Transformers Timelines: "Invasion" Shattered Glass Optimus Prime Toy Review

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General Information:
Release Date: April 26, 2012
Price Point: $95 (Souvenir Two Pack with Kick-Over)
Retailer: Botcon Exclusive
Accessories: Sword

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In 2008, the "Shattered Glass" universe was introduced to Transformers fans everywhere. This alternate universe featured evil Autobots fighting against heroic Decepticons. As you'd expect, the evil Autobots were led by Optimus Prime, but this version of the character is a mad villain feared by enemies and allies alike. In 2012's "Invasion" story, we see that Optimus Prime has upgraded his body into a new form, making him more powerful than ever!

The "Invasion" version of Shattered Glass Optimus Prime is based on the "Reveal the Shield" Optimus Prime, who in turn was based on the Generation 2 "Laser" Optimus Prime figure. I recommend checking out that review for a detailed look at the figure. This review will focus on the changes made to the toy for this release.

Vehicle Mode:
I've said before that you can take a sculpt with no mold changes but make it look almost like a completely different one by giving it a dramatic color change. "Shattered Glass" Optimus Prime is one example of this idea. While it's clear he's based on the "Reveal the Shield" Optimus Prime figure, you do almost a double take wondering if something has been changed other than colors. That's how dramatic the impact of this color scheme is.

First off, the base plastic colors are ocmpletely different than the "Reveal the Shield" Optimus Prime. Based on the first version of "Shattered Glass" Optimus Prime, the primary colors were inspired by G1 Galvatron's colors, but the color scheme has its own flair that makes it unique. Starting with dark base colors of purple, dark grey and black it's clear this is not your friendly neighborhood Optimus Prime. His windows are cast in a translucent yellow color. However, not all these colors are flat. The purple has a pearlescent shine to it and the windows have metallic flake in them giving them a glitter like appearance. The black adds an ominous element to the colors, but alone these colors don't quite do it. Nope, for that we have to look at the paint job on this guy, and what a paint job it is!

Optimus has a rather complex deco compared to most Transformers figures you see nowadays. The colors used on this figure include silver, white, neon green gold and black. It's an interesting set of colors, but they're all inspired by the first "Shattered Glass" Optimus Prime and they work well against the dark plastic colors. The silver is the color you'll find all over the vehicle. It's in obvious places like the smokestacks and the sides of the wheels, but the most impressive use of the color is the brushed metal patterns found from the nose of the truck to the sides and on the back section where his hitch is located. This gives him a worn down, battle damaged appearance that is gritty and befits the character. This Prime doesn't care about looking pretty so long as victory is his! The white paint is the next most heavily used color. Its most obvious use is outlining a gigantic Autobot logo on the top of his hood. This detail echoes the large Autobot symbol on the first "Shattered Glass" Optimus Prime. Other details that echo the first "Shattered Glass" Optimus Prime include white lines indicating a "crack" on his windshield and the phrase "I shall stand...the rest shall fall" which is split between the right and left sides of the truck nose respectively. The green paint is used for the row of lights above the windshield and the headlights. The gold color is used on the panels that form his side windows, matching up in tone with the color of his windshield. Finally, a bit of black is used to paint the grille at the front of the vehicle. As you can tell by the length of this paragraph, there's a lot of paint applications on this guy!

I am really impressed by the color scheme on this vehicle mode. It manages to be appropriately over the top without being loud and obnoxious. It also pays homage to the first "Shattered Glass" Prime's vehicle mode very well. I'm also a huge fan of brushwork on figures and seeing it here makes me grin from ear to ear. Kudos to Fun Publications for the work on this vehicle mode!

Transformation to Robot Mode:

  1. Swing the panels on the sides of the vehicle up.
  2. Swing the panels at the very back of the vehicle down.
  3. Swing the grey foot pieces down.
  4. Flip the vehicle over to get a better perspective of the robot mode.
  5. Split the legs apart from each other and remove the sword accessory.
  6. Swing the handle at the end of the sword out.
  7. Slide the curved piece on the sword down to form the hilt of the sword and set it aside for now.
  8. Swing the arms out to the sides and split the shoulder armor areas apart (these form the front of the vehicle mode).
  9. Swing each arm down to create a clearance in the center.
  10. From inside the cabin section, push the robot head out, flip it out, then swing the panel back into place.
  11. Swing the two window panels on the sides in.
  12. Swing the chest piece with the head attached to it down to form the robot chest.
  13. Swing the curved panels from the sides of the vehicle up, then connect them together on the back.
  14. On each leg, swing the panels that are in the center to the sides.
  15. On each leg, swing the wheels up and into the gaps on his legs.
  16. Slide the sword into one of the hands.

Robot Mode:
While the vehicle mode had the purple and dark grey sections virtually split in half between the front and the back of the figure, the robot mode distributes the colors a lot more. In this form, you see that the translucent yellow plastic is a bit more spread out on the figure than the vehicle mode would lead you to believe. You'll find it on his shoulder armor and arms in addition to his chest. The rest of the figure is divided up between purple, black and grey sections, with the legs mostly made up of black and grey (from the thighs to the feet). As with the vehicle mode however, the plastic colors only begin to tell the visual story of this character.

The same colors that came into play in the vehicle mode show here, but now the color red has been added in for his "evil" looking eyes. A lot of the front facing translucent yellow plastic is painted with black, but still showing hints of the yellow underneath, giving those parts a "glowing" appearance. The gold color is used a bit more in this mode to give small details on his crest, forearms, waist area and knees. Once again however the silver color is what really draws my eye. The "scraped up" brushwork pattern appears again in this mode, this time on his legs and the "rocket pack" like panels on his back. Silver is also used as a solid deco on his face and the lower legs. The continuity between his two forms in terms of deco looks awesome and elevates the figure even more in my eyes.

All of the joints on this figure are nice and tight. The sword transforms just fine and is cast in black and translucent yellow plastic, matching the colors on the main figure. I still have some slight reservations about how snug the sword fits into his hands. It takes just a bit too much force to get the sword into his hands. It really should just fit in like any standard 5mm weapon, but when trying to attach other blasters into his hand I also had to force them a bit, which leads to fear of stress marks and cracking - so be careful.

Final Thoughts:
If it weren't for the hand issue mentioned above, this figure would get a highly recommended rating. Still, it's an absolutely beautiful piece of work and the design of the sculpt manages to look evil and imposing with this color scheme. Recommended, but watch those hands!