Taking another look at a fresh Robosen product today – the Transformers Rise of the Beasts Optimus Prime Signature Series Limited Edition figure. Optimus is based on his recent movie look from ROTB, coming with multiple accessories pulled from his appearance in the flick. This is another non-transforming product, similar to G1 Bumblebee. The focus is on the robot, it’s movements, lights and sounds – giving you a display piece that you can interact with and customize.
Pre-Orders are now 30 days out from closing, so if you are interested in picking up the limited edition version of the unit, you can do so over at Robosen here (#ad). The folks at Robosen let us know that the total units will be limited to 3,000 pieces, and the corresponding collector coins will be numbered that way as well.
Robosen was kind enough to send through an early copy of the unit, so read on to check out our in-hand pictures and a quick simple video showing off what he can do!
Robosen Transformers Rise of the Beasts Optimus Prime Signature Series Limited Edition First Impressions
So this is my second interaction with a Robosen product, the first being Bumblebee. I still haven’t cracked open the one that really kicked things off for them, which is the auto-transforming G1 Optimus Prime. That of course was a huge selling point, the auto-transformation. Bumblebee and now ROTB Prime return to Robosen’s general robotics roots, a robot that you can control, customize and interact with.
Also to be clear, this is an early sample. Some things will change, improve, before final release. One notable thing being the Rise of The Beasts logo on the base. Paint, the app, and other aspects will also be refined before launch.
This is a larger display piece, coming in at 16 inches & change for the base robot, about 18 and change with the base, standing on the ground. The base however does allow you to keep him in hover mode, so it can go taller. The base is about 13 inches deep and wide, shaped like a giant Autobot faction logo. Overall he’s somewhere in-between a Threezero DLX and Premium scale offering. The sculpt and paint are meant to be screen accurate, giving you a large centerpiece the way Threezero, Prime 1 or Yolopark would. This one however, has robotics built in and can move and talk.
The setup and functionality is very similar to G1 Performance Bumblebee, however he’s not really designed to walk around and kick things etc. Almost all actions he performs, and ones you can create from scratch, are meant to be done with him attached to the base, and even then, kind of in hover mode.
After connecting him to the app (see screenshots below), you have the ability to go into different main areas – Bluetooth Control, Custom Programming, Actions, and Mini Theater.
Bluetooth gives you a quick interface for controlling his arms with different weapons on. He comes with his Ion Blaster, dual Energon Swords, and an Energon Axe. Triggering one will have him move around accordingly along with some related sound effects.
Custom Programming allows you to create a step by step sequence of every single joint, using a GUI interface. When done you can save the resulting action and replay it later. This is a big selling point for some, as it allows you to get into the nitty gritty of robotics programming. The other Custom Programming option allows you to manually pose things out with your hands like you would pose an action figure, then “save” once you have it just right. You can then replay that pose later on from a list. In both cases, you can layer in sound effects, included G1 background music, and voice clips.
Those voice clips by the way – newly recorded lines from the GOAT himself Peter Cullen. It always gives me chills hearing him and this time was no different. The lines feature a mix of G1 greatest hits and new ones related to ROTB. Overall they seem to land more like heroic Optimus, G1 toon style, rather than murder-bot give-me-your-face Optimus from the movies. A welcome addition.
The Actions area is where I spent most of my time. These are pre-programmed sequences featuring sounds and music, depending on what you are playing. You can create ones yourself using the above mentioned interface, or just click buttons and have them play. This is more my speed. He ships with a selection, and then you can download additional ones. I assume more will be added over time, but I can’t confirm that.
Mini-Theater is similar to actions, but longer more fleshed out sequences. Like watching a mini movie. There is also a Multi-Role theater which is marked coming soon, so there is a chance we are getting additional Rise of the Beasts themed bots down the road, and the two units will interact.
Aside from all that, he’s also voice controlled. So if you say “Hello Optimus”, he’ll respond, and then you can tell him to do things by voice. He’ll perform select actions listed above depending on what you say. There’s a list within the app of commands you can give him.
Bottom line, it’s another well constructed piece from Robosen, giving collectors a little something different to choose from in the centerpiece display arena. Not quite as big as other similar offerings, but still high quality in sculpt and paint, PLUS the robotics angle. If you are looking for some movie-verse cab-over Prime to dominate your shelves with, it’s definitely worth consideration if you have the space and budget.
Read on to check out our pics below. We’ve done up a VERY basic video showing some key ways he functions as well.
Pre-Orders are now 30 days out from closing, so if you are interested in picking up the limited edition version of the unit, you can do so over at Robosen here (#ad). He’s due to ship in late 2023.