I think his name is "Kicker". He's a Sentai-like human character from the upcoming Energon series. In Japan, he's sold seperately, but also in a gift set with Prime. Hasbro has announced that it has no plans to release him in the US.
I'm speculating, but way back during the time of the first Power Ranger( ZyuRanger) which was horribly hacked by Saban, another live-action wannabee entitled Super Human Samurai Syber Squad was aired. The U.S. version had a similar figure like Kicker released. It was produced by Playmates. But originally, under the japanese title GRID Man, this futuristic version of Ultraman, was built by Takara. He sort of functioned like an anti-virus guardian in the V.R. world. It wouldn't be far fetch if Takara uses this figure as the base figure for a "Power Armor" type character.
Yeah, that SSSS show was lame (at least in the US), but that figure is a WAY COOL! I have the US version (named "Zenon" IIRC) and it's a jet, drill tank, and some kinda transport vehicle that combine into a kick-butt robot. It also turns into an exo-suit for the main character figure ("Synchro" IIRC). It looks very cool, and not at all like an action figure with junk stuck all over him. In fact, you really cant tell there's another figure inside at all, it looks like another robot (but very different from Zenon).
All-in-all, a very well-designed toy, and probably the best action-figure-inside-a-robot toy since Rom Stol from Machine Robo (IMHO).
If Takara did make a toy like that for Kicker, I'd be the first in line to buy one!
Q: Are there any plans to release the deluxe sized OPTIMUS PRIME shown in a recent Takara catalog with the Kicker figure? Does this deluxe OPTIMUS PRIME combine with MEGATRON at all? A: These items are not currently in our ENERGON plans. They may eventually be released as exclusives.
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