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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!




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  July 28, 2014
Spectacular detail and transformation!
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  May 23, 2014
super cool! i like ironhide. if you don't mind,please watch my creation.
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  September 2, 2013
Awesome! This is such a great MOC... it looks just like Ironhide!
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  June 27, 2013
AAWEEESSOOOMMEEE!!! The head's amazing!
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  March 13, 2013
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! ~ Sarge
  February 27, 2013
I don't search for Ironhide so frequently but this one is wonderful and very accurate. Good work!
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  February 25, 2013
Incredible work!
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  February 21, 2013
Inconceivable levels of engineering skill needed here. You have my respect! Great model!
  May 29, 2012
Could you give me some tips because I want to build Pontiac Solstice. How I must start building, what had I have to do first....., would be nice if you can help me.
  May 19, 2012
great in both modus, really awesome.5/5
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  April 23, 2012
Very impressive! The truck mode looks like something that could be a MOC on its own, and the mech mode looks fantastic. The fact that it transforms is the icing on the cake, great work!
  April 8, 2012
Hopefully you find them all! From the main photo this looks very cool.
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  April 8, 2012
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist ...there's a thread in MOCpages Help where you can report your lost photos...
Thanks! I tried to find that a couple weeks ago, and failed. So, now I'm in the process of reloading all my pictures.
  January 24, 2012
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.
  September 25, 2011
i can see the pictures. WHY??
Wes Pitter
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Jake .
  July 17, 2011
Why does Iron Hide have to die?!?!? R.I.P. Iron Hide...
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  July 5, 2011
May Ironhide forever rest in peace. *SNIFF* It's so awesome it just reminds me of him. lol
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  July 1, 2011
Awesome!!! just saw transformers 3 AWESOME! but so sad R.I.P Iron Hide.... :(
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  June 23, 2011
The best part is that it can transform!
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  June 18, 2011
This is a magnificent bit of engineering Dude, you've really captured the essence of the characer. :) If you ever get time, please do check out my own version of Ironhide.
Wes Pitter
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Beaver Boy .
  May 17, 2011
The car itself would have been a good MOC.. I wish I could build transformers :(
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  May 16, 2011
AWESOME! Really cool! It looks just like him!
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  February 19, 2011
Quoting A.J .K ... How do you slide the hood?
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.)
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  February 19, 2011
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!
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  December 16, 2010
This is just perfect. I give a lot of credit to you for even attempting this because I'm sure it was no easy task. 5/5 -Rech
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  December 9, 2010
realy epic i have him in real and im buing starscream ledar and optimus just for record lol.anyway can you comment an my creations if you can and have time,tnx
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  December 8, 2010
Quoting joshua tran HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO BUILD IT?
Oops, I never gave the hour estimate. I believe I spent a total of around 30 hours over 8 weeks.
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  December 8, 2010
Quoting Subject Gamma You could use minifig arms as the fingers, they're slightly shorter but are still more "Ironhide-looking"
If I did that, I would want to modify them by cutting off the ball. I'm no purist, but that's going too far for me!
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  December 8, 2010
You could use minifig arms as the fingers, they're slightly shorter but are still more "Ironhide-looking"
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  November 30, 2010
An excellent Moc-especially because of the fact that it transforms!
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  November 22, 2010
The truck version alone looks sweet. I cannot believe it actually transforms. Phenomenal!!
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  September 22, 2010
This is just awesome. They aren't as large or complex, but would you mind checking out one of our Lego transformers? They're in our transformers folder.
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  September 10, 2010
Its a beauty, Wes; your hard work has paid off. A transformer is on my 'to build' list but nothing of this magnitude!
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  September 9, 2010
Quoting david drake this must easily be 3x harder than just building 2 MOC's, a truck and a mech! Kudos!
Harder? Yes! But so much more fun!
  September 7, 2010
Wow! Wes, that looks great! I love the cannons and the leg greebling.
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  September 7, 2010
this must easily be 3x harder than just building 2 MOC's, a truck and a mech! Kudos!
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  September 4, 2010
dang this is awesome ironhide is cool, keep up the work
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  September 4, 2010
For Fingers, I'd recommend Minigig arms, black. They work really well, and look great. Great model, btw.
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  September 4, 2010
Jeez show it to the Lego magazine they"ll love it!!!! who knows you might get a letter asking to make it a set?
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  September 4, 2010
Cool. It looks really nice.
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  September 3, 2010
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO BUILD IT?
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  September 2, 2010
Excellent build, it's a rare thing to see such accuracy in both modes of a transformer!
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  September 2, 2010
This has got to be the best Lego transformer I have ever seen. Both the modes are awesome and accurate, and i am really impressed!
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  August 31, 2010
Very impressive, everyone capable of creating a working transformer deserves a lot of respect. You have mine! ~Cheers
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  August 30, 2010
Wow, this he looks perfect in both truck and robot mode. So close to an action figure.
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  August 29, 2010
bes transformer ever
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  August 28, 2010
very detailed model of ironhide, both vehicle and robot form. well done!!!
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  August 28, 2010
Ironhide is awsome well done!!
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  August 27, 2010
Impressively accurate! I really like the customizations that you did on these pieces. Very good job overall, keep it up! -Ultra
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  August 26, 2010
whoa!!!!!
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  August 26, 2010
I don't like how you had to move the guns and tires... I like purist transformers, ones that transform with no modifications neccesary. Still, you did a 5/5 job on this. Very nice.
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  August 26, 2010
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
I stand by my word. Start small. My first work was not impressive in the least. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/102093 Thanks for your nice comments, everyone!
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  August 26, 2010
Now this is one of the best creations I have ever seen!
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  August 25, 2010
THAT IS AWESOME I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW YOU COULD FIT IN THAT MUCH DETAIL!!!!!1000/5
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  August 25, 2010
In robot mode, it looks spot on. The cab in truck mode is a bit short (it looks like a normal 2-door, and the movie truck is a crew cab). Still, I love the robot.
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  August 25, 2010
In robot mode, it looks spot on. The cab in truck mode is a bit short (it looks like a normal 2-door, and the movie truck is a crew cab). Still, I love the robot.
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  August 25, 2010
Nice! Transformer have to be one of the hardest things to build out of lego, but you seem to pull it off every time. The car mode is really amazing.
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  August 25, 2010
!!!!! you are just .....A GENIUS !!!!!
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  August 25, 2010
SOOOO GOOD
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  August 25, 2010
I can't keep my eyes off the truck! it looks to...AWESOME!
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  August 25, 2010
Wonderful! The truck looks awesome and so does Ironhide! Great job! this should get more than 5 smilies; so here they are: :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
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  August 25, 2010
This is your best transformer of all, Wes! Excellent job!
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  August 25, 2010
This is outstanding! How you did it to match the original is beyond me! The best portrait of Ironhide in LEGO. I don't think your standard is reachable.
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  August 25, 2010
I'm not really a fan of the movie designs, but I have to complement you on the accuracy of this interpretation. Brilliant.
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  August 25, 2010
That's some quality work right there man, especially of a difficult subject. I love that building-half technique you used, I might have to try that out!
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  August 25, 2010
cool good job my friend check out my creations
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  August 25, 2010
Crazy man, I love it!
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  August 25, 2010
I clearly can see the big effort you put on this great MOC! It's not easy to build a nice looking transformer on both modes; but you've nailed it. Keep it up.
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  August 25, 2010
Awesome! I love the Transformer movie's. You've done a really great job at making Ironhide
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  August 25, 2010
Amazing creative work, really good!
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  August 25, 2010
Genial!
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  August 25, 2010
Hmm, you said you saw a Transformer in my future, but how the h-e-double hockey sticks do I compete with this?! I guess I should practice. LOL Awesome work.~H
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  August 25, 2010
Dang that's cool; however, I don't think I can stand up now without embarrassing myself though. Lee.
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  August 25, 2010
How do you DO that? Amazing! And I love the guns!
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  August 24, 2010
There's an epidemic of MOCs being crushed halfway through shooting going around this year. Be careful :)
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  August 24, 2010
that is the best iron hide ever 5/5! can you look at this please http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/221616
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  August 24, 2010
Both modes look great! Well done!
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  August 24, 2010
WOW! Your t-formers get better and better! It's 1 thing to make a Lego transformer that transforms BUT to make 1 that's movie-accurate in both modes is AMAZING! Can't wait to see what you build next:)
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  August 24, 2010
Incredible recreation, Wes! All your transformers look great. Nice job, keep it up!
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  August 24, 2010
Awesome dude! Looks great!
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  August 24, 2010
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.
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  August 24, 2010
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!
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  August 24, 2010
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!
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  August 24, 2010
Nothing short of amazing here.
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  August 24, 2010
Best Ironhide I have EVER SEEN!!! it's better than the real toy! this is astonishing!
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  August 24, 2010
Nice. One of the best transformers I've seen here. I tried to make a minifig scale bumblebee once, but it didn't work out.
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  August 24, 2010
The part that I really like is the truck's grill.And it's nice that I can still see it on the robot.(Like some kind of identity)
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  August 24, 2010
Wow! A+++! Looks great! Keep them coming.
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  August 24, 2010
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....
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  August 24, 2010
So awesome, I really have to try this sometime, really great transforming
 
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