1/35 DMK-01 Optimus Prime (Reissue) by Takara Tomy
(Available From HobbyLink Japan – HLJ.com)
For 3 decades (and even longer in Japan) Transformers have gotten people everywhere hooked on toys that are more than meets the eye. And now for us model builders, you can build your own movie version of the Bayformer Optimus Prime, albeit without the truck mode. With an intriguing inner frame it looks really interesting even before diving into the box!
1/35 scale. Time to go watch the movies again to check out his height compared to Shia LeBouef.
Cool cover art, but I think it’s the inner frame that’s even more eye-catching, with some people excited to see what if offers, and others perhaps disappointed that you don’t get to build the entire kit yourself, Gundam style.
Almost identical in size to a typical Master Grade box.
From here, you might think there’s not that much plastic to attach, but there’s more than meets the eye once you see the plates.
Cool details, if you’ve gotten over the flames being introduced in 2007.
That ground pose looks quite good, will the inner frame cooperate, or is it clever marketing?
Cool clear parts for the battle blades, but I miss the axe that showed up out of nowhere.
The face opens for Beast Wars style conversations, and live action movie style emoting.
A blue plate is taped to the top of the inner frame protector, but it’s not the A plate.
Good details, but not good for standing on its own though.
Height puts it in between a Master Grade and a Masterpiece, but let’s see what the shoes and head add.
You can see where the parts will attach on to.
90s for the knees, with some bending for the ankles.
The legs and arms are easy to detach from the hips and shoulders.
Waist twist, and a bit of a lean backwards.
The shoulders move 45 degrees forward and back.
Shoulders can shrug slightly, and the elbows give you 135 or so, but overall the movement may best be described as solid, though unspectacular.
The B plate shown here, along with the A and C come with seperately bagged painted parts that have already been detached from the runners.
The details on the parts that came bagged look good, but the colored parts still on the plates also look good across all the plates.
Are you used to the flames yet?
Lots of blinged up silver looking sharp, which should compliment the grey of the inner frame quite well.
Very flexible, though the tires feel solid.
The plates are laid out when you open the manual, and I was silly and thought was only 2 pages, until I unfolded it fully.
A very cluttered manual, though it is well drawn.
For painters, why not start from scratch and do it up in whatever colors you like? Flameless? Optimus Primal? Nemesis Prime?
Overall, there’s more fun stuff inside than I expected. The frame is solid and moves well, and the painted parts actually look great, with the trouble Takara Tomy went to to bag them seperately showing they care. The painted details I think are really going help this kit pop even with a straight build. Can’t wait to see it all put together!
“You’re no MP-10, or even MP-01, but a Prime you can build is agreeable.” (Said in proper Soundwave voice).
Thanks for checking this out!