|Perms aren't just for women...|
|Riding dead comrades is one way to battle corruption|
The funny thing about the IDW version of Orion Pax is that he starts out with a faceplate, but after some modifications by Senator Shockwave, he's given a mouth. And then he becomes Optimus Prime and gets the faceplate back. For reasons.
|Upgraded with new and improved mouth!|
So, thanks to IDW and Hasbro, we know have a figure based on the middle version of Optimus Prime's evolution - the Orion Pax with a mouth. Honestly, I had a few reservations about this figure once I saw preview pictures of him online. For starters, he looked so small. Frail, even. To top it off, that head! It was tiny! It was as though a kid had put his dad's suit on. Would this figure be released with such a tiny noggin? Would Hasbro actually release a sickly precursor to the great and powerful Optimus Prime? In short, yes, yes they would.
I did have some reservations about this figure's ability to strike a pose, as I've had with every other figure from this assortment. After some fiddling around, I was able to get some fairly decent poses out of Orion Pax.
I really do like this mode. It's a reminiscent of the War for Cybertron truck mode. Man, is it sharp. In the included Spotlight: Orion Pax issue that accompanies this figure, Orion at one point hauls a trailer. This has, naturally, led to a 3rd party company creating said trailer. I'm good with just the cab. I think that the trailer will also come with a new head of ol' Pax as well.
See the hole on the side rear of the truck? There's another one on the opposite side. Unlike when I was a kid, Hasbro has been kind enough to incorporate weapon storage in vehicle mode for most of it's figures. The rifle and axe can attach to these ports for an attack mode. I'm not too fond of how the axe looks when it's attached, but that's just me.