Transformers Prime Weaponizer Optimus Prime Toy Review

in 2012, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Prime, Weaponizer, Weaponizer

Transformers Prime

General Information:
Release Date: September 2012
Price Point: $29.99
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Accessories: Blaster


Optimus Prime*Images with asterisks and text below in italics are from The Official Transformers Web Site:
TRANSFORMERS PRIME WEAPONIZER Class action figures are the ultimate warriors in the ancient conflict between AUTOBOT and DECEPTICON robots! These mighty robots from the planet CYBERTRON have come to Earth to continue their epic battle, with OPTIMUS PRIME and the heroic AUTOBOTS fighting to protect our world from the tyranny of MEGATRON and his DECEPTICONS.

The battle between the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS continues with new TRANSFORMERS battle technology! TRANSFORMERS PRIME WEAPONIZERS figures feature 4 modes and hidden weapons that emerge spinning and lock into combat position. Each figure converts from toy vehicle to robot and back, and both modes can be weaponized for awesome battle action. With cool action features and amazing detail, there's something for everyone with TRANSFORMERS PRIME toys (each sold separately)! Collect your favorite characters, pick your side, and join the battle for Earth!

Charge into battle with the wise and powerful AUTOBOT leader
Few AUTOBOTS carry as much raw firepower as OPTIMUS PRIME. He does not deploy the full measure of his strength often, but when the fight against the DECEPTICONS is at its worst, you can rely on the leader of the AUTOBOTS to rain fire down on the evil robots. His Ion Cannon is only the most famous of the many weapons he has at his disposal. When the battle is fiercest, a collection of powerful weapons can emerge from hidden panels on his body, each one designed to deploy maximum damage against the DECEPTICONS.

Converts from robot to vehicle
The AUTOBOT commander OPTIMUS PRIME converts from a long-haul truck to a weaponized battle vehicle, then to a powerful robot warrior or overpowered weaponized robot-wrecking machine. His chest glows. When you convert him to one of his weaponized modes, hidden artillery spins into action.

Converting OPTIMUS PRIME action figure, weapons and instructions. Hidden weapons spin into action! Weapons deploy in truck and robot mode! Glowing chest! Ion Cannon included! AGES 5+ X2 A76 Batteries included

Optimus Prime has traditionally received the "larger toy" treatment in almost any "Transformers" line. Indeed, I recall a time when having a "small" Optimus Prime was considered a novelty! Nowadays, it's almost expected to see the Autobot leader in the higher price point. For 2012, the "Ultra-esque" class of toys were the "Weaponizers", figures set in a scale that was larger than the Voyager Class and featured a light up action gimmick centered around two cannons.

Robot Mode:
I will say this for Weaponizer Optimus Prime in robot mode: he looks rather impressive. On the television show, Optimus was always shown as the tallest Autobot (if not the "bulkiest"). The Voyager Class figure is taller than say, a Deluxe figure, but it doesn't quite feel as imposing. This figure definitely conveys a sense of power. Optimus Prime's design relies on contrast, with his upper body being very wide, leading to a thinner waist section and hips that then lead to the lower legs which are thicker and get wider all the way to the feet. This gives him a very dynamic appearance and in this size scale, this image is even more striking. The only unfortunate aspect is that a lot of his truck mode winds up on his back, so he look like he has a huge back pack on (which well, he does). Fortunately the legs have ratchet joints and his feet are wide enough to support him standing with all that weight.

All the requisite details for Optimus are represented here. This includes his head design with the high central crest, extra horizontal line details on the sides of the "helmet" section, the complex series of lines that make up most of the torso to waist and the distinctive curved lines of his shoulder armor. He looks absolutely fantastic and oddly, I find myself liking the way the figure looks out of package much more than when I first saw him in box.

Optimus is cast in the requisite colors: red, blue, silver and gunmetal. The red is mostly on top of the figure, the gunmetal is in the middle and the legs alternate between silver and blue. Black plastic is used for the wheels on the sides of the legs. His chest "windows" are translucent blue. The color distribution looks good and true to the TV show. Paint applications are fairly simple, but again follow the CG model well. This includes silver, yellow and gunmetal grey. The silver is the most heavily used color. You'll find it on the head, chest and legs. The yellow is used for tiny details on the torso while the gunmetal is used to paint his knee armor. The color scheme here is very "clean" and there aren't a lot of small fiddly details painted in - which is appropriate given that this is how the CG model looks.

There are twenty one points of articulation on this figure. That includes five on each arm and leg and the head. The head cannot fully turn side to side because of the way it is designed, but it still turns enough to look good in diffierent poses. You do have to be careful with how you pose the legs since he is so back-heavy. Despite having ratchet joints, if you pose him in a way that favors the weight on his back, he'll just fall back. Optimus includes a rifle that is modeled after the one his arm transforms into in the show. I has a 5mm peg and can fit into either hand or attach to one of the holes on his shoulder armor. He also has holes on the sides of his lower legs, two on each side - allowing for you to attach additional weaponry.

The main gimmick of this figure is the "Weaponizer" feature. There is a blue button above the left hip. Slide it to one side a bit and two gatling gun style cannons emerge from his back and swing forward, spinning as they do so. At the same time a red light goes off in his chest. It only lights up briefly.

In terms of play factor, the "Weaponizer" factor is neat, but it really could've been bolstered by something other than the red light. I would've gladly sacrificed that for perhaps, a sword arm accessory or even better, have one of his arms able to "transform" into the cannon by swinging out from the forearm.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Remove the rifle weapon and set it aside for now.
  2. Point the robot feet down.
  3. Connect the legs together in the middle.
  4. Swing the chest panels out and then swing the arms back.
  5. Push the robot head down.
  6. Separate the grille section from the wind vane on the back.
  7. Unfold the grille section and swing it forward.
  8. Swing the wind vane section up.
  9. Swing each of the robot arms back and connect the two chest halves together.
  10. Swing the forearms up, then fit them into the corresponding grooves in the back of the legs.
  11. There are tabs on each forearm, fit them into the slots on the back of the robot legs.
  12. On the wind vane piece, swing out the sections with the smokestacks, then rotate them around.
  13. Swing the wind vane down over the top section of the cab.
  14. Swing the small silver panels on the lower part of the section you just pushed down forward, locking the parts in place.
  15. The rifle can be attached to the holes on the sides of the vehicle.

Vehicle Mode:
In this form, Optimus is a very streamlined looking tractor trailer cab. Like his live action movie counterpart he's a longnose truck. Though we've seen various versions of this Optimus Prime, this is perhaps one of the nicest versions of this vehicle mode we've seen to date. The scale really gives it a strong and powerful appearance.

The design of this truck doesn't lend itself to a ton of detailing, but there are quite a few regardless. The front grille has nice, angled lines instead of just simple horizontal lines going across. His wind vane has a row of lights on top and on the sides he has smokestacks with small curcles running up and down along with some raised circles representing rivets on the sides of the vehicle. In terms of sculpt the truck looks great.

The same plastic colors used on robot mode carry over here, but a lot more red plastic dominates the front end, with blue on the back. The paint colors are the same however, with yellow on the headlights and the lights above the windshield. Silver is used to outline the windshield. The grille section has a tampographed Autobot symbol on it, just like in the TV show. The sides of have blue on the sides and grey on the smokestacks. It looks good but he suffers from my big pet peeve of 2012: unpainted rims on the sides of the wheels. The wheels are just black and look a bit cheap and unfinished.

To use the "Weaponizer" feature, swing the grille out and down (to act as a platform for the cannons to "sit" on). Press the grey button on the top of the wind vane and the cannon slides out spinning. It's a cool feature, and it's bolstered by adding weapons to the sides.

Final Thoughts:
The biggest problem with this figure is one of missed opportunities. For a figure that's this big at a higher price point the cannons are great, but it needed to represent the character even better. Simple things like better deco or the aforementioned "rifle arm transformation" all would have made a big difference. If you can get this discounted at maybe $20-25 and you love Optimus Prime figures it's worth it. A good toy, but it could've been more worth the price than it is.