Just got in the first series of Deluxe and Voyager Japanese Transformers Prime toys with Arms Microns. I am working on reviews for each, but it might take a while to get them all posted. As some of the info is the same, don’t be surprised if some of this sounds familiar if you’ve read any of the other reviews. (Yes, I’m too lazy not to copy and paste when I can.) 🙂
Box: The boxes for the deluxe toys have no windows. I assume this is due to the lack of paint apps (see below). They look kind of awful without the stickers, so leaving out the window will hide that. Good marketing, but it’s only necessary because the toys are so plain without the stickers. Also, the internal packaging is cardboard, and these were very hard to even pull out of the box without damaging the outer boxes.
Arms Micron B.2
Kit: The kits are fairly easy to assemble, and so far the stickers seem to be staying on well. The plastic is higher quality than the Kabaya kits. They have no paint apps and are perfect for customizers to paint up for a more elaborate look. Each Arms Micron includes something like a spark crystal, but I’m not sure if that is the intent of it. A sticker goes on before the outer translucent plastic to form it. Look nice, but I had some problems getting the crystal to stay in on some of them. Might need a little glue.
Weapon Mode: B.2 (yes, that’s really his name) is one of the better weapon mode Arms Microns. He is a gold double-barreled cannon. The shiny gold and blue stickers make it look really nice, and two separate mounting posts give him lots of options for attaching to figures. He also has his own ports on top to mount other Arms Microns.
Robot Mode: Cool looking in robot mode, but has very little articulation (if you like that).
Combined Weapon Mode: B.2, O.P., and R.A. combine to form a sword for Optimus Prime.
Bumblebee (Based on USA Transformers Prime Deluxe Bumblebee)
Vehicle Mode: As you can see above, Bumblebee comes out of the package with very few paint apps. Even after applying the stickers, he still has less detail than the American one. While he has taillight stickers, an improvement over the US version, the stickers aren’t the same color yellow as the plastic and they didn’t even paint the edges of the windows and rear view mirror, leaving them in translucent blue plastic. He has Arms Micron ports on the roof and doors. Instead of just adding holes, they built up little platforms topped off by the ports. I like the molding, but it needed to be painted. The stickers just don’t look great. The only plus on the stickers is the inclusion of the Autobot logo on the hood. He is a slightly darker yellow than the US version.
Robot Mode: As with the vehicle mode the robot suffers from a lack of paint apps that is not helped by the stickers. Unfortunately, all the ports for the Arms Microns are on his back and doors. They can be angled to attach the weapons pointing forward, though it does look somewhat awkward. Disappointingly, the weapons from the US toy are not included.
Comparison Pictures with USA (left) and Japanese (right).
Overall: It’s really up to personal choice which one of these you’ll like. The US version has a cleaner looking vehicle mode without the blocky Arms Micron ports. Also, while there are a few details included with the stickers that are not on the US versions (logo and tail lights) I don’t think that is enough to offset how much better the painted details look. As far as the Arms Micron is concerned, obviously if you want it (and who doesn’t want Targetmasters) you have to get the Japanese version. However there are some Arms Micron kits (that at this time are new and not packed with figures) being sold separately (and they’re pretty cheap), so it is possible that we might see these kits separately later, but it’s by no means a guarantee.
Thanks for reading!