January 31, 2011

Collectible (01-31-2011): Optimus Primal Vs Megatron

Filed under: Collectible of the Day - Transformers — Tags: — fairplaythings @ 12:01 am

Collectible of the Day for January 31, 2011
(First in a series)

Optimus Primal versus Megatron
10th Anniversary Edition

Toy Line: Transformers (Beast Wars)
Region, Year: North America (United States), 2006
Essential Weblink: http://tfu.info/2006/Maximal/TRUOptimusPrimal/optimusprimal.htm

The Rundown: This is all Julie’s fault. She called me up two weeks ago from the Comic Book Shoppe (yes, one of our more dependable comic book stores is actually called the Comic Book Shoppe, which makes it somewhat difficult to throw out a generic description as a rendezvous point, but I digress). Seems the Shoppe had acquired another collection and she was concerned that I know about the Japanese Beast Wars Optimus Primal and Megatron in the store. I did and later regaled her on the number of variations of the two Beast leaders that appeared to celebrate 10 years.

But a picture is worth a thousand words, particularly when the pictures can be taken from one’s own collection. And here we are.

Rather than start with the two Transformers in question (the subjects of the next two days posts, actually), I wanted to kick this new Collectible of the Day exercise with a bang. And what better bang than the reissues of both Optimus Primal and Megatron.

I honestly cannot remember where I picked up this set of figures. Probably Botcon a few years ago. It was a release limited to Toys ‘r Us, and one I never found in Canada. Based on a Japanese release of the same time, it features the original Voyager scale (i.e. CDN$29.99 price point) Megatron and Optimus Primal, in more show-accurate colours and with new head sculpts that better resemble the visages of the Beast Wars cartoon. So a tighter head for Megatron, and no mouth guard for Optimus. Like the other 10th Anniversary releases by Hasbro, the set also comes with a single episode DVD for “Equal Measures”.

It’s one of those items that always leaves me waffling on the virtues of opening the set versus admiring it in its packaging. For now, I continue to waffle. And while it may lack some of the bells and whistles of the Japanese packaged edition, including the Japanese-region only Golden Disk DVD, the price point and the ability to see the figures without constantly raising the cover flap makes it a great choice.

Additional Pictures:

Back of package.

Back of package.

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