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Optimus Prime is no longer just a truck, he's a PlayStation

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Toymaker Takara Tomy is re-imagining Optimus Prime as a heroic robot that transforms into the original PlayStation for a new toy that will release next year.

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Takara Tomy announced the "Optimus Prime featuring Original PlayStation" today as part of a dual anniversary celebration: 2014 marks the 30 year anniversary of Transformers and the 20 year anniversary of the PlayStation brand.

Takara Tomy has another Transformer based on a video game console in the works. The toymaker will release the Mega Drive Megatron, a Sega Genesis that transforms into Optimus Prime's Decepticon nemesis, later this year.

The PlayStation Optimus Prime is due for release in early 2015. Takara Tomy will also release a series of 1/6 scale toys based on the lineup of PlayStation consoles — from the PlayStation 2 to the PS4 — including accessories and controllers called the PlayStation History Collection.

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