RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!?

Transformers News: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!?

Friday, December 14th, 2018 9:57PM CST

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Fellow Seibertronians, we have a very tantalizing rumor to pass along! Our own Shajaki has pointed us to some pictures gleaned from the Facebook group Transformers Never Die. The pictures depict none other than the most famous of all Autobots, Optimus Prime, in all his G1 glory (minus his trailer). He's packaged in the same style of retro "Vintage G1 Transformer" box that Hasbro has used this year for the Walmart Starscream and Hot Rod G1 reissues. Not a lot information is to be found yet about this mysterious addition to the "Vintage G1" line-up. These pictures may have been taken at a Taiwan trade show. If anyone is able to translate any of the information on the post on TFND or anything in the comments, please let the Seibertron New Crew know so that we can update this story! For now, enjoy what could very well be appearing on Walmart shelves in the near future in the United States and Canada!

Transformers News: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!?

Transformers News: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!?

Transformers News: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!?

Take particular note of the first picture. This alleged Vintage G1 Optimus Prime release is sitting atop the soon-to-be released Transformers Siege Leader Shockwave and Leader Ultra Magnus. You can just make out "Decepticon Shockwave" on the left box and WFC-S13 on the box on the right, which is the designation for Ultra Magnus in the War for Cybertron: SIEGE line.

What do you think of the possibility of getting another reissue of G1 Optimus Prime, but without his signature trailer? Is this a hoax? A clever knock-off? A Hasbro Asia exclusive? Tell us what you think in the comments below as we delve deeper into this mystery. As always, stay tuned to Seibertron.com for all the latest news on everything Transformers!
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Re: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!? (1998921)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on December 14th, 2018 @ 10:00pm CST
He has full-length stacks.
Re: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!? (1998923)
Posted by Randomhero on December 14th, 2018 @ 10:08pm CST
Holy crap no trailer. I would actually get this
Re: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!? (1998924)
Posted by Quantum Surge on December 14th, 2018 @ 10:11pm CST
I might get it if it is cheap and maybe trade in my shortened smokestack version.
Re: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!? (1998925)
Posted by Lore Keeper on December 14th, 2018 @ 10:12pm CST
If this is real, I'd be thoroughly displeased. I don't expect every single Optimus Prime toy to come with a trailer (unlike some people). But in this case, they are willfully omitting about half of this toy. Half the features, half the fun. There are more than enough Optimus Primes that exist as just a cab, and they look much better doing it. The lack of a transformable battle station just makes this version boring. [-(
Re: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!? (1998926)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on December 14th, 2018 @ 10:15pm CST
ZeldaTheSwordsman wrote:He has full-length stacks.


... and that renders a US release implausible unless the Toy Safety Laws have been changed again... Wait, did the Jada Die Cast model have long or short stacks?
Re: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!? (1998927)
Posted by Wolfman Jake on December 14th, 2018 @ 10:17pm CST
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
ZeldaTheSwordsman wrote:He has full-length stacks.


... and that renders a US release implausible unless the Toy Safety Laws have been changed again... Wait, did the Jada Die Cast model have long or short stacks?


Or, perhaps they've been retooled so that the smoke stacks extend and retract? That way, you can get them at the original full length, but if enough pressure is put on them, they'll collapse down and prevent someone from puncturing themselves, or whatever the reason is for short smokestacks in the U.S.
Re: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!? (1998928)
Posted by Randomhero on December 14th, 2018 @ 10:30pm CST
Wolfman Jake wrote:
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
ZeldaTheSwordsman wrote:He has full-length stacks.


... and that renders a US release implausible unless the Toy Safety Laws have been changed again... Wait, did the Jada Die Cast model have long or short stacks?


Or, perhaps they've been retooled so that the smoke stacks extend and retract? That way, you can get them at the original full length, but if enough pressure is put on them, they'll collapse down and prevent someone from puncturing themselves, or whatever the reason is for short smokestacks in the U.S.



Pretty sure it’s just changed. MP-10 has not released didn’t have the shortened stacks so it’s very possible that’s changed since he last release which was when? 2009 when that 25th anniversary box came out?
Re: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!? (1998930)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on December 14th, 2018 @ 10:57pm CST
Randomhero wrote:
Wolfman Jake wrote:
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
ZeldaTheSwordsman wrote:He has full-length stacks.


... and that renders a US release implausible unless the Toy Safety Laws have been changed again... Wait, did the Jada Die Cast model have long or short stacks?


Or, perhaps they've been retooled so that the smoke stacks extend and retract? That way, you can get them at the original full length, but if enough pressure is put on them, they'll collapse down and prevent someone from puncturing themselves, or whatever the reason is for short smokestacks in the U.S.



Pretty sure it’s just changed. MP-10 has not released didn’t have the shortened stacks so it’s very possible that’s changed since he last release which was when? 2009 when that 25th anniversary box came out?


The MP-10 one was first released in 2011, and last reissued in 2017, all with long stacks. The 25th Anniversary G1 reissue did have short stacks... as did the Asian re-release of the Commemorative Series one in 2012. Odd.
Re: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!? (1998932)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on December 14th, 2018 @ 11:02pm CST
I'm pretty sure it i]is foot-puncturing that caused the concern, JelZe.

The Jada model had full-length stacks, but it might not be classified as a toy for testing purposes.

Do Studio Series Optimus' stacks collapse?
Re: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!? (1998936)
Posted by Nathaniel Prime on December 14th, 2018 @ 11:11pm CST
ZeldaTheSwordsman wrote:The Jada model had full-length stacks, but it might not be classified as a toy for testing purposes.

Do Studio Series Optimus' stacks collapse?


Studio Series Prime's stacks never could extend. But if this new G1 Prime has extendable stacks(pretty sure MP-10's did), that would be great. Not having them is OK too, and I will definitely pick up this Prime when I see it.
Re: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!? (1998937)
Posted by Randomhero on December 14th, 2018 @ 11:22pm CST
Nathaniel Prime wrote:
ZeldaTheSwordsman wrote:The Jada model had full-length stacks, but it might not be classified as a toy for testing purposes.

Do Studio Series Optimus' stacks collapse?


Studio Series Prime's stacks never could extend. But if this new G1 Prime has extendable stacks(pretty sure MP-10's did), that would be great. Not having them is OK too, and I will definitely pick up this Prime when I see it.



MP-10 stacks extended not due to safety tests but to hide the bottom of the stacks. You extended them for robot mode to hide the part of the curved bottom of the stack that would look like it’s connected to the cab in vehicle mode.
Re: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!? (1998938)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on December 14th, 2018 @ 11:31pm CST
Nathaniel Prime wrote:
ZeldaTheSwordsman wrote:The Jada model had full-length stacks, but it might not be classified as a toy for testing purposes.

Do Studio Series Optimus' stacks collapse?


Studio Series Prime's stacks never could extend. But if this new G1 Prime has extendable stacks(pretty sure MP-10's did), that would be great. Not having them is OK too, and I will definitely pick up this Prime when I see it.

These aren't collapsible, I can tell just by looking at the pics that they're the same old 1-piece stacks.

And you miss my point about Studio Series Optimus' stacks; I was using him as a gauge of sorts. Judging by photos, his stacks stick up past the top of his cabin somewhat as-is, stubby though they are. They possibly even stick up as as far as G1 Optimus' original stacks. If they do stick up that far, and are not collapsible, then I'd say the standards have indeed relaxed. But I myself can't be certain.
Re: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!? (1998943)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on December 15th, 2018 @ 12:01am CST
This is a really great idea, now people have a chance to get prime without having to sell body parts on the black market. Im sure there are alot of people out there that never got G1 prime cause he was & is to expensive, now that theres no trailer you dont have to break the bank to own one. Granted im sure he'll still be overpriced but nowhere near as much as a trailered version. Its kind of weird, a few days ago i was talking to someone about the reissues and said it would be cool if they did prime without the trailer. I also said hasbro should reverse engineer G1 stuff to make new molds for reissues, lets hope that happens to.
Re: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!? (1998945)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on December 15th, 2018 @ 12:20am CST
You already don't have to break the bank to get a G1 Optimus Prime and you especially don't have to break the bank to get half a G1 Optimus Prime, even with what people charge for fists.
Re: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!? (1998947)
Posted by frogbat on December 15th, 2018 @ 12:47am CST
Skipped prime as a kid cos Magnus was already out when I got into transformers so my need for the prime cab mould was filled... never had a chance to get the original prime tho mainly due to Hume being a bit too pricey
If they do in fact release this I might go for it finally.
Re: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!? (1998948)
Posted by leokearon on December 15th, 2018 @ 1:30am CST
A G1 Prime with no trailer, next they'll be trying to sell Rodimus Prime with no Trailer
Re: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!? (1998949)
Posted by ZeldaTheSwordsman on December 15th, 2018 @ 1:31am CST
They did that with the Masterpiece and it was total BS
Re: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!? (1998954)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on December 15th, 2018 @ 1:51am CST
A G1 Optimus Prime reissue without his trailer would be both awesome and stupid. Stupid because, come on. G1 Prime with no trailer? That suck big time. However, it would be awesome because it will give kids a chance to feel G1 Optimus without having to pay a 100$CAN box. Without trailer, he would be just a deluxe, most likely priced 40$CAN like Hotrod.
Re: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!? (1998964)
Posted by ZeroWolf on December 15th, 2018 @ 3:30am CST
I'm inclined to believe that this is legit, as it goes a little way to bridging the gap between this year's reissues and 2020's Astrotrain. Question is...who will follow Prime?
Re: RUMOR: Vintage G1 Transformers Optimus Prime Release Coming Soon!? (1998965)
Posted by blackeyedprime on December 15th, 2018 @ 3:44am CST
If they have improved the front wheel nubs then I might pick one up, might just be me but it feels like on some they atre more noticable than other versions and childhood memories do not remember it having any -which is obviously wrong. New years special is still the best version yet imho.
Not really a reissue if it doesnt include his trailer but nice to see and have different price points. Megatron with out his stock would be weirder tho even if it looks like that could be a possibility now.

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