Straight out of the 1986 movie, it's all-action fully-transformable triple-changing Autobot Springer!
About this creation
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.
You really raised the bar here by taking one of the hardest transformers to replicate in LEGO as it has not only 2 modes, but 3! Considering the constraints you did an incredible job. Ok, it isn't totally accurate, but the complexity more than makes up for that! Very well done!
I like it
October 3, 2011
As a judge in the 2011 U.LF.C,I give 10/10.It is incredible and is mini-fig scale.And it triple changes!(as a non-judge,can you look at my mini springer?And give me tips?)
I like it
Shockwave 8499(Jake Chockshock)
June 15, 2011
Oh!heres a challenge for you.Build SixShot from G1!good luck!
Triple changers! Thanks for another nostalgia flashback Stu, and great job on Springer. You were right, all the triple changers seemed to sacrifice appearance for functionality - at least in the toys. If only we had magic bricks to make an Astrotrain big enough to fit devastator and a dozen other decepticons inside, but be to scale with the others in robot form. Cartoons have a lot to answer for...
now this I like. Ok the proportions aren't exactly like the original, but who cares - you have three modes, a pretty cool robot form and almost all the features and equipment the original toy would have had. Excellent.
Quoting Caleb L
The team was called the Survivors! and I'm under 20! The Survivors consisted of Springer, Inferno, Skids, Carnivine, the late Catilla, and some others. Am I right?
You are the winner! I didn't think those old comics had been in print for about 15 years so I'm impressed that you know the answer, AND could name most of the other members, I had to look them up. The only one you missed is Broadside. Oh, and it's Carnivac, not Carnivine.
Unbelievably good job! Sometimes one transformation isn't the easiest thing to do but, to have them do two is amazing. Besides you and Chris Roach, I can't recall other triple changers off the top of my head. As for the group, were they made as pretenders in the comics? I have the series stored in a box somewhere...
VERY nice, man! Building a fully transformable Lego Transformer is one thing, but building a Triple Changer is quite the challenge and this turned out impressively. Robot mode is easily recognized and, even though the alt modes are modded slightly, still look cool!