As we wait for confirmation whether Optimus Prime will be getting a LEGO set, we consider five other series that could make for great models.
Plenty of fans wish that the LEGO Group would ease up on the licensing of existing products, such as Star Wars, Harry Potter and Marvel and concentrate on some new, original ideas – or indeed bring back some old ideas, if the constant clamour for Classic Space is to be believed. But with the rumour that we’ll be having Optimus Prime of ’80s cartoon (and juggernaut franchise), Transformers announced soon, we couldn’t help but look back at some programmes of our childhood.
So the following will give you an idea of how old we are…
5 – The Pink Panther
There’s likely only one set that could be created for this show – the Panthermobile. Considering that it never appeared in the cartoon, but in the real-life titles, it might be better suited to LEGO Ideas. The seven-metre-long, bright pink custom car, based on an Oldsmobile Toronado looked like nothing else except maybe the Monkeemobile.
4 – The Banana Splits
Not so much a cartoon as it was (arguably) a bunch of grown men cavorting around in suits that gave children nightmares, we can look back on the Banana Splits more fondly with the benefit of nearly 50 years of hindsight. We can’t help but smile when we imagine building Fleegle, Drooper, Snorkle and Bingo in their go-anywhere buggies, which could inspire models for minifigures to drive.
3 – Wacky Races
If ever there was a series worth recreation in bricks, this has to be it. With a range of incredible vehicles, from the none-more-basic Boulder Mobile to Professor Pat Pending’s Convert-A-Car there’s a rich seam to be mined. Who wouldn’t want to build the Arkansas Chuggabug, the Buzz wagon or Dick Dastardly’s Mean Machine? Stop snickering, Muttley.
2 – Battle Of The Planets
With the team’s main ship, Phoenix, able to launch four smaller craft – Princess’s Galacti-Cycle, Keyop’s Space Bubble, Jason’s Race Car and Mark’s Jet Fighter – Battle of the Planets is a theme begging to be launched. We’re off to convert our copy of 75308 R2-D2 into 7-Zark-7.
1 – Thunderbirds
It’s never going to happen, since it probably would have by now, but a LEGO version of each of the International Rescue Craft, plus the Mole and Tracey Island would be sights to see.