Hasbro’s Transformers San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Exclusives includes this Optimal Optimus figure that is repainted to resemble that of Beast Wars Optimus Primal, as well as the Transformers: Studio Series 19 Bumblebee Vol. 1 Rock Garage box set.
This Transformers figure is a repaint of the new 2018 Optimal Optimus figure that was originally only used in Transformers Beast Wars in the late 1990’s, and the throne diorama is capable of holding 12 Prime Master figures.
It’s not everyday that a robot who turns into a gorilla and rides a hoverboard becomes the leader of the Autobots. But that’s exactly what happened when Optimus Primal won the first-ever Fan Vote Prime poll. When Optimus Primal becomes a Prime, he evolves to Optimal Optimus. Celebrate the fans’ choice and the epic conclusion of the Prime Wars Trilogy with this figure that uses converting Evolution Armor to evolve from a 5.5-inch scale Optimus Primal figure to a 9-inch scale Optimal Optimus figure.
This convention edition offering is packed with special features:
- 4 Convention exclusive Prime Master figures: Nexus Prime, Amalgamous Prime, Prima Prime, and the legendary 13th Prime.
- A Scepter of Sparks accessory: holds 4 Prime Master figures.
- Halo of Primus display: holds 12 Prime Master figures. Use it to create an epic display of Prime Master power. Additional figures sold separately/subject to availability.
Includes Leader Class Optimal Optimus figure, 4 Prime Master figures, Scepter of Sparks accessory, and instructions. Special Edition packaging that fans can only get in this version.
• Transformers: Generations Convention Exclusive Figure
• Leader Class Optimal Optimus figure features premium deco and comes in special edition throne packaging
• Comes with 4 Convention exclusive Prime Master figures, a hoverboard accessory, and a Scepter of Sparks accessory
• The 4 Prime Master figures can fit inside the Scepter of Sparks accessory
• Store Prime Master figures in the Halo of the Primus above the throne — there’s room for 12 Prime Master figures in all
• Figure scale: 9 inches
Limited quantities of this item will be available at select conventions and select online retailers after the convention in the relevant market (including HasbroToyShop.com where available). Good while supplies last.
Thank you to Hasbro for providing their San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Exclusive Transformers Generations Power Of The Primes – Throne Of The Primes Optimal Optimus Figure.
Availability: San Diego Comic-Con – July 2018
Optimal Optimus was first introduced in the Beast Wars toyline in the late 1990’s, which was created by legendary Hasbro designer Aaron Archer and several other people working on Transformers at the time. This particular body was also used in the television series when Optimus Primal became a Prime, merging with Optimus Prime on the Ark in pre-historic Earth. This new release is something different, and while the sculpt pays tribute to the classic toy and some story elements, and this figure can become two additional figures, including Optimus Primal in his season 1 beast gorilla form, as well as his season 1 robot mode. The original Optimal Optimus had six different modes, which was featured on both the toy as well as the Beast Wars television show. There are several variations of this new Optimal Optimus/Optimus Primal figure available for 2018, which includes this figure that’s repainted to pay homage to Optimal Primal as seen in his season 1 colors, a color scheme to the vintage toy that Hasbro is bringing to retail, and Takara-Tomy is also offering both color schemes as well.
Optimal Optimus is packaged in a diorama that looks like a jungle and a throne for him to sit on, along with detailed artwork including images of G1 Transformers on the sides, and a halo of Primes that spins behind the throne, and can hold the 13 different Primes (4 are included in this set – Nexus Prime, Amalgamous Prime, Prima Prime, and the legendary 13th Prime.
Optimal Optimus is sculpted in a brand new sculpt for 2018, and is a repaint of the retailer version that pays tribute to the original toy and Beast Wars television appearance. This San Diego Comic-Con 2018 exclusive is painted after Optimus Primal as seen in the first season of Beast Wars, which includes his dark and light grey, white and red color scheme, with a blue helmet. This figure however also comes with a crown, which as Beast Wars fans might recall a crown was placed on the head of Waspinator as well as he was seated on a throne by pre-historic humans. He was the sole survivor of the Predacons following Megatron II’s capture and defeat by the Maximals, and they left for Cybertron in the future as seen in the series finale – Endgame Part II. Anyway, it seems strange to see Optimus Primal with a crown on his head, but this is something new and definitely our favorite Transformers exclusive figure this year.
The robot mode for Optimal Optimus resembles that of the vintage design, including the design of the arms, wings on the arms that rotate, cockpit on the chest, circular design on the shoulders, and design of the legs. The crown however is new to the design, as well as the deco and blasters on the sides of his legs as opposed to clear missiles that the vintage toy had. The vintage toy also had cannons above the cockpit, which was not transitioned into this new design. The figure does come with a new Scepter of Sparks accessory that can hold all of the included 4 Prime Master figures. The Prime Master figures are placed inside of it in robot mode.
Optimal Optimus can transform into a giant gorilla from here, and this form has a skate board that is made up of the robot mode part of Optimus Primal. The gorilla form is nicely done and has most of the articulation as the larger Optimus Primal mode, with the exception that his legs are half way hidden inside. The back of the chest of this mode is hollow and nothing is there behind the chest and underneath the head. The skateboard becomes a backpack for this mode, and the two cannons are placed over his shoulders, which is an usual turn of events as the season 1 Optimus Primal gorilla form could only do this in robot mode, not beast mode.
The skateboard becomes the robot mode, which is the smallest of the modes. and he comes with two blasters/swords that were stored on the legs in the other two previous forms. This mode has the head hidden inside the chest, and has the cockpit part hidden on his back.
Both of these modes can be displayed at the same time, or put back together to create the larger Optimal Optimus figure.
The final mode is the jet mode, which was also used on the vintage toy and seen in the Beast Wars animated series. In jet mode, the cockpit is infant, the cannons are put on his back, wings are spread out, and arms and legs are straight forward. In this mode, Optimal Optimus can fly great distances. This mode required both the gorilla and robot mode body’s to combine once again.
Also featured on this figure are Maximal stickers in several of the modes as seen in the gallery
This box set is exclusive to San Diego Comic-Con and HasbroToyShop on August 13th. We would like to thank Hasbro once again for providing this set for review.
Overall, the San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Exclusive Transformers Generations Power Of The Primes – Throne Of The Primes Optimal Optimus Figure is exceptional, and goes above and beyond what we were expecting. We particularly like the alternate modes, Optimus Primal colors, scepter and transformation sequence on this figure. Fans of Beast Wars, Power of the Primes, and Transformers enthusiasts in general will love this figure. If you can’t obtain one of these, Takara-Tomy is offering one, and you can pre-order him now at BigBadToyStore.
HasbroToyShop.com – August 13th