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!

Background:

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!

DMK 01 Optimus Prime

Name: Optimus Prime
Manufacturer: TAKARA TOMY
Line: Dual Model Kit DMK 01
Sculptor:
Designer:
Scale: 1/35
Material: ABS, PS, PE, SBS
Release: June 2011
Original Price: ¥8,800 (approx. $104AUD / $110USD)
Height: 245mm / 9.64inches

Packaging:

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.

  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime packaging front
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime front side packaging
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime packaging front bottom
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime packaging back
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime packaging inside
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime packaging frame and parts

The Build:

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.

  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime work in progress - head and feet assembled
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime work in progress - head and feet assembled
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime work in progress - chest and hands assembled
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime work in progress - chest and hands assembled
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime work in progress - leg and chest armor assembled
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime work in progress - leg and chest armor assembled
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime work in progress - wheels and shoulder armor assembled
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime work in progress - wheels and shoulder armor assembled

Accessories:

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.

  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime decals
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime optional open face part
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime Energon blades forearm attachment
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime Energon blades wrist attachment

Form/Sculpt:

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.

1/35 Dual Model Kit 01 Optimus Prime

Articulation/Action:

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.

  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime issuing a challenge!
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime standing proud
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime in action
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime ready for battle
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime side kick
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime ready to strike
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime charging forward
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime shows his big Energon blade

Paint/Print:

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.

  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime head paint detail
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime shoulder armor paint detail
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime chest and Autobot insignia paint/print detail
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime arm armor paint detail
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime leg armor paint detail
  • DMK 01 Optimus Prime fuel tank and back armor detail

Detail/Features:

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.

  • Buster Prime vs DMK 01 Optimus Prime
  • Masterpiece Grimlock vs DMK 01 Optimus Prime
  • Human Alliance Bumblebee & Sam vs DMK 01 Optimus Prime
  • Masterpiece Optimus Prime vs DMK 01 Optimus Prime

Overall:

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!



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25 Comments

    So, you’re back building model kits again? I have some tips on making this guy look great, you have to spray the parts on the runner with Tamiya Clear Gloss, then spray the frame with Tamiya Flat Clear.

    • yup, well that’s the plan…:)

      Oh, should have gotten tips off you before I started with this kit, no worries I have a couple more kits to be built, will definitely try out your tip! Thanks man! Are these Tamiya clear you speak of acrylic?

    It’s a spraypaint. Basically, you use clear gloss (another option is to use semi-gloss, if you don’t like reflective surfaces) to make the colored vehicle mode kibble glossy, the flat clear is for the frame which makes the frame color pop with the glossy parts, but judging from the photos, the plastics are already in a glossy finish. An alternative for these Tamiya spray paints are Mr. Hobby’s Mr. Super Clear (however, Japan banned export for all aerosols but Tamiya somehow are still allowed to export them) and Bosny’s brand of clear spraypaints (they’re cheaper and have more volume content but substantially thqt of a lower quality compqred to their Japanese counterparts).

    If you want to make the plastic to look metallic, I suggest spraying them in silver, then use clear paint (in this case, red and blue) of your liking.
    For more modelling tips, check out Hobbylink Japan’s Gunpla TV on http://www.youtube.com/user/hobbylink

    • Yeah the plastic is sort of glossy already, but not really in a high quality kind of way but more of a plasticy look. I think your idea with the clear coat would have helped with it, given the paint and colour a bit more depth.

      Hum, thats strange, I bought a can of Mr Hobby’s matte clear top coat for my custom dunny not long ago at a local hobby store, perhaps I should go ans stock up before they run out:P

      Thanks for the link to the vid, I’ll study this tonite…:)

    does this transform to the truck? =p

    • unfortunately it doesn’t transform…but the awesome robot mode of this model alone makes it worth while:)

    Do the blue parts look cheap? and do i need to paint the whole figure again to make it look better?can i just use a matte clear top?

    • hi gman, thanls for visiting my blog. The DMK Optimus looks pretty good as is without the need to repaint. The blue parts are quite solid in colour so it doesn’t look cheap at all. But as others have suggested, it may be worth giving the whole figure a coat of matte to dull down the plastic look of the toy, make sure you don’t spray over the chrome parts tho!

    I am so eager to get one of the Dual Model Kit DMK01 Optimus Prime. Can anyone share where can get one with the best deal and also, able to delivery to Singapore?

    • Hi Ruey, unfortunately these are very rare and hard to come by now which is understandable as this is a very good kit. Best bet is to check on eBay or other auction sites…be warned they can be very expensive though….

    Thanks for your reply. I will check on these web sites.

  • Noted with thanks.

    • :)

      Hi Ruey. This clear version came out as an Amazon.jp exclusive which was included with a DOTM Blu-ray purchase. As far as I know this is rarer as it is a limited edition release but its not as sought after as the normal version I think. It’s basically the same kit except the outer armour parts are moulded in clear, and from what I can tell the chrome parts are either painted silver instead or it is a duller finish than the original kit. Hope this helps:)

    • Hi Ruey, here’s another link to buy the original DMK-01 kit http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK11248&mode=retail

    • Hi, Sorry! Missed this last message from you.

      FYI, I have finally got my DMK01; both the original and the Amazon.jp clear kits. I would regard the purchases were good deals! Especially the original kit that was purchased from our local flea market at SGD135.00 after much negotiation with the stall owner!

      Now, just need to find time to build it!

      Cheers :)

    • Hi Ruey, no worries and congrats on finally getting both of the kits! I’m sure you will enjoy building them! If you have time, please take some photos and share with us:)

      Cheers,
      Ken

    • Hi Ken, thanks for sharing all this while. As for the photos requested… guessed it will not be as good as yours.

      Instead, I could share some photos which I have taken during a recent Transformers exhibition held in Singapore. Almost all sculptors have used the DMK01 to create their very own masterpieces.

      If you are keen; kindly advise on how can I upload/transfer these photos.

      Cheers

    • Hi Ruey, was np problem at all:)

      Yeah, any photos you want to share I’d be more than happy to see! You can either email the photos to me or if you like you can also post on my facebook page:)

      my email address is ken[at]toyboxcollection[dot]com
      FB page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Toybox-Collection/323534131408

      Thanks man!

    I am new to the model kits, so what kind of tools I need to built it ??

    • Hi Bryan, for this kit you don’t really need much. I’d recommend a good pair of snippers to take the parts off the runner and maybe some modeling glue as some of the parts tend not to fit very tightly on this kit. Let me know if you need any more info:)

    Hi Ken, thanks for sharing all this while. As for the photos requested… guessed it will not be as good as yours.

    Instead, I could share some photos which I have taken during a recent Transformers exhibition held in Singapore. Almost all sculptors have used the DMK1 to create their very own masterpieces.

    If you are keen; kindly advise on how can I upload/transfer these photos.

    Cheers

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