Fall of Cybertron Deluxe class Optimus Prime
This is an iteration of Optimus Prime that represents the
character as he appears in the Fall of Cybertron video
game. To be honest, I don't care for the design aesthetic,
especially compared to its predecessor from War For Cybertron.
The original was smooth and curvy with a slight classic car look
to it while the newer toy is boxy and a bit more simplistic
looking. I wonder if the company demanded Optimus get a redesign
for the new game so they could sell a new toy. On the good side, I
transformed both for this review and the FOC toy is very easy to
change between forms (the WFC one is not. But I still managed to
do it from memory! :) On its own merits, FOC Optimus is a
decent toy. He's smaller then the Deluxes have been in recent
years and his truck mode is a bit simplistic. His gun is decent
(but the WFC one had a better one).
Verdict: Good. I don't love this
toy but it's okay for what it is.
Fall of Cybertron Deluxe
My favorite thing about FOC Jazz is his cool vehicle mode.
There's just something sleek and futuristic about its look that I
appreciate. I'm not crazy on his robot mode--the face has too many
needless lines (why so much detail, Hasbro?) He could also stand
to have a few more colors applied (maybe some charcoal highlights
to even things out a bit. He's a bit too white for my tastes). I
also think that, like Optimus, he could use a bigger weapon. The
one he has is too small and wussy for an Autobot
warrior--especially one as cool as Jazz. His transformation is
fairly simple although once changed into car form he needs the
parts massaged to fit properly together.
Fall of Cybertron Deluxe
Putting aside the fact that Shockwave never had an Earth mode,
FOC Shockwave is easily the best of the first wave of the toys for
the game. He's more detailed and looks quite cool in his robot
mode. Somebody thought about giving him two actual hands and a gun
this time around as opposed to a gun hand (I always assumed G1
Shockwave could switch out the gun for a hand in-story if needed).
The gun barrel is loose but I think it's intentional since the gun
needs to fit into his tank mode when he's changed. Shockwave was
the hardest of the three to change between forms but even he
wasn't too bad (compared against other TFs of recent years, which
can get difficult at times). My only major complaint against the
toy is that it really should've been done up as a Voyager class--a
character like Shockwave deserves a BIG toy, not this.
Verdict: Very Good. Needs to be bigger
First Edition Deluxe class Bumblebee
This toy was out for about a year, clogging the shelves at TRU
everywhere around where I live (preventing other, newer toys from
appearing on the shelves). TRU finally resorted to discounting the
FE Bumblebee (and RID version too), which helped greatly reduce
their numbers. I picked one up on the discounted price. As a toy,
Bumblebee is okay. My main problem with his robot mode is that
it"s too flimsy and doesn't lock together very well. The car mode,
on the other hand, is solid and looks good. (Now if only Hasbro
would only stop over-producing him).
Verdict: Very Good. A bit
flimsy but a fairly solid toy overall.
Robots in Disguise Deluxe class Ratchet
Thanks to an overabundance of Bumblebees and/or poor
distribution we never got certain Prime toys where I live.
Knock Out, RID Arcee, RID Vehicon and Ratchet just never appeared
in stores around here. Fortunately, I stumbled upon a Ratchet at a
specialty toy store (unfortunately, it was way more then retail
priced). The toy itself is pretty good. He's a bit tricky to
change between forms (compared to the others above) but not too
bad either. His robot form is solid and show accurate and his
vehicle mode is also well done. His two blade weapons are made of
soft plastic but they're not flimsy so I can't really complain.
Verdict: Very Good. A must-have
if you like the character and can find the toy easily.