Via Autobase Aichi on Facebook
we have a reveal of what seems to be a new licensed Transformers figure from the 54th All Japan Model & Hobby Show. This figure, named "Z Prime", does not homage an existing Optimus Prime design - rather, it is a redeco or retool of Kotobukiya's A03 Type K Z Knight figure.
From the image we can work out that this figure mostly seems to be a straight-up application of Optimus Prime colors onto the Type K figure (we can't tell if the head is different as the forearm is in the way, but we think it's the same between both versions). There's some new tooling though, as Z Prime comes with a Matrix. There's no word on if Z Prime will feature the sword and shield of the original release.
This figure would seem to be a crossover between Transformers and an obscure offshoot of Tomy's Zoids line, called Z Knights, from the 1990s, which took the Zoids model kit formula and applied it to bipedal robots patterned after warriors of various cultures around the world.
No word on a release date for this one yet - so keep it TFW for more news and information on this release. You can check out more images of the A03 Type K Z Knight
, which this new Prime is based on, over at HLJ to get a flavor of what to expect from this release.