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Name: Optimus Prime (commonly known as Powermaster Optimus Prime)
Series: Generation 1
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Autobot Leader
Alternate Mode: Semi Trailer



TRUCK MODE
Height: 14cm Length: 32cm Width: 13cm

   A red & cab, with a blue base, dragging a primarily grey trailer, Optimus Prime, has two _big_ black guns on the top of his trailer, and two grey twin-barrelled guns on the sides of the front of the trailer. The front of the trailer has red bits, most noticeably the fists sticking up at the front of the roof. The back of the top is blue, and the rear door also blue (although with dark grey stickers resembling doors).

   The front of the cab has painted silver headlights & bumper, and silver stickers along the sides like the original Optimus Prime. The front windows are blue stickers. The smokestacks are grey plastic, as is the panel onto which Hi-Q attaches - the centre of which is the engine grill.

   The cab has four wheels, the trailer also has four, all at the back. The toy rolls but not very far since it's fairly heavy. The attachment between the two segments is sturdy, you can lift the trailer up and the cab (which provides the socket into which the trailer's post fits). Some force is required to put the truck into a "turning" position. The side guns swivel nicely, and can point up or backwards with no problem, although the guns on top are obstructed by the side guns.

   Adding Hi-Q hides the silly looking grey panel on the front, and gives the cab something of a more powerful look. Of course it also unlocks the transformation. The other feature which adds to the truck is the fact that the rear door can open (it has two halves, both fold down to reveal a cavity about two inches deep, into which you can put the loose head of the large robot).

   Overall, this is a nice truck mode. The trailer's colours are a little broken up, and the front panel being grey looks kind of odd. But the guns, size and resemblance to the original Optimus Prime make this a very cool truck mode.

   Hi-Q himself has a white torso, red arms & thighs and black lower legs. He's got a grey backpack and blue eyes. He's one of the better looking Nebulons, colourwise.

TRANSFORMATION TO SMALL ROBOT MODE

   Unhitch the cab from the trailer, and insert Hi-Q into the front to allow him to transform (if Hi-Q is missing, push in the white button). Fold down the blue base to form the legs and fold the feet so the robot can stand. Fold the sides of the cab forward to become the shoulders. You'll notice on the sides of the cab there are small red posts, which don't actually attach to anything when they swing out. Turn the cab around to reveal the fake front which will become the chest. Fold down the groinplate and the forearms and swing out the head.

SMALL ROBOT MODE
Height: 19cm Width: 9cm

   In this robot mode, you can see that the designer really tried to base this toy on the cartoon image of Prime. The groin is white, as on the show, and the chest is convex, also as on the show. However, for some reason this guy has red eyes, unlike the blue eyes on the show (the original had yellow eyes). The smokestacks are on the insides of the shoulders, not the outsides, by virtue of the transformation. This robot's only poseability is his elbows. It's a nice robot mode, even if it is a side issue in this toy - but this only enhances the coolness of the toy anyway.

TRANSFORMATION TO BASE MODE

   Firstly, remove the guns from the trailer - and the cab! Swing the middle panels on the trailer back, then separate the halves of the rear and swing them out 90 degrees. Place the base down so that the front of the trailer is up, and then fold down the roof of the trailer to reveal the tower. Fold out the grey side panels and then fold out the ramps from those panels. Swing the blue connecting post up to form a cannon, and the robot arms out and up. Add the grey guns to the blue panels on the sides, and the black guns to the sides of the arms. Lastly, the small robot can stand in the tower, and Hi-Q can straddle one of the grey guns (either), to pilot it.

BASE MODE
Height: 17cm Width: 39cm

   Essentially an add-on mode for the trailer when the cab is the small robot, it's a nice base mode. Primarily grey, with five guns and a lot of stickers which are visible only in this mode. The tower has a nice big Autobot symbol on it, and the ramps and platforms all have large stickers on them. The robot fists are conspicuous, but otherwise it's a pretty good battle station.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT LARGE MODE

   Firstly remove the cab from the trailer. Nice, swing the middle panels on the trailer back, and stand the trailer up. Swing the arms down and position them to the sides. Swing the connecting post back right over so it's against his back. Fold the legs of the small robot up against the back of the cabin and slide it into the cavity in the large body. Attach the head atop the cac. Place the black guns into his hands and attach the grey guns on his shoulders.

LARGE ROBOT MODE
Height: 24cm Width: 18cm

   In this mode, Optimus Prime is a massive robot, very solid and looking very powerful with the four large guns. His chest, arms & hands are red, his head & shins are blue, thighs and the sides of his lower legs are grey. His groin is white. You may recognise this as the Powermaster Prime of the comics, although the head is shaped a little differently in the comic.

   The chest is different from the original Prime, with the cab encased inside the trailer, giving it another, smaller, set of windows set back and behind the chest itself. The smokestacks are stick out from the shoulder blades, on either side of the head. The fists are red and the groin white. Lastly, Hi-Q is mounted on the chest, a feature missing from the original, non Powermaster, version.

   Essentially a statue, Prime can swing his arms and do the splits, but is otherwise immobile. Still, it's not action poses that make this toy - it's the _look_ of the thing. Big and powerful, much bigger than the original - and most other toys.

VARIATIONS

   None as such, but there is of course the Japanese Super Ginrai, which is essentially the same toy, although with quite a few differences.

OVERALL

   A great toy, in my opinion the best Powermaster. A major player in the comics, Powermaster Prime has great play value despite it's lack of poseability simply through the fact it has four modes, and looks good. There's really very little holding him back - 8.5/10

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