The beginning of the end is upon us. What started back in 2015 with Combiner Wars, is going to conclude with part 3, Power of the Primes. This is going to take all of the gimmicks from the first two waves and combine them into a final run to conclude the trilogy.
These figures are based on the Pretenders of 1988 and 1989. Essentially the same type of figures as back in G1. Low articulated figures with a more articulated Transformer inside. The name given to the Decoy Armor is the name of the original Pretender, with design cues and color schemes that match that figure from G1.
We are going to start small and work our way up. Hopefully as we get bigger, I can find some of the Voyager and Leader class figures. I have plenty to keep me busy until then.
So we are starting with the Prime Masters. These little guys are basically the same small robots as the Titan Masters, but without a face on their back. Instead they have a symbol on their back representing a spark, and a special ability. They are only available in the packs with their Decoy Armor, no longer creating an army of little robots like we saw in the Titans Return line, where everybody came with a Titan Master as well as single packs with vehicles. This will make the Prime Masters much more valuable of a target for the Transformers.
Vector Prime w/ Metalhawk Decoy Armor:
First up is Vector Prime. As with all of the Prime Masters, there is a robot, their Decoy Armor, and a weapon.
The Decoy Armor opens and allows for the Prime Master to hide inside, as well as be able to use the armor as a battle suit. They have accessibility to the weapon to use on their own.
Any of the Prime Masters can ride in any other Decoy Armor.
The Prime Masters are basically the same as the Titan Masters, with a symbol on their back rather than a face. Vector Prime’s power is time travel. I am sure that is a good power to have.
The Decoy Armor transforms into a weapon that a Deluxe, Voyager or Leader Class figure can use. Since I am starting small, I grabbed a Titans Return figure or Orion Pax to show off the weapon. The Prime Master becomes a part of the weapon, and can be switched with any other Prime Master to mix and match weapons and powers.
Micronus w/ Cloudburst Decoy Armor:
Another Autobot in the first wave, this time Micronus. He comes with Cloudburst Decoy Armor and a double gatling gun.
It is really fun that there is actually space in the head to allow the Prime Master inside to see out, as if it really is a suit of armor.
Micronus’ ability is Power Swap. How this will come into play is very exciting.
Liege Maximo w/ Skullgrin Decoy Armor:
We saw Skullgrin last back in 2010, when he was made in to a Deluxe scale tank. But he is back now as the Decoy Armor for Micronus.
Micronus come with the power of Trickster. Oh, I am sure that is going to be an intersting power.
The weapon that Skullgrin comes with is a 3-bladed melee weapon. Not really all that useful.
And when put in the hands of a Deluxe scale figure… still not that useful.
There we have the first three figures of the Powers of the Prime line. 2 Autobots and 1 Decepticon. The playability is not too high yet, but as we introduce larger scale figures, they playability and the alternate modes of the Prime Masters will come into play.
As you can see, these new guys are just the same as the Titan Masters. That means they are interchangeable to ride in each other’s vehicles, like the discussion going on here with Loudmouth.
And I am sure someone is wondering, as I was. Yes, the Prime Master can take the place of a Titan Master using the neck port. But no, it does not look good.
As usual, more pictures can be found on my Flickr Account. Link on the side menu—>
Stay tuned. We will take a look at the slightly larger Legends Class next.