Saturday, December 31, 2011

MakeToys G2 Prime Battle Tanker Add-On



Hey all, Joe here with some Prime Time!

Well… Christmas has come and gone. What did Santa-Prime bring to you? Excellent! As for myself, I was a good little protoform and received my MakeToys Battle Tanker Trailer Add-On for the Generations G2 Prime! I’ve been waiting since this past Botcon to get one. We got to see the grey prototype on display along with some other items.



Since being an Optimus Prime collector, I couldn’t pass this up. I ordered mine through BBTS and received it just after Christmas. Since it is a third party product, you can definitely expect to shell out a little for it.

Let’s take a look… got my G2 Prime…



This add-on does come with a few parts to switch out and I got a little ahead of myself before taking some pics of the original Prime and had already swapped out the head. There is no screw in the new head and it’s recommended that you heat it up first and then pop it onto the neck ball. I did what was recommended and it worked just fine. It fits well with no looseness or bobbling.


Alas, poor Orion...



The box the Battle Tanker comes in has some great art on it. It reminds me of… forgive me… Pat Lee’s work… very bulky and mechy (yes, I turned “Mech” into an adjective). Underneath the plastic tray is a card sheet decorated in the fully decked out Prime.



On the back of this card are the instructions and tips for getting your Prime ready. Not only does he come with a swap out head, but a silver crotch as well. The new crotch allows for the Battle Tanker’s black… umm… well… cod piece, to be attached.



I got everything out of the package and perused the instructions. Time to get Prime dressed into his new duds!



I decided to work a little backwards and get the bits into their trailer mode first. EVERYTHING this set comes with fits inside the trailer.





Prime’s original sword is still needed in his Alt-mode to tow the trailer. The post on the Battle Tanker fits well into the horseshoe.



Now for the fun part, upgrading Prime’s Bot-mode with his new armor pieces. The undercarriage section of the trailer are where his new feet are stored, one on each side. Folding Prime’s feet in and using a combination of hinges and clips help set Prime’s feet into his new ones… kinda like puttin’ on boots.



This gives Prime about an inch and a half in height.



Next comes the hands and new forearms. The hands themselves are attached to the black cod-piece and stored at the back of the tanker…



The hands have posts that fit right into Prime’s original hands, extending his reach by about half an inch…



The forearm plates are stored inside the trailer on Prime’s new guns…



The forearms actually use the C-joint that has been a staple of the newer Transformers sculpts. The C-joint locks onto a small pipe on Prime’s forearm and then fold over and lock into place on a tab on Prime’s arm…



Now Prime’s all set and ready to go, once again, gaining about an inch and a half in height and about a half an inch in reach.





The new add-ons don’t restrict his articulation. The original figure was limited a bit due to his massive shoulders, and the add-ons do nothing to change the shoulder articulation. His new forearms and hands are basically just bulk, the articulation not changing much there either. The gain in articulation he does get is from his new lower legs and feet. His new “ankles” are on a ball-joint and his feet are jointed in 2 places just outside the mid-foot. He also gains a double knee articulation which will help in posing.

The add-on really makes use of the folded fuel tanks on his back. His original sword fit in the perfectly and his new sword and power pack put this spot to excellent use as well. The power pack itself fits on top of the two posts that lock this into place while in Alt-mode...



After its folded back in and locked into place, run the attached wire and handle around to Prime’s hand…



On top of the handle fits the swords hilt, of which Prime now has 2 new blades to choose from to place into it. One reminds me of the Taw God Sword, the other is more slim and reminiscent of a katana.



Now, remember I said “power pack”… Yes… the "Taw God Sword" blade lights up… a nice feature. The light shines more through the hilt itself rather than the sword blade though.





Since I pre-ordered mine, I also received a third blade. It too has the slim katana look, but with its own hilt and handle… that just screams “DRIFT!!!”



Whatever yours or Prime’s preference, you’ll both have plenty of blades to choose from…









And once you're done playing with your God sword, the wire and sword can be coiled up and attached to the power pack, ready to be wielded once again.



Now… how bout we pull out the big guns!



Everything we need is still stored in the trailer. It does take a little work to get the main cannons ready, but nothing too bad. The whole armature has to be rotated 180 degrees at its base towards the back of the trailer.



Once again, those fuel tanks on Prime’s back are our main connection point for the weapon system. The tanks snap right into place just before all the hinges for the main guns…



The main guns then have little fold out handles that Prime can grasp onto to guide some serious firepower…







To help Prime line up his targets, the top of the tanker folds forward and has a flip-down, clear red sighting screen for Prime to target through…





Now, Prime can’t simply rely on a handful of missiles… no, no, no… he needs guns man! The guns that were stored inside the trailer can be rotated out or mounted underneath the main guns, yours and Prime’s preference of course. Mine are rotated out…







The last upgrade Prime gets in the arena of firepower are more missile launchers. The launchers are pulled from the front of the trailer…



… and placed onto the square posts of Prime’s lower legs…





With Prime fully decked out in his new armor and weapon system, he’s ready to lay the smack down and start turning some Decepticons into pools of molten slag!



After all said and done, my only complaint with this add-on… while it does indeed make Prime cut a more imposing being… it just doesn’t add the height or bulk that some of the other armor add-ons have. To gauge it and give you a better idea of the size, I pulled down two of my absolute favorites… the FansProject City Commander (Ultra Magnus) and the FansProject Protector (Rodimus Prime). Both have height and bulk on Prime… Rodimus, not a whole lot more… but Magnus, most definitely.









From just playing with this while it was in pieces and then getting Prime and decked out… the add-on itself feels really solid and I feel that Maketoys put together a very nice collector’s piece. As with any item or toy like this, I don’t think it will stand up to rough-and-tumble kids play, but for a collector to take it apart and put back together again several times… unless you’re a ham-handed ogre… worrying about breakage would be a non-issue. If you like third party product, and I do, then I feel this is worth the expense.

Something else I learned while dealing with Prime, Magnus, and Rodimus… I need a bigger light box… and a better camera.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome review. I wasn't sure if I as going to get this add on until I read this...great pictures. Best review of this or any item I've seen.

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