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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Transformers Lost Age TRU Japan Exclusive Rusty Evasion Mode Optimus Prime

It's been 4 months since the launch of Age Of Extinction Toyline, but unlike the previous movie lines, I feel that AoE has a very limited offering in terms of their figures. Since May, we've seen a lot of repaints being done for these 2, Voyager Evasion Mode Optimus Prime and The Dinobots, ranging from regular Hasbro and Takara releases to Convention Exclusives.

Fans were disappointed when the first picture of Leader Class Optimus Prime for AoE surfaced, given that usually he's the best figure in the line. I was quite surprised to find out that compared to him, Voyager Evasion Mode Optimus Prime stands out more and comes out way better than the rest of the AoE figures.

Best of the bunch
Pic Credit : Seibertron.com

Up until now, there are quite a lot of of variants for this figure starting from Hasbro Version, Takara Version, Platinum Edition (With Voyager Grimlock), Evolution 2-pack, Breakout Battle 3-pack, Autobots United 5-pack, Nemesis Prime and also, Rusty Version.

Rusty Version Optimus Prime was released as Toys "R" Us Japan Exclusive.



In Package



The packaging of Rusty Version is the same as the regular version of Evasion Optimus Prime aside from it having chrome base at the side of the box rather than white, and a Toys "R" Us Japan sticker at the top.

Back View

Character bio explaining why Optimus Prime adapted this mode



The instruction sheet included is actually from the Lost Age Evasion Optimus Prime AD-02.


Alt Mode



The fans have been complaining on and on about how Optimus Prime should be using the same truck design as his G1 incarnation; and in the 4th installment, their wishes come true [but the complaining still goes on]. Based on the initial form that Optimus Prime took in Age of Extinction, the alt mode is heavily based on G1 Optimus Prime's White Freightliner [with few details drawn from the Marmon 97 seen on-screen] as opposed to the cab-over semi truck.


Rusty was initially thought to be just another version of "Battle Damaged", a word used quite frequently in the franchise but none can match this. As the name implies, the truck mode is full with rust from front to back, including the rims.


The level of detailing on the figure reminds me more of a custom figure rather than official release; with slightly higher price than Takara Version of Evasion Mode.


The paint scheme isn't generic as the parts are mostly painted differently from each others. You can see the difference between the left and the right gas tanks.


The front half of the truck is nicely done where the overall paint job is nicely put with a lot of detailing. The only way to make this better is to have real battle damage effect on it.


Just like a normal Evasion Optimus Prime, his gun can be attached at the back of the truck but as I said before, I don't really prefer having weapons on top of an alt mode.

Single smokestack

Comparison

With Breakout Battle Rollbar
Not sure how detailed the Evasion OP that comes with Rollbar will be, but Rollbar seems to be out of place when placed side-by-side with Rusty.

Robot Mode



This might not be a news to you but I love the Evasion Optimus Prime design. Personally I think he can be considered as the 'perfect' Movie Optimus Prime for Voyager Class, taking over the title from Hunt For The Decepticons Battle Blade Optimus Prime.


However, the figure is actually cream colored rather than white as shown at the back of the box. The rusty effects can be seen from the front and the side, not to mention on his Iron Cannon.

Back View
From the back however, there isn't much paint app aside from the gas tanks and the back of his hands. This might be because the back side consists of parts that aren't even visible in alt mode.

Close-up
This version of Evasion uses the face-plate version head sculpt, in which I personally think a better choice. The chest panels are clear, painted plastic which is the reason why significant difference in tone can be seen between the chest part and the rest of the body.






Most of the detailing from the truck's cab ends up either facing inside his body or facing the top, which is why most of the detailing can't be seen in robot mode.


Comparison


With AoE Breakout Battle Rollbar

Stable state of mind





A really well-designed toy, I must say. Evasion Optimus Prime does not only have great aesthetic but also tons of fun. The head is on a ball joint and a hinge, swivels and ratchet joints on the shoulders, bicep swivels, hinges on the elbows and also wrist swivels. He also comes with a waist swivels, universal joints on the hips, thigh swivels, hinges on the knees, as well as ankle tilts.


SAMMMM!! Oppss..





If I ever begin to collect anything from the non-CHURG line, maybe he'll be the one that I'll be getting right away, I really like him... and he's readily available. What I would like to find out is; which is a better representation of this version Optimus Prime, this Rusty Version or the one that comes in the Breakout Battle set





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