Hasbro’s designer Sam Smith, via his Instagram account, has shared new turnaround videos of the recently revealed Buzzworthy Bumblebee Studio Series SS-102 Rise Of The Beasts Voyager Optimus Prime.
We have not only 360-view videos of this new Rise Of The Beasts Optimus Prime mold in robot and alt mode, but Sam’s comments about the development and hidden details of this figure with special mention to all the retools made by Takara Tomy team to change the original Studio Series Voyager Bumblebee Movie Optimus Prime into his ROTB incarnation.
See all the images and videos as well as Sam’s comments after the jump and then join to the ongoing discussion on the 2005 Boards!
SS-102 TF7 Rise of the Beasts Optimus Prime
“POWER IS PRIMAL”
I just realized this is my first time sharing an Optimus Prime figure with you all, and I couldn’t think of a better version to debut. Introducing the ROTB Buzzworthy TF7 Optimus Prime!
Based on a licensed modified Freightliner FLT, this partial figure does an amazing job of bringing the movie vehicle and character to life with unprecedented proportions and articulation. Despite being listed as partial tooling, the only thing that was preserved from the original SS-38 figure were the translucent windows, and the wheels. Everything else on the figure is 100% new.
This figure is an engineering marvel. Traditionally a voyager scale figure is assembled across 9 different molds, but this Optimus is very cleverly constructed using 4 new molds. Yuya at TT is an absolute legend for finding such a creative execution for this character, and solving it so well. Our team was absolutely blessed to have our partners at TT pouring so much love into this design. This figure is uncompromised, and offers masterpiece rivaling complexity and articulation at a Voyager scale.
The deco on this figure balances some traditional movie Optimus colors, with some delicious metallic highlights. Due to the low tool count, a number of the ABS parts needed to be painted in order to correctly match the mechanical detailing and body colors, So if you are asking yourself, “why wouldn’t they have just molded X part in X color”, that is likely the reason why.
I have to give a shout out to @naveskoorb for forfeiting an Optimus figure, and entrusting me to take one on. I can understand why he’s your favorite :D.
NOTE: I won’t be sharing full Screen to Toy asset breakdowns prior to the films release out of respect to our studio partnerships.
What are your thoughts on ROTB Optimus? Is he an upgrade for you over the previous SS-38 Optimus? Share below in the comments!
Unfortunately not, but I wish it was.
Do you guys think this is possible to do? SS102 upper body with SS38 lower body
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For SS38, if the tires is not fold in the body..
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Can't wait to get SS102
Don't forget that there is a mainline too, which has a voyager Prime in the first wave, plus loads of gimmick toys. There is no lack of a ROTB Optimus, they just originally didn't think that specifically an all-new mold in Studio Series was a top priority immediately.
Either way, I'm pretty excited to handle this guy but I would absolutely be up for one of those premium deco versions too, much more so than with the BB Optimus. There's just a lot of nice little details that can be picked out.
Sounds like they lined this up really early in production, he wasn't much different than his BB-Movie incarnation, so they pushed him out of the main Studio Series lineup to make room for newly-tooled figures.
As the movie production progressed and the design evolved, they eventually settled on giving him the Override treatment. But his exclusivity status was already locked.
SS 38 truck mode is better than the robot mode.
SS 102 robot mode is better than the truck mode.
I prefer the robot mode. And more articulation than the previous figure.
Ab crunch. Deeper elbow bend. Swivel feet.
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Honestly my most nitpicky thing (aside from like half the torso being painted blue plastic "cleverly constructed" my behind) is the lack back double tires, cause like 98% of Optimus toys miss this and on ROTB especially cause they're the most prominent in this movie they've every been.
Optimus according to the director is the main transformer of the movie. And that has been known for a very long time. I have absolutely no clue how they didn’t think of making him part of the main SS line up much less allocate him to be a partial.
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Is anybody weirded out by how they seem to almost patholically refuse to show any shots of his guy with his regular right first instead of the gun? Especially then the trailers all have it on his *left*? If I didn\'t know better I\'d just assume he didn\'t actually have a right hand.
I think the only thing keeping this from being amazing is the truck bed transformation.
The Bumblebee movie Optimus had amazing leg transformation that made the truck hitch area look like an actual truck's. I wish they could a found a way to do that again while maintaining the proper robo mode proportions.
Shoot maybe it's because they had less frames.or whatever they're called to make this one?
Anyway, it looks near perfect and I can't wait to make it mine
(Edit) I see my concern was already addressed lmao well that actually makes me feel better knowing the designers want it as accurate as we do. Still, I can't wait to get my hands on this one
I stand by my original opinion that the robot mode looks stellar, and is far superior to SS38, but the vehicle mode definitely suffers. I enjoyed seeing the CAD comparisons. Eager to get the new one, hopefully my Targets will have them
Already sold out at pulse!
Already being solicited so start scrounging online for one now or of course risk it with the store exclusivity. That's the bane/bane of our hobby now.
Looks pretty good but Hasbro dropped the ball making him exclusive. This is the first time that the Movie Prime is that hard to get.
It’s going to be a nightmare for many people to get him. In many countries, the freaking Buzzworthy line is not even available.
The excuse of Hasbro was just pathetic, King dollar talked, this is a business and we don’t need pathetic excuses to justify an agreement with Target. Don’t be surprised if the Leader Prime is boxed in a SS box in other countries, just like the other ROTB characters but “we didn’t know if Prime could be included in the SS, even Airazor was included but we didn’t know about the main character”
Optimus prime, the face of the franchise and the main bot who has a character arc in the newest live action film set to be the top 5 of this year. Doesn’t make any sense to me
I know this guy had budget cuts, I know they didn\'t want to make the shins floppy, that doesn\'t mean that excuses it and it doesn\'t make me wrong for just not feeling it. Net personally, I don\'t understand why hasbro would make this an exclusive and chip at its budget. But the back of the cab, the way the feet fold away, and the shins just chudding off the back, they should\'ve just left the shins on the legs at that point. The feet on the mainline is obnoxious but not to this level. I\'m sorry but hasbro keeps raising the price at least a dollar a year if not more at this point so justifying why the main version of Optimus prime from the newest live action film is an exclusive with budget cuts that are so big we need to be reminded so we give the thing slack. I\'m proud of what the engineers did with the resources given, but this just doesn\'t cut it I\'m sorry.
I totally understand that there are high standards for Studio series figures (bc they've had a fairly good run at it so far) but it's honestly kinda hilarious when peoples' biggest gripe with SS38 were the "horrendous legs that can't stay together" and when they fixed it for SS102, people still complain. The kibble hangs off the cab because keeping it a single solid piece makes it more sturdy, otherwise, it'll just be flimsy like SS38, thus, no "fold in to conceal" part of transformation.
Considering the high expectations set, its understandable, but its also ridiculous for ridiculing them for trying their best to fix the issue while trying to keep within the budget (a thing ppl tend to forget when designing the figures, limitations keeps these things from being perfection). Criticizing will hopefully bring about better figures in the future, yes, but man ppl can be rough sometimes.
That being said,
I feel like we should be this angry about the fact that that there's no trailer hitch? or the fact that truck bed is very uniquely designed, but this figure does not seem to take advantage of at all? It doesn't need to look like a normal truck (like SS38 successfully does), it just needed to look like the movie's truck. I'm not a huge truck guy but i've never seen this look on a truck anywhere else.
back to the whole high expectations thing, I think I'm just mostly upset it doesn't something look like this (I know, this is an unfair comparison, one is a transforming toy, the other is a diecast model replica but you get what I mean):
Sam: we can further improve the design with a leader budget if they ever give him a trailer
The amc popcorn bucket:
Not only can it be removed, it can also be wielded as a hand-held sword.