Back in 2007, toy brand, Hasbro pulled off an epic franchise revival with a live-action film adaptation of “Transformers.” The battle between good and evil alien vehicle-transforming robots (with humans helping the good ones) was guaranteed blockbuster material. Several sequels later, however, the hype decayed somewhat. Then in 2018 Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures rebooted the “Transformers” cinematic timeline with “Bumblebee.” This redo restored critic confidence in the franchise, enough for a sequel to be green-lit. Pandemic-related issues among others pushed “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” to a 2023 release. But while fans wait, there might be some new kind of Transformers stuff along the pipeline, and this time around a brick-built version of the much venerated Autobot leader is rumored to arrive this summer in the form of LEGO The Transformers Optimus Prime 10302.
This is a most peculiar rumor brought to us by The Brick Fan. Apparently, Hasbro could be collaborating with LEGO to make some brick-built Transformers sets. Even better, the first set number for this alleged line will be for the most famous Transformer character of all. Yep, if this rumor checks out then we’ll be getting LEGO The Transformers Optimus Prime, number 10302. Rated age 18+, with 1,508 pieces and due to come out anywhere from May to August 2022. It checks out with the last premiere date for “Transformers: Rise of the Machines.” Paramount-Allspark marked it for this June, before pushing it to next year.
Why would a LEGO Optimus Prime be a hot sell for the older spectrum of LEGO collectors? In the first five live-action “Transformers” films, Optimus’ truck modes were massive sleeper cabs from Peterbilt and Western Star. “Bumblebee” and “Rise of the Beasts” see Optimus reverting to the cab-over truck design from the toy-line/the 1980s animated series. That’s even purer “Transformers” nostalgia power. Of course, that depends on this rumor being true. We’ll have to wait until LEGO tells us more.
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