Revenge of the Fallen Legends Class Optimus Prime Toy Review

in 2009, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Generation One, Revenge of the Fallen

Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: May 2009
Price Point: $5.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: None

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Text from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
Quick conversion OPTIMUS PRIME figure goes from robot mode to tough tractor-trailer truck mode in a flash! No matter which mode you choose for battle, this AUTOBOT leader is ready for action and ready to take on even the toughest DECEPTICON enemy!

When I first heard there would be an Optimus Prime in the Legends assortment for "Revenge of the Fallen", I had assumed it would be a redeco of the figure from the first movie. Much to my surprise, a whole new sculpt was created for this release of the Autobot leader.

Robot Mode:
The first "Transformers" movie Legends Class Optimus Prime was a rather mixed bag. He had a good vehicle mode and some good sculpting in robot mode, but for the most part he was a rather weird robot with a spindly mid-section and arms that were way too big. Proportions seemed to be heavily on the minds of designers when they went back to the drawing board for Optimus. This time out, Optimus looks a lot better, though his arms still have a bit of ginormousness about them. Proportionally everything works a lot better and he doesn't look like he has some weird cloak hanging off the backs of his arms.

Detail-wise, a lot of the major details from the CGI model in the movie have been carried over. These include the head sculpt, which features his iconic "mouthplate/crest" design along with touches from the movie such as vents on either side of his mouthplate. The arms feature the curved shoulders with rectangular panels on the sides and the mid-section has a bit of an indent in the center with armor panels on top of each other on the sides. Optimus also has a V shaped piece over the windshield on his chest, which is a detail directly carried over from the CGI model. Other details don't exactly match up to the movie model, but approximate them in some way. For instance, his knees are covered by long rectangular panels which simulate the leg armor over that area in the CGI model. His feet are not blocky feet like G1 Prime, but rather segmented with a longer piece in the middle and two "toes" on either side. There's a great bit of design here and I'm happy to see some good thought went into this sculpt.

Optimus is cast in silver and black plastic. Silver makes up most of the robot mode, with black making up smaller parts such as his wheels and shoulders. As you would expect, blue, red and silver paint make up a lot of the detail work. His head, lower legs and torso all have blue on them whereas the chest, waist and face have silver. Red is sued on sections like his forearms and the outline of the windshield on his chest. A red Autobot symbol is stamped onto his left leg, which is a neat touch if not an odd place to put the detail.

Optimus Prime has six points of articulation in robot mode. This includes two points on each arm and his legs where they connect to the hips. His arms have a wide range of motion thanks to ball joints at the shoulders. While it isn't noted on the packaging, Optimus Prime can link up to the Legends Jetfire figure, simulating the ability of the two characters to combine in the movie. You use the tab on Jetfire and plut it into the vertical slit on his back, and essentially Optimus winds up with a huge jetpack. You'd think the weight would be too much for him to stand up properly, but the figure stands fine with no support and winds up looking pretty neat to boot!

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Swing the feet up into the lower legs.
  2. Connect the robot feet together.
  3. Swing the robot chest up.
  4. Rotate the robot legs around at the hip and swing them up to form the front of the vehicle.
  5. Swing each robot arm back, and bend them so they're bent at right angles on the elbows and connect them together.

Vehicle Mode:
Hasbro has created several iterations of Optimus Prime's vehicle mode from the movie, so I would have been disappointed if this one was not accurate to the movie. This Legends Class figure manages to replicate the on screen look of the Peterbilt truck very well. The overall shape is perfect, without any parts being excessively bulky or thin looking. The front end has the imposing looking grille along with the row of raised circles on the lower portion. The middle has the step up to the doors and the sideview mirrors on each side. The smokestacks are relatively thick to the rest of the vehicle, but because they're sculpted nicely with angled ends, they don't look out of place. The rear section has many of the requisite details including the circle in the center where a trailer would hitch onto the vehicle and the cylindrical tanks on the sides. I was impressed to see that even smaller details such as the row of lights above the windshield and the smaller lights on the rear of the vehicle were included as well.

Another impressive bit about this vehicle mode is the color scheme. The front end and the rear are painted red, with the middle being blue. This matches up very well with the primary colors of the on screen vehicle. Prime's now legendary flames are painted in blue and run from the front of the vehicle back on both the hood and the sections above the wheels.

Final Thoughts:
"Revenge of the Fallen" Legends Class Optimus Prime is a neat little toy that is a vast improvement over his predecessor from the first movie. The ability to combine with Jetfire is a neat plus in such a tiny toy as well. Highly recommended!