Earthrise Leader Optimus Prime Toy Review


Price- $49.99
Class- Leader

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. Well, with Earthrise, the moment I saw the Optimus Prime reveal I said "HELLS YEAH I'M GETTING THIS!" No more of the stupid games I play with myself to justify getting yet another Optimus Prime. Did I make the right move???

Bot Mode-

Like every other Earthrise figure I have, Optimus Prime is AMAZING. I get that a lot of people are turned off that we got a pretty good GEEWUN Optimus in Siege, and now we have to get another Optimus which is near perfection, but that doesn't really bother me so much. I'm not 100% sure about what I am going to do with Siege Optimus though. So lets get down to it. If you want a GEEWUN-esque Optimus Prime, this is your guy. Not even a hesitation to say this. I honestly don't see how Hasbro/Takara can make a better GEEWUN-esque Optimus that I would consider getting. Lets start at the top, he has the same head as Siege Optimus. Not a big deal since it is a really well sculpted head. The head can move a little more up and down than Siege though. He does resemble Siege Optimus, but I don't think they share any parts aside for the head and the shins. This is the absolute perfect reimagining of 1984 Optimus Prime. Obviously, he is mainly red and blue. His chest opens up to expose a Matrix of Leadership. VERY nice touch, but I would've been fine if it didn't work that way. Especially since in G1, Optimus held the Matrix 2 or maybe 3 times. Optimus can hold it in one hand, but unlike Beast Wars Neo Big Convoy, he can't hold it with both hands. Either way, it is a nice detail. He has the smokestacks of truck mode on his shoulders. FANTASTIC articulation. Anything that you would want to be articulated is. Even his hands are articulated, but I'm not the biggest fan of his hands. THis is literally the only part of the figure I am not in love with. I like it becuase it gives you more posing options and he can hold the matrix, but he doesn't hold accessories as tight as if the hands didn't open. They are okay, but sometimes the accessories slide out. Aside for that one minor detail, I absolutely adore this figure in robot mode. There is minimal kibble and no backpack. Like a Siege figure, Optimus Prime has many 5mm ports on his body for Weaponizers/Modulators as well as effects pieces. He also has the smaller ports just for effects parts.

Transformation-

Grapple and Starscream had pretty easy transformations. Optimus doesn't have as simple of a transformation, but it isn't very complicated at all. Very similar in complexity to a Siege figure (all of the Earthrise figures I have, their transformations feel a little easier than Siege figures, and a lot easier than Studio Series). It is a little more satisfying than Grapple and Starscream. Grapple and Starscream, I only had to look at the instructions once or twice while transforming, Optimus I had to use the instructions a little more. But I didn't have to use a youtube video to do it. For fun, I rate it a 7.25 out of 10. For complexity I rate it a 6.75 out of 10.

Vehicle Mode-

Just like Grapple and Starscream, Optimus Prime's vehicle mode is absolute perfection. I know some people get angry that he is a voyager sized figure with a trailer that makes him the leader price point. Honestly, doesn't bother me at all. The only change with this practice I would do is... Keep the Leader Price point for larger figures but make a 40 or 45 dollar pricepoint for the "Voyager with Stuff" size. This figure is absolutely perfect in vehicle mode. It is 1984 Optimus Prime with a trailer. There is NO roller, but the trailer can open to reveal a battle platform. Also, the trailer is a bit too small for any Earthrise figure that I have to fit inside of it. The door of the trailer is removable and can turn into a shield. From watching Emgo316's review, I learned that a bunch of other Optimus Prime figures can use Earthrise Optimus' trailer and that is a nice detail. The only small detail I don't love is that the Studio Series DOTM Optimus in vehicle mode was able to move the trailer a little more to each side than Earthrise. But that isn't a huge detail.

Accessories-

Optimus comes with the trailer, the trailer door/ramp can become a shield, and he comes with a gun which can fold up. Honestly, I don't love the gun and the shield is a little too small to be a useful shield. I use a bunch of 3P accessories for Optimus which weren't intended for Earthrise Optimus. First, I use the Matrix Workshop ion cannon which was meant for Siege Optimus. He holds this fine. I wanted to use the Dr Wu Sword and Shield from TLK Optimus, but because his hands are a little different, he can't securely hold the sword. The shield plugs into a 5mm port on the forearm. I also use the silver Star Saber that Dr Wu makes and he holds that well. Finally, I use the axe which Siege Optimus came with. I also use two blasters that came with the FWI kit for DOTM Leader Optimus Prime and the axe that came with Siege Optimus Prime.

3rd Party Add Ons-

Check out 2 of the upgrade kits here!

Also, I heard that Matrix Workshop is planning a kit for Optimus, but I have no idea what it will be or when it will come out.

Pros-

Earthrise Optimus Prime is as perfect a figure as we will ever get. He is sculpted very well, he has appropriate accessories. He has amazing articulation.

Cons-

The only reason he doesn't get a perfect 10 out of 10 is the hands.

Grade-

Earthrise Optimus Prime is actually my new favorite figure of all time. Not mainline, but out of EVERY figure I own. aside for one small detail, he is perfect. Out of 10, I rate Earthrise Optimus Prime 9.75

American Retools and Repaints-

N/A (considering in Siege, most of the leader figures got retooled or redeco'd in some way, I would expect that I will revisit this section in the future)


 

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