Toy News: Official Stock Photos of "Encore" Optimus Primal
Thanks to Amazon Japan, Transformers fans now have official photos of "Encore" Optimus Primal to view! This figure is a redeco and re-release of the Optimus Primal "Supreme Class" figure originally released in the 2001 "Robots in Disguise" toy line (he was originally intended to be released as part of "Beast Machines"). This deco appears to be intended to bring the look of the figure closer to the animation model used in "Beast Machines", featuring darker tones. Below is the product description from Amazon Japan (as translated by Google):
The convoy which appeared in the "super life creature transformer Beast Wars Returns" which was broadcasted in 2004 reproduces the main body color faithful to animation and appears in the TF Encore series! In addition, the animation cast of the time "Koyasu Takehito" Mr.'s voice has been newly recorded specifications, you can enjoy different sound play in robot mode and gorilla mode respectively.
[Contents of set] Returns convoy main unit (1), instruction manual (1)
Based on the above text, it appears the electronic features of this figure will be kept intact, though instead of actor Garry Chalk's voice, the voice of Takehito Koyasu will be used instead. Takehito Koyasu voiced Optimus Primal (aka Convoy in Japan) throughout the "Beast" series in Japan. In the most recent release of this sculpt, Chalk's voice was replaced by an unknown actor and music.
"Encore" Convoy is priced at a suggested retail of ¥21,600 (about $196 USD) but Amazon Japan's listing has reduced the price to ¥14,640 (about $133 USD). It is due for release on November 30, 2018.