"Cyberverse" Scout Class Optimus Prime Toy Review

in 2018, Action Figure Review, Autobot, Cyberverse, Scout

Cyberverse

General Information:
Release Date: August 2018
Price Point: $7.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Amazon, BigBadToyStore, Entertainment Earth, Target, Walmart etc.)
Accessories: None

Optimus Prime

*Images and text below from Amazon.com:
"Picture this: me, on Earth, still cooler than everyone this side of Optimus Prime, but I’ve got zero memories. Now I’m on a mission to recover my memories and discover all of my awesome powers. I’ll have to battle Decepticons, outrun an explosion or two, and be heroic- basically, I’m in for one epic ride across the Cyberverse." -Bumblebee

Noble Optimus Prime leads the heroic Autobots on a mission to defend the universe. Convert and attack with Transformers Cyberverse Action Attackers! Change figure from robot to vehicle mode in 6 steps. The last step of conversion automatically activates Optimus Prime figure's signature Ion Burst Action Attack move! Once converted, attack move can be repeated through easy reactivation steps. Look for other Action Attackers figures, each sold separately, to discover the signature attack moves of favorite Cyberverse characters! Transformers and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

  • Scout Class Optimus Prime figure inspired by the Cyberverse animated series
  • Each Action Attackers figure performs a signature character attack move
  • Convert Optimus Prime to activate Ion Burst Action Attack move
  • Once converted, attack move can be repeated through easy reactivation steps
  • Includes Optimus Prime figure and instructions. Ages 6 and up.

In late 2017 it was revealed that a new Transformers cartoon would be replacing "Robots in Disguise". The series focuses on Bumblebee with partial amnesia attempting to regain his memories. A blend of G1 and modern characters combined with a more kid-friendly animation style results in a show that leans more towards a younger audience than even "Robots in Disguise", something which is reflected in the toy line. The toy line was released in countries outside the United States such as Australia around late June 2018. A few weeks later it would be released in North America.

Among the first waves of figures released were the Scout Class figures. Unlike Scout figures of the past such as Firetrap or Arcee these figures are smaller (in general taller than a Legion Class figure but shorter than a One Step Changer). These figures have a robot mode, but do not fully transform into a vehicle form. Instead, they become a part vehicle/part robot "attack" mode.

Packaging:
Scout Class "Cyberverse" figures are packaged on bubble cards. The cards have a new design which takes cues from more recent Transformers packaging. There is still a vertical "Transformers" logo on the right side, above it is a symbol (Autobot or Decepticon based on the character) and the character art is at the top of the packaging with the "Cyberverse" logo under it. Perhaps the most distinctive part of the packaging design are the colors, which utilize yellow and light blue helping them stand out against the black and red colors used for "Generations" packaging on shelves. The back of the packaging features the figure with its action feature called out. In Optimus Prime's case it is his "Ion Burst" attack. There are also cosells featuring Windblade, Slipstream and Bumblebee.

The insert on the packaging notes a recommended age of "6+" which is important to keep in mind with this Class of figure. Contrast that with a "Generations" Deluxe (such as Jazz or Sunstreaker) which have recommended ages of 8+. This age recommendation is more along the lines of "Robots in Disguise" Legion Class figures such as Bisk. This (partly) explains the new play pattern being introduced here, which eschews the traditional "robot to alt mode" play pattern and instead focuses on a partial transformation with an action gimmick.

Robot Mode:
Optimus Prime's Cyberverse design is heavily based on G1 Optimus. This includes features like his iconic head design with antennae on the sides and crest in the middle. His arms are blocky and bulky, featuring smokestacks attached to the shoulders. His chest has truck windows and his mid-body features a grille. Meanwhile, the legs have vent-like lines in front and wheels on the sides. This figure even has an oval and rectangle on the front of his feet which calls back to sticker details on the G1 Optimus Prime toy. While I may not be the biggest fan of the "Scout Class" gimmick, I have to say that this figure looks great sculpt-wise.

Optimus is cast in red, blue and black plastic. Light blue paint is used on his chest windows (unfortunately they painted over the windshield wiper details, which looks a bit odd) and silver is used on the face, mid-body, waist area and thighs. Metallic blue paint is used to paint the helmet section of his head and the headlight details on the hips. There is a faux wheel on each of the lower legs, and those are painted black. The finishing touch on this figure are tampographed Autobot symbols on the shoulders in red and white. From a deco standpoint this figure looks great.

This figure has four points of articulation, which is not a lot but this is typical for this class of figures. His right fist has a 5mm port, allowing you to attach weapons from other figures.

Transformation to "Vehicle" Mode:

  1. Raise both arms.
  2. Rotate the section of the body under the chest around.
  3. Push the two lower legs together.
  4. Swing the lower legs back to form the rear of the "vehicle" form.

"Vehicle" Mode:
Since this form is intended as a "partial transform" it is hard to judge as a robot or vehicle. It is best to look at it as half of each, and in that respect it succeeds. Still, I'm not the biggest fan of how this winds up looking. To me, having Optimus' arms and head sticking out and the back section not collapsing in just looks awkward. Of course, I do recognize from a play feature standpoint it is kind of neat to imagine Optimus being half transformed on the battlefield but still firing away. How much this mode bugs you will vary wildly from fan to fan.

This mode features some more silver detail via the grille section, but that's it for deco. That said, this mode's action feature allows his cannon to feature prominently, adding a lot of black into the mix when looking at the figure from the front.

Keeping Optimus' right arm up and fist pointed forward, press the "vehicle mode" grille and the cannon on his back will swing forward, partially covering the right arm. This gives him almost a Megatron-esque cannon his arm and it is a neat action feature even if the half/half mode looks odd to you.

Final Thoughts:
I find the Scout Class really divisive. You are either into the gimmick or not, I don't think there's much of a middle ground. I'm not a huge fan of it, but I do recognize how the figure can be fun to play with. I also have to say that the robot mode looks really good from both a sculpt and deco standpoint. It is not a bad toy for what it seeks to do, but it isn't my favorite of the line. If you're going to get it, try to get it on sale. Mildly recommended.

Pros:

  • Beautiful sculpt.
  • Great deco given the size class.
  • Action feature can be fun if you're into the "Scout Class" gimmmick.

Cons:

  • Partial transform may frustrate some fans.
  • Limited articulation (though that is somewhat expected at this price range nowadays).