Okay, this is my first attempt at a Lego Transformer, so be gentle! I thought I'd start with an easy one, so I chose the mini-Autobot Windcharger. Only problem was, the transformation of the original toy was so simple as to be completely unsatisfying, so I ended up making it more complicated anyway.
About this creation
Windcharger's car mode is based on a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. I'm fairly happy with how the car turned out.
Of all the Autobot cars (it says here), Windcharger has the best acceleration, and can put on tremendous bursts of speed, making him the fastest Autobot over short distances.
This angle kind of makes it obvious that there's 'more than meets the eye' here.
Ta-da! It's the tin man from the Wizard of Oz on acid!
Windcharger doesn't usually bother with a gun, because he can use his hands as two poles of a powerful electromagnet, enabling him to crush robots much larger than himself with ease.
I did make him a pistol though, just for the sake of completeness.
It's a sad fact that the robot mode looks cooler from behind.
Here's the car in 'attack mode' (that's toy manufacturer speak for 'stick the robot's handgun on the outside')
Well, this was fun to build, not perfect but I've learnt a lot through the process. I plan to build some more - and better - G1 transformers once the MOC Olympics are over.
Any constructive criticism welcome!
it s a first attempt so i ll be generous, i don t like transformers much, but, the car s design showspromise, i really like the front and overall shape of the car! it does nt look like a trans am, but it s near impossible to accurately make one of this size that s recognizable, as to the robot part, it s very simple, but, still manage to look fairly good. overall very good job stuart!
I'm originally from Australia but have lived in England most of my life (so far) well I was there 6 and a half years half a year in U.S.A 1 year traveling and a year In Australia Again. But in England was most of my life so far since I'm only 10!
Quoting Michael Crichton
Why the bleep didn't _I_ think of that shoulder design? so obvious in hindsight.
Thanks very much! It did the job but a word of warning - those little robot arm clips aren't up to the strain. I broke 3 of them just transforming him. Next time I use that type of articulation I'll do it with more solid pieces.
Nice job Stu - lets be honest, the original toy's robot forms often had little resemblance to the cartoon and articulation was an afterthought, so the fact you've improved on the original toy's transformation is great! My major complaint of transformers as they continued to be released was that they looked less like a real vehicle or a funky robot in either mode, so this is a pleasant rewind to those days of diecast and not all-plastic. I'm the wrong person to ask about vehicles as I don't often build them, especially 'real' ones, so it's made our MOC Os challenge quite interesting....
Very good for a first try! Regarding your comment about the back looking better than the front, I usually make it a point to have the studs facing forwards as much as possible in robot mode. This allows me to add more detail parts. Keep 'em coming!
Very nicely done, ESPECIALLY for a first attempt! My suggestions would be to refine the torso and upper arms. Also, widen the waste a bit. Just remember, the more you build these, the better they'll look.