Monday, September 19, 2011

REVIEW II: Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Voyager Class Optimus Prime

Continuing from where I left off in the previous post, this is the 2008 released Hasbro Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Voyager Class Optimus Prime CLEAR version in robot mode as we had already seen him in vehicle / truck mode in the previous post.

In robot mode, Voyager Class Optimus Prime is proportionally more accurate to his CGI design than the Leader Class toy and has a more accurate headsculpt.

However, due to the aforementioned lessened complexity, significant sacrifices had to be made, such as "cheats" to the transformation sequence to achieve this. He is thus less accurate overall than he initially appears.

In addition to previously mentioned changes, he carries much of the truck's front hood, grill and fenders on his back like a backpack. Nevertheless, he maintains a superb level of articulation and posability. [ source ]

Close-ups of the Hasbro Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Voyager Class Optimus Prime Autobot leader head sculpt

Here's the Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Voyager Class Optimus Prime armed with two large rifles formed out of a combination of both smokestacks and fuel tanks. These rifles peg into his lower arms with grips for his open hands. The under-slung fuel tanks can fire spring-loaded projectiles. In vehicle mode (truck mode), both smokestack rifles were deployed as twin cannons, and this mechanism can also be used to store the rifles and deploy them as shoulder guns in robot mode.

And here are two Optimus Prime Autobot leaders placed side-by-side for comparisons: On the left is Leader Class Optimus Prime (released in 2007) while the one on the right is Voyager Class Optimus Prime (clear version). The largest 2007 Transformers movie Optimus Prime toy, Leader Class Optimus Prime featured, at the time, the most accurate representation of the CGI designs' complex transformation sequence. See previous post for truck mode comparison pictures.

Hasbro Transformers Optimus Prime (Leader Class, 2007): Featuring a complex transformation, essentially the front and back ends of the truck fold and converge to become Optimus Prime's legs, as much of the truck rear is connected to the robot thighs via a series of folding panels. The rear wheel cowlings feature a hinge joint in the middle of them so they do not impede his knee articulation. The halves of the rear cabin of the cab, directly connected to the smokestacks, rotate and connect to his torso and unfold into his arms.

As with most mainline Movie toys, Optimus Prime features Automorph gimmicks, and due to his price point, he has three of them. Firstly, during initial transformation, rotating his front fenders to become his heels flips the top parts of the grill to become his toes. Secondly, sliding out the double-barrel cannon in his right forearm flips out his spring-loaded Ion Blaster, which lands into place for his right hand. (The Ion Blaster can actually be popped off his forearm fairly easily, as it is held in place by a simple clip.) Optimus's final Automorph, located in his torso, is activated by flipping the silver lever on his stomach, activating a series of spring-loaded actions where the truck windows are pushed apart and the lever between them is raised, enabling the head to spring up from the chest cavity. At this point, yellow LEDs light up the chest windows and Optimus Prime's eyes, accompanied by a "powering up" sound effect.

Optimus Prime has a wide range of articulation for a relatively bulky figure. He has ratcheting joints in his shoulders, elbows, hips and knees, with swivel joints and ball joints supporting them in his biceps, lower knee joints and ankles. Again, unusually for a mainline figure, especially at the Leader price point, his hands have individually articulated fingers and thumbs.

Optimus Prime: "At the end of this day, one shall stand, one shall fall!"

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Little Plastic Man said...

The ghost of optimus prime

Alexander said...

Wow! They look great!My boy will love them!!

Super-Duper ToyBox said...

that is so cool! Nice pictures!

alex teo said...

thanks Colin :)