Blog #1098: Toy Review: Transformers: Generations: Titans Return Leader Optimus Prime & Apex

Transformers: Generations: Titans Return Leader Optimus Prime & Apex

0generations-logoThere are a few things I need to say about the Titans Return line.

First off, the trading cards.  Hasbro made a big deal that they were doing real trading cards and not just a picture with no meaningful back.  I guess they tried, but in the then end, they failed miserably.  The cards suck.  There are only four ratings instead of the eight that nearly all other tech specs have had for 30 years (when we’ve actually had tech specs).  There is no quote or function, and the only bio is a couple lines on the back of the package, they didn’t even bother to put it on the card.  Hasbro fails again.  What else is new?

Secondly, what the fuck is it with Hasbro that they need to focus on only one theme at a time?  Why are we getting Targetmasters and Powermasters as Headmasters?  It makes no sense.  Worse yet, the two Targetmaster converts, Blurr and Scourge, both have awful paint jobs (or I should say, barely any paint jobs at all).  They put all the work into the real Headmasters and just mailed it in on the Targetmasters that they shouldn’t have been doing in the first place.  As usual, they half ass everything, just like with Combiner Wars, where they ended the line without doing Terrorcons, Predacons, Seacons, Monster Pretenders, G2 Protectobots, and G2 Constructicons (in both colors).  I mean, they still could do those as box sets next year, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

Thirdly, the Titan Masters.  Why can’t they be consistent?  Apeface, Brawn, Nightbeat, and Terri-Bull are named for the actual characters they are the heads for instead of the actual heads they represent.  Clobber and Skytread could theoretically be the Headmasters for Grimlock and Flywheels.  This makes no sense.  Pick one way of doing it.  It would make far more sense to name them for the Headmaster and not the character they partner with, as we are only getting the Headmaster.  Related to that, it really sucks that we aren’t going to get any real versions of the Headmaster Juniors or Headmaster Horrorcons.

Finally, the Headmasters are freaking tiny.  G1 Headmasters were way better than these, and had the ratings meter on the chest gimmick that they didn’t even try to reproduce.  Another thing that sucks is that the heads of the Headmasters are articulated.  This makes it so that the larger robot heads are articulated, but also makes it hard when plugging them in to Titan Masters vehicles.  G1 Headmasters were so much better, but that’s true of most G1 toys.

Anyway, on to the review.

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Apex

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Titan Master: G1 Optimus Prime should not have a mouth.  Period.  The head sculpt appears to be an attempt at a younger version of Optimus Prime.  Powermaster Optimus Prime is not a younger version of Optimus Prime, so this is idiotic.  (It’s probably intended to be used as Orion Pax.)  Apex is named after Apex Bomber, the USA reissue of Godbomber.  Apex’s head sculpt does look like Hi-Q, Powermaster Optimus Prime’s original Powermaster, so I give them credit for that.  It would have been nice if they painted Hi-Q’s face.

Optimus Prime

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Vehicle Modes: In vehicle mode Optimus Prime looks pretty amazing.  Not as amazing as the upcoming Japanese version, but still pretty great.  He certainly looks the part of Powermaster Optimus Prime, I just wish he had a Powermaster, even if it didn’t unlock his transformation.

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Robot Mode: In robot mode Optimus Prime looks amazing.  I wish they had used more silver paint on some of his gray parts, but it’s still great looking.  However, it again must be said that he doesn’t look as good as the Japanese version is going to look.

Overall: If you’re only going to get one, then wait for the Japanese version, but Optimus Prime is pretty amazing, so I highly recommend him.

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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2 Responses to Blog #1098: Toy Review: Transformers: Generations: Titans Return Leader Optimus Prime & Apex

  1. Pingback: Blog #1190: Toy Review: Transformers: Legends Leader Class Ginrai | lmb3.net

  2. DarkAlex1978 says:

    I just saw “Ginrai” and oh my god, that is what I call a good update and homage of the vintage, at least in the looks. This is not bad but…. Well is like instead of an update they want to do what they thinks to be a better Powermaster Prime and Imho they failed. Is not bad as figure but as updated Powermaster Prime to me it looks wrong. Aside for the headmaster gimmick that gods only know why is given to it in place of its proper one, I have a number of issue with this figure: the chestpiece is a mess, unlike Ginrai’s that at least looks like HiQ in engine mode. Then the cab: is a matter of personal taste obviously, but I hate vehicle modes that are not recognizable earth model (or very close) when they should be (or the vintage figure was): again, Ginrai beat this having an earth like cab and not this stupid “squinty eyes” cartoonish one.

    I’m not mad about the lack of a transforming cab (even if it should be present) but again Hasbro left me perplexed with their decisions and now I’ll explain why. I saw a photo that shows how the Classics Ultimate Battle Optimus Prime fits very well inside Ultra Magnus, so is aguable that it would fit in this also. So, given Hasbro fondness for reciclyng molds why they didn’t retool that Prime to be part of this Powemaster giving it a better and transformable cab?

    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-feedback/1041996-combiner-wars-ultra-magnus-69.html

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