This week, I’m looking at the Transformers Prime Gaia Unicron. This is the first Prime import that I pre-ordered before the press images were even released. I’ve been pretty happy with Takara’s exclusive figures so far, so I thought I’d take a chance on this guy. If only I knew then what I knew now…
Transformers Prime has an interesting take on Unicron. For untold ages Primus and Unicron fought. Neither being was able to gain the upper hand and claim true victory until Primus created the Thirteen. The Thirteen defeated Unicron and cast him into the depths of space. Unconscious, Unicron drifted through space. His immense body’s gravity gathered matter toward itself, creating a planet, while taking up a stable orbit around a single star. It wasn’t until millennia later that the Autobots discovered that Unicon’s broken body made up the core of their adopted home, Earth.
At the end of the first season, the gravitational forces of a planetary alignment stirred Unicron from his slumber. Unicron’s body was slowly reactivating, threatening to destroy the entire planet, but his mind was already awake. He could use his powers over the planet to create stone avatars out of rock. Optimus and the Autobots fought them off as best they could, but it wasn’t until Megatron came to their aid that they were able to teleport to the center of the Earth and beat him back into unconsciousness.
This is why Gaia Unicron looks a bit different from other versions of the character. While his avatars seemed to be made entirely out of rock in the show, the figure is an interesting mesh of geological and cybernetic components. These aspects work really well together in robot mode and give him a look that’s mostly in line with his look on the show.
My favorite aspect of this figure is the pumpkin colored metallic bits on his chest and legs. It almost has a foil-like texture to it, and definitely gives off a different kind of shine than the chromed parts on Darkness Megatron.
I also really like how sinister his huge shoulder spikes and demonic wings look. I even like the giant Uni-face on his back. Unfortunately, how the figure looks in robot mode is about as good as it gets.
I’ve heard two different descriptions for Unicron’s alt mode. Some people say it’s a funky space ship, or a tiny lopsided volcano with his face on it. I’m not really sure whether he’s a space ship or a volcano (a sentence I’ll probably never repeat in my life). Honestly, it doesn’t really matter because his alt mode is a mess either way you look at it. There are just no other words for it. Continue to page 2…