Surely, as Autobot Leader, Optimus Prime gets a lot of compliments for being so heroic and all that. After millions of years, all those accolades may have gone to his head. Which, might explain a certain trend we have seen over the years with BIG HEADed figures. These toys stalled out in the design process somewhere between smallest and super-deformed scales with a tiny body and a big SD style head.
Apparently it was too early to observe that the flow of leaks via Weibo had seemed to subside, as usual-suspect "tf-factory" has put out a few minor items in the last little while. We’ve got copies of the final stock images for Voyager wave 1, showing the packaging and robot and vehicle images for Optimus Prime and Megatron. This is not our first time seeing the Voyager packaging, as it had been displayed at Summer Wonderfest in Japan immediately after SDCC. We also have images of the covers for the Hasbro Asia variants of the instructions for wave 1 Battle Masters, which brought an interesting detail to light, especially when taken together with the Voyager packaging. Click through to find out more!
UK Toy distributor NDA Toys has posted stock images for the Transformers: Cyberverse Ultimate Class figures, Optimus Prime and Megatron! Listed under their Seinfeld-themed internal development codenames of “Peterman” and “Newman,” respectively, this is the best look we’ve gotten at the $30 pricepoint figures so far. Both look good, though articulation-sticklers may not be thrilled that Megatron seems to lack elbows. Keep reading for the images!
Comic Crusaders has released the last of the current crop of comic previews for the weekend, capping us off with the Optimus Prime 2018 Annual in which Thundercracker might just finally get to make a movie! The Annual will be in stores on February 28th, and you can read the preview in the gallery below right now! THUNDERCRACKER IN: STARSCREAM: THE MOVIE! The good news: somebody finally gave Thundercracker money to make a film. The bad news: it’s Starscream, and he wants a biographical picture to win over the people of Earth. Will Thundercracker stand by his principles or… well, no, he makes the movie.
RAC is back to spoiler-free reviews once again! This month in Optimus Prime: family, friends, and warriors coming to terms with both war and peace. “The Life of Sideswipe” is written by John Barber with art by Kei Zama and colors by Josh Burcham. Click here to read the review!
Here’s a story that Mooore than meets the cheese, the Wisconsin cheese makers Cow Candy have partnered with Hasbro to make branded editions of their cheese snacks. They have two products based on the My Little Pony and Transformers properties. The Transformers snacks are a pink concoction of monterey jack cheese and fruit juice called “Optimus Prime Fruit Punch Jack Cheese.” The package shows a nice robot shot of the Autobot Leader from the Robots in Disguise cartoon. Read on for the full product info and shots of the packaging.
Another new year fast approaches and Hasbro is preparing their latest set of exclusive Transformers designed to represent the animals of the Chinese zodiac. 2015 marks the year of the goat and they’re doing something a little different this year, going with a transparent and metallic color scheme. I’m no fan of translucent plastic and gold plastic tends to become very brittle over time so I’m not all that excited about these releases, but at least they picked some great figure molds to use.
First up is the surprising return of the G2 Laser Optimus Prime. The last time we saw this mold in North America it was repurposed as Scourge for the Robots in Disguise cartoon in 2000. Nothing has changed in the mold, but now comes in translucent, gold, silver, and black. Oddly enough he’s lacking all of the stickers and paint that would have been on the previous uses of the mold except for his head which has a silver mouth plate and yellow eyes. His fuel tanker trailer still has a chrome tank, but in battle station mode they’ve made some of his parts inexplicably pink and light blue.
Second is as similarly colored version of Masterpiece Soundwave. He doesn’t have quite as many colors as Optimus has, almost entirely made from clear and copper plastic save for a section of light gray plastic. Would have been better if they had used Prime’s silver and some black to break things up. Only spot on his head with color is his red eye visor, opting to not paint his mouth plate like Optimus. What he does have going for him is that being a Hasbro release he does come with five tapes (Laserbeak, Buzzsaw, Ravage, Rumble, and Frenzy) in translucent plastic and all of his weapons including a mini brass and silver Megatron gun.
Both of these figures use good molds, but my dislike for the clear plastic kills my interest entirely. Had they replaced the clear parts with the proper respective red or blue opaque plastic, similar to the 2014 Optimus Prime, I would definitely want these. They’ve also once again missed a chance at using a Beast Wars mold, this time they could have used Ramulus. Either way, expect these to hit Toys R Us and Big Bad Toy Store by the end of this year.
On the plus side, the package art is pretty epic!Reblogged 6 years ago from www.tomopop.com
The Year of the Goat is nearly here, and courtesy of Robotkingdom we know that Hasbro as always is readying a pair of commemorative Platinum Edition figures for Asian markets and US ToysRus stores. This year it’s Masterpiece Soundwave and the Laser Optimus Prime mold from late G2. Huh? Both figures are rendered in what appears to be the official YotG color scheme, which is clear plastic and copper. …Huh. But MP Soundwave even comes with a similarly-decoed set of cassettes! Keep reading to see the photos.Reblogged 6 years ago from tformers.com
At this point Transformers fans have come to learn one constant when it comes movie figures: never by the launch releases. I mean, we buy them anyway, we can’t help ourselves, but we do so knowing that at some point an even better version of that same figure is going to come along. We’re up to movie four now and we’ve seen that happen with every single movie toy line. Age of Extinction is no different, all but a few of its Generations figures have seen an improved or upgraded version released later. That’s true be it from Hasbro or Takara Tomy, but it’s Japan that’ll soon be getting the best Optimus Prime yet.
One of the major problems that toy companies have when making movie figures is that they often have to base their sculpts on concept art and early renders. This leads to figures that are way off model from how they appear in the movie. Optimus Prime was no different, having had much of his body redesigned late in the movie production causing the Leader class figure to lack screen accurate details. Takara Tomy fixed just about all of the figure’s shortcoming by extensively remolding much of it. Biggest change is the new chest which now has a proper movie sculpt and a new head that can swap between masked and unmasked faces. And just look at that paint! They replaced the garish use of chrome with metallic paint to even out the overall look. They also expanded the pallet and increased the applications to give the figure more detail beyond the sculpt. Last but not least they got around to giving the sword and shield a proper matching paint job.
Takara Tomy announced this figure a few months ago and pre-orders, along side these first colored images, only just begun this week. What’s surprising is that stores are saying it’ll be released as early as the end of October or early November. It’s pricey at ¥8,000, but it’s the price you’ll have to pay for the best transforming version of Prime’s final form from the movie.Reblogged 6 years ago from www.tomopop.com