Optimus Prime is officially a Lego set – and not just in the form of a statue. With 19 points of articulation, the Danish stone maker has created a 1,508-piece Optimus Prime G1 action figure that you can really transform†
Okay, yeah, you still have to do that conversion yourself — it’s not a walking, talking robot like the $750 self-transforming Optimus Prime we played with last year. But for $169.99 and coming out June 1, the Lego version is a lot more affordable and does not require electricity to stand.
Speaking of which, Optimus stands 13.5 inches tall, then folds down into a 27-inch-long semi-truck — and comes with instructions and parts to complete his ion blaster, translucent orange Energon axe, jetpack, an Energon Cube, and “the Autobot Matrix of Leadership that can be tucked into the chest.”
Based on the many, many easily magnified photos that I will share with you belowIt’s a slick construction with very few visible studs, but still enough brick-like construction to be easily identified as Lego. I could definitely see other G1 Transformers going this route if it sells… Stranger things have happened.
At the very least, we need the Optimus Prime trailer. But for this one, I suppose I could build my own?
Lego writes that “this is one of the first times a LEGO set has been able to convert between two models, without the need to rebuild.” I’m curious to see which ones else qualify! I’m a big fan of Legos retired Pirates of Barracuda Baywith which to build a castaway and easily make the whole pirate ship out of those parts, but it takes some time to unfold the sails, shake off the vegetation and reuse the cannons and crew.
By the way, Hasbro tried its own knock-off Lego years ago to build some Transformers. I hear it didn’t go so wellso it’s nice to see the companies working together this time around.