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Takara Reveals Automatically Transforming Statue of Optimus Prime for 40th Anniversary

Transformers News: Takara Reveals Automatically Transforming Statue of Optimus Prime for 40th Anniversary

Thursday, February 1st, 2024 9:49PM CST

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Takara Tomy revealed quite the unique item today. It is a display piece consisting of an Optimus Prime statue on a base that can automatically transform from bot to vehicle. It can't be seperated from the base and isn't programable like what Robosen releases, this is not a toy. Instead this is more of an advanced version of the talking and moving coin banks 90s kids are sure to remember.

The full name of this new product is Karakuri Statue KS-01 Convoy and you can see all the available info on Takara's website along with a video right below.

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Re: Takara Reveals Automatically Transforming Statue of Optimus Prime for 40th Anniversary (2176096)
Posted by Silver Wind on February 1st, 2024 @ 11:19pm CST
Some Google Translate (keep that in mind):

MESSAGE

To all Transformers fans

"Transformers" is a unique 40-year partnership between Takara Tomy Co., Ltd. and HASBRO, which has created
rare characters and numerous products that are loved by fans around the world. Since the creation of Optimus Prime (Convoy), which transforms from a vehicle into a robot, in 1984, "Transformers" has evolved into a global brand.

Thanks to you, "Transformers" will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2024. The entire Transformers team would like to thank you for your support of Transformers over the years. As we approach our 40th anniversary, Takara Tomy would like to inherit and develop the tradition of "Transformers".

We will continue to communicate with the fans who have spent 40 years with us, and cherish the "Transformers" "YOUR ORIGIN" that has become the starting point for each fan, and we will use the 40th anniversary as an opportunity to unite all generations. I hope that we can continue to move forward together with our fans, so that we can transform into “OUR ORIGIN” and connect to even greater power.


Takara Tomy Co., Ltd. Transformers team

The arrow beneath the message will move the webpage down to a wide-view YouTube video regarding the 40th anniversary which, among other things, showcases some bits from G1 cartoon and Beast Wars Neo II -- at least I think it is, never watched the Japan-only series -- along with some announcements for its channel(?) and mentions of anniversary products. I do appreciate the 40th anniversary logo splash animation is comprised of the Decepticon and Autobot insignias taken apart and the pieces used to form "40". Be sure to give it a watch! :)

I think the rest of the web page is some miscellanea stuff but it's hard to tell since Google Translate doesn't do images. :-B
Re: Takara Reveals Automatically Transforming Statue of Optimus Prime for 40th Anniversary (2176110)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on February 2nd, 2024 @ 4:48am CST
So close. The auto transform is missing a step to hide the front wheels of the truck and to reduce the size of the bumper.
Still, this flaw is a throwback to the G1 toy so...

It will depend on the price and if it can be available locally. I'll not be paying 50$ in shipping to import this.
Re: Takara Reveals Automatically Transforming Statue of Optimus Prime for 40th Anniversary (2176111)
Posted by Dino-Snarl on February 2nd, 2024 @ 4:54am CST
Nice. Very nice. Seems that it only transforms so the price point will be lower than Robosen's. Also, unlike Robosen's Optimus, he doesn't turn his torso around so it is a cleaner transformation. Will consider.
Re: Takara Reveals Automatically Transforming Statue of Optimus Prime for 40th Anniversary (2176122)
Posted by Overcracker on February 2nd, 2024 @ 10:32am CST
And that's number 6.

6th G1 Prime being released in 2024 for the 40th anniversary.

I wonder how many will get all 6.
Re: Takara Reveals Automatically Transforming Statue of Optimus Prime for 40th Anniversary (2176132)
Posted by Emerje on February 2nd, 2024 @ 3:29pm CST
Overcracker wrote:And that's number 6.

6th G1 Prime being released in 2024 for the 40th anniversary.

I wonder how many will get all 6.

Personally I only plan on getting the two Missing Link figures, probably the retro reissue especially if it uses the Music Label head, and the CC (whatever that ends up looking like). No real interest in the MP-44 repaint and this statue would have to be under $50 for me to bite and I doubt that's going to happen. I also have Lunar Cruiser Prime on order, though that one doesn't really count. I think there was a Deluxe figure planned somewhere, or maybe that was just SS Megatron?

Emerje
Re: Takara Reveals Automatically Transforming Statue of Optimus Prime for 40th Anniversary (2176135)
Posted by Overcracker on February 2nd, 2024 @ 4:21pm CST
Emerje wrote:
Overcracker wrote:And that's number 6.

6th G1 Prime being released in 2024 for the 40th anniversary.

I wonder how many will get all 6.

Personally I only plan on getting the two Missing Link figures, probably the retro reissue especially if it uses the Music Label head, and the CC (whatever that ends up looking like). No real interest in the MP-44 repaint and this statue would have to be under $50 for me to bite and I doubt that's going to happen. I also have Lunar Cruiser Prime on order, though that one doesn't really count. I think there was a Deluxe figure planned somewhere, or maybe that was just SS Megatron?

Emerje


I ordered the trailer-less Missing Link.

And will order CC when its available.

Don't need yet another G1 Prime, now in animated colors. Already have Hasbro's 25th Anniversary with the upgrade kit, and Takara's Encore 01 still in the Box. (opened, but put back)

Don't think I'm going for anything else. Least of all this statue.

Not really thrilled with the rifle just hanging out on the side of the cab in truck mode.

doesn't;t look like an under $50 kind of statue. Moe like an over $150.
Re: Takara Reveals Automatically Transforming Statue of Optimus Prime for 40th Anniversary (2176138)
Posted by First-Aid on February 2nd, 2024 @ 5:25pm CST
Overcracker wrote:And that's number 6.

6th G1 Prime being released in 2024 for the 40th anniversary.

I wonder how many will get all 6.


I wonder what the over-under on the number of Optimus Primes released this year is?

I'm going to set it at 13.5, though that may be low....
Re: Takara Reveals Automatically Transforming Statue of Optimus Prime for 40th Anniversary (2176151)
Posted by Emerje on February 2nd, 2024 @ 9:58pm CST
First-Aid wrote:
Overcracker wrote:And that's number 6.

6th G1 Prime being released in 2024 for the 40th anniversary.

I wonder how many will get all 6.


I wonder what the over-under on the number of Optimus Primes released this year is?

I'm going to set it at 13.5, though that may be low....

This might be it for the really expensive G1 Primes, wouldn't put it past them doing a special Robosen Prime or something, maybe a cheap(er) one that doesn't transform like the Bumblebee that's currently only in Japan.

Now if we're talking characters named Optimus Prime scheduled for 2024 at any price point there's a few more known.

LU Voyager Animated OP
LU Leader G2 OP
LU Deluxe G1 OP
Level A TF:One Optimus Prime

That's just the ones we know about for sure and already takes us to 10 in the main lines and collector markets alone. Factor in anything else we might be getting from TF:One and Earthspark and other potential exclusives and we could have nearly two dozen Primes released in 2024. 8-}

Do we count HasLab Omega Prime and LU Vector Prime?

Emerje
Re: Takara Reveals Automatically Transforming Statue of Optimus Prime for 40th Anniversary (2176164)
Posted by First-Aid on February 3rd, 2024 @ 10:32am CST
Emerje wrote:
First-Aid wrote:
Overcracker wrote:And that's number 6.

6th G1 Prime being released in 2024 for the 40th anniversary.

I wonder how many will get all 6.


I wonder what the over-under on the number of Optimus Primes released this year is?

I'm going to set it at 13.5, though that may be low....

This might be it for the really expensive G1 Primes, wouldn't put it past them doing a special Robosen Prime or something, maybe a cheap(er) one that doesn't transform like the Bumblebee that's currently only in Japan.

Now if we're talking characters named Optimus Prime scheduled for 2024 at any price point there's a few more known.

LU Voyager Animated OP
LU Leader G2 OP
LU Deluxe G1 OP
Level A TF:One Optimus Prime

That's just the ones we know about for sure and already takes us to 10 in the main lines and collector markets alone. Factor in anything else we might be getting from TF:One and Earthspark and other potential exclusives and we could have nearly two dozen Primes released in 2024. 8-}

Do we count HasLab Omega Prime and LU Vector Prime?

Emerje


Crap. I'm going to kick up the number. Taking bets at 22.5 for the over-under...

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