Is it just me, or are the waves totally messed up for the Combiner Wars? Have three parts of the Protectobots to build Defensor, and Cyclonus to build Galvatronus. I was able to get the last bot to be able to build the original version of Optimus Maximus. What do I mean by “original?” When the line began, we got Optimus Prime. It says to use him to build Ultra Prime… but we didn’t have any of the other bots to do it. Even the comic started with Optimus as the torso/head of OM. Since then, Hasbro has revealed Battle Core Optimus Prime, which is a white version with a new head. Apparently, they wanted us to get the original Optimus, and now they want us to get a new version to make a different Optimus Maximus. That being said, I will probably end up getting Battle Core OP, since I do so love Optimus.
Well, we have four new bots to look at, here we go!
Sunstreaker is probably my least favorite of the four deluxe figures. He is a bit flat as a vehicle. As a robot, he has some strange hips in order for him to become an arm in Combiner Mode. It is probably one of the few figures I have found that suffers from being able to change into a giant body part.
I do like that the Combiner hand is able to be used as a backpack in the car mode, a nod to the original design.
He is a retool of Breakdown. I do have to say I think I like the body better in yellow than Breakdown’s white.
Prowl is a really well done figure. He looks like Prowl, in both robot and vehicle modes.
He is third in line for this body after Dead End and Streetwise. It is a well done body, and a lot of fun to transform. He makes a very solid leg for Optimus Maximus.
Mirage is my favorite of the wave. He has been a figure I have wanted for an awful long time. I loved him in the G1 show, but never found one in all of my adult collecting time.
I think this one really does the original justice. He has a great transformation, and looks fantastic in both modes. He follows Dragstrip with this body use, but I think Mirage looks a whole lot better than Dragstrip. The colors are better, and the head is better.
Ooh wee, there was a lot of hate out there for Ironhide. I actually like the robot mode design. I think he looks like a young, svelte version of the G1 Ironhide. This is what he would have looked like without the millions of years of fighting under his belt.
He is a retool of Offroad. The red is definitely better than Offroad’s grey. There were some pretty boring colors in Menasor huh?
This is a great looking team. Lots of color with a pretty good variety of design. Poor Ironhide will be lagging behind some pretty fast cars.
Time for Optimus Prime to join the team.
A nod to the G1 show. Look at this lineup of figures. This could be a formidable team.
Together, they form Optimus Maximus… or a retool of Menasor?
Technically Motormaster is a retool of Optimus, but Motormaster was able to build his Menasor Combiner first. And all of the guys from Menasor were retooled to become OM.
Rodimus: But wait, there’s more!!
I ended up with Rodimus before any of the other figures for Optimus Maximus. Rodimus has shown to be a pretty good right hand man for Optimus over the years. Why not become the chest armor too?
Rodimus is a retool of Blackjack, and once again the Autobots have a way better color scheme going on.
Unfortunately, Rodimus has the same problem as Blackjack and does not stay locked into the chest very well. He still looks really cool though.
Overall, Optimus Maximus is a really cool Combiner. Even though he is basically a retool of Menasor, they don’t look that much alike, other than the chest area. The shield is a bit of a give away. We will see with Battle Core OP, if we get a little more variation, or if it will be more of the same with a new color.
I am having a lot of fun with the Combiner Wars series. We are getting some great figures we haven’t seen in a long time, and they are well made. This series is going strong, and we have a lot of great figures to come. More fantastic Leader Class figures, including Ultra Magnus, and some other great Voyager Class figures like Sky Lynx. I can’t wait for what is coming next…
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