Something else I prefer about this figure over the FE is the coloring used on his body. The FE’s colors were made of such dark purples that they almost always looked black to the eye and camera lens. The RiD figure has clear purple and black areas that complement each other nicely and all the figure’s body design to be seen.
Like most of the Prime figures, Vehicon here has some really nice articulation. His head and hips are regular ball joints. His shoulders are a ball joint attached to the torso by a hinge, while his elbows are ball joints attached to his upper arms by hinges too. He has swivel biceps and wrists, while his knees are just normal hinge joints. The best part about all these joints is that none of them are blocked by the figure’s own body.
The figure comes with only one accessory, an almost too large blaster cannon. The gun can fit in either hand or attach to the 5mm ports on his shoulders. This is the one area where the FE figure fares better since his gun is a bit more accurately sized and it can replace his hands and look like it’s firing directly from his arm.
The vehicle forms of both the FE and RiD are even more similar than their robot looks. The FE has a lot more translucent plastic for windshields, which I really like. But I think the RiD is more in scale with the other Prime vehicles. This Vehicon almost makes the FE look too large and strangely cartoony in proportion.
Being the first army builder in the Prime line (unless you really want an army of Bees), the Vehicon is a great figure to fill out your Decepticon ranks. I don’t know how many of you supplement your Prime collection with Takara versions like I do, but you may want to keep an eye on this Vehicon. I’m not sure what the Takara one is going to look like yet, but he’ll definitely be a bit different since they aren’t using as many paint apps as Hasbro. There’s also a Vehicon slated for later which turns into a jet mode instead of car, and there’ll probably be a Takara version of it too. Lastly, Takara’s making a Vehicon Bumblebee which will be painted in black and purple. These figures will be a great way to build an army while keeping them all from looking exactly the same.