"Robots in Disguise" (2015) Warrior Class Optimus Prime

in 2015, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Prime, Robots in Disguise (2015), Warrior Class

Robots in Disguise (2015)

Optimus Prime General Information:
Release Date: March 2015
Price Point: $14.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Accessories: Axe


*Images and text below from Amazon.com:
Decepticons beware, because this Warrior Class Optimus Prime figure converts in a heartbeat from robot mode to semi truck mode, and he’s got a massive axe to chop his foes into scrap! Convert him in 9 steps to either mode, and keep converting him back and forth so his Decepticon enemies can’t keep up! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

The "Warrior" Class is a new class created to take the role that the "Deluxe" Class once held but only in the "Robots in Disguise" line (so far). The "Deluxe" Class lives on in name via the "Generations" segment (making it the last class of figure to survive from the era of "Beast Wars" to now). The second wave of "Warrior Class" figures includes Optimus Prime and Autobot Drift, both are characters who will appear on the television show.

Optimus Prime is packaged in a bubble that is both glued and taped to a card. Similar to many Japanese Deluxe Class figure releases, the bubble is glued onto the card except one side that overlaps onto the back. That section is taped on. Optimus is packaged in robot mode. The card design feels like a descendant of the "Age of Extinction" packaging, with a white background and the "Robots in Disguise" logo on the upper right hand side. It's a very clean look. The package art mirrors the style of the TV show animation and I was happy to see just how prominent the art is. Not only does it appear on the card, but it is also on the insert.

The back of the packaging has no tech specs information at all. The instructions are printed there and below that are disclaimers in multiple languages with a blurb for the "Robots in Disguise" app in the center. As packaging goes it's rather dull on the back, but looks great from the front. As a long time fan this bugs me, but honestly most kids are just going to toss away the packaging so I get the desire to not invest tons of money into the back of the card.

Robot Mode:
The Warrior Class is still rather new to most fans, and one of the concerns people have had is about "how much" toy you're getting for your money. For comparison, I had "Beast Hunters" Prowl handy so I compared the two. Prowl stands at about 5 inches (roughly 12.7 centimeters) tall and weighs in around 2.8 ounces (79.3 grams). In comparison, Optimus stands at about 5.3 inches (roughly 13.4 centimeters) tall and weighs in around 3.2 ounces (about 90.7 grams). Of course, size and weight will vary figure to figure regardless of the line, but the point of this part of the review is to illustrate how the figure is not necessarily "less" toy than you would've gotten two years ago.

There has been a lot of trepidation about this figure even before its release. Many folks pointed out the simplistic design while others thought Optimus deserved to be a "bigger" figure (note: there are larger Optimus figures coming out in the "Robots in Disguise" line). On my part, I was super interested in this figure from the beginning. Why? Because I instantly recognized the design as influenced by the Japanese exclusive toy "Star Convoy", an iteration of Optimus Prime that became a giant truck and base. He had many "scifi' style features and was very angular and blocky all at the same time. This figure has a "V" shape on the chest with armor layers on the sides, reminiscent of the "star" design on Star Convoy's chest. His arms have a very similar shape to Star Convoy's and his long legs have a rather smooth design instead of having lots of sculpted details like previous Optimus figures. His head sculpt is mostly based on the traditional Optimus head design, but the back has some extra parts flaring out the back. Overall I think this guy looks great.

Optimus is cast in the traditional Optimus Prime colors including red, blue, silver and black. Red and blue make up most of the figure. Silver and black are used for smaller parts like the upper arms and wheels respectively. Black paint is used extensively on the figure. You'll find it on parts including the middle of the body, the chest window and the feet. Silver paint is used on the thighs and head. On top of the left shoulder is an Autobot symbol you can scan using the official "Robots in Disguise" app. The deco is very simple, but it's clean and looks good. Could it use a bit more detail? Perhaps, but too much more and it would seem forced.

There are sixteen points of articulation in this mode. This includes three in each arm and four in each leg. These points of articulation include ball joints in the elbows and multiple hinge joints on the legs, so his actual range of articulation is good. Optimus' accessory is an axe weapon, a callback to his G1 counterpart who had an axe weapon built into his forearm. The axe is cast in black plastic with the blade painted orange (another callback to G1 Optimus Prime). The axe handle has a 5mm peg that can be held in either hand. You can also use the hole in the axe itself to store it using the pegs on the sides of the shoulder armor.

Transformation to Vehicle Mode:

  1. Detach the weapon and set it aside for now.
  2. Push the robot head into the chest.
  3. Push the legs together.
  4. Swing the arms up.
  5. Swing each forearm out to the sides then swing them up against the shoulder armor.
  6. Swing the two arms together to form the front of the vehicle.
  7. Rotate the lower body around.
  8. Pull out the panels on the sides of the legs and swing them forward to form the sides of the vehicle.
  9. The axe has a notch on either side that can slide into the tabs in the gap between the two robot legs.

Vehicle Mode:
I mentioned in the robot mode review that this figure takes some influences from Star Convoy, and the vehicle mode shows a continuation of that influence. The front end has a similar shape to Star Convoy's, with a longnose front end that has an angled windshield and wind vane section. The trailer section is long with some nice angled details on the sides. Like Star Convoy, his knee armor winds up in the middle of the trailer's top section. His robot feet wind up at the back section of the trailer, also on top. I love these design callbacks to Star Convoy, but he also has some nice details on the sides of the trailer all his own including a row of three notches on each side.

This mode shows off a lot of blue plastic on the trailer section and red on the cab area. His wheels are all cast in black. The sides of the vehicle have angled sections painted in metallic red, which looks fantastic against the blue. The front end of the truck is painted black with blue on the headlights. Silver is used on the smokestacks that sit on either side of the vehicle between the cab and the trailer sections. The deco really does look great and I really like the detailing on the front and the metallic red on the sides.

While I like the vehicle mode, it's hardly perfect. The axe weapon slips into the tabs in the middle of the gap sure, but the peg at the end just kind of sits on top of the figure. There is a section that it looks like you can slide the end of the axe handle into, but it is way too tight and I did not want to break anything trying to push it in. Also, there is a hole on the top of the vehicle in the section right behind the cab, but it doesn't seem to serve any purpose. It's not a 5mm or 3mm hole, so most standard weapons won't fit into it. This is a shame because he could totally use some weaponry in this mode. To me these are not dealbreakers, but they might be to others so I felt it important to mention them here.

Final Thoughts:
This is not a super complex figure, but it is a nice homage to a classic figure in G1 lore and I did find it fun to play with. It's not perfect by any means, but it's a cool toy in my book.