Hasbro's Studio Series designer Sam Smith is sharing what all the Buzz about for the just revealed Rise of the Beasts SS-102 Optimus Prime that will be offered as a Buzzworthy Bumblebee Target exclusive release. Read on see the behind the scenes report from Sam with his designs and concept images for the figure.
“POWER IS PRIMAL”
I just realized this is my first time sharing an Optimus Prime figure with you all, and I couldn’t think of a better version to debut. Introducing the ROTB Buzzworthy TF7 Optimus Prime!
Based on a licensed modified Freightliner FLT, this partial figure does an amazing job of bringing the movie vehicle and character to life with unprecedented proportions and articulation. Despite being listed as partial tooling, the only thing that was preserved from the original SS-38 figure were the translucent windows, and the wheels. Everything else on the figure is 100% new.
This figure is an engineering marvel. Traditionally a voyager scale figure is assembled across 9 different molds, but this Optimus is very cleverly constructed using 4 new molds. Yuya at TT is an absolute legend for finding such a creative execution for this character, and solving it so well. Our team was absolutely blessed to have our partners at TT pouring so much love into this design. This figure is uncompromised, and offers masterpiece rivaling complexity and articulation at a Voyager scale.
The deco on this figure balances some traditional movie Optimus colors, with some delicious metallic highlights. Due to the low tool count, a number of the ABS parts needed to be painted in order to correctly match the mechanical detailing and body colors, So if you are asking yourself, “why wouldn’t they have just molded X part in X color”, that is likely the reason why.
I have to give a shout out to @naveskoorb for forfeiting an Optimus figure, and entrusting me to take one on. I can understand why he’s your favorite :D.
NOTE: I won’t be sharing full Screen to Toy asset breakdowns prior to the films release out of respect to our studio partnerships.
What are your thoughts on ROTB Optimus? Is he an upgrade for you over the previous SS-38 Optimus? Share below in the comments!
Included amongst these images are some addition comparison shots against SS-38 along with some breakdowns of the tooling efficiencies that were used to help bring this character to life.
SS-102 TF7 Rise of the Beasts Optimus Prime - Vehicle Mode Turntable
Included amongst these images are some addition comparison shots against SS-38. Oddly enough both the Studio Series and Masterpiece release for the Bumblebee Optimus Prime were sculpted as Generic Cab Over trucks. While ROTB Optimus utilizes a licensed Freightliner FLT chassis (thanks @transformersaltmodes , i totally listed the model incorrectly) that more closely matches the modified vehicle used in the film.
Ordered the Wei JangAUtobot Apex. This is the most acurate COE ever done.
29 minutes ago, BaCon said:
Get the Toyworld TW-F09 Freedom Leader (Tactics Waistcoat) and never look back.
3 hours ago, BaCon said:
Yeah, among other things like the VIAGRA SMOKESTACKS. Fortunately, the Mainline voyager that Hasbro has not acknowledged yet, is a nice alternative.
I have a gripe with those wing fairings, and the bucket feet in truck mode.
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