"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Power Surge Optimus Prime Toy Review
Release Date: January 2016
Price Point: $14-16.99 (price varies by branch)
Retailer: Toys R Us Exclusive
Accessories: Axe, Swords x 2, Cannons
*Images and text below from Toysrus.com:
When Earth is in danger, Optimus Prime will be there to protect it. With the Decepticon Starscream on the verge of conquering our planet, Optimus Prime activates his Power Surge mode and uses his super-charged strength to battle the evil Decepticon.
Transformers Warriors Class figures are made for fans of classic Transformers conversion play. This Power Surge Optimus Prime figure changes from robot to tractor trailer and back in 11 steps and features Power Surge armor. It comes with 2 sword accessories and works with all Mini-Con Weaponizers figures. Each Mini-Con Weaponizers figure converts from robot to a unique weapon in a single step. Add a Mini-Con Weaponizers figure to the battle and imagine Optimus Prime just got mightier. Mini-Con Weaponizers figures are each sold separately and subject to availability. See app details below.)
Optimus Prime has undergone a ton of upgrades over the years and his latest is a "Power Surge" mode. This latest incarnation features new weaponry and colors for the Autobot leader. This figure is a retool and redeco of the first Warrior Class Optimus Prime. It has been used several times since. Here's a list of previous reviews:
- Optimus Prime
- Blizzard Strike Optimus Prime
- "Clash of the Transformers" Optimus Prime
- "Adventure" Nemesis Prime
This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release. The original Warrior Class Optimus Prime review is worth a look for more details on the original sculpt.
Power Surge Optimus Prime is packaged in robot mode on a blister card. Following previous "Clash of the Transformers" releases, the Transformers logo is set vertically on the left side of the packaging (right, if you are facing it) with the "Clash of the Transformers/Robots in Disguise" logo above it. The insert mentions the ability to interact with Mini-Cons. Oddly the character art used is from the model used for Optimus Prime when he first appeared on "Robots in Disguise" instead of his new design which has distinct wings and different colors. The background features Starscream's face in blue. The back features the figure in both modes and instructions. It also calls out the "Mini-Con Weaponizers" which can interact with Optimus via 5mm pegs and ports.
After so many straight redecos with no tooling changes this figure is a refreshing change. It not only features retooling, it also has new accessories! Let's look at what has been retooled first:
- The shoulder armor (which forms the front of the vehicle) are new pieces that come out to the sides more and feature "cog" details on the left shoulder (based on the Mini-Con Weaponizer theme logo) and a Matrix-like circle on the right shoulder.
- The entire torso piece (front and back) has been redesigned. The front still features angled "V" like shapes but there are more details on it and it looks more like some type of scifi machine instead of the front of a truck. The back has been retooled, now featuring two 5mm ports that allow the sword accessories to attach as wings.
- The panels on the sides of the lower legs are new pieces with much more intricate detail than the original.
In terms of accessories, Optimus still includes the axe the figure originally came with, but he also has cannons and swords to go with it! The swords have wide blades with details on them that resemble mechanical feathers. They can be attached to Optimus' back as wings or he can hold them in his hands. The cannons are one solid piece that features two cannon barrels. These can attach to the new torso piece using the slots that flank the robot head.
Overall the changes made to this figure are both significant and awesome. I love the new look of this figure. It looks dramatically different than the original sculpt and the wings really give it a distinct appearance in the "Robots in Disguise" line. The cannons add some necessary firepower to the design that the original lacked.
Optimus is cast in blue, white, silver and translucent light blue plastic. The white makes up most of the outer armor including the shoulders and forearms. Blue is used for the head, forearms, the lower legs and the area around the top of the thighs. The translucent blue plastic comes into play on the torso and back area. On the back it is unpainted so it shines brilliantly. In the front there is significant red and white paint on it, but "L" shaped patterns are left unpainted. If you hold it up against a light it looks like energy is coursing through his body and it looks fantastic. The wings and cannons are also cast in translucent blue, with some white paint inside the cannon barrels. The axe is cast in black with no paint applications.
All the joints on my copy of this figure are nice and tight, which is a relief given how many times the base sculpt has been used. In a nice bit of forethought, the designers created "hooks" on the sides of the lower legs that you can slide the axe onto for storage while Optimus holds his swords. I'm glad the figure not only has significant new parts but weaponry as well.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Detach the weapons and set them aside for now.
- Push the robot head into the chest.
- Push the legs together.
- Swing the shoulder armor back.
- Swing the forearms up and connect them together.
- 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 towards the front of the trailer section.
- Attach the swords to the top of the vehicle.
- Attach the cannons to the underside of the vehicle. You will see two slots on the panels that form the sides of the lower legs where these connect.
For the most part the general shape of Optimus Prime's vehicle mode has not changed. The front end has a cab section with a "V" shaped window, the sides are fairly flat with some sculpted details and the back still has the robot feet sticking up out of it. That sounds less than ideal but in fact it's a very sleek looking truck mode and I'm glad to see a trailer integrated into the figure. What is new are the details from the shoulder armor and the swords on top. The handles of the swords point forward and wind up looking like cannons mounted on the top of the vehicle.
My only complaint with this mode is the lack of paint details. White dominates this from on the cab and the trailer. With only a bit of blue and red peeking out, he winds up looking more like Ultra Magnus than Optimus Prime (note: there is a more traditional red/blue dominant version of this in mass release). Part of the disappointing aspect is that the white section has Optimus Prime's traditional "angled line" sculpted into it. This has been part of Optimus' design since Generation One. It's a great touch to gave it there but it's unpainted so you can barely see it. I wish it was painted blue to bring it out more.
This is an excellent retool and redeco of the Warrior Class Optimus Prime figure. However if you already purchased previous versions I can see someone being "fatigued" on the mold. However if you want something different than what you had before (with new accessories to boot) then this figure is for you!