Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Beast Blade Optimus Prime Toy Review

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Beast Hunters

General Information:
Release Date: August 2013
Price Point: $9.99
Retailer: General release (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Missile launcher, Missile ("Thunder Lance" weapon), Star Saber sword & Shield/Wings

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*Images with asterisks* and text below in italics from Amazon.com
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Optimus Prime bursts from his cover in the dense jungle, ready to do battle with Predaking! Predacons beware because this Beast Blade Optimus Prime figure is the most powerful Autobot and he's armed for big-time battle! This Autobot leader can convert to semi truck mode for speed or battering power. When you convert him to robot mode, he'll launch his firing missile from the protection of his Battlewing shield! Keep converting him back and forth so his enemies can't keep up! Transformers and all related terms are trademarks of Hasbro.

Optimus PrimeIf there's one thing retailers love, it's having an Optimus Prime toy on shelves. There are few names as recognizable as the Autobot leader and in Summer of 2013 the sculpt originally released as the Commander Class Cyberverse Optimus prime was given not one but two different redeco releases! One was the Target Exclusive Optimus Prime and the other was "Beast Blade Optimus prime", which came with an additional accessory in the form of a shield that also forms wings. Check out my previous two reviews of this figure since this review will focus on the changes made to the toy for this release.

Robot Mode:
In this updated deco, Optimus prime is meant to feature a "jungle" themed color scheme, but that's a bit of a stretch. The "jungle" part is mostly found on the upper body and arms, which are now cast in green plastic. The rest of the figure resembles his previous incarnations with silver sections on the legs and torso and blue on his head and lower legs. A bit of black plastic appears on the feet and wheels. His weapons are also cast in silver. The blue plastic is a a bit lighter and more metallic in color than previous versions of the figure, which gives it a really nice bright appearance.

The paint applications in this form are done in silver, gold, lime green and light blue. The gold is found on his forearms and the headlight details on his chest. The silver can be found on his chest, head and legs. The lime green is used for the windows on his chest and the light blue is used for the eyes. The final detail is a tampographed Autobot symbol located on his left shoulder. The colors look good and it's quite eye catching.

The new accessory included with Optimus is a shield that he can hold in his hand or attach to his back. Spread the wings out and he bears some resemblance to the flying form seen on the show. The shield itself is a neat design, with the front based on the Autobot symbol but with three "blades" sticking out in each side. It's a rather "beast" like design, which makes his name quite fitting. In addition to the shield he retains his other weapons so there's quite a package of accessories with this figure! The joints are all nice and tight, which given how many times the tooling has been released is good news for sure.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach the weapons and set them aside for now.
  2. Swing the robot feet down.
  3. Swing the robot chest up.
  4. Rotate around the section with the robot arms and head attached to it.
  5. Swing the robot head back.
  6. Rotate the forearms around, then fold it against the shoulder armor so the smokestacks are facing outward.
  7. Push the arms up and together to form the front part of the vehicle.
  8. On each leg, swing up the "cage" halves.
  9. Connect the legs and cage halves together.
  10. Swing the hip section forward, bringing the leg sections up against the robot arms, condensing the vehicle.
  11. Each weapon can attach to one of the holes on the sides of the "cage".
  12. The shield can attach to the top of the "cage" section and spread out to give the truck "wings".

Vehicle Mode:
Something interesting happens when you look carefully at the vehicle mode. Since the green plastic is consolidated in the front end, you get a better look at certain angles and you'll see streaks of black in the green plastic. This is most notable on the top of the cabin section. This is similar to patterns found on some Deluxe Class figures such as Wheeljack. I really like this type of pattern and my only wish is that it was more obvious in both modes. As for the rest of the figure, the blue and silver parts wind up in the back, with each of the wheels cast in black - but with no paint on the sides unfortunately.

The main paint applications in this form are the lime green windows (front and sides) and gold lights in the front. The smokestacks are also painted silver, though I have to say the silver paint on the left side of my figure bleeds out of the smokestack's boundaries a tad. The "cage" in the back is painted silver, contrasting significantly from the silver accessories.

The shield attaches to the top of the vehicle not just for storage purposes, but also to form "wings". If you want to get fanciful, Optimus' vehicle mode becomes a flying one as a consequence! The idea of a flying truck Optimus Prime may seem odd, but it's hardly the first time the idea has been explored.

Final Thoughts:
Overall, I have to say I do like this color scheme quite a bit, and I think had I not already purchased this sculpt two times over I'd be a bit more excited by it. Beware potential paint issues with the smokestacks for those who are "deco perfectionists". Recommended more if you're really into redecos or you didn't get this sculpt the first two times.