Can the R.E.D. Optimus Prime light our darkest hour?
It may not provide full illumination, but I can see well enough to not bump my leg against the coffee table in the middle of the night.
Much like his wave mate Soundwave, Optimus here is a nice figure, but he isn’t without his flaws. We’ll get to those in a minute, for now we’ll begin by focusing on the positives.
For starters, the price on these R.E.D. figures is just right. For $20 you’re getting a solid 6″ figure with a nice assortment of accessories. Hasbro could’ve sold us a twenty dollar robot with no accessories, and told us to slag off, and I would’ve still bought it for how cartoon accurate they are in addition to being a completist as well as a lifelong Transformers fan, especially where G1 is concerned. With our old friend Prime here, we get three sets of hands, a matrix of leadership, plus Optimus trusty rifle and his energon axe, which are all sculpted and painted well enough. Is everything Masterpiece quality in their detail? Of course they’re not, but you’re getting what you pay for, and what you get is a good value with these R.E.D. figures.
Optimus himself as mentioned is very cartoon accurate, evoking fond memories of watching the old G1 cartoon. The paint application is well done, and the head and face sculpt hits those nostalgic feels dead on. It feels like the character has leapt from the screen and has come to life on our shelves.
Moving onto the flaws. Much like with Soundwave, good luck getting Optimus rifle into his hand without a struggle. Optimus as mentioned comes with three sets of hands, and his weapon hand in particular isn’t exactly supple when it comes to manipulating it to get him to hold his weapon. Joints on the figure; arms specifically, are a little looser than I would like, making posing a bit troublesome. Swapping the alternate hands is simple enough, as they pop in and out with relative ease.
Articulation on the figure is good, enabling you to get Prime into whatever pose you desire. Although once again those loose shoulder and elbow joints could prove frustrating. While the figure itself is a little blobular in its appearance and isn’t as sleek or as refined as we’ve seen across various Masterpiece or even with Earthrise Prime, it’s still a nice enough shelf or desk piece for a fraction of the cost compared to what those other figures retail for. This G1 R.E.D. Optimus Prime is a slight upgrade over Soundwave, for no other reason than the fact he comes with slightly more accessories and Prime also doesn’t have that annoying shoulder cannon issue that plagues the Soundwave figure.
These Transformers G1 R.E.D. figures are Walmart exclusives and for $19.99, they’re nice enough for what you’re paying to obtain them.
I give Transformers R.E.D. Optimus Prime 4/5 Matrix of Leadership