So I got a Faith Leader pretty damn quickly from edbomber (thanks man!) and decided to go ahead and do a pictoral review. Peaugh already has a great video review in his section but I’m going to try and cover some additional details and impressions I have of the figure. First I’m going to rate the figure and accessories that came with the original Masterpiece Prime/Convoy and then I’ll move onto the new accessories – the more cartoon accurate head, poseable hands and the gun for Classics/Henkei Prime. Please note that I’m pretty critical so some of my opinions may be considered nit picky by many of you! Pros: In scale with Voyager and Ultra sized classics – somewhat in scale with the deluxe Autobots. In scale with Masterpiece Grimlock and the Seekers. The weight really allows the figure to hold some much nicer poses (see pictures) and allows you to fiddle with him in a way that isn’t really possible with the larger figures. The outlines for the side door actually line up correctly unlike the official release! The chest windows peg together more securely than the original. For the most part he really looks like a shrunken version of the original Masterpiece – he photographs really well with them. Cons: Faith Leader really does feel cheap. After being used to the heft of the original, both due to it’s size as well as the die cast, this one does feel like a knock off even though it’s much higher quality than your standard knock off. Some people have said this feeling passes once you get used to the new size so my opinion on this may change over time... The plastic has a slight texture that helps make him look cheap. It’s not as smooth and polished as an actual Hasbro/Takara release is. As a result, even though he photographs very well with official figures, in person he doesn’t look quite as good next to them up close. Getting everything lined up and pegged together in truck mode is difficult – the arms and the center grill are really finicky. Pushing his fists out when transforming from truck to robot mode is tricky – the fingers sometimes get stuck on the edges and you need to wiggle them around for a while to transform him. He can’t hold his rifle as well as MP Optimus. Even that version had issues holding the rifle at times but these fingers tend to drop the gun more quickly. Quality issues: My Faith Leader actually did have some quality issues. I’m going to cover these separately from the list of cons but I might update them if they turn out to be widespread. One of the forearm tabs that help retract his arms is really hard to pull up on mine when he’s in robot mode. I generally need a screwdriver to pop it out. The right shoulder did not have a click joint and was pretty loose. I had to drip superglue in the joint and keep moving it around to give it enough friction to hold poses. The screw hole in his left “original” hand was so loose that the thumb portion kept falling off. I had to let some superglue dry in the hole and then screw it in for the hand to stay together. Overall I’d give the figure a B. My main reasons are due to the texture of the plastic, the QA issues and the general cheap feel. New accessories: Cartoon Head: Looks wise the new head is pretty awesome! The only thing that would have made it look more cartoon accurate would have been if they had given him the hexagonal cartoon eyes instead of the five sides eyes the MP has. Now for my gripe – I really, really wish he could transform with this head! The fact that you need to take it off when transforming sucks IMHO. If the antenna could somehow fold out of the way this could probably be done but unfortunately that’s not the case. Overall a B+ for the head – the only thing keeping it from an A is the inability to transform with it attached. Poseable hands: The poseable hands quite frankly suck. The fingers pop off as soon as you move them – trying to make him point at something is an exercise in futility. I must have popped finger pieces off about 5 times doing so. To add insult to injury, even if you manage to fold them all up you can’t transform him with the new hands! The hands get a D- for the obvious reasons above. Classics/Henkei Prime gun: The gun is exactly the same size and sculpt as Faith Leaders just with a round peg to fit Classics Prime’s fist. It looks pretty much as you’d expect but to be honest I think the original guns with that figure look better. This gun has the baby blue highlights that clash quite a but with the regular Prime/Convoy. In addition, the texture on the plastic I mentioned earlier really shows up when the gun is held by an official figure (see pic). The new gun gets a B for the reasons I listed above. Overall I would say he is worth it if you want a Masterpiece Optimus Prime at a scale you can fiddly with easily and who fits in with your Classics/Henkei collection. Be warned though, he does look out of place with the seekers and Henkei Megatron (see pics below), but fits really nicely with the larger Autobots and Onslaught. If you are buying Faith Leader in part due to the new accessories and don’t mind popping off the new head when transforming him, then buy him for the head but not the new hands – they suck! Finally, if you expect him to be exactly the same as the original Masterpiece only smaller then you will be disappointed (I was a bit to be honest). The slight texture of the plastic and the generally “cheap” feel may put you off. Oh, and here’s a few more pics for your viewing pleasure.