"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Power Surge Optimus Prime (General Release) Toy Review

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Robots in Disguise (2015)

Optimus Prime General Information:
Release Date: January 2016
Price Point: $14.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: Toys R Us Exclusive
Accessories: Axe, Swords x 2, Cannons

*Images and text below from Toysrus.com:
When Earth is in danger, Optimus Prime will be there to protect it. With the Decepticon Starscream on the verge of conquering our planet, Optimus Prime activates his Power Surge mode and uses his super-charged strength to battle the evil Decepticon.

Transformers Warriors Class figures are made for fans of classic Transformers conversion play. This Power Surge Optimus Prime figure changes from robot to tractor trailer and back in 11 steps and features Power Surge armor. It comes with 2 sword accessories and works with all Mini-Con Weaponizers figures. Each Mini-Con Weaponizers figure converts from robot to a unique weapon in a single step. Add a Mini-Con Weaponizers figure to the battle and imagine Optimus Prime just got mightier. Mini-Con Weaponizers figures are each sold separately and subject to availability. See app details below.)

Optimus Prime has undergone a ton of upgrades over the years and his latest is a "Power Surge" mode. This latest incarnation features new weaponry and colors for the Autobot leader. This figure is a retool and redeco of the first Warrior Class Optimus Prime. It has been used several times since. Here's a list of previous reviews:

Now, I know this will be a bit confusing because this figure is called Power Surge Optimus Prime while the previous version was also called "Power Surge" Optimus Prime. However, the previous version was a Toys R Us exclusive with a very different deco (that matches the larger figure also called "Power Surge" Optimus Prime). This version is a mass release of the Warrior Class "Power Surge" Optimus Prime in different colors. That's the best review to check out before this one. This review will focus on the changes made to the figure for this release.

Packaging:
Power Surge Optimus Prime is packaged in robot mode on a blister card. Unlike the Toys R Us exclusive release, this packaging is more aligned with the "Mini-Con Weaponizer" assortment of Warrior Class figures. This is most evident with the insert which is green and features the "Mini-Con Weaponizer" cog icon. Interestingly his package art shows Optimus as he appeared in the first season of "Robots in Disguise" and not the version the figure represents. The back of the packaging has Optimus' twelve step instructions and a blurb on the side showing him using a Mini-Con as a weapon.

Robot Mode:
The first Warrior Class "Power Surge" Optimus Prime was largely based on how the character appeared in the episode "Worthy". However this version uses that same design, wings and all but gives him a more traditional set of "Optimus Prime colors". The color swaps are fairly straight forward on this figure. White is now red, blue is a darker blue and the translucent blue is now a solid light blue. Perhaps the most significant plastic change is the translucent blue plastic to solid, light blue plastic. The idea of the translucent blue plastic was to represent powerful energy coursing through Optimus Prime. Translucent plastic conveys this a lot better than light blue plastic. The flat light blue on this figure just looks very plain and not "bright". Perhaps if a different shade of blue had been used it would have been better.

The paint colors on this figure include red, light blue, white and silver. The silver is used on the head and feet. The red/light blue/white combination is focused on the torso. In many ways it mimicks the general scheme on the previous version of this sculpt with red on the top, white on the bottom and and blue in the center. My favorite details on this figure are the light blue lines on the legs. They have a nice "wing" like design and also look like energy coursing through Optimus thanks to the way the color contrasts against the dark blue plastic on the legs. He has similar patterns on his forearms.

Interestingly, if you scan Optimus Prime's symbol it does not unlock the character in the "Robots in Disguise" app. Instead it unlocks 8 gems and an axe weapon. The axe fits since that is what comes with the figure, but it's interesting this variant of the figure doesn't exist in the game. The Toys R Us exclusive version however does. I would have thought it would have been the other way around.

All of the articulation points on this figure are just as tight as the previous version. Interestingly the swords/wings attach to his back much more securely on this version of the figure than the previous one. The axe also still fits nice and tight in his fists.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach the weapons and set them aside for now.
  2. Push the robot head into the chest.
  3. Push the legs together.
  4. Swing the shoulder armor back.
  5. Swing the forearms up and connect them together.
  6. Rotate the lower body around.
  7. Pull out the panels on the sides of the legs and swing them forward to form the sides of the vehicle.
  8. The axe has a notch on either side that can slide into the tabs in the gap towards the front of the trailer section.
  9. Attach the swords to the top of the vehicle.
  10. Attach the cannons to the underside of the vehicle. You will see two slots on the panels that form the sides of the lower legs where these connect.

Vehicle Mode:
Power Surge Optimus Prime's vehicle form is very traditional. The cab section (and most of the trailer to be honest) is red plastic. Blue plastic is found towards the back while the light blue plastic shows prominently on the top thanks to the swords/wings. The wheels are cast in black. In this respect he looks very similar to the very first Warrior Class Optimus Prime.

A large amount of red paint is used on the sides of the vehicle to maintain continuity with the red plastic. The only issue is that the red paint is brighter than the red plastic, so they don't really match. The windshield is painted black and the grille is gunmetal grey.

Final Thoughts:
Of the two "Power Surge" Optimus Primes I prefer the first release. It's cool that there is a mass release of this sculpt, but I wish the deco was better. After so many u ses of the sculpt it would have been nice if its deco was more intricate (for example, painting the blue circles on the wheels would have been nice). This is a fun toy, but if you can get the Toys R Us version you're better off.

Pros:

  • Fun toy with additional accessories the original Warrior Class did not have.
  • Offers a mass release of a sculpt that was previously an exclusive.
  • Does not sacrifice the amount of deco from previous releases.

Cons:

  • Deco is not as strong as the previous version.