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@  unluckiness : (22 July 2019 - 07:20 AM)

At least I can see where the 600 US bucks is going in this case. The MP line looks more ridiculous by the day.

@  Maximus Ambus : (22 July 2019 - 07:09 AM)

It's ridiculous. I'll stick to Armadacron

@  unluckiness : (22 July 2019 - 06:13 AM)

If anything, shipping is going to make the actual toy's price look affordable.

@  Pennpenn : (22 July 2019 - 02:28 AM)

Its like, $550 ish in US money (so probably about $800 for my Australian self) and is taller than TR Fort Max. He's gonna be a hefty boy.

@  TM2-Megatron : (21 July 2019 - 10:05 PM)

Damn, that Unicron looks big. Not gonna be cheap

@  wonko the sane? : (21 July 2019 - 09:09 PM)

"By the way, your landlord called. Something about being late with the rent."

@  Nevermore : (21 July 2019 - 04:09 PM)

"Hi there, I'm Unicron. Your husband ordered me."

@  unluckiness : (21 July 2019 - 09:04 AM)

"Perhaps I misjudged you. Proceed on your way to the couch."

@  Donocropolis : (21 July 2019 - 07:33 AM)

I'm just afraid of what my wife would do to me if it showed up at our door.

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 July 2019 - 01:23 AM)

Giant Robot Satan has that effect on people.

@  Ashley : (21 July 2019 - 12:31 AM)

So, I might not be able to get Hasbro Pulse Unicron because my mother is afraid of it

@  Pennpenn : (20 July 2019 - 09:58 PM)

But that's neither here nor there.

@  TheMightyMol... : (20 July 2019 - 06:57 PM)

Six of one, half-dozen of the other.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 July 2019 - 05:13 PM)

Both maybe?

@  Benbot : (20 July 2019 - 04:44 PM)

Do you need a criminal lawyer or a criminal, lawyer.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (20 July 2019 - 10:40 AM)

I don't suppose the allspark has any criminal lawyers from Georgia. ;P

@  NotVeryKnightly : (19 July 2019 - 01:17 PM)

It seems like, with these kind of things, anything not TF-specific is either in an existing thread or just not discussed since they're not part of something deemed important enough to get its own thread already.

@  Benbot : (19 July 2019 - 12:45 PM)

Yeah, but it's for Transformers specifically

@  Gryllid : (19 July 2019 - 12:39 PM)

There is. It's called "SDCC 2019 thread"

@  Benbot : (19 July 2019 - 12:24 PM)

no general SDCC thread?

@  Benbot : (19 July 2019 - 12:08 PM)

I never even bothered to see it.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 July 2019 - 10:30 AM)

O never hated it, the whole thing was an Indiana Jones movie. I didn't care for the CGI, but that's just nature of the beast.

@  Paladin : (19 July 2019 - 07:58 AM)

sidebar- has enough time passed that we can stop irrationally hating "Crystal Skull" yet?

@  Telly : (18 July 2019 - 09:18 PM)

after 38 years and i dont know how many viewings, today is the first time i noticed indiana jones doesnt use a revolver in the bar fight in raiders...

@  Kalidor : (18 July 2019 - 05:33 PM)

@Sabrblade Depends on when you're here. I used to have the backups happen once daily, now I have them happen once per hour so you might often see a hesitation at the top of every hour for 30-45 seconds.

@  Locoman : (18 July 2019 - 05:11 PM)

isn't that just Modern Family

@  Foffy : (18 July 2019 - 04:45 PM)

that's right. my gym teacher is a clown. new series coming to disney channel next fall

@  Foffy : (18 July 2019 - 04:44 PM)

all these clowns are making me run really fast.

@  Sabrblade : (18 July 2019 - 12:10 PM)

All this awesome SDCC news is really making these boards run slowly.

@  Bass X0 : (18 July 2019 - 07:54 AM)

Racism must be stopped. No matter the cost.

@  MEDdMI : (18 July 2019 - 07:49 AM)

Tine to stop buttering it up.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (17 July 2019 - 09:43 PM)

Well shucks.

@  ▲ndrusi : (17 July 2019 - 08:14 PM)

The joke is a husk of its former self.

@  Paladin : (17 July 2019 - 01:15 PM)


@  Shrug : (17 July 2019 - 10:15 AM)

Something something... corn bread?

@  MEDdMI : (17 July 2019 - 07:21 AM)

Ok, ok. Enough of the puns and let's all thank Kal for the amaizeing job he did.

@  Paladin : (17 July 2019 - 06:24 AM)

by now I think this jokes' been creamed.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2019 - 03:31 AM)

The kernel.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2019 - 03:31 AM)

Who gives the orders in cybernetic warfare?

@  unluckiness : (16 July 2019 - 09:59 PM)

Zea mays

@  Xellos : (16 July 2019 - 09:53 PM)

Isn't that a kernel of truth.

@  Paladin : (16 July 2019 - 08:43 PM)

huh. suddenly the Squawk is popping.

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 July 2019 - 07:47 PM)

Not placing much stalk in this conversation.

@  Nevermore : (16 July 2019 - 06:22 PM)

That's so corny.

@  Shrug : (16 July 2019 - 06:07 PM)

It's absurd how happy I am that a post of mine made the front page of Reddit.

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 July 2019 - 05:46 PM)

Aww, shucks.

@  TriBlurr : (16 July 2019 - 05:45 PM)

Not till I taste the corn

@  Kalidor : (16 July 2019 - 05:43 PM)

You guys aren't being very nice. You're supposed to tell me I did "good, really good!"

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 July 2019 - 05:40 PM)

Just don't go beyond the rows.

@  Patch : (16 July 2019 - 05:39 PM)

Left over from the failed Beast Machines sequel, Beast Farmers

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Combiner Wars / POTP PACKRAT

Repaint Modification

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 09:45 AM

Back when FunPub had the Subscription Service we were given a reimagining of the classic Botcon toy Fractyl as a combiner limb with a jet alt mode. Personally I always felt his Set Mate should have been given the same treatment. Sure, Packrat was present in Most Wanted... but I wanted a combiner limb.
The choice of alt mode was easy. Rattrap was a motorcycle in Dawn of Future's Past... but I didn't want to use Ransack. And unfortunately for me I completely missed out on Groove. 
Enter POTP Wreck Gar.
In the States he's a Walgreen's exclusive but here in Canada its EBGames who carries him. And sure enough the 1st EB I went to had multiples so I bought 2: one to keep as Wreck Gar and one to modify. I then planned on getting a loose generations Rattrap for parts as I intended to use the head and the arms.
But when  I got home I fell on 2 obstacles. First the arms as they use different sizes ball joints and also as Wreck Gar's arm houses the kickstand. Ok forget the arms I'll just repaint them. But the 2nd problem I cant ignore: the head. Wreck Gar uses a balljoint but Rattrap is on a mushroom peg. No head, no dice.
So I opted for the solution I used for my Dragnet custom I did all those years ago: I made a green stuff cast of Rattrap's head.
First I applied vegetable oil on Rattrap's face to ensure the green stuff wouldn't stick to it, then pushed a glob of Green Stuff on the face. Let that cure overnight.
With that done I repeated the procedure the next day but on the back of the head. The following day I had my mold's 2 parts: front and back.
Having my mold the next step was to make sure it would fit on the balljoint. Removing Wreck Gar's head, I once again used veggie oil to prevent stickage and then filled my mold with more green stuff, then sticking the thing on the balljoint. Let it cure one day again, then I un-molded. There we go: a Packrat head fitting the Wreck Gar balljoint.
OK so we're ready to start for real now! I opted to base the color scheme on the Transmetal version as this is a vehicle - but still wanted to keep SOME elements of the original, which were carried over to the Most Wanted version. 1st the head: I wanted the head to be mostly blue (like the original) but with a green "cap" like the transmetal toy. For the arms I opted to replicate the "blue forearms/gold hands" the original had, so just a coat of blue while leaving the hands unpainted worked.
One thing I REALLY wanted to replicate was the vacuum metalized look of the transmetal toy, and I had a method. Using Cheetimus's technique of painting headlights, I adapted that to larger surfaces. I used the wheels as a test 1st. So I spray painted the wheels with my silver paint (the same can I use for my SG Dinobots) and after, gave the thing a generous layer of clear blue. After 2 layers of blue I basically achieved the effect. (Fun fact: in the picture of the painted head 2 images above this paragraph you can see the back piece in silver, awaiting its 1st coat of clear blue)
Now we're getting somewhere. I painted the entire back torso in this method but the front needed something more. To evoke the transmetal version I gave him a gray chest but painted the left "pectoral" green to match the green panel on the transmetal toy.
Moving on, I painted the lower legs using the same method (man I never used so much clear blue before), but gave the biceps and thighs a light grey color. I opted for green for the feet as when in vehicle mode, these would match the green panels on the back of packrat's beast mode.
So all that's left is the windshield! Using masking tape I covered all the clear parts and gave it the silver spray treatment. Then of course I gave it a couple clear blue coats, and replaced the autobot symbol with a maximal one. Just need to reassemble the sucker!!
So there we have it, COMBINER WARS/POTP PACKRAT! My Fractyl  now has his counterpart. All in all this took me 2 weeks working on and off on this. Getting the blues to match was tough but I'm pleased with the result. The windshield looks a bit "frosted" due to the sealant I used but I don't mind. The clear paint makes the joints EXTREMELY tight so I wont transform him too often but he'll join the rest of my pre-Beast Wars cast on the shelf. Woohoo!!!

Edited by Devcon, 11 September 2018 - 12:50 PM.

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 12:37 PM

That is impressive work and an impressively good!

Kudos Devcon!



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Posted 11 September 2018 - 05:36 PM

That's like the best looking "transmetal" painjob I've ever seen. Good Job man.


wow, that's impressive. 


I love when details like the hands here - just workout when doing a custom. 


also the Headmold you did is loads better than most of the botcon stuff I've seen XD 


thanks for not adding the gross yellow sideburns from the transmetal toy btw 

Edited by Destron D-69, 11 September 2018 - 05:37 PM.

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 08:46 PM

That is some truly incredible work you've done here, Devcon. The colors and paint applications on Packrat look fantastic.




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