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Transformers Animated - Optimus Prime

While the Transformers Universe line has really been dominating the aisles and the coverage lately, both here at the Preserve and in the world at large, the Transformers Animated line continues to marshal on, even between seasons of the new and popular cartoon. We have a number of these figures in the collection here, and are catching up with some updates today, bringing you none other than Optimus Prime himself!

It is great that young kids get to learn all about the Transformers world from the ground up. That kids know who Optimus Prime is, and that he is a good and noble force for right in the universe, definitely improves my day.

The bio on this Prime, which certainly reflects the plot of the show, is interesting because he actually washed out of the "Autobot Academy" and "lost track of his ambitions" before finding his true calling of protecting Earth and the AllSpark. Seems that this figure speaks more to those of us who are 30-something rather than their target kid audience, at least in this respect, so I'm glad they have a few little hooks for the older fans as well. I guess it's also to show kids that you don't have to be perfect to be a good person, which is of course a fine lesson. This figure is from waaay back in June 2008, though you can still find him on shelves periodically. After the holidays I suspect they'll have moved on so if you want this great new version of Prime, be sure to pick him up during your holiday shopping.

Collector Notes: Targets around the country seem to be putting out a fantastic Transformers endcap this week, featuring the Anniversary Prime set along with a ton of great Target Exclusives. Be sure to check it out, as rumor has it that the minicon packs (Aerial Rivals, Special Team Leaders) exist in pretty limited supply. Also, the G.I. Joe Ultimate Battle Pack was gracing another endcap, sharing space with the Big Millennium Falcon - how awesome to see those two ambitious sets together!
Posted by charlie on November 19th 2008, 01:49 AM
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