He looks solid; there's nothing hollow there and the proportions are right. It looks a cut above the usual Deluxe quality. I'm getting more interested in these. If they're *proper* premium figures, unlike the Premier line, I could be interested.
I've really had to reacess my views on the movie deluxes from the last couple of films in the last few months.
The AOE Bee that was reused as TLK premier Bee is a very lightweight toy, but surprisingly fun. Ditto AOE Dinobots that I mostly hadnt played with before. All the new mould TLK toys have been a positive experience, even if I can't get my head around the original price on them.
I can't work out what I think about the movie toys. I get excited about some of the better looking figures, but then the appeal doesn't last long after getting them. The TLK Voyager Megatron is a genuinely good toy, really nicely designed and executed, but a week after getting him he went in the loft with the others. I've got three sets of the Dinobot moulds but I'm not sure why. I think I was looking for the best set to display as a team, but they always seem just short of what they could be.
My theory is that Hasbro have felt that with the backing of big films (and with Prime/RID toys their respective shows) the toys will be bought based on the film not the toy. Generations on the other hand is only selling on the strength of the toys (well nostalgia too) and, they now admit, to adult collectors so that line always has slightly more to it.
The second problem is that ROTF was in a lot of respects the high water mark of modern toys, you might not like the movie look or complexity, but the quality of the toys is hard to argue with. The later line made a lot of fun toys (probably more fun than most of ROTF) but as representations of the same onscreen characters the comparison isnt usually good.
And honestly I think it's the same problem Hasbro has with the Movies figures as Star Wars - if you concentrate on a small roster of characters whose appearance generally doesn't change that much, then there's only so many times people will buy the same characters.
I mean really, if you've got a Prime from the first movie even, it's good enough as a Prime from Last Night, he hasn't changed THAT much unless you're going to be super anal about it. That's why the Movie figures seems to be diminishing returns.
(and with Star Wars, Last Jedi featured 90% the same characters in the same costumes as the previous films, so if you already had your Force Awakens collection, what will you get out of Last Jedi apart from uh, the boring looking Hux and Rose figures. No wonder why they rot on shelves and Hasbro lost so much)
That's a very good point. Even with my Optimus fetish I've tended to only buy one from each line, given how similar they are. (Although I've then ended up with more due to gifting, etc.) After the (insane) genius of RotF Leader Prime, I think Hasbro did a clever thing with the Ultimate Optimus Prime for DotM. Yes, it's nothing like he looks in the film, but at least it's a different toy with a different gimmick. They need to do more of that...
Hasbro has given us four perfect movie optimi, and a fair few more who're really fun (perfect: rotf leader, battle blades voyager, tlk voyager, MP. Fun: many, including both original leader and voyager)
I never got the DotM voyager or deluxes, because the RotF leader and voyagers were so perfect, with far less cheating.
All that said, there's something to be said making main characters available across different size classes. Even working from the same design, it offers something Star Wars really can't. Variety. As well as making the main players easier for kids to acquire, as it's far easier for a kid to talk his or her mom into spontaneously buying them a $15 Optimus Prime, than it is to talk mom into buying a $45 Optimus Prime. Star Wars doesn't really have that option. Just 6" Articulated, 4" Articulated, and 4" basic. I mean it's not like there's a scale matter going on where Obi Wan is 30' and Luke is 20'.
Another thing is it's good to keep certain characters and/or designs available, periodically.* Everyone get's tired of so many Bumblebees, but those of us who've collected movie toys since the beginning are the minority. There are collectors brought in by AOE, who don't have a Bumblebee that represents his appearance in the first three films. Or Optimus. It's been several years since the RotF Battle Blades and Leader class have been available. And it's been ten years since a toy of the old camero was done. And that one was a disservice, even back then.
*I have this discussion with a friend all the time, who insists that the RiD toys are already perfect, and thus have no need to be updated. Even though there's an entire generation of collectors who've never seen an RiD figure in person, have not been available for at least 12 years (or longer), and most of the molds are toast preventing reissues from ever happening.
You make a good point with regards the size issues, and that's something I also appreciate. And that's exactly why I've stayed away from the Voyager class Primes. But yeah, there is room in other collectors' collections for some of these figures. Just not in mine. And that's okay. :-)
I like the cards for deluxes better, because the boxes are too claustrophobic for such small figures. It hides them too much. That said, these are so much better than the TLK packaging! They're so much more visually striking, and will pop on the shelves so much better. The TLK just... blend in with all the visual noise.