Hasbro's Mark Maher @markclonus slides down the chimney with a sack filled of Holiday Optimus Prime details for us in his latest behind the scenes post. Dig into the details on how this all new mold, with Earthrise trailer, turned out just in time for the holidays. Read on to see Mark's report followed by the in-hand images.
Optimus is an all new mold, all the parts are unique and stylized to really make this Volvo VNR 300 look spectacular. The trailer is the same mold as the Leader Earthrise Optimus Prime but its redeco’d in white to evoke a snowy fortress appeal, sorry Superman, but this gift giving deck is far superior! The robot (auto-launcher) has alot of cool abilities and articulation, it can even come off and attach as an extra accessory to Optimus (forgot to show that here! Sorry!) the trailer door also comes off and can act as a frosty shield to block all types of snowballs!
As most of you can tell, his look is based on a holiday appearance in the comics and I never dreamed Optimus would look so good in shiny black boots. I was able to do the deco for him but I was not involved in the upfront design.
The transformation sequence will most definitely leave you merry because its the gift that keeps on giving. Takara Tomy has truly been making my holidays a magical experience since I was a kid. I am truly honored and amazed daily at what they’re able to accomplish with the brand we all know and obsess about. The leg transformation is very astonishing and so satisfying. The head sculpt colored in a metallic blue and has holiday green cheer light piping. Made sure his face was painted the silver metallic but his battlemask is frosted with a snowy white. I really love the back mudflap design, the whole back end is really appealing as I just love the exposed thick truck snow tires. His chest does open up to store his Matrix, I apologize on the blurred areas, stamped sample numbers are all over this guy.
Pop-O the Clown and Yule B. Bored made an appearance from the Botbots universe but unfortunately they will not be included in the set.
It's a GREAT optimus prime figure, but don't you think they're overusing the earthrise trailer mold just a LITTLE bit?
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