We’re kicking off our coverage of the Power of the Primes line with the Prime Masters – the successors to the Titan Masters. First up – Micronus, who comes with the Cloudburst decoy suit.
The whole idea of the Prime Masters is a nice evolution of the idea behind the Titan Masters – and using them as a vehicle to homage some of the Pretenders is inspired. The good is that the decoy suits – that’s the updated Pretender shells – very successfully evoke the look of the Generation 1 originals, and even incorporate the original gimmick. Turning into a weapon as well means they get some additional ways to interact with bigger figures. In the case of this set, Micronus is also designed to look like Cloudburst’s core robot, so the set is doubly cool for homaging most of the features of the original figure.
Compared to the Titan Masters, though, we feel the Prime Masters are slightly less fun. The Titan Master partners switched between two modes as well as a weapon, while the decoy suits are only figures with basic articulation, that turn into weapons. While the nostalgic fan in me loves these for homaging an era of Transformers I never expected to be revisited, the kid in me prefers the Titan Masters for being the more fun to play with.
The whole Spark Core concept that the Prime Masters have going on is okay – although again it isn’t quite as much fun as swapping heads on Headmasters, but that has more to do with how it is implemented on the larger figures.
We’ve rambled a bit about the concept in general here, but the short version is, Cloudburst is a cool homage to the original toy. Check out a few key pics attached to this post, and visit the gallery linked below for almost 60 shots of this set.
Power of the Primes Cloudburst “Decoy Suit” with Micronus
I like how Micronus’ design has been inspired by the inner robot from Cloudburst in the 1980s – it makes it easier to see this as a full-on Cloudburst update. There’s a good use of minimal paint to create the feeling of a more detailed figure there, too. Cloudburst himself has a good mix of detail and paint.
Power of the Primes Cloudburst with Micronus inside
I like how the Pretender gimmick has been imagined this go round. Bonus points for using the inner robot faces where the original shells had human faces like when these suits got used in IDW’s comics, although Micronus seems to mostly be filling the space with his forehead.
Power of the Primes Cloudburst in weapon mode with Power of the Primes Grimlock
As Cloudburst turns into a double-barreled weapon – and Grimlock needed some firepower – the two go together quite well. The weapon mode is satisfyingly big, so should look good on the larger size classes.
Power of the Primes Cloudburst with Generation 1 Cloudburst
Here’s the new Cloudburst next to the original. The new one does a great job capturing the look of the original, with some concessions to make it more robotic and less a man in a spacesuit. The extra blue on the chest really helps offset the solid red arms.