Early LEGO Transformers 10302 Optimus Prime model revealed

An early model of 10302 Optimus Prime has been revealed, showing us a different design for the first official LEGO Transformers set.

In an article exploring the development of 10302 Optimus Prime, the initial sketch build of the set from designer Junya Suzuki has been revealed. It helps to showcase how different the brick-built Transformer looked at first, though it’s still undeniably Optimus Prime.

The new element first found in 10309 Succulents but used for the mouthguard in 10302 Optimus Prime wasn’t included on the model initially with a pair of slopes used to represent the face of the Autobot instead.

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Notably, his blaster is included in both the first sketch and the final model, revealing that he was always intended to come with the classic accessory. In the release version of the build, the blaster can be stored between the legs when transformed, though it’s not clear if that was the case in the first design too.

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While it’s interesting to see what 10302 Optimus Prime initially looked like, the set has changed a lot since then and you’ll be able to pick up the first LEGO Transformers set, as well as the first made in collaboration with Hasbro, from June 1. We’ve also got an in-depth review of the model ready to read in the meantime.

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