Transformers Movie (2007) Fast Action Battler Fire Blast Optimus Prime Review

in 2008, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Generation One, Movie (2007)

Transformers Live Action Movie


Fast Action Battlers

General Information:
Release Year: January 2008
Retailer: General release (Wal-Mart, Target, Toys 'R' Us etc.)
Price: $9.99 (Depending on retailer)
Accessories: Missile/hook (attached to figure by string)
Skill Level: 2

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Tech Specs:
The DECEPTICONS have been beaten on Earth, but OPTIMUS PRIME knows they’ve got bases everywhere. After S7 shared their Mars data with him, he scanned his new camouflage and headed to the red planet hunting DECEPTICONS.

Strength: 10 Intelligence: 10 Speed: 7 Endurance: 10 Rank: 10 Courage: 10 Firepower: 10 Skill: 9

Fast Action Battlers are the successors to the 1-2-3 Transformers and Playskool Transformers. They are larger figures developed for younger kids to play with. The Fast Action Battlers generally feature simplified transformations and action features are combined with sculpting similar to mainline figures.

Early 2008 brought on a virtual onslaught of redecos. Whereas previously redecos were consigned to being parts of figure waves, almost every aspect of the Transformers line was inundated with them including a whole wave of Target and Wal-Mart exclusive redecos of figures from previous lines such as "Cybertron". The Fast Action Battlers were no exception. One of these redecos is Fire Blast Optimus Prime, a redeco of the first Fast Action Battler Optimus Prime. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Robot Mode:
Several of the redecos in this wave of figures (including Ramjet and Smokescreen) are inspired by Transformers from Generation One. Fire Blast Optimus Prime is no different. In this case, the inspiration for this deco is Rodimus Prime. The primary plastic colors on this figure are silver, red, orange and metallic light blue with translucent yellow for the missile/hook. The orange can really seem a bit bright at first, but its sharp contrast with the metallic light blue plastic works really well and keeps it from being a pure Rodimus Prime clone. Found on his chest, the red color is lighter than the red on the first Fast Action Battler Optimus Prime. Even without the paint decos, the colors alternate well on the figure, offering a good bit of contrast.

Still, like so many Transormers figures, the colors really help elevate the toy above basic plastic colors. Yellow, orange, metallic blue and light blue paint are all present here. The yellow can be seen on flame details on his legs, the wire details on his lower arms and the crest on his head. The orange color is used on his chest and lower arms. They also form really subtle flames on his chest, over the red plastic that I like since it's not "in your face". The metallic blue is used on the lower portion of his legs and for the "helmet" section of his head. The light blue is used in his eyes, which helps differentiate them from the light metallic blue helmet.

All of Optimus' joints are still tight and his missile/hook fires just fine. The one thing which is not particularly strong on my figure is the waist turning feature. Turn the upper body to the right and it does return to the center in a swiping motion, but the motion is a lot less smooth than the motion on the first Fast Action Battler. This is something that might be specific to my figure but it's worth testing out if you pick it up.

Vehicle Mode:
The same colors from the robot mode carry over to the vehicle mode, but since so much of the metallic light blue and silver is obscured now the red and orange work together to really drive home the Rodimus Prime homage. The top of the cab is mostly red, with the front of the cab and the rear section being mostly orange. Some silver still appears in the form of the sideview mirrors, fuel tanks, front grille and the middle of each smokestack. Yellow, metallic light blue, black and red paint are used to detail the figure. The yellow is used for his flames which run across the hood and the sections over the wheels. Black is used on the top of the rear portion of the vehicle. While this is carried over from the previous version of the figure, it is actually slightly reminscent of the black details in the trailer portion of the G1 Rodimus Prime figure. There is red used on the front half of the top of the cabin. I'm really impressed by how well the red paint matches with the red plastic. Finally light metallic blue is found on his windows. The colors work very well together and in this form he could have easily passed for Rodimus Prime.

Final Thoughts:
As a redeco I really like this figure. It doesn't feel derivitive of the original and like the other figures in this wave it pays homage to a G1 toy very well. The only minus against it is the waist turning feature, but other than that this figure is recommended.