"Robots in Disguise (2015)" Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class Optimus Prime Toy Review
Release Date: August 2015
Price Point: $14.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: Toys R Us Exclusive
*Images and text below from the Toys R Us web site:
Whether he was in robot mode or semi truck mode, Optimus Prime has always been a powerful leader of the Autobot cause. This Warriors Class Optimus Prime figure is just like him, but he's got the ultimate weapon against his Decepticon foes: his mighty axe! Convert him back and forth as the fight rages on. When the battle is over for the day, you can scan your figures' badges into the Transformers Robots in Disguise app (device not included) and unlock the characters for awesome virtual combat. The battle is never over for you and your Optimus Prime figure!
The "Clash of the Transformers" packaging features Optimus Prime's artwork with colors based on his appearance in the final few episodes of "Robots in Disguise" season one. The card also features electric blue coloring with a pattern in the background that includes the Autobot symbol. The right side has the "Transformers" logo set vertically and above that is a circular "Clash of the Transformers" logo. A "Toys R Us Exclusive" sticker is attached to the bubble. The figure is set inside the card in robot mode. The back of the packaging features the figure in both modes with instructions off to the side. The bottom half of the card features legal information in several languages.
As part of the promotion for the introduction of Megatronus into the "Robots in Disguise" series, Toys R Us released a series of exclusive figures under the banner "Clash of the Transformers". These figures went across the various classes of figures including the Warrior Class. One of these was Optimus Prime, a redeco of Warrior Class Optimus Prime. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release so check out my original review for a detailed look at the sculpt.
Optimus Prime's new plastic colors are a simple swap out from the previous version of this figure. The red plastic is now a metallic red, the silver parts have been replaced with a lighter silver and the blue plastic has been replaced with black. Red and black are two of the primary colors on Optimus Prime once he returned to Earth, so the black and red colors here make perfect sense.
There are some very nice paint applications on this figure, especially when you compare it to the original figure. White paint is used on the chest and forearms. Silver is found on the ankle armor, mid-body, hip joints and face. His eyes are painted light blue. The chest armor is light blue. A nice metallic black color is used on the chest window and the armor on the sides of the mid-body area. The finishing touch is a scannable Autobot symbol on the left shoulder. I have to say, with these paint applications this figure makes the original version look almost plain.
Unfortunately there is no retooling on this figure. It's a shame because there are a lot of cool details on the "upgraded" Optimus Prime in the show including a new head design and shoulder armor. It would've been cool to see those features on this figure.
All the joints on this figure are nice and tight. The axe weapon can still be held nice and tight in either hand.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Detach the weapon and set it aside for now.
- Push the robot head into the chest.
- Push the legs together.
- Swing the arms up.
- Swing each forearm out to the sides then swing them up against the shoulder armor.
- Swing the two arms together to form the front of the vehicle.
- Rotate the lower body around.
- Pull out the panels on the sides of the legs and swing them forward to form the sides of the vehicle.
- The axe has a notch on either side that can slide into the tabs in the gap between the two robot legs.
The one to one color replacement in this mode is pretty straightforward as well. The front is red and the sections from the back of the cab to the rear of the trailer are black. The sides of the vehicle have a similar red detail to the first version of the figure but this time out there is an additional silver detail over the red triangle sections. The smokestacks are also painted silver. The front section including the grille is painted black and the window is also black. Oddly the headlights are not painted, which surprised me since so much extra deco was put into this figure.
Interestingly the axe weapon stores nicely in between the legs (on the top of the trailer section). I found it was a tad loose on my original version of the sculpt, but here it holds nice and tight.
I really like this deco a lot. If you skipped the first Warrior Class Optimus Prime this is a better choice thanks to the superior deco. I do wish there was retooling, but it's still a cool figure overall.