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Last Updated 10/20/13
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This page is for my Transformers Quickbashes. These are little projects that
didn't take a whole lot of time or effort, but most do still transform
(except for a few accessories and a PVC or two) and I
felt were worth showing off. Sometimes they're just repaints, or adding an
ink wash, other times they involve really simple physical mods.
- Paint Touchups - Same character, just better.
- Repaints - No physical changes, but a new
- Minor Modifications - Compensating for design issues,
fan altmodes, etc.
- Lesser Kitbashes - Some physical mods and serious
repainting, but it didn't take a lot of work.
- Shapeways - Original figures made via 3-D printer
and then assembled/painted by me.
- TMII Cheetor Touchup: Not really a kitbash
at all, but this repaint was such a spectacular improvement over the original
that I had to put it up. I got the spots by using Pactra gloss black paint
and the smallest of the brushes that comes with a Pactra kit, just dabbed
black here and there (except on the face and head, where I used a pin for
more detailed spotting). The rest of the details are various acrylic paints
I have. To get the white fur on the chest effect I actually smeared the
paint with my thumb to blur the edges like fur.
- jaAm!: Armada Hot Shot touched up with panel lines
and other details, plus a quick little jaAm jar (there's a "redone dialogue"
parody of the minicomic that comes with Armada toys, involving Hot Shot
having Torgo-like speech patterns and a fixation on jam).
- Touched-Up Vector Prime: I had a bunch of metallic
leaf pens sitting around, so I decided to make Vector Prime shinier. Vehicle
Mode views: 1, 2.
- Cybertron Snarl Touchup: Filled in the panel
lines with dark blue paint, did a light blue drybrush over the dark blue
plastic. Painted the claws later.
- Winged Thunderblast: Added paint to the inside
shells of Cybertron Thunderblast's boat parts to make them look more like
mechanical angel wings.
- Cybertron Mini-Con Versus Pack 4 touchups: Fixed
up High Wire's joints, gave both ink washes and other details.
- Classic Ultra Magnus touchup: I mainly just
painted the helmet blue, but also added a few touches of red. I think it
makes the figure a little less dull without going overboard into "mapping the
G1 scheme onto a cab-only version" scheme.
- Speed Dial Mod: Real Gear Robot Speed Dial
800 modified so that he doesn't use his keyboard as his chest. Used some
scrap from the Exo-Force Golden Guardian sticker sheet for the gold bits.
- Robot Replicas Touchups: The Revoltech-like Robot Replicas seem to have
been a touch over-ambitious and under-funded, resulting in a lot of molded
detail but not a lot of painted detail. So I've been fixing some of them.
- Bumblebee: I didn't go completely movie-accurate, I
like the metallic blue on the windows seen in some other toys. I gave the
yellow more highlights, put black in the nooks and crannies, and made the
gray parts more gunmetal.
- Megatron: Much simpler, just a black wash
(paint mixed with water) and then a thin layer of metallic pearl white.
- Neo Shifter Atlas::Raan: The stock colors of
the toy had too much weird color separation in robot mode, so I added some
yellow up top and some blue stripes on the "pants". 3" Titanium Bumblebee
included for scale.
- Night Beat 7: I felt it looked a little drab, so I
added some coloration to more evoke Headmaster Nightbeat. 9/2/07.
- Battle Begins Optimus Prime: Removed the battle
damage and generally touched up the figure from the "Battle Begins" two-pack
from Transformers Animated. June 2008.
- Battle Begins Megatron: Likewise, removed battle
damage and touched up the figure in general. June 2008.
- McDonald's Lugnut: A Happy Meal toy with the colors improved and more
details added. July 2008.
- Powerglide's Heart: Universe Classics Powerglide
has a molded heart under his chest panel (an homage to "The Girl Who Loved
Powerglide"), I simply painted is neon red.
- Universe Classics Legends:
- Wave 2: Megatron (G2 tank), Hound (G1) and Jazz (G1)
Legends figures given a bit more paint.
- Wave 4: Bumblebee (sportscar) and Brawn (Hummer H3), both G1 Series.
- Wave 5: Warpath (tank) and Rodimus (sportscar), both G1 Series.
- Both modes - Treads and face touched up on
Warpath, spoiler painted yellow on Rodimus.
- Redwind: A loose Steelwind Classics Mini-Con
dunked in wine red Rit dye for a while. February 2009.
- Mikroburst: A spare Wind Sheer (Armada) dunked
in bright red dye and then painted a bit. May 2009.
- Revenge of the Fallen Legends Wave 1: Optimus Prime is more of a full
repaint, but I'm keeping the wave together. Might later add Springer. June
- Revenge of the Fallen Legends Wave 2: Pretty much just touchups all
around. Mudflap, The Fallen and Enforcer Ironhide are in all four pics
(Grindor didn't need any work).
- Knockoff Ravage USB Drive: A little bit of joint shaving, but mostly I
just used AlClad chrome on the legs and replaced the blobby paint on the eyes
with a better job. Beast Mode, USB Drive Mode.
- Mini-Con Pinpoint: The Mini-Con that came with
Power Core Combiner Leadfoot needed some chrome, and I added it. And painted
the eyes blue. November 2010.
- Rodimus Major Chromed: I have chrome paint, and TF:Animated Rodimus
needed chrome. So I gave him some, and added a few other little details to
bring the toy more in line with the animation model. November 2010.
- War for Cybertron Soundwave: One of the problems of the War for Cybertron
Decepticons is that their neon purple accent color is just too pale and
washed out. And it was also clear that Soundwave was meant to have more
purple details than they had budget for, plus the silver paint matched poorly
with the gray plastic. So I touched it up and unified some of the silver
bits. November 2010.
- Legends of Nara Metomorphs: Scout-sized insect Transformers. Not too
bad, but lacking in paint and with loose joints. I fixed the joints as best
as I could, and added paint to three of them. Pics: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
- Legends Roadbuster: Mostly making the
existing color scheme look better, but added some gunmetal to places that
lacked it. October 2011.
- Speed Stars Mirage and Leadfoot: Non-transforming Hot Wheels scale cars
released for Dark of the Moon. The undersides have relief sculptures of the
robot modes, horribly underpainted. Mirage was only available at secondary
retailers like ShopKo, while Leadfoot was a Target stocking stuffer
exclusive. I chromed Mirage's interior and headlights, added more detail to
Leadfoot, and painted around the reliefs on the undersides. November 2011.
- CostCo Chrome Bumblebee Legends: The CostCo
exclusive Battle Ops Bumblebee was later sold at TJMaxx for a low enough
price I grabbed one. It came with a very boring chrome Bumblebee with no
paint save for stripes on the hood and trunk, so I fixed mind. November 2011.
- Transformers Prime Legion wave 1: Of the five figures in the first wave,
I felt all but one would benefit from some additional paint (the Vehicon was
something of a lost cause). March 2012.
- Cliffjumper - painted wheel hubs and
exhaust pipes, plus painted some Best Lock weapons for him to use.
- Ratchet - Some silver detailing, added
Autobot symbol to the hood and painted the cardiac lines on the side panels.
- Arcee - Silver on the wheel centers, rear
view mirrors and blades.
- Bumblebee - Lots of extra details on this
one, especially on the back end.
- TF:P Cliffjumper Hammer - Added some energy
effects. April 2012.
- Airachnid Touchup: This started as just adding a few bits of metallic
purple to TF:Prime Airachnid and went a bit overboard. In retrospect, I
should've left the paint off the shins. July 2012.
- Weaponizer Optimus Prime Touchup: Pretty extensive, actually, but meant
to look minor. I repainted the light gray plastic as either silver or
gunmetal, added a lot of silver detail and a little bit of enhancing in other
colors here and there. July 2012.
- Cyberverse Flamewar: Another of those things that started with "I'll just
add a few bits" and ended up adding rather more, including painting up a Best
Lock figure weapon for her. Still looks about the same, so I have it here
rather than in full repaints. September 2012.
- Bot Shots Cliffjumper - I decided to bring
it up to the paint app standards of non-SuperBots. May 2013.
- Legends Waspinator and Chop Shop - Waspinator
needed a lot of paint to bring out the wasp-butt and other details, Chop Shop
benefits from a little more orange paint. September 2013.
- Grrl Action Team: Repaints of the Street Action
Team as Arcee (Sureshock), Chromia (Grindor) and Moonracer (High Wire). They
no longer transform without scraping off paint, though.
- Cybertron Oval painted: The Oval remold for
Cybertron has clear police flashers on top, but the colors almost hide this.
I knew I couldn't make it white without making it untransformable, but I
otherwise got it as close to G1 Prowl as I could.
- Cybertron Garboil: Garboil is a blue Laserbeak
recolor released in Japan in 2005. I repainted a Cybertron figure as Garboil
for a friend. It's not meant to transform.
- Hot Wheels Cliffjumper: Got a red Concept Camaro
Hot Wheels and painted AllSpark Power Cliffjumper's hood stripes onto it. No
big deal. January 2008.
- Movie Optimus Primal: I noticed how close Stockade (2007 Movie "AllSpark
Power" line) was to Optimus Primal, and did a quick repaint, building a
knockoff Primal sword a handle so the toy could hold it. February 2008.
- Legends TF:A Optimus Prime: Beyond a simple touch-up, most of the toy
ended up repainted, even if it was just as the same color in order to ensure
matching. October 2008.
- Bakuformers: Bakugan repainted as
Transformers characters in the spirit of the Eggbots and Unicron's Mini-Con
Dead End. Updated 6/13/10 with Chop Shop and Sundor.
- Oopstimus Prime: Not actually a completed
project. The idea was to dye a RotF Wideload to roughly Optimus Prime's
colors, and then make Optimus Major or Optimus Minor or something out of it.
But most of the plastic wouldn't take dye, and the truck shell warped.
Oops. June 2010.
- Fast Action Battler Street Ninja Nightbird: A FAB Arcee dyed black and
then painted black and metallic purple, to evoke the G1 ninja bot Nightbird
(who was actually gray, but hey). Dye let me avoid having pink seams all
over the place. June 2010.
- Steel Eagle: An Autobot who really digs
America, repainted from RotF Autobot Gears. Winner of the July 2010 AllSpark
- Metal Heroes Speed Stars Soundwave: A Hot Wheels sized non-transforming
toy that recasts Revenge of the Fallen's Soundwave with a TF:Animated style
vehicle mode...but the official toy fails to paint in all the molded details,
so I rectified it. August 2010.
- Chibi Carnivac: I picked up a Zooble named
Doxy to see what's up with this "Bakugan for Girls" line. Once I'd
finished messing about with it, I decided to repaint it. September 2010.
- Hot Wheels Drag Strip: G1 Drag Strip was based on the Tyrrell P34, a real
six-wheeled formula racer. Hot Wheels released the P34 in their 2010 line,
and while neither was yellow, I figured the white one was close enough to
repaint as Drag Strip. The 2011 line includes the Danicar, a different
six-wheeled racer designed by Danica Patrick, and all it really needed in
order to look like a Generations Drag Strip was a Decepticon symbol. October
- Crossovers B.A. Baracus: I got a spare Energon Tow Line with a broken
weapon in a batch of junkers around 2006 or 2007, and set it aside meaning to
repaint it into something. I finally decided to dye it black and paint it up
as the A-Team's van, which would turn into a robot B.A. Baracus. The real
A-Team van is dark gray above the red stripe, but I didn't like how that
looked and went with black on top as many licensed toys do. December 2010.
- Cyberverse Wasp: A Target exclusive Cyberverse
Bumblebee redeco dunked in green dye and given some additional details. I
used gold rather than light green, as it seemed more suitable for a movie
design. June 2011.
- Legends Skywarp: A spare Reveal the Shield Legends Starscream dyed black
and then given silver, purple and orange paint. It warped a little in the
dye vat, annoyingly, and I had to file out the connection slots in the wings
to let the vehicle mode peg together. June 2011. Both pictures have
comparison to Starscream.
- Chromed Legends G1 Megatron: AlClad II
chrome, plus a few other paints, to jazz up the little gunrobo. December
- Legends Scourge: A spare Optimus Prime from the same wave as Megatron
above, dyed black as much as possible and then painted as Scourge from Robots
in Disguise. February 2012.
- Ardee: TF:Prime Deluxe Arcee (RiD version) painted sky blue with rainbow
bits, a Rainbow Dash (My Little Pony) Transformer. May 2012.
- Hot Wheels Vehicons: Got a couple of Mad Manga cars, cut off the
tailpipes, and painted them up as Vehicons. June 2012.
- Bot Shots Starscream: My main complaint with the Starscream Launcher set
is that unlike the other three launchers, the included Bot Shot didn't match
the color of the launcher. So I fixed that. I could have made the launcher
gray, but I decided instead to make the Bot Shot silver, and add some more
dark red details. September 2012.
- Saber: A robot mode for the Star Saber team. It's
kinda weird, but actually works without needing any physical modifications to
the toys. I painted some red bits on to highlight the eyes and mouth.
- Unsafety Thrust: Thrust's missile launchers
were modified to make them unremovable and thus not a choking hazard. As any
under-3 child in my apartment would probably find hundreds of ways to kill
itself, I removed these launchers and added new pegs using bits of Lego
- Voyager Animated Megatron: A strut on
Megatron's cannon was strengthened to meet safety concerns, but this impeded
function. So I made it less safe. June 2008.
- Animated Bumblebee: Another safety mod
resulted in Bumblebee's stingers not being fully stowable, so I carved out
the blockages. June 2008.
- Animated Blitzwing: As molded, TF:A
Blitzwing has a pair of pegs that go into U-shaped slots rather than proper holes.
I used Apoxie Sculpt to block off the sides and make the slots into holes,
improving stability in jet mode. September 2008.
- Animated Swoop's Mace: The flames-pop-out gimmick was neutered, possibly
because it made the toy fail a drop test. I restored it. September 2008.
- AT-TE Thigh mod: Altered the thigh swivel on
the Star Wars Crossovers Transformers AT-TE to be less child-safe but also
less likely to fall apart. February 2009.
- Lego PCC Peg: A 1x1 Lego brick is about the
right size to fit into a Power Core Combiner limb's PCC port, but I had to
shave it down a bit to do the job. August 2010.
- Double Clutch mods: The Power Core Combiners Double Clutch was, to put it
frankly, a mess. So I did a bunch of mods to mine to try to fix mine. And I
took some other pictures along the way.
- Mudslinger Fan Modes: Mudslinger and the Destructicons didn't need any
mods, but I found some fan modes.
- G1/TF:A Bumblebee: I got a keychain G1 Bumblebee, slightly reshaped the
face, added a roof light and painted it in the TF: Animated Bumblebee
scheme. I also did some very minor touchups to the TF:A Legends Bumblebee
seen in the comparison shots. November 2010.
- Human Alliance Icepick: Prabal Nandy pointed out to me that a frozen
joint at the base of the neck strut could be freed up, providing a new mode
possibility. June 2011.
- Pinpointer bird: While messing about with Pinpointer, the
Targetmaster-ish companion of Human Alliance Tailpipe, I realized it could be
made to look kind of like a wingless bird. After a quick proof of concept I went ahead and took pieces from
a cheapo model kit (I pick such things up every so often for parts) and made
proper wings. I used wings and weapon loads from a Fiat G.91. July 2011.
- Kre-O Mods: These aren't full rebuilds, just ways of doing something with
the leftover pieces of various Kre-O sets. I add as many as I can onto the
main model, then do something with the leftovers. I may also rearrange for
- Bumblebee (small): Rebuilt the
forearms to look more substantial, rearranged the backpack to be a lot more
- Jazz vehicle mode: I put a few more pieces on
the car mode (not really visible here) and built a mini-walker from the rest
for Kreon Jazz.
- Jazz robot mode: I added a few bits onto the
robot mode (the windows are more visible from the
back and made a hovercraft thingy out of the plentiful remaining pieces
- Legends Tribarrel: The CostCo Battle Ops Bumblebee from which I got the
Chrome Bumblebee also had a plain old Legends Mudflap. I decided to get some
automotive touchup paint and make this one over into a movie version of
Tribarrel, my 2006 Mazda-as-Transformer. Of course, since GM had the
licensing for the movies, switching models only made sense. November 2011.
- Legends Bluestreak: a spare Prowl Reveal the Shield Legends figure with
the lightbar replaced with a plug, and other minor mods done to allow parts
to slide past each other once painted. December 2011.
- TF:Prime Wheeljack Cyberverse: Another of those "I'll just touch up a
little" projects that went nuts, I ended up also altering the swords and
making places for the swords to plug into the front of the car. July 2012.
- Blast Off Ground Mode: I got a Blast Off at a
flea market for a buck because the toy was missing a wing and had no
accessories. So I replaced the wings with Lego wheels and turned the
remaining wing into an axe. It should be noted that Blast Off does NOT like
being stuck as a ground vehicle, and this wasn't his choice. Tinkering with
an Intermezzo based on this.
- Micromaster Griffin: I don't offhand know the
name of this Micromaster Sports Car Patrol member, but I got it at a toy show
or flea market or something, and it was all rusted out and the hood was
floppy. I filed off the rust, added some vehicular weapons (the turret is a
googly eye and a bit of rod, the side lasers are arms from a cheap vending
machine robot) and repainted the whole thing. The hood's still floppy, which
made this a bear to scan. The car is named after both the Griffin car from
"Midnight Rambler" (episode of Bubblegum Crisis) and the Griffin mecha from
Patlabor. If I were into writing crossover fics, I might do one where the
Decepticons find the wreckage of the BGC Griffin and use parts to repair one
of their damaged comrades, who then acquires the "haunting" effect and a
hatred of motorcycles....
- Armada Over-run: Optimus Prime's Mini-Con with a
bit more paint and with the gun barrel carved out a bit more.
- Trimmed Energon Arcee: Got a spare E-Arcee and trimmed down the oversized
chest and moved the spark crystal.
- Alternators Windcharger Gun: The gun barrel of
Alternators Windcharger was left out for reasons I won't go into here, so I
made my own rather than buy a reproduction. Pretty simple job.
- Battle-Damaged Windrazor: The first A4
Windrazor I got was defective, missing a cockpit and having two left
forearms. Once I replaced it, I made this out of the defective one.
- Happy Hannukah from Optimus Prime: A cheap
Galaxy Force Galaxy Convoy figure built into a Menorah. Because, as per the
Family Guy cartoon, Optimus Prime is Jewish. Some
tips on making your own.
- jaAmMaster Hot Shot: A McDonald's Armada Hot
Shot toy quickly modded to look like it's got an all-new gimmick: pump sugary
goop out of the belt! Done for the March 2008 AllSpark Art Challenge,
AllSparker Maximo Prime made the final ad image.
- Dropship Spider-Man: The Marvel Crossovers combiner of Spider-Man and
Iron Man has a fairly disappointing helicopter mode on Spider-Man. I thought
it'd look better as a Sci-Fi-style dropship without rotors. I replaced the
main rotor with a small turret and added missile pods to the tail. August
- Ejector Add-Ons: Ejector is a nice little toaster, but missing a
backplate in toaster mode...and of course, what toaster is complete without
toast? September 2009.
- Backplate: Finishing off his Dualit
4-slice toaster mode.
- Burnt Toast: Just a single slice as a proof
of concept, I might do more later.
- Generations Scrounge: This started as a gag, to give Darkmount something
to hold, a quick project made from Lego and styrene. And it grew, but never
took up too much time, hence going here and not in full kitbashes.
- Legends Goldbug: I picked up a spare gold
Bumblebee from the Reveal the Shield line, which was already an obvious
Goldbug homage. I popped the head off and reshaped it by carving and adding
putty to look more like Goldbug's head, then painted it and added a few bits
to the paint of the rest of the toy. I didn't photograph the vehicle mode,
since the only change to that was the silver hubcaps. June 2011.
- Cyberverse Motormaster: The Target Exclusive black Cyberverse Megatron
was clearly a Motormaster homage, so I decided to take it the rest of the
way. I carved the head into a shape that fell somewhere between the G1
animation model and the movie aesthetic, then painted up a bunch of details.
- Cyberverse TF:Prime Ultra Magnus Wrecker: The vehicle mode of Cyberverse
Commander Ultra Magnus looked like it was missing a wrecker-style car
platform, so I made one out of styrene sheet and rod pieces, usable as a riot
shield in robot mode. I was later informed that his truck mode is actually a
military truck that carries an artillery piece, but I still like my mod.
- Deflacked Kreons: One of the main aesthetic flaws in the MicroChange
Kreons is that they use military flak vest pieces to add back pegs to the
figures, obscuring the nicely printed detail on the chest of the figure. So,
on a few where it looks like I could get away with it, I used a Dremel to
carve away most of the front.
Shapeways is a company that got some nice 3-D printers (the
kind that cost as much as a small house, not the $1000 makers) and makes
money by printing designs submitted to them. A lot of Transformers fans use
it to make weapons or new hands, but a few have taken the challenge of making
entire figures, including little minions that will fit in the chest of War
for Cybertron Soundwave. I suppose these could count as "Lesser Kitbashes"
or "Minor Mods" or even just paint jobs, but I'm gonna give them their own
- Dye Pots: The tiny size and ball joints of these figures mean that it's
best to dye them before painting, so I made a smaller set of dye pots out of
pill bottles so I could color them without worrying about losing them in the
system I devised for full size figures.
- Prototype: Thrown together out of what I had
on hand, but the bamboo skewers warped and stained, so I needed better
- Production Model: Replaced the bamboo skewers
with steel ones, and used an additional rubber band.
- Fremble v7 as animated Rumble: TreadshotA1 has several designs of the
"fit in Soundwave's chest" variety, many of which are really simplistic, but
v7 is starting to get the hang of it. However, there was an error in it with
the elbow joints, so I had to fix them. January 2012.
- Dyed but not painted. You can see here how
"fuzzy" the default Shapeways product is.
- Painted. Despite some filing and Dremeling to
remove the fuzz, it's still pitted and generally not smooth.
- Eject and Rewind by TreadshotA1: Based on the Fremble v7 mold, but with
the correct elbows and different details. I worked harder on smoothing the
surfaces this time, but there seems to be a level of surface pitting that
can't be fixed without removing a lot more of the material. January 2012.
- Eject: Parts dyed blue and then painted over.
White parts left undyed.
- Rewind: Parts dyed black and painted over, and
the "white" parts I dyed very slightly.
- Comparison: You can see the results of the slight
dye job on Rewind.
- Fremble v7 as Frenzy: Well, I found the ultimate
strength of the plastic used by Shapeways, snapping an upper arm in half
while trying to fix up my second Fremble. So I fabricated pounder arms out
of styrene bits. January 2012.
- Fakebuster's Thugger 4.0 Mold: More detailed and articulated than
Fremble, I put these off a bit longer due to the complexity. I decided to
make up my own pair of siblings in the style of Rumble and Frenzy, but with
different colors (working largely from which dyes seemed to take well).
- Scrum: He loves sports, but things referees just
slow things down too much. Neither of the dyed colors came out looking very
good, so I painted over just about everything. February 2012.
- Hysteria: She loves causing panic and watching
people trample each other. If Scrum's getting bored by a sporting event
where fair play is happening, she can liven things up a bit with her
hypno-projectors. The dyes worked much better here, so I only added some
details. February 2012.
- Hysteria and Scrum side by side
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