Transformers Generations Power of the Primes Nemesis Prime Action Figure Hasbro, 2018
Day #2,022: September 13, 2018
Nemesis Prime Amazon "Prime Day" Exclusive
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Item No.: No. E2059 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:Dark Saber, bird sword Giza, 2 wrist blasters, 2-part ion blaster, removable Dark Matrix of Leadership Action Feature:Transforms from Truck to Robot Retail:$49.99 Availability: July 2018 Other: Return of the Son of Black Optimus
The almost inevitable Nemesis Prime is the third black Optimus redeco in the Prime Wars Trilogy. A Battle Convoy based on Car Robots was a Japan exclusive, as was a Unite Warriors Nemesis Prime. This black repaint of Evolution Optimus Prime was an Amazon exclusive in the USA and a general item in Japan - so you can get one, if you want one, for a not-too-awful price.
If you got Optimus, this is very much the same except colors, heads, and accessories. Each mode has a unique robot head, and for some reason you get Armada-esque wrist blasters, a bird sword Giza, and a Dark Saber too. That's more weapons than he can carry. You don't get the trading card, but that's fine. I don't miss it.
The little robot was Orion Pax originally, and now is Nemesis Pax. It's the same basic toy in black, with a head that is oddly birdlike. Little spines and a beak-like face plate are a change from Sunbow's Orion Pax head, with coloring similar to the other black Optimus toys we've seen as Scourge or Nemesis Prime.
The big robot mode trades a little more heavily on the existing toy motif - Robots in Disguise had a big black Optimus with a giant red sword and teal highlights, just like this one. Armada had Nemesis Prime, which featured wrist-mounted cannon/smokestacks, which are recreated here nicely and double as a nice homage to Nucleon Quest Convoy - a Super Ginrai reissue redeco. The big robot is an absolute gem, with articulated ankles and elbows and shoulders andtons of gear to play with. This is a top-notch toy, the finest collector shelf candy, and a bundle of spare parts. Where else have we received a figure with so much gear?
Transformation is easy for such a big toy. The little robot can be a stand-alone toy, a truck cab, or the chest for the big robot. The trailer can be that container or most of the body for a larger robot. There are a lot of flaps and panels, but you can probably figure it out without too much effort - a tab locks the chest in to the bigger robot, though, so be wary of that.
The truck reminds me of Nucleon Quest Convoy. The wrist blasters plug in the side if you fold some flaps over to expose the 5mm ports, and the swords stack on top. The foil stickers look nice against the black plastic, but I do wish there was a brighter shade of red used in the front windshield. The painted side windows are bright and awesome, though. The wheels roll, and it looks OK - the cab is a little wonky thanks to it needing to serve multiple purposes.
I thoroughly enjoyed the original Evolution Optimus Prime mold and futzed with it for months after release - this is pretty much the same, but more so. If you have enough regular Optimus toys, the different heads and unusual weapons make it a ton of fun and a worthy purchase. $50 is a lot for a black repaint, but Hasbro's decision to sweeten the pot with so much extra gear made it impossible for me to resist. If you like the look of what you see, get one - if you feel this is a derivative toy, you aren't wrong. I love that it rolls up so many toys into a single robot, although I do wish there was more story behind this one for that very reason.
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