Japanese Transformers Prime Deluxe Wheeljack with Arms Micron Ooje
Box: The boxes for the deluxe toys have no windows. I assume this is due to the lack of paint apps. 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 Ooje
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: They get an A for effort on this one, but a C for execution. The blade isn’t long enough, and sticking out of the giant box at the hilt looks silly. It was a nice try to make a curved blade sword like he comes with, but not good enough. I don’t really like the white color either.
Robot Mode: Robot mode is okay, but Ooje is definitely one of the weaker Arms Microns. He looks like an astronaut with the big backpack. Very sub par.
Wheeljack (Based on Transformers Prime Deluxe Wheeljack)
Vehicle Mode: Wheeljack is one of my favorite Prime toys, awesome looking vehicle, great transformation, and nice looking robot. Unfortunately, in remolding him for the Arms Micron line, the added ports on his front fenders, and pegs on his spoiler take away from the sleekness of his car mode. While I prefer paint apps to stickers, the shiny metallic stickers look great on him.
Robot Mode: In robot mode, you can see the color differences to the USA version. The gray plastic on the USA version is black on the Arms Micron version (with his forearms painted gray). The swords from the USA version are included. Off the top of my head, I believe that only Battle Shield Optimus Prime, who came with his sword, came with weapons from the USA toy. I’m not really sure why they included the swords. It might be because he has pegs on the bottom and under the front of the car just for mounting the weapons and they didn’t want to remove the pegs. I don’t know. Unfortunately, they didn’t paint the swords, so they look kind of like accessories from Star Trek The Next Generation Playmates figures. Interestingly, the swords are made of softer plastic than the USA version. The same softer plastic is used on his knees and the “wings” that stick up on his back.
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