RA-24 BUSTER OPTIMUS PRIME
Series: Revenge of the Fallen With the destruction of Megatron, Optimus Prime thought he was finally, after millions of years, at peace. Little did he know that the escape of Starscream would draw dozens of new Decepticons to Earth. The desire that burns brightest in his Spark is that the war will soon end. He is determined to see that end come, and so he works with his human comrades and the other Autobots to hunt the Decepticons that have come to Earth, and destroy them, one by one.
I don't know how to properly put it, but what Hasbro/Takara accomplished in a the mere 18 months they had is just superb. A never-before seen degree of realism when compared with the movie character, way above what we've seen in every other series so far. Not even Masterpiece Optimus Prime and Megatron accomplish this degree of similarity with their animated counterparts. Megatron seems too thin, while Optimus needs a diet. But ROTF Prime gets it ALMOST perfect.
Almost because his two swords restrict his arm movement somewhat, especially when it comes to pointing them straight ahead, which is a point against him. Only when the swords folded in, of course. Once they snap out the posability knows practically no bounds. His range of impressive poses is immense, so I'll just sit back and let the pictures above do the talking. The one thing I don't understand is why they didn't give him the posable fingers of the first Movie figure. It wouldn't have hurt the alternate mode, the robot mode, nor the combination with Jetfire.
Differences to the Hasbro-Version:
Biggest difference: The paint job, the panel-lining continues in bot mode and gives us an impressive amount of realsim. The silver-colored bot parts make Prime seem more alive and more premium than the Hasbro version. Another new feature, the unguarded mouth, which is a matter of taste. In "relaxed" bot mode I don't mind it, but in battle poses I do prefer the variant with mouth guard up (see the pictures).
The most brilliant new feature is, of course, Prime's blaster, which transforms from the two gas tanks and fits onto his right hand. Massive, awesome, simply BAD ASS!
The transformation remains pretty true to the one we saw in the movie, which is a good thing on one hand, but makes for a very complicated process on the other hand. Transforming jsut the hood is a pretty daunting task already, no matter the direction.
Short and to the point: MUST HAVE!