Transformers Generations Power of the Primes Solus Prime with Octopunch Decoy Armor Action Figure Hasbro, 2018
Day #2,049: December 18, 2018
Solus Prime with Octopunch Decoy Armor Weapons Forger!
Transformers Generations Power of the Primes Prime Masters
Item No.: Asst. E0566 No. E1119 Manufacturer:Hasbro Includes:Tentacle weapon, small robot, robot suit Action Feature:Transforms from Tentacle Wad to Blaster and Robot to Ingot Retail:$5.99 Availability: August 2018 Other: Tiny Pretender and Targetmaster
Here's a good one. Solus Prime with Octopunch turned out pretty well, with an outer shell that looks like a 19889 toy and an inner robot that doesn't look a whole heck of a lot like the inner robot. Some bits of Solus Prime look vaguely like the original Octopunch, but with different coloring I don't think anyone is going to take this as a legit substitution for the original toy. There are similarities in sculpted detail, but the colors are different and it doesn't turn into a crab.
The original suit looked like a cool suited monster, in a suit, with tentacles. Much of the original colors carry over, but it's less organic and more cybernetic. The tentacles were moved from the arms to the backpack, the monster face is gone and is covered by a yellow "window," but a lot of the sculpted armor remains. You get the skull on the codpiece, you get the blue SCUBA bits, and the grey pointy armor on the knees and shins is mostly there. Hasbro did a good job making the translation to a modern toy for $5.
The Octopunch Prime Armor comes with jointed arms. Each arm has a 3mm fist so you can pop off the backpack tentacles and give him a weapon. The weapon is gleefully silly and I don't know if I would recommend using it. It's funny - but what is it? It fits in fists - but what are you going to pretend that it does? Is there an appropriate use for it? If so, please let me know.
Transformation is incredibly easy. The inner robot goes from a "Prime Engine" to tiny robot. The robot shell can become a gun. The Solus Prime symbol is a power symbol, more or less. She has a painted mask, but the front of the toy is otherwise unadorned and looks like the original Octopunch robot - if you add a ton of paint.
The inner Solus Prime robot fails to carry over the original Octopunch colors. The broad strokes are all there, with the head and various landmarks on the 5-jointed 1 1/2-inch body, but it's not going to satisfy people wanting an orange crab robot inside. She's a new thing - something to populate playsets and sockets.
I like it, but I can't say it's going to be fun unless you want weapons, miniature versions of G1 pretenders, or little collectible things. Fortunately, these are all things I love - and the fact that it's some sort of robot sea monster is icing on the cake. I'd recommend this pack to just about anybody with a decent Transformers collection and some unarmed toys of Voyager size or larger, but as functionality goes this adds nothing to previous waves. Suit opens, robot goes inside. Suit can be a weapon. It's fun but won't change the world - and it fits nicely on your shelf in front of taller toys.
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