D-Style Optimus Prime
I wasn't going to. I really, legitimately wasn't going to. Oh, I'd been tempted by preview images, but once he went up for pre-order, I didn't even consider snagging him... and then the "tiny angry Megatron" appeared and... well, he'd need someone to battle, right? So why not snag an Optimus for $20 while Figma Motoko was getting pushed back anyway? Yeah, there was reasoning. Kind of. Enough. My point is, this is actually my first Optimus Prime, even after all these years. And I paid to build him myself. What the hell is wrong with me.
To be fair, look at the bad-assery of that box art. Optimus proudly declaring, "I am gonna tell you a thing!" Or something, hell if I know. Shiny tiny robot.
So here we have a fully poseable Optimus Prime! And weapons! He has his glowy ax and his glow mace--which can be combined for an ax-mace! And his gun, of course. He's also got his pointy finger hand, because hey. And then there's a tiny transformed Optimus Prime in vehicle mode! For some reason. Well why not.
First: yes, he is tiny. But not in a bad, "I'm griping about this" sort of way. Considering how poseable he is, this is just plain impressive.
While I was actually putting him together, I didn't anticipate just how much motion he was capable of. The joints are very simplistic, but extremely versatile. He's also a hell of a lot harder to break than I was worried he might be; the limbs simply detach easily if there's too much stress on them, and yet fit firmly in place again right after.
This is also where I needed to use glue: to glue the red frames to the blue windshield panels in his chest. the red frames kept falling off, so I assumed I must have accidentally snipped the tabs (sprues) too close on the blue plastic, but it was a quick fix and the only one I needed. Go me.
All in all, I have no regrets. Nor do I regret also pre-ordering tiny angry Megatron, or tiny angry Nemesis Prime. There will even apparently be a tiny angry Starscream, and everyone needs at least one of those! So... I am kind of lost to this, I suppose. At roughly $20 a pop (depending on the retailer), they're a good value for the money even if you do have to put them together yourself. The plastic is very good quality, the joints are much more versatile and sturdy than I thought they might be, and... well, tiny angry robots. Come on.