Blog #314: Toy Review: Transformers Prime McDonald’s Toys Series 2 (Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Bulkhead, Megatron, Starscream, and Breakdown)

 

Transformers Prime McDonald’s Toys Series 2 (Breakdown, Bulkhead, Bumblebee, Megatron, Optimus Prime, and Starscream)

 

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McDonald’s released its second series of Transformers Prime toys this week.  Last year they released a set of eight toys all in vehicle mode.  This year they have gone with robot mode and reduced the set to six, leaving out Ratchet and Knockout.

One noteworthy thing about this set.  This is I believe the first time since Beast Wars that there have been two separate series of McDonald’s toys based on the same Transformers series.  Beast Wars had two series, the original series of four and then the Transmetals series of three.  (There was also a Beast Machines series, but I would count that as a separate series from Beast Wars.)

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Bulkhead is certainly the best of the bunch.  He’s got a really nice head sculpt for a McDonald’s toy.  His action feature is a missile launcher.

Optimus Prime has a cool (if not original) action feature.  When you twist his body at the wait, his sword arm goes up and down.  Nice overall, but I think someone was on crack when they painted his head.  It looks like half the blue paint is missing.  Bizarre.

Bumblebee is nice looking.  When you push down on his doors on his back he punches, but it doesn’t really punch very much.  Not terrible, but it could have been better.

Breakdown has now been released twice as a McDonald’s toy, while we have yet to see a release of an actual Breakdown toy in the USA.  (I’m not counting the Cyberverse Breakdown.)  I really hope Hasbro gets the Voyager Breakdown from Japan released over here at some point, though I’m not holding my breath.  It would be the intelligent thing for them to do after all.  This Breakdown has a neat action feature.  When you squeeze his legs together his head and shoulder rotate.  His arms are hinged so they fly out to his sides and swing around like helicopter blades with hammers on the end.

Megatron looks nice enough, but it almost looks like they shaved off the top of his head.  He has a missile launcher.

Starscream isn’t bad, but nothing special.  He too has a missile launcher.

Thanks for reading!

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About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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