and Kitbashes, Oh My!|
Last Updated 8/2/23
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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. Within a section,
the order is mostly just chronological...I probably should split this into
sub-pages at some point.
- 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.
- 3-D Printed - Original figures made via 3-D printer
and then assembled/painted by me (no longer just Shapeways).
- 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.
- Rescue Bots Dinosaurs: Mostly Legends-sized figures, with one "Scout" standard
- Fat Tankor chroming: I touched up Generations Deluxe
Tankor ("Fat Tankor" rather than Octone/Octane) with chrome on some bits and panel
lining. August 2016.
- Chromed Skrapnel: Chromed the horns on Generations
Skrapnel and painted the eyes of insect mode black. August 2014.
- Generations Reflector: And since I'd gotten a spare
Skrapnel to mod, might as well paint up Reflector to look more like a camera and more
like a gun in those modes, yes? August 2014.
- Generations Gears: Minor paint touchup, mostly to the
face. October 2014.
- Generations Jetfire DeChromed: I really didn't like how the
chrome looked on Thrilling 30 Jetfire, so I removed it and painted some of the bits
black instead. November 2014.
- RiD Grimlock Warrior Fanmodes: Some weird alternate
robot modes I found for Robots in Disguise (2015) Grimlock. December 2014.
- RiD Grimlock touchup: Mostly needed paint on the
dino mode forelimbs. December 2014.
- Grimlock's a Truck! I built a Lego platform to let him
pretend he's fooling anyone. I later unskinned a cheap RC car and made a
better truck platform for him, which you can see
in action assuming the file didn't get mangled.
- Manacle touchup: I don't get a lot of third party
stuff, but a friend convinced me to get Manacle and Turrets to flesh out my
Metroplex set. They're pretty good, but there were some gaps in the paint on
Manacle, so I addressed them in February 2015. I did later get
Reprolabels for the set.
- Hyperchanger Optimus Prime: The cheesy Voyager-sized
Hyperchanger Optimus Prime from Robots in Disguise (2015), touched up a bit. March
- Rescue Bots Blurr: Needed a few colors added, so I
obliged. March 2015.
- RiD (2015) Jazz touchup. I added various trim details, painted his lance, and
also used him to demonstrate how Legion class Fixit could be used as a weapon.
- Touched-up and armed PRiD Legion Bumblebees: Three color
variants of the Robots in Disguise (2015) Bumblebee, with some minor paint touchups
and weapons modified from various sources. August 2015.
- Firebreak Mini-Con: I got a spare Tailgate to make into
Peribot (see Full Repaints), so I just dyed it green as a test of my dye and then
painted parts red so it could be a weapon for Victorion. October 2015.
- Hyperchanger Thunderhoof touchup: I corrected a few
boundary issues and added red highlights. December 2015.
- Blizzard Strike Swelter touchup: Added detail to
the head and guns. December 2015.
- Rescue Bots Growl touchup: Growl, a police dog that
turns into a motorcycle, is one of the better Rescue Bots Mini-Cons, but it still
benefitted from more paint. Growl being ridden. February
- Legion Clampdown touchup: Added a bunch of stuff
to RiD (2015) Clampdown, but most notably the claw and the woodgrain on the side
panels. February 2016.
- Legion Drift touchup: Drift from RiD (2015) with some
detail work. February 2017.
- Legion RiD Ratchet touchup: Nice Strongarm-based mold,
but like most of the Ratchet toys in RiD (2015) it was sorely lacking in paint.
- Titans Return Galvatron touchup: Like many, I didn't
care for how the mask on Voyager Titans Return Galvatron restricted head motion, but
I noticed that the details were already there on the faceplate, so I just painted
them in purple and left the mask in his torso. July 2016.
- Titans Return Scourge touchup: Added some light blue
and silver here and there, rather than the more extreme modifications others did.
- Battlepack Strongarm: The Battlepack figures were close to the old "Scout" class,
bigger than Legends/Legion but not quite Warrior. Strongarm really needed paint, even
by the standards of RiD (2015).
- Titans Return Brawn touchup: A little to the
Titan Master, mostly added gunmetal to the vehicle. September 2016.
- Titans Return Apeface touchup: Added more color to his
"transtector" but didn't change the Titan Master itself. September 2016.
- Thunderclash Reprolabels: Got a Battle Core Optimus
Prime from Combiner Wars at Ross, put on the Reprolabels set that make it into
Thunderclash, but also painted a few bits where the labels really didn't work
properly. October 2016.
- RiD (2015) Windblade significant touchup: I added a lot of details, painted the sword
and filed out the inside of the scabbard to let the sword go in without scraping the
paint off. October 2016.
- Warrior class Thunderhoof with Reprolabels: Got the set for the Warrior class
figure, which was pretty good for robot mode, but required some paint touchups in
vehicle mode. December 2016.
- Titans Return Hot Rod: Mainly just added silver to the wheel hubs and pipes.
- RiD Stormshot Touchup: I really liked the toy,
and the factory paint job was actually pretty good...but I knew I could make it
better. January 2017.
- Legion Springload touchup: Nearly a full repaint
after I was done with things...and I'd actually gone into the project thinking I just
needed to tweak a few details. HA. January 2016.
- Functionist Prime: Voyager Titans Return Optimus
Prime with no head, instead using a slightly repainted tail section as a Functionist
inspired head (something from the backstory of the IDW continuity).
- Generations Insecticons: Thrilling Thirty,
Combiner Wars, and Titans Return. Each got one Insecticon, so the gimmicks are
different for each. I modified them all in some way. March 2017. A few months
later, I added Reprolabels to Kickback and added
Molotow chrome to the gun.
- Ptero vehicle mods: I got a lot of Pteros on clearance because the Titan Master
figure colors lent themselves well to reuse as other characters. But I decided to
do some tinkering with one of the leftover vehicles. August 2017.
- Dyed red parts: I was able to get the red-orange parts
to dye a deeper red. Later attempts to use yellow dye to get one to go orange were
- Chromed gray parts: After dyeing the red parts, I used
a Molotow chrome marker to change the gray parts. I also added some small Reprolabel
- Cyber Battalion Prowl: Pretty good toy, but (shockingly) needed more paint. I also
added large Reprolabel faction symbols. September 2017.
- Metalhawk Touchup: Before he got a different
head in Power of the Primes, Metalhawk got to be a set-exclusive in Titans Return.
All I really did was add gold paint to the backs of the arms so that the antennae
would be gold in head mode. September 2017.
- PotP Grimlock Toes: Another minimal "add some gold"
touchup, helping bring out the toes of PotP Grimlock with a little paint. February
- Titans Return Rosanna: Reprolabels makes a set
to turn Rewind into Rosanna, one of the few good things to come out of Kissplay.
Having had bad luck with the head stickers on Dispensor, though, I dyed the head
pinkish-red and painted on details rather than using those stickers. June 2018.
- Titans Return Tidal Wave: Another Reprolabels project. Normally I don't bother
taking pictures if all I did was apply the labels, since you can always go to their
site and see the labels applied, usually straighter than I do. But there's no picture
on the site of just the carrier mode (they have a "starship" mode that's sort of
modified), and I also took a picture of the bare robot. June 2018.
- Quintus Prime touchup: I just painted purple around the
Prime sigil to help with contrast. August 2018.
- Tiny Turbo Changer Scorn: I like the mold, but the paint job
was pretty sad, and the base color wasn't red enough to match other versions of the
character, so I dyed and painted a spare. October 2018.
- Lionizer with painted mane: The molded mane details
on Battle Master Lionizer don't really look like a mane, mostly because there's no paint
and the sides are lost in black plastic. So I matched the dark gray paint used elsewhere
on the toy as best as I could, and painted just the mane. November 2018.
- Firedrive Dye Mishap: The goal was to use Rit's
"Frost Gray" dye to make the Battle Master version of Firedrive look more like the
G1 toy, which had gray limbs rather than white. Unfortunately, it appears that the
gray is a mix of colors with different dye particle sizes, and the plastic was
better at taking up the green particles than the rest. December 2018.
- BotBots Touchups (Series 1): Some BotBots just needed a little extra color here or
there, others I felt needed more extensive work (especially when the toy departed
significantly from the character art and I preferred the character art design). And
some I just messed with Because. Not a touchup, but doesn't really go anywhere else,
I made a display rack for my BotBots. Updated Feb 2019
with the rack all filled up. With 9 Sugar Shocks and 6 Jock Squad,
I evened things out a bit by putting Nrjeez on the Jock Squad tier.
- Twerple Burple: Just needed the stripes completed
in a few places, a red permanent marker did the trick. December 2018.
- Professor Wellread: I really disliked the "nervous nerd"
look of the toy and preferred the character art. I kept the mostly-black hair, just
painting enough white to fit the pages in book mode, and I continued the black onto
the diary-style strap in book mode. Total repaint of the face, touched up the pants,
and added white paint to the molded page details on the arms and legs. December 2018.
- Fun Guy: I used the same marker as on Twerple Burple to add red to the fruiting
bodies attached to the arms, but it's not really something that makes a big enough
difference to take a picture. Maybe later.
- Autumnal Slobberrock: In progress, seeing how well the plastic takes dye. Going for
a more brownish rock, then will paint fall colors on the mossy bits. Ended up WAY too
dark, not sure if I'll try to do anything with it.
- S.A. Cheez: On top of bringing out some of the hidden molded
detail, I decided to move the face up to the top, where there was clearly a spot to
do one. December 2018.
- Shredderjack: Another quick red Sharpie touchup.
- Choco Dawg: So, I tried dyeing a S'up Dawg a little darker,
since it looked kinda undercooked. Of course, the dye that other plastics refused to
take up got slurped in by this toy quite intensely, overshooting my desired shade by
a LOT. I let it sit around for a while, before deciding to make the ketchup into icing
and tweak the chest detail a little with more snow white paint. Now it's an ice cream
bar with a corndog theme, kinda like Choco Tacos have a taco theme. January 2019.
- Cyberverse Soundwave: Not only did the factory paint
job omit a lot of colors, it got several applications wrong (like dark gray on the
shoulder fronts). So I fixed mine. I almost didn't paint the fists, but ended up
doing so on the grounds that I didn't really need to give him any borrowed guns.
- Knockoff Micromaster Hot Rod: I got this as part of
a random lot of "3 for $3" knockoff Micromasters/Minicons from Wish in 2017, and
intended to paint it up, but it took a while to get around to doing so. July 2019.
- Siege Ratchet: For some reason, they decided to make a lot of the red parts of
the design out of light concrete-colored plastic, and the wheels as well. I dismantled
it as much as possible (the pelvis was lightly glued together) and dyed the pelvis
and fists. The upper arms and thighs were held in firmly by rivets...not pins, these
had been hammered to expand at the tips. So I had to paint those, plus a bit of the
waist. I popped the wheels out and tried dyeing them black, but they only made it
to dark greenish gray. I decided that trying longer heat would risk warping them,
and left it at gray. November 2019.
- Siege Sideways: I got an accessory-less spare Siege
Bluestreak in a trade, and decided that if Barricade can get a Siege version in this mold,
why not Revenge of the Fallen Sideways? I dyed the fists black before painting their
exteriors gloss black, painted the helmet black and used Tamiya clear red for the
windows and eyes. December 2019.
- Siege Rung: I added eyebrows, cleaned up the sloppy borders
on the goggles, painted the forearms and part of the altmode the closest gray I could get
to the original, and redid the metallic blue in a brighter hue using Color Shift Aqua Flash.
- Netflix Magnus: The figure looked unbalanced with the shoulder
pylons mostly unpainted (just the side and back of one pylon) and the missile launchers being
the same color as the pylons. So I did some quick paint addition. June 2020.
- Cyberverse Scout Wheeljack: They always mold his Lemmy-stache,
but almost never paint it. This toy was particularly bad about it, so I repainted the entire
face. Then I noticed that the wings were painted blue on the package renders, so added that
as well. I considered painting the windshield to look more like the show's hot pink, but
decided to stop at the face and wings. June 2020.
- Earthrise Astro Squad: They went to the trouble of adding
bits to each mold to make them plausible as solo vehicles, and then didn't paint them so that
they just sort of faded into the background. I added black edging to Fuzer's extra little
fins, and blue to Blast Master's cockpit. August 2020.
- Earthrise Smokescreen with painted hubs: Just ran a Molotow
chrome marker over the hubs and then neatened up the borders. December 2020.
- Netflix Soundwave touchup: Added a few colors, made the
yellow bits a gold as close as I could get to the other gold. "Sticker" details on the
shoulders and kneecaps done in Tamiya clear paints except for the red on the shoulders.
- Earthrise Trailbreaker touchup: I decided to paint the windows, but instead of metallic
blue I painted everything silver (mistake one: the first paint I picked left chunky bits
when it dried) and then go over the window parts with Tamiya clear blue (mistake two: it
dried with bubbles in it). While I was in there, I also painted the shoulder gun silver
and added some more silver to the rear hubs. It lookse worse in person than in the pics,
but I can live with it. (Also includes the accessory pack radar dish, and an alternate
gun storage method I found but that also eliminates ground clearance.) January 2021.
- Kingdom Vertebreak: Disappointed by the seeming lack of color on the toy (turns out that
you just need REALLY bright light to see the differences, I got a spare to paint. While it
looks like this is an extensive repaint, I just used a quick minis technique used for painting
skeletons, but went heavier on the brown ink (well, a Citadel Contrast thing) to make it
look more like a fossil. Under normal lighting, the stock colors of Vertebreak look like
just monochrome super dark brown. February 2021.
- Earthrise Ratchet: I decided to paint the blank white windows
with "water medium," and as long as I was doing that, paint the wheels, and then the front
end, and then I made some crosses for the shoulders...mission creep project. March 2021.
- R.E.D. Arcee: The lack of paint on the arm blades and the wrong
plastic color on the energy effects were major aesthetic failings on this toy, so I did
what I could to address them while sticking to the same general look of the paint scheme
on the figure itself. June 2021.
- Sparkless Bot: The Netflix line "zombie" redeco of Barricade is okay in car mode,
but there was too much clean gray in bot mode. I fixed that, via intentionally using
Citadel contrast medium wrong, plus some terra cotta paint drybrushing and a few other
details. October 2021.
- Studio Series #83 Soundwave Touchup: Abused
contrast medium to fix up the "Sunbow White" effect on the figure, plus added a few more
bits of crimson, and painted over the inexplicable brown on the rifle. Bonus: since I
just found Core Class Ravage, have a meme. February 2022.
- Selects DK-2 Guard Touchup: This black redeco of Earthrise
Ironhide was just a little too black for my tastes. I added silver trim around
the windows, silver hubcaps, repainted the tires dark gray, and used water effect paint
to make the headlight lenses blue. I also tried thickening up the tabs that keep the
side panels on the boots, with limited success. April 2022.
- DotM Laserbeak Touchup: The "tiny pink Bumblebee"
disguise that Laserbeak adopted briefly in Dark of the Moon got a Studio Series Core Class
toy before the obvious Bumblebee, but suffers from the usual lack of paints plus having
two different blacks. Oddly, it also has very obvious L2 and R2 on the outer faces of the
upper arms, instead of hiding those marks somewhere else. So I added some paint details,
changed the windows to dark blue, and filed down the upper arms so that I could put tiny
Micromaster-scale Decepticon symbols on them. November 2022.
- Tsundere Battletrap: While reviewing Studio Series #99
Battletrap, I noticed that he had molded lightpiping eyes, but they'd been painted over in
gunmetal and multi-eye slits had been painted on his cheeks instead (which, to be fair,
had the slits molded as well). So I painted the "real" eyes metallic colorflash red, and
while I was looking closely at the face I also touched up the rather sloppy gunmetal paint
applications around the rest of the face and helmet. Anyway, with the eyes painted, the
red slits look more like the kind of "embarrassed/stammering person" cheek details seen
in manga visual language, including on "tsundere" characters who cover up their attraction
with bluster. It's not like Battletrap likes you, b-baka. July 2023.
- 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.
- Adobe Shockwave: Yes, a computer nerd pun that no longer even makes sense,
as the Shockwave software seems to have died off. A Legends Commander size
Shockwave from Dark of the Moon, painted to look like it's made of adobe, with
some turquoise. I broke it during disassembly, so it can't be transformed anymore,
but the paint job wouldn't really allow that anyway. February 2014.
- LioHead: A spare Under-3 toy repainted as Lioconvoy,
accomplished with the help of a set of triangle-head screwdrivers so that I could
take it apart. July 2014.
- Peribot: A Thrilling 30 Tailgate dyed green and then painted as a reference to
Peridot from Steven Universe. November to December 2015.
- Dyed parts: All the same dye, but absorbed at
radically different rates and in different ways. So, my initial plan of just dyeing
it and doing detail work went out the window. I slightly altered the shape of the
head to better evoke Peridots hairdo.
- Dyed and assembled: Yeah, so definitely needs paint.
- Robot Mode: Hard to get detail on the bright yellow parts
to show in photos.
- Vehicle Mode: Shiny gem paintjob.
- Combiner Wars Whisper: With Alpha Bravo, Rook, and Offroad getting G1-based
replacements in Combiner Wars, I had almost enough to let Cyclonus/Galvatron have
four "leftover" limbs. After determining that a fourth was not likely to be in the
offing, I got a spare Blast Off and turned it into Whisper (based on the Micromaster
stealth jet) for a fourth limb. June 2016.
- Duocon Garnet: Like many others, I noticed that the Battletrap duo in Power of the
Primes (Battleslash and Roadtrap) were kind of reminiscent of Garnet from Steven
Universe. Since I'd already made a Peribot Transformer, why not Garnet? Well, I did
have to wait a while before I found a second set to modify. Dyed Battleslash red,
replaced the faction symbols and did other minor painting. April 2018.
- Models & Minis Tanks: A local sculptor in Amarillo makes a lot of Warhammer-compatible
miniatures, among other things, and every so often I buy a bag of his miscasts to see what
I can do with them. "Runt Tanks" (small Ork vehicles) end up in these bags a lot, so I've
made some up as Junkions. And I eventually bought some non-defective (but still in need of
minor bubble-fills) "Odin Demolition Tanks" and painted them up as Rumble and...Rumble?
- Rustbukkit WIP: Physical mods to
my first one, which I ended up naming Rustbukkit. October 2014.
- Rustbukkit complete. November 2014.
- Tommycooker WIP: Tommycooker is old
slang for a flamethrower, and I decided that the weapon here was a flamethrower. The bits bags
did not contain weapons for the tanks, because those tended to cast correctly. May 2016.
- Tommycooker almost complete: Realized
after taking the pictures that I hadn't given him an Autobrand. June 2016.
- Tommycooker complete. June 2016.
- Rumble and Rumble: Odin Demolition
Tanks painted up in the colors of Frenzy and Rumble, but each insists he's Rumble. July 2018.
- Siege Buzzsaw: I ended up with a spare Spy Patrol set, so I decided to make Laserbeak into
Buzzsaw, even though an official one was likely to come out. I disassembled Laserbeak as far
as I could, the only rivets were on the wings and between neck and head. I did have to
dislocate one wing to get at the neck-base pin (so now it's a bit floppy). I dyed the body
and wings black, then used Krylon gold leaf marker, Molotow chrome marker, Tamiya clear red
paint, and some Vallejo black gloss for touching up damage done when putting the pins back
in. May 2019.
- Various views
- Bird bros on Soundwave
- Ravage jet mode (Not sure if I can really kitbash the spare
Ravage meaningfully, but I found an "as good as Titans Return" jet mode while trying to figure
out what to do with my spare, so you get to have it inflicted on you.)
- Nemesis Rung: An evil version of Rung who hangs out with
Nemesis Prime. (I wanted Earthrise Rung for the map piece, and it was on clearance, so I
figured black dye is an easy starting point....) The Dark Energon bits are a swirl of two
different color shift metallics (purple to blue with bits of blue to purple). I very briefly
considered a Unicron-inspired color scheme before realizing that Rung was already in those
colors. July 2020.
- Primus Rung: And since I had one more spare left, I decided
to dye it blue and then paint it up in the colors of the TF:Cybertron Primus toy. The
blue dye ended up going almost black, so I painted over most of the toy anyway (and despite
extra coats and looking fine under normal light, the brighter lights of my camera box
show some mottling). I used one of the White 2.0 beta paints for the white highlights, and
it has a strong UV glow, so I used the UV flashlight on it. November 2020.
- Ladder of Rungs: Nemesis Rung, Primus Rung, my touched
up regular Rung, and an unmodified Battlefield Rung all together.
- Tiny Turbo Changers Channel: Tiny Turbo Changers series 5
Ironhide (redeco of Ratchet) painted as a Cyberverse version of my OC Channel.
- Lava Terrorsaur: One of the exclusive online toys for Kingdom
features an alternate timeline in which Terrorsaur survived the Quantum Surge, getting a
new toy that's an extensive retool of Airazor. I decided to get a second Wingfinger and
make another take on the concept, having him survive...after a fashion. He's a red
lava-charged Fossilizer like Tricranius. Mostly it's just a dye job (iPoly red and orange
mixed together), but the dyeing revealed several areas of painted plastic that ended up
looking more pink than red. A few I left, others I painted over. The entire face turned
black, so I painted on green eyes. October 2021.
- Kingdom Soundblaster: I grabbed a spare Core class Soundwave and dyed the blue parts
(except for the fists) black. Driving the pins out was hard, and I actually bent a
pin punch in the process. It looked pretty good just dyed, but after a while the gold tone
I got from the silver paint started to fade, so I repainted those parts and did some other
touchups. November 2021.
- Blackboard Ultra Magnus: So, I work at a college that
uses the Blackboard course management system. In 2022 we're getting the updated version
"Blackboard Ultra". When I mentioned that on facebook, someone made an Ultra Magnus joke,
because I know a lot of people who have to use Blackboard and know they can't deal with
that now. Now, I'd had a spare Robot Heroes Ultra Magnus for some time, with it sitting
on my Ultra Magnus shelf. Time to do something with it! I dyed the figure black in case
of joint issues, then painted it regular black with a Pledge Future topcoat. Once that
cured, I put two coats of chalkboard paint on it, and seasoned it with actual chalk.
(The eyes and "Bb" logo are painted on, though). November 2021.
- White Dot: Techincal difficulties during the March 4, 2022
premiere of the MST3K Gizmoplex resulted in a white dot being on screen for about fifteen
minutes while they fixed things. In the after-movie chat, they joked about White Dot being
the new breakout character. Sure, 2D fan art of White Dot is easy, I decided to use a spare
BotBots Bemyne to make a transforming bit of fan art! (Sadly, the transformation is really
tight in places, so I had to touch up the dot mode after taking the bot mode pic.) March 2022.
- Paint-Stripped Nano Metalfigs Wheeljack: Okay, totally
removing paint counts as a total repaint, right? The base layer was more of a heat-shrink
wrap than proper paint, and I had to go into the nooks and crannies with a pointy metal
tool to get out the rest of it that acetone didn't make slough off. Not a lot of molded
detail, worse than decoys, but I may paint it as Exhaust or Slicer. (Wheeljack was included
in both of the first two 18-packs, no paint differences at all, so I felt fine stripping
this one for potential reuse. The base paint layer is way too thick to paint over.)
- 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
- Hello Jazz! I merged a Jazz kit with a Hello Kitty car kit. January 2014.
- Before pic: What the sets look like when built
according to the instructions.
- Front view: I think I used more of the Hello Kitty
car pieces than Jazz's regular robot mode used of his vehicle bits.
- Other views
- Robot Roamers: Not actually Kre-O, or even
official Transformers products, but they have knockoff Optimus Prime heads, so
I'll put this here. Like many Kre-O sets, the shoulders are way too low on the
robot modes of these, so I tweaked them (the one on the right moreso than the one
on the left) to address this. September 2018.
- 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.
- Rescue Bots Magnus Hammer: I removed the
Energize Gear from a Rescue Bots "Actionmaster" Optimus Prime and constructed
a Magnus Hammer for him. August 2014.
- Ultra Prime chestplate adapter: While waiting
for the Rodimus intended to go on Ultra Prime's chest in Combiner Wars, I made a
little platform so that Thrilling 30 Windcharger could ride there instead, as
seen here. February 2015.
- Combiner Wars Blackjack door mod: I put a hole in
Blackjack's door so he could hold his weapon as a gun rather than as an axe. March
- Legion Windblade touchup with sword: Some detail
work added to RiD (2015) Windblade, and I scratchbuilt her a sword from styrene plank
- Combiner Wars Wreck-Gar Weapon Mode: A fanmode, also
works for Groove. April 2016.
- Sqweeks handlebars: I modified a spare Sqweeks
(The Last Knight) so that the handlebar hands could be used in both modes. December
- Swords for Slash: Power of the Primes Slash lacks
weapons, so I made some rapiers for her from cocktail swords and sections of 5mm rod.
- Studio Series Jazz fix: While otherwise a very good toy,
Studio Series Jazz is really hard to get into vehicle mode without stuff forcing the
panels apart. My first attempt at fixing this focused on
the fact that the hips were pushing against the forearms, and this solution did work
at the price of ugly hips in robot mode. Shortly after posting this, someone finally
figured out and pointed out the roof peg problem. August and September 2018.
- Siege Starscream pin addition: It appears that Siege Starscream's chest was modified
late in the design stage to replace a pin with snap-on nubs, possibly as a cost-saving
measure. After having the chest fall off a bunch of times the first time I transformed
the toy, I decided to see if I could add a pin back in. Fortunately, I had steel rod in
the correct diameter as part of a scrap piece (scale flagpole, I think) I'd had in my
parts bin for ages. March 2019.
- Powertrain Fix: There's a minor assembly issue
that affects a lot of Powertrain copies (TF:Siege), this just points out one way
to fix it. August 2019.
- Scrapface adjustment: The renders of Scrapface looked pretty cool, with scarring
and stuff. But the final result left off the facial scar and made the chest scars almost
invisible. So I carved the scars with a Dremel, painted them in, and then did a lot of
other paint job improvement (made the rest less sloppy and added a bit, made the white
more of a light gray, added some metallic blue). I also Dremeled a gouge in the shield
and painted it with a scorch mark. May 2020.
- Accessory pack Optimus Prime: A 10mm tall tiny
Optimus Prime was included in the Centurion Drone's accessory pack, presumably for
use with the HasLab $600 Unicron that I have no interest in getting. It's too small
to drill a 2mm socket in the base for Titan Master posts, so I glued it to a Lego cap
piece and then painted it. December 2020.
- Netflix Bumblebee with 5mm roof socket added: While I rather like the VW Beetle
retool of the Earthrise Cliffjumper mold, it does lack one important thing: a roof
socket. They found a way to mount the bazooka in a sort of attack mode by lifting up
the rear section, but that won't help hold the accessory pack pistol. The plastic
is too thin for just drilling a hole, though, so first I reinforced it with Apoxie
Clay putty. I considered painting the chassis gold and calling this a Goldbug
mod, but too many painted parts need to scrape past each other. January 2021.
- Generations Selects G2 Megatron Mod: A simple but
pains-taking mod, adding a slot just wide enough to the "sword" of the mold to go
onto the backpack tab meant for securing vehicle mode together. January 2021.
- Core Class Kingdom Megatron tank barrel: A quick
alternate tank barrel for Core Class Megatron. The main barrel is a 5mm plastic
knitting needle segment, the muzzle is a slightly wider styrene tube bit that I
carved out a bit to (badly) accept 5mm peg Fire Blasts, and then I added a 3mm peg
on the side (a shaved down 1/8" rod bit) so it could store on back in robot mode.
The 3mm peg didn't take dye well and ended up blue, so I went over it with a Sharpie
in the hopes that that would soak in and not rub off. The other parts are just
as they emerged from the black dye pot. May 2021.
- Golden Disk Collection Jackpot mod: I just drilled a
3mm hole in the back of Jackpot's pistol so that it could attach to the barrel of
Sights in rifle mode, as per the Actionmaster toy so long ago. The joint holding
the barrel is a bit loose, so I cheated with some poster putty for the picture.
- Studio Series Exo-Suit Spike Witwicky: The merits of the mold aside, the actual
execution had two glaring flaws. One, the back of the head is hollow, and since the
helmet is clear all around, it's not like this is a hidden thing. Two, the face is
just painted over in flesh tone with no eyes or eyebrows, and that's just CREEPY.
So I filled in the head with putty and repainted the entire thing, including the
parts that needed to be white. I found a reasonably close match to the light blue
plastic and painted around the collar with that to make it pop. January 2023.
- 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.
- Legends Bumper: A Legends Bumblebee from
Thrilling 30, with a new head I sculpted to look like Bumper. I also removed
the spoiler and did some hole-filling. September 2014.
- G1 Bump: I got a third party Bumper toy named Bump
on clearance at BBTS, and decided to make it into Bump the armadillo from
BWNeo. I dyed the yellow plastic red, and resculpted the face. Here's a
comparison shot with the original Bump toy.
- Warpath's Tank Squad: Legends Warpath listed him as being a tank commander,
which implies tanks to command. So I scoured the Dollar Generals in town for
extra Legion class Megatron tanks, resculpted their faces with Apoxie Clay,
and dyed them different colors. July 2015.
- Fortress Maximums Gun: I scratchbuilt this gun from various stuff so that
Titans Return Fortress Maximus had something to wave around. I also found he could
hold onto a Dollar Tree lightsaber toy. July 2016.
- Titans Return Combiner Wars Channel: I took an Ironhide from Combiner Wars and a
Loudmouth from Titans Return and bashed them together into an update for my
perennial fan character Channel. I cut a socket in the neck for attaching a Titan
Master, and did some reshaping of the faceplate. September 2016.
- Fridged Solus Prime: Solus Prime, the only female
Prime, was killed off in order to motivate the male Primes to action. So, she was
"fridged" to use the comics parlance. I used styrene sheet and Apoxie Clay to
turn the front of the Octopunch Decoy Armor into a refrigerator door to concretize
the symbolism. August 2018.
- Nemesis Grime: A somewhat tasteless COVID-19 gag,
turning a spare Burgertron who I'd failed to dye a good brown into the evil
Viral Mean, Nemesis Grime. Actual coronavirii have more receptors, but I decided
to keep it simple. March 2020.
- Megatron MR Tank: Core Class Megatron (Kingdom)
modified into a member of the GUARD faction in Monsterpocalypse,
changing from something like an Exo-Armor into something like the MR Tank.
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
category. With the addition of Titans Return faceplates from Trent Troop's
Prize Inside, I started spending more money on Shapeways. I'm slowly expanding
to 3-D printing services other than Shapeways, though, so I've renamed the
Faceplates: Some of these are actually
modified official ones that I had leftover from other projects, but I want to keep
all the Titan Master/Prime Master modifications in one place, even the stuff that
might count as "Lesser Kitbashes". The Shapeways faces come from Trent Troop's
Prize Inside store.
- 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
- Titans Return Base Ramps by Andrusi: Recognizing a need for more ramp options
for the cityformers and the city-compatible Leaders in Titans Return, Andrusi made
a series of ramp add-ons. Example 1,
example 2. Not shown are four-way connectors, curved
ramps, Lego-interface pieces, and a reverser piece to help with the fact that
Fortress Maximus has mirror-flipped connectors in a few places. October 3016.
- Sir Missilepants: A corgi-bot who turns into
a missile launcher, like a more warlike version of the Rescue Bots Mini-Cons.
Designed by Trent Troop. I dyed it and then painted it. January 2017.
- Catling Gun: Another of Trent's creations on the
Prize Inside store. Dyeing didn't work well at all, so I ended up painting the
entire thing. The goal was to make it Brainstorm's partner. January 2017.
- Dispensor! I got Reprolabels to make a spare Rewind into Dispensor, the
Mountain Dew Machine Decepticon, but never got around to taking pictures. I wasn't
too happy with the head labels, though. But then Trent Troop created a set that
replaces the head entirely and gives him a can-non. September 2017.
- PotP Slash with feathers: Printed in Black Acrylate,
these give Slash proper feathery forelimbs. March 2018.
- PotP Cindersaur with feathers: Printed in Black
Professional Plastic, which isn't nearly as good as the old Black Acrylate (it's
definitely a thread-based print, and it's more ragged IMO). Painted purple and
yellow, the pictures are deceptive in this case...the color match isn't as good
as it looks. September 2018.
- AllSpark Cyber Planet Key:
The AllSpark.com logo as a Cyber Key, done in their translucent detail plastic. Here it is
just dyed before any paint.
- Browning "Decoy": Browning, the tiny companion Destron from
Masterforce, done up by Prize Inside in the style of a Decoy.
I ordered it in Gray Professional Plastic, which turns out to just be Black Professional
Plastic given a surface fuzziness. Even after scraping it all off, I couldn't get all the
lines to be as sharp as I'd like. In the future, Frosted Ultra Detail or nothing, I think.
- Overhaul: A Titans Return interpretation of the Cybertron character Overhaul.
This almost belongs in Lesser Kitbashes instead, given how much work I did
on the chest sculpting. More Prize Inside parts, specifically the Brushguard set of head and
claws. I did the chest launcher using a scrapbooking pearl sticker and lots of styrene bits,
and found that Tamiya clear red over silver does a decent job of looking like clear red
plastic. I picked the Brushguard set because I prefer a cleaner face over the "I will
be getting a beast mode later" tusks on the Overhaul toy. August 2019.
- Rodimus Stars: Prize Inside took their Rodimus Star design
and added a 3mm socket in back for use on Siege figures. I got 'em in clear detail plastic
and dyed them. The goal was a golden yellow, but the orange I mixed in was wayyyyy more
powerful than I expected. Doesn't Ironhide look proud of the honor bestowed upon him? I later
decided to use a Krylon Gold Leafing Pen to make one of them gold
(which required some moving the gold around with a pin since the marker wouldn't fit into the
crannies). August 2019.
- Metal Pendant: Technically the only "kitbashing" I did
here was to add a chain. It's a pendant variant available printed in metal, I went for polished
"gold" and I'm quite pleased with how well it turned out. I got this probably late 2019, I just
didn't take a picture of it until 2023.
- Ironworks Antenna: Made by Trent Troop on Shapeways in anticipation of Earthrise Ironworks,
I got and dyed mine well before Ironworks actually came out. October 2019.
- Cybertron Defense Hot Shot accessories: The Hasbro Selects retool of Siege Hound into an
homage to Cybertron Defense Hot Shot was pretty good, all things considered, but lacking
in terms of the accessories. Prize Inside stepped in and added the turret and combat knife.
- Robot Mode
- Vehicle Mode - With and without the turret guns popped up
in homage to the original toy's Cyber Planet Key gimmick.
- Nightbird Buzzsaws - One of her many "ninja tools" from
her one G1 appearance, designed by Prize Inside. I got them in the clear detail plastic
and dyed them yellow, then painted the non-blade parts gunmetal. June 2020.
- Cog with Bolster Shields - Another Prize Inside accessory,
energy shields based on those seen in the collectible card game. I just freed 'em from the
sprues and dyed 'em purple. After watching TF:Siege on Netflix, I figured Cog needed
these more than anyone else. August 2020.
- Airwave Missiles - From Prize Inside, shown on the robot
mode. (Due to a printing error, they don't stay well in place in base mode, I have
submitted a complaint after confirming it wasn't Trent's fault.) December 2020.
- Cheetor Shoes - Annoyed by how the tiny feet on the Cheetor mold looked and how
unstable the figure and its redecos/retools were, I commissioned Trent Troop (of Prize
Inside) to design some shoes for it These are the original designs, although some
lessons were learned (in part by breaking pieces, oops) that led to improvements
made in the version that would later go on Shapeways. Done in December 2021 and
- Screencap of the STL file
- Dyed shoes - This also shows how they look when stuck
onto the beast modes. While I suppose it's possible to design shoes that work in both
modes (maybe make them more like sandals so they could peg onto the hands on the
underside?) I don't really plan to display them attached in beast mode anyway. I thought
that perhaps the dye would be enough for black and yellow shoes, but I ended up needing
to paint them anyway.
- Silver Shoes - I preferred the look of silver for
Ravage and Shadow Panther. (And yes, I had Shadow Panther partially mistransformed, oops.)
- Black Shoes - A friend wanted black shoes for his
Shadow Panther, so I obliged. I might go ahead and redo mine black as well, since
Shadow Panther's extra silver on the lower legs calls out for contrast.
- Yellow Shoes - Yet another way in which I prefer
the Netflix Cheetor...I can match that toy's yellow reasonably well, but none of the
score of yellow paints I own match regular Cheetor's plastic.
- Knok and Skar backpacks - Designed by Ville Oivo on
Thingiverse, printed out locally on a string printer by a local TF fan. I'm not going
to be switching to string printed stuff myself any time soon, but it's better than it
used to be. February 2022.
- Rit Dyemore Tests - A set I got in 2017 in regular white plastic didn't have
enough detail for me to want to paint it, so it sat in the to do pile for a few years.
When I was told that I should add acetone when using Rit Dyemore on plastic, I decided
to go back and try my colors again. Results were...mixed. May 2022.
- 3mm Peg Fire Blasts - After War for Cybertron ended, they stopped being quite so
careful about making sure gun barrels were compatible with the Fire Blasts from that
series. So I decided to commission some designs that could fit into the 3mm sockets
that were becoming more common, based on G1-style animation blasts.
- Undyed on sprue, plus dyed orange - I ordered them
in polished clear fine detail, and while it wasn't obvious before dyeing, one side
turned out to not be very polished after all and I had to scrape off the gunk and hit
it with the polisher head. January 2023.
- Three more sets in other colors - I tried clearing
off the less-polished side before dyeing, but had to polish after dyeing anyway.
- Earth Planet Key - A local friend of mine hits
MakerSpaces and sometimes gives me copies of 3D printed stuff he got there. This one
was fine-detailed enough to be worth trying to paint up, so I dyed it blue, then chromed
it with a liquid chrome marker and used Tamiya clear blue to sort of fake being clear
plastic (it looks a little better in person than in this pic). I think this might be
the design Matt Ignash has up on Shapeways, dunno if this was an authorized use or not
(piracy kinda happens in the 3D printing culture...you can pirate a car now, if only
a toy one). February 2023.
- Pharma: Part of an IDW grab bag quartet I bought early on, I chose this for my
initial experiments. It turned out to be too thin, so the screw started to come out
the nose. At this point, I can no longer find it, oops. July 2016.
- Unpainted test: Just seeing if it would fit at all.
- Painted: The level of detail was kinda low, even
ignoring the nose issue. I may eventually order another one in ultra-detail.
- Headmaster: I got the two-pack with both G1-style and TF:Animated style, with the
goal of replacing Sentinel Prime's head. I ordered it in Frosted Ultra Detail, so it
looks better in details. Less good-looking is the dye job I tried on the figure
itself. August and September 2015.
- Titan Master Tarn: A spare Apeface body, with a Tarn
faceplate. Tarn is the leader of the Decepticon Justice Division in the IDW comics.
I tried panel lining things a bit, more detail than I usually put into
the faceplates. July 2017.
- Titan Master Aileron: A character from the IDW comics, a fresh-faced young lass
from Victorion's homeworld of Caminus. I used a spare Overboard for this, not just
doing the Titan Master, but also painting up the "transtector" in Aileron's colors.
- Titan Master Nemesis Leo: Sawback but with the
leftover Sentinel Prime faceplate. I wanted to just simplify this by dyeing stuff,
but the yellow plastic didn't take dye at all. Sigh. Based on the various Nemesis decos.
- Titan Master Rung: Last of the IDW pack of faceplates
(Pharma, Aileron, Tarn being the others), on a Ptero body that I tried dyeing a more
appropriate color scheme. I got a weird "gold swirl" effect that I kinda liked once
it stopped being sticky. August 2017.
- Titans Return Brachio: A Shuffler significantly remolded with putty to be a
brachiosaur rather than an elephant, and I made the face look a little more like
Sludge (who I was unaware would get a Power of the Primes toy). I used Molotow
chrome on some parts. September 2017.
- Power of the Primes Cloudburst: The first wave of
Prime Masters used pins rather than screws, presenting a challenge to my plans to
replace the Prime plates with faceplates that go with the Decoy Armor's character.
But I managed it. Unfortunately, I didn't check for fit before painting, and the
Prime Master no longer fits inside the Decoy Armor. January 2018.
- Prime Masters Metalhawk and Skullgrin: Removing the
pins was easier the second time around, although I did put off this project for a while
as other stuff occupied my crafting table. Vector Prime and Liege Maximo with
replacement faceplates, and this time I made sure I could fit them into the Decoy
Armors (no photos of that, there's nothing really visible of the faceplates when the
figure is inside the armor). I deliberately kept it simple for these. April 2018.
- Prime Master Submarauder: Last of the four-pack of
faceplates I got for PotP from Prize Inside. Submarauder's inner robot Alchemist
Prime is a very poor fit color-wise, due to how the G1 Pretender shell and inner robot
had radically different colors (also a problem with Alpha Trion/Landmine). Despite a
lot of paint mixing, I didn't quite manage to match the blue color, but I got close.
- Titan/Prime Master display idea: Lego works
surprisingly well for this. April 2018.
- Version 2: A bigger version based on a 16x16 stud
plate (obtained at Dollar Tree), using 16x4 plates and 16x2 plates (obtained on
Bricklink), plus an 8x4 plate for a Titan Master with vehicle. There's room for a
third row, but I don't have enough to require that yet. A 2-stack of 1x1 square
stud pieces under each front corner to let it stand on its own. May 2018.
- Titan Master Override: The character from Cybertron,
as a faceplate. I painted this up more than usual, since there was no real way to get
a car for her. April 2018.
- Titans Return Rescue Bots "Graduates": More "grown up" versions of the Rescue
Bots main four, with varying levels of vehicle modding and Special Edition color
jobs. April 2018.
- Stealth Boulder: Another Shuffler spare. I couldn't
dye the purple parts green, but I figured I could make them black and make the tan
parts green. Unfortunately, the green came out pretty dark, so I decided to go with
a tongue in cheek stealth concept. And yes, more hazard stripes.
- Shiny Chase: Rather than try to tone down the metallic
look of the Nightbeat figure I used as a base, I went for Shiny Chase. No mods to
- Heatwave: Used my last Ptero for this, but decided to
not try to give him a vehicle.
- Blades: Sawback body, and I tried dyeing a Ptero vehicle
more orange for him, but it didn't take.
- Studio Series Thundercracker: I like the Studio Series Thundercracker well enough,
but I don't like the insectile movie head, and I wasn't keen on the odd gray parts in
the wings. So I ordered a G1 cartoon Thundercracker faceplate and dyed a spare
Fangry body black. May 2018.
- Paradron Medic: G1 Arcee face on Teslor, for a friend's
project to make a spare Brainstorm into Paradron Medic. While the animation model for
Paradron Medic has a pink face (and is therefore nearly the same as Arcee), we went
with a pale teal face. I decided to add glowing eyes. September 2018.
- Titan Master Cheetor: A Prize Inside Cheetor faceplate
on Nightbeat's body, with a repainted Razorback lion body. He got a slight species
change along the way. July 2019.
- Prime Master Bludgeon: Another Prize Inside faceplate,
turning Quintus Prime into a proper Bludgeon. July 2019.
- Prime Master Bomb-Burst: Trent didn't have this face
or the next one, so I got Steam Shield's Bomb-Burst face to convert Prime Master
Megatronus. Steam Shield wasn't as careful about making sure the Prime Masters with
the new faces would fit inside the Decoy Armors, but fortunately I was paranoid
enough about the matter to check before painting, so I could file it down. July 2019.
- Prime Master Landmine: Another Steam Shield faceplate,
turning Prime Master Alpha Trion into Landmine. Also needed filing. July 2019.
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