Video Review for Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime

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Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 10:21AM CDT

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Thanks to Ham-Man Review, we have our very first in-hand impressions of the new upcoming Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime!

This Optimus got a lot of people excited with his reveal, seeing as how he is a very big and seemingly very posable (for Cyberverse) figure that comes with a miniature Ark figure that forms some pretty wicked armor for him. Well in Ham-Man's review, we get some interesting insights into this figure. While the arms are carrying a standard articulation package that we are used to, with full posability minus a wrist joint, the legs are very basic. The only bit of articulation in the legs at all is a small amount of front to back and some sideways movement at the thigh. There are no knee joints on this figure, and the legs don't compress for truck mode either, leaving us with some very lame and basic legs.

The Ark armor does make for a very nice figure though, but the front of the Ark that forms the head and chest armor can be a bit fragile and difficult, so be careful with those bits.

Check out the review below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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Re: Video Review for Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime (2025591)
Posted by Skritz on June 23rd, 2019 @ 10:49am CDT
What is it with Cyberverse allergy to articulation?
Re: Video Review for Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime (2025598)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 23rd, 2019 @ 11:43am CDT
Skritz wrote:What is it with Cyberverse allergy to articulation?

I don't know, but that is so dumb to not have knees or collapsing legs on a guy that big
Re: Video Review for Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime (2025601)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on June 23rd, 2019 @ 11:46am CDT
Skritz wrote:What is it with Cyberverse allergy to articulation?


To increase sturdiness of the figures, like back in G1 post 1986 ;)

Anyway, now TakaraTomy has finally decided to release Cyberverse according to scans in Figure King #257. And needless to say, having every character in every size class makes the lineup a tad messy, especially with the One-Steps:

TCV-01 Turbo Change Bumblebee: new-mold One-Step Bumblebee
TCV-02 Turbo Change Optimus Prime: new-mold One-Step Optimus Prime
TCV-03 Wing Slicer Windblade: Warrior Class Windblade
TCV-04 Launcher Strike Starscream: Ultra Class Starscream
TCV-05 Stinger Sword Bumblebee: Ultimate Class Bumblebee (What? Why not the Warrior one? :shock: )
TCV-06 Matrix Attack Optimus Prime: Ultimate Class Optimus Prime
TCV-07 Fusion Cannon Megatron: Ultimate Class Megatron
TCV-08 Turbo Change Megatron: second One-Step Changer Megatron
TCV-09 Turbo Change Wheeljack: One-Step Changer Wheeljack
TCV-10 Burning Flame Grimlock: Ultra Class Grimlock
Re: Video Review for Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime (2025959)
Posted by william-james88 on June 25th, 2019 @ 10:49pm CDT
Skritz wrote:What is it with Cyberverse allergy to articulation?


Here is Cyberverse once you give it some Claritin:

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Re: Video Review for Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime (2025961)
Posted by Stargrave on June 25th, 2019 @ 11:02pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Skritz wrote:What is it with Cyberverse allergy to articulation?


Here is Cyberverse once you give it some Claritin:

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That looks like it could easily pass for a smaller Jungle Planet Cybertron figure dang ;)^
Re: Video Review for Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime (2025962)
Posted by william-james88 on June 25th, 2019 @ 11:07pm CDT
The Cyberverse line has been rather underwhelming for collectors by not providing any class that is not gimmick ridden or simplified. The Bumblebee movie line at least had some character designs show up in the Studio Series line but the awesome designs from Cyberverse do not have an equivalent. However, the Spark Armor battle class toys do offer something more familiar. While there is a gimmick involved, it is armoring up the bots via 5 mm ports, same as the COMBAT gimmick in the Siege line and like Siege that means the transformations and proportions are not affected by the gimmick (unlike the rest of Cyberverse). The battle class toys are slightly taller than legends class toys, as you will see in the images below. So it offers a cheap alternative if you want bots in this scale. That still begs the question though, are these toys any good? Well let’s take a look at Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class Skybyte.

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Skybyte is a fan favourite and it’s fun to see non G1 characters in this heavy G1 based line. His design is very much RID Skybyte, and it uses the Generations idea of having the shark head be the chest. The robot mode looks good and has a lot of the articulation you would expect from a legends class figure. I would of course prefer more hip rotation (not always present on this class) and it’s too bad the head does not move. The head sculpt is very nice though with the right paint apps on the robot and shark heads. My biggest issue though is with one of the plastics used. The light blue plastic is excellent. It’s a gorgeous and glossy blue that I don’t think we have ever seen used on a TF before. It feels very sturdy, along with the yellow. But the dark blue plastic is the kind I just hate. It’s the very cheap light KO type. The one where you see the sprue circles and that feels rough. It’s really too bad that they use this plastic on his arms.

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The armor is fine but doesn’t really do anything for me. The big drill is not tightly latched onto the smaller vehicle and while the transformation into armor is neat, there isn’t really anything cool about it aside from the helmet. The drill tank threads don’t look good as armour, since there is no weapon element to them. This is a far cry from the clear armour we had with the RID battlepacks.

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The armour is interchangeable with the other smaller bots since it’s just 5mm based. Here is a mash up with Prowl’s armour.

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The Transformation to shark mode is great. I really like how the legs are just the right shape to become the shark body. It’s the perfect complexity for a toy this size. As for the shark mode though, it’s too bad the lower jaw doesn’t really look like a jaw and not everything tabs in properly. There are still 5 mm ports in this mode so you can plug in weapons as you wish.

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In the end, while I like the look of the base figure and I am glad the gimmick is far from as obtrusive as other gimmicks in the Cyberverse line, I don’t think it adds much either. With the Siege line you can take it or leave it, but with these the armour comes with the toy so you pay extra for an aspect that you may not care for.
Re: Video Review for Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime (2025963)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on June 25th, 2019 @ 11:23pm CDT
I kinda want him just to have an tiny Sky-Byte
Re: Video Review for Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime (2025971)
Posted by Lunatic Prime on June 26th, 2019 @ 2:59am CDT
He looks amazing and that in Scout class scale. He's a must to me. And the armor will end up as parts for customs :-D
Maybe we'll get some good Cyberverse figures in the end. Only got the Battle Base Trailer so far (for my SIEGE OP). The rest of the line to this point is not my cup of tea. Warrior Soundwave and Shockwave look pretty good in their bot modes at least but I have too many way cooler Soundys and Shockys and I was thinking about getting Ultra class Bumblebee and Shadowstriker only for their alt modes but gladly I ended up realizing that they are not worth it and I'm at the point now where my collection is big enough that I only want to buy figures that I really want.
And third of this line to me will be Elite class Cheetor.
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Re: Video Review for Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime (2025972)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 26th, 2019 @ 4:40am CDT
I NEED that Sky-Byte. :x
Re: Video Review for Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime (2025984)
Posted by Dr. Caelus on June 26th, 2019 @ 7:54am CDT
Lunatic Prime wrote:Maybe we'll get some good Cyberverse figures in the end. Only got the Battle Base Trailer so far (for my SIEGE OP).


How does that work?? :-? :???:
Re: Video Review for Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime (2025985)
Posted by ZeroWolf on June 26th, 2019 @ 8:01am CDT
I've seen a few people do this, don't know if the connection actually works
Re: Video Review for Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime (2025986)
Posted by Lunatic Prime on June 26th, 2019 @ 8:09am CDT
Dr. Caelus wrote:
Lunatic Prime wrote:Maybe we'll get some good Cyberverse figures in the end. Only got the Battle Base Trailer so far (for my SIEGE OP).


How does that work?? :-? :???:

You mean the Battle Base Trailer for SIEGE OP?

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But it's not as good in reality as it looks in this picture. The angle the picture was taken from is pretty charming for what's actually going on. In theory just flip up his feet and "peg" the trailer ontop of them. But then the front of the trailer sits too high so it's at an angle. What I want to do now is remove the sides of the part where the feet "peg" in.
Re: Video Review for Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime (2025991)
Posted by william-james88 on June 26th, 2019 @ 9:04am CDT
Lunatic Prime wrote:But it's not as good in reality as it looks in this picture.


eeesh, and that pic doesnt even look good
Re: Video Review for Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime (2025994)
Posted by william-james88 on June 26th, 2019 @ 9:32am CDT
The Cyberverse line has been rather underwhelming for collectors by not providing any class that is not gimmick ridden or simplified. The Bumblebee movie line at least had some character designs show up in the Studio Series line but the awesome designs from Cyberverse do not have an equivalent. However, the Spark Armor battle class toys do offer something more familiar. While there is a gimmick involved, it is armoring up the bots via 5 mm ports, same as the COMBAT gimmick in the Siege line and like Siege that means the transformations and proportions are not affected by the gimmick (unlike the rest of Cyberverse). The battle class toys are slightly taller than legends class toys, as you will see in the images below. So it offers a cheap alternative if you want bots in this scale. That still begs the question though, are these toys any good? Well let’s take a look at Transformers Cyberverse Spark Armor Battle Class Prowl.

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I will start by saying that at least this toy looks better than the warrior class which has a very out of proportion chest. However, aside from getting a G1 styled prowl in pseudo legends class, there isn’t much to love here. The articulation is much more limited than Skybytes since the knees are more for transformation than for posing and the arms don’t have a bicep curl due to them being on a hinge rather than a ball joint. At least I have no issues with the plastic used, as I did with Skybyte.

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I prefer his little drone buddy over Skybyte’s. It makes for better armour since the sleek cybertronian ship offers the armour a better look and added weaponry for the arms. The helmet you get out of it is fun for Prowl. Also, the armour has some poseable shoulder cannons, giving homage to the classic Datsun staple.

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The armour is interchangeable with the other smaller bots since it’s just 5mm based. Here is a mash up with Skybyte’s armour.

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The Transformation to police car is one we have seen countless times. It’s basically the same we got for the Cyberbattalion Prowl. It doesn’t feel as simple in this size class though, but it feels as unimaginative. It’s hard to get excited from another police car alt mode though I must add the sad note that there is black plastic that clashes with the white. It’s the same problem we have been seeing since the Dead End mold.

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In the end, I find it too bad that the articulation is lacking here. It could have made up for the lackluster transformation. I do like the little armour partner buddy though, it works much better than Skybyte’s. Still, this is a very standard figure for Prowl that doesn’t add much to the character’s legacy apart from the armour.
Re: Video Review for Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime (2025997)
Posted by Lunatic Prime on June 26th, 2019 @ 9:57am CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Lunatic Prime wrote:But it's not as good in reality as it looks in this picture.


eeesh, and that pic doesnt even look good

Not by default, no. But if you want to mod him so his legs fit completely under the trailer feel free to do so. But I can tell you right now you will have to remove the gimmick of the spring-loaded cannons.
Re: Video Review for Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime (2026211)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 26th, 2019 @ 5:21pm CDT
I'm going to skip on Prowl but I'll definitely getting Skybite.

BTW, Will, are you getting Starscream and Jetfire?
Maybe not Starscream but Jetfire is really, really good and you shouldn't miss out.
Re: Video Review for Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime (2026213)
Posted by william-james88 on June 26th, 2019 @ 5:29pm CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:I'm going to skip on Prowl but I'll definitely getting Skybite.

BTW, Will, are you getting Starscream and Jetfire?
Maybe not Starscream but Jetfire is really, really good and you shouldn't miss out.

Yeah, but I will wait for a discount. $20 CAD is expensive. The RID Battlepacks were $15 and those toys were better.
Re: Video Review for Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime (2026229)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 26th, 2019 @ 7:00pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
-Kanrabat- wrote:I'm going to skip on Prowl but I'll definitely getting Skybite.

BTW, Will, are you getting Starscream and Jetfire?
Maybe not Starscream but Jetfire is really, really good and you shouldn't miss out.

Yeah, but I will wait for a discount. $20 CAD is expensive. The RID Battlepacks were $15 and those toys were better.



It depend. I didn't really liked the overkill of tiny parts. Still that Grimlock was pretty damn awesome. Also, first wave of the Armor guys. Chance for plenty of stocks with the sales that go with them are pretty high.

I'm still not waiting for Sky-Bite though. Having known I would have looked deeper in the shelves. I was in a hurry when I took Screamers and Jetfire.
Re: Video Review for Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime (2026247)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on June 26th, 2019 @ 7:33pm CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
-Kanrabat- wrote:I'm going to skip on Prowl but I'll definitely getting Skybite.

BTW, Will, are you getting Starscream and Jetfire?
Maybe not Starscream but Jetfire is really, really good and you shouldn't miss out.

Yeah, but I will wait for a discount. $20 CAD is expensive. The RID Battlepacks were $15 and those toys were better.



It depend. I didn't really liked the overkill of tiny parts. Still that Grimlock was pretty damn awesome. Also, first wave of the Armor guys. Chance for plenty of stocks with the sales that go with them are pretty high.

I'm still not waiting for Sky-Bite though. Having known I would have looked deeper in the shelves. I was in a hurry when I took Screamers and Jetfire.

The RiD battle packs were great, Grimlock and Sideswipe were both really enjoyable and I am glad to have both.

I may get Sky Byte, he looks pretty good
Re: Video Review for Transformers Cyberverse Ark Power Optimus Prime (2026261)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on June 26th, 2019 @ 9:03pm CDT
I'm looking forward to all of these. I don't expect giant robots of war to do diving dog or other yoga poses and I've liked most of cyberverse.

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