Dai Atlas is a Japanese Transformer with four modes: Jet, Drill tank, Robot and a cool base.
About this creation
After a bout of "yellow fever" and "black plague" (aka marathon builds of 3
MOCs of the same color scheme: The Constructicon trio),
I have finally decided to cure myself and build myself something non-yellow to
end the fiscal year of 2011. The previously mentioned "builders block" is real
and happening. So I'm putting a halt to project Constructicon temporary and
start this one.
As a Transformers (toy) fan, I'm a sucker for base-mode Transformers,
especially those with ramps/platforms to put minibots on , aka "legend" sized
Dai Atlas is a Japanese Transformers produced back in the year 1990. The
original toy spot four modes (jet,drill tank, robot, base) BUT the jet mode
looks almost similar with the drill tank, and I plan to change that. Anyway,
below is how the original toy looks like (taken off a page from "Transformers
Deluxe Generations" book).
I found out that the toy has horrendous articulation: only the arms can
swivel! Both his legs are fused together (since they contain a motorized
mechanism inside) His head cant even turn since its part of the nosecone. The
list goes on.
From the photo above, it's a parts-former, a term to denote a Transformer toy
with various parts require detachment and be reattached again in other locations
to be transformed properly/completely. The biggest offender are his wings; conveniently be
plugged in anywhere to suit the mode... or even be removed altogether (in drill
tank) and forming a shield for the robot mode. *duh*
Huge Potential for Improvement
Besides the usual articulation which I have applied on my MOC of him, all his
parts remained intact (no detaching/re-attaching) during transformation, except
for the clip-on rifle (which most Transformer need to defend themselves in the
heat of battle).
I managed to give him a proper and distinct drill tank mode ... uhmm I prefer
to call this mode as "mobile drilling platform" instead since he's too bulky as
just a mere drill tank.
The wings NEED NOT be detached during transformation from one mode to
The weight of the wings caused them to be slight slanted down in jet
The "arrow" motive you see on the base mode platform is purely
incidental. Those platform "defect" are required to accommodate the hidden robot head
in the jet mode.
I exhausted one of my LEGO ball joints during the creation of this MOC..
since I keep detaching and reattaching it (for
convenience/test-transformation). I have to replace this ball joint with a
brand new one, or else his arms gonna dangle and fail to raise up properly
for photo shoot.
The scorpion minion is pure incidental too. the weak hinges caused it to
detach too easily ... but it sure end up as decent "stinger" , ready for any
mission by its master.
I was worried at first regarding the raised up shoulder and whether the
robot head would end up having limited rotation clearance caused by those
shoulders. I'm just glad he still can turn his head around.
Halfway through photo session, I noticed I've got some shiny grey 1x1
slopes lying around. So I immediately replace the robot faceplate with these
slopes, from the white color.
The first MOC of mine to justify 100++ photos of him be snapped and
uploaded in brickshelf.com.
One of the major headache was deciding which mode to start photographing
first, since I need to minimize the hassle of capturing the transformation
from one mode to another.
I have to omit the radar dish as depicted in the original toy (which
detaches and attaches when required, ending up on his rifle) because I
failed to fit him inside the nosecone of the Jet mode. And I refused
to have it detaches and reattaches at will (one of my pet peeve in
Transformers toys these days... accessories tends to get lost this way).
This is NOT the end. I might continue to build Dai Atlas other two
partners, and merge to become Big Powered.
To view the transformation sequence/steps from one mode to another, visit my
blog link below:
Quoting Steve The Squid
This is great! I love transforming legos! The head looks really nice!
The original toy has his yellow comb on top, I forgot to adjust my MOC to have his comb "combed" to the back rather than spiking upwards.
Quoting Jesse Long
Wow, Alan, it seems like you just came out of nowhere and not only built one of the best Transformers ever but that you have also done so to a quite rare Transformer, you have made it nearly completely studless (though it could use some white tile pieces for the tail rudders), AND you have managed to build a Transformer that was, gasp, BETTER than Takara/Hasbro/Bandai has ever done with any of the other Transformers.
Well, in half the cases for me... applying tiles to "cover up" the studs would compromise transformation, so I'm doing it in moderation.
Quoting Jesse Long
Are you sure that you haven't talked to Chris Roach yet? I'm surprised that he hasn't talked to you yet but I'm most certainly going to spread word to him to check out your mega-cool Transformer.
Hehe.. he's always close by and the earliest to reply to my latest MOCpages entry. (scroll down).
ps: Thanks Chris!
Wow, Alan, it seems like you just came out of nowhere and not only built one of the best Transformers ever but that you have also done so to a quite rare Transformer, you have made it nearly completely studless (though it could use some white tile pieces for the tail rudders), AND you have managed to build a Transformer that was, gasp, BETTER than Takara/Hasbro/Bandai has ever done with any of the other Transformers. Are you sure that you haven't talked to Chris Roach yet? I'm surprised that he hasn't talked to you yet but I'm most certainly going to spread word to him to check out your mega-cool Transformer.