Sunday, 22 February 2009
Optimus Prime / Convoy (Encore Edition)
Optimus Prime, possibly the greatest toy of all time. This is the recent Encore reissue which has the advantages that it has full length smoke stacks (unlike western reissues), a powerful launcher for Roller and painted Autobot symbols on his shoulders.
This toy was originally from the Diaclone toyline which was itself an offshoot of Microman. The Diaclone figures retain the chromed head from Microman but are much smaller (about an inch high). They also have magnetic feet which is a gimmick that appeared several times in Microman. Unfortunately for Transformers the drivers were dropped. Early Optimus Primes featured metal inserts in the trailer sides which are a leftover from the magnetic figures. Later releases removed this.