Hasbro, $ 700 Optimus Prime is coming that transforms itself

Hasbro, $ 700 Optimus Prime is coming that transforms itself


Get ready for the incredible because Hasbro, during the dedicated panel of the Hasbro Pulse FAN FEST 2021 showed the prototype, the result of collaboration with Robosen Robotics, of Optimus Prime. Eh, then? So, dear reader, you must know that this Auto Converting Optimus Prime is capable of transforming itself from vehicle to robot and vice versa. At 1:10:00 in the company of Kevin Smith, guru of Nerd, we can see what this Transformer does because if you thought it was limited to "only" transformation you are very wrong!

Hasbro Pulse FAN FEST 2021 - from min 1:10:00

Well, after the presentation I learned a lot more about the product, for example we didn't know about the voice functions it responds to with the recording of the original voice actor, Peter Cullen. After transforming, the robot, almost 50 cm tall, does not simply remain stationary but simulates a breathing movement without ever standing still by reacting to certain voice commands, in total 25, which allow it to perform a whole series of programmed actions combined with responses vowels. For example if we said “Hey Optimus Prime, transform” the robot would first respond with a vowel and then perform the transformation… crazy!

Auto Converting Optimus Prime, based on the G1 style, will be made of plastic and metal and in everything will boast over 5000 components (absurd, isn't it?). All these goodies including voice recognition, transformation, movements, sounds and lights will only work thanks to the implementation of 60 microchips and 27 servo motors, a true masterpiece of technology from the Robosen Robotics team. Hasbro also announced that the "toy robot" will be equipped with a companion app for smartphones that will allow it to take poses or perform other cool programmed actions.

Optimus Prime would not be such if it were not equipped with his rifle and his ax, present in the package and also perfectly recreated in the G1 style. The product will be released with an exclusive packaging made of polystyrene and foam in order to keep it safe during transport. Yes, but all this, when does it cost? Auto Converting Optimus Prime will be available subject to changes in dates in 2021 (say October) at a price of $ 700. What do you say, with all these features, isn't it worth it to do a little big splurge?

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Hasbro’s new $700 Optimus Prime toy can finally transform all on its own

Transformers are some of the most iconic toys around — an action figure and a car! All in one! A true bargain! But as modern Transformers toys have gotten more complex, they have also become an absolutely huge pain to actually transform from car to robot and back again, often requiring multiple shame-filled trips back to the trashcan where you threw it in a fit of hubris.

Hasbro is finally fixing that problem. Not by making the toys simpler, but by making them a lot more complicated and expensive in the form of its new $700 Optimus Prime Auto-Converting Programmable Advanced Robot, which thanks to the power of real robotics technology (in the form of 27 servo motors and a mobile app) can actually transform all by itself.

The new Transformer is almost breathtaking in its complexity: Hasbro says that the 19-inch figure features roughly 5,000 components, 27 patented servo motors, and 60 connected microchips in order to pull off the automated transforming feature. In addition to a mobile app, the new Optimus Prime toy also features voice commands that allow owners to control the transforming action or drive around the vehicle form by shouting things like “roll out” or “convert.”

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The downside of owning the first Transformer that can actually, y’know, transform on its own is the eye-watering price — for $700, the new Optimus Prime toy had better be able to fight off actual Decepticons to save the Earth.

The new model is being built in partnership with Robosen Robotics, which, as noted by Polygon, has been making suspiciously Transformer-looking motorized robots for years. The new collaboration with Hasbro, though, gives Robosen the chance to bring its skills to an official Transformer product instead of a look-alike.

The Optimus Prime Auto-Converting Programmable Advanced Robot is available to preorder now from the Hasbro Pulse website for $699.99. Orders are expected to ship on August 2nd.

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