LEGO Unveils Transformers Optimus Prime Set That Actually Transforms – IGN
LEGO has officially unveiled a Transformers Optimus Prime set and yes, it can transform without removing a single piece.
Standing at more than 35cm tall in robot mode and 15cm high as a truck, the set will be released for $169.99 USD / £149.99 on June 1 and includes 1,508 pieces (see it at LEGO Store).
Confirming previous leaks, set 10302 is based on the original, generation one Transformers cartoon from 1984 and features 19 points of articulation that allows the smooth transormation.
Optimus comes equipped with his ion blaster, Energon axe, Energon Cube, and the Autobot Matrix of Leadsership which can actually be stored in the model’s chest chamber, plus a special plaque akin to the Ultimate Collector Series of LEGO models.
“Optimus Prime has become a pop culture symbol of courage, selflessness, and great leadership as well as an awesome toy that embodies the problem-solving and creativity skills that both companies value so much,” senior designer at the LEGO Group Joseph Patrick Kyde said.
“It’s been a wonderful and challenging task to bring him to life using LEGO bricks, especially making sure that he can shift modes without disassembly and stay true to his signature look and style.”
This Transformers collaboration is just the latest major entertainment franchise LEGO has partnered with, joining Back to the Future’s DeLorean time machine as one of the more expensive sets to release recently.
It’s also entered the gaming world with forays into Sonic the Hedgehog – with the Green Hill Zone set – and the Super Mario world with three separate series. PlayStation exclusive Horizon: Forbidden West even got the LEGO treatment with a Tallneck set that IGN absolutely loved building.
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