Sunday, July 24, 2011

#75: Transformers Hunt For the Decepticons - Battle Blades Optimus Prime

So a couple weeks ago, Groupon had a deal offering $30 worth of merchandise from for only $15. Now that's a bargain I can't resist. At the same time, had an offer of free shipping on Transformers orders over $25. On top of that, this Optimus was on clearance for $9.99. I've never had a movie version of Optimus, so I figured this would be a good time to get one.

I think the robot mode looks kind of oddly proportioned. The way the head sits on the body seems a little weird. But it's a pretty decent representation of the movie Optimus. Getting him between modes is a big change from the standard Optimus transformation I'm used to. It's really weird that his feet are the grille of the truck mode. It is definitely different, and that makes it interesting. Another amusing aspect of the transformation is that due to the way the legs work, you can give Optimus super long legs making him almost twice as tall. Optimus also has a removable Matrix of Leadership in his chest, a feature that I think improves any Optimus Prime toy. For accessories, there are a couple of cannons that fold into the tanks on the side of the truck mode. I don't think they can be shared with any other Transformers toy, because the hands have narrow slots instead of the standard round peg to hold them. Also, true to his name, Optimus has a blade attached to each arm. They rotate back during the change to truck mode, but while in bot mode, they are too long to rotate back without being in the way. So they're pretty much always extended in bot mode. It seems like I'm complaining a lot, but for 10 bucks, I'm not too bothered. The alt mode is pretty cool, though:

I think the best part of this toy is that the shades or whatever above the windows are articulated. They look like eyebrows, so truck Optimus can be given different expressions. Now that is play value!

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