What are first editions?
Winter 2011 when Prime first came out, they had a "preview" wave of figures consisting of BB, Starscream, Cliffjumper, Arcee, Vehicon, Prime, Bulkhead, and the Prime/Megatron 2-pack. They were TRU exclusive, but in the US we only got BB, Starscream, and Arcee.
Due to demand, Hasbro released them again as a shared Bigbadtoystore/TRU exclusive, and this time all were released in the US. They are completely different molds than what the "main" Prime line (Prime Robots in Disguise, or PRID) offered. IMHO they are also all uniformly better
figures and I still weep at the glory that could have been if they continued with that style instead of the cost cutting PRID shit.
My question is about the fists. The fists that came with it are Black. Is this a variant or should I attempt to buy the blue fists?
I'm curious as well. Only fists I've ever seen are blue, though granted the only Prime with fists I own
is Pepsi Prime (I have ~4-5 other Primes, some even with trailers, but no fists... stupid garage sales...).
On a different note, thanks to TRU's B1G1 half off, I stocked up on some new stuff (some I wouldn't have bought for full price but figured screw it, half off).
FoC Soundwave: Decent figure, cool robot mode, gimmick doesn't work worth shit, overly simplistic transformation, far more solid/bulky than recent voyagers (a good thing).
FoC Cassettes (Frenzy, Rumble, Ravage, Ratbat): Cool idea, failed execution. Spring loaded TF's just don't work. Ratbat/Lazerbeak scheme works most of the time, but the others (especially Ravage) require too much manual tranformation, so the "autotransform" is just pointless.
Beast Hunters (suspicions confirmed, the line is prolly gonna suck):
Soundwave: Ravage is pretty terrible IMHO, though looks more like "ravage" than lazerbeak looked like lazerbeak in PRID. Soundwave's remold doesn't feel as nice either. More bulky, but kinda awkwardly so, and something feels "off" about it (almost like it's a kitbash/custom), hard to explain.
Lazerback: Not as bad as I thought it would be, but still pretty terrible. Brings horrible flashbacks of Beast Machines Bruticus (seriously, wtf?). Cleaver way of hiding the beast head in robot mode, but otherwise way too much soft rubbery plastic, poor colors, and overly simple transformation (even for a "beast"). Seriously, the legs do nothing
beyond rotating 90 degrees to stand up instead of lean forward...