Via 淘宝店变形金刚改造工厂 on Weibo, we have an in-package image of a new release of Masterpiece Optimus Prime. This release is designated as MP-10, much like the original Japanese release of this mold (just to confuse everyone), and he sports the modern US Masterpiece packaging complete with sticker indicating he will be a Toys R Us exclusive. One thing is slightly baffling, and that is the use of “Cybertron” rather than “Autobot” for his faction – although, as a leaked image, this is probably an error that would be corrected before this Optimus hits shelves. Or perhaps, it is a clue that this one is only going to be released in the Asian markets? That is unlikely, given the popularity of Optimus Prime as the Transformers franchise’s leading man.
We’d expect an official reveal on this one from Hasbro, perhaps at San Diego Comic Con 2017, if he is US bound – so please watch this space for more information.
Update: several members of our TFW2005 boards have pointed out that official images were released at New York Toy Fair (albeit, without fanfare or context) and also that this figure has been listed in Toys R Us’ computers for a little while. Our apologies for overlooking these details previously.