Monday, 13 August 2012

Red Feet G1 Optimus Prime

Ending my Hasbro G1 Optimuses reviews with yet another rare piece...the Red Feet G1 Optimus Prime ie. G1 Optimus Prime with red feet instead of the traditional blue ones. Also known as the French version Optimus Prime as it was released by French company Ceji Revell back in late 1984 or early 1985 in the UK and France.

Front - looks just like another regular G1 Optimus Prime packaging, only faded in color after too much sun tan...

Yes, the box has seen better times...

Outer flap - with original Argos item no. sticker with 351/8898 printed on it. Check its authenticity by copying and pasting the following to a new tab : 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/38301877@N05/3592674735/in/photostream/

It shows the Argos Catalogue page and the item number, 351/8898 corresponding to the Optimus Prime that was on sale. 
(I thank ebay seller Ravage9000 for this info)

Left inner flap - with the cajofe markings, indicates the correct and original box

Back - regular pics / design but check out the fine prints...

1984 Hasbro Bradley, similar to those regular G1 packaging but if you look slightly to the right...

...it's Made in Strasbourg, France and not the regular Made by Takara, Japan


White styrofoam insert in good condition

Optimus removed from his packaging... 

Hide the red feet and this Optimus looks exactly like his other brothers out there...

Close up of the cab...yes, there's sticker wear...Also, do note that the red is 'redder' than the regular cabs

Comes with a rubsign

Inside of the trailer

I presume underneath the blocked out raised plastic bar is the country of manufacture, Japan. Here, clearly stated "Made in France" which matched the box copyright and apparently, the many sightings of this Optimus in France itself. The "T2" in the lynch-pin hole indicates a very early trailer mold, presumingly late 1984 / early 1985 release date.
(I thank Maz for this info)

Some of the accessories - standard gun and fists (not the bloated ones), short missiles (reissues have longer ones due to safely measures)

 The 'man' with the red feet...


Check out the grill on Optimus' forehead...not clearly seen in this pic but close-up, you'll notice silver outlines and silver shapes on the inside.

...and now, Autobots, transform and roll out...


err.....wait a minute, what's with so many Bumblebees? Can the real Bumblebee please stand up?

Credit Maz for most of the info here...for the complete review of this Red Feet Optimus Prime, please click here : Red-footed Optimus Prime :)

Finally, the meeting of the 2 Optimuses...red vs blue...whatever the color is, this is Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots.

red vs blue