Via a post by Last Maximal on the Allspark, we have learned that the mysterious Classics Optimus Prime redeco we’ve seen in some auctions is in fact not only not a cancelled redeco but an upcoming release, and that it is coming in a Platinum Series two pack with a redeco of Voyager Classics Megatron! Yes, Hasbro has managed to bring back their Nerf gun Megatron for one more rodeo!
The toys in the two pack are interesting redecos of the Classics Voyager molds. The Optimus Prime retains the traditional red and blue deco, but uses clear blue panels on the arms and has a huge Autobot symbol stamped on his wind vane. The blue arm panels make up the sides of the truck, and so gives the truck mode a bit of a disjointed feel, though the robot mode retains a coherent look. The Megatron is interesting. In robot mode, he has a silver body, with red forearms and red-and-black legs, which makes this the closest resemblance to a Generation 1 Megatron that Hasbro has done from this mold (though Takara’s Henkei and Legends releases still skew even closer to that nostalgia). The gun mode is mainly red, most likely to accede to the requirements to make toy guns look like toys and not guns.
The bio on the set mentions “the leaders face off in a bot VS bot showdown that will shake the Transformers universe to its core”, and is named “One Shall Stand, One Shall Fall”, so it is meant to represent the scene from Transformers the Movie where Optimus Prime and Megatron had their final, fatal showdown. Like the Platinum series Planet of Junk Clash set we saw recently, this is another special edition set being made to coincide with and celebrate the 30th anniversary of Transformers the Movie.
According to Last Maximal, this set is out in specialty stores in the Philippines. It remains to be seen if this set will make it to the USA, or if it will remain an Asian market / overseas exclusive.