Prime Wheeljack Toy Review


Class- Deluxe

Commentary-

I adored Transformers Prime as a series. Withought a doubt, it is in my top 5 of favorite Transformers series of all time. But when it came out, I wasn't collecting Transformers. Part of me really liked the alternative take they did on Wheeljack, and to be honest, at first part of me didn't like it. I associate Wheeljack being the G1 version, stout, smart, and a warrior second. Prime's Wheeljack is a bad ass with two swords and isn't really a tech guy. I wasn't sure if I wanted him until I saw an upgrade kit with a new head. I figured that would be enough to make him his own character in my headcannon.

Bot Mode-

First, I'm going to say, that this review only covers the figure WITH the upgrade kit. Basically the biggest part of the upgrade kit is the head, so I don't have any pics of Jackie without the new head. Prime Wheeljack looks like a G1 Wheeljack if he got in shape. Where G1/CHUG Wheeljack is stout, Prime Wheeljack is slim. Prime Jackie is primarily white with red and green details on the torso, some gray through out the body. Transformers Prime figures all seemed to have a different type of transformation over CHUG figures. Between that and the fact that they came out during the economic downturn, his articulation is a bit hindered, but not a lot. He has about 85% of the articulation that you would expect a Siege figure to have. He can spin his head, he can move his arms up and down and out. Bend at the elbow and knee. Legs can move in and out. Oh he also has thigh swivel. I would've liked to have seen some bicep swivel and wrist swivel. He has some kibble in his robot mode, but no backpack.

Transformation-

Like all Transformer Prime figures, the transformation is a bit different from CHUG figures. There is more moving of panels and folding up of pieces to make body parts. So if you aren't used to transforming Prime figures, you may have a bit of a problem at first. But it really is a fun transformation and after you do it 2 or 3 times, you won't have any problem. For complexity, i give him a 6.25 out of 10. For fun, a 7.25 out of 10.

Vehicle Mode-

Wheeljack's vehicle mode is a somewhat futuristic car. It is mainly white with red and green details on the hood. He has clear plastic windows which are dark gray. There are no robot parts visible in vehicle mode unless you turn the car upside down. 

Accessories-

Wheeljack comes with two swords which are his trademark weapon in the show. I would've liked to have seen his hand blasters, but i can't figure out a way Hasbro could make the handblasters and have them conform to US Safety standards.

3rd Party Add Ons-

Dr. Wu made an amazing upgrade kit for Prime Wheeljack. The best part about it is the new head. The new head has an open mouth so you can display Prime and CHUG Wheeljack next to each other and they look different enough. It came with 2 new swords, but the handles of the swords are just a little too small, so I don't use them. I got the set 2nd hand, so it only had the head and swords. The set also includes (which I don't have) blasters which clip onto his shoulders and a grenade. I really like the set and I probably wouldn't have gotten Wheeljack without the upgrade kit.

Pros-

Wheeljack is a lot of fun. He has okay articulation, a lot of play value, and an interesting transformation.

Cons-

I would've liked to have seen just a little more articulation in the figure

Grade-

I really like Prime Wheeljack. He isn't a perfect figure, but he is a figure which I've enjoyed for a few years and holds up well. The issues I have with him really shouldn't prevent someone from getting the figure. I give him a 7.75 out of 10

Retools and Repaints-

Dark Energon Wheeljack
Prime Dead End
Arms Micron Wildrider
TFCC Chromedome

The Swords which came with Prime Wheeljack came with TR Convobat

 


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