Clear G1 Optimus Prime Knock Off review

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  1. e3nine

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    G1 Reproduction - Clear Optimus Prime (image heavy)

    Reproduction Clear Optimus Prime
    February 8, 2008

    Before I start ...
    A special thanks to Spirit-of-Cybertron for supplying the demo figure for this review. As an eBay powerseller, Spirit-of-Cybertron is a very reliable source for these figures. He ships out of the states, so no need to worry about US customs manhandling your figures.


    Some notes ...
    The figure received was a demo. It came with 2 fists, a clear gun, and an extra set of short stacks. Before purchasing, please consult with your source on exactly what's included. I'm 99% sure Roller, stickers, and other bits will all be there.

    Taking photos of this figure was challenging. It's was difficult to capture the detail on the Prime. Just know that the figure is completely clear. No plastic was frosted.



    Stamp

    Crystal
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    From the first run KO
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    It looks like this Prime was done from a completely seperate mold.




    Robot

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    Pros:
    + The plastic is of high quality. The texture is just like the original.
    + The joints are tight, but not overly clamped down. The shoulders and legs ratched into place with no issues at all.

    Cons:
    - The fists were overly tight. It felt like I was going to separate the forearm at the seams.
    - The yellow eyes should have been reconsidered.
    - The tinted windows holds true to the "lunch box special" version ... but sure does look goofy.

    Note:
    ± Minor chest window issue. The chest isn't diecast metal anymore and the translucent plastic seems not to fit right. It won't close 100% shut. I kept it sealed by using the head to pin it in place. Looks just fine in robot mode.




    Truck

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    Pros:
    + The clear tires really add to this figure. It's a very nice touch.
    + The over-all coloring blends very well. Clear, silver, and chrome give such a clean look.

    Cons:
    - again, that window color has to go.
    - the chest doesn't stay closed, it's evident here.
    - didn't roll too well. There was a bum wheel on the right side that was too loose.



    Trailer

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    Pros:
    + Magnificent construction.
    + Clear as glass. I used Ricochet as a high contrast piece to display this.
    + Roller's launcher ejected with a passion.

    Cons:
    - There was 1 discolored piece in the retractable arm.




    Random Closeups

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    No real point to these. I was trying to get as close as possible ... hopefully to catch some details.



    Conclusion
    Although the toy has some flaws, the overall "wow" factor overrides it. The Crystal Optimus Prime is a piece that will turn heads. The entire fact that something like this hasn't been done by Takara makes it a bit more special too.

    Originality: 1.0/1.0
    + Never seen this one before.

    Quality / Construction: .7/1.0
    - the overly tight fists and gapped chest door wasn't too bad, but still.

    Visual Appeal: 1.0/1.0
    + I wish I had a black light, this would look much cooler. Also, the demo box (not pictured) isn't a matte finish anymore. It's glossy and shiny like a mirror. (see Mirage review, it's just like that)

    Sense of Value: 1.0/1.0
    + I can't complain here. I have one on order and it feels like it's worth every penny.

    Gotta have it factor: 1.0/1.0
    + I'm a sucker for clear toys. This goes so well with the e-Hobby Ghost of Starscream and Crystal Hot Rod.


    Final Score: 4.7/5.0, 94%


    Next up? Sharkticon Gnaw. Expect this one early next week. It's in my possession and feels solid as a rock.
     
  2. Socialvegetable

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    wow, that's the first time I've been tempted to pick up a KO (aside from Walgreens devastator). He's definitely eye catching, and that trailer looks amazing. How much is he going for?
     
  3. Basketball Jones

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    I've expressed a desire to purchase this figure, but there are other, more legitimate Transformers that may be more important.

    Any photos of translucent Optimus Prime with translucent Mirage inside the trailer?
     
  4. Paradigm-Shift Prime

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    thanks e3nine, as always.

    Yeah the colour on the window is terrible, almost ruins the fig. As always I'm not a fan of using the trademark stamp and the look-alike box but this figure is otherwise intreguing and for the ts stamp since it's obviously not going to be mistaken with an authentic vintage Prime it doesn't bother me as much. The quality problems you identify sound consistent with the sorts of problems the figures by these bootleggers have (jammed wheels, loose/unfitting spots).

    If I ever see him for around $50 I will buy him and burn the box. I hope they get rid of that damn ugly window colour though.
     
  5. smkspy

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    I'm gonna have to get two of this one. Hopefully, they'll release the clear colored version in the near future.
     
  6. cobra zartan

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    Id like one but not for $100
     
  7. Ghost Prime

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    I know this item is extremely rare and is limited to only 500 pieces ONLY to the entire world. I managed to get my hands on on of these and ive not found any other site that has a review of this figure or even this many pictures. The item is very rare and i know some people out there might wana purchase the last remaining few around on ebay so heres a full serious in depth review of CLEAR G1 Optimus Prime + Rollar and everything else that comes with the fantastic item

    Opinions are welcome btw

    http://www.predaconempire.com/toyreviews/G1/Clear-Prime.html

    either click direct there or just click on my signature and follow from the front page
     
  8. Commtech

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    I want to get one of these from ebay. But my question is: These are knockoffs right? I mean, these are not licensed product?
     
  9. alpharon

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    Yes, these are knockoffs. And contrary to what ebay sellers would have you believe, there is not a 'limited production' run on these figures.
     
  10. RoboticPlanet

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    Yeah, this is a recent Bootleg. On the review (BTW, thanks Ghost Prime for sharing) you can see the box is the known Bootleg box with the misaligned F.
    And I'll reiterate the above, "limited to 500" is marketing tool, there's probably already been more than 500 sold on eBay since these were first released.
     
  11. Valkysas

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    it's not rare at all. I know someone I could call right now and have it in my hands 90 dollars later.
     
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    well share the info buddy! id like one
     
  13. Ghost Prime

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    kinda hoped would have recived more opinions considering the recent kiss players melissa toy review got rather alot of good words off people....
     
  14. cobra zartan

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    Limited to 500 my ass, anyone remember the crystal rumble and laserbeak that were limited to 10 and now they are limited to a billion. Id still like a prime thou :p 
     
  15. RoboticPlanet

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    People are going to be hung up on the inaccuracies of the stated rarity and origin of this figure before they're gong to focus on just Prime.
     
  16. Valkysas

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    And you don't even mention that this is a KO.
     
  17. cobra zartan

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    "Since its limited to 500 pieces only you can expect this to be the new ‘Grand Maximus’ when it comes to rarity within about 20 or so years."

    No ko is gonna touch Gmax in price.

    The only reason it has doubled in price is due to douchebag sellers trying to claim its rare and its a hasbro item and blah blah.

    You mention the mold is over 20 years old which is untrue aswell.
     
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    Ebay:
    Moving this to TF Feedback forum. Also changed your title to let people know right away that this is a KO.
     
  19. Paradigm-Shift Prime

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    First off, the line I've bolded is total garbage. These are brand new KOs and have just started being released recently.

    Yeah it's the KO, and the company/sellers have been pitching that 'very rare, only 500 produced in the world ever, very few left' garbage to sell them. It's like GP's statement there is ripped right out of one of the auctions. Talking about misinformation. (No offense to you GP, but it looks like you bit on their poison-baited hook of lies and deception, and consequently the item info in your review description isn't really true).

    Essentially, all that crap said about them in the auctions is totally false, and even if the 500 produced claim is the case, what's stopping them from producing more whenever they feel like it? It's not like they're a legit company who has to hold true to their word. What's saying they even produced the # they say? Also, how many of the other KOs were even produced anyways? It couldn't have been too much more than 1000-2000 of each I'd think. In any event, if you have $100 and want one of these, you have one. And if more people with $100 want them, the KO company will make more. Rarity, grail, limited, doubled in price, and 'the new Grand Maximus' are all words that should NOT be associated with this release in any way.

    Regardless of that it's a cool looking KO (aside from the bronze-stained looking areas), facts need to be facts.

    Here's a thread I posted the other day about sellers posting these brand new KOs as limited quantity 'last remaining' rarities:

    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/showthread.php?t=167444
     
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2008
  20. Ghost Prime

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    well im kinda surprised how some people are being real serious arseholes about this...i mean its a REVIEW! not a selling point for ebay sellers.

    lets get afew facts sorted out

    1.i never say this is an OFFICAL product and most people KNOW this ISNT an offical product either
    2.there ARE KO's out there even rarer than Grand Maximus - KO Scorponok for example is worth a fortune (hes in funky colors) also boxed dicalone dinosaur dinobots are worth alot if all sold in a group, Ko Omega Supreme is worth alot in america as well.
    3.im not 100% sure if the item IS limited to 500 pieces but 1 mine came with the issue number 346 and i know 5 other people whos product numbers are also different but none have gone over 500 as far as i know and none have the same product numbers as each other.
    4. theres NO reviews of this item online anywere else that i can find, i figured some people might actually LIKE a review of the item because some people love collecting CLEAR transformers.
    5. the figure itself IS new as its a NEW release but the mould for the toy thats been used is the SAME mould from the 20 YEAR OLD TOY. thas what i was stating, NOT THAT THE ITEM IS NEW AND ITS A NEW MOULD NEVER SEEN OR MADE BEFORE.

    i just made the review for people who might like to find out more about the item itself. im shocked at just how many people are being arseholes over the issue almost as if im trying to whore the item off for ebay sellers.

    sorry if its some how ruined some ones day because i put a bloody toy review up online for people who might wana buy the item but dont know much about it...sheez
     

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