Sci-Fi Revoltech 030 Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime from the live action Transformers movie finally gets the Sci-Fi Revoltech makeover. Lets see how well Kaiyodo has done with this release…

Background:

Optimus Prime is the leader of the Autobots Transformers, appearing in all three of the live action movies so far with little to no change in mechanical design. He is a just and courageous leader, fighting on the side of the humans to protect Earth from the evil Decepticons.

Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime

Name: Optimus Prime
Manufacturer: Kaiyodo
Line: Sci-Fi Revoltech 030
Sculptor: Yuki Oshima
Designer:
Scale: Non-scale
Material: PVC, ABS
Release: September 2011
Original Price: ¥3,620 (approx. $45AUD / $48USD)
Height: 140mm / 5.51inches

Packaging:

Optimus Primes comes in the standard Sci-Fi Revoltech Packaging featuring a Velcro shut flip opening lid. There is a ton of information regarding the movie and figure, unfortunately its all in Japanese but it really makes the packaging look professional. I like the fact the cardboard stock has a matt cello finish adding to the quality of the overall product.

  • Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime packaging front
  • Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime packaging back
  • Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime packaging open lid
  • Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime packaging inside

Accessories:

Optimus Prime comes with a stack of weapons, interchangeable hands and a name plate. As with all Sci-Fi Revoltech releases, it also comes with a little orange box where you can store the extra hands but no plastic Revoltech coin included with this toy. The weapons consist of an energy blade as well as 4 different guns.

  • Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime with energy blade
  • Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime with guns
  • Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime with more guns
  • Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime with name plate

The guns can be connected together in different configurations to make various types of weapons, and there are also quite a few spots on the arms and shoulders of the figure which the weapons can connect to. I’m not sure why there were so many guns included, I would have rather received two energy blades but that’s just me.

  • Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime with guns in combined configuration
  • Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime with guns attached to shoulder mounts

Form/Sculpt:

Overall I’d say Kaiyodo has done a good job in capturing the design of the movie Optimus, although there are a few things I’d personally like to see different. The first is the proportions. To me this version of Optimus looks a little bit too stocky, especially around the shoulders. Not a big deal but Optimus should be a bit more slender, imagine a toned athlete rather than a football player. The other problem lies within the series itself – the revolver joints. The joints themselves have a bit of play in them making the figure slightly floppy. I’ve never really been a fan of these joints but they do do a good job with the sculpt which is the reason why I keep coming back to this line.

Sci-Fi Revoltech 030 Optimus Prime

Articulation/Action:

The other thing that Kaiyodo does well is articulation and this figure has tons of it. Whatever pose you can imagine, this toy can pull it off, that is once you get all the joints lined up in the right orientation – which can be tricky at times but not impossible. According the product description there are a total of 19 revolver joints used in this toy, an impressive number for such a small toy.

  • Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime challenges you to a sword fight
  • Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime takes aim with his custom gun cannon
  • Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime stands proud
  • Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime scratches his head...
  • Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime goes in for a kick
  • Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime charges in with his energy blade

Paint/Print:

The movie Optimus Prime is very intricate in design, and there is heaps of little mechanical detail everywhere throughout the body and I’m happy to report that Kaiyodo has pulled it off perfectly. The paint app on this guy is simply brilliant. Not only is the paint job very tidy but even the smallest of detail has been considered. The flame artwork also come out very well, even the gold gradient on the arms and feet wheel arches have been reproduced.

  • Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime head paint detail
  • Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime arm paint detail
  • Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime thigh and wheel paint detail
  • Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime energy blade paint detail
  • Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime chest paint detail
  • Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime feet paint detail

Detail/Features:

There has been many movie Optimus Prime toys made to date, so how does this one compare to some of the other more popular released? Compared to the Hasbro/Tomy Takara Leader Class RA-24 Buster Optimus Prime, the Revoltech version is tiny but heaps more detailed and much more movie accurate.

Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime vs RA-24 Buster Optimus Prime

Compared to Tomy Takara’s Dual Model Kit Optimus Prime the Revoltech version is minuscule. Both are very detailed and relatively movie accurate although I do prefer Tomy Takara’s version more.

Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime vs Tomy Takara DMK Optimus Prime

Lastly a size comparison with 3.75” figures, you can see how small the Revoltech toy actually is, which makes it even more amazing how much detail is crammed in.

Sci-Fi Revoltech Optimus Prime vs 3.75'' figures

Overall:

This is a good representation of the movie Optimus Prime, it has great articulation, movie accurate sculpt and neat paint application so it ticks all the right boxes. It is also much more affordable and easier to obtain than most of the other versions which is another plus. I don’t really mind that it doesn’t transform as I do prefer displaying my Transformers in robot mode anyway. For all Transformers and Revoltech fans, this is definitely a great pickup!

Thanks for reading!


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