Combiner Wars Optimus Prime Toy Review


Price- $29.99
Class- Voyager

Commentary-

Since Armada I've done the same thing. I see the new Optimus Prime reveal and I say to myself "you don't need yet another Optimus Prime" and initially, I plan to skip the Optimus Prime, but I eventually change my mind and I get it. I restarted my collection during Combiner Wars, so I still had the rule of one figure per character. At that time my favorite Optimus was G1 Powermaster Optimus Prime with the Godbomber trailer. But at that point, I was reading a lot of IDW and I wanted an IDW-esque Optimus. Combiner Wars OPtimus was shelf warming and I got him for a steal!

Bot Mode-

Combiner Wars Optimus is unique enough looking to be worth buying, but he hits all the notes of being a GEEWUN Optimus Prime. Where the cartoon version of Optimus was pretty lean and somewhat average build, Combiner Wars takes cues from the IDW Optimus Prime who is beefier and bulkier. He has the traditional windows for a chest and is mainly red and blue. Where Combiner Wars really has his own identity is the amount of silver paint on him. His lower torso is primarily silver and it looks really good. His articulation is good, but not perfect. His head (I think) is on a mushroom peg, so it can only turn left and right. His arms can move up and down and in and out, but the transformation joints in his lower arms are a little awkward. He has blue hands which have 5mm holes in them. His legs are on ratchets and can move up and down and in and out and he has over 90 degrees of bend on his knees. His head is just a little too small and looks a little out of proportion. He is able to become a torso for a combiner, but since in G1 Optimus never was a combiner, I never put him in combiner mode. (note, I don't mind when there is a NEW Combiner like Orthia or Victorion, but if a character wasn't a combiner in G1, I don't combine them)

Transformation-

Optimus has a pretty standard transformation. It isn't too easy or too hard, but it is pretty fun. I was able to do it without watching a video or using the instructions. For complexity, I rate it a 5.75 out of 10. For fun a 6.25 out of 10

Vehicle Mode-

It's a little ironic that I made a picture today with First Edition Prime Optimus Prime today that my friend thought it was a real truck. Combiner Wars Optimus doesn't look like a real life truck, it looks like a toy in every way possible. And I don't mean this in a good way. I more think that if it had a better paint job, it would look more realistic and less like a toy, but its adequate. He is primarily red and blue with gold lights and a lot of silver. He's fine, he looks nice, but it isn't the best Optimus truck mode out there.

Accessories-

The CW Optimus Prime I have, I got on ebay without accessories. But he does come with two guns, neither of which look like his G1 gun enough for me to be happy. I used a FWI add on kit for a movieverse Optimus for guns and a shapeways sword. Note, the peg size on some of the FWI guns are just a hair too big.

3rd Party Add Ons-

There are a few add on kits for CW Optimus.

SND made an add on kit which makes Optimus look even more IDW looking (I dont have it)

Perfect Effect made combiner parts (won't get it, I hear they are really good and some people swear by them, but I don't think Optimus should be a combiner)

Beelzboss made another upgrade kit which adds parts to him (don't have it)

OhMyPrimus made a trailer (which I do have!)

Pros-

His Robot mode is pretty good. For what was made 5 or so years ago was good at the time, but we've gotten better every year since.

Cons-

Some of the articulation is held back by the combining gimmick. He doesn't come with great accessories.

Grade-

When he came out, I honestly really liked CW Optimus Prime. But he feels really dated and he shouldn't. He is about 5 years old at the time I am writing this review. He's cool, but he is far from my favorite of all time Optimus Primes. I rate him a 6 out of 10

Retools and Repaints-

Battle Core Optimus (retool)
CW Motormaster (retool)
UW Motormaster (I mention him because CW is the superior Motormaster, something in the UW plastic makes it fall apart sooner than later)
Botcon Toxitron (retool)
Takara Grand Scourge (redeco)

(if there is anything I left out, please let me know)



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