Presenting BTS-03: The Matrix of Leadership custom add-on for the Gen 1 Optimus Prime! Lighting our Darkest hour - sorry, I know it's a cliche, but you can't be a Transformers fan without loving that statement. Created by Best Toys, the BTS-03 G1 Prime Matrix of Leadership is probably the best upgrade for the G1 Optimus Prime available in the market.... well come to think of it it's probably the only upgrade for the G1 Optimus Prime in the market... well there's the trailer.
I have to admit I've never liked the G1 Optimus Prime because of how crude it is in comparison to the many available Optimus Primes in the market today - I know, sacrilege and the G1 Optimus Prime was ahead of its time. But it always felt so incomplete. You can see the sun through a huge gaping hole in his chest and the rifle looked like it was going to expel paste. So when my favorite E-Bay supplier Victoyoyos said he had it, I had to grab it.
Our boy G1 Optimus Prime can also hold the Matrix:
And he can "Light our Darkest Hour" Which I don't really know if Optimus Prime ever did. Rodimus did, but I don't have one yet, so bear with me.
Almost enough to move me to tears. Note that Prime can lift the Matrix over his head and you can no longer see through the chassis of G1 Optimus Prime because the Matrix of Leadership mount is now blocking the view. The thought and craftsmanship behind the Matrix of Leadership and it's mount is so good that G1 Optimus Prime can transform without having to remove either.
You know? I don't actually know if Sideswipe (Many thanks to Patrick Vallarta for pointing out the error) can use this. I should get one and find out. The answer is probably no. Anyway, in the cartoons, Optimus Prime in an act of desperation needed to fly so he borrowed - more like demanded - Sideswipe's Jetpack. I saved this little tidbit for last because I think - combined with the Matrix of Leadership - it's one of the best upgrade accessories for G1 Optimus Prime. The backpack is simple enough. A solid piece of plastic. No lights, no doo-dahs. Lift the hatch and you can store one - not both - of Prime's Energy Axes inside.
After sliding him onto G1 Optimus Prime's back, you can actually mount his rifles back there.
So what's not to like?
- The plastic is a bit inferior and I honestly wonder how long it will last in my... humid climate.
- The thumbs fell off almost automatically and I resolved to just packing them away rather than risk losing such small pieces.
- There are joints in his hands - you can see them in some of the pictures, but his hands will not open - though I've seen photos of the BTS-03 Prime Matrix of Leadership provided hands that are open, I will not risk breaking mine since the plastic is weak.
- There's a small piece that looks like a tiny rectangular mount. I do not know what this is for.