Revenge of the Fallen Defender Optimus Prime Toy Review

in 2010, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Movie (2007), Revenge of the Fallen

Revenge of the Fallen

General Information:
Release Date: February 2010
Price Point: $21.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Missile launchers x 2, Missiles x 2

Images:

Images and text from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
Since the battle in Egypt, OPTIMUS PRIME has outfitted himself with the gear he needs to take out airborne opponents. Unfortunately, MINDWIPE attacks on two fronts, taking cheap shots at the AUTOBOT from the air, while his hypnotized flunkies assault him on the ground. OPTIMUS PRIME struggles desperately, searching for a way to take out MINDWIPE without harming any of the innocents he’s brainwashed.

Recreate exciting movie scenes or stage your own living room battles with this fierce-looking figure! In robot mode, your DEFENDER OPTIMUS PRIME figure is ready to fight with you for justice. When you two detect enemies approaching, convert him to truck vehicle mode so he can meet them on the road, convert his smokestacks to cannon accessories and show the bad guys what kind of “firepower” the AUTOBOTS forces really have! N.E.S.T. ALLIANCE PRODUCT

Defender Optimus PrimeIt seems that every time a new wave or iteration of a Transformers line comes out, Optimus Prime gets put back out in some way, shape or form. This time out, the N.E.S.T. promotion has brought us another incarnation of the Voyager Class Optimus Prime from the 2007 movie toy line. This was most recently given a new deco and released as part of the "Revenge of the Fallen" toy line. On top of that, there have been at least three other releases of this sculpt in the past couple of years, most of which wound up as exclusives to one chain or another of stores such as Target and Costco. I recommend checking out those previous reviews for detailed information on the sculpt. This review will focus on the deco changes made for this release.

Vehicle Mode:
The new color scheme for Voyager class Optimus Prime seems to take its cues from previous "Nightwatch" Optimus Primes, giving him a darker color scheme that would stand out less at night. Instead of having three primary colors now, Prime only has two: blue and grey. The front end of the vehicle is mostly grey, with all the red parts from the previous version replaced with grey plastic. The cabin and rear section is blue, but not the exact same shade as the previous release. This blue has a lighter appearance to it, not looking quite as bold as the strong blue of the previous release. Translucent clear plastic replaces the translucent blue from the previous release and the smokestacks and wheels are cast in black plastic.

Paint applications are done in a very similar pattern to the previous release. The flame details on the front nose of the truck are metallic red with an orange shade to it while silver is used for the flames on the blue parts. You'll also find silver on the headlights, the panel above the windshield and the outline of the windshield where details such as the windshield wipers can be found. A bit of red flames are used towards the back on the cover above the rear wheels. The small Autobot symbol on the front of the vehicle is also painted metallic red.

Unfortunately, that's really all there is to this deco. If it doesn't sound terribly exciting, it's because quite frankly it isn't. In fact, when I first saw it in package, I thought "How dull, maybe it'll be better once I get it out." and once I did I thought "Dangit, still dull.". Anyone who has read my previous reviews knows I love this sculpt a lot, but deco is always a key part of what makes a figure, and in this case Prime just looks boring with so much grey and a color pattern that is (for the most part) just copied over from previous versions. Perhaps if there was more paint detail on the front grille or maybe some spray ops for a gritty "worn' look there would be more appeal to this deco, but whenever I look at it the only word that keeps coming to mind is "blah".

One thing that I was happy to see is that there is no sign of mold degradation such as excess plastic hanging off certain parts or extra loose bits. The mechanism that allows his "driver" to appear and disappear works just great and you can still swing his smokestacks forward to form a bit of a "attack" mode in this form. See, overall this is a great sculpt and definitely fun to play with, I just wished it looked better in this form.

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Swing the smokestacks out to the sides.
  2. Rotate the horizontal fuel drums on the sides forward and detach them, then rotate the smokestacks forward to form the weapons.
  3. Flip the truck upside down and swing the robot arms down, along with the shoulder armor covers.
  4. Swing the blue section of the truck back and swing the top cover pieces up.
  5. Swing the front halves of the rear wheel covers over the rear halves.
  6. You can now see the feet, swing them out.
  7. Swing the blue pieces all the way back now, connecting them to the back of the truck, forming the legs.
  8. Swing each half of the feet up.
  9. Swing the robot arms out to the sides and swing the panels on his forearms so they sit on the side of each arm.
  10. Swing the main body down.
  11. From underneath the front nose of the truck, swing the robot head out.
  12. Swing the robot arms down and place each of the guns into one of his hands, connecting it to the forearms by the large pegs.

Robot Mode:
In robot mode, Optimus Prime continues the trend of having a lot more grey than his previous Voyager Class incarnations. The grey makes up most of the upper body and thighs, with only bits of black and blue plastic breaking up the monotony. The lower legs are blue while his feet are black. As disappointed in the vehicle mode as I may be the robot mode definitely makes up for it in part. There are several paint decos scattered throughout the body including gold on the shoulders and legs, red on the shoulders, chest and forearms and blue on the torso. Silver is used rather extensively for the window deails on his chest and the mouthplate area on the head. I was surprised to see translucent blue plastic on the eyes since clear plastic was used on the robot mode. Overall, the robot mode looks good, and I think a lot of that is owed to the red and gold colors which add a much needed splash of brightness to an otherwise drab looking set of colors.

All of Optimus Prime's joints are tight and the missile launchers still fire with good range. Considering how many times this sculpt has been used, I was very happy to see that. There's no doubt that if you're not as concerned with the deco as I am, you can have some fun with this figure.

Final Thoughts:
Despite how down I am on this figures' deco, I cannot fault the sculpt in any way. I just think that after five or so releases it's time for a figure to get some type of special treatment. Perhaps paint deco with more apps than usual or maybe even a resculpted part. I would have loved to see battle damage parts perhaps, or maybe even additional weapons. As it stands, if you already own this figure several times over, then its not really a worthwhile addition to your collection unless you're a completist. If you don't have any Voyager Class Optimus Prime figures and just want one on this scale, it's not a bad option since the other versions of Voyager Prime are no longer on shelves. Overall, a great sculpt but a rather plain redeco. Mildly recommended.