Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 10:41AM CDT

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While we do have a video review for this set - from the Transformers Tribute toyline - fellow Seibertronian ExciKaiser has been nice enough to acquire a set and provide a pictorial review of the two versions of Orion Pax / Optimus Prime, both reusing previous molds, but only one with some changed details! Find out more below.

ExciKaiser wrote:Mailman just delivered them :

Not sure if the box picture is still necessary as everybody has saw it, but..
Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set

The Two guys together.

It's really a strange set. One of the most detailled and complex Generation Deluxe, with ... ok not the worse, but at least the most simplistic looking and less detailled of TR line.
They don't match at all.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set

Time for comparison with their counterparts :

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set

VS T30th Orion Pax :

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set


So in the end ?

I initially planned to resell the WFC Prime as I already had the original.
Except now I have it, I think I'll keep it. I can't choose which one is the best. I like the more vivid colors, as well as the neon blue instead of neon pink.
It's the same conflict as between the orginal Supercon armada Prime and the Galaxy force vivid repaint.

For Orion Pax, I decided to prefer him to Kup because of the head before even buying it.
Now I got it, I'm a bit deceived by this head (the T30th was more detailled aven if smaller), but it's still far better from the Kup's one.
The plastic remains the same, whic means this strans porous-looking cheap plastic. Strange considering the WFC got the same high grade plastic as the first release.
And he is as floppy as Kup..

Oh and if you need one more reason to prefer Orion instead of Kup :

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set
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Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set (1899566)
Posted by Kurona on July 25th, 2017 @ 10:44am CDT
Interesting symbol on Pax's chest here.

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Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set (1899568)
Posted by ExciKaiser on July 25th, 2017 @ 10:48am CDT
The same on sides of vehicule mode.

I supposed it's eliteguard, but after check, it's not the same.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set (1899577)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on July 25th, 2017 @ 10:55am CDT
I think the Prime definitely looks better than the original release. The Pax just looks awful to me. No redeeming features whatsoever.

I think I'm tempted to buy it if cheap just to have a look at how the Prime transforms as I've not played with that mold and am curious and dunno if I'd keep it or sell it on. I'd just sell the Pax right away.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set (1899580)
Posted by ExciKaiser on July 25th, 2017 @ 11:05am CDT
Carnivius_Prime wrote:I think the Prime definitely looks better than the original release.


In fact, that's it, since my post/review, the new one replaced the original on my shelves.

Carnivius_Prime wrote:The Pax just looks awful to me.


He is correct compared to other titans return.
Not the best, but correct.

Putting him on the same box was really unfair. Even the FOC prime for the same era would look bad next to the WFC.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set (1899587)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on July 25th, 2017 @ 11:14am CDT
ExciKaiser wrote:
In fact, that's it, since my post/review, the new one replaced the original on my shelves.


Yeah the newer one just has better contrast with that bolder red and darker grey particularly on the chest. That appeals to me much more.

He is correct compared to other titans return.
Not the best, but correct.

Putting him on the same box was really unfair. Even the FOC prime for the same era would look bad next to the WFC.


I don't really like the Kup figure as is though the Takara one fixes a lot of the issues I have with it such as the arms.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set (1899598)
Posted by Sabrblade on July 25th, 2017 @ 12:04pm CDT
Of all the things that were chosen from the cartoon model of Orion Pax to incorporate into this figure, it was the cartoon model's kissy lips.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set (1899619)
Posted by Lore Keeper on July 25th, 2017 @ 1:57pm CDT
I have my set ordered and it should be getting to me tomorrow! :D
Times like this do make me miss Fun Pub and the Ask Vector Prime segments. This two pack is a continuity curiosity, and I would love to be able to get an official answer on which fiction these figures are intended to belong to. My collection display depends on it! :-(
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set (1899681)
Posted by william-james88 on July 25th, 2017 @ 4:12pm CDT
Lore Keeper wrote:I have my set ordered and it should be getting to me tomorrow! :D
Times like this do make me miss Fun Pub and the Ask Vector Prime segments. This two pack is a continuity curiosity, and I would love to be able to get an official answer on which fiction these figures are intended to belong to. My collection display depends on it! :-(

These are technically his G1 incarnation since the back of the box calls him a data scientist and both it is supposed to show his evolution (as said in the back). So yeah, this is G1 Prime.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set (1899682)
Posted by Kurona on July 25th, 2017 @ 4:14pm CDT
It's weird, since not only do we have different design ethics behind the two; we have very different colour schemes and hues as well -- making it all the more harder to believe they're from the same universe.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set (1899683)
Posted by william-james88 on July 25th, 2017 @ 4:16pm CDT
Kurona wrote:It's weird, since not only do we have different design ethics behind the two; we have very different colour schemes and hues as well -- making it all the more harder to believe they're from the same universe.

Maybe Prime asked drift for a paintjob to represent his changed state of mind.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set (1899684)
Posted by Sabrblade on July 25th, 2017 @ 4:17pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Lore Keeper wrote:I have my set ordered and it should be getting to me tomorrow! :D
Times like this do make me miss Fun Pub and the Ask Vector Prime segments. This two pack is a continuity curiosity, and I would love to be able to get an official answer on which fiction these figures are intended to belong to. My collection display depends on it! :-(

These are technically his G1 incarnation since the back of the box calls him a data scientist and both it is supposed to show his evolution (as said in the back). So yeah, this is G1 Prime.
That wasn't G1 Orion Pax's occupation, though. G1 Orion was a dock worker in the cartoon.

Or if you mean IDW G1, that Orion wasn't a data clerk either. He was a cop.

Only Aligned Orion was a data clerk.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set (1899733)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on July 25th, 2017 @ 8:00pm CDT
I want both Kup and Orion Pax. To bad both will NEVER show up in any of my local stores. >:oP
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set (1899746)
Posted by deliciouspeter on July 25th, 2017 @ 9:12pm CDT
It's an odd set, but glad I scored one at retail price. WFC Prime looks like something out of Warhammer 40K, and Orion looks like papercraft.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set (1899794)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on July 26th, 2017 @ 2:13am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
Lore Keeper wrote:I have my set ordered and it should be getting to me tomorrow! :D
Times like this do make me miss Fun Pub and the Ask Vector Prime segments. This two pack is a continuity curiosity, and I would love to be able to get an official answer on which fiction these figures are intended to belong to. My collection display depends on it! :-(

These are technically his G1 incarnation since the back of the box calls him a data scientist and both it is supposed to show his evolution (as said in the back). So yeah, this is G1 Prime.
That wasn't G1 Orion Pax's occupation, though. G1 Orion was a dock worker in the cartoon.

Or if you mean IDW G1, that Orion wasn't a data clerk either. He was a cop.

Only Aligned Orion was a data clerk.


Wouldn't be the first time someone at Hasbro failed Transformers Continuities 101. 8-}
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set (1899806)
Posted by Emerje on July 26th, 2017 @ 4:35am CDT
william-james88 wrote:The sought after Transformers Tribute Optimus Prime Evolution set, featuring a Titans Return Orion Pax, has now been found on Amazon. And not just Amazon.com, but Amazon Japan as well. While the Japanese listing is a preorder, the American listing is now live and you can purhase this Prime eligible set for $29.99. This was brought to our attention by RodimusConvoy13. Will any of you be getting this set? Let us know in the forums!


Bah! My procrastination gets me again. Completely sold out on both Amazon sites. :(

Emerje
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set (1899837)
Posted by Rated X on July 26th, 2017 @ 7:36am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Of all the things that were chosen from the cartoon model of Orion Pax to incorporate into this figure, it was the cartoon model's kissy lips.


Yeah, I wish they would have given Orion his G1 cartoon helmet instead of the Prime with a mouth look. But it isnt as Primey looking as the thrilling 30 figure so I bought it. Also the Amazon price was right where I felt it should be. Didnt really need another WFC Prime but f**k it...
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set (1899849)
Posted by Sabrblade on July 26th, 2017 @ 9:06am CDT
Rated X wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:Of all the things that were chosen from the cartoon model of Orion Pax to incorporate into this figure, it was the cartoon model's kissy lips.


Yeah, I wish they would have given Orion his G1 cartoon helmet instead of the Prime with a mouth look. But it isnt as Primey looking as the thrilling 30 figure so I bought it. Also the Amazon price was right where I felt it should be. Didnt really need another WFC Prime but f**k it...
Eh, just stick Blurr's head on the Orion body and call it a day. :P
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set (1899953)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on July 26th, 2017 @ 7:23pm CDT
Speaking of Orion Pax, I have it right here.

G1 Orion Pax from 1987! :michaelbay:

Image

...

Yeah, I know, it's Crosshair, but just LOOK at him and tell me you agree that it's G1 Orion Pax with the wrong name and bio. The overall shape and colors are too perfect to be a coincidence.
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set (1899955)
Posted by Kurona on July 26th, 2017 @ 7:27pm CDT
Well, I do feel TR Crosshairs should have been a red and blue Kup repaint with a new head ;)
Re: Pictorial Review of Transformers Tribute Orion Pax / Optimus Prime Set (1899958)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on July 26th, 2017 @ 7:37pm CDT
Kurona wrote:Well, I do feel TR Crosshairs should have been a red and blue Kup repaint with a new head ;)


BLASPHEMY! CROSSAIR IS AWESOME AS HE IS!

Still, I'd want that E-Hobby exclusive but it's not worth the asking price in my eyes.

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