Originally Posted by Zmonkay
blandstalker: Let us know how the Voyagers are! They look fantastic and I really wish they (and Cliffjumper) would hurry up and get to US TRU's!
Opened Prime. I haven't opened the Entertainment Pack yet, so I can't compare it directly. I understand they're pretty similar.
- Very good representation of Optimus
- Pretty show accurate
- Robot mode has lots of great details
- Robot mode is easily better than Deluxe size
- Feels light on details in vehicle mode (though this is show accurate)
- Wheel rims are unpainted
- Back of the truck in vehicle mode isn't covered
- Don't really care for the squishy sword or smokestacks
On the whole, it's pretty impressive and I quite like it. Transformation is like HFTD Battle Blades Prime in that it's unlike every other Optimus you've ever seen. Parts go places that I would have never imagined and it's something to still be surprised after 25+ years of variations on Optimus. Transformation is complicated without being frustrating, though you have to really think about where things are going.
It's a little tough to get all the gaps to seal and the top of the cab to sit flush -- I don't know if it's mine or if it's me, or if they're all like that.
I think the Voyager robot mode blows the Deluxe mode out of the water. Everything is more detailed and better proportioned. The aesthetic is great -- it looks like the TF:Prime show model -- and is somewhere between the clean lines and curves of Animated and the detail of the movie bots. It does not feel overdesigned, cluttered, or Bayformery, though.
The truck mode looks a little plain -- after years of blue and red flames, it looks pretty basic. This is accurate to the show model, though. I would have liked to have seen the wheel rims painted (they were on Cliff and Bumblebee) and the front grill to have been gunmetal instead of a light grey. I will probably end up painting both of these, as they're simple enough to do. The back part of the cab is not paneled over, which is kind of a shame since they did such a good job of making everything else look seamless.
The smokestacks and sword are made of soft plastic. I can't say I'm a fan of that. I'm warming a little to the smokestacks, as I'd rather have them be squishy than fall off during transformation or be short. But I'd also rather they be hard plastic.
Normally, I don't have much to say about packaging -- it goes right into the recycle bin -- but the boxes are nice and come with the little display stands. I'm thinking about keeping them as display boxes.
Bulkhead coming soon.