Anyway, we'll revisit FOC Optimus Prime later...I don't feel the price is right for that small figure, not for now. Who knows, it might go on clearance sales at 50% off later?
In the meanwhile, let's stroll down memory lane and review the evergreen (after countless of reissues and minor modifications) Generation One (G1) Optimus Prime...this time, the 2002 release Toys R Us (TRU) exclusive Commemorative series I.
(top : Optimus Prime Commemorative series I, bottom : Powermaster Optimus Prime Commemorative series II)
Both series were in fact, TRU exclusive, released in 2002 and 2003 respectively. Optimus Prime were almost identical to its G1 predecessors (aka those releases of 1984, 1985, 1986 till 2000) except some recognizable (maybe insignificant to others) differences such as shortened smokestacks and longer firing missiles. I was made to understand that these modifications were done for safety reasons (yes, this is a toy, 5+ years up...haha!).
2002 release...and yes, Made in China
Prime and its complete accessories...grey Roller here, quite similar with the bloated G1 Prime version
Chrome and stickers are still in good condition
Desert Dog Formula tyres...still good
Holographic rub logo - changes color when touched
The 'man' himself - Optimus Prime