Optimus Prime – Robot
Hasbro and Robosen Robotics revealed today that they’ve teamed up to build a new consumer robot based on Optimus Prime, one of the franchise’s main characters. Not only can this new robot switch from truck to robot mode on its own, but it can also adapt to voice commands and remote touchscreen controls. However, because of this feature, it is priced in the enthusiast range, so expect to pay a lot of money if you want to own one of these robots.
The high price tag could be justified for Transformers fans or fans of robotics in general, as the Optimus Prime robot built by Robosen sounds amazing. The robot can switch between truck and robot mode on its own, and when in robot mode, it stands 19 inches tall. According to Robosen, Optimus Prime is made up of 27 servo motors, 60 microchips, and over 5,000 components in total.
Optimus Prime can be managed using a mobile companion app as well as 25 voice commands such as “go forward” and “turn around.” Hasbro and Robosen seem to have also persuaded Peter Cullen, the original voice actor for Optimus Prime, to lend his voice to this robot, ensuring that the experience is at least authentic for old-school Transformers fans.
The companion app comes with a range of ready-to-use movements, but users can also use the mobile app to build their own movement sequences. The robot is based on the G1 Optimus Prime, as shown by the photos in this post, and is fitted with his battle axe and blaster, as well as sound effects reminiscent of the first generation of Transformers.
For Transformers fans, this robot sounds fantastic, but here’s the catch: when it comes out, this Optimus Prime robot will cost $699.99 USD. There’s no denying it: that’s a lot of money, and it’s likely priced far out of reach for someone who isn’t a Transformers fan. If the price isn’t too high, you can pre-order the robot at Hasbro Pulse starting today, with a shipping date of August 2nd.