"Q Transformers" Optimus Prime GTR Toy Review
Release Date: January 25, 2015
Price Point: $7.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: Japanese Exclusive
The "Q Transformers" toy line takes its character assortment from various "Transformers" toy lines from over the years. In the case of this Optimus Prime release, he is based on his "Alternity" appearance, a small line of die cast metal, licensed vehicles released in 2009.
The "Q Transformers" are small Transformers figures, true to the "Choro Q" toys that inspired them. Each figure is in a bubble that slides into a cardboard backing. The packaging is about 4 inches (approximately 10 centimeters) high and almost 3 inches (approximately 7.6 centimeters) wide. The cards used on the figures depend on the where the character originates from. In the case of Optimus the card uses artwork from the "Q Transformers" online series including Optimus Prime and Prowl.
Optimus' vehicle mode is based on the Nissan GT R35. This sporty vehicle has some distinct features that have been replicated on this figure:
- The front end has a distinctive grille area where there are grille patterns on the top and bottom separated by a flat panel in between.
- On either side of the front end are indentations with a thin, center area sticking out. This is under the headlights, in front of the front wheel wells.
- The headlights have a distinct thin triangular shape.
- On top of the hood are two thin, raised tear drop shaped designs - an element that still appears on current models of the vehicle.
- There are what appear to be thin air intakes behind each of the front wheels.
- The spoiler section has a distinct shape with angled sections on the sides leading to a curved section in the back.
- The wheels have six thick spokes on the sides, just like the real life vehicle.
Of course, being a "Q" Transformers figure Optimus doesn't have the same exact shape as the real life Nissan. Instead the proportions of the car are very compact, giving it a semi-bulbous appearance which pays homage to the "Penny Racer" vehicles the line is based on.
Like his "Alternity" counterpart, this figure is cast in red and black though in this case it's all plastic without any die-cast metal. Red makes up most of the vehicle with the wheels cast in black. A really nice black paint with a matte finish is used for details on sections such as the front and the windows. Happily, all the windows are painted including the back window. Silver is used for the headlights and the sides of the wheels. One unexpected, but welcome detail are the letters "GTR" in white on the back. Overall I really dig the deco on this vehicle mode. It looks fantastic.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
- Turn the vehicle over and swing down each robot leg and straighten out the feet.
- Split the rear section of the vehicle and swing the halves forward.
- On each of the rear vehicle halves, swing out the robot arms.
- Swing down the cabin section to reveal the robot head.
While his primary inspiration is "Alternity" Convoy, this version of Optimus Prime incorporates elements of G1 Optimus into its design. The two most obvious elements are his forearms and legs. His forearms are blocky and have the distinct rectangle and triangle pattern found on G1 Optimus Prime. His legs are also blocky and feature the vent like designs on the front of the lower legs that come from G1 Optimus Prime's design. Much of the rest of the body is mostly formed from elements of the vehicle mode such as the torso and upper arms. Aside from his torso, the head design has elements based on the "Alternity" Convoy figure including angled antennae ends on the sides and there is a visor piece on his forehead that resembles something from a medieval suit of armor. Overall it's a fun design and I like the way it incorporates old and new elements into one form.
This mode reveals silver and blue plastic on top of the red and black plastic seen in vehicle mode. The blue is used for the head and lower legs. The silver is used for the panel the head rests on, the shoulder joints and thighs. The newly revealed paint applications in this form are focused on the head. The visor on his forehead and the mouthplate are colored metallic silver. The eyes are metallic green. Thanks to the colors that carry over from the vehicle form Optimus looks good, but he could have used a bit more paint on his arms.
In general "Q" Transformers have eleven points of articulation. Most of these points are ball joints, so the range of articulation is good, but the odd, top heavy design means you have to play with the figure a bit to pose it.
This version of "Q Transformers" Optimus is one of my favorites. I dig the way it references both G1 and "Alternity" versions of the character. If you only want to get a few of these instead of the whole line, this should be towards the top of your list.