SCF and Heroes of Cybertron figures, Titanium 3", Robot Heroes, etc.
ARCEE dressed as RODIMUS PRIME
|| This is a repainted Heroes of Cybertron
figure with forearm "exhaust blasters" added. Made for a Halloween costume
art contest at the AllSpark.com.|
| More repainted Heroes of Cybertron and
SCF figures, with some physical mods, as the Justice League! And now, they
have opponents as well....
| 3" Titanium BW Megatron modded into his
recolor, T-Wrecks. I added the head wings with thin Styrene sheet. I also
had to glue the left arm in position and the dino head open to avoid paint
scraping issues. Done as a commission. March 2007.|
| 3" Titanium Movie Optimus Prime modded
into my view of an Ultra Magnus, using stripes instead of flames. Done just
before I saw Nightwatch Prime, the Magnus-like recolor of the Leader class
toy. July 2007.|
| A Robot Heroes movie-style Autobot
Ratchet modded a little bit and repainted as a movie version of my recurring
fan character Channel (see TF MUSH
Gallery for more of him). October 2007.
| The first RH Megatron I bought was
defective, missing the back piece. When I finally found a replacement, I
decided to turn the backless one into something else. Used a Mechwarrior
Rotary AC/5 and a bit of a She-Spawn sword to make him like a movie-ish G1
Galvatron. October 2007.
|| An old Mechwarrior clicky figure heavily
modified into a Christmas Tree Decepticon. MUAHAHAHA! Done for the December
2007 AllSpark Art Challenge.
| I don't drink Mountain Dew, but I
do drink Dr Pepper. So I made a Robot Heroes Dispensor over into a
heroic Autobot version made from a Dr Pepper machine. Comparison to original. May 2008.
| Another "tag-along" project, I had a
spare "duck and roll" Ironhide, so I decided to make it a charging Ironhide.
| Tribarrel is my car, which can be found
in my TF Fan Gallery. This is a Cars
toy modded into a chibi version of Tribarrel's vehicle mode. It's not an
exact fit (Tribarrel is a four-door wagon, not a coupe, and the exhaust is on
the other side), but close enough. Unpainted
version. May 2008.
| Snarl is the official name of the toy,
and it has a number of deficiencies in color, which I have attempted to
correct. I didn't want to make it significantly mode detailed than the
average Robot Hero, though. December 2008.|
| Maya from the Evangelion "Portait
Collection" with new hair and eye color, as Armada's Alexis in her college
years. Starscream's head taken from a Mechwarrior project, just pegged into
a hole I drilled in the purse. January 2010.|
| A blindbag Ratchet chibi figure bought at
Target in 2014, resculpted and painted into Channel. July 2014.|
| nbsp;nbsp;For a while I had this idea that I'd paint up
the Tiny Titans figures like had done with decoys, but after doing this detailed
paint job on Soundwave, I decided they weren't really worth the hassle, due to
low-detail molding and lots of lazy bits. April 2016.|
|My Little Pony
The "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" show is surprisingly good, and got
my interested in the ponies. And for me, that means horrifying people by
merging ponies with Transformers, of course. I also did a Grimlock pony
several years earlier, I've added that to this section.
This one came out of the fact that Mustang enthusiasts sometimes call their
cars "my little pony" and there's some small crossover fandom between the two
things. With Grimlock getting a Mustang altmode in Alternators, I couldn't
resist the joke that the early prototypes got the wrong sort of pony. Dollar
store pony painted entirely with paint markers.
Mach Kick actually does turn into a horse, and I had the idea that due to his
courier duties he might end up on a mission to Equestria, finding the results
horrifying. I later got another
dollar store pony, dyed it black and ran ink through the un-dyeable hair to
make the basis for a toy. December 2010.|
I got a couple of Ponyville (smaller ponies with molded hair rather than
strands) figures and initially considered merging them with the heads of some
spare capsule figure TF:Animated toys I had, but the head sizes were too far
off. So I sculpted helmets after removing the hair (easy enough to do, the
base figures were part of a 'swap hairstyles' gimmick line, so the hair was
removable). December 2010.
Same batch as Bumblebee. The main difference is that I stole the cannon from
the Megatron capsule figure rather than scratchbuilding one. I considered
swapping in the backpack as well, but ended up leaving the pegasus wings.
A pony version of my fan character Channel was kinda inevitable, eh? I
initially tried dyeing a Scootaloo red, but while the base plastic of
Ponyville toys takes dye very well, the glue used to assemble them fills in
the pores or whatever, so those parts wouldn't dye, and I had to paint
anyway. December 2010.
Another Starsong Ponyville figure, same assortment, built into Star Saber for
the January 2011 AllSpark Art Challenge. It was the only entry, so it won,
In 2010, Transformers Animated hit Japan, and one of the side products was a
bunch of 100¥ vending machine figures, chibi versions of various
characters. Getting a complete set required getting a fair number of
duplicates, so of course I decided to do something with them.
My first shot at modifying one of the keychains, working from Ratchet
(appropriate, given that my earlier design for TF:A Channel was basically taken from
TF:A Ratchet's protoform). I removed a lot of bits and resculpted the face
with a Dremel, but the soft plastic didn't lend itself well to sharp lines,
so it ended up a bit lumpy. August 2010.|
I got a LOT of extra Bumblebees, but I also got the AllSpark Almanac
II with all its reference art for the various background characters who used
Bumblebee's protoform. Sedan is based on a Brazilian redeco of Bumper, the
G1 Mini-Bot that was alternately sold as Bumblebee or Cliffjumper. I didn't
dismantle this figure at all, I just reshaped the head a bit and then added
to it. Since the head details precluded keeping it as a keychain, I built a
base for it. The face came out a little lumpier than I'd like, due to
improperly mixing the putty. August 2010.
Glyph is a convention-exclusive redeco of Cliffjumper, and the TF:A version
ran with that, pairing her with her convention-mate Tap-Out. This one I took
apart before reshaping, which let me do a LOT more to modify the head. I
started it after I started Wasp, but finished it first. In retrospect, I
should've scooped out the entire face and rebuilt it from putty so it would
be smoother. August 2010.|
I thought this would be an easy mod, given that Wasp disguised himself as
Bumblebee at one point. Ha! The head required a LOT of reshaping, as you
can see in the WIP shot. For this one, I popped off the head but left the
rest of the toy in one piece while painting. I shaved a bit off the forearm
armor just to set the figure apart from Bumblebee a little more. August
Another Brazilian redeco, this time of Cliffjumper. Another total
disassembly, and I learned from Glyph here. I pretty much just used the core
of the original head and built everything up around it so that I could make
the lines sharper. This did lead to a rather long neck, but it fit the
character reasonably well. I probably won't do the third Brazilian Mini-Bot,
and will save my one remaining spare Bumblebee for later inspiration. August
The September 2010 AllSpark Art Challenge was to do a "Crossovers"
Transformer that hadn't been done. I had a spare Prowl chibi and a junker
JLU Batman in by parts bin, so inspiration followed from there. I could have
put the keychain eyehook into the Batman head, but decided instead to make a
display base from a GIJoe figure base and a bit of clear rod. September
Click-based game figures that shoot missiles and have spring loaded melee
attacks. Many of the figures are only available in blind-packed boosters,
meaning I get a lot of extras of some of the more common figures, extras I
may occasionally paint.
A battle scene on my stove using a bunch of the figures seen below.
TF01 "Mini-Con" is essentially Skyboom from the Energon Saber team, itself a
remold of Sonar of the Star Saber team.|
- Ramjet: Skyboom was recolored as part of the
Mini-Con two-packs in Cybertron.
- Nothing else yet, although I may carve a Mini-Con down to make Sonar.
Repaints of the Trooper-level Omnicon figure TF02, which is based on the
Signal Flare mold from Energon, but "Romita-ized" and warped a bit.
- Signal Flare: This is a "color-unified"
version. The Signal Flare toy had blue arms, while the Offshoot toy had
green arms. So I swapped the arms on my two toys to create a more unified
color scheme for each. This paint job starts from that basis, but also
tweaks a few other colors here and there as well. Autobot symbol is a
- Offshoot: Also color-unified, and I changed
some of the dark brown to indigo. Also, I used a matte gold color rather
than metallic, to go with a more cartoon-ish color scheme. Also has a
reprolabel Autobot symbol.
- Channel: One of my recurring fan characters
(drawings here), made from an
extensively modded Omnicon (unpainted, after
mods). The character doesn't have a big gun, so I figure he tinkered
that one together.
TF03 Decepticlone is based on the Light Unit from the PS2 Transformers
- None yet. Don't have any spares I want to mess with, but I probably will
TF04 Insecticon is based on the Terrorcon from Energon.|
- Bombshell: The G1 Insecticon beetle mapped
fairly closely onto Insecticon. No physical mods, although I did consider
adding insect legs on the arms.
TF05 Rodimus is from Energon.|
- Motormaster: Reshaped the head a bit to
better resemble Motormaster's toy, this paint scheme is inspired by the G1
- Shockwave Rodimus: The Energon Rodimus's
vehicle mode is based on a real jet truck, which has a webpage here. I used putty to
fill in the hollow left forearm so that the rear spoiler piece would be
clearer. Trying out a new light source, hence the yellow tinge.
- Mainframe: One of the characters who exists
only as an Actionmaster, Mainframe required a LOT of putty and styrene to
build, as can be seen in this work in progress
shot. The head can't turn, but that's the only joint I had to sacrifice.
- Dr Pepper Rodimus: A simple repaint
(although I sanded down the chest flames) inspired by Pepsi Optimus Prime.
TF06 Battle Ravage is another Terrorcon from Energon. The colors are a bit
- Toy-Accurate Colors: Repainted to look more
like the toy.
- Command Ravage: In the toys, this was supposed
to be a slightly smarter Terrorcon variant that could lead bunches of
mindless Battle Ravage units. In the cartoon, it was just a color variant to
distinguish the two factions the Terrorcons got split into.
Repaints and possible resculpts of the rarer figures.|
- Scourge: TF07 Scourge repainted with
inspiration from the Robots in Disguise Scourge (the scheme that became the
Nemesis signature later on). The metallic teal is a mix I made for a chibi
dancing Scourge kitbash.
- Sunstorm: TF08 Cybertron Starscream repainted
as the twinked out repaint Sunstorm (who only exists as repaints so far).
- Big Daddy: TF10 Excellion kitbashed into what
amounts to a Cybertron-style Big Daddy (a Micromaster muscle car). I shifted
around some of the backpack bits, removed the helmet antennae, and added 50s
style tailfins on the boots. The original Big Daddy was just orange and
black plastic with red and silver paint, I decided to add dolphin gray on the
torso, arms and toes, plus charcoal gray tires. I know the eyes are uneven,
I decided I liked the squinty look it gave him.
- Alpha Trion: As soon as Vector Prime was
introduced, people started drawing parallels with Alpha Trion, a non-toy,
non-transforming toy from the G1 cartoon. I took a spare TF11 figure and the
Alpha Trion entry from Dreamwave's "More Than Meets The Eye" series, and made
this. The wings are made from styrene sheet (if I were to repaint a spare VP
toy as Alpha Trion, I'd just use the existing wings, but those were shrunken
almost out of existence on the Attacktix figure). Somehow, due to a tiny
slip of the paintbrush on the face, he looks grumpy.
- Vector Prime with Sword: I removed the weapon
from a Vector Prime and made him a sword from a weapon that came with some
dollar store knockoff (I often ditch the crappy figures and keep their
weapons). Then I painted it up to resemble my touched up version of the real
toy, using metal leaf markers.
- Upgraded Vector Prime: I decided to take the
gun removed from the above project and tack it onto the left arm of another
VP. Casting about for color scheme inspiration, I decided to use the look
that Upgrade from Ben10 gives to machines he merges with. I can just hear
Vector Prime indignantly saying, "Young man, what ARE you doing to me?" In
addition to the extra gun, I used a disc of sheet plastic to flatten the
chest dish and make it into the signature eye that Upgrade exhibits (the
Omnitrix node generally does not appear on merged items, just on Upgrade
- Landmine dressed as Longrack: TF12 Landmine
"dressed up" as BW Neo character Longrack, for another AllSpark Halloween
costume contest (see Rodimus Arcee in the PVCs section above). I cut up a
cheap giraffe toy from an 88 cent bag of "Jungle Animals" I got at Wal-Mart
and glued bits of it to the figure, then painted. I tried to mix the two
color schemes, to emphasize that this was a costume and not actually
Longrack. I fixed some of the original paint job's weirdness along the way.
- G1-ish Scorponok: TF15 Energon Scorponok
repainted in a color scheme based the original Scorponok Headmaster. Lack of
shading is deliberate, it's an unsubtle color scheme.
- Galvatron (vehicle): TF17 Megatron (vehicle)
repainted as Galvatron. I don't own a Galvatron, so I had to work from photo
reference, so there's probably an error or two. Also, the mold makes the
lighter colored parts smaller, so it looks darker overall.
- Devastator: TF24 Omega Supreme with
modified left arm and head, as Devastator. Started as a joke about how
Hasbro would cheap out on series 2 Megas and just recolor an Omega as
Devastator. Then someone did one, and when I found a $4 clearanced Omega
Supreme I had to go a little farther with mine. The crane is from a TMNT
Micromachines set, the left arm from a $1 pseudo-Optimus Prime.
- Optimus Primal: TF25 Crumplezone with head
altered to make it the BotCon 2006 pre-Beast Optimus Primal. The head mods
are a bit crude, but there's not a whole lot I can do with a 5mm-wide head
made of soft plastic. :) The Sacrifice power is left alone, as it's fitting
for a young leader who's already inspiring enough loyalty that troops will
take a bullet for him unbidden. And the Captain rank is also appropriate to
this stage in his career.
- Pretender Stranglehold: M14 Venom extensively
modified into the Pretender shell of Decepticon Stranglehold. I made some
deliberate departures from the official design (like making him bald) and
some accidental due to not having one of my own to check closely for
reference. Now has Recruit (Decepticon). Maybe someday I'll bash a Rodimus
into the inner robot or something. Unpainted
Sculpts, generally from Star Wars Troopers, of various
Go-Bots (Machine Robo, not the Playskool-style Transformers).|
- Pathfinder: The only Go-Bot I bought when
they first came out, I was amused to find she was also one of the few
canonical females. A rather butch one, at that. This was built from a Clone
Trooper and a lot of Apoxie Sculpt modeling compound, plus some styrene
sheets and rods. Work In Progress showing the
pieces more clearly.
- Scooter: Having done Pathfinder, I felt like
making another Go-Bot, and I happened to have Scooter around, so I made him.
I initially planned to cut up wheels from a toy motorcycle for the back, but
ended up scratchbuilding hte wheels from styrene plank. This one used Apoxie
Clay, which I like better than Apoxie Sculpt. Work
- Smallfoot: Another canonical female, a much more femme one, but who turns
into a pickup truck. Heh. This one was done up for an AllSpark Art
Challenge, using an AT-ST Driver figure as the base, plus loads of Apoxie
Clay, styrene bits, and even pieces of a cheap die-cast pickup truck.
- Spoons: My first Renegade, he turns into a forklift. Used a Biker Scout
as the base, which meant I couldn't swap out the gun (it's integrated into
the arm), although I did design a proof of concept prodder from a pistol. Lots of Apoxie Clay and
styrene again, and wheels from a Matchbox offroad vehicle. This is the first
one where I decided to make a set of Go-Bot faction symbols (red G for
Renegades, blue for Guardians), and added them back to the previous works.
- Crasher: Built from a Clone Trooper with the left foot replaced by Dirt
Boss's launcher, and using DB's base as well. I initially went for a more
toy-accurate color scheme and also had some bad reference pics for the head,
I later fixed it after deciding the silver didn't work.
- Pic 1 (original color scheme)
- Pic 2 (original color scheme)
- Pic 3 (fixed color scheme)
- Work-in-Progress pictures: I documented this one a bit more heavily.
- Fitor: I did both vehicle and robot modes here. The vehicle mode is made
from Transformers Skyblast (vehicle), while the robot mode is heavily
modified from Chewbacca (S4 starter).
- Blaster: No, not the red and yellow tape deck Autobot. Gobots had the
name first, for a missile truck. At this point, it hardly even matters what
my base figure was, since I mangle them so much. :) This time I covered the
thighs in Apoxie Clay rather than trying to smooth out the soft plastic.
Miscellaneous: Not Transformers, Go-Bots or ASH, but stuff I wanted to show off somewhere and
haven't done enough of to merit a subsection.
- AT-RT Noseart: Not a TF, but I had it
around. Some nose art for an AT-RT.
- MegaMan: A leftover base, a dollar store
MegaMan figure, and a missile launcher from a JLU Hawkwoman figure hacked
together into MegaMan.