On May 16th, Hasbro released its new toy line for Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Thought lost to the far reaches of space, Sentinel Prime was on a special mission for the Autobots, one that would win them the war. But before his ship could exit the atmosphere of Cybertron, it was badly damaged by Decepticon Seekers, leaving Sentinel Prime to drift in the vast expanse of space. Many thought he was lost to the cosmos, until now. Sentinel Prime returns to fight alongside Optimus Prime and his fellow Autobots to try and rid the galaxy of Decepticon tyranny.
Sentinel Prime is a beautifully done figure that complements the movie design very well in both robot and truck form. His vehicle mode is of a Rosenbauer Panther 6x6 fire rescue truck. The figure can be a little back-heavy as that is where all the electronics in this figure are located. He has two sound modes in both truck and robot form.
In truck, you have the very basic siren sound effect you would almost expect from any fire truck. On the right side of the truck’s cab, there is a mech-tech port with a button inside. When you insert a weapon into this port, his sound effect changes from siren to what sounds like a blaster with missiles firing.
What’s really nice about this figure is that while most toys don’t store their weapons well, this is not the case with this figure. His sword stores inside of the rear of the fire truck, hidden from sight and safe. There is no worry about the sword disappearing if you keep it placed in the truck. Also, Sentinel's shield stores into a slot under the truck. I especially like this as kids can sometimes lose accessories easily for toys if there isn’t a storage option. This helps prevent a child sending you on a wild goose chase for a weapon. Beyond these features, there isn’t much more to the vehicle mode. The shield can mount on top of the truck for a stealth force look but it isn’t too appealing to me.