It's a very long time since I had a go at a Legoformer, even longer since I posted one. So here're two for the price of one!
About this creation
To start with, I was only intendưng to build one, to try out the new Mixels/Legend Beasts mini ball joints. But it turns out Stunticons are a bit like Polo mints - somehow one just isn't enough, so I ended up with two; both fully transformable without removal of parts, of course!
The Stunticons were a team of Decepticons that (mostly) transformed into fast cars. They were also all borderline psychotic in one way or another. Dead End's particular quirk was his obsession with the inevitability of death, which as he frequently reminded his companions, renders everything done in the meantime ultimately futile.
Drag Strip, meanwhile, lived for only one thing: winning. Whether racing or fighting, he'd pull any dirty trick possible to come out on top, and brag endlessly to anyone in earshot about his most recent victories.
Unsurprisingly, these two didn't often see eye-to-eye, which wasn't great for their teamwork. Still, no-one ever accused the Decepticons of being good at personnel management.
Dead End's alt mode - always wanted to do that go faster stripe. His handgun can be stowed on the rear. Now, on to the transformation for the afficianados:
I did find that those new ball joints made building an 8-wide transformer SO much easier. This is definitely the sturdiest, most poseable and least fiddly car-former that I've built to date.
All Dead End's ball joints came from a single Legend Beast set (the lion). I could've done slightly better with some of the plates with a joint at each end for the upper arms and legs - need to get me some mixels...
In the meantime, I'm pretty satisfied with the result. Not even too much back kibble!
Drag Strips has a fun alt mode, a Tyrell P34 6-wheel Formula 1 Racer. Nice to be able to fit a driver in the cockpit too.
Transformation sticks very close to the original toy - which is where most of the problems come from.
Slide-out legs, a real pain to replicate in Lego.
I didn't use any mini ball joints in this one, and it shows. He's blockier, less poseable, and generally a bit more ungainly. Interestingly, when posing them for the photos it seemed like both the small ball joints and Dead End's legs, and the large ones in Drag Strip's, gave about the same amount of friction.
More back kibble!
Before anyone asks, I have no plans at this point to try and build the rest of the Stunticons, or make them combine with each other. At least, not until I've improved these two a bit!