Transformers: Rodimus Prime from Hasbro - the review

Transformers: Rodimus Prime from Hasbro - the review


Hasbro, continues with the releases dedicated to the legendary Transformers. In today's review we will analyze Rodimus Prime, inspired by the trilogy of the Netflix TV series Transformers War of Cybertron: Kingdom.

The character

Rodimus Prime (formerly known as Hot Rod) is the protagonist of the 1986 animated film, “Transformers: The Movie” and the third season of the television series Generation One. After being chosen by the Command Matrix, to become the new leader of the Autobots, he takes on a more mature character and also his appearance changes to become more imposing, a deeper voice and a different vehicle mode, thanks to the wisdom of the previous holders of the Matrix . Despite this, Rodimus Prime is plagued by a lack of self-confidence and often doubts his own decisions, feeling in the shadow of the previous leader, Optimus Prime.

The packaging

The packaging of Rodimus Prime has a completely closed rectangular shape, without any window that allows us to glimpse the contents inside as often happens for the products belonging to this line. Usually this type of packaging is reserved for Transformers products of larger dimensions (for example Combiner or Titani) or for single “standard” models but with different extra contents that take up a lot of space. The front features a beautiful illustration of Rodimus Prime both in its robotic and vehicular form, all combined with the logos inherent to the product Takara Tomy, Transformers War of Cybertron Trilogy Kingdom and Hasbro. In the back, we find the official photos of Rodimus Prime that anticipate some poses in action that can be achieved with the product and the various interchangeable effects.

The package contains, in addition to the essential assembly instructions, the bot in vehicle mode, the trailer, and a bag containing: a sword, a rifle and translucent blue effects for the weapons and black effects for the flames.

Rodimus Prime

Taking the car in hand we are immediately struck by its lightness. quality. The reproduction is very faithful and detailed, with the exception of the yellow wing which - to be picky - is slightly larger than it should be. Note of merit for the brilliance of the coloring and the quality of the painting in which we did not find inaccuracies, smudges or excessive differences in shades between the various parts.

Let's now pass to the transformation: the operation to make it become a robot is not at all simple, you need to have instructions in hand and follow all the steps very calmly, if you do not want to run the risk of breaking something. This Rodimus Prime has a much more stylish, modern, dynamic and slightly more aggressive aesthetic than the old counterpart already on the market, in short, it is a more compact mold, but more proportionate and complex. As for the trailer, however, we would have preferred to have the combination with the real robot available as it should be instead of finding only the basic attack mode. Returning to the robot form, Rodimus Prime is extremely well-finished and articulated, you can recreate many poses without needing stand aids to be able to keep him standing.

Our video review


Hasbro offers one of the characters at the same time most loved and hated in the world of Transformers, in fact, while priding itself on the title of Prime , the fandom has literally split in two towards this iconic character. Rodimus Prime is very posable and aesthetically appealing and live the rendering of colors and dimensions is really excellent. The transformation is really tasty and will allow all autobot enthusiasts to spend very satisfying hours studying poses and exposure possibilities.

‘The Transformers: The Movie’ Returns to Theaters for 2 Days in Celebration of Its 35th Anniversary

It’s been 35 years since The Transformers: The Movie delighted young 80s movie fans in theaters across the country. Now, in celebration of the animated feature’s anniversary, fans will have a chance to take a nostalgic look back. 

‘The Transformers: The Movie’ had an all-star cast 

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The movie hit theaters in the late summer of 1986 – the exact date was August 8. And the cast was worthy of the red-hot popularity of the rising Transformers toy and movie empire. 

Screen legend Orson Welles (Citizen Kane) appeared in the final performance of his life. He memorably voiced supervillain Unicron. Iconic voice actor Peter Cullen was Autobots leader Optimus Prime, opposite Frank Welker’s Megatron.

Rounding out the cast were 80s heartthrob Judd Nelson of The Breakfast Club, Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek fame, and Eric Idle of Monty Python. Casey Kasem, Robert Stack, and Scatman Crothers also appeared as voice actors in the film.   

Beloved “good guy” Autobots regularly defend their fictional planet, Cybertron, against invasions from Megatron and the Decepticons. They miss signals that a dangerous new threat is zeroing in on them because they are locked in battle against each other. 

The movie was known for being darker than the two seasons of kids’ episodes that preceded it. 

21 years after the animated film, a live-action franchise debuted 

Traditional animation offered fans of the Transformers mythology unlimited sci-fi/action possibilities. It wasn’t until 2007 that advancements in special effects allowed for a mind-blowing live-action experience for the now-grown children of the 80s. 

Transformers starred then-emerging superstars Shia LeBeouf as Sam Witwicky and Megan Fox as Mikaela Banes. Michael Bay directed. The state-of-the-art effects stunned fans. The movie subsequently grossed over $700 million at the box office that year. 

Consequently, sequels were inevitable. Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen followed shortly in 2009. Transformers: Dark of the Moon replaced Fox with Rosie Huntington as Shia LeBeouf’s love interest in 2011. Age of Extinction and The Last Knight followed in 2014 and 2017, respectively. 

In addition, Bumblebee debuted a fresh approach with a female lead (Hailee Steinfeld) in 2018. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts has a release date of June 24, 2022. 

Fans can watch the original animated movie again 

The franchise always seems to be looking ahead. Per Animation Magazine, fans now have a chance to take a nostalgic look back at an 80s animated favorite. 

In honor of the movie’s 35th anniversary, Fathom Events and Hasbro present The Transformers: The Movie 35th Anniversary. The film will screen at theaters nationwide on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at noon. It will screen again on Tuesday, September 28 at 7:00 PM.  

“Fathom is thrilled to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of The Transformers: The Movie in partnership with Hasbro,” reads a statement by Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt. “It’s exciting to give the fans of this cult classic an opportunity to see this film on the big screen, the way it was meant to be seen.” 

An additional statement from Hasbro’s Adam Biehl called the celebration a “milestone.” In short, it will be a chance to see it again properly.

“We look forward to bringing families and fans back to the theaters for this milestone Transformers anniversary,” said Biehl, SVP & GM, Action Brands at Hasbro, Inc. “With thanks to our Fathom partners, Autobots and Decepticons of all ages will be treated to a one-of-a-kind movie experience celebrating this beloved animated film.”

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