Generations Combiner Wars Optimus Prime Review Part 1

Transformers Generations Optimus Prime Figure, Not MintThis is the first review in our series of reviews for the Combiner Wars wave 1 figures. This review is brought to you by Entertainment Earth and you can pick up the subject of today’s review and thousands of others at where you can bring Hollywood Home.
When the early images of Generations Combiner Wars Optimus Prime first appeared back in 2014, fans already knew there was something different about this version of Optimus. Speculation was rampant as to what some of the extra parts and slots might have been for. When it was later revealed that this version of Optimus was to be part of the Combiner Wars series and would himself combine with other robots people weren’t quite sure what to make of it.
This is a Voyager class figure and retails for around $25 dollars US. Even if you ignore the combining gimmick (which we will go into with part 2 of our review) the figure as a stand alone figure is a very solid version of the iconic Autobot leader.
In vehicle mode his appearance has gone back to his original “cab over engine” design but with a modern twist. Optimus also shares a mold with the Combiner Wars Motormaster, leader of the Stunticons. Hasbro has done a very good job making the parts and paint apps different enough that despite having the same base each toy is still very unique.
Prime03The only real flaws on this toy are the ones you find on many modern Transformers toys, which is the lack of paint apps and some bland coloring choices. A silver stripe down the side (There is a space molded for it after all), silver trim on the wheels and paint to match the windows on the doors would have gone a long way to improve the overall looks of this toy. All that said, it’s still a nice looking truck.
His guns can also be stored on his rear behind the cab and have an engine design molded into them. In this way it’s very reminiscent of a drag racing truck.
Robot mode takes him in a different direction that previous versions. His color scheme is roughly that of his G1 character model but his anatomical proportions are vastly different. Thick limbs and tiny head gives him the appearance of more of a bruiser type like Transformers: Prime Bulkhead than of the traditional super heroic build we are used to. Whether you like this or not is a matter of taste. Personally, I didn’t like it much at first, but after having the figure in hand and seeing it from all perspectives it has really grown on me. It also reminds me a lot of Derek Yaniger’s rendition of the character from the Marvel Transformers: Generation 2 series.
Although a bit blocky, he has reasonable articulation and range of motion despite his combining gimmick. Much smaller than the Combiner Wars Leader Megatron figure, he still looks like someone who can pack a punch.
Is this figure a must have? At first I didn’t think so. Motormaster is a better version of the mold, but unless you’re going after the Masterpiece version of the character, there aren’t really any better Optimus figures out currently.
And with later waves promising releases of the G1 cars as combiner limbs, it is a neat way to recreate the basis of the G1 episode “Masquerade”. 
In part two we’ll go over the combing gimmick in more detail, but in the mean time, here is our gallery for this portion of the review. Thanks again to Entertainment Earth for making this review possible.