So it was with eager anticipation and wide eyed enthusiasm that I ordered Masterpiece Optimus Primal. Having caught up on the back story of the character and the show I felt excited about taking my first step into the world of Beast Wars. The Masterpiece line rarely disappoints so I was expecting something pretty special happen.
The first impression when opening the package was of another quality Masterpiece box.
|The first Masterpiece Beast Wars box|
|The contents of the box|
|Do my robot bits look big in this?|
Secondly you can see obvious robot parts from the front of the ape mode. They are obvious from the rear, which is almost acceptable, but being visible from the front is bad. This is one of the reasons why I initially didn't really consider it a Masterpiece as they usually do a much better job of making the alt mode hide most aspects of the robot mode.
|Rear of the year?|
|Dislocated shoulders and mistransformed feet|
For me though, robot mode is where this figure shines. It is every bit a Prime and no mistake.
|Such heroic nonsense|
|I'll cut ya|
|Well you can tell by the way I use my walk...|
Included with Optimus Primal we have shouty face:
We have a happy or neutral face:
We have a cheeky face:
And finally we even get a battle mask face which evokes G1 Optimus Prime nicely:
To wrap up, I think this figure is really quite good and as my first experience of a Beast Wars figure, I am impressed. Even though the beast mode from the rear is a little compromised, I have no hesitation in recommending it to any fan of Transformers. The build quality is on a par with any other Masterpiece Transformer released recently and the addition of extra faces makes for an interesting added dimension of character to the figure.
I have yet to order Masterpiece Cheetor but if it is going to be anything like Primal, I shall be rectifying that situation shortly.
Thanks for reading and see you next time.