Hasbro designer Mark Maher is coming to us once again on his Instagram tonight with another behind the scenes look at a new Transformers figure. This time he’s offering some details on the recently-revealed Holiday Optimus Prime!
“Holiday Optimus Prime is going to light up your holiday season with a plethora of goodies for all sentient beings!! He comes equipped with his candy cane ion blaster, his matrix of holiday spirit, a candy striped trailer with his auto-launcher robot on the gift giving deck and he transforms into a snow covered licensed Volvo truck that will make anyone smile when dashing through the ❄️!
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.”