Notes: Credit is due to Cybertron Philippines where this review first appeared. Mods, if there exists a similar thread for this, please merge as necessary. Transformers: Prime Entertainment Pack feat. deluxe Optimus Prime and Megatron Blurb OPTIMUS PRIME® and the AUTOBOTS® are once again faced with a growing threat. MEGATRON® has harnessed the power of Dark Energon and is determined to conquer Earth, and then the galaxy. The only things defending Earth from conquest are the heroes of Team Prime. Packaging Obligatory packaging images. IMHO, the TF Prime packaging designs for the “first edition” stuff are really cool. Something about the dark blue coloring and the foil-insert portions make them stand out of the sea of bland DotM product packaging. As far as I’ve checked, the TF: Prime “first edition” stuff don't have the usual Character Bio and Tech Specs, instead using large product shots and co-sells, as well as advertising the TF: Prime TV show. All the contents of the TF: Prime Entertainment Pack, out of the box. Megatron Megatron comes packed in robot mode, so I’ll start there. Robot Mode Good robot mode, better than, say, the Megatron from the TFA Battle Begins 2-Pack. The sculpt follows the animation model very closely, capturing that stylized Bay-verse “layered armor” look effectively, with lots of overlapping parts and protrusions. Cast in two hues of gray plastic with purple parts for the neck and arms. Shiny metallic silver and purple paint apps help highlight the details. The eyes are piped translucent purple, which match Megatron’s on-screen counterpart and give off that menacing vibe. Has a slightly hollow, flimsy feel to it, especially with the torso and shoulders, but if transformed propery, everything’s solid and stable. No floppy parts, though the chest panels and backpack tend to shift slightly now and then. The shoulder struts tend to dislodge the chest armor if not snapped correctly. TFP deluxe Megatron, robot mode. NOTE: Back part is MISTRANSFORMED. Megatron comes with one accessory. His signature Fusion Cannon is purple plastic with silver and translucent plastic details. The cannon be attached either on his forearm via a slot for that traditional Megatron look, or held by his hands via a fold-out peg. TFP deluxe Megatron, showing options for attachment of Fusion Cannon. Articulation is good, with a ball-jointed neck, ball-jointed shoulders, bicep swivels, hinged elbows (dual-hinged, thanks to a transformation joint on the forearm) wrists on limited swivels, ball-jointed hips, thigh swivel, hinged knees and ankles. NO WAIST ARTICULATION Feet are set flat on the ground, unlike TFA Megatron, giving the toy a good balance, and is helped by the fact that the toy isn’t very heavy. TFP deluxe Megatron, kneeling pose (left), and Kick Test™ result: PASSED! (right) Compared to the rest of the recent Megatrons, one can really feel that Transformer toys are shrinking, as he’s really rather small for a deluxe, height-wise and proportion-wise. Compared with other same-size Megatrons, one can really see the “Bayverse-Animated” look that is the TF: Prime aesthetic. TFP deluxe Megatron, robot mode (right), compared to WFC Megatron (left). TFP deluxe Megatron, robot mode (center), compared to TftM Voyager Megatron (left) and TFA deluxe Megatron (right). Alt Mode Similar to recent “Cybertronian-mode” Megatrons, it takes a decent amount of twisting and parts moving everywhere to convert Megatron to altmode. Especially tricky are the panels that end up on his back since they’re quite fiddly to get right and tend to pop off their hinges if not folded correctly and the crotchplate which was quite stubborn to unfold.. The instructions, while easy to grasp (most of the time), fail to mention some last few steps, especially on the wings that fold out from the legs. TFP deluxe Megatron, alt mode, based on instructions. TFP deluxe Megatron, alt mode, proper transformation, wings extended. TFP deluxe Megatron, alt mode underside. As seen from the underside, you’ll probably realize that Megatron is essentially a hollow shell with struts and hinges for the joints and limbs. The final product melds both Bayverse and animated aesthetics well, and, if done correctly, is solid and stable. TFP deluxe Megatron (center), compared to TFA deluxe Megatron (left) and TftM Voyager Megatron (right), alt modes. TFP deluxe Megatron (right), compared to WFC Megatron (left), alt modes. Verdict This is a good, if not great representation of TF Prime Megatron. Transformation is intricate and tricky for a deluxe-sized TF, yet both modes are solid, with no floppy parts. My copy had tight joints and good Quality Control, overall. Definitely one of the better Megatrons out there. If anything, my only wish was that the fusion cannon came with a launching missile. Optimus Prime Prime comes packed in robot mode, so I’ll start there. Robot Mode Identical mold-wise to the recently released SDCC TFP Prime (the one with the Matrix), TFP deluxe Optimus Prime (it’s really awkward to be saying Transformers: Prime Prime…) is quite good, solid and stable, with a very distinct aesthetic. The details are close to the on-screen model, although some compromises were clearly made for the design to be feasible, such as the abundant panels on his arms and especially the square back panel on the torso. Prime is cast mainly in red, blue and gray plastic, clear blue for the windows, with silver and yellow paint apps for the details. Compared to Megatron, Prime’s bot mode has a solid, chunky feel to it, with thicker plastic and a sturdier design. TFP deluxe Optimus Prime, robot mode. TFP deluxe Optimus Prime, relaxed pose (left), and with gun held (right). My only gripe is that Prime has weird proportions. I know it’s the same with the on-screen model, but his arms are a tad TOO long. Maybe it’s due to the forearm / wrist parts being cast in gray plastic creating the illusion that the arms are ”longer”, and the chest kinda sticks out a tad too much. Prime comes with one accessory, a blaster, which is essentially a solid chunk of plastic. Thanks to the way it pegs on Prime’s hand, it creates the illusion that the Prime’s hand “converts” into the gun. Articulation is good also, with a ball-jointed head, universal-jointed shoulders, bicep swivels, hinged elbows, ball-joint wrists, limited waist rotation, ball-jointed hips, thigh swivels, hinged knees and ball jointed ankles. Thanks to the huge footprint, the figure is stable in many poses. Once again, in comparison to other recent, same-sized Primes, one can see the effects of toy shrinkage, though in fairness, he feels chunkier and larger than the DotM Optimus Prime. TFP deluxe Optimus Prime, kneeling pose (left), and Kick Test™ result: PASSED! (right) TFP deluxe Optimus Prime (left), compared to WFC Prime, robot modes. TFP deluxe Optimus Prime, compared to DotM deluxe Prime (left) and TFA deluxe Prime (right), robot modes. Alt Mode Transformation is complex yet not frustrating. Everything snaps into place firmly, although the way the parts shift and change positions is quite clever, with a certain DotM voyager Prime feel to it, with the arms forming the truck nose and the feet becoming the roof / wind vane. Prime’s truck mode is suitably, chunky and very vibrantly red, unlike most recent incarnations. It’s solid and stable, and rolls smoothly on the floor/table/ground/what-have-you. TFP deluxe Optimus Prime, alt mode, front. TFP deluxe Optimus Prime, alt mode, rear. It’s also interesting to note that this Prime has a decent trailer hitch (it flips out of his legs and is where his gun plugs in) which looks like it can accommodate a trailer with a compatible enough peg. TFP deluxe Optimus Prime, alt mode rear, with gun removed, showing trailer hitch. TFP deluxe Optimus Prime, alt mode front, showing grill detail. TFP deluxe Optimus Prime (center), compared to TFA deluxe Prime (left) and DotM deluxe Prime, (right), alt modes. TFP deluxe Optimus Prime (left), compared to WFC Prime, alt modes (right). Verdict As far as first edition deluxe Primes go, this one's a good, if not great representation of the character, despite the compromises brought about by the size constraints. The transformation is involved and intricate for his size, but the end results are solid, with no floppy parts. My copy had tight joints and good Quality Control, overall. While the reported voyager version is sure to be closer to the show version and have better proportions and gimmicks, this one will scratch your TF: Prime itch until the main line arrives next year. Extra Stuff Aside from Prime and Megatron, the Entertainment Pack also comes with a DVD containing the episode "Masters and Students", as well as small PVC figures of the three TF: Prime human leads, Jack, Miko and Raf. As far as the DVD is concerned, the only thing I'm sure of is it's NOT Region 3 compatible, as it doesn't play with any player I currently own. I can't comment on the content until I can watch it. The figures are decent, nothing special. They're basically static figures with removable stands. The sculpting captures the show models fairly, although there are paint issues on all of the figures, notably on the hands. For those asking, the figures have neck articulation. TF Prime DVD, PVC figures and instruction manuals. TFP PVC figures, Jack Darby (right), Raf Esquivel (center) and Miko Nakadai (left), front and back shots. TFP PVC figures, size comparison with Lego and Mega Bloks Halo minifigs Overall Verdict All in all, this 2-pack was quite the surprise. The toys are great and of good quality, and even the small PVC figs are a nice bonus. The stuff you get with this pack is a very good sampler to the promising TF Prime line. Call me impressed and waiting. Grade out of 4 / 5 Jya na!