Yeah, I bought another G1 Optimus Prime. The simplified 6-inch robot sold at Family Dollar for about $10, which isn't bad for a Voyager-sized toy with more articulation than a 1-step at about the same price. Don't expect to be amazed, but do keep in mind this is a slightly better toy than I would have expected given the tag on the box.
This decent figure has jointed knees and elbows, although the fist kibble and oddly angled joints may make the arms less useful. He can easily hold a 5mm blaster, but angling it just right may look weird. I still like it - and the head sculpt is pretty nifty, too. The chest has fake truck windows and a black border, giving you a decent robot that can easily stand and look as good as some of the other toys you've bought lately. It's hardly the best Hasbro has ever done, but I like it enough that I'd buy a few more of these if they see production.
The Optimus Prime truck is not exactly a charmer - transforming it is fun, but it's lacking in paint and kind of long. It doesn't do much, but it doesn't have an abundance of visible kibble either. The snap-in wheels spin a bit, but not as well as the ones with metal pins.
From the front, it's decent - you get blue windows, a silver grille, and yellowish lights. There's even a painted Autobot symbol, but the smokestacks and other niceties are molded in color. Just be thankful you got black wheels. There are no action features in this mode.
If you can imagine the best possible Happy Meal toy ever seen, this is more or less the level of quality. It's sturdy, durable, and has more articulation than the Cyber Battalion figure - it also looks a little less refined. For this era, it's a figure far superior to its requirements - but you're going to be more impressed by the toys not designed for overseas consumption or the less affluent retailers of the United States. As a 1980s kid that didn't have an Optimus Prime until I was almost 20, this would have been a fine stand-in to me.
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