Transformers G1 Springer . Straight out of the 1986 movie, it's all-action fully-transformable triple-changing Autobot Springer! . Phew, finished this in a hurry after getting wind that Chris Roach and S.:D are both working on a version of this guy as well! Springer is my first attempt at a triple-changer and I have to say I'm quite pleased with the outcome. Transforms from Autobot warrior to futuristic armoured car to helicopter gunship with no removal of parts, apart from the weapons. None of the three modes is flawless, but I still like them all enough that I keep wanting to pick him up and transform him into a different one, which has to be a good sign.
Springer is a warrior who has the respect of friends and foes alike. Always ready to literally leap into action - powerful hydraulics and boosters in his legs give him his signature 'springing' ability - he's never afraid of the odds, and has a wisecrack for every situation. The only thing he doesn't take lightly is responsibility for the lives of others. The burden of command weighs heavily on his shoulders, but such are his skills and inspirational qualities that he usually gets picked to lead elite Autobot commando squads on near suicidal missions. Ironic, eh?
The trouble with most triple-changers is that one of their three modes looks like it was cobbled together out of the other two. Springer avoids this pitfall by having two alt modes that look largely the same as each other...
The extra bits of kibble either side of the hips are necessary to keep the tail horizontal in the helicopter mode.
As with the original toy, the helicopter rotor assembly transforms into Springer's sword.
"Sword of Omens, give me sight beyond... oops, sorry, wrong cartoon"
Speak softly and carry a big stick. And a bright green gun.
Autobots, roll out!
The gun on the roof is perfect for clearing traffic jams.
There's even room in the cockpit for a passenger/pilot!
Getting the legs to work in all three modes was the biggest headache in this build. In the end I went for a fairly standard Exo-Force leg structure, using different bends and rotations to form each mode.
In order for the robot to be stable, I had to give the helicopter a much bulkier tail than the original toy, but I think it looks quite cool.
Shoulder to shoulder they stand! 10 geek points to the first person to tell me the name of the (mostly) Autobot sub-group that included both Skids and Springer among its members.