I really need to stop buying these things, but man, they're nice. It's amazing, for a toy figure that serves no function I absolutely love this Transformers Metallic Optimus figure. It's amazing to see that this line is a mix of American and Asian characters, mostly from the 1980s, done up in this awesome style. Optimus isn't huge at only 7 1/3-inches tall, but he's also gettable at lower prices than retail - so get one if you're considering it.
There are no fewer than 8 or 9 of these - maybe more - and there were a bunch of exclusives too. Being dull, I just got the regular metallic one. The red is a matte finish while the silver and blue shine like the dickens. Under bright lights, it's stunning. It sings. In my basement on my desk, it merely looks good. Light makes a tremendous difference, as it better highlights the blue to silver fades and the yellow highlights on the front of the figure. The deco is very similar to the Masterpiece Optimus Prime (and Convoy) toys in that you get the yellow wrist markings and blue eyes. (The yellow markings are relatively new, as is the blue crotch stripe running under his torso.) Sculpted detail isn't necessarily remarkable, but there are a bunch of panels and grooves on the helmet that look pretty amazing. The body is largely simple, but it works. You see some faux joints and of course long smokestacks, because safety problems are less of an issue on vinyl collector figures sold to spoiled adult man children.
It's similar in size to Voyager-class toys, which are Hasbro's fully transforming figures that sell for $20-$30 at fine toy stores all over the country. The one in the above picture even serves as a combiner torso if you're in to the whole combination war thing, and I am. It isn't crazy metallic though. Funko had a similar (and gorgeous) Wacky Wobbler bobble head in 2010 which was totally metallic, but that costs as much or more than the Hikari piece.
I have no good reason to own a figure like this, as I already have the Masterpiece Optimus form over 10 years ago and a number of other toys that actually transform. A deformed goofy toy like this has no real place on my toy shelves, but I won't lie to you when I say seeing a few of them on a shelf or in a display case is just absolutely gorgeous. Only the arms and neck move, but it's still fun to pick him up and play around with it. Granted, I worry I'll mess up the paint so maybe I just need to get a cheap loose one down the road to keep around to play with. I realize this is a short review but there's not a lot to say about this figure other than I was basically not terribly enamored by the line when I see it in print... but it looks good in a store. And it looks spectacular in a photo studio situation.
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