If you’re a transformers collector, you probably already know about the huge debacle over the Transformers Prime First Edition series. Hasbro showed off some great looking figures that were complex and for the most part very screen accurate, announced their release date, and then they barely got released.
It was a TRU exclusive, with only Canadian TRU’s getting the voyagers. Online stores even had to cancel preorders because of it. Meanwhile, in Asian markets the First Editions were shelfwarming.
But wait! Hasbro heard fans complaints. They were going to do a shared exclusive rerelease with BBTS and TRU. Fans could buy Bulkhead and Optimus at retail instead of ebay.
While that’s great, when I got my Second Edition First Edition voyager Optimus there was a problem. And it’s a problem with all of them.
From what I can tell in online pictures, Optimus’s bot mode paint is still the same. The colors were a bit darker than I was expecting, but that could just be variance in computer displays.
The alt mode, however…
Can you spot the difference?
Here’s a picture of the first edition First Edition on Seibertron.com.
The torso is brown, and the parts of it that show in alt mode are supposed to be painted red.
I emailed BBTS about it, and this is the response I got back from them.
Thank you for the the detailed information and photos, they were very helpful. This information is always welcome so that we can assist our customers accordingly. With regards to the Optimus Prime figure, I have contacted our Product Department and was informed that the piece is brown on the run that we received. We have also contacted the manufacturer about this matter as it is rather disappointing. If you would like to return the figure please let me know and I will set up a return for you. If you wish to return the defective Bulkhead figure for an exchange we will need the entire figure returned.
Once again I apologize for this inconvenience and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Have a great day!
All of BigBadToyStore’s rereleased First Edition voyager Optimus Primes lack that red paint in alt mode. It’s likely that the stock at Toys R Us will be the same.
BBTS has great customer service, and I appreciate that they actually checked up on all of their SE FE Optimus Primes. They even updated their product page with a note about it.
So does this bother me enough to return the figure? Nope!
My SE FE Optimus Prime is otherwise in great condition. The bot mode paint apps are all the same and the plastic is good. And while I do like to transform Transformers, they are usually displayed in bot mode, where the lack of paint on Optimus can’t be seen.
But that is exactly the reason why I wanted to warn people about this. The packaging is the same, right down to the copyright information, and Optimus is packaged in robot mode. Because you can’t see the lack of paint apps, there is no way to tell if you’re buying a FE FE or a SE FE.
Should you let this problem stop you from getting one if you want it? I don’t think so. If it bothers you that much, you could paint those parts red.
FE Optimus has a lot of hype, and while it’s a cool Transformer, I don’t think it’s worth anywhere near the $100+ it was selling for on ebay. It is a nice design, though, and I very much recommend buying one at retail.
As for the Bulkhead mentioned in that email… That’s a bit more complicated, and I’ll explain in another post.