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Power Surge Optimus Prime – Transformers: Robots in Disguise – Clash of the Transformers Warrior Class

If you say Power Surge Optimus Prime, you could be talking about three different figures out at the same time. That sounds unprecedented to me. You have the standard release, with Optimus in his red/blue paint scheme in the Warrior Class. Then you have the Clash of the Transformers version that has a lot of white with red/blue added. Finally there is the giant scale, similar to the Legends class with lights and sounds.

We are looking at the second of the Primes, the white version that is a Toys R Us exclusive.

I have not been a huge fan of the Robots in Disguise Optimus Primes. I do not like the idea of the cab and trailer being attached to one another in vehicle mode, since it takes away from the playability of the truck. However, it does help the robot mode, by allowing Optimus to be tall and slender and look pretty good.

So, with this iteration of Optimus Prime, he is a major retool of the original RiD release. There are lots changes, and one really good improvement. The best thing they did with this mold is to change the way the arms and shoulders connect to form the truck cab. They gave more of the truck part to the shoulders, and took away a lot of the truck from the forearm. What that did was free up the hands, so you can actually see the hands and not have them mostly hidden by the cab.

The rest of the changes are mostly cosmetic to allow for the new Power Surge parts. This includes shoulder mounted blasters, which give him a really tough look. He also comes with two swords that can be placed on his back as wings. All three of the parts are clear-blue plastic, which is nice for the Power Surge effect, and better than the painted blue accessories for the standard release figure.

One of the other changes to the figure was around the legs. On the first release figure, he had two sets of wheels on the trailer, which gave him 8 wheels going back with 4 on each side. I don’t know if Hasbro has ever seen a semi-trailer, but they do not have wheels going all the way along the body of the trailer. This time around, they made the legs skinnier with only one set of wheels on each side. In the extra area, they added a hook on each leg that I presume is to hold the axe they threw in as an extra. The guy is running around with a pair of energy swords, why would he need an axe too? Who cares? Now he has a backup weapon on his thigh.

I think this is an improvement over the first RiD figure. There are some cosmetic upgrades, as well as physical upgrades to the character. This is what you want to see when a figure is being amped up with new powers. I don’t think we needed two versions of the figure, and I have not bought the standard version yet. I think it is a bit redundant to have a recolored version that is not as good looking in the regular release. And the giant figure? It seems a bit over the top to have such a large version. It does come with a Mini-Con, so that is an advantage, but for $45 it is a pretty expensive choice when you can have this guy for $14.

Clash of the Transformers: Wave 3

Clash of the Transformers: Wave 3

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Paralon and Scorponok – Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Two peas in a pod. Or two scorpions in a cyclone. Does two make a cyclone?

The new Robots in Disguise figures started to hit the shelves, and the first thing I noticed were the overlapping figures from the standard Warriors line, and the Warriors from the Clash of the Transformers line.

First off we have Paralon and Scorponok. Scorponok is the standard figure, while Paralon is the Toys R Us Exclusive figure in the Clash of the Transformers line.

They come out of the box in robot mode, as most all Transformers do. Since they are exactly the same, with the exception of color and head sculpt, it would be good to look at the two together.  The details on the two are really well done. They have a lot of articulation, with some special insect like legs that have two knees to give that backwards leg bend. As with nearly all Robots in Disguise figures, it would have been really nice to have wrist twist, but that does not seem like it is going to happen.  These two have a really cool tail with lots of articulation just in the tail. There is a port that allows the sword to be wielded back there too.

When we transform them into scorpion mode, we hit a bit of a snag. The pinchers really fall short, and that is a big part of what makes these guys who they are. Their giant shoulders come loose and move down over their “hands.” The claws are supposed to close to make pods. The mechanism that is supposed to hold the pods closed does not hold tight, and the whole claw falls open. I noticed it was worse on Paralon.

Other than the big problem with the claws, the rest of the figure is great.

The transformation is a lot of fun, with the legs folding up under the body, the head being hidden inside the torso with a scorpion head coming out with moving jaw. The tail goes up in the back and has a lot of movement. You can attach the sword, or not. There is a fully detailed stinger on the tip of the tail to go for a more show accurate look.

I was really excited to get Scorponok, as I have been a fan since way back in Beast Wars. I have a bit of a problem telling the two apart since I remember Scorponok being purple with the red visor.  In the Robots in Disguise show, they went with the yellow/orange color.  I think they already had a few purple guys, so they needed to mix it up a little.  I can see that.  I am pretty sure I will keep referring to Paralon as Scorponok for a long time to come. They are really great in robot mode. They would be great in beast mode, if they didn’t have that problem with the claws. So close.  I will probably always have them in robot mode, so it is not all that bad, but if they are going to come up with a new gimmick for transformation, it would be good to make sure it works.


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