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Name: Rodimus Prime
Series: 6" Titaniums
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Futuristic Motorhome



MOTORHOME MODE
Height: 5.5cm Length: 13.5cm Width: 6cm

   A red motorhome with a futuristic sports car style front, Rodimus Prime is essentially the same vehicle as we saw back in 1986. There's not as much orange here, only on the fin which sits - folded up - above the cabin. There are yellow flames painted on the sides and the hood, and they're quite well done. There's an old style red and silver Autobot stamped on his hood, in the middle of the flames. There are three silver exhausts running up the sides, just behind the cabin while the windshield is transparent blue. The headlights are painted a metallic blue which is a pretty good match for the blue plastic of his window. There are six black wheels with silver hubcaps and a black patch on the roof, rounding out a fairly attractive colour scheme which works well for Rodimus Prime.

   He's not as long, proportionally, as the original, but then how many futuristic motorhomes are there to use for comparison? I'm willing to accept the slight difference in length. I do wish his fin wasn't folded up, although to be fair the fin on the original is mostly concealed anyway. Mine doesn't hold together too well - the back unclips fairly easily, although it's not anywhere near as bad as some Titaniums (GI Joe Megatron, for example). There's quite a lot of metal here, including the hood, upper two-thirds of the exhaust towers and the top half of the rear section. Even for a Titanium, Rodimus Prime is quite heavy.

   The detailing here is pretty good, although you tend not to notice too much of the sculpt since the flames and exhausts overshadow the sculpt. Which is not a bad thing, since these features look nice. There's a slight gap between the exhaust towers and the back section, which doesn't look too good but is perfectly believable on a motorhome. There's not much play value here, the wheels roll and that's it. Of course, the Titanium line is more about display value anyway.

   A good vehicle mode which represents the character very well. There are some changes compared to the original, but nothing that really prevents this toy from being Rodimus Prime or ruins him visually. The folded up fin doesn't look too good, but the paint job, colours and general shape are all pleasing.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Unclip the back half, slide it backwards, split the halves and pull out the stowed - but now free - handgun from underneath. Fold down the rear sections to form his boots, flip up the feet and fold the wheels back, forming calves. Rotate the waist, swing the exhaust towers out to the sides, to form arms, fold down the hood to form his chest, clipping into the waist. Rotate the head, rotate the windshield down to form a backplate, then rotate the fin down and unfold. Swing the arms down, extend and rotate his forearms, slide out the fists and give him the handgun.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 14.5cm Width: 10cm

   A red robot with black feet and hands, orange thighs and wings and a silver face with blue eyes. There's a distinctive silver collar - a trademark of the character, as are the triple cannons formed from exhausts on the outside of his forearms. The chest is the hood, complete with the yellow flames and that Autobot logo. It's a great colour scheme on a layout which was always a good one - this time there's less yellow and more orange but it's all Rodimus Prime again.

   It's an attractive robot mode for the most part, thanks to the good placement of the trademark characteristics. From the side there's a distinct gap between his chest and the wings on the back, which looks quite awkward. It's not a huge problem, but you really need to display Rodimus Prime front on. Other than this, the proportions and body shape are good.

   The poseability is quite good. His neck turns while the waist is essentially fixed, with only a little bit of wiggle. The shoulders swing and lift out to the sides while the elbows and knees are hinged with rotators. The wrists are fixed while the feet can swing down, allowing for something resembling ankle movement. The end result is a fairly wide range of poses, since all of the joints are tight - not a given in this line, sadly. The boots, chest and forearms are all die cast, with the weight in his boots making for a very effective anchor. The gun is a black affair with a silver barrel, and it's very similar in design to that on the original Rodimus Prime (other than the silver). It's very well designed gun, since it's shaped to be able to clear the high wrist.

   A great robot mode despite the gap from the side. Rodimus Prime looks really nice from the front, the colours and detailing all work well and he's quite poseable. The proportions are much better than those of the original - and that's despite the fact that there's no add on trailer-base here.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of, although Menasor is a repaint of Rodimus Prime.

OVERALL

   One of the more satisfying 6" Titaniums for me, even if he's not the best figure in the line. Both modes are attractive, the colours work and along with details such as the collar and exhausts, they really capture the character well. The robot mode is his stronger mode, with good proportions and poseability. On top of of this, there's no awkward add on trailer, and no fin to lose (or have to chase down on eBay). The vehicle mode fin and gap on the side of robot mode are flaws, but they're not enough to ruin a Rodimus Prime toy that surpasses the original - 8.5/10

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