“ Brand: Hasbro / Type: Trucks „
My little boy is Transformer crazy, he's only 4 but loves the toys and can even master some of the more complex toys, changing them from vehicle to robot and back again. One of the manytoys in his ever growing collection is the Movie Legends Optimus Prime, it was one of the first ones we ever bought him back in 2007.
Movie Legends Optimus Prime is a level 2 Transformer, aimed at children around 5 years of age. Based on the live action movie version of the character he's a small toy, standing around 3 inches tall when in robot mode. His transformation from robot to truck is done with 4 or 5 simple moves, a case of twisting up each arm over his head to form the front of the truck, bending it back over the legs and clipping it together, like the movie character he doesn't have a trailer unlike his 80's cartoon counterpart, Christopher can manage the change easily though and even I've got to grips with it, I can't say that of the more advanced styles!
The toy is well detailed and captures the look of the movie toy well, it's a realistic truck rather than a cartoon one, his colours are accurate, the main difference in the image of the toy versus it's movie style is that the toy legs are longer in comparison enabling the simple transformation process, shorter legs may have left it looking closer to the movie character but would have left the truck base to short when in vehicle mode. He does appear quite gangly in robot mode but that doesn't seem to effect Christophers enjoyment.
Prime is made in a very basic plastic design, his joints all made by plastic ball and socket joints, the only metal present holding on the wheels to the frame, this makes him very flimsy and I spend more time putting his legs back onto his body or his arms onto his torso then Christopher does playing with it. As yet no parts have completely snapped which I guess is the bonus of the plastic design, metal parts if broken may be harder to put back together if at all, whereas the plastic ones just clip back into place, however it's awfully frustrating for a youngster when they have to keep stopping their game because a part has dropped off of their toy.
The toy costs around £2.99 and is available from most toy stores, for the price it's not a bad toy but for such a famous toy line by such a well known company you'd hope the toys would be a bit more durable. Christopher will play with Prime and all the other toys in his Transformer collection for hours, they can be used as basic cars alongside other vehicles and road mats, as battling robots or for a pure game of Transformers, ours even make cameo appearances when the kids have got out the castle and knights play set!
Other toys in the Movie Legends range include Jazz, Bonecrusher, Barricade, Ironhide...........all of the characters that appeared in the live action movie, and all of them have the same flaw, losing limbs faster then I can put them back on.
Change this Autobot warrior figure from robot mode to truck mode - and back again! This is one cool figure for your collection! Optimus Prime measures approximately 7.5cm tall in figure mode. Age: 5+