Optimus Prime in vehicle mode minus windvane and pipes
Optimus Prime in bot mode with pipes-cannon separated into twin pistols.
I figured instead of trying to explain this and failing to get the idea across to everybody, I'd just take some photos and explain it on a page I can just link to instead:
The pipes-cannon thing reads more complex than it really is, luckily the photos tell the tale fairly efficiently.
Yeah, I am not sure I could spend $80+ on this thing. But the guy said it also looks like a model airplane in vehicle mode, so it lives up in terms of that. Check out the pictures of this thing, there ARE reasons to like it!
Originally Posted by Tycho
The majority of his chest and lower legs are metal, he's mostly metal, it's part of why he costs so damn much.
I didn't expect Die Cast Metal - I don't think MP Prime is any part metal either. Oh - maybe the chest panels in the front of the cab that open for the Matrix of Leadership. But most of him's plastic.
He transformed it correctly, you remember wrong I think, I mentioned specifically MP Starscream was around 8" tall months ago, and I've never seen a photo showing otherwise. The last picture on the page I linked you to above shows MP Prime next to MP Starscream, it's not pretty -- another link just in case you don't want to scroll 2 paragraphs up ;) http://members9.tsukaeru.net/ty1_toys/toys/MP_03a.htm
If the guy didn't extend Starscream's legs or something while transforming him, that might be an issue with the height. I could have sworn I saw a picture of the two MPE together and Starscream was the same height as Prime (about 12").
You *really* cannot judge toys on cartoons. RiD, Armada, Energon, and Cybertron are all really awful cartoons in large part because they're not made for US audiences, they're made for Japanese audiences and then American dubbing/writing is shoddily shoehorned into them for US release. Beast Wars and Beast Machines are very interesting and overall very good, but they're "very different" because they're beasts and they have CG styles (BW is different from BM) instead of traditional animation and take their audience a little more seriously than other TF cartoons. And none of that really changes the toys by themselves.
Originally Posted by El Chuxter
How exactly is it any different from Micromasters or Headmasters??? At least Armada had the decency to remove the concept from the G1 canon, can Micromasters or Headmasters say the same?
And the Minicons? Seriously. A new race of tiny Transformers who snap into pre-designed (but previously undiscovered) ports on the larger Autobots and Decepticons to give them special abilities? That screams "blatant sales gimmick" to me far more than anything that ever ended in "-Master."
But it's not the same either, SW is based around the movies, around the central canon of the OT tales; TF is based around toys - not even a truly unified toy line, but one initially scavenged from multiple Japanese toy lines - with storylines made up from an overall tapestry, an essence jumping off from G1, rather than a central canon.
It's not totally dissimilar to loving SW, then thinking the Prequels are poor quality or uninteresting and just ignoring them or downplaying them, y'know?