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Fall of Cybertron Snapdragon Triple Changer
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Very articulated robot from Transformers Universe. Transforms into a jet and a "dragon".
About this creation

Introduction


In my early years of MOCing... I set sight on building
Snapdragon
because he's one
of my favorite Transformers Triple Changer. Back then, I didn't have much parts
to get started, so that MOC end up having different color than it's original toy
(below).  Finally, time  have come for me to improve him because I can't bear
to see him in yellow anymore. 



^ Original toy


In the original toy, Snapdragon is a Headmaster triple changer that
transforms between a jet , a dragon (hence his namesake) and finally a robot. The
headmaster companion is a minifigure that transform into Snapdragon's robot head
and beast head as well. However, due to issues pertaining the head-size ratio ,
I've decided to build him not as a headmaster Transformer, but maybe his
incarnation from "Fall of Cybertron" era. This is when Transformers have not
much gimmicky features except changing modes and of coz... given a rifle or two
to defend themselves.







Huh, a dragon? He doesn't look like one!

Yeah, he's
introduced as one , and its canon in the
Transformers
Universe/mythology



Initial Idea


I started off this project in hope to make him a
Headmaster
. But since the headmaster figure must carry dual function , which is 
transforming into robot AND beast head, he will definitely turn into an
oversized 'bot head + normal beast head.... or the other way round. I can't find
a good resolution for this... so the idea was scrapped.


Stroke of Purple Luck


My inventory of purple LEGO parts are very,very small. (less than few
dozens). Luckily they're mostly slopes , which are just what I need to make
Snapdragon's chest.  And this is why I seldom built Decepticons MOC coz
most of them have either too purple or too cream colored :- scarcity of parts in
such colors.


Aesthetics over Solidity (<< is this a proper word?)


I would humbly report that for the sake of making him aesthetically pleasing,
some building techniques are flimsy (eg. held together by mere 1 stud) Notable
examples:



  • 1x2 tiles to form the pointy shoulders,

  • The angled jaggy wings on the back of the jet are not firmly secured
    into their position by any stud, they just rest there. So moving the MOC
    around for photoshoot easily distorts the jet's symmetry. 


Easter Egg


I'm always trying to find ways to utilize "special" parts in my MOC. This
time.. I've used printed tiles from other timeline/theme in my Snapdragon build.
They looks like printed circuitry from afar.. Can you spot 'em? :)


And yes before I end my writeups.. its PURE COINCIDENCE the "dragon" mode
looks like a Zoid. I swore I never once referred to a single Zoid for
reference/inspiration. 


And Special thanks to...


Creator Set 6914:
T-Rex
for providing me dozens of white teeth to make this MOC.


















































      



Visit my blog entry below if you wish to view complete set
of photos including transformation sequence:




http://alanyuppie.blogspot.com/2012/09/lego-fall-of-cybertron-snapdragon.html



 


 


 


 


 


 




Comments

 I like it 
  December 12, 2012
It's just a pleasure to look this one all over, trying to figure out what fits where in which mode. Chris said it already, but I want to add that, years ago, your work made me believe I could build Lego Transformers. So, thanks! I'm glad you're still building.
 I like it 
  December 12, 2012
Fantastic job! This was always one of my favourite triplechangers too. I sympathize with your shortage of purple, glad that you were able to get it in the end!
 I like it 
  September 21, 2012
Another of your Masterpieces, for me too your works are always a great inspiration 10/5
 I like it 
  September 18, 2012
Wow, great articulation and weapons!
 I like it 
  September 18, 2012
Someone make a fanart of this! :D
 I like it 
  September 18, 2012
Fantastic work! As Chris said, you are always very inspiring with your work, and this is no exception. I love the jet mode!
 I like it 
  September 18, 2012
always a pleasure to see work from one that has inspired me! Great job!
 
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