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Name: Optimus Prime
Series: Movie Tie-ins
Allegiance: Autobot
Alternate Mode: Peterbilt 379 Truck (thanks to Fit For Natalie for the model)



TRUCK MODE
Height: 3.5cm Length: 7cm Width: 3cm

   A red, blue and grey longnose truck cab with six black tyres, Optimus Prime has a red nose with blue flames, a blue canon area and a grey and red hitch section. The smokestacks, grille, front bumper and fuel tanks on either side are grey, along with some panelling on either side. As seems to be the trend with ROTF Legends, the paint job here is less sparse than earlier Legends - the windows and sunshade are painted metallic silver and of course the flames on the nose. Perhaps the most telling aspect here is that there is only black and grey plastic used here - all the red and blue is painted. It's a good colour scheme which matches Prime as we saw in the first film (ROTF is not released as of me writing this review) and it's a good match for the darker colours of the original Legends toy released for the first film. Surprisingly, there is no Autobot logo visible here.

   The shape here is very similar to that of the first Legends toy, although we do have some gappy areas at the back of the cabin due to a different transformation. The smokestacks are far more prevalent - for starters he has one on both sides this time around - and they're grey unlike the unpainted blue on the original. The only other knock on this truck mode is that you can see the sculpted fists on the hitch area. As you'd expect at this size, the play value is limited to rolling tyres - all six roll unlike the first toy which had two false tyres.

   A good truck mode at this size. Sure it's gappy at the back and you can make out his fists but the paint job is first class and it feels far less underdone that the first version. There's not really any difference in the nature of the truck, mind you - but at this size I don't mind having a second version of the same idea since the improvements represent a better truck mode second time around.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Split the rear and swing the halves forward to form his arms, fold down the sleeper compartment roof to reveal the head. Fold down the nose and rotate to form his legs - split the legs and fold down the feet. Simple yet very elegant.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 8cm Width: 5cm

   A grey robot with black upper arms, blue shins, red forearms and some red and silver on his chest (the windshield), Optimus Prime has a blue head with a silver face. The eyes are simply silver but at this scale it doesn't look underdone. There is now an Autobot logo present - for some reason they chose to stamp it on his left thigh. The colour scheme works very well here - again there's a lot of red and blue paint, and while some simplifications are obvious such as the black upper arms, it's a pretty good match for the movie character. This colour scheme is at once more complex, more complete and more accurate than the very underdone colours of the first toy.

   Play value is pretty good here thanks to clever jointing. His shoulders and hips are ball jointed while the elbows and ankles are hinged. The legs are solid pieces so Prime lacks knees, but the feet are useful and the range of arm motion is good, so we get enough poseability for this robot mode to be fun at Legends size. There are no guns or gimmicks, which is standard at this size. You _can_ combine him with Jetfire - sort of - Jetfire's plane mode can clip on as a backpack of sorts.

   A very painted and quite detailed robot mode with intelligent articulation, Optimus Prime's robot mode is fantastic at this size. The simplifications are relatively minor so the display value here is impressive. Frankly, it's all over the terrible robot mode of the first Legends Prime.

VARIATIONS

   None that I'm aware of.

OVERALL

   One of the best Legends we've seen, Optimus Prime has two good modes, an abundance of paint, a clever use of all that paint and good jointing in robot mode. Both modes display well, the transformation is elegant and the movie accuracy is good. If you don't have the original toy, don't bother getting it, this toy is a vast improvement. Even if you do, I'd still recommend dropping the few dollars on this version - it's that much better - 9/10 /10

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