Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Autobot Optimus Prime

Vintage G1 Optimus Prime

It was sometime around 1984, a boy is given a Sears "Wishbook" to circle what he wants for Christmas. Within those pages was the mighty Optimus Prime you see in these pictures. Few toys are as memorable as this guy, even though its almost too stereotypical to like the leader the best and I usually like the lesser know characters better, I have to say I love this toy. As I see him now this is still a great figure, well proportioned with great articulation for the time. His construction of metal and chrome are sorrily missed today.

I'm just going to let the pictures speak for themselves, this is such a great toy.

Prime's alt mode is a 1970s Freightliner FL86 Cab-over-Engine triple-axle semi trailer truck.

Optimus Prime was part of Takara's 1983 Diaclone toy line under the name "Battle Convoy." He was designed by Hiroyuki Obara and Shoji Kawamori (famous for his work in Macross)

There's a lot of play value here with the opened trailer, makes me wish I had a few micro men.

I was very excited to purchase my first 3rd party Transformer set, and it only made sense to get something like this to upgrade my Prime. This set is only 20$, and a great deal!

I think the Energy axe is a great addition to the set, it is a well made piece with good detail.

Above we have the matrix installed in the chest with the custom adapter and the new hands are also in place.

Darkest hour... LIT!

Finally the set comes with an upgraded ion blaster, it looks good but the mold on mine could have used some refinement. Again over all the BTS 03 kit is a great deal, especially for people who are missing the parts to their G1 Prime.


unit-1978 said...

look at that articulation, pure 80's awesomeness.

Josh said...

These Optimus Prime photos are pretty epic. Thanks for sharing them - I used a few in a slideshow about responsive web design.