As previously reported, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, the follow up to 2008’s Bumblebee was supposed to be released in June 2022 but was instead delayed a full year to June 2023. This creates the same merchandising conundrum as Black Widow where toys are already planned to be on sale a couple of months prior to the original release date of the film. To sort of mitigate this, the originally slated basic toys will now be released as part of the Cyberverse line.
And this is definitely nigh time for some ‘leaks’ to get out and give us an initial look at how some characters from the delayed film would look. In this case, we have Optimus Prime and Optimus Primal courtesy of YouTube reviewer chefatron.
For Optimus Prime, this basically confirms how the film would be a follow up to Bumblebee with his similar look albeit some changes. Noticeable is the more intricate mid-torso section which is also reminiscent of his design in the third season of Transformers: Prime. This version also appears to have a trailer built into the figure instead of just the cab. I am curious how the proper Studio Series version for this design would look like.
Then we have Optimus Primal, a character who’s gaining a lot of popularity nowadays, appearing in both the Prime Wars and War for Cybertron trilogies and now in Rise of the Beasts as well. He’s a primarily gray and silver beast bot who’s very reminiscent of the concept art that appeared some time back. Again, this is a basic toy, and its transformation might not be representative of the actual on-screen model, but it does look like a good live action interpretation of the character. Last I heard, they’ll also introduce the Maximals and Predacons in this film so I’m curious how everything will fit together.
As for the toy itself, it has a basic transformation, with its beast and robot modes both being humanoid in form. I do like how they kept the exposed mouth in between the face plates. Like Prime earlier, I’m even more curious how the more-accurate toy representation of this character would turn out. With Transformers: Rise of the Beasts delayed to June 9, 2023, we might have to wait longer to find out. In the meantime, you can watch the video review of these two toys below.