Transformers Prime Cyberverse Optimus Prime Toy Review

in 2012, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Commander, Generation One, Prime, Cyberverse

Transformers Prime

General Information:
Release Date: March 2012
Price Point: $7.99
Retailer: General release (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Blasters x 2


*Images with asterisks* and text below in italics from The Official Transformers web site:
The bravest and most powerful of the AUTOBOTS is also their commander – the legendary OPTIMUS PRIME! His goal is nothing less than the defeat of MEGATRON and the safety of the universe.

There can only be one commander of the AUTOBOTS, and this is it! Add the ultimate AUTOBOT hero to your TRANSFORMERS adventures with this intense Commander Class OPTIMUS PRIME robot-to-vehicle figure! In robot mode, your brave OPTIMUS PRIME figure will protect the "universe" by making serious trouble for the DECEPTICONS. But if they get him on the run, convert him to truck mode to keep him one step ahead! Figure converts from robot to vehicle and back! Two battle cannons! Convert your OPTIMUS PRIME figure to truck mode. Comes with mini-DVD that has a full TRANSFORMERS PRIME episode!

Figure comes with DVD. Series 2 001 OPTIMUS PRIME AUTOBOT COMMANDER. Ages 5 and up.

Optimus PrimeWith almost any Transformers sub-line launch it's almost guaranteed that you'll get an Optimus Prime in an early wave and the "Transformers Prime" Cyberverse is no exception. The first wave of Commander Class figures in this line includes a basic Optimus Prime figure based on his appearance in the television show.

Optimus Prime was released in two different types of packaging. Initial releases only had the figure on a standard bubble card. Later releases included a "mini-DVD" with an episode of the "Transformers Prime" series on it. These had different inserts, but the card and bubble designs were largely the same.

Robot Mode:
Optimus Prime's robot mode sculpt has most of the critical elements that make up the CGI model on the television show. Overall, he looks tall thanks to several parts being relatively thin and stretched out. An example is the head sculpt, which has a crest and antennae that rise rather high. This leads to a wide chest/shoulder area that leads to a relatively thin middle section and long legs. The end result is a very regal looking figure. Add to that critical elements like the smokestacks on his back, windows on his chest, armor on his shoulders and he's instantly recognizable as "Transformers Prime" Optimus Prime.

One compromise that is made in the design of this figure on a smaller scale is the very obvious bits of the vehicle mode that show in the robot mode. This includes the sides of the truck on both his arms and legs. However, inside those sections are sculpted pieces that look very much like their TV show counterparts. This includes the curved and layered armor on his forearms and the pointed knee armor on his legs. The head sculpt is designed with the mouthplate over his mouth, a later redeco of this figure will have the mouthplate "down", revealing his mouth. It's a good looking sculpt and I'm very pleased with the amount of sculpted detail.

Optimus is cast in red, blue, translucent blue, silver and black plastic. Red plastic appears the most, not only on the top section of the body (mostly on the arms) but also on the legs, where blue paint fills in a lot of detail on the front section of the lower legs. It is cool to see how nicely the other colors are distributed throughout the figure. The chest for instance is mostly made up of translcuent blue but uses red and silver paint to fill in details. This translucent section is set up so Prime can plug into light up sections of future playsets to "light up" with power. The black plastic is used on the mid-section and the upper arms, giving some dark contrast to the brighter red and translucent blue colors. Also contrasting with the other colors is silver, found on the thighs and the smokestacks on his back. A bit of silver paint is also used on the head and feet to provide additional detail. Overall I'm very happy with this deco. It looks fantastic and is quite detailed.

Optimus Prime has thirteen points of articulation in this mode. This includes three points of articulation in each arm and leg. Much of Prime's functionality in this mode centers around his ability to interact with Cyberverse weaponry. He comes with two blasters that have designs based on his weapon in the television show. Each of these weapons has three pegs: one on the bottom, one on th eback and another on the top. In addition there are holes on the sides of the blaster that can fit Cyberverse weapons. This allows you to attach a lot of other weapons to it, giving Prime quite an arsenal! Prime himself also has several attachment points for Cyberverse weapons in addition to his fists. His shoulders have holes that can fit more weapons. On his back is a peg that sticks out in the center letting you store a weapon there as well. There are also two connection points on his upper back which look like they're intended for the "light up" feature on upcoming releases like the Optimus Maximus playset to utilize (but time will tell).

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Push the robot feet up.
  2. Turn the robot head around and swing it back.
  3. Push up both shoulder armor pieces to form the wind vane on the top of the truck.
  4. Swing the front halves of the legs forward.
  5. Swing the back halves of the legs back.
  6. Connect the halves of the legs together.
  7. Push the leg sections up to form the front and back of the vehicle mode.
  8. Push the arms down then in to form the sides of the vehicle.
  9. Swing the smokestacks forward so they wind up on the sides of the truck.

Vehicle Mode:
Similar to the robot mode, Optimus Prime's vehicle mode is mostly accurate to his CGI counterpart, but there is a bit of compromise to have the design in this scale. As with the CGI model, Prime is a longnose style truck (based on his appearance in the live action films). The front section has a curved wind vane on top, smokestacks on the sides and a rear section with two wheels on either side and a trailer hitch in the center.

There are some smaller details on the figure as well. The smokestacks have small circles running along them, the front grille has a small Autobot shield section in the center and the windshield section has a row of lights above it. Other details such as steps on the sides of the vehicle and side windows are prsent as well. The detail and design of the vehicle mode looks great and it's nice to see proper attention to detail.

In this form, much of the red winds up on the front of the vehicle with the blue section on the back. His wheels are cast in black and the smokestacks are silver. Red and silver paint do quite a bit of deco work in this mode. The red paint is heavily used on parts like the "nose" section of the vehicle, painting the parts that are cast in blue. Silver is used on the row of lights above the windshield and the front grille. On either side of the front section there are Autobot symbols painted in silver. It's not a super complex deco, but it doesn't need to be. Aside from the occasional "battle damage" details, the CGI model for Optimus Prime on the television show is quite clean and even, something reflected in this figure.

Optimus Prime can utilize his weapons in this form. There are holes on the top of the wind vane and one on either side of the "nose" section of the truck. You can attach Cyberverse weapons to these connection points to give Prime some weaponry in vehicle mode.

Final Thoughts:
Commander Class Optimus Prime is a cool figure that manages to keep its design compromises to a minimum. Its ability to interact with other Cyberverse weapons (and potentially playsets) is a huge plus as well. Highly recommended!