OPTIMUS PRIME ANIMATED
Series: Universe 2.0
A smaller, somewhat simplified version of Animated Optimus Prime
. Legends Optimus comes with a closed mouthguard and is missing the bigger Primes' axe, but then again I've yet to see a Legends figure with carry-on weapons. Posability is decent, if limited, and the overall detailing is good considering the size. So bottom line: A decent miniature version of the Animated leader.
Optimus transforms into the familiar, somewhat strangely shapen firetruck we've come to know in the Animated cartoon series. While the front looks pretty decent, though, the rear part can't really disguise the fact that it's the legs of the robot mode. The larger versions of Animated Optimus haven't exactly done a stellar job in that regard, either, but it's pretty obvious here. So while the vehicle mode is decent overall, it's nowhere near the top of the list when it comes to Legends-class vehicle modes.
Why are the Legends version of the Animated characters released under the Universe banner? I have no idea, honestly. But this small version of Animated Optimus Prime is doing a pretty good job portraying the Autobot leader of that particular Transformers series on a small scale. He's still a full head taller than his fellow Legends figure Bumblebee
and can now wage cartoon-scale battles against the likes of Lugnut
and Activators Starscream
. His vehicle mode could be a bit better, but all in all he's a decent figure.