Masterpiece Optimus Prime 2012 Toys R Us Exclusive
This is Hasbro version, not MP-10 Takara Tomy, and as far as I can say, Hasbro version is better.
This is my ultimate wishlist in collecting Transformers figures. To think that finally I can get this one is truly an achievement for me. This is one of the best if not “the best” G1 Optimus Prime ever made, surpassing previous MP-1 or MP-4 releases. Did I ever said that Classic Optimus Prime / Henkei Convoy can surpass this quality. Let me correct it myself, nothing that can surpass this figure. This expensive, premium, high quality, ridiculous complete gimmicks, of Masterpiece Optimus Prime.
Optimus Prime in his original incarnation, G1, is an amazing figure. This release gives us the figure, the trailer, roller, small Spike Witwicky figure, and weapons to add maximum values of playing. It’s the complete Transformers features ever done in one figure. It’s so complete that I might be missing several features that I have documented for this review. I’m so sorry if my review is not enough, until now I am still amazed how this figure surpassed my expectations. Even I have difficulties taking pictures of everything not because the figure itself, it’s just me who is being biased all the time and couldn’t concentrate well.
Getting this figure is a dramatic experience for me. There are so many people, until now. still targeting this Toys R Us exclusive. Check eBay and see the price of this figure if you don’t believe me.
What Optimus Prime would be without his trailer. Damn, this figure is very very very beautiful in vehicle mode. A semi truck with trailer based on Kenworth K100, this figure by far is the best representation of G1 Optimus Prime, better than any others. Thank you Hasbro, you just made so many fans happy and this release is worth the price (even cheaper than Takara Tomy MP-10 version). Just look at vehicle mode without considering other things here and there you have a big bad boy replica of semi truck.
The trailer itself has a lot of features. From repair module, weapon storage, Roller, ramp, hitches to stand the trailer without the truck, even the side-stands (to hold the trailer when opened) has automechanism. Lots of details here, just look at the mold. Whoever the designers are, they just made a masterpiece, hence the name.
The trailer can be opened (just like G1 original toy) and we have repair module. This trailer can store the weapon, extend the claw, Spike figure can be attached on the module itself. Oh man, so many features only from the trailer. Also, the module can be put outside the trailer by revealing small parts on both sides (check the photo later).
Optimus in his vehicle mode without a trailer is still great. A believable semi-truck, no robot kibble parts can be seen. The chrome on gas tank, smokestacks, tires, and the grill make this truck mode is a fantastic replication of Kenworth K100 ever. It also has side mirrors on both sides which are not that necessary but still add more values to this figure. Too bad, I forgot to unfold both. Also not to forget, the tires on this truck (and also the trailer) are rubber tires, not plastic. Spike can be attached here as well, though it’s strange to attach him by opening the window rather than the door. Still, having Spike drives the truck adds realism to the figure.
Transforming the figure is very complicated. To make it worse, I don’t have any instruction manual at all. I have checked the box but still nothing can be found. Luckily, the progress of transformation is your generic Optimus Prime G1 that is predictable. We still have fake grill, twisting torso, and twisting hands.
Optimus Prime arise!
In robot mode, Optimus Prime looks sleek, proportional, straight from G1 cartoon-esque. No kibble, and no vehicle parts can be seen. Ion blaster is stored at his backpack and can be unfold easily by pressing the white button on the blaster and voila, that menacing blaster is ready to arm Optimus.
Oh my, this figure is highly poseable. So many articulation points available here. What a great representation of Optimus Prime ever. Beside that Ion Blaster, it does come with energon axe that easily can be attached to his right hand. It looks cool.
Open the chest compartment and there it is, Matrix of Leadership which is made from die-cast metal. No Autobot is better to hold it except Optimus, not even Hot Rod. That matrix can be taken out but I rather not bother it.
On an interesting note, Prime’s head sculpt is better in Habro version. This one does have his eyes painted while Takara version doesn’t. And I think this kind of head sculpt makes Optimus look younger (?). I like this kind of sculpt better.
Combine both Optimus with his trailer and then we have repair base. Nice way to display the figure if it is not in vehicle mode.
Now, we come to Roller. It looks very cool, solid, and better than Takara version in my opinion. I like to have Roller in blue rather in silver. Spike can be inserted here together with Ion Blaster. And one neat feature that answers our curiosity about where Optimus’s trailer went if he transformed. Roller can be attached to the trailer too just like Optimus Prime. That’s a great feature needed for this release. Roller’s functionality is crucial to Optimus Prime.
Overall, this figure is fantastic times millions but not perfect in every senses. Some of the chrome parts of my figure are already torn because of my carelessness. Luckily my brother told me this can be solved easily by adding chrome nail polish. Also, when in vehicle mode, both feet can’t be pegged unless the trailer is attached. But if the trailer is attached, the gas can now that can’t be pegged because of it. Oh Hasbro, why you miss this one quality flaw? But never mind, The value of this figure is so high that makes me forget about the flaw.
But, this figure is deserved to be a masterpiece. Complete gimmick, great design, satisfying mechanism, this figure is just great great geat. I feel my journey is completed. Let me warn you this straight, the price of this release is currently skyrocketting (as other MP figures also), so if you can grab this, GRAB IT WITHOUT HESITATION!