Hasbro's Optimash Prime and Robot Heroes
by Mr. Stinkhead
Transformers the Movie is coming, and Hasbro is giving us plenty of toys to get us excited. We've already reviewed Leader class Optimus Prime, and did a whole video podcast demonstrating how to transform him. Now I'm going to take a look at some of the whimsical things for the younger set that are coming out now to promote the movie.
In the spirit of Darth Tater and the other Star Wars inspired Mr. Potato Heads (check out our spoofs!), Hasbro now unleashes Optimash Prime with a whole bushel of bad puns. With words like Tater-bots and More that Meets the Fry, the puns are simply terrible, but if you're Ages 2 and up like the packaging recommends, you'll probably find it funny.
I have to be careful about what toys I display on my desk at work, I want people to generally recognize what they are, but I don't want them to inspire anyone to steal them. So I picked up this Mr. Potato Head to add to my collection at work. He will look handsome next to Darth Tater.
You get two Optimus Prime styled arms, and his signature helmet. Hey, anyone else notice that the two pieces are conveniently cat sized? Send me a pic if you happen to transform your cat... the only down side is that the face plate plugs into the nose hole, and the helmet plugs into the hat slot... they do not remain one piece unless stuck on the Potato head, so it may not work on the cat. Take it as a challenge!
You don't get a blaster, but you do get vehicle mode Optimus. Interesting... You also get Potato Head's mustache, teeth and nose. And Michael Bay take notice: you do not get lips with this set. You know why? Because Optimus Prime does not have lips.
This little guy was $10 and easy to find.
In the spirit of the Star Wars Galactic Heroes and the Marvel Super Hero Squad, Hasbro re-imagines your favorite G1-style Transfomers in cute, child-like versions. They have dynamic poses, and limited articulation (and needless to say, they don't transform) but they look awfully cute. Intended for kids 3 and up, these are a great introduction to your favorite characters. Each two pack is $5 and change, and you get one Autobot and one Decepticon. I picked up Optimus and Ravage, Grimlock and Shockwave, and Bumblebee and Soundwave.
You can't do too much with these but display them, I think the overal look is great, there is just the right amount of detail, and these too will look great lined up on my desk at work. I also like how these are the G1 styled designs from the 80s. Not the kibbles and bits from the new movie.
There are two waves available, and hopefully we'll see more down the line. I would also approve of the basic characters getting re-released in different poses. Right now there is a second Optimus Prime, he comes with Unicron, and he's holding the Matrix.
You can get these all at Target or you can buy them online:
Be sure to pick up ToyFare Magazine issue #120 next Wednesday (June 13) to see more Optimus Prime (covered by yours truly) and visit our Transformers coverage to see our review of Movie Optimus and the Japanese Hybrid Convoy. Swing by Transformers.com for more info on the movie and the toys. Reminder: Check out our feature on Blog Watch on G4's Attack of the Show on Saturday!
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