That title is a bit of a mouthful.
Mmmm. KC Masterpiece…
What’s that? Oh, the review. Right.
TRU MP10 isn’t just my favorite Optimus Prime, it’s one of the best bots in my collection. Even picking it up tends to give me a good feeling, from the heft to the colors to the articulation to the transformation and even the character. It’s even better than some chicken slathered in delicious barbeque sauce, freshly fried and breaded, just waiting to drip those delicious juices from-
REVIEW. MUST REVIEW.
AND THEN GO GET FOOD.
So MP Optimus is pretty cool. There’s not a lot I would change about it, honestly. Maybe fix that one gas tank that doesn’t ever want to lock into place in alt mode, but that’s not a big issue.
But something that I would change about it is the hands. They’re pretty bog standard so far as MP TF hands go, with the grouped fingers on a hinge and the thumb static and the index finger jointed seperately, but they can’t even do a real pointing pose. Optimus needs to command other bots, to give orders and point like an angry monkey. Instead, his pointer finger can only manage a bent extend, like he’s pecking on a keyboard or dialing a rotor phone.
Yup. Something I would change about MP Optimus is the hands, and that’s exactly what I did.
Keith’s Fantasy Club made a set called KP-06, which comes with spiffy new hands and even a bigger and more accurate Ion Cannon.
How do they compare? Let’s review!
The shade of blue used is very close to the color on Optimus’s stock hands. It’s easier to see that in pictures than it is in person. Something else that’s easier to see in pictures is all the little details like the ridges of mold flash, which is because the view here is zoomed in. These are tiny compared to the pictures, so in hand the hands don’t look rough at all.
As for articulation, each finger and thumb has each section jointed properly with hinges and then a balljoint at the base. Fingers can twist at the base and spread slightly side to side, and the thumb has a decent range of movement. The design of the fingers has a backplate that covers up most of the balljoint where they would normally be able to pop out, so while the balljoints might be loose, you don’t have to worry about Optimus losing a finger.
And by “might be loose” I mean “probably will be loose.”
Most of the reviews I’ve seen on these talk about the fingers being loose, and that’s how they were on mine.
So do I recommend this set?
That’s not an enthusiastic recommendation, but it’s still a recommendation. Before anybody goes and accuses me of being a liar or a sellout for KFC, my reviews are always honest. Even back when I got a review sample of KFC Citizen Stack, in the face of a lot of people hating on Stack I was completely honest about its pros and cons.
So why am I still recommending a set of articulated hands that can’t hold a pose straight out of the package?
Pledge floor polish with future shine.
If it’s available in your country and you haven’t bought a bottle already, pick one up! One bottle will last you for years, and you can do more with it than just tightening joints and making floors shiny.
Dab a tiny drop in each joint of the KFC KP-06 hands, work the joint around to coat it, then let it sit for about 24 hours. After that they should be nice and tight, holding any pose you put them in.
The ion cannon that comes with the set is actually really nice as well. I like the way the stock ion cannon transforms and stores in Optimus’s back, but it does look a bit small. I’ve seen some people using the cannon from MP01, but it just looks too huge compared to Optimus. The KFC version is kind of in between those sizes, and it looks really good with Optimus.
That being said, the hands do have a problem holding the ion cannon during posing. If you put it in Optimus’s hand once settled on the shelf, it holds well enough, though. This wasn’t something that bothered me at first, but it’s something I’ll likely attempt fixing at some point. It looks like maybe the tab is slightly too thick for the slot on Optimus’s hand.
Since that should be fixable and it looks so good, that’s a negative that you should be aware of but not one that keeps me from recommending it.
The retail price on this set is about $20, and while that borders on pricey, it also fixes one of the only problems with one of my favorite TFs. I probably won’t be buying articulated hands for Prowl or Sideswipe, but for Optimus they were definitely worth it. And while I thought I’d prefer the stock Ion Cannon over the new one, the bigger size and more detailed look is hard to argue with.
I’ve never been one of those people who refuses to buy something because of an easily fixed problem. People complain that they shouldn’t have to fix something right out of the box, and while they are technically right about that, they’re missing out on a lot of great things just because they’re being petulant.
BUY THESE. FIX THEM.
Fixing them is less difficult than installing them on Optimus. Dab a drop of floor wax on each loose joint, wiggle it, wait a bit, and done. (I’ll see what happens with the ion cannon.)
“Articulated hands are the right of all sentient robot trucks!”
If you see it, Optimus gets to punch you.
So, dear readers, has this review been helpful? Is KFC chicken with KC Masterpiece barbeque sauce delicious?
Leave a comment and let me know! And don’t forget, you can share this review with your friends using the links in the boxes below!