Robosen has unveiled its latest auto-converting Transformer, taking inspiration from Grimlock, the Dinobot leader who is a confederate of the Autobots and can shift into a mechanical T-Rex. However, with a retail price of $1,699 ($1,499 for pre-orders), it can pose a significant dent in your finances.
The Grimlock figure is 15 inches tall in robot mode and 15.4 inches tall in its dinosaur mode. Robosen touts its auto-conversion as the pinnacle of transformation while heralding the product as the first of its kind, a bipedal walking robot with dual forms. (The Optimus Prime version, launched in 2021, can walk as a robot and drive in its truck form.) The makers indicate that Grimlock is equipped with 85 microchips, 34 high-precision intelligent servos, powered by “advanced SOC chip technology” and “an all-inclusive robot operating system.” It also boasts six-axis IMU sensors to keep tabs on balance.
The Grimlock model is a nod to the 1985 Transformers G1 series. It comes with the original Energon sword, galaxial rocket launcher, and crown accessories. Robosen and Hasbro enlisted Gregg Berger, the 72-year-old original voice actor from the G1 animated series, to lend his voice to the expensive toy, featuring “150+ original Generation 1 Transformers audio lines.” The character, known for its straightforward speech, including the popular phrase, “Me Grimlock!”
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Besides the nostalgia of hearing Grimlock’s iconic voice (synchronized with “robotic actions”), users can also command it by voice. The robot acknowledges 42 voice commands, allowing users to instruct it to transform, walk, and perform various “spectacular stunts.” It also allows users to choreograph new poses and actions for the Dinobot using four programming modes (block-based, manual, voice, and computer-based). If cost isn’t a deterrent, you can pair Grimlock with the $699 Optimus Prime robot to recreate your favorite classic Transformers battle scenes. While this could be a delight for kids, the pricing is likely to cater more to adults with nostalgia and deeper pockets.
The Grimlock auto-converting robot is now open for pre-orders on Robosen and Hasbro. It is slated to be shipped in late fall. Despite the hefty price tag, a limited edition collector’s coin is included to mark your purchase of the robot T-Rex that refers to itself in third person, which could be equivalent to a month’s rent.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Robosen Auto-Transforming Grimlock
What is the new product launched by Robosen?
Robosen has launched an auto-transforming robot named Grimlock, a character from the Transformers series that can change from a robot to a mechanical T-Rex.
How much does the auto-transforming Grimlock cost?
The retail price of the auto-transforming Grimlock is $1,699, however, it is offered at $1,499 for pre-orders.
What are the special features of the Grimlock collectible?
The Grimlock figure stands 15 inches tall in robot mode and 15.4 inches tall in dinosaur mode. It is equipped with 85 microchips, 34 high-precision intelligent servos, and runs on advanced SOC chip technology. It can also recognize and respond to 42 voice commands.
What makes this Grimlock model special compared to others?
This Grimlock model is based on the 1985 Transformers G1 series and includes the original toy’s Energon sword, galaxial rocket launcher, and crown accessories. It also features the original voice actor from the G1 animated series, Gregg Berger, providing the voice.
When and where can I pre-order the Grimlock auto-converting robot?
The Grimlock auto-converting robot is available for pre-order now from Robosen and Hasbro and it’s expected to ship in late fall.
What does the Grimlock collectible come with?
The Grimlock collectible comes with the original Energon sword, galaxial rocket launcher, and crown accessories from the 1985 Transformers G1 series. A limited edition collector’s coin is also included with the purchase.