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Arise, Transformers: Age Of Extinction Optimus Prime

While everyone was busy politely arguing over the teaser trailer for Transformers 4: Dino Riders, Hasbro put the first toy for the fourth film in the franchise up for sale. What do you think of Transformers: Age of Extinction First Edition Optimus Prime?


This version of the Autobot leader, available in limited quantity through Amazon for $59.99, continues the movie figures' proud tradition of a robot with a truck cab backpack. His skin is crammed with tiny details, which helps draw attention away from the obvious truck bits.


I'm a little put off by the fact that the figure has alien insect feet paired with sculpted humanoid sword-holding hands. If we're going to evolve human features we should really commit from head-to-toe. The movie bots have shown amazing versatility as far as the items they can transform into, so why not just reformat their bodies into something a bit less alien?

I tell you why. Pride. Hubris. Trucks.


That's fine vehicle form, really — there's no looking at that and thinking it's anything other than a truck with a blazing shield strapped on the back.

I like to poke fun at the Michael Bay movies, but I've grown to appreciation this form of Optimus Prime, even if I haven't enjoyed the films and tend to avoid the toys. To an entire generation, this is sort of what Optimus Prime looks like, if you squint realy hard.


Transformers: Age of Extinction First Edition Optimus Prime is a figure no dedicated Transformers collector should miss. That's because Hasbro decided this special edition is number 14 of the "Thrilling 30" line of 30th anniversary celebration 'bots.

Should I bite the bullet and buy, or give up my dream of collecting all 30 figures?

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Horrendous, as is standard Hasbro procedure at this point.
The older Transformers looked like they were made from their alt-mode, ie. Jet parts clearly visible on Starscream, Wheels, Smokestacks etc. and large boxed-out sections all apparent in their robot form. That was the appeal, that was the point.

Now for some reason someone thought "hermit crab robots hidden inside vehicles" and they've ran with it. Not so much Transformers as they are nanotech crammed into cars. Terrible.