It all started with Super Optimus
Prime, and continued with Hot Shot
the Nuclear Bot. But that was it until Trent Troop kitbashed an Energon
toy into his High Beam, Green Lantern of Cybertron...and I was inspired.
Going through my spare SCF and Heroes of Cybertron PVC figures, I created an
entire Justice League of Autobots. See Tales of the Intermezzo for
some stories featuring these guys.
Updated 4/16/06 with new group shot above.
- Super Optimus Prime: The Kryptonian
birthing matrix merged with the Autobot Matrix of Leadership in 1984 to save
the life of young Kal-El. When Kal physically merges with Prime, the Autobot
leader changes into the form seen here and gains tremendous strength and the
power of flight. Base is Heroes of Cybertron Prime, with cape made from
craft foam and the S-shield from thin styrene sheet.
- Batman: Just as Bruce Wayne was about to start
his career in crimefighting, the Autobots went public and he realized he'd
need more oomph. Based on the Go-Shooter Headmaster (Siren in the US), with
the flashers removed.
- Wonder Woman: When it came time for Diana of
Themiscyra to venture out into Man's World, she was given some ancient
artifacts...the Pretender Bracers. With them, she can project a powerful
Autobot form around herself. Based on an ACT-5 Arcee PVC, the Daniel that
came with it got a hair change to be Wally West (seen in the banner at the
top, no separate pic).
- Bumblebee Flash and Kal-El: Hit by Lex
Luthor's molecular accelerator cannon, Bumblebee was turned into a walking
bomb! When he fled out into the desert, he was found by Wally West, who was
crippled in the act of saving him. Now Bumblebee can use his molecular
acceleration to move at incredible speeds as Bumblebee Flash. Kal-El,
powerful by organic standards but weak compared to Cybertronians, often
accompanies Bumblebee Flash on espionage missions. Made from the Heroes of
Cybertron Espionage Team.
- Metalhawk: Katar Hol ran afoul of Lex Luthor
while pursuing Kanjar Ro to Earth, but ended up highjacking a prototype super
robot in Luthor's lair and becoming Metalhawk! Made from the ACT-5 SCF
Metalhawk (pewter). The Minerva figure that came with it has not been used.
- Green Lantern: Made Green Lantern of Earth and
Cybertron, Hal Jordan adopted a Cybertronian-sized construct for dealing with
Decepticons. Being a test pilot, he picked the F-15 for nostalgia's sake.
Made from an ACT-1 clear Starscream covered in a thin layer of metallic green
- Hot Shot the Nuclear Bot: When Sideswipe and
Sunstreaker were fused in a Space Bridge accident, they gained powers over
matter and energy thanks to their doubled spark. Made from a pewter Armada
Hot Shot SCF ACT-9. Yes, it would have been a lot easier to start from a
colored one. And the spray primer I used caused a lot of problems.
Back to Actionmasters.
- MegaLex: With Megatron presumed dead in the wake
of the events of "League", Lex Luthor created a new mecha for himself using
data obtained from Megatron's own body! Based on pewter Megatron, color
scheme inspired by JLU Lex.
- Sinestro: When Sinestro followed Hal Jordan
to Earth, it amused him to adopt his own giant robot projection, leading to a
dramatic confrontation. Based on clear Galvatron, with
a thin coat of neon yellow. Tiny Sinestro painting based on JLU version.
- Double Face: As the conflict on Earth
escalated, it drew the attention of Unicron, who was decades away from Sol.
So he reached out to a human he felt could handle the duality of being part
human and part Cybertronian, and gave Two-Face the power to summon a suit of
armor that could form the head of a giant robot that Unicron also provided.
Based on pewter Sideways (Double Face in Japan) PVC and the basics of the New
Adventures of Batman & Robin design for Two-Face.
- Brainiac: Luthor recovered a piece of
Kal-El's ship and attempted to integrate its operating system into a new
computer of his own design. Little did he know that Megatron's spark had
survived and was trapped in Luthor's computers. Megatron moved his
consciousness into the new Brainiac robot, and immediately "invented" the
Transtector, providing himself with an even more powerful body. For now, he
bides his time, waiting for Luthor to provide him with an empire worth
seizing. Based on Chromedome color PVC (I had an extra) and using the JLU
color scheme as inspiration.
- Killer Frost: Giant robots and plot devices
don't build themselves, and Lex Luthor owns many high tech companies via
shell corporations and fronts. Dr. Louise Lincoln worked for one such
company, working on a device that was supposed to help drain energy from
distant sources as a clean power source...but that was really intended to
suck the Energon out of Autobots. Then the accident happened, and Louise
started uncontrollably draining the heat from her surroundings. Lex
approached her and provided her with armor that not only let her control her
new powers, but also let her control one of Brainiac's Transtectors. Now she
has found a Special Friend in Hot Shot, the Nuclear Bot.
(Built from pewter Devastator/Devastar. Boomerang held on with poster
putty.) As one of the Autobots most likely to interact with humans,
Bumblebee spent a lot of time fighting human supercriminals, and developed
his own "Rogue's Gallery" of enemies. However, despite their clever gadgets
and determination, even the weakest Autobot was way out of the league of most
of these unpowered humans. Then, one day, six of them were brought together
by Grodd, the Super-Gorilla, who had his own problems with the Autobots (most
of them were immune to his Force of Mind). Using a combination of Gorilla
City's advanced technology and reverse-engineered Cybertronian tech, Grodd
had built a group of pilotable transforming mecha based on construction
vehicles. His offer was simple: he would give each of the Rogues one of these
vehicles to use as they will, but in exchange, they had to come when he
called. Using his own mecha craft, Grodd could bind the six mechs into the
giant RogueStar, a behemoth powerful enough to go toe to toe with even Super
Optimus Prime. Its only weakness was the relative slowness of its reactions,
due to the complex interlinkages involved in running the combined form.
Initially, the vehicles were all able to pass as normal construction
vehicles, but Trickster decided they needed more panache, and painted them in
the color schemes of their drivers. In addition, each has been customized
over time to incorporate the signature gimmicks of their owners:
flamethrowers on Heat Wave's power shovel, ice cannons on Captain Cold's
bulldozer, a giant boomerang hurling crane on Captain Boomerang's vehicle,
numerous mirrored panels on Mirror Master's earthmover, a rotating chemical
drum to augment Doctor Alchemy's Philosopher's Stone...and, of course,
uncountable gimmicks in Trickster's dump truck (including giant fake dog
poop, so it can really be a "dump" truck).
- Doctor Cyber:
No one knows who the woman behind the golden mask is, but she claims to have
once been a high-tech mercenary whose face was destroyed in the crossfire of
a fight between Wonder Woman and the unit she had been part of. She spent
months searching for a means to get her revenge on the Amazonian emissary,
and she apparently found it...but she has never revealed where she got her
pair of Master Bracers. Wearing armor that gives her nearly superhuman
strength and durability on its own, she can also summon a much larger robot
in the same way as Wonder Woman does. She has also put her genius to
reverse-engineering the technology she found alongside the Master Bracers,
putting her second only to Lex Luthor in the ability to field a force of
minions in powered armor. (Based on ACT-7 Wheeljack, I included the relevant
page of Who's Who to prove Doctor Cyber really exists. She was apparently a
big deal in the 70s and early 80s.)