Presenting BTS-03: The Matrix of Leadership custom add-on for the Gen 1 Optimus Prime! Lighting our Darkest hour - sorry, I know it's a cliche, but you can't be a Transformers fan without loving that statement. Created by Best Toys, the BTS-03 G1 Prime Matrix of Leadership is probably the best upgrade for the G1 Optimus Prime available in the market.... well come to think of it it's probably the only upgrade for the G1 Optimus Prime in the market... well there's the trailer.
Our boy G1 Optimus Prime can also hold the Matrix:
You know? I don't actually know if Sideswipe (Many thanks to Patrick Vallarta for pointing out the error) can use this. I should get one and find out. The answer is probably no. Anyway, in the cartoons, Optimus Prime in an act of desperation needed to fly so he borrowed - more like demanded - Sideswipe's Jetpack. I saved this little tidbit for last because I think - combined with the Matrix of Leadership - it's one of the best upgrade accessories for G1 Optimus Prime. The backpack is simple enough. A solid piece of plastic. No lights, no doo-dahs. Lift the hatch and you can store one - not both - of Prime's Energy Axes inside.
After sliding him onto G1 Optimus Prime's back, you can actually mount his rifles back there.
But what makes it even more exciting is that you can actually mount his weapons forward as well! Totally changing the dynamics of the figure and making him more akin to God Ginrai - without all the armor and the dynamic increase in bulk. At the very least, you do not have to throw away the paste making rifle. Just mount it.
So what's not to like?
- The plastic is a bit inferior and I honestly wonder how long it will last in my... humid climate.
- The thumbs fell off almost automatically and I resolved to just packing them away rather than risk losing such small pieces.
- There are joints in his hands - you can see them in some of the pictures, but his hands will not open - though I've seen photos of the BTS-03 Prime Matrix of Leadership provided hands that are open, I will not risk breaking mine since the plastic is weak.
- There's a small piece that looks like a tiny rectangular mount. I do not know what this is for.
Other than that? Nothing. I thought that this upgrade totally changed my mind about what a horrible toy G1 Optimus Prime was and how awesome he can be with a little applied imagination. Before he was just a re-issue of an 8-s classic. Now he's solid, more reminiscent of the cartoons and he has extra artillery. I paid a hefty sum for this. A sum well paid.
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