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!