New LEGO Optimus Prime set
Older builders who grew up with movies and toys from the 1980s can go back 40 years with this collectible set. Constructor 10302 LEGO Creator Expert Optimus Prime will allow you to create a figure of a cult character, completely copied from that very first animated transformer.
It should be recalled that Optimus Prime lived on a distant planet called Cybertron, which was inhabited by intelligent robots. Millions of years ago there was a war between the Autobots (whose leader he is) and the Decepticons. The confrontation devastated the planet and deprived of energy sources. As a result, the robots were scattered in space and some of them ended up on Earth. And since their opponents, the Decepticons, immediately appeared, the Autobots, led by Optimus, took on the mission of protecting earthlings from sinister enemies.
The buildable toy is designed to capture the updated look of this character “in the world of cubes”.
prices from the animated series “Transformers (G1)”, 1984
Brief characteristics of the updated version of the legendary Autobot
So what does the set offer? 10302 LEGO Creator Expert Optimus Prime marked “18+” on the front of the branded box?
The number of parts is 1508 pieces, which looks quite modest for such a detailed model. Upon completion of the assembly work, the owner of the 2 in 1 constructor will receive a transformable toy:
- in one version in the form of an Autobot 18.5 wide and 35 centimeters high;
- in the second – a truck, the dimensions of which are 10.5 cm long, 12 cm wide and 15 cm high.
A separate demonstration plate with information about Optimus Prime reminds that the model of this constructor originally belongs to the category of collectible toys.
What is unique about this constructor?
This is not the first time the Danish manufacturer has addressed the topic of robots and transformers. Therefore, it is especially interesting to immediately find out how the creators of the “brick” toy have now decided to surprise their consumers.
The most important feature of the proposed model is revealed after the assembly of the figurine is completed. It turns out that the collectible Optimus Prime not only replicates the look and feel of its iconic eighties animated movie prototype, but also recreates many of its functional abilities. In particular, he will be able to instantly transform from an Autobot to a truck and vice versa, moreover, an unlimited number of times.
For the first time in the history of the Danish manufacturer, this project implements a mechanism for simply folding the model in a certain order. It is extremely important (and at the same time unexpected!) that in order to transform a toy into one form or another, it is not necessary to make at least minimal alterations in the design of the built model. That is, you do not need to disassemble / assemble anything – and even partially (!) To get the right toy.
The momentary transformation occurs as follows: Optimus’ legs form from the base of the truck; from the cockpit, which turns 180 degrees, there is a head tilted up; the sides of the cab of the car are converted into movable arms. That’s the whole transformation.
The robotic toy is able to spread its legs almost the width of its powerful shoulders.
In general, the mechanism of the wonderful transformation of the Autobot into a truck deserves the highest marks. It shows that the developers of the latest image of Optimus Prime have used little-known building technologies in design, which is good news. Therefore, if you compare the new product with any of its predecessors released by the company Lego until that time, the announced model will become a clear favorite, as it simply does not have worthy competitors among them.
What is the secret of such a rapid transformation?
The fact that the design of the figure is endowed with 19 movable joints. So they make it possible, through simple manipulations, to achieve an instant transformation of a toy from one version to another. Plus, moving elements contribute to the good “mobility” of the Autobot and provide it with great gaming potential.
So the Optimus Prime buildable model is not only intended to decorate the display of home collections. This conclusion is confirmed by the fact that the Autobot is equipped with good weapons.
What important accessories and elements are included in the set?
The package includes replicas of the famous Energon ax and ion blaster. In the original cartoons, these items were often used in the fight against the Decepticons.
Also among thematic accessories there is a plug-in jetpack that can be attached to the back of the character or removed. There is also the Energon cube known from the film – the main source of energy for transformers. In addition, the legendary Matrix of Leadership is presented, giving Optimus Prime great strength and providing him with a connection with deceased predecessors. By the way, in this toy the matrix can be placed in the chest section of the transformer.
Many construction fans will be pleased to know that stickers are used in a minimal amount in a prefabricated structure. The fact is that most graphic elements, including logos “Transformers”originally printed on the parts.
There are new parts, but they are few.
Constructor 10302 LEGO Creator Expert Optimus Prime does not differ in a large number of new details, although there are novelties in this regard. For example, the Autobot’s head has a new 2×2 pediment made of metallic silver, previously only found in the “flower” set. 10309 LEGO Creator Expert Succulents. In addition, for the first time, dark blue pointed horns were used on the robot’s helmet.
And one more thing about the already mentioned model of the Leadership matrix – when it was created, a flat silver frame 3 × 6 was also used for the first time. At the same time, an interesting construction technology was used, when the 2 × 2 segment is simply clamped in the frame, and not fixed in the standard way.
Along with this, tanks of metallic silver are installed on the legs of the giant. Also added for the first time are 2×2 round tiles and 1×2 curved tiles.
The developers of the toy model of the leader of the heroic Autobots managed to convey the original spirit of the popular transformer in a very convincing way. And not only in appearance, but also in functional features. Therefore, the toy can be considered a successful version among transformers.
Considered set 10302 LEGO Creator Expert Optimus Prime primarily of interest to collectors. The assembled model can turn into a nostalgic item – a warm and pleasant memory of the distant 80s. The toy looks outwardly just great, so it will decorate any collection of memorable souvenirs.
Those who prefer to deal with complex projects created from cubes will not refuse such a set. In this regard, the pleasure of the assembly process is 100% guaranteed! Moreover, in this case, they can master the secret mechanisms and construction technologies that are just beginning to be used in Lego constructors.