When you think of people who possess a deep need for high quality cross trainers and cleats to aid them in their pursuit of physical excellence, naturally, you think of toy collectors. Filled with competitive fire, these warriors toe the temp-carpet of a show floor, clad in sweat pants to allow them the balletic grace and movement that the hunt requires as they juke past and leap over the competition to attain the latest con exclusive for their collections.

These people are warriors, but they now find themselves faced with a great dilemma — they can possess the freshly announced limited edition Megatron figure, but they must do so without the snazzy footwear that accompanies said figure.

One wonders if these shoes are made by King Solomon himself, but nay, it is actually Nike that has teamed up with Hasbro and Detroit Lions football player Calvin Johnson to deliver this package, combining the Megatron figure and a pair of high end Nike sneakers.

In case you’re wondering, Johnson’s nickname is Megatron, hence his tie to the Transformers. Still scratching your head about this broad, three headed bit of cross promotion? Why? Nike and Johnson are corporate partners and football is massively popular. It makes absolute sense that Hasbro would want to get involved with them, and besides that, sports has always occupied a small sliver of the collectible toy market thanks to the generic and oddly alluring Starting Lineup figures from Kenner back in the day and McFarlane’s masterfully sculpted multi-sports series.


With football fans, shoe aficionados, and Transformers mega-fans — there is certainly going to be a market for this combo and the special edition version that comes with 3 separate pairs of shoes (there are only 81 sets of the Megatron Rises 3-pack, matching Johnson’s jersey number), my only question is, will Hasbro and Nike team up again to celebrate NFL legend Jerome “The Bus” Bettis with a Bendy-Bus-Prime figure/sneaker combo? That’s a football joke. I’m well rounded.

Here’s more about the limited Megatron Rises 3-Pack and both the CJ81 Megatron Trainer Max (which will come with the Transformer fig, or if you want to look at it another way, the Transformer will come with a pair of shoes — whichever way you look at it, you’re still paying the same price) and the Megatron Nike Air Trainer SC II, which will both be available separately.

The Nike CJ81 Megatron Trainer’s purple upper gives the shoe a robotic, armored look, while the red accents refer back to the secondary color of the action figure. Under the forefoot strap, Johnson’s favorite MEGATRON quote, “Show no mercy,” appears. It’s a reminder of the athletic mindset needed to succeed at the highest level, and the perseverance if required to rise to the top. The metallic silver heel of the trainer carries a classic TRANSFORMERS grid pattern as well as a bold, iconic DECEPTICON logo at center.

Produced in collaboration with Hasbro, the 5-inch purple and red TRANSFORMERS MEGATRON action figure inspired by Calvin Johnson mirrors the cues of his signature Nike CJ81 Megatron Trainer Max. The distinctive red cruciform pattern found on the toebox and upper of the trainer are utilized on the arms and feet of the figure. Johnson’s signature appears alongside the iconic DECEPTICON shield on MEGATRON’S chest. In robot mode, the MEGATRON figure is designed to be broad yet agile, and the iconic “wing” jet conversion is meant to mirror Johnson’s speed and power.

Complementing the Nike CJ81 Megatron Trainer Max, the Megatron Nike Air Trainer SC II draws more muted inspiration from the TRANSFORMERS character. A tonal, reflective circuitry board pattern is featured on the medial and lateral quarter panels, and like the Nike CJ81 Megatron Trainer Max, the DECEPTICON logo appears welded at the heel. Premium Nubuck is used at the overlays, and a glow-in-the-dark outrigger punctuates the sole tooling. The final TRANSFORMERS inspired flourish is a removable strap across the upper.

In further celebration of Johnson’s athletic achievements, the limited edition Megatron Rises 3-Pack incorporates the Nike CJ81 Megatron Trainer Max, the Megatron Nike Air Trainer SC II, and a special edition Nike CJ81 Megatron Elite TD Cleat. Inspired by the ALLSPARK from TRANSFORMERS lore, the box of the Megatron Rises 3-Pack is a unique, converting cube-shaped design. Decorated entirely with original artwork, the lines of the box mimic robotic surfaces and are augmented by triangles, hash marks, x’s, and o’s in reference to the football field and offensive passing plays. The effect is, like Calvin Johnson, “More Than Meets The Eye” – a package that opens to reveal all three shoes and the Hasbro action figure.

Exclusive to the Megatron Rises 3-Pack, The Nike CJ81 Megatron Elite TD shares the same MEGATRON-inspired design as the Nike CJ81 Megatron Trainer Max and celebrates Johnson’s true dominance of the receiver position. The cleat combines natural motion with superior lockdown to allow Johnson’s full athletic ability to flourish.

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