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Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 11:54PM CDT

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A new picture has surfaced on the Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime, and hold on to your hats as this shows us the final robot mode (albeit in a rather tiny picture)

It seems that the fandom was led astray by a previous picture of a remote-controlled version of our favourite Autobot Leader, only to be linked to some concept art that looked nothing like it.

It appears there may be two versions of this figure being created. A remote-controlled version, and another designed to appeal to those fans who would desire more traditional Transformers toy, though it appears it may come with snap-on armour pieces to create the Optimus Prime colour of your choice: white or red. This one will retail for 4,200 yen (42.39 USD).

This image puts to rest any misconceptions we may have had about this figure. Yes, it does look similar to the concept art.

Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime in the Works

Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime in the Works
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Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513482)
Posted by Mkall on August 22nd, 2013 @ 11:59pm CDT
I take back most of what I said previously: this looks like a figure I may have to track down depending on how it sizes up.
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513483)
Posted by Convotron on August 23rd, 2013 @ 12:00am CDT
The non-RC version looks much better in bot mode.
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513485)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on August 23rd, 2013 @ 12:11am CDT
it's almost like focusing on the figure aspect of a transformer makes it better comparaired to a figure focused on an overly complicated, intrusive, RC gimmick :D
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513489)
Posted by SKYWARPED_128 on August 23rd, 2013 @ 12:41am CDT
Better...much, much better.
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513492)
Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on August 23rd, 2013 @ 1:42am CDT
Ooooooohhhhhhhhh man here's hoping Hasbro picks this thing up because I would give them AAAAAAALL my money for it.
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513500)
Posted by TimothyR on August 23rd, 2013 @ 2:24am CDT
the story in this thread says "red or white" .. i don't see where you're seeing red..? i see orange and white.
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513503)
Posted by RhA on August 23rd, 2013 @ 3:25am CDT
I knew it.
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513524)
Posted by El Duque on August 23rd, 2013 @ 8:40am CDT
By way of Transformers Korea we now have official images of Takara Tomy's upcoming officially licensed Toyota FJ Cruiser Optimus Prime. The figure will apparently come in multiple decos, stands just under 6 inches tall in robot mode, and will require a certain level of assembly (think the previously Trans Scanning movie figures). See the images mirrored below.

Update: Takara Tomy have also updated their official Transformers website, which includes official images of the radio controlled version.

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Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513530)
Posted by GuyIncognito on August 23rd, 2013 @ 8:47am CDT
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NOW it's on my must-buy list! I love the FJ Cruiser design, and this looks like a cool (and fun) figure that hopefully will display nicely alongside my four Alternators.

Now the question is: will this be a regular retail release in Japan? Will sites like BBTS be carrying it? Will we (in the U.S.) actually be able to buy it for roughly $45 (+ import cost and shipping)? Or is this one of those odd-ball Japanese exclusives that's only going to be sold at one particular chain of camera stores and will go for like $250 online?
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513558)
Posted by kirbenvost on August 23rd, 2013 @ 11:40am CDT
Nope, this is not for me. I love the FJ Cruiser but it doesn't make a good Optimus Prime, and I don't like the design of this figure. The building gimmick make it look like they had to simplify the figure compared to a normal Transformer. Further, it doesn't really fit in anywhere in my collection, except maybe my random OP shelf, but it's not awesome enough for that. Looks like just another oddball release, much like the Trans-Scanning figures.
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513569)
Posted by Venowtron on August 23rd, 2013 @ 12:45pm CDT
SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513575)
Posted by Mindmaster on August 23rd, 2013 @ 1:03pm CDT
Make it a different character (no Nemesis Primes or Scourges), and I'm immediately sold.
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513583)
Posted by Mkall on August 23rd, 2013 @ 1:59pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:Make it a different character (no Nemesis Primes or Scourges), and I'm immediately sold.

Indeed. I'm wondering if I can find a junker alternator with a head that'll fit this character.
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513635)
Posted by dragons on August 23rd, 2013 @ 7:43pm CDT
Looks good not good enough to buy.

Since when did prime become next bumblebee every new transformer is bumblebee or prime wheres love for other charcters decpticons
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513650)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 23rd, 2013 @ 8:40pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:Make it a different character (no Nemesis Primes or Scourges), and I'm immediately sold.
Toxitron! :P

dragons wrote:Since when did prime become next bumblebee every new transformer is bumblebee or prime wheres love for other charcters decpticons
Bad guys don't sell as well as (iconic) good guys in Japanese markets.
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513700)
Posted by EagleTron on August 24th, 2013 @ 2:12am CDT
See I knew it. I knew this good looking fj cruiser mould would turn out to be a good toy and a not bad looking robot. Good job so far Takara on this one and I said So Far. I also don't recall seeing a switching parts gimmick like this one before. It just gives me a good thought of what the possibilities Transformers toys can evolve into.
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513711)
Posted by Mykltron on August 24th, 2013 @ 4:29am CDT
YELLOW OPTIMUS?! Surely they'll rename it Bumblebee.
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513712)
Posted by Mykltron on August 24th, 2013 @ 4:33am CDT
GuyIncognito wrote:[/img]
NOW it's on my must-buy list! I love the FJ Cruiser design, and this looks like a cool (and fun) figure that hopefully will display nicely alongside my four Alternators.


At 13cm it's going to look too small next to Alternators. This is more Alternity size.
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513713)
Posted by SKYWARPED_128 on August 24th, 2013 @ 4:41am CDT
Mykltron wrote:
GuyIncognito wrote:[/img]
NOW it's on my must-buy list! I love the FJ Cruiser design, and this looks like a cool (and fun) figure that hopefully will display nicely alongside my four Alternators.


At 13cm it's going to look too small next to Alternators. This is more Alternity size.


As an SUV, it's too small to scale in with even Alternity. Heck, at a mere 130mm in bot mode, it's even shorter than MP Lambor. Using a ruler, I measured MP Lambor, and the FJ Optimus would stand up to about half an inch below Lambor's shoulder.

He's a standalone display figure at best, unless you customize him into Brawn or something.
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513717)
Posted by robotmel on August 24th, 2013 @ 5:14am CDT
>:oP
At 13cm this will be a small Deluxe sized figure and probably at a premium price point too? :-?

It could really be just about any character but popping an Optimus Prime head on it will obviously be the first choice for a new figure.

I guess this could sit well in a Cyberverse/Legends scale type display? :???:
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513730)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 24th, 2013 @ 8:24am CDT
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513753)
Posted by Mykltron on August 24th, 2013 @ 10:49am CDT
No video with dramatic camera angles can make that thing look good.
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513758)
Posted by Metrosuplex on August 24th, 2013 @ 11:00am CDT
Smaller figure, more $$$$. The future is NOW. ;)

Pass for me. The alt mode is meh, and the robo form is no where near the level of that concept art! :BANG_HEAD:

I'm gonna say it: Takara, this is awful. A 3rd Party could do better. Plus, they wouldn't shrink it down. And they would make it not-Optimus.

I get that Optimus sells, but this set is kind of out of the blue... Did someone on staff want a Toyota at a big discount? "Okay, okay, okay! How about this? We make a TF figure and promote your car... you give me... free car? :ic$: " I'm sure the cross-promo is a little more lucrative than that... but I don't see it.

Isn't this SUV too big for Asian markets anyway? :???:
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513799)
Posted by xyl360 on August 24th, 2013 @ 3:54pm CDT
Yeah, the bot mode of the RC version totally looks junky, but I might still buy it simply for the novelty. It seems like it would be quite fun to see a Transformer transform for real right in front of my eyes by itself like that. I believe that as time goes on they're going to improve upon this concept greatly as I suggested previously.
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1513873)
Posted by Emerje on August 25th, 2013 @ 2:05am CDT
xyl360 wrote:Yeah, the bot mode of the RC version totally looks junky, but I might still buy it simply for the novelty.


RC Prime isn't exactly the type of thing you buy just for the sake of having it. Mind you the bot mode is Fortress Maximus-size at 600mm or just a little over 23 inches. If Takara Tomy can sell him for under a Grand I'll be impressed.

As for the action figure version I'm hoping to get the retail version. It's priced high at 4,200yen, but Japanese exporters will offer a discount and it comes with both white and yellow parts. Since all of the colored parts are model pieces it'll be easily repainted red with simple spray paint.

People keep comparing these to the Trans-Scan kits, but these are in a higher league. The TS kits were basically just a body folded up inside a vehicle shell and the bot mode only looked good if you took all the parts off. These make better use of the FJ parts in the bot mode and the only real kibble is on the back. I wouldn't mind seeing more action models like this.

Emerje
Re: Takara Tomy Toyota FJ Cruise Optimus Prime Update: New Robot Mode Revealed (1514309)
Posted by xyl360 on August 27th, 2013 @ 5:40pm CDT
Emerje wrote:
xyl360 wrote:Yeah, the bot mode of the RC version totally looks junky, but I might still buy it simply for the novelty.


RC Prime isn't exactly the type of thing you buy just for the sake of having it. Mind you the bot mode is Fortress Maximus-size at 600mm or just a little over 23 inches. If Takara Tomy can sell him for under a Grand I'll be impressed.
Yeah, not just for the sake of having it, but like I said, for the novelty of it. It's new, it's different, and it looks fun. Kids would go crazy over this. I know I would have when I was a kid. Hell, the Jumpstarters were amazing to me, and all they did was roll and flip into bot mode. This thing actually *transforms*. As shitty as the bot mode may look, it's still an incredible feat of engineering and a damn fun looking RC toy.
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