The creator of One Piece recently showed off his love for another completely different franchise: Transformers.
Eiichiro Oda’s reaction to the high-priced Optimus Prime figure recently made waves on X (formerly Twitter) when it was posted by a famous One Piece fan. Automated Autobot toys have gone viral on the internet, and this is just one example of how one brand has reimagined robots in disguise. The fact that Oda appears to be such a fan helps demonstrate the legacy of Hasbro and Takara Tomy’s venerable property.
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Optimus Prime is the One Piece creator’s newest favorite toy
As seen on X, Eiichiro Oda appears to have recently acquired a Robosen Optimus Prime figure. This take on the classic Autobot leadership role is fully automatic and programmable. Best of all, it can even transform itself, allowing the figure to roll out like no other Optimus Prime toy before it. So it was no surprise when Oda shouted “transform!” when he finally received his own copy of the toy.
Oda has also previously shared photos and videos of various One Piece toys and collectibles in his home. Obviously, this makes sense since he created the franchise. At the same time, he is also quite a fan of other products, with the Dragon Ball Z franchise being a big influence on his work. He hasn’t mentioned Transformers much when it comes to his favorites, but with his excitement about the Robosen Optimus Prime toy, he certainly seems to be a fan.
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Robosen’s Transformers toys are fully automated
Robosen Optimus Prime is an automatic model based on the original Generation 1 design. Able to move and transform on command, the toy features four programmable states and multiple voice lines (provided by iconic voice actor Peter Cullen). This figure can be controlled remotely via an app, and with nearly 30 servos in the build, it can also perform an incredible range of tasks and tricks. Needless to say, there’s more to this toy than you might think.
Prime isn’t the only iconic Transformer to get this treatment from Robosen. The company has also produced automated toys for both Bumblebee and Grimlock, the leader of the Dinobots. Even though the Bumblebee toy doesn’t transform, it can still walk, dance, and complete all other goals. Grimlock, on the other hand, can actually transform into his classic T. rex form. Of course, with features almost as valuable as the Autobot Leadership Matrix itself, these figures cost a pretty penny. The Robosen Optimus Prime figure is priced at $999, meaning some collectors may just need to write a hit comic before they can afford it.
Source: X (formerly Twitter)