Transformers toyline offers an infinite opportunity for new products even from a single character. Take for example Optimus Prime. In addition to a semi-truck, the Autobot leader has been a Canon DSLR, a Nike sneaker, a PlayStation One console, a hat, and a watch holder, for example. And now, it is a lunar cruiser too, specifically, the joint research JAXA Toyota Lunar Cruiser.

Takara Tomy Transformers Lunar Cruiser Prime Figure

The Takara Tomy Transformers Lunar Cruiser Prime Figure, as it is called, is not the first time the toymaker has worked with JAXA. Previously, Takara Tomy helped in designing the transforming SORA-Q lunar robot which will accompany the Lunar Cruiser on the planned JAXA lunar mission.

In its alt mode, the JAXA Lunar Cruiser is an accurate recreation of the real-world Lunar Cruiser and boasts a poseable radar dish and antennae, and it comes with a solar panel that can be attached to the side of the moon vehicle. The solar panel can be attached to Optimus Prime’s back in bot mode or on his shoulder.

Takara Tomy Transformers Lunar Cruiser Prime Figure

This special expression of Optimus Prime has an orange-tinted windshield that lets you see the Matrix of Leadership. The toy is decorated with JAXA and Toyota logos. The former remains visible in his bot mode on the arm armor. The figure stands about 7 inches (about 18 cm) tall in robot mode.

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The Takara Tomy Transformers Lunar Cruiser Prime Figure will be released in March 2024 for 11,000 yen (US$79). Prior to the official retail release, Takara Tomy will be running a crowdfunding campaign Campfire where eager fans can pre-order and get the figure a month earlier, in February 2024.

Takara Tomy Transformers Lunar Cruiser Prime Figure

During the campaign, fans can also choose to order the figure with a flight stand for 14,300 yen (about US$102). Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Images: Takara Tomy [JP].

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