This is my attempt to create a LEGO Droideka that looked the part, could turn into a ball, but still be about the right size compared to a Minifig. I think I accomplished all of those!
About this creation
The Droideka is probably my favorite droid in star wars, and as such I have always been disappointed with the official LEGO ones. Many of them could not turn into a ball (one of the coolest things about the Droideka) and the few that could didn't look very good. I have seen some pretty fantastic Droideka MOCs online, but even those I found weren't the right size, being around twice the size of a Minifigure. I decided to try my hand at making a LEGO Droideka that both looked good and was functional. Of coarse another factor was that it had to be proportional to a Minifig (Assuming the Minifig is 5ft tall)
The Droid Factory:
I really don't know how long it took to make this, I think it was at least two days just messing around before I figured out a design that would work right. As you can probably see, the colors don't quite match up, but I was really going for functionality. I figured I could always order parts in the right color later.
The finished project:
Other then the slightly off colors, this droid came out really well (especially given the fact that I have never attempted to build a droid before). The only thing I will say about it though is that it is pretty fragile, it likes to fall apart when you are trying to turn it from ball to droid and back again. It also has a few "questionable" techniques in its design. Nothing like glue or tape (that would just be cheating!) but some parts are attached in ways where they stay together, but aren't really intended to attach that way (this can be seen on the blasters and legs).
Turning into a ball:
This process is a little difficult, as the droid often tries to fall apart while you are manipulating it, but it still works quite well. Step 1. First you must fold the legs in, rotating the two front ones slightly. You must also tuck the lower assembly into the body. Step 2. Next you have to fold the two '1x1 tile with clip' on the side onto the back of the '1x2 plate with handle'. Step 3. After that, you fold the entire top half onto the bottom half, tucking the 'T piece' under the rear leg. Step 4. Now take the 'Bar 1L with Clip' holding the blasters (binoculars) and "fold" it (by reattaching it higher up on the arm). Step 5. Lastly rotate the '1x1 tap' holding the arm 90 degrees and rest the blasters against the two front legs.
Surprisingly in ball mode it rolls rather well. Not as good as a LEGO wheel, but much better then I remember the ones from LEGO sets rolling.
I normally do something talking about the future at the end of MOCs, but I don't see the point for this one. I will probably fix up the colors sometime, but for now it's done and I have no other planes for it other then sitting on my shelf and looking cool.