Death is the right of all Optimus Primes!
I recently gave this guy to one of my nephews as a present. Of course, I decided to take some photos and do up this review as a parting gift for myself and you guys. So here’s the review for Transformers Animated: Battle Begins: Earth-mode Optimus Prime w/ battle damage (Deluxe class size).
He’s from the Transformers Animated: Battle Begins 2-Pack which included the Deluxe Cybertronian-mode Megatron w/ battle damage. Both have been re-released (complete with battle damage) in separate 2-packs. Prime’s packaged with Black Arachnia and I believe Megatron’s with Prowl.
Before I go on, let’s get this out of the way. Yes, Prime’s battle damaged. I personally like it, and won’t be taking off points on account of it, but I understand if the battle damage bothers others. Ordinarily, a non-pristine Prime would bother me as well, but since I’ve got a couple other Primes in “fresh off the protoform pod” condition already, I can live with it. If it does bother you to a great degree, I’m told that some rubbing alcohol will get rid of all the battle damage with little to no repainting required.
As you can see, Prime’s a truck. A very Animated-style truck. Which is to say he’s accurate as far as Animated goes, but probably wouldn’t be able to pass off as a robot in disguise in any other continuity. There’s some battle damage on the cab, which looks good there.
Otherwise, there’s not much else to say. This is a very solid vehicle mode. If I had to nitpick, I’d say I’d wish his legs/back portion could be pressed closed together, as opposed to being slightly spread apart. But that’s really nitpicky in light of the overall solid alt-mode.
3.5 out of 4.0
The transformation is pretty cool. It’s show accurate and also very similar to the Deluxe Transformers Animated Cybertronian-mode Optimus Prime that was released a little before this guy. It’s not exactly the funnest transformation out there, but there’s nothing intrinsically wrongly with it.
The only thing I’d suggest is that when the time comes for you to turn him into truck mode, bear in mind that when you want to push the legs in, you should actually slide his abdominal grill forward, and not simply push the legs in. If I recall, the instructions don’t mention the sliding grill, and it was a source of some frustration to me at first.
3.0 out of 4.0
As I’ve said, I don’t mind the battle damage, and in this mode, a lot more battle damage is evident as compared to the vehicle mode. On the one hand, I do happen to think it adds some cool and grittiness to the figure, on the other hand, if Prime didn’t have the battle damage, he would probably be the definitive Animated Prime available right now. Especially once you factor in that as a Deluxe, he’s only half the price of the Voyager Prime (although he comes in a 2-pack, but depending on where you get him, he’s STILL cheaper even with his pack-in), and he’s actually more in scale with the other Autobots, Dinobots and Decepticons (bearing in mind that Bumblebee, Bulkhead and Lugnut f**k-up the scale for EVERYBODY).
So anyway, here we have a fantastic looking Animated Prime with great proportions that make him look totally buff and heroic. He’s generally in scale with the other Animated toys, especially when you consider that Animated Prime isn’t necessarily towering over every other Transformer as he was in the Unicron Trilogy. But his broad shoulders with the lovely inset tires give him the impression of superior bulk.
He’s also articulated as all heck and comes with the most show accurate axe of all the Animated Primes.
3.8 out of 4.0
A very good toy, so why did I give him away? Because as great as he is as a toy, the truth is, I’m just not into the Animated aesthetic. I’ve got a moderate collection of them, but the others could serviceably pass themselves off amongst other less stylized TF toys… with some imagination. But Deluxe Animated Prime is just far too Animated and stands out too much amongst my other children’s plastic playthings.
BUT! If you like or don’t mind the Animated style, then this is a pretty solid piece to add to your collection. Barring the battle damage, he’s the most bang for your buck and definitive Animated Prime out there. This is a great present for kids, although most kids don’t seem to like battle damage, so perhaps you can do a little DIY with some cotton and a bottle of rubbing alcohol before you give it to them?
3.5 out of 4.0
0.0 – 0.0 = I’d pay to get rid of it
0.1 – 0.5 = I’d give it away
0.6 – 1.0 = I wouldn’t take it for free
1.1 – 1.5 = Very Bad
1.6 – 2.0 = Bad
2.1 – 2.5 = Average
2.6 – 3.0 = Good
3.1 – 3.5 = Very Good
3.6 – 4.0 = Excellent
That’s it Megatron!
You think you’re so big and strong, tough guy? Well here’s something the humans taught me, called JUDO!
Hyah! Have a taste of your own size and power Megatron!