Friday, February 24, 2012
Transformers Prime First Edition part 2
Hey guys, figured its time to finish our look at the US releases for the Transformers Prime First Edition series. As you may remember, earlier we looked at the Comic Con exclusives for the TF Prime series. This week we will be taking a look at the 3 figures that made retail at Toys R Us last December. So lets get this started with....
I mentioned before that Arcee was my 2nd favorite of the TF Prime figures so far. Her sculpt is beautiful and mostly show accurate. She has enough posability to pull off some awsome action poses and look real good doing them. This version has the blue paintjob that is seen on the Transformers Prime TV show. She is mostly metallic blue and black with silver and metallic rose detailing. One inaccuracy in the figure's paintjob is in her all black forearms. They are supposed to be blue with silver fingers and metallic rose detail much like the rest of her body is. Her biggest flaw is in her scale with the others, shes too tall. Arcee stands taller than the other Autobots even though shes the shortest bot on the TV show. Even with that scale issue, Arcee is a beauty.
Arcee's cycle mode is a pretty sweet looking ride. I like the blue and black colors as opposed to the pink and white of the NYCC version. She rolls very well and the blade weapons do a good job keeping her standing when they are atteched. Arcee also has a kickstand incase youd rather have her without the kickstand.
Compared to the NYCC version, its almost like these are 2 different characters. It's hard to say which one I like best but blue wins out in the end.
A lot of what I had to say about Bumblebee was covered in the review of the NYCC version. The sculpt is done very well and is articulated enough to get a nice range of poses. This version of Bee is a brighter yellow than the NYCC version with black detailing. He sports thinner stripes this time around but also has some on the roof of his car mode. Best part is that the less cloudy translucent blue plastic used for the windows and eyes enable some very good light piping, those baby blues glow like nobody's business. Another bonus is that if you have both the NYCC and regular versions of FE Bumblebee, you can give both guns to the Bee of your choice and have him dual weild. Not a bad lil reward for getting them both.
Unlike Arcee, the differences between Bumblebee's NYCC and regular versions are rather vague. The differences are noticable, but not nearly as drastic as Arcee's. Fans of the TF movies may be inclined to like the NYCC verson better due to how close the paintjub resembles Bee's movie form. I prefer the regular version though, just cause im bigger on the series than the movies.
Ok I saved the best for last. The #1 backstabber of the Transformers Universe happens to have the #1 figure of the US First Edition line. Starsceam's TF Prime figure is as close to perfect as you can get. He looks like he just jumped out of the TV. The biggest knock i can take against him is that his head fin and missles arnt properly colored, and that can be solved with a red marker. He has a whopping 24 points of articulation at the head, shoulder, biceps, elbows, hinged forearms, hinged wrists, waist, hips, thighs, knees, ankles, and wings. Starscream just oozes personality, from his face all the way through his spindaly body and hunched back. He just feels almost alive.
Starscreams jet mode is surprisingly tiny, especially considering how big his robot mode is. It look very good but sadly his legs just sit on the bottom and are easily spotted. Even with that, the jet mode looks very nice and I'm just blown away by how well pulled off ol' Screamer was.
Now while this was all we got in the States for the First Edition series of Transformers Prime, most other contries got Cliffjumper, Bulkhead, Megatron, a Voyager Optimus and a Vehicon drone. It was a sad day when the news broke that Hasbro had no intention on giving us these figures, but hearing that they are going to look into it now gives me some hope. This will complete my look at the US releases for TF Primes's First Edition series, but I'm not done with TF Prime by a longshot. Hasbro has recently released thier mainline for the TF Prime series dubbed "Robots in Disguise", which is a familiar title to long time Transformers fans. Anyway I hope you liked this review and ill catch you guys another time. Later