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You can now buy an Optimus Prime figure that transforms itself

By Kenny Yeo - on 17 Apr 2021, 9:11am

You can now buy an Optimus Prime figure that transforms itself

Note: This article was first published on 12 Apr 2021.

(Image source: Hasbro)

The dream of many Transformers fans has come true. There's now a figure of Optimus Prime that transforms itself.

Called the Transformers Optimus Prime Auto-Converting Programmable Robot Collector's Edition (a mouthful), the figure is a collaboration between Hasbro and Robosen. The latter is a robot company that has been making transforming robot toys for a while.

The figure is based on G1 Optimus Prime (thankfully) and stands a whopping 19 inches (~48cm) tall and consists of over 5,000 components, 60 microchips, and 27 servo motors

It has built-in speakers to play 80 sound effects and microphones for 25 voice-activated commands including iconic lines like "Roll out". 

The figure is voiced by the "original voice" of Optimus Prime which presumably means Peter Cullen.

There's also an app that lets owners program and customise their Optimus Prime figures with pre-programmed movements and action sequences.

Check out the figure in action below.

 

Availability and pricing

(Image source: Hasbro)

The Optimus Prime Auto-Converting Programmable Robot Collector's Edition is US$699.99 (~S$938) and it's expected to ship in early August. Sadly, it's sold out on Hasbro's website.

No word on local availability and pricing, however, I've seen local collectible stores accepting pre-orders and asking around S$1,150 for it.

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