Alex Jones (aka Orion Pax)’s Transformers just keep coming! This has made the Elves very happy of course, as they now get to watch Transformers cartoons.
Following his previous appearances here at The Lego Car Blog in December and October of last year, Alex has constructed another swathe of transforming Autobot and Deception vehicles, from cranes and dump trucks to fighter jets and pick-ups. Each looks brilliant in both robot and vehicle modes, and can switch between the two by engineering so clever it makes our heads hurt.
We’re also re-featuring Alex’s amazing Optimus Prime build, as he’s now uploaded an image of the model in ‘roller base’ form, with more vehicles hidden inside!
You can see more of the awesome Optimus Prime build at Alex’s photostream, where you can also find the rest of his incredible Transformers back-catalogue. Click the link above to see more than meets the eye.
The Elves are in a very buoyant mood today! Flickr’s Alex Jones (aka Orion Pax) has been uploading Transformers builds and such a prodigious rate that we’ve been handing out meal tokens like Smarties. And we’ve also been handing out Smarties.
These are a sample of some of his latest Autobot and Decepticon creations, following the first tranche we published here a month or so ago. Each is beautifully built and presented, transforms through some sort of magic, and can be seen – alongside a raft of other equally awesome Transformers builds not shown here – at Alex’s photostream.
It’s a happy day for the Elves here at TLCB Towers as a number of them found these brilliant Transformers Autobots by Flickr’s Alex Jones (aka Orion Pax). Normally this would have led to an Elf fight, but in a rare moment of Elven cooperation they approached us with their finds collectively, in the hope that Transformers cartoons would be played. Their peaceful approach has been rewarded, with the discovering Elves duly awarded a meal token each and all Elves here at the Towers now contentedly watching Transformers cartoons. You can thank Alex for the harmony via the link above, where you can find his excellent transforming Ironhide, Cosmos, Powerglide, Mirage, Hoist, Jazz, Blaster, and Bumblebee Autobots.
Before Michael Bay, Megan Fox and General Motors sponsorship, Bumblebee wasn’t a Camaro. He was in fact a humble Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle, a car that regular bloggee Ralph Savelsberg aka Mad Physicist recreated beautifully some years ago. Using – we assume – magic, Ralph has now turned his original (and perfect) Beetle design into a fully transforming Bumblebee autobot. Take a look at the scarcely-believable image below and then join us in amazement at Ralph’s photostream by clicking here.
Chibiformers. Another weird internet-based trend of which we know absolutely nothing. Still, despite our ineptitude when it comes to any nerdy fad, we do rather like these two neat ‘Chibi’ Transformers from TLCB debutant Hoyin Lau. Each model cleverly transforms between truck and robot mode, and there’s more to see of each build in both modes at Hoyin’s photostream via the link in the text above.
*Yes, we’re still at the musical puns for blog post titles. This one was a bit of a stretch…
It’s been a while since we let the Elves watch a Transformers movie. This is partly because they’ve not found much in the way of Transformers-related builds, but mostly because after the abomination of ‘Transformers 4 – Age of Extinction’ we just couldn’t stomach any more Michael Bay directed nonsense.
Today though, we’ve relented, because one of their number returned with this cache of superb fully Transformable Autobots courtesy of Alex Jones aka Orion Pax.
Each creation is an ingenious work of art, and you can now build them for yourself, as Alex has released a new book containing step-by-step building instructions! There’s more to see via the link above, where you can also find a link to Amazon where Alex’s book is available to buy.
This is a GMC c4500 Kodiak Topkick, a vehicle which normally serves as medium-duty truck, but which was also available in the mid 2000s in an enormous, ridiculous, and scarcely believable pick-up truck configuration.
Powered by a 300bhp V8, featuring an 8ft load bed, and appearing in the Transformers movie franchise as Autobot ‘Ironside’, the pick-up Kodiak is the perfect vehicle for gun-toting, climate change denying, Muslim-fearing neanderthals, and we absolutely hate it.
However, this patriotically-pictured Lego version of one of the world’s most pointless vehicles is a rather nice build, and it features an opening hood, four opening doors, plus a detailed interior and chassis. It’s the work of Flickr’s VR Workshop and you can check out all of the images via the link, whilst we try to find a Lego Nissan Leaf or Toyota Prius to balance things out.
What if Optimus Prime was really, really cute. We’ll he’d look bit something like this, Sam C.‘s diddy ‘Chibi-Prime’. Sam’s tiny Transformer really transforms too, and he joins a few other Chibi-Formers at Sam’s photostream. Click the link above to take a peek.
…are about to get a lot more interesting! This ingenious Transformer comes from Flickr’s RGB900 and looks killer in both car and robot modes. Lucky the police have got a few tricks up their sleeves too, with the result likely to be a giant robot death match at the end of every car chase. The Elves, connoisseurs of ‘World Wildest Police Chase’ type programmes (and with a well-documented love of Transformers), are very excited.
There’s more to see of each of RGB’s builds at his Flickr photostream, which includes photos of the seriously clever transformation process used to turn a 6-wide sports car into bipedal robot. Click the link above to make the jump to the full gallery.
It’s been a while since TLCB Elves have been allowed to watch Transformers cartoons, but today one Elf is a hero amongst his peers for finding this, Joe Perez (aka MortalSwordsman)’s fiendishly clever recreation of 1984’s ‘Sideswipe’.
In car mode Sideswipe is the poster car for the 1970s; Lamborghini’s actually quite rubbish – but nevertheless iconic – Countach. Lambo’s be-winged V12 supercar is not an easy thing to create from Lego, and is even less so when it needs to reform as an alien robot.
Joe’s brain is a much bigger than the average one in TLCB Towers though, and as such his Sideswipe model transforms beautifully from Countach to robot, and looks superb in either mode. There’s more to see at his photostream on Flickr – click the link above to roll out.
It’s been a while since one of our Elves returned with a Transformers-based creation. Previous bloggee MortalSwordsman helps to break the duck with his wonderful Nemesis Prime (the evil twin of Optimus apparently) transformable truck. Looking formidable in both truck and robot modes Mortal’s latest build employs some ingenious brick-wizardry to enable its slick transformation. See more on Flickr at the link above.
We don’t understand sci-fi here at TLCB, but we do understand good building, so here – despite us having no subject knowledge at all – are three sci-fi builds of much goodness.
First up is Dead Frog inc.‘s expertly engineered unofficial excavator Transformer that really, er.. transforms. There’s more to see on Flickr – click the link above to check it out.
Next up is another original design spun from a well-known nerdy franchise. Chris Maddison‘s ‘Incom T-47 Advanced Snowspeeder’ has been built to fit into the Star Wars universe, and it looks seriously swooshable. You can make the jump to see more via the link above.
Our third and final sci-fi build comes from Flickr’s Horcik Designs, and what his VTOL dropship lacks in swooshability (it is a word…), it more than makes up for with menace. Click the link above to visit Horcik’s phototream for more.
As we have previously noted here, here, here, and here (oh, and here), The Lego Car Blog Elves love Transformers. Well actually they love the noise, violence and explosions of the films and have established a small shrine to Megan Fox behind the photocopier. Both they and we couldn’t resist this cute, Chibi-Bee from Sam Cheng on Flickr. The car mode looks great, with some NPU of silver bars on the bonnet and the robot mode is extremely cute, with its bewildered cross-eyes and banana ears. All of this happy cuteness put us in mind of this song.
The Elves are beyond excited today. This incredible recreation of Transformers’ Optimus Prime is the work of TLCB regular, TLCB Master MOCer and Brothers Bricker Ralph Savelsberg (aka Mad Physicist). As is always the case with Ralph’s creations, the detailing in his latest build is extraordinary, but what’s scarcely believable is that this incredibly life-like truck can really transform. Because Ralph is a wizard.
Much witchcraft and magic later and Ralph’s Optimus Prime truck looks a little different, to the delight of our Elvish workforce. You can see more of Optimus in both his brilliant forms, plus a few images showing a little of how the amazing transformation takes place, at Ralph’s Flickr photostream. Click the link and join us in wonder.