Voyager Class Optimus Prime
Price: $30 CDN (unavailable in the U.S.)
(TRU exclusive. Almost impossible to find. I saw one once
and got mine off Ebay finally).
An impressive looking toy that also beats its RID
counterpart hands down. The sculpting and detail is
superb. The transformation between modes was difficult for
me but I eventually managed it (none of these modern TFs
seem intuitively designed in the transformational sense
for some reason). The sword is made of that soft
rubber-like plastic (which is one of the toy's downfalls.
The RID toy's sword is hard plastic and more durable).
Also, his pipes (on his back) are really soft and flimsy.
Generally, this is the better toy and why it got an almost
non-existent release is beyond me.
some ways, more of a display piece but an excellent toy
all the same.
RID Voyager Class Optimus Prime
Price: $20 USD/$30 CDN
A decent toy overall, comes complete with little fold out
rifle that lights up with an LED. RID Prime is durable and
decent on its own but pales to the FE version. I do like its
sword better then the FE one though. His transformation gave
me almost as much trouble as the FE one did.
Verdict:Excellent. On its own
merits, a very good version of Optimus Prime.
FE Prime on the left, RID
on the right.
FE Prime on the top, RID
Prime on bottom.
RID Prime on the left, FE
Prime on the right.
RID Voyager Class Megatron
Price: $20 USD/$30 CDN
As impressive as the Legends Commander toy is, this one is about ten
times cooler. Just having him stand there in robot mode is
awesome looking. His weapons (the fusion cannon and wrist
claw) add to his stature as enemy commander. Transforming him
was a major pain for me. I'd already done the smaller
version but getting the big guy's legs the right way proved
difficult and frustrating. Eventually I got it to work though
and his jet mode is reasonably nice and complete looking (the
Commander version by comparison looks like he slipped on a
banana peel and got sprawled out in a funny position).
Verdict:Excellent. Like all
modern TFs, a pain to transform but well sculpted, durable and
aesthetically appealing overall.
*** Encore 22: Twincast
Price: $70 USD at online toy stores such as BBTS.com)
We take a look at Twincast (aka the blue colored Blaster from Japan). I
already have a Blaster reissue but something about getting the
character in blue seemed cool (I also have a Soundblaster reissue
so it seemed like a logical extension to get his counterpart too).
Twincast harkens back to the old days of classic G1. His
transformation is ridiculously simple compared to the other toys
above (which is a good thing, in my opinion). I had him
transformed in about thirty seconds. This version comes with two
new cassettes named Stripes (an orange recolor of Ravage) and
Nightstalker (a black recolor of Steeljaw). Both of them can fit
into his chest compartment too (which is convenient and cool).
Verdict:Excellent. A must buy for G1
fans (a tad pricey but if you love the character/toy and can
afford it, go for it).