Nike Unveils Calvin Johnson’s CJ81 Collection Inspired by Megatron

By Jay Casteel   /   Published 11/21/12

In celebration of Thanksgiving weekend, Nike celebrates a long-standing weekend of football with an athlete that has transformed the game: Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions. The athletic brand is set to roll out the Nike CJ81 Collection Inspired by Megatron, which it says "speaks to WR Calvin Johnson's rare combination of physical talent and mental toughness."

"This menacing combination creates a prototypical specimen that undoubtedly deserves a moniker like Megatron," Nike says in a press release. "Much like the fictional character, Johnson relies on his uncanny ability to pull out an arsenal of physical strengths or 'weapons' based on anything he encounters on the field."

The collection, inspired by the iconic Decepticons leader/character created in 1984, features iconic Nike silhouettes across lifestyle, training and performance -- including the CJ81 Nike Air Max Flyposite, CJ81 Nike Huarache Free Shield, CJ81 Nike Vapor Jet Glove 2.0, CJ81 Nike Vapor Football Sock, CJ81 Nike True Adjustable Hat, and the CJ81 Nike KO Hoody.

Details include the traditional Transformers grid pattern and colors of black, silver, purple and blue from the original Megatron packaging, as well as the the CJ81 logo design.

The Nike CJ81 Collection Inspired by Megatron will be released in limited quantities on Black Friday (November 23) at several Nike retail locations, as well as Nike Yardline at Champs Sports, and Eastbay online.