A while back Agora Models teased out a new Transformers themed project. For those that may not know, Agora Models make high end, large scale model kits, often including lights, sounds, working parts, die-cast and more. Now that project is getting ready to launch, set for April 2023. Optimus Prime will come in at a whopping 38 inches tall when complete. That’s 11 inches TALLER than Haslab Unicron. So a very, very big boy.
He’ll feature die-cast metal, light up eyes, matrix, gun, energy axe (and more). He’ll be fully articulated like a modern figure would be expected to, this is no statue. Op will also feature sound phrases and music clips, plus his mouthplate moves along with the speech. To cap it off he’ll also feature a numbered base. This isn’t even the complete feature set, so we encourage you to read on and check all the details from the official copy from the company.
Agora Optimus Prime will come in a subscription model. 1 box of parts a month will arrive for 12 months. Retail price for box 1 is $75 USD. Box 2+ will retail for $150 USD. Fans will be able to buy the complete set near the end of the run sometime in 2024.
Read on to check out all the details and pics, we’ll update when the project officially goes live!
Overview & Details From Agora Models:
Agora Models is delighted to announce a brand-new big-scale model kit of Optimus Prime. Based on the original TV series and movie character from Transformers: Generation 1 from 1984–1990
Launching 20th April 2023
Optimus Prime – the heroic and beloved character based on the original TV series and movie character from Transformers: Generation 1, 1984–1990.
BIG-SCALE MODEL KIT
This is the biggest scale model kit of Optimus Prime ever produced at 78 cm (38”) tall and over 600 pieces and weighs 11 kg (24 lbs). The Agora model of Optimus Prime includes many of the working features that you would expect in a big-scale model. Made from die-cast metal.
Available as a 12-month subscription box, allowing you to build and complete this museum-quality model within 12 months. At the time of launch, customers will subscribe to a 12-month plan, receiving one box of model parts to build each month for 12 months.
Pack 1 contains more than 85 pieces!
Later in 2023, customers will have the option to buy a full kit i.e. all 12 packs in one delivery.
Shipping from our 4 distribution hubs in the UK, US, Europe & Australia (contract pending for China & JINSEAK region)
“Optimus Prime is a rather special project for all of us involved in the creation, and as such, we are going to great lengths to ensure this model is the most detailed, accurate, electronically functioning, and biggest model kit ever to be produced…”
–Liam White, Founder
… at an impressively detailed 78 cm (38”) tall!. When standing on his base, the complete model display measures a whopping 1 meter tall.
As ever, our model will be produced using the highest quality materials and includes a variety of features and electronic functions to bring Optimus Prime to life.
Fully articulated fingers allow the model to be posed with or without blaster in hand, and with fists clenched or fingers pointing to give a dramatic sense of action and movement. This model will be a self-supporting structure with fully posable joints allowing Optimus Prime to be fixed in a myriad of action poses.
The all-important illuminating matrix of leadership is hidden behind a matrix chamber door. The matrix will be a ball shape with a crystal-like inner appearance like the anime design. The matrix will be removable, but as the appropriate scale is different for the internal and external matrix, a separate matrix will be included for Optimus Prime to hold aloft in his most iconic pose.
Optimus Prime comes with a blaster which customers will also assemble. The blaster will include moving parts and lighting effects. The illuminated battle axe will also be included which will work as a replacement for his hand.
Optimus Prime’s stunning paint work is red and blue metallic, like modern car paints.
Favourite Phrases – Optimus Prime’s faceplate moves in sync with his speech. Other sound effects and music clips are also
“Greetings, people of Earth”
“Freedom is the right of all sentient
“One shall stand, one shall fall
… and many more
Display bases will be individually numbered to give them a unique, personal, and collectable quality, and will bring the final model to 1 m tall!
• HEAD ARTICULATION provides maximum posability. FACEPLATE moves in sync with his speech. SELF-SUPPORTING model, but an exclusive display stand featuring characteristic Cybertronian terrain is also available.
• FOUR YELLOW SHOULDER LIGHTS simulate dipped and full beam.
• HANDS and fingers are articulated so he can grip, point, and clench.
• CHEST VENTS have detail visible through the vents, simulating a real vehicle radiator.
• ILLUMINATED MATRIX OF LEADERSHIP in two versions: one is removable, hidden behind a matrix chamber door; the second is slightly bigger, to be held aloft in his iconic pose.
• WHEELS rotate with some resistance so they feel like they’re connected to an axle inside. Tires are high quality soft rubber.
• TWO COLORED LIGHTS on his toes with blinking effect.
• SOUNDS include Optimus Prime phrases, sound effects and music clips.
• INTERNAL PARTS include brake disc assembly and suspension system parts.
We will be showcasing our 2nd generation prototype of Optimus Prime at the following events. This model will demonstrate the full posability of this extraordinary model: MCM Comic Con & Wonderfest 23
About Agora Models (www.agoramodels.com)
“ We create stunning, big-scale, authentic replica models which are delivered with outstanding customer care and support throughout every stage of building our models. We know how important good customer service is so we make this our priority to ensure all our customers enjoy the best possible Agora Models experience”.
Pricing: Pack 1 $74.99 / £59.99 / €69.99
Pack 2+ $149.99 / £119.99 / €139.99
Picture of the prototype from MCM London Comic Con. This is from the Agora Models newsletter; there are more on their Instagram.View attachment 29963180
emgo has build videos for the first set – i just saw that it’s ~$2k for the whole thing, even more if you want the stand!? that’s roughly the same as the yolopark iies figure which seems way more intricate than this, and is already built – i thought model kits are typically cheaper lol. guess he has the size going for it, and i thought iies was big enough…
too bad for the price, because if it was significantly cheaper, i may have gone in on this set.
For anyone interested, Prime's promotional material from Agora. Like I said, I've built some of their big-scale models before and they are legit. First box is heavy too.
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I dont see anything special about this model to even come close to justifying the price.. I seen a lot of Eaglemoss kits upclose at shows and was not impressed at all. I have seen plastic model kits that impressed me more.. This Agora company is no different.. Just milking a name brand is all it is.. I mentioned in a different post , you are better off just buying a good 3D printer and printing your own. You can buy files for a figure for less then 15 to 20 bucks and print it however big you want it. You get more enjoyment out of it i think because you can customize it how ever you want. You dont have to wait for parts to ship out. Print time can take a bit but its still faster then waiting for a few parts a month to come in the mail..
Not disagreeing, but Agora Models is not Eaglemoss.
Hasbro does that themselves Lol
First pack is shipping next week. Instructions are available online for download too.
That’s might be an unwise bet for you to make. Hasbro licensed this with Agora, per their newsletter. I highly doubt Hasbro is going to let one of their flagship lines get a black eye like that.
It would be cheaper to just buy a good 3D printer and print one yourself. Sure it would be all plastic but you could customize it any way you want.. Thats what i love about 3D printing, you can pretty much print things any size you want and you can customize the STL files. I seen guys printing 5 foot tall Scorponoks and Metroplexs that can transform..
Edit… seen this 6 foot Soundwave today on FB. All 3D printed..
That Eaglemoss fiasco is unreal.. I can not believe they put their operating funds in the stock market.. I can understand some off the profit.. but your operating funds.. There is still people digging Eaglemoss products out of warehouses to sell you should keep an eye out for Ben Robinson on Twitter or Facebook, he might be able to help you. @BenCSRobinson on the twatter.
Also yes.. the tail lights being backward is idiotic. The whole internet is there to look up more than one previous product shot of a character or item you're going to work on.. designers of publicly sold products should use it, don't be lazy, care about your work.
It's still the dumbest shit to complain about.
Oh I don't care how the shape of the foot looks, I just find it funny/mildly annoying that Pat Lee got Prime's tail light stickers backwards 20-ish years ago and that people keep getting it wrong as a result of the game of telephone that one piece of art started.
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That and he has heel shaped feet.
Average Dreamwave hater brainrot. Literally looks more like an IDW Optimus foot with how it tapers.
Oof! I did complete my DeLorean, and was considering starting the Ecto-1, glad I didn't since I've only gotten it 1/3 complete before Eagleton would've gone belly up.
… nope, don't see the issue here.
Only transformers fans complain about the toes of a robot
Pat Lee and his consequences have been a disaster for the human race
They went bankrupt without warning to most people not subscribed to there models