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Click herespacerHybrid Optimus Prime (Convoy) THS-02
with Mr. Stinkhead

Is this "Hybrid" Optimus Prime (Convoy) the greatest Optimus ever? Not quite, but he's up there in my book. Obviously I will always have a place in my heart for the Autobot Matrix of Leadership 20th Anniversary Optimus Prime (Masterpiece Convoy). He's robust, he's huge, and he transforms to a decent looking truck or robot. So here comes his 5 inch high counterpart. Yes he's quite a bit smaller, but he's pretty articulated and comes with a whole truckload of accessories. [Ed note: that was awful]

What are the pros?
Are you kidding? Did you not see the pic of all the accessories lined up? You get 8 pairs of hands in different positions, you get his laser axe, his blaster, the Matrix of Leadership, his trailer, a rocket pack, Roller, and a base to pose him in mid air.

Click hereBesides the sheer number of accessories, the number one thing that really blew me away were the amount of suprises. There are compartments in the trailer that neatly store the spare hands. The cockpit on the, um, what do you call that? The thing attached to the trailer on the arm—Anyway, that thing opens up. There are pegs on the Axe and Blaster that allow that to be stored neatly on the wall. The jetpack plugs into the front of the transformed trailer. The blaster can also be affixed to Roller. Roller has simulated rack and pinion steering so that both the front and back sets of tires turn in unison. The Matrix is removable... (there is a special set of hands for gripping the Matrix) and portions of him are actually die-cast. (I wish more of him were)

Click hereThere's also this accessory that looks like a gas pump hose. The wire part is a stiff metal wire that is highly posable. It'll take on any shape, and there are peg holes all over the trailer that you can plug either end into. This is just one of the nice added bonuses.



Click hereHe's posable, super posable. You can get a free range out of his shoulders, his elbows flex and twist, his hips and waist twist, the knees are double jointed for great kneeling or flying shots, his ankles have great range as well. Between the extra hands and the base, you can get pretty much any pose you can think of. Now with Optimus, most of those poses will fall under the heading of Kicking Ass, but I could just not stop posing this guy.

Click hereI love the trailer. I love that it can be a battle station, or his "medical" repair bay. You can stow the rear ramp flat and slide it up and under the trailer (think like a U-Haul truck). It's spring-loaded, so trip the trigger and it pops out. Nice! I love my 20th Anniversary Optimus, however without his trailer, he is incomplete. There have been trailer accessories released in Japan that are scale to the MP Prime, however that didn't transform. Now they're re-releaseing Masterpiece Optimus complete with a transforming trailer (called MS-04). You check it out here. But note that it's $168. Whew.

Click hereSo what's wrong?
I'm afraid the size just does not work with this figure. I had an impossible time getting his torso to stay "together." The wheel hubs and windsheild just would not stay closed. I also had a tough time transforming him into truck mode. I was afraid I'd snap the lightweight plastic, but getting his "wrists" to plug into the torso was next to impossible. Luckily a lot of the pieces pop off easily so they can go back on easily, but I got pretty frustrated in transforming and keeping a pose. I'm used to Microman figures that have this incredibly articulation, but all of the joints are really tight. This is a not a toy for little kids or drunk people. Find a pose you like and set it on a shelf or your desk. Don't let people just fiddle around with it, it seems like it'll fall to pieces. It's not the shoddiest thing I've every played with, but I'm used to the ruggedness of 20th Anniversary Prime. So perhaps that's unfair. I do have to point out that the ankles are nice and firm, so he will stand very nicely. His knees are prone to giving out. You know I got that same excuse from that one girlfriend.

Click hereI also have to mention that I thought the tires on this Optimus are kind of puny. They have to be small to fit with the transformed Prime, but they look like wagon wheels. Not truck tires. Minor gripe.

So it boils down to price. I paid $60 for this guy from Toy Tokyo (at their store in NYC). If it was any larger or more die-cast, it would be closer to $100. Is that alright? To me, yes. (But $170 for the MP size is rich for me right now) If they can upscale everything you get here just to have to pay a little more, I'd be there quicker than a frat boy to a dollar pitcher night.

Click hereSo this is obviously a display piece, and what a display it makes. The display base is a great touch, and he looks great on there. I do recommend getting this figure if you're a fan of Prime. It's worth it. Just know this is not for passing around or letting the little ones get into accidents with. Will we see a Ultra Magnus in the future? That would be sweet.

Check out our Transformers coverage to see more pics of Transformers we just couldn't let go. And bookmark our Toy Fair 2007 page, we'll be covering Hasbro early on, and asking all kinds of questions and getting all kinds of photos about the upcoming movie toys, and future Japanese imports they may distribute.

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