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Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image

Transformers News: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image

Monday, January 13th, 2014 5:08AM CST

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Following the recent news of the Age of Extinction figure solicitations, we have a small in-hand image of the seen-before Optimus Prime in truck mode, courtesy of 11-11 of ACToys. Though it is yet unclear whether this is the Voyager or Leader class figure, we can spot some differences with previous images, making it closer to the latest we saw: the shield is a very different shape, with added transparent parts; there is still some chrome, but some of the parts have been replaced with a less metallic colour. Can you spot any more? Check out the images below!

Transformers News: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image

Transformers News: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image
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Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541534)
Posted by Burn on January 13th, 2014 @ 5:56am CST
To be blunt and honest, the shield looks stupid and in fact doesn't really look like a shield at all.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541537)
Posted by Ultra Markus on January 13th, 2014 @ 6:18am CST
it almost looks like a different toy maybe a different size
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541544)
Posted by MightyMagnus78 on January 13th, 2014 @ 7:09am CST
I'll wait to see in hand pics of him in robot mode. However I've got a terrible feeling he's going to have a lot of back kibble.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541549)
Posted by EagleTron on January 13th, 2014 @ 8:03am CST
Not bad, not bad at all. I was a little concerned about Hasbro usage of paint and by the looks of this they might not be cheap with their paint app's for this line. That truck mode looks good, imo. But I think I see a blue side window.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541550)
Posted by Rated X on January 13th, 2014 @ 8:04am CST
Can they bring back the guns already and put an end to this stupid sword and shield nonsense ? :BANG_HEAD:
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541567)
Posted by STngAR on January 13th, 2014 @ 9:00am CST
Not a big fan of the movie toys amyway, but can they at least put and end to the flames


:MAXIMAL:
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541568)
Posted by galvatrongalvatron on January 13th, 2014 @ 9:01am CST
it sucks. the transformation seem to be a big step back from rotf/dotm prime
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541571)
Posted by njb902 on January 13th, 2014 @ 9:08am CST
If this is the leader class I can only hope that the voyager will be better.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541579)
Posted by SlyTF1 on January 13th, 2014 @ 9:40am CST
His sword looks different from the way it looked in the actual CGI picture we saw on that magazine.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541586)
Posted by EagleTron on January 13th, 2014 @ 9:57am CST
After looking closer, I think these are pics of two different size class Optimus primes. Look at the shields, one is round like the CGI pics and one is a sheild gun. Either way, I'm looking forward mostly for the super coupes.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541589)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 13th, 2014 @ 10:00am CST
Va'al did point out that this is the other Optimus Prime toy that we saw pics of after the Leader one shown at NYCC.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541597)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on January 13th, 2014 @ 10:15am CST
horrible no matter what class it is, and just like many others i too am sick of melee weapons.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541608)
Posted by dragons on January 13th, 2014 @ 10:43am CST
STngAR wrote:Not a big fan of the movie toys amyway, but can they at least put and end to the flames


:MAXIMAL:


what is problem with flames it takes away from him looking like blue block with wheels it gives him some character in truck mode, sowrd will of course look different from cgi version on eompire magazine cover wait for 3rd party to make sowrd screen acute or shapeways.

not excited about 4rth movie toys will keep checking them out in news section find out how much may progress in transformation show us some dinobot figures
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541615)
Posted by welcometothedarksyde on January 13th, 2014 @ 11:27am CST
These two physical copies look radically different. Just little things like the crotch armor, the weapons, the kibble. Either these are different toys, or the chrome one is a REALLY early prototype, or the stock photographers have topped their already impressive portfolio of mistransformation. We've frequently had different sized Optimuses before, so this might just be a voyager with a similar transformation. It also might be the case that we get a 'First Edition' sort of deal, with some AOE toys popping up in Thrilling 30. And then the main molds appear in a unique toyline.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541659)
Posted by Flashwave on January 13th, 2014 @ 2:51pm CST
dragons wrote:
STngAR wrote:Not a big fan of the movie toys amyway, but can they at least put and end to the flames


:MAXIMAL:


what is problem with flames it takes away from him looking like blue block with wheels it gives him some character in truck mode, sowrd will of course look different from cgi version on eompire magazine cover wait for 3rd party to make sowrd screen acute or shapeways.

not excited about 4rth movie toys will keep checking them out in news section find out how much may progress in transformation show us some dinobot figures


Its a combination of two things: 1) Prime didnt have flames in G1 and 2) many people feel like flames aresomething that a younger, more reckless autobot would wear, like a tattoo or a piercing, and they feel that Optimus Prime would not wear aomething flashy like that. ( Have nothing against tats or piercings, its an example.)
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541671)
Posted by njb902 on January 13th, 2014 @ 4:04pm CST
Flashwave wrote:
dragons wrote:
STngAR wrote:Not a big fan of the movie toys amyway, but can they at least put and end to the flames


:MAXIMAL:


what is problem with flames it takes away from him looking like blue block with wheels it gives him some character in truck mode, sowrd will of course look different from cgi version on eompire magazine cover wait for 3rd party to make sowrd screen acute or shapeways.

not excited about 4rth movie toys will keep checking them out in news section find out how much may progress in transformation show us some dinobot figures


Its a combination of two things: 1) Prime didnt have flames in G1 and 2) many people feel like flames aresomething that a younger, more reckless autobot would wear, like a tattoo or a piercing, and they feel that Optimus Prime would not wear aomething flashy like that. ( Have nothing against tats or piercings, its an example.)


Like an Autobot symbol?
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541686)
Posted by Kapiko Customs on January 13th, 2014 @ 5:26pm CST
I really hope that this is Voyager class because if it's a Leader class than Leader class is going to hell !
Not even close to quality of previous Leader class figures.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541689)
Posted by craggy on January 13th, 2014 @ 5:37pm CST
njb902 wrote:
Flashwave wrote:
dragons wrote:
STngAR wrote:Not a big fan of the movie toys amyway, but can they at least put and end to the flames


:MAXIMAL:


what is problem with flames it takes away from him looking like blue block with wheels it gives him some character in truck mode, sowrd will of course look different from cgi version on eompire magazine cover wait for 3rd party to make sowrd screen acute or shapeways.

not excited about 4rth movie toys will keep checking them out in news section find out how much may progress in transformation show us some dinobot figures


Its a combination of two things: 1) Prime didnt have flames in G1 and 2) many people feel like flames aresomething that a younger, more reckless autobot would wear, like a tattoo or a piercing, and they feel that Optimus Prime would not wear aomething flashy like that. ( Have nothing against tats or piercings, its an example.)


Like an Autobot symbol?

haha! good point, but that's more a badge of office, or a military branch insignia. In some continuities the Rite Of Autobrand has to be completed before a Transformer is supposed to be allowed to wear the symbol.

(or y'know, it's his gang sign)
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541693)
Posted by Super Megatron on January 13th, 2014 @ 6:16pm CST
Easy pass.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541705)
Posted by autobot1979 on January 13th, 2014 @ 7:33pm CST
If you pain attention they are different! The first one that we have seen is a voyager. Now we are looking at the Leader class! :D
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541771)
Posted by User897 on January 14th, 2014 @ 12:27am CST
I still don't like what I see and it's an easy pass, but I will at least take a more detailed look in store, if Hasbro manages to get enough out there.

There is just nothing to surpass my Jetwing Prime with his Annular trailer, and he still remains my only movieformer.

Think I'll save the money for MP's and 3rd Parties this year. The Dinos and all the others would REALLY have to wow me, and I don't think Hasbro cares anymore with their ever-shrinking toys these days.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541799)
Posted by MegaDump on January 14th, 2014 @ 4:01am CST
craggy wrote:
njb902 wrote:
Flashwave wrote:
dragons wrote:
STngAR wrote:Not a big fan of the movie toys amyway, but can they at least put and end to the flames


:MAXIMAL:


what is problem with flames it takes away from him looking like blue block with wheels it gives him some character in truck mode, sowrd will of course look different from cgi version on eompire magazine cover wait for 3rd party to make sowrd screen acute or shapeways.

not excited about 4rth movie toys will keep checking them out in news section find out how much may progress in transformation show us some dinobot figures


Its a combination of two things: 1) Prime didnt have flames in G1 and 2) many people feel like flames aresomething that a younger, more reckless autobot would wear, like a tattoo or a piercing, and they feel that Optimus Prime would not wear aomething flashy like that. ( Have nothing against tats or piercings, its an example.)


Like an Autobot symbol?

haha! good point, but that's more a badge of office, or a military branch insignia. In some continuities the Rite Of Autobrand has to be completed before a Transformer is supposed to be allowed to wear the symbol.

(or y'know, it's his gang sign)



I agree with Maximal, the flames never suited Optimus. They said it was to break up the colours on him, but I don't buy that - he was red and blue in TF: Prime without flames and looked perfectly respectable. His character has always been more of a strong, firm-yet-soft-spoken and humble leader. He doesn't wear flames to make himself look cool because, in his mind, he isn't. He thinks of himself as just another Autobot, nothing special, and at best a useful cog in a larger machine, leading by example and inspiring others... NOT by painting himself with flames and essentially saying "Hey, look at how awesome I am!" - something I would associate more with an a-hole like Hot Rod/Rodimus, a character that has always been imbued with a more "smug and youthful" personality. Optimus has always been more of a wise older brother, not the inexperienced, headstrong youth (which is how the flames come across, in my opinion at least). Even his voice, provided by the great P.C., signifies a more mature, reserved personality. With that in mind, I wouldn't consider Autobrand as a showy gang sign either... Simply a statement of his allegiance, with its history as the symbol of hope, strength, integrity and honor of the Transformers who preceded him.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1541896)
Posted by STngAR on January 14th, 2014 @ 11:52am CST
Flashwave wrote:
dragons wrote:
STngAR wrote:Not a big fan of the movie toys amyway, but can they at least put and end to the flames


:MAXIMAL:


what is problem with flames it takes away from him looking like blue block with wheels it gives him some character in truck mode, sowrd will of course look different from cgi version on eompire magazine cover wait for 3rd party to make sowrd screen acute or shapeways.

not excited about 4rth movie toys will keep checking them out in news section find out how much may progress in transformation show us some dinobot figures


Its a combination of two things: 1) Prime didnt have flames in G1 and 2) many people feel like flames aresomething that a younger, more reckless autobot would wear, like a tattoo or a piercing, and they feel that Optimus Prime would not wear aomething flashy like that. ( Have nothing against tats or piercings, its an example.)


I'm not saying to get rid of the red but incorporate red in another way.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542050)
Posted by ScoutBumblebee on January 15th, 2014 @ 2:01am CST
Just in, we have new images of the TF4 Leader Class Optimus Prime. We previously shared in-hand images from 11-11 of ACToys.com. We now have new pictures from the same source, showing the figure transformed into both vehicle and bot mode. Check them out below, and let us know what you think in the Energon Pub!

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Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542053)
Posted by Unicronobot on January 15th, 2014 @ 2:26am CST
So basically all the vehicle mode is sitting on his back or wrapped around the back of his legs.... I'm sorry but this is what happens when you design a Transformer that DOESNT LOOK LIKE IT TRANSFORMS INTO ANYTHING. Yes I will admit that Optimus' new robot mode does look cool but when you make it look like he has no visible vehicle parts(smokestacks excluded) it makes it even harder for the toy designers to make a good representation of him in toy form! The vehicle mode looks amazing, I will give it that, but still the robot mode is just ugly.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542058)
Posted by Slashercon on January 15th, 2014 @ 2:35am CST
CHROME!!! GIMMIE,GIMMIE =P~ (THAT is how Hasbro expects people to react >:oP )
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542059)
Posted by EagleTron on January 15th, 2014 @ 2:39am CST
Paint details: good, truck mode: good, Everything else: monstrous.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542060)
Posted by Slashercon on January 15th, 2014 @ 2:40am CST
I mean honestly, this is a leader class figure? I bet he won't eve be as tall as the weaponizer Prime figure. I don't care that robot mode design based on art released earlier is appealing, this is a sorry excuse for a robot mode. Vehicle mode is accurate and OK looking though. I shudder to think what they did with Grimlock. Fingers crossed that they can make me eat my words.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542064)
Posted by FracturedKoi on January 15th, 2014 @ 2:56am CST
[quote="Unicronobot"]So basically all the vehicle mode is sitting on his back or wrapped around the back of his legs..../quote]

So, the vehicle mode itself is pants for Prime! That's like Armada...but worse :D
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542065)
Posted by Omega1975 on January 15th, 2014 @ 3:01am CST
This is probably the ugliest Prime toy in existence! The stacks should definitely be somewhere else or even possibly a weapon. I hope this is a "work in progress" prototype. I've been mildly ok with a few of the Bay-verse toys but this is a total turn off :sad:
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542066)
Posted by Omega1975 on January 15th, 2014 @ 3:08am CST
Man just remold the existing movie prime with triple stacks (not like it's any better). Throw this in the trash.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542068)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on January 15th, 2014 @ 3:10am CST
Remember when Hasbro said that the simplified line would be out in full force for the movie? Maybe this is the leader class version of Prime from the simplified line. There will be a more mainstream one later
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542069)
Posted by Bounti76 on January 15th, 2014 @ 3:11am CST
Unicronobot wrote:So basically all the vehicle mode is sitting on his back or wrapped around the back of his legs.... I'm sorry but this is what happens when you design a Transformer that DOESNT LOOK LIKE IT TRANSFORMS INTO ANYTHING. Yes I will admit that Optimus' new robot mode does look cool but when you make it look like he has no visible vehicle parts(smokestacks excluded) it makes it even harder for the toy designers to make a good representation of him in toy form! The vehicle mode looks amazing, I will give it that, but still the robot mode is just ugly.


THIS

I am not a fan of shellformers at all, and this looks like a shellformer to the MAX. It almost looks as if you could take JUST his kibble and just form THAT into the truck mode. Save the smokestacks, there's not a single thing on the robot mode that looks instantly recognizable as a truck part, not even his iconic chest windshield! If this is an indicator of the line as a whole, I probably won't be purchasing even ONE movie toy, and I've got most of the last two movie lines. They're what got me back into Transformers!

But this....sweet cheeses.... it's just revolting. :SICK:
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542070)
Posted by Evil_the_Nub on January 15th, 2014 @ 3:28am CST
It's got more back kibble than the other one. It looks especially bad since there's that big flat area in the middle where it could easily be folded in. I hate that chrome too, it works for vehicle parts like the grill and smokestacks, but on the robot parts it's ugly as hell.

Is it just me or do those fist holes look a little big?
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542071)
Posted by Autobot032 on January 15th, 2014 @ 3:32am CST
Terrible. Neither mold is worth having. What a shame.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542072)
Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on January 15th, 2014 @ 3:36am CST
Good glorious chrome! I had to put on sunglasses to check this thing ou... Holy kibbles 'n bits Batman! Op's got some junk in his trunk! Not sure how I feel about this figure. I think I'm honestly done with movie figures unless something catches my eye. To be honest, I'm anxious to find out what those beast formers figures from the movie line will look like. I likes me some beast formers. Either way, I think I'll concentrate on Generations for a while.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542074)
Posted by MightyMagnus78 on January 15th, 2014 @ 3:47am CST
ROTF leader Prime was epic, this is an epic fail! :HEADHURTS:
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542076)
Posted by noctorro on January 15th, 2014 @ 4:00am CST
I still like it!

And I'm not trying to be that douche who says The Dark Knight wasn't such a good movie, just to get attention.

I have most of the movie trilogy onscreen line and a lot of classics/Prime figures.

So I for one don't mind 1 movie line with easy as hell transformations. Yes, a lot will suffer and here it's the robot mode with its Batman truck cape thing. But still, from what I see I'm dig it.

Also psyched about the new "destroyer" class, how big or does it have some new feature?

I'll probably end up buying the whole onscreen cast + maybe 2 or 3 side characters that look really good in my opinion.



Let the hating and flamewars begin again!!! :michaelbay: :michaelbay: :michaelbay: :michaelbay: :michaelbay:
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542077)
Posted by Mykltron on January 15th, 2014 @ 4:14am CST
Remember when leader class figures had individual finger articulation?
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542080)
Posted by noctorro on January 15th, 2014 @ 4:33am CST
MightyMagnus78 wrote:ROTF leader Prime was epic, this is an epic fail! :HEADHURTS:


Captain obvious to the rescue
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542082)
Posted by Cyclonus43 on January 15th, 2014 @ 5:19am CST
It's poop.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542084)
Posted by frogbat on January 15th, 2014 @ 5:35am CST
i'm really glad i'm not into the movieverse. I have a couple like the original TF1 leader prime and I thought he was awesome in spite of being kibblesome.

The truck mode on this guy looks ok, the robot is very weak. I am not a fan of chrome due to all the issues as a kid with the toys where both the paint and the plastic would be too brittle and get damaged easily. Also on an aesthetic level I don't care for it much.

One thing that surprises me though is the lack of chrome for the smokestacks - the one place i'd expect there to be chrome (maybe the toy pictured isn't the final production version?) Also, the face looks very off - almost as if there's a face within a face and the nostrils are a 2nd pair of eyes.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542085)
Posted by Actar on January 15th, 2014 @ 5:59am CST
Honestly, out of sheer curiosity, I would really, really love to know if ROTF Prime didn't sell well or if Hasbro got tons of complaints from parents.

Or is it the economy? Different designers? Please, tell me how a company capable of producing wonders of engineering like ROTF Prime, FE Prime Bulkhead, etc... can fall this low.

Again, I have to preface my comment with a disclaimer. For kids, it's perfectly fine, yada yada yada.

But personally, what I look for in a transforming toy is to be wowed by the engineering and marvel at it's accuracy to the show (looks AND transformation wise). The less 'cheating' the better and this is just disappointing.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542089)
Posted by autobotOG on January 15th, 2014 @ 7:36am CST
So let me see if I'm following.......chrome chest, although its NOT really needed.....no chrome smokestacks or gas tanks, although it IS really needed? And I wonder if prime will have little duck feet in the movie too?

Seriously tho, I am a prime collector. So no matter what angers me about this figure, ill buy it anyway. But the iconic chest windows are one of the oldest, most recognizable features of prime. You mean to tell me they couldn't TRY to fit them in somewhere on this cgi model?? I'm not a bay hater, I actually love watching the movies with my son....but I'm most disappointed about the chest windows. Kibble can be removed for display purposes, but you cant fix a lazy design. I mean.....I have a optimus prime shampoo bottle that has chest windows......just sayin....
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542091)
Posted by autobotOG on January 15th, 2014 @ 7:38am CST
So let me see if I'm following.......chrome chest, although its NOT really needed.....no chrome smokestacks or gas tanks, although it IS really needed? And I wonder if prime will have little duck feet in the movie too?

Seriously tho, I am a prime collector. So no matter what angers me about this figure, ill buy it anyway. But the iconic chest windows are one of the oldest, most recognizable features of prime. You mean to tell me they couldn't TRY to fit them in somewhere on this cgi model?? I'm not a bay hater, I actually love watching the movies with my son....but I'm most disappointed about the chest windows. Kibble can be removed for display purposes, but you cant fix a lazy design. I mean.....I have a optimus prime shampoo bottle that has chest windows......just sayin....
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542104)
Posted by dragons on January 15th, 2014 @ 8:27am CST
[img][http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Optimus-Prime-Revealed-Transformers-Age-Extinction-Cover-Empire-Magazine-40445.html[/img]

Looks close to empire magazine version we saw on cover seeing things are not there
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542105)
Posted by Mindmaster on January 15th, 2014 @ 8:32am CST
A tall drink of water, he is.

I like it, but I'm perfectly happy with my RotF Leader Optimus.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542106)
Posted by Spleenzorio on January 15th, 2014 @ 8:54am CST
noctorro wrote:
MightyMagnus78 wrote:ROTF leader Prime was epic, this is an epic fail! :HEADHURTS:


Captain obvious to the rescue


More like Obvious Prime, am I right?!
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542109)
Posted by rpetras on January 15th, 2014 @ 9:11am CST
This is just a really big Fast Action Battler.

And thus, not for me.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime In-Hand Image (1542115)
Posted by 5150 Cruiser on January 15th, 2014 @ 10:00am CST
Actar wrote:Honestly, out of sheer curiosity, I would really, really love to know if ROTF Prime didn't sell well or if Hasbro got tons of complaints from parents.

Or is it the economy? Different designers? Please, tell me how a company capable of producing wonders of engineering like ROTF Prime, FE Prime Bulkhead, etc... can fall this low.

Again, I have to preface my comment with a disclaimer. For kids, it's perfectly fine, yada yada yada.

But personally, what I look for in a transforming toy is to be wowed by the engineering and marvel at it's accuracy to the show (looks AND transformation wise). The less 'cheating' the better and this is just disappointing.


I believe there was a story where a bunch of ROTF Leader class primes were returned with the sole reason being the transformations were to difficult for younger kids. Logic says to me..
"Then don't by such a complicated figure and get a Voyager class. why should the rest of us have to suffer?"
But after thinking about it that's not entirely fair. I think kids have just as much a right to enjoy these toys as we do. And like you said (and this is something everyone needs to remember). Kids are the target audience. They are the next generation of collectors.
I don't like this figure at all. I won't go into detail as everyone else has pretty much said it already. However, if this is a response to an over whelm of complaints of figures like ROTF Prime being to difficult to transform, then I understand Hasbro's reasoning.

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