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Transformers G1 Beachcomber
For my second bash at a Lego transformer, it's the Autobot geologist and general tree-hugger, Beachcomber.
About this creation
Hurrah! Paternity leave has included enough spare time between nappy changes to finish another Lego transformer. This time it's the G1 mini-Autobot Beachcomber, who I was always quite fond of. There are a couple of decent versions of him out there on the internet already, but not on MOCpages, and it struck me that the Power Miners rollcage and helmet were ideal for his vehicle canopy and head, respectively.

Comments and advice appreciated!


The vehicle mode, to start with. This is, as of course you knew, a dune buggy.






Not quite as sleek as my first attempt, but I still like the way it looks, and I'm much happier with the robot mode.


Here he is! Decently poseable and balances well too. Wrist mounted carbines are my only major addition to the design of the toy, to give him something to do in a firefight.


Decepticons don't exactly tremble with fear when Beachcomber trundles into battle, but he does have his uses. In one episode of the comic he used his geological knowhow to collapse a Decepticon citadel from below - handy.


"Save the trees!!"


Of all the Autobots, Beachcomber most loves exploring Earth's natural environment, and is deeply upset by the inevitable damage to it caused by battles with the Decepticons. But he knows that if the Decepticons went unchecked the damage would be far worse.


Some detail of the transformation for those who are interested - first the forearms rotate and fold up...


...then his backplate tilts out to allow his head to fold inside...


...like so.


See those wrist-mounted carbines again?


Once his legs are folded in, they project forward to prevent his arms from sagging in buggy mode. Necessity is the mother of invention :-)



Comments

 I like it 
  December 15, 2010
Odd, but awesome!
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  December 3, 2010
Very cool I like it. I all ways wondered which transformer the power miners roll cage would be useful on.
Stuart Lucas
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caelen palmer
  November 2, 2010
cool, but i dont like the head sorry.
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  November 2, 2010
Sweet! Much better transformation than my ones, but you should make more of these and maybe bigger ones too your really good at it!
 I like it 
  November 2, 2010
Really nice MOC :) trasformation is really good and it looks cool both modes.
 I made it 
  November 2, 2010
Quoting Wes Pitter Ha, I'm happy to hear you're finding time to build with kids. As a going-on-four-time dad, I know it's a challenge. Nice job on this little guy. I'm not a big fan of the helmet-head for scale, but it does a nice job of approximating the look you want. Everything else looks fantastic. Keep them coming.
Thanks very much for the encouragement! Yeah, the head is too small scale for the rest of him, and even though the helmet ýs supposed to be the head and the visor the eyes, you still can't look at it without thinking minifig.
 I made it 
  November 2, 2010
Quoting Stuart Delahay Great job Stu! But how did you find any time on paternity leave mate? I used any time I had for precious sleep, and Lego is very noisy. Hope all is going well!
We've had lots of help from recently retired grandparents this time round! Thanks for the good wishes, everything does seem to be going fairly well so far, in spite of lost sleep.
 I made it 
  November 2, 2010
Quoting Michael Crichton What head piece is that inside the helmet? The UFO android?
It's one of the heads from the Insectoids line - this one came form set 6817. If I'd had a UFO android handy, it might have given me closer to the colour scheme I wanted.
 I like it 
  November 2, 2010
Good work, but the front tires look a little to small and puny.
Stuart Lucas
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sam knavel
  November 1, 2010
great job man! nice creation! LOL at the tree hugger part.
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  November 1, 2010
Cool. A nice transformation.
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  November 1, 2010
good work, looking forward to more creations!
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  November 1, 2010
Awesome subject for a t-former! Love the transformation.
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  November 1, 2010
What head piece is that inside the helmet? The UFO android?
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  November 1, 2010
Great job Stu! But how did you find any time on paternity leave mate? I used any time I had for precious sleep, and Lego is very noisy. Hope all is going well!
 I like it 
  November 1, 2010
Ha, I'm happy to hear you're finding time to build with kids. As a going-on-four-time dad, I know it's a challenge. Nice job on this little guy. I'm not a big fan of the helmet-head for scale, but it does a nice job of approximating the look you want. Everything else looks fantastic. Keep them coming.
 
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