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 Voyager toys are the same shape as the US versions. All the text and pictures are changed. Optimus Prime has more paint apps than any of the deluxe toys, which is likely the reason for using the window box.
Arms Micron O.P.
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: O.P. (yes, that’s really his name) is my favorite of the weapon mode Arms Microns (or is at least tied with R.A.). He is a dark purple cannon. The shiny blue stickers can’t even be seen against the plastic at certain angles. Would have been ricer with red highlights. He also has his own port on top to mount other Arms Microns.
Robot Mode: The robot looks awesome, but unfortunately the gun sticking off his back makes him look a little like a three-legged Centaur.
Combined Weapon Mode: B.2, O.P., and R.A. combine to form a sword for Optimus Prime.
Optimus Prime (Based on USA Transformers Prime Voyager Optimus Prime)
Vehicle Mode: Optimus Prime has significantly more paint apps than other Japanese Transformers Prime toys. The stickers make it very similar to the US version. He has three Arms Micron ports on each side of the vehicle. It would have been nice if they were on the roof too. Interestingly the smokestacks are slightly softer plastic than the US version. The red plastic is more metallic while his blue plastic is much darker and metallic.
Robot Mode: The robot mode has Arms Micron ports on his arms, legs, and back giving you lots of options where to attach the weapons. Unlike the deluxe toys the stickers don’t really change much from the US version. I still prefer the paint apps, but it’s not a huge difference. The weapons from the US toy are not included, and considering how awful his MechTech gun is, it’s no great loss.
Comparison Pictures with USA (left) and Japanese (right).
Overall: I’m taking the Japanese version over the US version on this one. The metallic and darker blue plastic look really nice. 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.
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