slightly futuristic look. This includes an angled section that sticks out in the front, armor panels that stick out on the sides a bit and even a small section with rear lights sculpted onto it at the back of the trailer. Running along the side is a thick, angled line detail that is a homage to the original G1 Optimus Prime trailer's sticker which featured a similar design. Interestingly, this design is not just printed on with tampographs or a sticker. Instead it is sculpted into the sides. Overall this design reminds me a bit of the trailer that came with the Bot Shots figure from 2012 (pictured above).

The trailer is mostly grey plastic with black plastic used for the wheels. The stripe running along the side is white with blue lines on the top and bottom. An Autobot symbol is printed in red towards the front. Sadly that is it for deco. Given that half of this boxed set is a reissued figure I had hoped Hasbro would have added a bit more deco but the wheels are unpainted, as are the rea light details at the back of the trailer.

Unlike your standard trailers that connect using pegs and ports, this trailer uses a section in the front that goes over Optimus Prime's feet in vehicle mode. Optimus can then pull the trailer along as you roll him forward. This makes it difficult (but not impossible) to hitch the trailer onto other Optimus Prime figures. He works best with Optimus figures ranging from the 1-Step to Deluxe sizes, though "Siege" Optimus Prime looks...kind of okay with it (he's a bit too big). Interestingly, the trailer can hitch onto "Cyberverse" 1-Step Optimus Prime perfectly making me think this cross compatibility was by design and not coincidence.

Open up the rear door and you can fit in some Warrior Class figures (the best candidate right now is Bumblebee in vehicle mode). This is a fun feature that adds some play value.

The trailer has another fun feature: weaponry! In the front you will see a black button. Press it and two dual barreled cannons spring out of the front. It happens fast and looks awesome. This also feels a bit like a callback to Powermaster Optimus Prime's dual barreled blasters. To reset the feature, just push the cannons back in and they lock into place.

Transformation to Base Mode:

  1. On the bottom of the trailer, swing out the black bar.
  2. Swing the back half of the trailer's top section back.
  3. Swing the rear door down.
  4. Swing the left side panel down.
  5. On the top, swing up the cannon.
  6. On the left side panel, swing up the computer console panel.
  7. Swing down the black support panel (under the top panel).
  8. Press the black button to activate the cannons.

Battle Base Mode:
This base mode is the real reason to get this set. it is a fun design with elements that call back to the G1 Optimus Prime's trailer. The center has some nice detailing on the ramp with some machinery details running along the right side wall. The computer panel is partly modeled after the G1 Ark interior (which carried over to the "Cyberverse" cartoon) and looks great. The interior also has other cool details like a cross hatch pattern on the top next to the cannon and a view screen on the right side wall.

Most of the deco in this mode is focused on the computer panel. It is painted orange with some blue details and it looks great. It could have come out of G1 or the "Cyberverse" cartoon. There is also a line of black painted in the center of the ramp section. Sadly that is all there is and that is a shame. This is especially true for the wall, which has sculpted details that really could have benefited from some paint to make them pop. I can see customizers having a field day painting the interior of the trailer.

Each of the cannons in this mode can turn. On top of that there are four 5mm ports to attach extra weapons. One is on top and the other three are on the same panel as the computer station. Oddly, these ports do not hold weapons particularly tightly. They stay just fine, but they are easily lifted out with minimal effort. Still, it is a cool feature and since the 5mm port has been universal for years you can pick a variety of weapons to attach.

In terms of interacting with other figures, the ramp is the best part for this. It will allow other figures to roll on it but all the other sections are a bit small. You might be able to get some of the Scout Class figures to work with it, but I actually found "Siege" Micromasters (or figures around that size) worked best.

Final Thoughts:
I really love the idea behind this set. Give the Warrior Class figure a trailer? Cool. Give the trailer the ability to become a battle station? Awesome. However, the Warrior Class figure in this set is okay at best and not worth its standalone price of $14.99. The trailer is cool, but could have used more deco and is definitely not worth $15.00 on its own. Overall I would say if you could get this set for about $20 USD or thereabouts it is well worth it for the play value.

Pros:

  • Trailer sculpt is nice in both modes.
  • Cool design homage to past Optimus Prime toys.
  • Computer panel is a really great touch.
  • Ability to attach extra weaponry was a cool idea.
  • I am glad you can use the trailer in both modes to interact with other figures.

Cons:

  • Needs more deco all around.
  • No changes to the Warrior Class figure.
  • The 5mm ports in base mode don't hold weapons tightly.