Dual Model Kit DMK 01 Optimus Prime
When I first laid eyes on the prototype images for this toy I was super excited to see something that was truly screen accurate being offered. However once I found that this was a kit you had to build yourself, I was a little bit unsure whether or not to get it. In the end, I couldn’t resist. I can say that since having built this kit it has reignited my passion for model making, so thank you Takara Tomy!
From the 3rd live action Transformers movie – Transformers: Dark of the Moon comes this new offering from Takara Tomy of the brave and fearless Autobot leader Optimus Prime. Prime’s design remain largely unchanged from the previous two live action movies, but the toys that accompany each movie gets better and better!
Name: Optimus Prime
Manufacturer: TAKARA TOMY
Line: Dual Model Kit DMK 01
Material: ABS, PS, PE, SBS
Release: June 2011
Original Price: ¥8,800 (approx. $104AUD / $110USD)
Height: 245mm / 9.64inches
It’s interesting to see that Takara Tomy has taken the concept of the Dual Model Kit to the packaging as well as the toy. From the front you can see there is a small window like most action figure packaging allowing you to get a glimpse of the contents, however once you turn the box over you’ll discover that its actually a printed lid with a plain box design – as you get with all model kits. The cardboard used is a bit floppy (which is especially apparent due to the size) but well printed. Inside, the pre-assembled frame is sandwiched between plastic liners, and the model kit parts are all individually bagged.
As you know by now, this toy takes a bit of preparation before you can admire the final product but I feel that building the model kit is half the fun so I thought I’d share some progress shots with you guys.
Optimus comes with a decal sheet (I didn’t bother with this as I thought the figure looked good enough plus I didn’t want to ruin it:P), extra open face part and a pair of Energon blades. To switch the face part you basically have to disassemble the head so I didn’t bother, you all know what it looks like. With the Energon blades, they can be attached to either his arms or wrist, again disassembly is required to switch between the two modes. The only thing I felt was missing was his Blaster, would have been a nice inclusion.
This is the only figure I know of that looks exactly as it should on screen. Of course this means sacrificing the alt truck mode but I didn’t mind as I would have displayed him in robot mode anyway. Most of the parts fitted together nicely although some trimming was required to get the head to fit properly. Gluing is also recommended for some of the smaller parts as he tends to fall apart during handling.
As you can imagine when a toy is built around an inner frame the articulation is usually pretty good but as you put more and more armor parts on you start seeing restrictions in movement. The main restriction here is the knees as the back of the leg will hit the lowest set of wheels when posing but other than that it’s pretty good. I counted all together 27 major points of articulation which does not include all the small moving sections of his feet and individually articulated fingers. The one frustrating thing with this figure is that the neck part tends to pop out a little too easily for my liking.
The beauty with this kit is that it comes in coloured parts and a lot of these parts come pre-painted / printed. There is also quite a lot of chrome which adds so much eye candy factor to this toy. One let down is that the red body panel parts are not painted and the plastic can look a little bit cheap, the blue not so much.
To give you an idea on the size of this thing, here are some shot of it compared to other Transformers toy lines. First up is the transforming Buster Optimus Prime, slightly shorter but looks heaps better! Up against the Masterpiece Grimlock, the DMK01 Optimus is actually taller, so not quite in scale. With the Human Alliance Bumblebee and Sam, Bee looks to be bigger in scale to DMK01 Optimus however Sam is quite a good fit in terms of size. Lastly with Masterpiece (20th Anniversary) Optimus Prime, no where near the size.
This was quite a fun kit to put together. All together it took me about 2 nights to assemble and I had a blast doing it. I was a little bit disappointed that it didn’t go together as nicely as I had hoped but once you get past that and finish the kit, it does look rather spectacular – for a Bayformer.
Thanks again for reading!