I am not always a huge fan of the 2-packs that come out in stores. Sometimes they are just repaints, and other times they are to get us to rebuy figures we already have in order to get “that other” figure. Well, this two pack falls into the first category. An old Optimus and an old Grimlock, recolored to be packaged and sold again. This time around though, it has two things going for this 2-pack. 1. Lots of chrome, and 2. An excellent repaint of Grimlock to match his G1 color scheme. So, I had to pick up this set.
This version of Optimus was ironically enough, a Walmart exclusive the last time around. He certainly didn’t have this much chrome going for him that time around. There have been a bunch of toys starting to show up with the Silver Knight title. I don’t know if Optimus is going to be making quite an entrance for the finale of the movie, but it looks like that may be the way we are going to be going here. I am pretty sure that we will not see him revery back to his Dark of the Moon truck, after seeing the new truck. Just another way to get a little more money out of us. I do thin we will actually get a good version of the Silver Knight a little later this summer.
The only change for this version are his sword, which is pretty weak. It is seriously lacking details, and it is too big.
As good as he looks, chromed out in his robot mode, he really looks good in his vehicle mode. The transformation is pretty easy and fun, with a few tricks in the legs to shorten them up.
Overall, this is a good version of Optimus. I am not a huge fan of the Deluxe versions of Optimus. He really needs to be in the Voyager Class to fit into scale with the other team members.
One thing to watch out for:
Truth be told, I was way more interested in Grimlock than I was in Optimus. I was really excited to see the Fall of Cybertron Grimlock with the G1 color scheme. I knew this was going to be a good figure to get my hands on.
The silver of the new Grimlock is a lot lighter to resemble the old color. He also has on the red bike shorts as well as the colors down the front of his legs. It is clear Hasbro went to a lot more trouble getting this new Grimlock ready than they spent of Optimus. I guess that is what we would expect, since Grimlock is the new character in the newest movie.
He really looks like the G1 Grimlock when he is in T-Rex mode. I think the only drawback of this version is his stumpy tail. He has the button on the back of his neck that allows for a light-up mouth (batteries included).
This is a very good version of Grimlock. Grimlock fans will definitely want to get their hands on this 2-pack. Optimus is not the best one out there, but this version of Grimlock more than makes up for it.