"The Last Knight" Mission to Cybertron Optimus Prime 2-Pack Toy Reviews
Release Date: August 2017
Price Point: $39.99
Retailer: Toys R Us
Accessories: Blaster/Axe, Blaster, "Flame"
Text in italics below are from the official Toys R Us web site:
The Mission to Cybertron is on with this Deluxe 2-Pack featuring Optimus Prime and Cybertron Optimus Prime figures. Change the Optimus Prime figure from robot to truck mode in 12 steps, and Cybertron Optimus Prime figure from robot to Cybertronian truck mode in 13 steps. Each figure comes with its own awesome weapon accessory. Mission to Cybertron figures feature glyph deco and cards that can be deciphered with the decoder available online at transformers.com/missiontocybertron.
To protect Earth and its human inhabitants, Optimus Prime hides in truck mode until the evil Decepticons attack. On his home planet, he valiantly faces enemies in Cybertron truck mode, designed to navigate across the evolving metal planet and protect him from powerful Cybertronian forces. Unlock secrets and awaken power on the Mission to Cybertron.
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Optimus Prime and Cybertron Optimus Prime Deluxe 2-Pack
This Optimus Prime two pack has a really nice window box showing off both figures in robot mode. The artwork on the packaging is inspired by the main line "The Last Knight" artwork but has different graphics including the hex shaped surface of Cybertron, the "Mission to Cybertron" logo on the bottom and artwork featuring Cybertron's surface on top. The "Earth" based Optimus Prime is simply named "Optimus Prime" while the Protoform version is now referred to as "Cybertron Optimus Prime". The two pack looks great in box though I think they probably could have shrunk the box a bit as there is a good amount of empty space inside.
The idea of a "Cybertronian" or "Protoform" Optimus Prime goes back to the very beginning of the movie toy line in 2007 when Protoform Optimus Prime was released. This figure would pop up again as part of the 2014 "Movie Advanced" line in different colors. In between it was used for some exclusives including the "Fusion Cluster Edition" at the C3xHobby Convention and even a gold, vacuum metallized "Lucky Draw" version. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.
This version of the "Protoform" Optimus Prime sculpt largely leans on the original release for inspiration. The silver color used on the original has been replaced with a darker metallic silver. It's a really beautiful color and I like it a lot. The smaller parts are still black plastic. The paint layouts on this figure are very similar to the original figure. There are silver applications on the shoulders, arms and legs. There are small red details on the shoulders, mid-body and legs. Several details are painted black including the mid-body and faux "wheels" on the legs. The eyes are translucent orange and provide some light piping. The chest "windows" are blue with white Cybertronian glyphs on them. Using the decoder provided by Toys R Us during this promotion, the glyphs translate into the word "Prime". Not shocking or revolutionary but it makes sense. The "flame" accessory included with the figure is translucent orange with lighter orange painted on the end, giving it a feiry appearance.
All the joints on my copy of this figure are just as tight as those on my original Protoform Optimus Prime and 2014 "Movie Advanced" line. The "flame" accessory still fits snug in the blaster as well.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Detach his weapon and detach the flame. Fold the barrel and end in.
- Point the robot feet down, and turn them to the sides.
- Attach the two legs together at the lower legs and feet.
- Rotate the upper body around.
- Swing the panel on his back up, and then swing down the black panel in the middle.
- Swing the robot head down, and fold the flap with the Autobot symbol on top of it.
- Swing each arm up out to the sides, then rotate the shoulders forward and swing the arms back.
- Attach the gun to the underside of the flap that was on the back.
- Swing the leg sections up, connecting the section with the feet to the tab on the panel that forms the top of the vehicle mode.
- Swing the panels on the shoulders forward.
- Swing the panels on the robot legs forward, then swing the panels on the front back to connect to them.
- The flame piece can be attached to the "tail" for a "trail effect"
This vehicle mode was originally referred to as an "Entry Mode", indicating this was the form Optimus Prime took when he entered Earth's atmosphere in the first movie. It works as a Cybertronian version of his Earth truck mode including windows in the front and a grille in the middle flanked by headlights. He even has "wheels" despite being a space faring vehicle. It's a fairly interesting and unique vehicle form.
Like the robot form, this mode is mostly made up of dark silver and black plastic. Silver paint is used on the top, sides and front. Dark grey is found on the front in parts that were previously unpainted. The blue windows with glyphs carry over form the robot mode. The most unusual details are huge red Cybertronian glyphs on the top of the vehicle. Like the ones on his chest it says "Prime" when translated to English. It looks very odd yet cool at the same time on an Optimus Prime figure. The finishing touch is an Autobot symbol on the top of the vehicle in the front.
The "flame" accessory still attaches to the back of the vehicle, making it look like Optimus is entering the atmosphere at high speed. I've always loved how creative and kind of weird this looked and I still do.
This Optimus Prime sculpt originally came out during the "Dark of the Moon' era, but for whatever reason I apparently never got around to reviewing any of those versions. However when this same sculpt was put out as the "Shining Knight" Optimus Prime for "Age of Extinction" I did put out a review so you'll want to check that out. This release makes the fifth time this base sculpt has been used, which is a lot for a figure that originally came out in 2011 (that's almost one a year). This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.
This figure represents Optimus Prime as he appeared in the first three films of the series (before switching to his "Knight" form in "Age of Extinction") and in many respects it aligns more with many of the traditional Optimus Prime elements than his current form. This includes windshield windows on his chest, a rectangular section of details on his lower legs, wheels on his legs and curved tanks on the sides of the legs. The design also had many Movie-universe era design elements as well including feet that ended in two "toes" sticking out (instead of the more flat feet of the G1 era) and lots of details under armor plates (most evident on the torso). From a detailing perspective there is a lot to like with this sculpt.
Some of the early Movie Optimus Prime figures were rather chunky because the designers were still trying to figure out the best way to turn the complex movie designs into functional toys. This was one of the earlier attempts to "slim down" Optimus Prime and bring his proportions more in line with what was seen in the films. For the most part this figure succeeds, giving Optimus Prime a relatively thin form (truck back pack aside) and there are not a ton of chunky parts.
This figure is cast in metallic blue, silver and black plastic. The blue and silver make up most of the figure with some clear plastic used for the chest panels with the windows. Silver, red and light blue paint is used to provide paint details. For the most part, the color layout on this figure is very similar to previous versions. There is red and silver on the chest and legs. Red is used on the fore arms and the eyes are light blue. However, looking over previous versions of this figure they generally had at least one more paint application in robot mode. For instance, the original version of this figure had some silver on the thighs, but here they are unpainted. This is a tad disappointing given that this is a "Premier Edition" release and that some of the Premier Edition figures such as Steelbane have really nice decos. I feel like more could have been done with this figure, especially considering it is from tooling that has been used several times already in the past.
The joints on my copy of this figure are in good shape. Oddly, the right arm has a tendency to pop off even though when it is attached it manages to hold a weapon up without any problem. Optimus includes the same weapon as one of the original releases of this sculpt: a blaster that transforms into an axe. Unfortunately, this "Mech Tech" style weapon suffers from the inability to stay in axe mode. The outer shell and axe blades are now cast in a translucent amber color while the targeting scope and axe handle are silver plastic.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode
- Detach any accessories and set them aside.
- Swing out the wheel from the inside of each lower leg.
- Rotate the robot feet so they are vertical.
- Swing the robot feet down (they should now be resting against the wheel from step one).
- Push the robot head down and push the halves of the robot chest together.
- Swing the forearms up against the upper arms.
- Push the shoulder armor down flat against the shoulders.
- On the back, swing the front of the truck down.
- Rotate the upper body around.
- Swing in each of the arms (and the panels they are attached to) and connect them in the middle.
- Swing the waist section and legs of the robot mode back.
- Swing each leg out to the side then forward, connecting them in the middle. There are also tabs on the front section that connect to corresponding grooves on the knee armor.
- Slide the front of the truck in.
It seems like a lifetime ago, but it was only a decade ago where fans were introduced to a version of Optimus Prime who sported flames in truck mode. This version of the Deluxe figure has a lot of paint in this mode, and much of it is dedicated to creating the aforementioned flame patterns. The main "nose" of the truck has red paint on it and flames in the front, along with Cybertronian glyphs towards the middle and sides. For those curious, the glyphs all say the same thing: "Prime" (I know, not exactly a revelation). More flames are painted on to the doors in red. Interestingly, flames were left off the front wheel well covers despite previous versions of this figure having flames in that place. Silver is used heavily in this form, painting the panels above the windshield, the smokestacks, front grille, side cylinders and most surprisingly, the sides of the wheels. While previous versions of this figure definitely had more paint (and in more interesting patterns such as gold spray ops) this vehicle mode does look good.
This mode has two 5mm ports on the top of the cabin section, allowing you to attach a weapon. However, the ports are so close to one another that it will be a challenge to find two weapons that can sit side by side on top unless they are very thin.
This Optimus Prime two pack is nothing extraordinary. The way I see it this is a great opportunity to get these figures if you missed them the first few times. They are both solid figures worth adding to your live action movie collection. However, this two pack does not do much to improve upon the original releases so if you already have them I would not rush out to grab this set.
- Offers an opportunity to purchase two sculpts that have not been out in a while.
- Good sculpts on both figures.
- The decos are good and the glyphs are a unique feature.
- Good play factor in both figures.
- No real distinguishing deco between these releases and the originals.
- The designers could have been a bit more creative with the use of the Cybertronian glyphs.