The final addition to Autobot Team in TF Prime (wait, what about Ultra Magnus?), and he is so lovable by messing up with others while he is actually the ace that crucial to team itself.
Unlike others in team, Smokescreen actually falls into Beast Hunters line-up, and he is technically very different from previous releases. No more translucent plastic in his body and the weapon. Speaking of his weapon, he got this gun-chainsaw-blade thingy. Although it looks plain without color, but the design is very cool. Uhuk *Gears of War* uhuk uhuk.
His vehicle mode is a sport car that supposed to be in a circuit, but Smokescreen doesn’t care. His vehicle mode looks cool. I like it. Very Le Mans-racing car type.
His transformation is easy but requires more steps than other Cyberverse legion figures. Still, a self-explanatory transformation.
His robot mode is okay. No joints on his elbow and his knee that disappoint me just like Bumblebee, so this figure has limited articulations.
The reason I bought this figure is, indeed, to complete my Autobot team from TF Prime series. As I follow Beast Hunters currently, I have to say that this series attracts me to Cyberverse even more. I don’t really care about deluxe or voyager or other gigantic sizes, but Cyberverse with all limitations still gives me this charm. And it looks real nice when they are together. Smokescreen is actually a good figure for this size, and not much I can complain. Indeed for a Cyberverse legion class figure, I think this figure is flawless.
This is the cyberverse version of Beast Hunters Optimus Prime. As the final season will be premiered on March 22, I still have no idea whether Optimus indeed will have new body or someone takes his place (body) as the trailer leads me to “a new Prime, or Optimus revived by having someone sacrified his/her spark to him? Ah, I am so curious and can’t wait.
This figure is really different from his voyager counterpart, very different. And as I previously stated, somehow this is the show-accurate design of his Beast Hunters incarnation, closer if it is not the same. For me as collector, show-accuracy is essential and this figure gives me that impression, unlike the previous voyager.
His vehicle mode is quite okay. For a beast hunter kind of figure, this Optimus Prime is really spiky, but not my cup of tea actually. Still, it looks real nice and attract attentions when displayed. Simple, spiky, and menacing, that’s my impression on this vehicle. This is Optimus Prime as we are familiar with, retains the glory of red-blue big truck, only this time with “beast” gimmick.
For this small figure, the transformation is complicated. Surprising yet satisfying. I thought the complexity of the transformation would be similar to his previous cyberverse figure, but I was wrong. it’s more….
The robot mode is great, and yes I will pose him as robot rather than as vehicle. Very different from voyager and it has its own charisma. The weapons although made from soft plastic and just plain grey, work perfectly with the figure. Repaint the weapons might do the job. Anyway, the robot mode is the strongest point of this figure. He looks perfect for a cyberverse figure.
While this figure is already that great, I have one complain that hurts this figure a lot. While his articulation somewhat limited, why the hell it doesn’t have head articulation? The previous Cyberverse Prime has satisfying articulation and the head is moveable. Why Hasbro, why? I am okay with limited articulation and the look of his back (yes, it’s horrible), but without head articulation, I will give a lot of minus points on this. It’s sad because his head sculpt is very good and superior than voyager’s head version.
Is it worth? I say, yes! With notes!
There are lots that yet to be desired. This is the point where Hasbro (or Takara) stands between great and horrible, between success and failure. If only they designed it a little bit better. This figure looks great in design but fails in several aspects, and that’s crucial. Still, this Optimus Prime and I am a Optimuses-Fetish collector, so I don’t care. Even, who cares anyway?
A major upgrade, and this one really an upgrade we need. And I think this is the second time I get a figure while the character itself is not yet appeared on the series. TF Prime season 3 will start this spring (oh my, Indonesia has no idea about spring, summer, fall, or winter).
Previously I have reviewed Voyager TF Prime Optimus Prime RiD and that figure is just bad, real bad. Fortunately, his Beast Hunters incarnation proves the other way. This figure is the complete opposite, no more stupid gimmick, no more painful transformation, and no more ridiculous weaponry. This figure answered all complaints from the previous lineup. This figure has soft plastic for the wings and the claw, I don’t mind it at all. It could be better but ah, that safety regulations…..
His vehicle mode is menacing. Actually I don’t like a kind of vehicle that is not based on real vehicle, but this one I can say I like it a lot. Truly a beast in every senses. The weapons can be attached to the vehicle and that’s just great.
This figure has wings, and it makes me wonder. A truck that can fly?
Transforming this figure is easy but I have to say, still impressive.
His robot mode is fantastic with one complain on the head. His head sculpt is not that good but I understand why Hasbro did that.
Other than that, this figure has a lot of play values. The articulations are good, even got ratchet joints on the shoulders and feet. Weapons can be stored on his back or attached to his both hands, and they have lot of options how they will be used. This figure is poseable at his best.
If only my real complain does count, and indeed this is my serious complain, why this figure is not show-accurate? I saw Optimus’ design from the box and he is different than this voyager class design. In fact the design of his cyberverse version is closer, if not the same, to the design of actual Optimus Prime in his Beast Hunters incarnation. Oh well, my complain is useless this time because this figure is already that great. In fact, this is a good decision by Hasbro.
If you can, grab it!