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Optimus Exprime – Transformers GO!
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Optimus Exprime is basically the Japanese name for Optimus Prime in the anime equivalent of Transformers Prime, known as ‘Transformers Go!’. Quite honestly, the two story styles should have gone the other way round. Usually, American cartoons are childish. If you look at shows such as Ben 10, Generator Rex, Codename Kids Next Door and other shows (these are the ones when I was a child (I’m a teen now) because I have no idea what shows are on nowadays and, looking at some previews, I mostly don’t want to know), you can see a pattern. Sure, there are exceptions (such as Avatar: Legend Of Korra), but it’s still a trend. In Japan, however, animation is often used to tell more mature stories that couldn’t be told without (or sometimes just look better being told with) animation. Take the Miyazaki movies, for instance. They look amazing in animation, however if they were live action they’d be simply mediocre. An example of this is the ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’ live action film set to come out this year. The trailer looks terrible. Anyway, there was a strange case involved here. The two shows appeared to have been swapped. This isn’t in animation or the style of storytelling, but it’s in the tone. Transformers Prime is rather dark for a kid’s show, with many themes that aren’t often found in cartoons. In Transformers GO, however, it’s the opposite. The show is immensely childish, which actually takes away from the storyline in many ways. This brings me to some of the reasons I hate the Transformers GO series. Not only is the show childish in every way, but the animation sucks immensely. People often draw conclusions to the Unicron Trilogy, and it’s actually an accurate comparison. They both use CGI for the transformers and cell-based animation for everything else. However, the Unicron trilogy wasn’t that bad, except for Energon maybe. Still, in comparison, Energon looks like gold. At least the transformers in Energon actually blended in with the background a little better. These ones do not. AT ALL. There animation is stiff as hell, and that’s only the transformers. The rest of the animation is poorly done, with countless scenes being re-used. And don’t even get me started on the toys! The majority are only slight repaints and even slighter re-tools of existing TFP BH figures. The one’s that aren’t all revolve around a combiner gimmick that makes them incredibly ugly. However, beyond all this lies one good aspect. Yeah, I’m surprised too. I stopped watching, thinking that after all this time there wouldn’t be any hope for the show. And technically there isn’t, but there was something that sparked my interest. In the first episode, Optimus Prime was just a simple still image that appeared for a second or two, but a few episodes later they revealed a new toy and his appearance in the anime. Wanna know what he was? A BULLET TRAIN! Yep, finally they bring out an awesome aspect in the show. I mean sure, it’s completely out of scale, but it still works. The toy still has the gimmick as well, but the idea remains. OPTIMUS PRIME IS A DAMN BULLET TRAIN! HELL YEAH! So, I took it upon myself to build it in Lego form. Surprisingly, when you deliberately try to make a transformer that converts into something instead of just letting it turn out any way you like is a lot harder. I spent days trying to get the figure right, and I kept going back to try and fix it. The two main issues were the kibble around the waist and the balance of the figure. But, in the end, I finished it. I was then about to make the LDD file, when school went full throttle. I had a maths test to study, a pile of homework to do and my computer broke. TWICE. In the end, though, I managed to get a decent figure. I’m happy the way it turned out, and if you’re not, then I don’t care. It’s looks awesome, it has a really complex transformation, and it has a trench coat. A TRENCH COAT! Yeah, that was my solution for the kibble around the waist. Oh well. Now, I’m terribly sorry for the extremely long blurb, but I’ve definitely seen longer. This creation took forever to build, reverse engineer, photograph, post online (the uploader was REALLY glitch), type and release. But now it’s finally here. Without further ado, I present to you Optimus Exprime…
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I couldn't find a video of him in the series, but here's a video of the toy. It doesn't have the dragon mode until the end, and trust me: IT LOOKS HORRIBLE. That's why I didn't make this guy transform into a dragon.
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Okay, here we have Optimus Exprime in his Bullet Train (Shinkansen) mode. The front doesn’t look too much like bullet train, but that’s simply because of the swords that fit in there.


Here’s just view of the back. You can see that the top is completely flat until a certain point.


The way the arms stay together is by storing the weapon on the top.


It not only provides cool detail but it also keeps the hands together.


Other weapons include twin rocket packs (which convert into the shoulders later on) and two guns.


You’ll notice that the swords are stored on the front of the vehicle mode.


They can actually be detached. They’re held on with two clips that also separate from the swords.


Now that the swords are off, it REALLY looks like a bullet train.


From the side, you can see some of the cybertronian aspects I put into him.


You can also remove the top-stored weapon, however the solidity of the vehicle mode doesn’t work as well.
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And now, the transformation! Please note that the instructions are only to show that it does in fact transform, and not to, well, instruct. This is because it is such a complex process, and many of the steps are simultaneous.


1: Fold back the waist/torso section.


Steps 2 - 4 will require you to change your viewing point.


Step 3: Separate the legs.


Step 4: Pull out the under section, fold down the flaps, twist the top part, twist the bottom part and bend down into place (yes, this is one of the simultaneous steps I was talking about).


Steps 5 - 6 will require you to change your viewing point.


Step 5: Fold up the lower arms.


Step 6: Fold down the arms at the shoulders.


Steps 7 - 8 will require you to change your viewing point.


Step 7: Fold up the head.


Step 8: Separate the front section.


Step 9 will require you to change your viewing point (again -_-).


Step 9: Fold the torso section, twist around the head and fold around the front sections to the waist. Then, push the arms back into place. (Yep, another simultaneous transformation.)


The remaining step is optional, however whether or not you do it you need to stand the figure up.


Step 10: Fold in the trench coat section.
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And here you have Optimus Exprime in robot mode!


It has very little kibble altogether. The only kibble is on the sides. There is none on the back at all. The only other sort of kibble, which isn’t really, is the two folded-down sections on the feet.


The torso isn’t that detailed, but it can’t be otherwise it wouldn’t fit.


The weapon (and I’ve been calling it that because I don’t know what else to call it) can open up…


…like so.


Exprime can hold it in either hand. It wasn’t in the original toy, but it still works.


A part that was in the original toy was the duel swords. They aren’t as big (or flimsy) as the original, but they get the job done.


Now, the toy doesn’t have most of the gimmicks. These include the horrible combiner gimmick, the flashing lights, the ugly dragon mode (if you can even call it that) and the shield that looks more like ravage’s vomit. What you can do, that the toy didn’t have…


…is combine the weapons…


…like so!


You can also place the clips from the vehicle mode on the back.


And that’s it for the IRL version! Man, it was a HUGE project. And I don’t mean in size (although he is larger than most of my MOCs), I mean the span of the building time. Three weeks I tell you, THREE WEEKS!
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And now, we have the LDD. This process took just as long as the IRL segment, but only because I had no time to do it. I literally finished this half an hour before posting this MOC. I had a tonne of homework and studying on my plate, but now that my termly maths exam is over, I can do this.


The vehicle can’t fully close up in LDD or some reason. I don’t know why at all.


Also, the parts on the back don’t fit on properly. Still, this makes a pretty good MOC.


One thing you can do in LDD is look underneath the vehicle mode. Surprisingly, there isn’t any kibble on the bottom of the vehicle. I guess it all becomes the front of the vehicle.


Here’s the robot mode for the LDD instructions.


I couldn’t get the colours exactly right when compared to the anime and toys, but it works well enough.


Once again, the kibble kinda just melds in with the robot mode. I’m not saying it does so perfectly, but the complexity of it is pretty cool.


The chest looks WAY better with the colour contrast.


You didn’t think I’d forget the weapons, did you? Nah, of course you didn’t. And of course I didn’t forget.


The weapons look better in LDD. MUCH BETTER.


Anyway, that’s it for this MOC. Don’t forget to comment, like and add me as a favourite builder. Also, check out some of my other recent MOCs, including the Micro Mecha Line, and my recent Transformers Age Of Extinction Grimlock & Optimus Prime. Anyway, that’s all for today. Happy building! :)


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Comments

 I made it 
  July 10, 2014
Quoting Benjamin Lewis I look forward to more work from you! Maybe characters from shows you actually like? lol
I built this because I like the character. Just because I think the show is a failure doesn't mean I think the same of Optimus. Prime is awesome in any show...
  July 6, 2014
(Thinking Anime about toys could be mature, Never seeing Pokemon, Bedaman, or Doraemon, Thinking childish toy commercials are bad, Watching more than five minutes of GO, Not thinking Princess Mononoke is a Masterpeice) U wot m8? I think more could have been done about the vehicle modeling. Perhaps working in a larger scale could have afforded you a bit more room for creating a proper silhouette for the robot and train modes. I like that you built with physical legos to show the transformation and the model again in LDD to show the form with the proper colors. This helped a lot with your presentation. I look forward to more work from you! Maybe characters from shows you actually like? lol
 I made it 
  March 22, 2014
Quoting C west /Callux Toa of Fire Nice bullet train, and I like the idea of a trench coat! Overall nice moc!
Thanks! I wish you could say the same about the show though. Man, they stuffed the anime up on SO many levels...
 I like it 
  March 21, 2014
Nice bullet train, and I like the idea of a trench coat! Overall nice moc!
 
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