Thanks to TFW board member Kuma Style
, we have the first in-hand and extraordinarily detailed review of the oft delayed but highly anticipated figure, Art Storm Ultimetal Optimus Prime
. Collectors have been extremely patient waiting to add this piece to their collections, but according to Kuma Style
the wait more than paid off.
Standing an impressive 17 inches tall
and weighing in at a shipping weight of almost 30 lbs
, this figure is at first glance awe-inspiring. Full of diecast and sporting an incredible paint job, this figure is hugely (pun intended) impressive. What really sets this figure apart from previous incarnations of the famed Autobot leader is the removable armor
over a highly-detailed and articulated skeleton
. This figure is unique in that it allows collectors to remove parts of the armor to show the inner workings of Optimus, including functioning pistons in the wrists, ankles and ribs.
Additionally, the sheer mass of this figure dictates that special measures be taken into consideration with its engineering, so Art Storm added locking joints to support the dynamic posing that most collectors would be almost compelled to attempt with such an impressive and imposing figure. Lastly, the designers added lights and sound effects
to truly bring this figure to life. Prime has light-up eyes, running lights and Matrix chamber, plus a moving mouthpiece
that moves in tandem with a number of phrases spoken by Peter Cullen.
This is a massive and expensive addition to the world of Transformers collectibles and without a doubt a centerpiece of any collection.
Click through to see the full gallery of pictures plus the detailed review of this highly impressive figure.