This Lego Optimus Prime Officially Transforms, and We Need It
You could find Lego Transformers in almost any toy shop a few years ago. These sets weren’t actually Lego. They were Kre-O bricks. The sets were okay for children, but not so much for those of us who grew up with the 1980s warring robots disguised as Lego. Optimus Prime versus Megatron and all that Jazz…and Soundwave, Starscream, and Ironhide.
This is something entirely different. Lego revealed a brand new, licensed Transformers Lego set. It features Optimus Prime in its ‘G1 guise and is fully licensed. It’s also a Prime model that can transform (sorry converts). This means that Prime doesn’t need to reassemble legs or arms, nor do you have to pull bricks apart. Lego Optimus, which marks the first Lego collaboration with Transformers, will be available in retail stores starting June 1. It is priced at PS149.99. This puts him in the adult-collector category of Lego appeal. But this set is loaded with accessories.
It is made up of more than 1,500 pieces and measures over 35cm in robot mode – putting him above the Masterpiece-level Optimus Prime toys. Lego Optimus comes with 19 points of articulation, and his Matrix, which is snugly stored in his chest. It’s not recommended to be dropped around hot rods. His standard blaster, the Energon Axe, which he featured in the cartoon episode “More Than Meets The Eye Part II” (and was never seen again), an Energon cube, Sideswipe’s rocket pack, and a plaque. His trailer (and Roller) are all that is missing. To be fair, most people just forget about them. Joseph Patrick Lyde is a senior Lego Group designer and speaks out about the set and the collaboration that produced them: “It was an honor and joy to collaborate with Hasbro to create a Lego version Optimus Prime!” It is exciting to see these two companies join forces for the first time in celebration of the leader of Autobots. Optimus Prime is a popular symbol of courage, selflessness, and great leadership. He’s also an amazing toy that embodies both the problem-solving skills and creativity that both companies cherish so much. It was a challenging and rewarding task to bring him alive using Lego bricks.
Collectors and Lego and Transformers enthusiasts will naturally wonder if Optimus Prime’s release will be followed up by any other 1980s characters. This was made possible by a series of Marvel comics and a full-length movie, also produced by Marvel. Megatron, the leader of the Decepticons, is unlikely to be a contender. However, he will most likely not be in pistol form. Any number of other cars or trucks, as well as jets and trucks, would be very welcome. A Lego Voltron multi-part set is already in production so perhaps a Devastator combiner is possible. Although no one can hold their breath, if the Prime looks half as good in person as it does in photos, it will not be the last Lego and Transformers crossover.