Takara Transformers Animated Diablock Optimus Prime and Bumblebee

Transformers News: Takara Transformers Animated Diablock Optimus Prime and Bumblebee

Monday, January 25th, 2010 11:04AM CST

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The last time Transformers and Building Blocks had a fully fledged union was Built To Rule, back in 2003 that coincided with the Armada toy line. Unfortunately it did not end so well. Fast forward 7 years, and we look to have another union between building blocks and Transformers, as Takara gives their shot with their Transformers Animated toy line. Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are the first two selections to get the Diablock treatment, images courtesy of Red Leader of Kapow Toys.

Takara Transformers Animated Lego Optimus Prime and Bumblebee
Takara Transformers Animated Lego Optimus Prime and Bumblebee

The two are set for release in June.

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Credit(s): Red Leader of Kapow Toys
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Re: Takara Transformers Animated Diablock Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (1040246)
Posted by Dead Metal on January 25th, 2010 @ 11:32am CST
Those are definitely not LEGO and they look horrible Bumblebee doesn't even look remotely like the character.
Re: Takara Transformers Animated Diablock Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (1040249)
Posted by Oilspill on January 25th, 2010 @ 11:35am CST
Thought for the day: Lego is real-life pixelation.
Re: Takara Transformers Animated Diablock Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (1040252)
Posted by Hip-Hoptimus Rime on January 25th, 2010 @ 11:48am CST
Oh the humanity. :(
Re: Takara Transformers Animated Diablock Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (1040254)
Posted by 1337W422102 on January 25th, 2010 @ 11:51am CST
Oilspill wrote:Thought for the day: Lego is real-life pixelation.

Not if done properly by MOCcers who know what they're doing. This is just really crap.
Re: Takara Transformers Animated Diablock Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (1040259)
Posted by Lord Onixprime on January 25th, 2010 @ 12:02pm CST
at least you can vaguely see the resemblance with prime, but Bumblebee, what in the world? it looks awful. not even close.
Re: Takara Transformers Animated Diablock Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (1040261)
Posted by Seibertron on January 25th, 2010 @ 12:05pm CST
And my wallet sighed relief.
Re: Takara Transformers Animated Diablock Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (1040262)
Posted by Swiftpaw on January 25th, 2010 @ 12:06pm CST
Sad thing is despite only being so-so, they still look better than Build To Rule did.

I don't mind the visible building block look to the bodies, but they really should of just made seperate pieces that look like the heads and maybe the hands so they'd at least be reconizable who they are.

As much as I <3 both transformers and legos, pass here.
Re: Takara Transformers Animated Diablock Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (1040263)
Posted by Overcracker on January 25th, 2010 @ 12:07pm CST
Did not work with Armada, and fails even harder with Animated. Lego and Transformers just don't go well. You really need a very large amount of pieces with some specialty parts and hinges to pull of a decent representation.
Re: Takara Transformers Animated Diablock Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (1040264)
Posted by Requiem Prime on January 25th, 2010 @ 12:12pm CST
Meh,

I get turning Animated to blocks is probably more evil than most, but they could try a little harder on the faces.
Re: Takara Transformers Animated Diablock Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (1040265)
Posted by Hard Hacker on January 25th, 2010 @ 12:13pm CST
Cute attempt guys.




But very no.
Re: Takara Transformers Animated Diablock Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (1040268)
Posted by Tigertrack on January 25th, 2010 @ 12:23pm CST
There was a transforming G1 Prime done a few years back, Japanese market also, much more detailed, just trying to remember who made it...closer in style to the old 'Lokblocks' type of blocks rather than LEGO. These look to be smaller, but by the same company.
Re: Takara Transformers Animated Diablock Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (1040270)
Posted by nemesis-prime on January 25th, 2010 @ 12:23pm CST
that looks the KO shit no way no how :-x
Re: Takara Transformers Animated Diablock Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (1040274)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on January 25th, 2010 @ 12:33pm CST
tigertracks 24 wrote:There was a transforming G1 Prime done a few years back, Japanese market also, much more detailed, just trying to remember who made it...closer in style to the old 'Lokblocks' type of blocks rather than LEGO. These look to be smaller, but by the same company.


That would be Kawada, under the "Diablock" line in 2007, and it was licensed to boot. With that, the news item is slightly incorrect. :P
Re: Takara Transformers Animated Diablock Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (1040281)
Posted by Tigertrack on January 25th, 2010 @ 12:51pm CST
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
tigertracks 24 wrote:There was a transforming G1 Prime done a few years back, Japanese market also, much more detailed, just trying to remember who made it...closer in style to the old 'Lokblocks' type of blocks rather than LEGO. These look to be smaller, but by the same company.


That would be Kawada, under the "Diablock" line in 2007, and it was licensed to boot. With that, the news item is slightly incorrect. :P


Yes, Diablock. Thanks! I have it at home with my Primes.
Re: Takara Transformers Animated Diablock Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (1040284)
Posted by Kibble on January 25th, 2010 @ 1:05pm CST
I've seen fan-made lego TFs that looked vastly superior to these...at least I'm pretty sure they weren't official TF releases.
Re: Takara Transformers Animated Diablock Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (1040289)
Posted by Liftgate on January 25th, 2010 @ 1:23pm CST
Yeah, these certainly arn't genuine Legos. If they were actually made by Lego I'm sure they would look ALOT better, they make some pretty sweet looking stuff these days. But am I the only one who thinks Bee in robot mode looks like movie version?
Re: Takara Transformers Animated Diablock Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (1040294)
Posted by Forgotten on January 25th, 2010 @ 1:29pm CST
uhhhh, NO.
Re: Takara Transformers Animated Diablock Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (1040296)
Posted by Narc on January 25th, 2010 @ 1:31pm CST
Hell NO!
Re: Takara Transformers Animated Diablock Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (1040298)
Posted by rpetras on January 25th, 2010 @ 1:41pm CST
Lego and Transformers go together like tuna and gum.
Re: Takara Transformers Animated Diablock Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (1040322)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on January 25th, 2010 @ 2:52pm CST
rpetras wrote:Lego and Transformers go together like tuna and gum.


Actually, those are just generic building blocks, not exactly "legos" as Lego has no involvement as far as I can tell. In fact, upon further inspection I see the word "Diablock", which could mean they're new entries for Kawada's line.

On a side note, Lego did request people not to refer to building blocks as "legos" in order to keep their trademark from becoming generic. :P
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