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Hasbro Transformers Universe: Optimus Prime 25th Anniversary Edition
Advantages: Original OP - now you don't need to wait for your parents to get it for you!
Disadvantages: Slightly flimsy in parts
Optimus Prime 25th Anniversary Edition
A great find somewhere in the far east:
I stumbled across this find during my honeymoon when my husband suddenly screamed (as much as a grown man can scream) "Oh my god, it's the ORIGINAL Optimus Prime". I saw that it was on for a special deal, half price in fact. I decided then and there to humour him and buy the "toy", costing a total of $200, roughly £20. Got home and luckily for me, my husband allowed me to share his new toy with me and here is my review:
Optimus Prime the heroic Autobot leader is back available to get in his original generation 1 toy version, first available...yes 25 years ago.
The original generation 1 toys gave the authentic look of the Earth based vehicle mode priority over the robot mode and Optimus Prime is no exception. As a trailer truck Prime looks very good, however once transformed the robot though ok from the front has an open back which rather cheap and unfinished. Prime is also rather limited as a toy in that he can stand upright and have his arms moved up and down the limit of his posing ability. Another thing I would add is if you are not familiar with our to "transform" him properly, do be careful as at the end of the day, he is made out of plastic and will snap if bent the wrong way. Another gripe is that his weapon doesn't actually fit into his hand and the only way it will fit is if the gun is at an odd angle to which his arm is facing.
However nobody is really going to buy this toy as an action figure for their kid's right? This one is for the grown ups (husbands and the odd wife alike) who's parents refused to buy them an Optimus Prime when they were younger (thinking about it now, who would blame them - full price at £40(!)), or for those lucky enough to have one but as kids used and abused their Prime until his arms fell off. This is a collector's item and really does bring back some nostalgic feelings.
In the box you get the complete Optimus Prime and part one of the first ever Transformers comic released. You also get a rather cool sound box in the shape of the Autobot insignia, which once pressed emits sounds such as the iconic transformation sound plus the unforgettable "Megatron must be stopped...no matter the cost". My husband seems to have more fun scaring the neighbours with this than anything else!
As a children's toy Prime is rather limited and I would advise against buying but as a collectors item for a Transformers fan from yesteryear this is a classic piece of nostalgia, a Classic.
Summary: Great collectors item but not really for playing with!
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