Autobot Longarm . One big, bad, good guy of a robot. Longarm is my 5th Lego Transformer, and he really transforms! He is based on the tow truck from the 2007 movie Transformers. .
Longarm is the tow truck from the 2007 movie Transformers. Only his vehicle mode is shown in the movie. The toy was released after the movie.
Notice the license plate. It's from a model of a 1964 Ford Fairlane I built around 2002.
Even in my Transformers toy-buying phase, I never wanted Longarm. His robot mode just looked wrong. When I wanted to build a new Transformer, he was one of my choices, for that reason. I wanted to make him look decent.
I wanted Longarm's vehicle mode to be as realistic as possible.
I had two license plate decals, but I ruined one. I had to switch it from front to back during shooting.
Ready for robot mode? So am I. Ready, that is, if I have 15 minutes to spare. Transforming this beast is a laborious task.
Longarm is an incredibly stocky robot. I followed the toy's lead, and had his hood turn into his legs, his rear section into his arms. It's opposite my usual method, and it led to his upper body being extremely bulky.
My main goal with Longarm was to closer realize the "movie look." I wanted crisscrossing body armor, with a gray protoform skeleton underneath. I'm quite pleased with the result.
I wanted to show off why Longarm is my most stable Transformer. Usually, the knees are such a weak joint, they make standing difficult. To eliminate this, I found a way to squeeze two 1x4 poles in, so they could rotate down and support the body's weight on the legs instead of the knees. Yes! He can stand!
One last pic.
Bonus footage: Undercarriage, and vehicle cab with minifig.
I owe all the thanks her to my wife. Anyone who's read my posts knows she takes my pictures, and there's usually some crazy story to go along. This time, we had three sick children. Additionally, my wife was coming down with a fever. Nevertheless, she insisted on taking the pictures. She knew I'd been looking forward to today for 3 weeks. So, thank you, sweetie. I'll make it up to you, somehow.