Blog #1292: Toy Review: Transformers: Platinum Edition Rise of Rodimus Prime (Galvatron, Rodimus Prime)

Transformers: Platinum Edition Rise of Rodimus Prime (Galvatron, Rodimus Prime)

I have never done full reviews of either of these molds, so this is as good an opportunity as any.

Accessories/Pack-Ins

This set includes a Matrix. This Matrix has been used several times. It was originally included with the 2002 New Years Special Optimus Prime in Japan. It has been chromed this time and looks amazing. Included is also a poster of Galvatron and Rodimus Prime. This set is one of the most overpriced of all he overpriced Platinum Edition sets. It could have used a few more bonus items to offset that.

Galvatron

Vehicle Mode: Galvatron’s tank mode is pretty cool. Being a Deluxe toy, it is too small for a Galvatron toy. I would have loved to see this mold upsized to a Voyager. The color scheme on this one is pretty bad, in fact this is the worst version of this mold. They didn’t even paint his tank treads. For a Platinum Edition set, Hasbro really went cheap on this.

Robot Mode: He looks pretty good in robot mode. He’s a much darker purple than other releases of this mold. He does have a decent head sculpt and I like his arm cannon.

Rodimus Prime

Vehicle Mode: In case you don’t remember the Titanium Series, it was a line of non transforming die cast figures called Robot Masters and larger transforming toys called Cybertron Heroes. A few of those toys were really cool, but the line was cancelled before they released what would have been the best four toys in the series, Cosmos, Cybertron mode Bumblebee, Shockwave (as a gun!), and Arcee. This Rodimus Prime is a repaint of the Cybertron Heroes Rodimus Prime. His vehicle mode is not bad, and I love the metallic paint. It has design flaws, chief among them that his gun is supposed to store inside the back of his vehicle, but will fall out if you look at it funny.

Robot Mode: His robot mode is badly designed. His chest and head sticks out from his body. He looks fine looking at him straight on, but from the side he looks ridiculous.

Overall: This set is crazy overpriced, and digging up the Titanium Series Rodimus Prime proves that a new Rodimus Prime toy is way overdue. (They should have used Energon Deluxe Rodimus Prime.)

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 #1292: Toy Review: Transformers: Platinum Edition Rise of Rodimus Prime (Galvatron, Rodimus Prime)

  1. lmb3 says:

    By all means, rant on! I agree completely. It’s funny that the people who least understand Transformers are those that work at Hasbro.

  2. Matt says:

    I hope this ends up as the final nail in the Platinum Edition coffin. While rereleases of older molds with some differences is a nice idea, the execution has been horrendous since day 1 with the absurd pricing and poorly chosen design elements. From the unpainted Optimus truck mode, to the misassembled ratchet joints on Megatron, and the Armada of Cyclonus set I picked up recently had flaking plastic and mild paint splatters out of the box.
    This set is probably the worst of all. The Galvatron mold wasn’t well received by many, and Titanium Rodimus was designed by people who had no prior Transformers design experience, hence his flaws. They even kept his painted head crest, eliminating G1 accuracy. I hope Hasbro has dropped Platinum Edition and is taking a long think about how to restructure such a line so it might actually sell. Apologies for the rant but I feel this has to be said. Your reviews are great insights into these products and I will happily read every single one you make.

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