Lego has teamed up with another popular franchise, reinventing its IP with little plastic bricks. This time, it’s Transformers, the 1980s toy line of robot which changes to means and vice versa. The first person to appear is none other than the hero of the series Optimus Prime, the leader of the good-natured Autobots. Amazingly, like the original toy, the Lego robot also transforms into a half-half semi-half tractor truck.
Lego Optimus Prime consists of 1,508 puzzle pieces and is 13.5 inches tall in robot form. Thankfully, that’s the original 1980s depiction, not the unnecessarily complicated version from the Michael Bay reboots. In robot mode, it has 19 points of articulation, perhaps more than what the original toy had.
Additionally, Optimus comes with an ion blow gun, an “energygon” battle ax, and a jet pack. It also comes with a (?) Matrixan orb that grants the holder leadership according to the series’ lore, and an energy cube, the glowing Clif Rods are digested by the inhabitants of the Transformers universe.
In truck mode, the original Optimus was based on the Freightliner FL86. The Lego set is not an exact fit for it, but having the COE pattern is generally correct. In vehicle mode, the Lego version measures 10.5 inches long. There’s no trailer like the original toy, not even one you can buy separately. It’s probably the same way, because its appearance and disappearance in the cartoon are so pointless that fans have had to Tells the whole story to explain it.
Lego is definitely delving into 1980s nostalgia, with kits for Ghostbusters Ecto-1and Back to the future DeLorean time machine includes other recent releases. Lego Optimus Prime will cost $169.99 when it goes on sale on June 1.