Revenge of the Fallen Voyager Class Optimus Prime Toy Review
Release Date: May 2009
Price Point: $22.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Missiles x 2, Missile launchers x 2
- In Box*
- Back of box
- Official photo (Vehicle Mode)*
- Official photo (Robot Mode)*
- Vehicle Mode
- Vehicle Mode (Right Side)
- Vehicle Mode (Left Side)
- Vehicle Mode (Back)
- Vehicle Mode (Forward View)
- Vehicle Mode (Close up of driver)
- Vehicle Mode (Door open)
- Vehicle Mode (Angle view)
- Vehicle Mode ("Great Leader" Chinese symbols)
- Vehicle Mode ("Shanghai General" Chinese Symbols)
- Vehicle Mode (Weapons deployed)
- With 2007 Optimus Prime (Vehicle Modes)
- Robot Mode
- Robot Mode (Side)
- Robot Mode (Back)
- Robot Mode (Close up)
- Robot Mode (Angle view)
- Robot Mode (Holding weapons)
- Robot Mode (Alternate pose)
- Robot Mode (Holding weapon, close up)
- With 2007 Optimus Prime (Robot Modes)
*Images and text below from Hasbrotoyshop.com:
From the moment OPTIMUS PRIME took Earth as a new home for himself and his people, he was rededicated to its protection. Since that day, he has focused all of his considerable will and power on rooting out the last few DECEPTICONS and destroying them. To that end, he has upgraded and refined his sensor suite, and trained with IRONHIDE in tracking the evil robots.
Prepare to do battle – AUTOBOT style! Gear up with the good guys and fire either of two missiles from this mighty leader’s firing cannons in robot mode. Or convert to tough truck mode turn the smokestack into cannons! Either way, you’re armed for battle! The only question is – are you ready?
Detailed robot-to-vehicle figure features double-missile firing cannons in robot mode and a smokestack that converts to cannons in truck mode! Ages 5 and up.
It's no surprise that redecos are a part of the initial run of "Revenge of the Fallen" figures. This gives Hasbro the opportunity to reuse existing molds while also filling in early assortments with a larger variety of figures before the release of brand new sculpts later on. One of these figures was a redeco of Voyager Class Optimus Prime from the 2007 Movie toy line. This review will focus on the changes made to this figure for this release, for a more detailed review of the figure, please check out my previous review.
In the beginning of "Revenge of the Fallen", Optimus Prime is deployed by N.E.S.T. to go after Demolishor and take the Decepticon down. This scene takes place in Shanghai, China, and it is from that scene this redeco draws its inspiration. However, instead of portraying Optimus as he appeared in that scene, it seems to focus on using that scene as inspiration and providing a "possible" deco that Prime could have taken in that scene.
The scene in Shanghai was a very dark and gritty one, and Optimus takes a bit of a beating in it and that darker tone appears to be the inspiration for this figures' color scheme. For the most part, all the colors are just different shades of the colors used on the first Voyager Class release of this figure. The bright red and blue parts from the 2007 version have been replaced with darker shades of each respective color. The grey plastic is now dark grey in sections such as the smokestacks and the front grille. The wheels are still black, but lack any paint deco on the side, adding to the dark appearance of the figure. The translucent light blue plastic from the 2007 version is now a darker translucent blue, making it look much bolder than before.
For the most part, the paint decos are about the same with some notable exceptions. There are blue flame details on the front of the vehicle and red ones on the doors. These are the same patterns as the 2007 version, however a couple paint applications are missing including the blue ones on the sides above the front wheel wells and the flames on the blue panels on the sides behind the smokestacks. In another interesting deco change, the panel above the windshield is still painted silver, but not the lights above it. Also, the barrels of his spare fuel tanks on the sides are not painted at all whereas the 2007 version of this figure had them painted silver. I think however this was a good call since the silver paint on both the panel and the sides would brighten the figure up a bit too much, taking away from its dark color scheme.
Instead, several of these details have been replaced with new ones. On the left side behind the smokestack is a faded Autobot symbol in copper. What I love is the way it's faded, with angles keeping the top right and lower left edges faded but the center strong. The symbol was painted on, and then blue paint apps painted over the faded parts. It looks like it's gone through aging and looks great. On the top of the vehicle to the left side are two Chinese characters meaning "Great Leader" (it can also be interpreted as "Great General" but my mother claims it is not meant to be taken in a military context). On the right side of the hood are more Chinese symbols meaning "Shanghai General" (this time it is meant to be a military term). Both terms are painted in the same copper color as the Autobot symbol on the side.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
- Swing the smokestacks out to the sides.
- Rotate the horizontal fuel drums on the sides forward and detach them, then rotate the smokestacks forward to form the weapons.
- Flip the truck upside down and swing the robot arms down, along with the shoulder armor covers.
- Swing the dark blue section of the truck back and swing the top cover pieces up.
- Swing the front halves of the rear wheel covers over the rear halves.
- You can now see the grey feet, swing them out.
- Swing the blue pieces all the way back now, connecting them to the back of the truck, forming the legs.
- Swing each half of the feet up.
- Swing the robot arms out to the sides and swing the panels on his forearms so they sit on the side of each arm.
- Swing the main body down.
- From underneath the front nose of the truck, swing the robot head out.
- 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.
The robot mode introduces a lot more grey plastic into the visual mix. On his shoudlers, upper arms, upper legs and feet Optimus has grey plastic breaking up the red and blue plastic portions of his body. There are significantly less paint applications in this form than the 2007 version. In that version silver paint was used on the shoulders, upper arms, upper legs and the torso. Here, there are some silver paint applications on the head and torso, but the arms are left unpainted. What is painted are the curved details indicating where the hip joints meet the hip section of the robot. Those sections are painted dark blue, as well as the panels on either side of the windshields on the chest. The windshield windows are painted copper in this form, which surprised me as I thought they would be dark blue to match the darker translucent blue from the vehicle mode. I do like it however and it keeps it from conflicting with the blue panels on either side of his chest.
All of Optimus' joints are tight, and his missiles still fire a respectable difference. I got about eight inches out of it during a test fire. This is great to see since this particular sculpt has been used at least three times already in the US alone.
I'm a really big fan of this sculpt, and I am always a sucker for "dark" color schemes. I'm also a sucker for the Chinese symbols on it. I would have liked to see a few more paint applications sure, so I won't say it's superior to its predecessor in any way. I think your mileage will vary on whether or not this figure will be deemed worthy of your collection, especially if you already own all previous three versions of it from 2007. I'd say if you only have one previous version, this is definitely worth your time. If your kid desperately wants a "Revenge of the Fallen" Prime but you don't want to shell out $50+ for the Leader Class, then this is a great option. Recommended!