Optimus Prime and Roller together again. Too bad there is no trailer for Roller to hide in, but at least he is an actual vehicle this time around. Not only does he sport the 6×6 look of the G1 Roller, but this time around he also carries Optimus’ gun while not in use. Optimus looks similar to his G1 counterpart, with the addition of the air foil on the roof. You can tell this is a mix between a Commander and Legion Class figure. He has solid stick-up feet in the back. It sure would have been nice if those folded in.
Optimus transforms into his fairly iconic robot self. There is no denying who this is. The top of the cab becomes big shoulders, kinda Prime-esque. He has a neat gimmick where his chest is supposed to be open a bit to show his Autobot symbol. Unfortunately there is nothing holding it open, so it would rather stay closed when posing him.
His main gun is similar to his G1 gun without the big stock on the back. It is a good size for the figure. But what happens when there is a real problem that arises?…
Roller becomes a twin cannon, that can combine with Optimus’ gun to make quite a weapon. I am not terribly fond of the back section. Still looks like a truck, and you can see through it. I think they did a better job with Bumblebee’s gun.
This is just the beginning of the 30th Anniversary stuff coming out from Transformers, as the year does not even start until 2014, they are giving us a wee-little taste of what is to come. I am pretty excited about some of the newer figures that will be coming out in the very near future.
Well, we are still a while away from 2014, but Hasbro wants to kick off their 30th Anniversary of Transformers a little early. They are coming out with two, two-packs to kick things off. They are Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, each with a smaller figure that transforms into a weapon. I have not seen Optimus, and I have only seen Bee at one Walmart.
Bumblebee has a bit of a look of the War for Cybertron Bee in this robot mode. Upon closer inspection, he has a bit more of a look to the hatchback version he has had in the past. You know the one with the controversial jet ski trailer. Anyway, he has good movement in his arms and legs. He has large enough feet to stand well. It is funny to see a Bumblebee figure with all of his wheels mounted on his arms.
He comes with Blazemaster. A helicopter with a Gatling gun mounted on the front. I think this is a bit of homage to Armada Hot Shot who was kinda the Bumblebee of the series, and had a mini-con that was a helicopter.
Blazemaster turns into a large cannon for Bee to use. The rotors turn into what I can only assume is a shield when the blades are spinning. This is a good look for Bumblebee.
Bumblebee loses some points with me when he is in vehicle mode. The wheels are pretty weak, and he is slammed to the ground. Not much rolling for this guy. One would think, after all of the Legion class figures, they would be getting these smaller figures down to a science. I guess they don’t always get it right. Blazemaster can be mounted to the roof for a large cannon. Unfortunately, there is not a good place for the rotors.
And there you have it. Another Bumblebee. A unique Bee that shows where the franchise is going as we end Prime here at the end of this season. New looks to classic characters. The small figures are just a taste of what is to come in the next year. I am excited.