Takara Masterpiece 32 - Optimus Primal is the first figure we have received from the Beast Wars series with Cheetor to follow early next year. Optimus Primal is priced at $102.00 on Amazon.com (with free standard shipping) & $119.99 on www.BigBadToyStore.com and shipping is not free. If you want to purchase MP-32 Optimus Primal PUNCH the Amazon link provided!
Below I will go into detail about the figure, from its packaging to how it is designed. PUNCH the "READ MORE" tag below to continue!
The packaging for MP-32 is very similar to the packaging of other Takara Masterpiece figures. The front shows an image of Optimus Primal in Best Mode & Robot Mode, one side has him in Robot Mode the other side of the box has him in Beast Mode as well. The rear of the packaging shows his multiple poses, faces, weapons and has a bunch of Japanese writing that I of course have no idea what it says but we can assume it says something like "MP-32 OPTIMUS PRIMAL IS AMAZING AND EVERYONE SHOULD BUY ONE" or something along those lines.
When removed from the box, Optimus Primal is secured in a plastic shell just like all of the other MP Figures. You can see he comes with multiple faces for his beast and robot modes as well as his 2 energy sabers.
Take everything Takara did right with the Beast Mode for MP-32 and times it by 10 for the Robot Mode. The details the placed into Optimus Primal are great, he is easy to transform and very easy to pose. The pieces move effortlessly and the instructions are very clear and easy to figure out. The 2 swords fit in his hands with no issues, and they even gave us his back cannon and arm blasters as well. The arm blaster is hidden directly in his arm and all you need to do is push a small unseen button under his arm to release them. I felt like this was a great idea and feature because you do not need to switch out any pieces to have the guns be present. Optimus Primal does have light up eyes that require 2 LR-44 button batteries and need to be installed before you transform him from Beast Mode to Robot Mode. The fact that Takara does not include batteries with the figure is frustrating but could be because its harder to shit items with batteries over sees.
MP-32 Optimus Primal is on the shorter end of the Takara Masterpiece Figures, he stands shorter than MP-10 Optimus Prime as well as Combiner Wars Bruticus. The real test for size will be when MP-Cheetor is released so see if they are show height accurate. Takara usually does a good job with scaling so this should not be an issue.
These are the reasons MP-32 Optimus Primal is getting 4.5 out of 5 PUNCHES! If you have been undecided about picking up this figure I hope this review helped you decide. Optimus Primal is a great addition to the Takara Masterpiece line and was a great choice to start the Beast Wars series of MP figures!
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