Just got in the second series of Deluxe Japanese Transformers Prime toys with Arms Microns. As some of the info is the same from toy to toy, don’t be surprised if you’ve read any of it in 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 Jida
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. They look nice, but I had some problems getting the crystal to stay in on some of them. Might need a little glue.
Weapon Mode: Jida is not great, but he is certainly among the better Decepticon Arms Microns. The weapon mode is sort of a serrated sword, but also has a small flip out barrel to sort of make it a gun for the hood of the car. It does work better for the robot than the car, though.
Beast Mode: Jida’s animal mode is very nice. His legs are far more like legs than the other four-legged Arms Micron, Bulo, though Jida is very blocky looking.
Terrorcon Cliffjumper (Based on Transformers Prime First Edition Deluxe Cliffjumper)
Vehicle Mode: In vehicle mode they’ve added Arms Micron ports on Cliffjumper’s hood and both sides on top of the trunk. He is molded completely in translucent purple plastic, which looks pretty great, though isn’t very show accurate as he was more red than purple as I recall.
Robot Mode: He has a remolded “zombie” head. I would have liked a few more silver stickers. The robot mode looks a little plain. In robot mode he has Arms Micron ports on his shoulders.
Comparison Pictures with Japanese (left) and USA (right).
Overall: This is a nice looking toy, but they will be using the USA mold (no Arms Micron ports) with this head for the San Diego Comic Con Transformers Prime First Edition Rust in Peace Terrorcon Cliffjumper. That toy will be partially cast in translucent purple plastic. This way they can leave parts unpainted to simulate the energon showing through in the battle damage, but other parts will have painted on battle damage. While the Japanese version is nice looking toy, it’s nowhere near as awesome as the SDCC version will be (which will almost certainly be way more expensive, so the Japanese version is the cheaper option). Unless you really want the Arms Micron, I’d wait for the SDCC version.
Here are pictures of the upcoming San Diego Comic Con Transformers Prime First Edition Rust In Peace Cliffjumper:
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