25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery And Review

25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery And Review

Sunday, October 26th, 2008 6:09am CDT

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Site owner, and gallery contributor, Seibertron has presented another one of his incredible galleries.

This gallery features the just released at retail 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime toy. This toy is meant to be a collectible for old and new collectors alike, and it kicks off HASBRO's year long celebration of 25 years of TRANSFORMERS brand excellence.

Check out the gallery by clicking the link below, and join in the ongoing discussion that includes a surprising, and rare review by Seibertron himself.

25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery

25th Anniversary Optimus Prime is retailing for about $69.99 USD, and has been sighted most recently at Walmart, but is due to make its way to other retailers such as Target, and Toys R' Us soon.

Credit(s): Seibertron


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Re: 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery And Review (822209)
Posted by Stryfe Convoy on October 26th, 2008 @ 6:58am CDT
I wasn't so sure about all the complaints about the coloring(Pinkimus Prime) until I saw the comparison photos...

E-gads!!!!

What was hasbro thinking?

:sad: :sad: :sad:
Re: 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery And Review (822215)
Posted by Narc on October 26th, 2008 @ 7:14am CDT
Just saw the gallery. Wow! I know Hasbro has been slipping in the QC department but can Hasbro really slip up that bad? Pink Prime? That just made me loose interest in the whole franchise. Maybe I'll just stick with Takara.
Re: 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery And Review (822234)
Posted by Rijie on October 26th, 2008 @ 7:42am CDT
ShGarland_1383 wrote:
PorQPine wrote:Despite the appropriateness of this Prime for the 25th Anninversary year, personally, I think Reissues in general are getting old, and they take up time and money better spent of developing new molds. They are too expensive(remember what Hasbro TRU Reissues were priced at? No wonder they clogged shelves for 2 yrs.), and overproduced, and I see it happening all over again with this one.

Reissues themselves I don't mind so much. As is the case with the upcoming Cyclonus, I'd be as happy with a new mold as with a reissue (and I've been wanting headmaster/targetmaster figures for a while, so it wouldn't be fair to bitch one way or the other anyway, yes?). It isn't the fact that it's a reissue its that it sounds like Hasbro's gonna screw this one up, which isn't good because we expect better from them.



I'm not saying that it isn't logical to make these, the Battle Convoy mold is one of the most awesome toys of the 20th Century, and deserves to be put in many a museum. But, as an older collector with already numerous Reissues of this figure, it's becoming a wash.

While I agree with the "Don't like it, don't buy it." philosophy, I just hope that this is the only Reissue in the line, or, if they insist on doing them, give us figures that we haven't had yet, i.e. Headmasters, Powermasters and the like.

And, anyone who says that Hasbro doesn't care about the fans simply isn't paying attention, or will never be satisfied. Do I absolutely love everything that Hasbro does? No. But I'm aware enough to know a big fat "Thank You!" when I see it.
Re: 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery And Review (822239)
Posted by Soundwave__Superior on October 26th, 2008 @ 8:02am CDT
Just a question... Does he already have the stickers on him when you take him out of the box? Or do you have to do that yourself?
Re: 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery And Review (822249)
Posted by rhinox555 on October 26th, 2008 @ 8:48am CDT
Ryan, you might just have an odd one out.
Re: 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery And Review (822255)
Posted by bloodyfeast on October 26th, 2008 @ 9:02am CDT
I looked through all the galleries and I have to say I really like the new colouring. I actually own 4 primes (G1, classics-voyager, movie-leader, MP-4) but would consider buying this... depending on price... I live in australia so the pricetag is probably going to be HUGE!

I also own Ultra Magnus (G1 and classics-voyager) and have considered picking up the pepsi prime that came out a year or 2 ago... but wouldn't want to pick up every re-issue or re-release... what's the point? Especially if nothing has changed.

Also if I do see this around I would definately consider picking it up for my nephew... he's only 2 and a bit now but this would be a cracker set for him in a year or 2.
Re: 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery And Review (822257)
Posted by Optimist_Prime on October 26th, 2008 @ 9:14am CDT
It Is Him wrote:
thedistinctroom wrote:And regarding Transformers Wiki: IT RULES! :-P


I second this emotion.


Yeah, TF wiki can be a great resource for the entire TF mythos.

As for you diosoth, my mother taught me to think before I speak. You should do the same.
Re: 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery And Review (822280)
Posted by muswp1 on October 26th, 2008 @ 9:55am CDT
So $70 + tax for what is basically TRU edition Prime (which I sold a few months ago on E-Bay) with a new paint job (arguably worse) and a few extras... no thanks. I'll stick with my Encore Prime.

EDIT: Is it just me or does the red on the 25th anniversary Prime look like a lighter version of the red that was on the Movie edition Masterpiece Prime??
Re: 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery And Review (822316)
Posted by Hip-Hoptimus Rime on October 26th, 2008 @ 10:49am CDT
*reads whole thread, looks at Ryan's excellent gallery, crosses 25th Prime off Christmas list, adds Encore Prime*
Re: 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery And Review (822319)
Posted by returnofplex on October 26th, 2008 @ 10:58am CDT
Seibertron is right about this one. This reissue is awful, and the price tag definitely does NOT account for quality or pack-ins. The Toys r' us reissue from 02' was better than this toy. Which I believe retailed for $39.99. Theres no way the pack-ins make up that difference.
The voice box by the way, which does feature Cullen, is just his raw voice re-reading a couple of old phrases. There isn't even any of the G1 robotic voice distortion.
I may be alone in my thinking here, but I would have appreciated some upgrades to the original mold. Maybe fix the leg joints, new head sculpt, and if they're so set on accuracy; How about an actual toon accurate color scheme? White thighs, smokestacks,fuel tanks, and grill and bumper. At the minimum blue eyes and a tinted blue windshield.
The collectors who want an original Prime, or close reissue have a ton to choose from, most of which at a better or equal price. They barely did anything to this toy to call it a "special" edition.
Re: 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery And Review (822329)
Posted by dragons on October 26th, 2008 @ 11:09am CDT
whats with hasbor making primes with the smallsmokestacks primes loko like that look like uterly crap first master piece, then this any other preims with smallesmokestacks we should know about?

doesnt matter big or small the stacks are i still wont get him.
Re: 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery And Review (822333)
Posted by Scaleface on October 26th, 2008 @ 11:12am CDT
The really should have called this thing the "Coda Remote", maybe painted it gold.

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Re: 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery And Review (822341)
Posted by It Is Him on October 26th, 2008 @ 11:24am CDT
Different doesn't always mean bad. Deep red suits Optimus Prime better, but I'll still be getting the Pinkimus deco. It'll make my collection more unique.

Thanks Seibertron.
Re: 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery And Review (822399)
Posted by drfeelgood81083 on October 26th, 2008 @ 12:49pm CDT
I may be able to bring a little light to the issue with the color seeing as I am a polymer engineer and deal with this type of thing from time to time.... First off, the trailer from encore appears to have a metallic quality to it, this colorant added into the polymer will create a swirling effect if the mold is not designed properly due to turbulence in the mold.. which this is prevelant in this design from the thin wall sections and 90* corners. When you begin to add this type of colorant it is quite a bit more costly than say.. the flat gray that they seemed to have used for this 25th version. So I have to think it is purely a cost cutting move, maybe a little bit based on swirling and QA. The pink cab.. well that is bad, but the more vibrant a color I.E. encore primes cab.. the more that colorant will cost as well, so getting away with a lighter shade or perhaps a smaller ratio of colorant vs. virgin polymer also cuts costs. I'm not saying it's ok, or maybe this was just a rougue prime that got out, heck I'm just happy I have my encore version... :mrgreen:
Re: 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery And Review (822448)
Posted by bvzxa on October 26th, 2008 @ 2:21pm CDT
I'm guessung I'll get the NEw Yaers Convoy set for a second time since I sold mine back in 2002.

Never liked the US reissues of G1 in the first place..
Re: 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery And Review (822450)
Posted by Skice on October 26th, 2008 @ 2:24pm CDT
Now as for this sub-par Prime. It really breaks my heart to see it
so badly done, you'd think for the 25th anniversary edition they would have taken more care with it. :-(
Re: 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery And Review (822528)
Posted by Cheetron on October 26th, 2008 @ 4:40pm CDT
I have been really wary of getting TF's lately. I can deal with the returning of the $10 or $20 ones but when you pay that much I expect better.

I was really looking forward to this. It saddens me so much to see what it is really like.
Re: 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery And Review (822591)
Posted by returnofplex on October 26th, 2008 @ 6:15pm CDT
returnofplex wrote:Seibertron is right about this one. This reissue is awful, and the price tag definitely does NOT account for quality or pack-ins. The Toys r' us reissue from 02' was better than this toy. Which I believe retailed for $39.99. Theres no way the pack-ins make up that difference.
The voice box by the way, which does feature Cullen, is just his raw voice re-reading a couple of old phrases. There isn't even any of the G1 robotic voice distortion.
I may be alone in my thinking here, but I would have appreciated some upgrades to the original mold. Maybe fix the leg joints, new head sculpt, and if they're so set on accuracy; How about an actual toon accurate color scheme? White thighs, smokestacks,fuel tanks, and grill and bumper. At the minimum blue eyes and a tinted blue windshield.
The collectors who want an original Prime, or close reissue have a ton to choose from, most of which at a better or equal price. They barely did anything to this toy to call it a "special" edition.


Maybe something like this:
http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd11 ... efront.jpg
http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd11 ... turned.jpg
http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd11 ... byside.jpg
Re: 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery And Review (822593)
Posted by Ultra Markus on October 26th, 2008 @ 6:17pm CDT
for a 70 dollar collectible they could have at least give him his smoke stacks. I would rather invest in the encore version there you have the smoke stacks. It just doest feel like the origonal with out them
Re: 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime Gallery And Review (822605)
Posted by Sledge on October 26th, 2008 @ 6:25pm CDT
Ok, I appreciate people are annoyed about the colours. And rightly so. But the comments about the smokestacks are just getting annoying. Hasbro CAN'T put the longer smokestacks on, ok? It's not "a slap in the face to the fans." Although the next person using that phrase should get a slap in the face. :P

I'm really not sure about this thing for including comics and/or DVDs. I appreciate it's good for people who don't own those things already, but... I've already got the G1 cartoon (complete on DVD, first season on VHS). I don't like the idea of paying extra for things I already have. Surely that's actually more of problem for fans?

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