Transformers Kingdom Rodimus Prime is a Commander Class figure which was released mid-2021 and retailed for $79.99 USD. The Commander Class price point seemed a bit dubious for Rodimus Prime considering Optimus Prime was a Leader Class figure and the other two Commander Class figures in the War for Cybertron series were large figures (Jetfire & Sky Lynx). However with the figure in hand I do see it fits at the price point with everything it comes packaged with. I was initially going to pass on Rodimus Prime but Amazon had it on offer at a much more palatable price.
Rodimus Prime comes in a large but relatively flat windowless box with fantastic box art on the front and a CGI mock up on the reverse. What is pictured isn't quite what you get in the box as there are two translucent plastic smoke effects which are actually black and the vehicle mode canopy is much more translucent than the final product.
In the actual box are 7 translucent blue blast effects, 1 Matrix glow effect, 2 smoke effects, Mobile Cannon, Photon Eliminator Rifle, the Sword of Primus and the Matrix of Leadership (stored within Rodimus' chest). The trailer is opened up in the box and Rodimus Prime is in his vehicle mode. My trailer like many others would not fully close initially however keeping the cannon out of the trailer, I attached an elastic band around the front of the trailer and left it for a few hours. Now my trailer closes without any gaps as long as the cannon is kept out of it.
Rodimus Primes vehicle mode is incredibly similar to Hot Rod's however rather than a sports car, it is more like an SUV. When the G1 Rodimus Prime was separated from the trailer you could hardly call what was left a vehicle mode. Even the 2011 MP-9 Rodimus Convoy did not really have a proper vehicle when separated from the trailer. This is something I feel Kingdom Rodimus has done well; separating the vehicle mode from the trailer will instantly give you the car mode.
In the G1 cartoon, Rodimus Prime was very rarely seen without his trailer, much like Optimus Prime, however there was a scene in the Season 3 episode The Face of the Nijika where we see Rodimus' separate vehicle form for a split second.
|Episode 77 The Face of the Nijika.|
|With Studio Series Hot Rod blast effects|