A new Optimus Prime collectible toy was announced yesterday and yes, you want one!
Hasbro recently held a Pulse Fan Fest video event. Over the course of a four-hour live stream, new products were revealed including lines from Power Rangers, Star Wars and G.I. Joe.
However, it was one of their latest Transformer toys that really piqued my interest.
Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autbots, a sentient robot from the planet Cybertron, who came to Earth with his fellow soldiers and took on the disguise of a red Freightliner FL86 truck.
This has been an iconic design that most of us older nerds first witnessed via the Transformers cartoon back in the first half of the 1980s.
I remember many friends who had Optimus Prime which was one of the easier toys to switch between truck and robot form, unlike some of the others which seemed to have Rubik’s Cube levels of complexity to get them to change.
Now after thirty-five years of advancement in electronics and robotics, you can finally own an Optimus Prime that can transform himself and do a lot more.
Hasbro, in conjunction with Robosen, has created an Optimus Prime that converts from a truck to a free-standing Autobot, a whopping 19 inches tall.
Optimus Prime is built using over 5000 components, 60 microchips and 27 servo motors creating the most realistic Autobot toy yet.
He features two built in speakers that pump out electronic sounds as he moves including that classic transforming noise and Peter Cullen as the original voice of Optimus Prime. A microphone listens out for any one of 25 voice commands so that he can respond.
The Autobot also comes with a companion app so that he can be controlled and programmed via your phone allowing you to create your own custom sequences.
I don’t think my writing is doing this any justice. Instead, here’s the showcase from the Hasbro event with Optimus Prime being shown off by Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith.
If you watched the video, then you will have learned that this collectible will set you back a cool $700 (minus the one cent!) and is expected to ship around October. Unfortunately, Optimus Prime does seem to be limited to the US only, it does not feature on the UK variant of the website.
Get you pre-orders in now via Hasbro Pulse.