Packaging - ***
The box is large, not surprising considering how large this statue is.
He's packed great, but be very careful pulling him out - he's heavy, and it
could be easy for either he or the base to get out of your hands. That
would be bad.
The graphics are a nice mix of Palisades style and traditional Transformers
look. It's bright and colorful, with great shots of the statue. No
window though, so you can't see the statue inside.
Sculpting - ***1/2
Here's a great sculpt, with a great action pose, that is a perfect example
of what can make a statue a centerpiece item in your collection.
He's solid, with no removable parts, so you'll want to be extra careful
handling him. Nothing is going to drop off accidentally though, which I
appreciate (I've had that problem before).
The detail work is perfect for what you expect from a Transformer.
There's good surface detail, and I think the pose that's been selected was
almost ideal. The fast moving walk is given additional realism by adding
damage to the base where the feet have touched down. Transformer fans are
going to love this statue.
Paint - ****
There isn't a serious problem anywhere on this statue, and there's plenty of
opportunity for error with lots of detail, color and size. The basic
colors are consistent and clean, and there's just the right amount of damage and
scruffiness to his appearance to add that touch of ouch.
Quality/Design - ****
What makes this statue stand out is the quality of the work, and the overall
The base looks fantastic, and including the damage from his heavy feet was
genius. To ensure that he stays on the base with no danger of breakage,
there are large steell pegs, a couple inches long, that run up through the base
and deep into both lower legs. They are completely hidden though, and it
appears as though the base and figure are all one seamless piece.
Value - ***
Okay, this isn't a Transformer action figure you'll pick up at Wal-mart for
$10. We're talking serious cash for anybody short of Donald Trump.
But the price isn't out of line with the quality, size and artwork involved.
Overall - ***1/2
When Palisades debuted this last summer, everyone was buzzing about
it. Now that we have it in our hot little hands, it's clear that all the
buzz was justified. The high price point means only the diehard
Transformer fan is going to be able to get into the line, but these statues are
the type of item that will become the highlight of your entire collection.
Where to Buy -
Comic shops and specialty stores just got these in. If you think you'll
want one of these, I wouldn't wait around. It looks like they may go
pretty quick. On-line options include:
- Aisle Sniper is already sold out
of the Prime at $130, but they have pre-orders up for Megatron, also at $130.
- Killer Toys has him available right
now for $135.
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