Transformers: Age of Extinction Titan Heroes Wave 1 (Optimus Prime, Drift, Bumblebee)
I don’t mean to state the obvious, but these are not wonderful toys, at least not for collectors. What they are is meant for younger kids. When I was four or five years old, I had a Spider-Man figure. It was ten or twelve inches tall as I recall and I think maybe he had four points of articulation. It wasn’t a lot better than these, but I loved playing with that thing. So, while collectors laugh at these, I think kids will really like them. Also, Hasbro has greatly expanded their twelve inch hard plastic action figure line for all their Marvel properties. I think part of it is that they want to have a Transformers component to that product line. They are doing the same thing by making the upcoming Robot Mashers which I assume will be compatible with their Hero Mashers line. So, I can’t really fault Hasbro for these, and if nothing else they are a hell of a lot better than the Transformers: Prime Titan Heroes.
Titan Heroes Optimus Prime
I have to admit, Optimus Looks pretty cool. The red torso and arms make him look a little more G1, but just a little bit. He’s got nice paint apps and I like the head sculpt. The amazing thing is that there are going to be not one, but two reuses of this mold as store exclusives. Target is getting a Silver Knight version which is just painted silver with some gold around the edges. It looks like crap. K-Mart is getting one with a voice chip added and a sword. That might be pretty cool if Peter Cullen records the voice chip for it. I am assuming he will.
Titan Heroes Drift
Drift is probably the best of the three. The molding has a lot of detail, and I love the swords, even though they aren’t removable they still look nice. He does have sort of an odd expression on his face.
Titan Heroes Bumblebee
Bumblebee is clearly the weakest of the three. He definitely needed some more paint apps, but the mold is decent.
Overall: I think younger kids will really like these, and collectors shouldn’t judge them the same way they would a Voyager or Deluxe toy. It’s apples and oranges.
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