Light my darkest hour, Optimus Prime

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Transformers toys aren’t exactly rare, but then again, you get a specific niche in the market for figures which are a cut above the rest. And much like my bank account when I saw this particular version of the fabled Autobot leader, one shall stand and one shall fall when you see what perhaps too much money gets you.

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Well it’s not 100% Optimus Prime here. Using several parts from Starscream (Hence the horrific new connotation to one shall stand, one shall fall), this particular Autobot has the classic Generation One look of the Autobot formerly known as Orion Pax, but with Starscream’s wings and weapons. Standing at a height of 30cm, Optimus is articulated to the max, while his armour can open up to reveal the Autobot Matrix Of Leadership.

Also, everything lights up, which puts this particular incarnation of Optimus miles ahead of the Michael Bay version. That fancy paintjob and ability to inspire courage in smaller figures doesn’t come cheap however. Expect to shell out $344.99 for this bad boy. Minus shipping of course.

Last Updated: August 15, 2014

Darryn Bonthuys

Word-slinger at Critical Hit. Inventor of the macho Swiss gym chocolate known as Testoblerone. That's...that's about it really.

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