Topeam SD Style Optimus Prime Shattered Glass Ver
This is one adorable Optmius Prime plastic model kit by Topeam. There are 2 version, original Autobots Optimus Prime and the Evil Optimus Prime from the Shattered Glass series. Although the official photos are awesome, let’s have a look if it lives up to our expectation.
Overall Review of Topeam SD Style Optimus Prime Shattered Glass Ver
- Good articulation
- Very good SD design
- LED light up feature
- Good articulation
- Good colour and part separation
- Great packaging
- Deformed surface at the inside
- Certain parts are very hard to join together
- Overly tight double joints
- Ugly, uncovered feet that’s full of holes.
- Japanese Manual (not a weakness as I’m used to Gunpla)
The front cover comes with beautiful illustration of Optimus Prime. That one on my table is the Optimus Prime Shattered Glass Version. The only difference is the little blurb at the bottom right corner, stated “Mirror version”.
The box has really good packaging as the box material is thick and strong, definitely much stronger than the usual Bandai Gunpla boxes. At the side it showcases the different poses and combinations it can make. But I’m curious why the packaging and manual are written in Japanese.
Runner and Parts
The SD Shattered Glass Optimus Prime has total of 8 + 2 runners, 1 sticker, 1 LED and 1 instruction manual. The parts are big and solid but there are some deform plastic at the inner parts, luckily it won’t affect the appearance.
What surprise me the most is the LED and the silver plated parts. I didn’t expect it to come with light up eyes feature. In the sticker they also include multiple colour of eyes and logo.
Other than spare stickers, they also provides spare runners! I’m not a fan of plated parts so having a spare runner for painting really save my day. The other runner is transparent purple parts mostly for the axe and eye, you can swap it with the transparent orange parts.
Building the SD Shattered Glass Optimus Prime
The parts are quite well designed. Although the feeling is quite different from Gunpla, it comes with good amount of details and pretty good colour separation even with no painting.
To be honest, certain parts are VERY TIGHT. I highly recommend modelers to trim the pegs into 45 degree. The part highlighted with red circle has a peg with wrong position, so I removed it with my cutter.
SD Shattered Glass Optimus Prime – Joints and Articulation
This Optimus Prime uses ball joints for the neck, shoulders, hand, torso and thigh area, allow them to move at almost any angle. Unlike usual SD Kits, this Optimus Prime has very good torso articulation and allow more dynamic poses.
For the limbs, it uses double joint for wide movement. Making a 270 degree bend for the arms and legs can be easily done. However, they are VERY VERY TIGHT! The double joints need to be folded at a certain angle in order to hide nicely in the default standing pose. The tight joints are giving me trouble, where I have to pull it out and fold the joints separately.
Gimmicks and Transformation in Topeam SD Shattered Glass Optimus Prime
Gimmick No. 1 – The chest can be opened to reveal the Matrix of leadership.
Optimus Prime Truck Transformation – Upper Torso: 1. Remove the upper torso. 2. Take the shoulder parts and fit into the upper torso.
Optimus Prime Truck Transformation – Legs: 1. Separate the parts as the photo, use the highlighted parts. 2. Combine the 2 legs with a new parts for the feet.
Optimus Prime Truck Transformation – Lower Torso: 1. Remove the front bumper. 2. Turn the part around and combine with 2 new parts. 3. Combine the part with the legs. 4. Combine the upper torso and the lower torso.
In my option, the truck mode is feels smaller than the Robot mode. Most likely due to the smaller scale of the upper torso. But it is still cute and adorable.
Topeam SD Shattered Glass Optimus Prime – Gallery
SD Shattered Glass Optimus Prime x 1, Beam Axe x 1, Cannon x 1, hand (pointed finger) x 1, hand (fist) x 2, hand (opened) x 1, hand (for cannon) x 1
SD Shattered Glass Optimus Prime’s font and Rear view
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