Figured he deserved his own thread..especially when the cool, smart guys start doing the fan stuff to make it look way better than I can. I have to say, CW Optimus Prime was not very high on my like list. I had bought one when it came out and gave it to a buddy. Finding the autobots, made sense to rebuy Optimus, as I really dislike the look of the battle core version. This is a split perspective. From my view, and my 7 year old son's view. If you ask me, these autobots, and the better wave coming after is going to make the stock in CW optimus prime go up. The G1 Prime colors with these autobot colors, just looks like a big G1 cartoon all mashed into one bot. I like this a HELL of alot more than I ever did Prime by himself. I will not even put this in the suggested leg configuration. Thats Horrid. I really like the way I did Menasor's legs, and I will continue that with this Gestalt as well. Its hard to type the feeling I get when I look at this guy. I get this feeling of GEEWUN combined into and Optimus headed monster. In a good way. I think it works well with Leader megatron, as in my world Megatron should be bigger than prime, and then Prime can combine to fight him...I dig that. I did some different chest configs with different figures..some look really good. Putting Acid storm on his chest makes you instantly think TOXITRON. This set has alot of potential, and is all around fun. This really hits a subliminal chord in my brain going back to G1. It must be the colors. Now..My son..when he seen I came home with combining autobots, he almost shat himself. I had told him they were coming out, but its not the same til he SEEN them. The autobots look GLORIOUS in the package, and for MOC collectors, these autobots will be prizes. Lil David was even more excited to see these than devestator, or ANY other CW gestalt. He thinks they are all awesome..but Optimus Maximus has captured him in a very special way. Is it because he is the kid of a Geewunner? Probably, as most kids his age have no idea what the hell a RED IRONHIDE is doing in transformers. Where some figures from CW he looks at critically with goods and bads, he says straight up, this is "The coolest set they have ever made". Back off...He is SEVEN. Mabye thats a great thing for Hasbro..mabye its a bad thing for collectors. Mabye the bright colors and nice alt modes will draw in kids to buy these as well. Hell..the more I think about it..could these be the best selling combiners yet? We will have to wait and see. The next wave seems better. My buddy gave me the other exhaust pipe from his mansor and they make freakin great stacks for Optimus Maximus..lol...I love it So...I think its really good. Is it the best CW has to offer? Meeehhh...I dunno. Im still in love with Menasor and Defensor. Part of me thinks I will like this more as time goes on. From my sons perspective, this is the most baddass release yet. Watching my son with these, and his blatant excitement for them really shows me that I have lost some of the kid imagination I used to have. I mean..Im still the biggest kid I know, but Lil David says "Are you KIDDING ME?!?!? G1 autobots..that COMBINE with a G1 Optimus?!?!? Dad..this is the coolest thing ever.." Theres some serious magic in that shit right there. He's right. It took me watching my boy assemble this and help pose it for pics, to appreciate what is REALLY going on here. Optimus Prime...combining with G1 autobots.. Thank lil buddy..your right all the way. this IS a kick ass set. Hot rod does NOT stay on great. Its something with the optimus I think. Menasor works fine..Prime? not so much. If you touch it it flies off. That will be fixed with some future or heating the peg. no biggie. ENJOY!!