"Transformers Adventure" Nemesis Prime Toy Review
Release Date: March 21, 2015
Price Point: $25 (Depending on retailers)
Retailer: Japanese Retailers
Tech Specs: (Translation by Goktimus Prime)
This Decepticon warrior bears an uncanny likeness to Autobot Commander Optimus Prime. In actuality, Nemesis Prime is an imitation of Optimus Prime, created in the past by Bloody Knockout to deceive the Autobots. As he looks the same as Optimus Prime, the Autobots cannot tell who the enemy is and hesitate to attack. Bloody Knockout takes pride in the way that Nemesis Prime uses this decepticon to his advantage in battle. Although he acts as second in command to Lockdown, he watches ever vigilantly for the Autobots.
The concept of an "evil" Optimus Prime goes all the way back to the original "Transformers" series when a duplicate of Optimus Prime was created by Megatron to lead the Autobots to their doom. They survived that of course, but as time went along, many different incarnations of a "Nemesis Prime" would pop up in the toy line. The concept is a compelling one, taking the ideal that Optimus Prime represents and twisting it offers up interesting story possibilities and of course, gives Hasbro and Takara Tomy a way to reuse an Optimus Prime sculpt as another character. Among the various incarnations of an evil Optimus Prime are "Car Robots" Black Convoy, "Armada" Nemesis Prime, "Alternators" Nemesis Prime, "Universe 2.0" Nemesis Prime and "Arms Micron" Nemesis Prime. This is by no means a complete list, but it gives you an idea of how often this concept has made it into toy form. Now "Transformers Adventure" adds one more character to the list of Nemesis Prime figures.
"Transformers Adventure" Nemesis Prime is a redeco of Warrior Class Optimus Prime. More recently this figure was given a different deco as "Clash of the Transformers" Optimus Prime. Check out those two reviews for a detailed look at the figure. This review will focus on changes made to the figure for this release.
If you look at a lot of the past "Nemesis Prime" reviews listed above, you'll notice the character has a recurring color scheme. Instead of the bright and optimistic red/blue/silver scheme that so many Optimus Prime figures have, Nemesis has a much darker color scheme generally involving the colors black, teal and silver. This iteration is no different. The basic plastic colors on this figure are black and a shade of silver that is not quite the usual "gunmetal" you'd see on other Transformers, but it is not a bright silver either. The black makes up most of the body with the silver used for smaller sections like his upper arms and thighs. The dark tone of these two plastic colors work perfectly together.
The paint colors used on this figure include a metallic teal, red and metallic silver. By far the teal is the color that is used the most. You'll find it on the shoulder armor, the chest and the lower legs. Now saying it appears on the "lower legs" doesn't quite do it justice. There aren't just one or two applications here and there. Nope, you'll find it on the hinge area at the top of the lower leg, then on an outline around the knee armor and then on the feet. It's a very intricate design and it looks awesome. The red paint is used on the chest and shoulder armor. It is partly used to paint the vehicle mode windows but it's also used to paint smaller details. One of my favorites is a small "L" shape on top of the sides of the chest. The way the red overlaps the teal looks fantastic. The silver adds additional details in this mode including most of the waist area, the fists and parts of the head. Rounding out the deco is a scannable Decepticon symbol on the left shoulder intended for use with the Japanese version of the Transformers mobile app.
All the articulation points on Nemesis Prime are just as tight as they were on my Warrior Class Optimus Prime. That is to say, they're not super tight, nor are they floppy and loose. Nemesis includes the same axe weapon as Warrior Class Optimus Prime. This time out it is cast in black with the axe blade painted neon orange, giving it a "glow" like it has energy coursing through it.
Transformation to Vehicle Mode:
- Detach the weapon and set it aside for now.
- Push the robot head into the chest.
- Push the legs together.
- Swing the arms up.
- Swing each forearm out to the sides then swing them up against the shoulder armor.
- Swing the two arms together to form the front of the vehicle.
- Rotate the lower body around.
- Pull out the panels on the sides of the legs and swing them forward to form the sides of the vehicle.
- The axe has a notch on either side that can slide into the tabs in the gap between the two robot legs.
One of the things I love to see in any redeco are more paint applications on the new version of the figure than the previous one, and in that respect Nemesis Prime delivers! The black plastic on this figure is basically all you see in this mode, but it works out perfectly because the black serves as a canvas for the paint deco. Starting in the front the silver makes up most of the grille and bumper. The front lights are painted metallic teal. The windshield is red and the panels above the windshield are teal. Silver is also used for the smokestacks and the side of every single wheel! This already puts the deco of this figure at more points than the previous version but there's more! Running along the trailer section are several metallic teal details. These include the ones from the robot mode's legs, but there are additional decos from the sides of the trailer. Overall this is a gorgeous deco and stays true to the "Nemesis Prime" colors.
Nemesis Prime has a gorgeous deco and he looks great in both modes. He also continues a long tradition in the "Transformers" toy line and does it well. Add to that a superior deco to even the original figure he's based on and this one is a winner!