Way back in the mid-2000s, Hasbro launched a show and corresponding toy line known as “Transformers: Animated.” The title was no doubt a reference to the fact that Michael Bay was working to bring the Transformers franchise to live-action movies for the first time, and the corresponding Animated show was setting itself up to be everything the Bay franchise wasn’t: hand-drawn, on TV, well written, and over too soon. Hasbro managed to produce the majority of the main Animated cast in toy form so that fans of the series could continue to revisit this era of the franchise long after the show was canceled. But there was one major character that escaped our grasp and was never given a proper figure. Thankfully, Alan Yap has come to our rescue by delivering this LEGO rendition of Animated’s Omega Supreme.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Transformer without transforming, and Alan has us covered.
In the Animated continuity, the giant Omega Supreme transforms into the Autobot’s spaceship and main headquarters The Orion. Alan has done an impressive job of rendering Omega’s spaceship mode. The main bridge, made from curved slopes and rounded tiles, is particularly effective. And the solid alternate mode gives very little indication that it’s anything other than a microscale spaceship. But it’s definitely more than meets the eye.
Alan’s no stranger to creating Transformer LEGO models, but Transformers: Animated presents a unique challenge when compared to most Transformers. Thanks to the influence of lead character designer Derrick J. Wyatt’s art style, the Animated robots have more extreme proportions and round, bulbous elements. Alan didn’t shy away from the challenge, and the resulting Omega Supreme robot mode is instantly recognizable as the show’s character design.