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Decepticon Mantis
Mantis is a Lego Transformer Decepticon who takes a modified Apache helicopter form, built to celebrate the release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
About this creation
Mantis now has updated pictures. For those of you who viewed Mantis before, he has some new pieces in his chest and a few other cosmetic changes. Additionally, in vehicle mode, he has different wheels and can support himself without sagging. Now, let's get to the back story:



Back in late 1970, Mantis crashed in Nigeria. He was obsessed with the African wildlife, and took the name of his favorite insect, the mantis. He wanted to join in the ebbing civil war there, so he looked for a vehicle mode that offered mobility and versatility.



He took an experimental Bell Iroquois attack helicopter form for five years, until the U.S. Army began developing the Apache.



Mantis joined the Decepticons in searching for the Matrix of Leadership. Being so close to Egypt, he should have been on the cusp of finding it, but the Decepticons were not very free with the intel they had. Some Decepticons wanted the glory of finding the Matrix for themselves, resulting in misinformation and confusion in the ranks.



Mantis eventually gave up the search and furthured other Decepticon causes, such as sowing misery and chaos. He now searches the world for conflict and exacerbates it by posing as peacekeeping troops gone rogue.




"Decepticons, attack!" Here's the transformation. It's my favorite for its simplicity. First, the blades sweep back, and the base rotates to move it up the back. The tail fin also rotates. Secondly, the cockpit is opened, and the arms are moved into position. There are a lot of joints and rotating areas in the arms. Finally, the legs can be rotated down and unfolded. They have to spin in the thigh and the ankle areas. He's ready for action!



Mantis relishes the idea of stepping on people the way they step on bugs. Here's what you would see if he was thinking about doing that to you.



Mantis was a lot of fun to build. He went together really quick - my fastest yet. It took about a week of focused work (after the kids go to bed) to get him ready. Another week of tinkering smoothed out some of the problems I referred to at the beginning.



Mantis uses his tail for balance. I'm not thrilled about that, but at least he doesn't fall down as much as my other Transformers.



I looked to Blackout for some inspiration, obviously. They transform differently in the end, but thinking about the Blackout toy (yes, I have it) and the move character helped me figure out where to start.



I would like to thank Nichole for her help. After all, this was her idea! She even took the pictures all over again when I made the changes. Thanks, sweetie!



"Now leave a comment, or else!" (Ignore him, he's just a bit cranky)



Comments

Wes Pitter
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Brick Boy Bruce
  July 12, 2012
Can you make an optimus prime to fight with him?
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  June 23, 2012
awesome!!
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  January 16, 2011
This is ridiculously good. BTW.
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  November 30, 2010
Agree with others who said that your mocs are the best transformers on the site. You are one of the few people to make "transforming" transformers.
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  August 30, 2010
This thing is beautiful. I think your transformers creations are the best on this site. You should try making a movie style megatron with an earth mode.
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  July 9, 2010
Quoting Augustus-Richard Best Best did you get the backpack thing from the voyager whirl,grindor,blackout or evac?
I had Voyager-class Blackout, and I got the inspiration from that toy and from the 1st movie.
  July 1, 2010
Nice! Very Nice! Ok, goodbye!...
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  June 12, 2010
Very good work did you get the backpack thing from the voyager whirl,grindor,blackout or evac?
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  April 25, 2010
WOW, the weapons, transforming,??!!!!! Beautiful work, i wish you can build STARSCREAM (my favorite)!!!!! Keep it up!!
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  January 23, 2010
How do you make the blades fold back like that?
  January 5, 2010
alt mode is brilliant, not seen many helicopter TF's done so well in Lego. Robot mode is a bit anorexic but plenty of articulation. great build.
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  October 4, 2009
This is awesome, more people need to rate this, 5/5. Excellent work.
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  August 13, 2009
Quoting Pascal legofan the only thing i dont like is his head and his chest proportions
Hey, I totally agree. His head came out too small and flat, but I was limited to the space within the canopy. And you're right about the chest area. I thought it was cool that engines came around to his stomache area, but they're too wide, and his chest is too wimpy. If he survives the MOColympics, I just might go back and redesign him. Thanks for the comment.
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  August 13, 2009
hes really awesome man ! definitly a good work and a very unique name the only thing i dont like is his head and his chest proportions but i believe u can fix it ^^ oh and i really love his shoulder cannons
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  July 1, 2009
Awesome work, I'm always impressed by "real" Lego transformers and this one is one of the best I've seen. Keep them coming !
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  June 30, 2009
wow ur good... but wut id like to see is it being a little less clumsy/awkward looking in robot mode... not trying to be mean... ur like 10000 times as good as me... just a lil tip... BTW the helicopter was shocking... amazing transformation. would ya mind checking out my most recet mecha
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  June 28, 2009
Quoting Edward O'Ferrall are your creations "transformable" (new word) or are they two seperate models?
Edward - Yes! It is transformable. In the past, I have shown pictures of my Transformers transforming, but this project was, again, rushed. I will make sure to add that. Thanks for your question.
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  June 27, 2009
Even for a rushed MOC, this could beat almost any transformer model out there. I really like the sleek design of both forms. I also like the insect-like look of the face and head. Definately looks like a transformer you'd see in the movie. Once you reinforce it, I'd love to see pics of it transforming:)
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  June 26, 2009
I caqn't believe how well you made it look in both modes. It is worthy of being in revenge of the fallen (if converted to CGI)
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  June 26, 2009
Complicated build, but turned out so good for my taste... Great work as your other creations, keep it up >>> peace.. Firas
Wes Pitter
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masterchief 1
  June 25, 2009
Not bad, although the middle could do with a bit of work.
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  June 25, 2009
Awesome model Wes. Looks good. For scale, the wheels look good, if the tail can be lowered that would be good. The cockpit looks great, and I love the blades and rocket pods.
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  June 25, 2009
Man I remember trying to make Transformers out of Lego's when I was a kid in the 80's and I know how hard it is. That is awsome!
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  June 25, 2009
Looks great, especially the vehicle mode! I'm always in awe of people who manage to create good looking transformer MOCs. It's one of the hardest things to do, in my opinion!
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  June 25, 2009
Quoting Jusiya Tsang Is he in the movie or a made up character? I haven't quite seen it yet.
Mantis is not in the movie. All my Transformers thus far have been my own creations. I suppose that's because I don't have many G1 memories from childhood. My best Transformer memories are from the first movie, so that's what I've been building. Thanks for the question.
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  June 25, 2009
Quoting Justin Lego Brick That thing can transform!? Amazing!
Thanks! Yes, it really can. I meant to note that he can transform in my commentary - if you don't count all the pieces that fall off. That's one problem with creations this size (mine, at least) - they're really fragile.
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  June 24, 2009
FANTASTIC!
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  June 24, 2009
Zarpado vieja!!
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  June 24, 2009
Pretty cool! Nice Transformer and good job on the back story.
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  June 24, 2009
This is actually one of the best post g1 transformers I've seen. Both modes look absolutely outstanding! Great job on this guy...and btw, is he in the movie or a made up character? I haven't quite seen it yet.
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  June 24, 2009
I saw the movie at 12:30am and it's really extreme awesome!! Really great job on this!! That thing can transform!? Amazing!
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  June 24, 2009
WOW THAT'S AMAZING TRUELY INSPIRING!!!
 
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