And the answer is: no, it does not. Because it means we get what is officially the best product tie-in for any movie ever: the Optimus Prime Voice-Changer Helmet. It is *seriously* awesome. I got one for my friend Ash for his birthday, and promptly wound up playing with it quite a lot as soon as he unwrapped it. For starters: it is a plastic helmet shaped like the head of Optimus Prime. That you can wear. This ALONE would get it points. It's a gorgeous sculpt, very impressively made, and it's well worth the money just for that. But it also has a switch/button combo that, when you hit it, makes your voice into a simulacrum of Optimus Prime's. OK, you do not, in fact, sound exactly like Peter Cullen, but you can get sorta kinda close to a robotified version of yourself doing your best impression of Peter Cullen. AND THAT AIN'T BAD. Especially if you decide to start experimenting with things that Optimus Prime would never, ever say:
ASH. "I love you, Rodimus."
HINES. "No, really, say something Optimus would never say."
(He is going to wear the Prime Helmet to the film premiere. Oh, yes, he is. For the record: our favorite thing Optimus would never say was, "Fuck you, Bumblebee.")