Xiaomi x Transformers Cyberverse Optimus Prime Revealed

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Xiaomi x Transformers Cyberverse Optimus Prime Revealed

Postby D-Maximal_Primal » Wed May 13, 2020 10:31 am

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Thanks to the ShentuToybox on Weibo, we have news of an interesting and pretty cool new Cyberverse product coming out way.

This new Cyberverse product is a version of Optimus Prime, but it is entirely made out of buildable blocks. The figure itself is a collaboration between Transformers and Xiaomi, and as some of you might remember, it was a similar collaboration that brought us the Tablet Soundwave a few years back that ended up as a San Diego Comic Con exclusive. This figure is different than Soundwave in that it is made out of lego-like building blocks, which Xiaomi has produced in the past as the "Mi Tu" building blocks, which is basically Lego Technic Builds.

While we have no word on availability or price yet, we do have images of the Optimus Prime, which can be built into either mode, but does not transform. Check it out below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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Re: Xiaomi x Transformers Cyberverse Optimus Prime Revealed

Postby D-Maximal_Primal » Wed May 13, 2020 10:32 am

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This thing is rad and I love it.

I wonder if this was going to be an SDCC exclusive this year
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Re: Xiaomi x Transformers Cyberverse Optimus Prime Revealed

Postby LinaNui » Wed May 13, 2020 12:29 pm

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Sigh, another knockoff appears. I wonder if Lego will take action against this company since this is just a knockoff of there part designs. It is cool, but I will not be getting it. If instructions get out, I may build it out of real Lego.
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Re: Xiaomi x Transformers Cyberverse Optimus Prime Revealed

Postby Jelze Bunnycat » Wed May 13, 2020 1:20 pm

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LinaNui wrote:Sigh, another knockoff appears. I wonder if Lego will take action against this company since this is just a knockoff of there part designs. It is cool, but I will not be getting it. If instructions get out, I may build it out of real Lego.


They can't. The patent on some basic building blocks expired years ago and is now public domain. Companies can use those designs and derive their own compatible pieces from them, all legally.

If you're wondering when... I think around 2002 when Hasbro's Built-To-Rule was released. Other companies and brands have since popped up, including Hasbro's Kre-O in 2011, and really, Lego only intervenes when exact sets (especially those of licensed properties) are copied. Lepin especially got in trouble for that, and not just from Lego; they've been known to market custom builds by fans, effectively stealing their designs.

Anywho... Optimus Prime actually looks pretty good, especially compared to the skeletal Lego Technic sets.
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Re: Xiaomi x Transformers Cyberverse Optimus Prime Revealed

Postby D-Maximal_Primal » Wed May 13, 2020 2:21 pm

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JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
LinaNui wrote:Sigh, another knockoff appears. I wonder if Lego will take action against this company since this is just a knockoff of there part designs. It is cool, but I will not be getting it. If instructions get out, I may build it out of real Lego.


They can't. The patent on some basic building blocks expired years ago and is now public domain. Companies can use those designs and derive their own compatible pieces from them, all legally.

If you're wondering when... I think around 2002 when Hasbro's Built-To-Rule was released. Other companies and brands have since popped up, including Hasbro's Kre-O in 2011, and really, Lego only intervenes when exact sets (especially those of licensed properties) are copied. Lepin especially got in trouble for that, and not just from Lego; they've been known to market custom builds by fans, effectively stealing their designs.

Anywho... Optimus Prime actually looks pretty good, especially compared to the skeletal Lego Technic sets.

this company I'm guessing also has the Transformers license since they put out that Soundwave back a few years ago
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Re: Xiaomi x Transformers Cyberverse Optimus Prime Revealed

Postby TulioDude » Wed May 13, 2020 2:37 pm

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He looks nice.
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Re: Xiaomi x Transformers Cyberverse Optimus Prime Revealed

Postby YRQRM0 » Wed May 13, 2020 5:06 pm

I'm pretty excited for this. I just wish he was an actual Technic figure and looked more like the old Star Wars technic sets. He looks a little too "perfect". Especially the head. The charm of bionicle MOCs and the old Star wars kits was seeing them use existing pieces to get as close as possible to a look: https://www.amazon.com/LEGO-Technic-Sta ... B00005RZHJ
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Re: Xiaomi x Transformers Cyberverse Optimus Prime Revealed

Postby Emerje » Wed May 13, 2020 5:19 pm

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JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
LinaNui wrote:Sigh, another knockoff appears. I wonder if Lego will take action against this company since this is just a knockoff of there part designs. It is cool, but I will not be getting it. If instructions get out, I may build it out of real Lego.


They can't. The patent on some basic building blocks expired years ago and is now public domain. Companies can use those designs and derive their own compatible pieces from them, all legally.

If you're wondering when... I think around 2002 when Hasbro's Built-To-Rule was released. Other companies and brands have since popped up, including Hasbro's Kre-O in 2011, and really, Lego only intervenes when exact sets (especially those of licensed properties) are copied. Lepin especially got in trouble for that, and not just from Lego; they've been known to market custom builds by fans, effectively stealing their designs.

Anywho... Optimus Prime actually looks pretty good, especially compared to the skeletal Lego Technic sets.

I had to look up dates, but this was all detailed in the Toys that Made Us. It was in 1989 that their patent to locking blocks expired. Anyone can make Lego-compatible blocks now, but the problems come when companies basically copy a Lego block in its entirety with just the logos removed. As long as these blocks are wholly unique in form there are no issues. I imagine this company has been making these blocks for a while anyway, it would be strange if they made all these blocks just for this one figure.

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Re: Xiaomi x Transformers Cyberverse Optimus Prime Revealed

Postby Jelze Bunnycat » Wed May 13, 2020 5:46 pm

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Thanks for the info Emerje.

Also, as a fan base we really like to jump the gun it seems. The set isn't Lego-like per se as no traditional building blocks are used like in Kre-O, rather a few parts are based on those from the Technic sets while the rest is all new. I don't know the legal status of Technic pieces, haven't seen them in any "Lego-compatible" off-brand sets.
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