Primal Prime has a special place in my heart. I know I say that a lot, but hey, what can I say? I have a big heart.
For this guy in particular it was my purchasing victory of Botcon 2002. Unfortunately he had been a rather limited run (the TFWiki states that he was limited to only 10,000) and I never saw hide nor hair of him at retail. As I hit the dealer floor for the first time at Botcon 2002, I made a beeline for the Big Bad Toy Store tables and there he was, for a very, very reasonable price; the only one. I waited patiently for my turn and while I was doing so a pushy, grubby kid elbowed his way up, followed by his parents. “There! Him! Therrrrrrrrre!” You guessed it, he was pointing right at the one and only Primal Prime. His father began to elbow me out of the way to see better, just as the BBTS rep walked up. “I want-“, the rude little child started. I interjected, “Actually, I was here first,”
The adult hidden somewhere in me should let him have the toy.
“I’ll take that Primal Prime.”
I didn’t look back as I strode triumphantly away with my wonderful new Primal Prime. I think the kid may have started crying. Like I said, I have a big heart.
A remold of Beast Wars Transmetal Optimal Optimus Primal, he is essentially the same toy done in Optimus Prime-like colours. The remold part is actually his missile launcher functionality. Optimal Optimus had one trigger to both launch his missiles as well as light up his cannon’s light gimmick. Naturally this lead to people shooting themselves directly in the eyeball at close range while trying to see him light up. Primal Prime uses a different trigger for the lights than the missiles.
Optimal Optimus was already one of my favourite toys from Beast Wars, so painting him up like Optimus Prime and tossing in some random translucent pieces just makes the toy that much more awesome.
Even better is giving him a justifiable backstory that includes being an amalgamation of Primes of the past through the use of the Matrix. He combines Vok, Maximal, and Autobot technology “forged from the remnants of a control suit used to manipulate Optimal Optimus during the Beast Wars”. The control suit, of course, being the one from the Beast Wars episode “Master Blaster”, that Quickstrike pilots as a remote control for Optimal Optimus.
The only annoying part is that we never get to see his Primal Prime’s beast mode in any of the fiction. This is one seriously tough-looking techno-ape.
Thanks to his light piping being enhanced to take advantage of his light-up electronics, his light-piping is wonderful in beast mode.
He has what is charitably referred to as two vehicular alt modes. One a wheeled ground vehicle and the other a flying jet mode, neither manages anything too spectacular thanks to his giant fists protruding in both.
But the mold does at least have the excuse of not having to base either alt mode on earthen vehicles, seeing as it was created on Earth millions of year before the vehicle.
Much like my statement regarding Double Punch before, I liked the first version of this toy, but this was the toy this mold was meant to be.