Two more fully-transformable G1 autobots: Huffer and Gears! I have a soft spot for these two, as I owned the original toys of both. Being mini-autobots, they're built to a smaller scale than my previous legoformers. Gears' design in particular should be readily adaptable to others that use a similar transformation scheme, which I've demonstrated with the LDD of his garage-mate, Swerve.
About this creation
Gears complains. A lot. From the never-ending war with the Decepticons, and the amount of stuff he has to carry around, to Earth's mechanoid-unfriendly weather, he can be relied upon to see the black side of any situation and point it out to anyone within earshot. Other Autobots meeting him for the first time worry about his state of mind, but those who know him better realise that he's perfectly cheerful; he just really likes complaining! Also, his moaning is so over the top that it actually becomes comical and cheers his comrades up - which is why he does it. As his pal Trailbreaker says, "If he ever stops complaining, then we'll know we're really in trouble."
Huffer is another Autobot you wouldn't nominate for the cheerleading team. But where Gears' complaints are largely for effect, Huffer really is that depressed. He sees little hope of ending the war, still less of ever returning to his home planet. Huffer feels the loss of Cybertron acutely and brooding about it can put him into a blue funk from which he can't be motivated to do anything much. Which is a pity, as his engineering skills are exceptional - he will routinely say that a job can't be done and then produce something that much better than what he was asked for. He's also a doughty fighter, with great physical strength and endurance - jut don't talk to him about the war.
Gears' transformation scheme is really quite simple - so of course I had to complicate matters by giving him a 5-wide bonnet (that's the hood for you trans-atlantic types).
For I long time I wondered how to get a decent amount of poseability into transformers this size. Then I saw Chris Roach's "T"-joint skeleton for miniformers. Those T-joints are great - plenty of poseability and enough friction to hold the weight. Thanks Chris!
Swerve is mostly identical to Gears apart from the colourscheme and a re-tooled head and shoulders (as with the original toy). This shows how the shoulders and hips pack in to a fairly small space. The spine is built from 6 lampholder bricks, alternately on their back and upright, with 1x1 plates filling in the gaps - making it the same thickness as a standard Lego brick, but with studs alternately on each side.
Dancing with myself, I'm just dancing with myself...
Transformation sequence for the afficionadoes.
Unfortunately LDD won't let me transform Swerve fully into vehicle mode, because putting the arms in requires rotation of two joints at once. But it does work!
Huffer's alt mode, in all its bright orange glory.
Huffer's transformation sequence is a lot more involved than Gears'.
Each arm contains 9 (!) points of articulation, from shoulder to fingers.
I'm most pleased with the way the cab folds out to reveal the head - really neat and compact in both modes.
Unfortunately, he's frustratingly fragile - so no LDD for this one, I'm afraid!
Right, that's most of my backlog of unposted MOCs dealt with. Now I can break them all down ready for the MOC Olympics! Game on!