Revenge of the Fallen Activators Rally Rumble Optimus Prime Toy Review

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Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: December 2010
Price Point: $9.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

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Text from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
OPTIMUS PRIME makes sure all of the AUTOBOTS know how to fight at high speed. He practices whenever he can by challenging the other AUTOBOTS to dangerous obstacle course races. That way, OPTIMUS PRIME is always ready for a fight at super speeds.

Spring into action with this quick conversion vehicle-to-robot hero! With just the press of a button, this mighty RALLY RUMBLE OPTIMUS PRIME figure changes from truck vehicle mode to robot mode through super speedy spring-loaded action. Convert him back to vehicle mode and push the button to convert him to robot mode again and again as the robot battles rage on!

Ages 4 and up.

The "Activators" line was a fairly major part of the Transformers line a couple years ago, but recently it has taken a back seat to the main line, with only a small wave of four figures released based on movie characters before now. The newest wave introduces no new sculpts, but it does offer up two new redecos. One of these is Rally Rumble Optimus Prime, a redeco of Activators Optimus Prime. Check out that review for details on the sculpt. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for htis review.

Robot Mode:
For this incarnation of Activators Optimus Prime, the designers did not stray very far from the basic color scheme Optimus Prime is known for. His plastic colors are still silver, red, blue and black. What differs is the shade. Each of the colors is a slightly lighter shade than the one on the previous Activators Optimus Prime, even the silver which looks lighter. The red color looks almost orange with some metallic flake and the blue has metallic flake as well, giving both primary colors a really nice look. There's a slight difference in the placement of the plastic. On the original, the entire lower leg section as blue, but here the insides are grey.

The paint colors used in this form follow almost the same pattern as the first release in this form. The placement of color is just slightly different. Silver, red, light blue and yellow paint are used in this form. The silver is found on the robot head, but this time around it covers slightly more of the head than the previous review, coming up over the nose and to the underside of the central crest at the top of his head. I found it odd the silver was used on the head but not the cylinders on the sides of his legs. They look really unfinished without any coloring on them. The red paint is a lighter shade of red, similar to the red plastic. It is used on the sides of the arms and the torso. The torso is covered in the same spot, but on the arms, the paint is only on the sides instead of wrapping around to the front on the forearms. The light blue color is the same shade as the original release and used on the same parts, namely the windows on the chest and the eyes.

The most interesting new designs are lightning bolts painted in yellow. There are two on the head and two on the chest. These tie in to the "rally rumble" theme, with the implicaiton that Prime has taken this paint job on to be a bit more flashy (perhaps at some sort of monster truck show or something). It's quite different than what you would expect to see on Optimus Prime, especially in robot mode but they are unobtrusive enough that they look cool without being overwhelming.

All of Optimus' joints are still nice and tight in this form, allowing him to strike various poses.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Swing the robot feet up.
  2. Straighten out the robot arms and then fold the forearms up over the upper arms.
  3. Connect the lower robot legs together.
  4. Swing the front end of the vehicle over the robot head, then push back and lock the vehicle mode into place.
  5. Swing down the smokestacks to help keep the robot arms in place.
  6. Push the robot legs in to complete the transformation.

Vehicle Mode:
In vehicle mode, the same colors from the robot mode carry over, but the proportions of colors are quite different form the original release. Whereas the original had blue color covering most of the middle to the back of the vehicle, this version is more balanced. The front end including the grille and headlights is cast in blue, but the section behind it up to the back is mostly cast in red. Then, the rear section is cast in blue. A bit of the silver plastic comes into play on smaller sections such as the smokestacks, the cylinders on the sides near the doors and the Activator button itself.

The same paint colors from the robot mode are used here, with the addition of some blue paint that matches the blue plastic color. The front grille is painted silver along with the covering over the windshield windows. The red color is found on the sides 9formed from the sides of the robot arms) and on the Autobot symbol on top of the vehicle. The yellow lightning bolt theme continues, this time with huge lightning bolts painted onto the hood of the truck. Unlike the ones from the robot mode, these have blue on the outer edges. He also has the numbers "01" on the sides in blue, with a yellow outline. This reminds me a lot of the General Lee from "Dukes of Hazzard", which may also explain the orange type red color used on the vehicle. If this is a homage, it's a rather fun and unexpected one!

Final Thoughts:
There's nothing extraordinary about this redeco, and I see it more as an opportunity to get the sculpt again if you missed it the first time around. In terms of colors, the original is more "movie accurate", but this one is fun as well. Recommended if you didn't get the first version of the figure and want the sculpt.