Despite Transformers being a multi-billion franchise, it never come to LEGO. And we wonder why… Oh, wait. It’s because of Hasbro, isn’t it? Never mind. Possible franchising stumbling block aside, the fact that brick-built set cannot transform as a Transformers should, kind of defeats the purpose.
I think we can all agree on that. Just look at KRE-O. The construction toy maker did had a line of Transformers construction sets that weren’t transformable. It has to be taken apart and reassembled into a vehicle and vice versa, and that’s dumb.
So, it safe that to say, transforming set based on bricks is not possible, like, ever. However, what one LEGO builder did may give LEGO/Transformers fans a glimmer of hope. I have to confess. I don’t know exactly what this Moko does for a living, or what’s the deal with this genius, as I do not read Japanese.
But I have no doubt that this dude (I am assuming here he is a dude) is a genius. Moko created Cube-Robo. There are a lot of reasons as to why Cube-Robo is an ingenious LEGO creation, so here me out.
First of all, it is a smooth cube which looks cool on the shelf as it is. In other words, it is a studless, fun little cube. Beyond its unassuming yet fun look, is actually ‘more than meets the eye’.
As the name implies, Cube-Robo is also a robot. Don’t ask me how, but this cube can transform into a robot without breaking it up. A freaking transformable LEGO build! And that, my friends, is what matters.
If you read Japanese, you are welcome to dig into the build on Moko’s blog, or dive into the photo set he has posted on his blog or on his Flickr page. It is worthy to note that we find no video of the transformation.