While we are still in the midst of Titans Return, Hasbro has come out with something interesting. This is a special two-pack depicting the evolution of one of the greatest Transformers to ever live.
Optimus Prime started his life as Orion Pax, the librarian. And to commemorate those two parts of his life, Hasbro has put together a pack that shows this change. Included is a slight repaint of Optimus Prime from the War for Cybertron line of Generations. Along with him is a repainted Sergeant Kup with a new head sculpt Titan Master.
Optimus Prime is not all that different. The greys are darker, and the red lighting has been turned blue. This is not the reason for me to buy this box set. It is the other guy I really wanted. Orion Pax is a complete repaint of Sergeant Kup. The use of Kup is great, because that way Pax gets to have a Cybertronian truck mode as well as a thinner body of an intellect, before he became a warrior.
Pax comes with a Titan Master with no name. I am hoping he will eventually get a name, but there is none on the packaging that I could find. Maybe this is a robot version of Roller.
I was not sure how the truck modes would compare. Both are in the Generations line, but they are a bit separated in time and sublines. While Pax looks very utilitarian, Prime has a much meaner look.
The changes in Optimus Prime do not warrant a rebuy of the figure. He is nearly the same, with just a bit of color change.
Buying two figures just to get one? Well, I think it is worth it. We do not have a lot of Orion Pax figures. Back in 2014 we did get a figure in the Thrilling 30 subline of Generations, and he is great. There is something about the simplicity of this one that really stands out.
If you love the Titans Return line, or you are a huge fan of Optimus Prime, this is a good set to get. The Orion Pax alone is a great figure to add to your collection. A one for the price of two is not that great of a deal if you already have the first WfC Optimus Prime, unless you NEED the new Pax.