Transformers: Age of Extinction Amazon.com Exclusive First Edition Leader Class Optimus Prime
The wait is over! The first Transformers: Age of Extinction toy is out. It’s an Amazon.com exclusive. First Edition Leader Class Optimus Prime is a chromed parts version of the regular Leader Class Optimus Prime that is coming out later this year (May 17th is the release date for Age of Extinction toys).
Packaging: I hate the packaging. I prefer window front boxes. As you can see it does have a flap, but toys with flaps like this are often found with damage packages from kids yanking them open or grabbing the flaps and pulling and it falling on the floor, etc. Now, as this toy has no Tech Specs or Bio on the box, that really doesn’t matter. If however, the retail toys have Tech Specs and Bios inside the flap, they could often get damaged. I am hoping that the main line toys do have Tech Specs and a Bio either on the flap or on the back/side, because it will absolutely suck if they don’t. What is this, Transformers: Armada? It could just be that they didn’t want to put a Bio which could reveal story details out so soon. At least that’s what I am hoping. Also of note is that “Leader Class” does not appear on the packaging so it could be designated as a different class, but that’s really all we have to go on for now.
Transformation: I love his transformation. I didn’t swear once while transforming him. Previous Leader Class Optimus Prime’s in the movie lines have caused me to go on expletive laden tirades as I spend an hour trying to transform a toy cutting myself, pinching my fingers numerous times in the process, and seriously considering chucking it out the window. This is clearly part of Hasbro’s plan to simplify the toys. I’ve got to say, I love it so far.
Vehicle Mode: Optimus Prime’s new vehicle mode looks awesome. It’s big and nicely painted, and all the parts click together to keep it stable so parts aren’t constantly shifting out of place, a problem common with a lot of previous movieverse toys. The chrome grill looks great. Too bad they couldn’t do the smokestacks and fuel tanks as well.
Robot Mode: Leaving his weapons aside for the moment, his robot mode looks great. The chrome really looks nice, so I’m a little worried that the retail version will pale in comparison. I’m hoping that’s not the case. He has enough articulation without having too much (Thank The Matrix!) and he stands up really well. My only complaint are his weapons. The package shows them with the inner circle of the shield painted and the hilt of the sword painted. This is not uncommon for them to cheap out on paint apps after photographing a prototype for the box, but it really hurts an otherwise stunning toy to have two big chunks of translucent yellow plastic with no paint at all. I would have rather had them in an opaque color like red or gray, that would have been better. I am again hoping that the retail version will have painted weapons, but I’m not holding my breath.
Cost: At $60, this toy is a bit overpriced. I would have expected it to come in around $40-$50, but I’m hoping that is just because it’s an exclusive and Amazon.com is greedy. Of course, for all we know, Hasbro has upped prices across the board again. Hopefully we’ll find out at Toy Fair.
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