My transforming Lego transformer version of Ironhide from the Transformers movie.
About this creation
Up to this point, all my Transformers have been made up. They were never easy, but I wanted to notch up the challenge level a bit and tackle some "real" movie Transformers, beginning with Ironhide. What follows is the result of some 35 hours of building.
You won't see guns in truck mode. They do not work with the transformation. They can sit in the truck bed. I could have attached them to his arms under the doors, like the toy version, but I thought that would look cheesy.
The tires "resize" in robot mode. I remove the outer tire to make them fit into this chest and behind his body. It's a tight squeeze in there. Let me tell you - making a movie-accurate Transformer is tough - the biggest challenge is scale, and that's hard to do right.
I built one half of Ironhide first. It's the first time I've ever done that. Usually, my Transformers are smaller, so I need to be careful about overlapping the midline. But, with Ironhide, it made more sense to get everything right, then build the other side. This picture is about halfway through time-wise, but probably not quite halfway there work-wise.
I believe I started Ironhide in late June. The Mob Rules contest made for about 3 weeks of no Transformer-time, so I would call this a 5 week project, with a lot of extra thinking time over the 8 actual weeks.
Ah, the dangers of building with Lego. It's a good thing the photo session was pretty much done. I fixed the hood with 1x2x3 slopes this week, but I have not taken new pictures of him yet.
Thanks to Matt, who helped me make the headlight labels. Also, thanks as always to my helpful, supportive, and loving wife. And last of all, happy birthday to me!
Brilliant build, very reminiscent of Ironhide himself. Probably what you were aiming for. :P The engineering is great, and I'd never be able to discover how to morph him into a truck. Heck with it, I wouldn't even be able to build the truck. That is one darn good truck!
It's a pity so many of your photos are down, however there's a thread in MOCpages Help where you can report your lost photos and the Mods will try to retrieve them. So if you ever have a moment, I urge you to head over there.
The hood is connected to a 2x2 hinge (it's 1/3 bricks tall, and opens to 1x4). At the end of the hinge is a 1x1 plate. The hood rotates on that 1x1 plate. This allows me to move the hood a full 4 studs over without changing its horizontal orientation. (Hmm, this sounds confusing. Note to self: maybe I should include pictures.)
Awesome! Best lego Transformer I've ever seen! And to things, One, how do you slide the hood? I tried to make Barricade and he looks stupid because I can't slide the front. And second, mabye you can use minifig wrenches for the fingers. Anyway, great model!
Quoting Ed Bangor
The cab in truck mode is a bit short.
I totally agree, Ed. A little bit of tweaking may fix that, or it may not. By the time I noticed, I was pretty committed to the length. I'm telling you, scale is a huge issue with movie-accurate Lego Transformers!
Quoting Chris Pitter
I'm not sure how I feel about the tires "resizing" and the guns sitting in the bed of the truck...
Stabbed in the back by my own brother! Eh tu, Brute? J/K I know we discussed this before, but I had to sacrifice my perfect record of "no mass changes" to achieve the look I wanted. My problem here was that probably 30% or more of Ironhide's truck mass (his doors and roof) were useless in robot mode. Add to this that his guns were useless in truck mode, and I had a major size problem. By resizing the tires, I essentially scaled down the robot to make both modes workable.
Quoting Hans Dendauw
Hmm, you said you saw a Transformer in my future, but how do I compete with this?! ~H
Wonderful! The truck looks awesome and so does Ironhide! Great job! this should get more than 5 smilies; so here they are: :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
First and foremost, as a truck lover and a fan of GMC's heavy-duty lineup, I must say that's one of the most accurate Topkicks I've ever seen. As a matter of fact, the developement division of General Motors that created that truck (and the Chevrolet version, called the "Kodiak"), is no more than a ten minute's drive from my home. The chroming and the decals may not have been orthodox LEGO, and quite possibly sent many purists screaming at their computer screens, but I feel the added level of accuracy is well worth it. The fact that the whole thing actually transorms into an equally-accurate robot is simply stunning. A truly great piece of work here.
Well done mate, you hit it right on the head! I know that the transformation resizes aren't exactly right, but hey, when a semi truck can transform into a giant robot with a sword, I'll buy anything;) A beautiful all around job on this, especially with the custom detailing, and happy birthday!
Very nice! I love the chrome and lights (even though they are not true lego stickers). I'm sure you considered it already but it would be cool to have an actual picture of Ironhide to compare. I'm not sure how I feel about the tires "resizing" and the guns sitting in the bed of the truck, but we all know that the movie transformers do impossible transformation too. I must say, good work nonetheless. And happy birthday!
As always, I'm absolutely stunned at your way of cramming so much into one vehicle, I especially love the arm-guns I've tried this a couple times, and I've NEVER succeeded, maybe someday I'll be able to match these...Yeah right....