Hey everyone, I've decided to start a new segment on here as an excuse to talk about older toys. I'm giving it a totally and completely non-cliche name, Throwback Thursday. And what better a figure to start this segment with than the original Beast Wars Optimus Primal? So sit back, relax, and enjoy as you journey with me to explore everybody's favorite Big 'Bot. Tech-Specs: I must confess that I'm an absolute tech-spec junkie. They're a genius way to give kids a character to the toy they just bought, and Primal's are no different. The artwork is incredible, and he has pretentiously scored a 10 in every area. Right away, you know that this is the Head Honcho, the Biggest Badass, and the Pinnacle Primate of the entire toyline. Beast Mode As was common for the toyline, Primal's beast mode is a bit of a brick. It does look very nice however. Being true to the toyline's name, Optimus sports great organic detail all around, and I much prefer the more animal-like appearance to the face, as opposed to his more human looking face in the cartoon. The only gimmick really meant for this mode is a lever that, when moved up and down, activates a "chest-beating" feature: Transformation Primal's transformation from a humanoid animal to a humanoid robot isn't too involved, as one could expect: Start by unpegging the shoulder pads and flipping them up. Next, flip the Gorilla toes around to form the heels. It's not very necessary, but it is an actual step. After that, rotate the waist 180 degrees. Now you'll want to flip his robot mode feet down and unpeg the gorilla head. After that, flip the gorrilla face in to reveal the robot mode chest and peg the gorilla head into the gorilla chest. Flip up the head, and there you have it, Optimus Primal's robot mode! Robot Mode This is obviously where the toy shines. Primal comes loaded with gimmicks, and I'm happy to say that none of them get in the way and make the figure incredibly fun. Because Optimus Primal was released in the first year of Beast Wars toys, he features a "Mutant Mask". I can see why people dislike this particular gimmick, but I quite like it. I've always been a toy guy, not an accuracy guy. So to me, the mask is just an awesome detail that gives you more play options. However, the mask can be flipped down and around to reveal a much more accurate Optimus Primal face. Optimus also features a slew of weapons in robot mode: You can flip open an arm to reveal a wicked-looking mace: Open the other arm to reveal a cannon that launches missles: A button on his back activates two flip up cannons, which fire the same missles as his arm cannon, nice detailing on the panels as well. There are also two dedicated slots for missles behind the head. And last, but certainly not least, flipping up the rear cannons reveal Primal's iconic swords. Articulation is also very nice, Primal can pull off a variety of poses. Final Thoughts: Optimus Primal is an incredible figure. He's packed with play features, none of which intrude on the overall quality of the toy. And despite all of the moving parts and play features, Primal is one of the most solid toys I've ever owned. Even after 25 years, he still feels like a toy you can send out to the wilderness of your backyard to combat the Predacons. Welp, there's my first review in this new series! Hope you enjoyed it, and stay tuned for a new one every Thursday!