"The Last Knight" Tiny Turbo Changers Optimus Prime Toy Review
Release Date: April 28, 2017 (Official Street Date)
Price Point: $3.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Tiny Turbo Changers are a new series of figures intended to cater to the market for "blind bagged" figures. Each figure is about 1.75 inches (approximately 4.4 centimeters) long (with the robot mode sizes varying of course). The style of these figures are similar to Japanese Super Deformed caricatures based on designs of characters from the live cation films. Whenever a new Transformers sub-line launches, you can almost always bet there will be an Optimus Prime figure and this set is no different. This Optimus Prime is based on the design introduced in "Age of Extinction".
The Tiny Turbo Changers are blind bagged figures. From what I have seen each box contains roughly two sets of figures. The box itself has some cute artwork featuring the characters inside along with photos of the various figures included in the assortment. Fans hoping for codes on the bags will be disappointed. There are no codes associated with individual figures. Instead there is a tiny window at the bottom of each bag on the back that allows you to catch a glimpse of the figure inside. The window is big enough for instance that I could see a corner of Bumblebee's face, so it works fairly well to identify most of the figures in the assortment. The front of the packaging features the vertical Transformers logo on the right with a "Series 1" logo above it. The other corner tells you to collect all 12 figures. Under that is artwork featuring Optimus Prime and Bumblebee in both modes. Below that is the "Tiny Turbo Changers" logo along with the logo for "The Last Knight". The back of the packaging features legal information in various languages along with GM and Western Star logos on the bottom.
In "Age of Extinction" Optimus Prime traded in his Peterbilt truck form for a longnose Western Star custom design (you can check out my "Age of Extinction" Leader Class Optimus Prime review for a look). It is that design that was adapted into this Tiny Turbo Changer. Like the real life vehicle there is a long nose that angles forward in the front. There are vertical grille lines and most distinctively, huge, curved smokestacks behind the cab's passenger section. Looking further back you will see more truck details such as the round section where a trailer would attach.
That said, the vehicle's proportions lean towards making the front end more bulbous and wide looking. There are two smokestacks on each side instead of three and his robot heels stick out in the back. Some fans may be turned off by a gap and hinge in the front (part of the transformation scheme). Personally I had no issue with it.
Optimus Prime is cast in metallic blue plastic. Some red flames are painted onto the top of the cab section and surprisingly his wheels are painted black. I would have expected there to be more flames instead. Unfortunately the windshield and grille are unpainted, which leads to there being a bit too much blue going on in the front.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
Swing the halves of the vehicle's top half out to the sides. Then rotate the front grille section and push it down. Rotate the arms down to finish the transformation.
Optimus Prime's sculpt in this form carries over a lot of detailing from the movie model. This includes the "knight" like armor on his torso and waist area, his iconic head featuring a crest in the center and a mouthplate closed in "battle mode". There is an Autobot symbol sculpted into the center of the chest as well. Prime's head and arms are larger and out of proportion with the rest of the figure, but he does have a cartoonish appearance which fits nicely with the super deformed theme of these figures. To those curious, he stands a little over 1.5 inches (about 3.81 centimeters) tall.
The mouthplate and torso are painted silver and the eyes are blue. I was surprised just how much silver paint was used. It could have just been on the chest or just on the waist area, but it is on both and it looks great.
There are two points of articulation on this figure: the arms. Both are on ball joints and can move with a good range of motion. That said, the right arm on my copy of this figure has a tendency to pop off, but thanks to the soft plastic it pops right back in without a problem.
Optimus looks cool in vehicle mode and great in robot mode. I also appreciate the amount of silver paint used in robot mode as well. If you are into super deformed figures, you'll definitely want this Optimus as part of your collection.
- Nice sculpt featuring many of the key details from the movie.
- Good amount of paint for a simple figure.
- Limited articulation.