Well, nobody was surprised that Octane was on the list of the later Titans Return line. When Optimus Prime showed up with a tanker mode and a jet mode, it was guessed that this was going to become Octane. It is interesting how Hasbro has worked this line. They come out with a retooled model first, and then come out with the main version. They did the same thing with bringing out Megatron first, and then later bringing out Blitzwing. Guess that keeps the folks interested, since some may not buy a repainted figure for a second time. Well, is that what we are doing here? Are we buying a grey version of Optimus? Not really. There are a lot of similarities, but Hasbro did a fair amount of retooling too.
First up, the robot mode. Purple huh? No hiding this is a Decepticon. He has his same purple head and big horns he had way back in 1986, when he was a triple changer. He also has the big wings sticking out to the sides. I am sure it is hard to walk through doors, and he is probably a nightmare at the holiday party. They did a pretty good job of color matching the locations on the body. The purple and grey are much darker colors than the original, which gives him a more sinister look.
Standing next to Optimus, it is clear these two are from the same base design. But there are a few of changes. Right front and center is the chest plate. While Optimus seems to have the front windshield of his truck mode, Octane has a more armor look, which travels down over the abs. The other big change is the wings. Optimus has wings that fold up, while Octane has wings that just stick out there. This is very similar to the G1 version with the big wings.
Octane comes with Murk. Not a surprise, this is a retool of Diac that came with Optimus. He shares the purple and white of Octane.
On to the vehicle modes. I always get a bit worried when we play around with triple changers. And I also get worried when we have tanker trucks. Most of the time, unless they are big Leader Class figures, the tractor and trailer end up being one long stuck together vehicle, which really limits the playability. This is pretty much exactly the same truck that Optimus turns into. Not a bad truck overall. Way better than the G1 Octane that had arms hanging off the sides, and different colored wheels.
It does suffer from being one long vehicle with no separation between the cab and trailer. There is even a place for Murk to hang out while being driven around. The two guns attach to the sides in the standard ports.
And then there is the jet mode. I actually like this jet mode more than the Optimus version. The nose of Optimus’ looked like it was trying to be a fighter jet or a supersonic jet of some sort. Octane’s front end looks like a passenger jet or cargo plane. It still suffers from having a really fat back end with the front of the truck tucked under each wing. But it isn’t quite as noticeable with the darker colors.
These triple changers are not my favorite. I think the Blitzwing triple changer worked better. This one just has too much extra stuff to try and fit in a plane too. We really needed more Decepticons in this series, so I am glad we got him.