Almost 4 years ago, we were thrilled by J-Deite when it unveiled a scale car that was able to transform into a robot and vice versa. What made J-Deite Quarter, as it was called, unique was, it is actually mobile like a real car and it was able to walk as a biped machine when in robot form. The goal was to create a full-size model by 2020. Fast forward to today, it looks like the folks behind it, Brave Robotics and Asratec, are on track to realizing this dream. Continue reading J-Deite Unveiled Full-size, Drivable And Walkable Transformers Robot
If you really think about it. Transformers’ Optimus Prime is kind of lame. I mean, he is the leader of the Autobot, but look at him. He is only but a prime mover, AKA semi, which is hardly intimidating, really. A Filipino-American artist, Don Figueroa, probably thought the same when he reimagined Optimus Prime into a Rolling Thunder Optimus Prime for a Transformers/G.I. Joe crossover comic. Not only Don’s Prime won’t be so lame, it will now strike fear in his enemies both as a robot and as a vehicle. Man, look at those weapon system! Who needs to throw punches anymore? Continue reading Custom LEGO Rolling Thunder Optimus Prime Needs To Be A LEGO Set Now!
So, you think transforming Transformers toys are cool? Wait till you see one that transforms without you manually going through 15 head-scratching steps to turn from a vehicle to a robot and vice versa. Apparently, a Beijing-based robotic/toy company called Senpower has developed R/C Transformers toys that can transform themselves. Yup. You heard that right. Automatic transforming Transformers. Sounds like a gargantuan task, you say? But really it is not. Already there are folks who make real car transforms into a robot, I am sure toys are totally doable too. Continue reading Auto Transforming R/C Transformers Toys Need To Happen, Like, Right Now
In this week’s “don’t say we did not tell you,” Hasbro’s Transformers Platinum Edition Trypticon Figure is now on sale on Amazon, priced at $120.21. It is not exactly a fire-sale sticker, but considering that it originally cost $169.99, you are getting quite a saving of nearly 50 bucks. Top that off with free shipping deal, any Transformers nuts who hasn’t own this should really consider bagging this. However, do not confuse this with the new Titans Return Trypticon Figure announced earlier this year. The Transformers Platinum Edition Trypticon Figure now discount on Amazon is a reissue Trypticon offered as a Platinum release. But that’s all the more reason to grab one since this is consider the original design, the icon that started all, well, at least it is as far as Trypticon is concerned. Continue reading Hasbro Transformers Platinum Edition Trypticon On Sale For Almost $50 Less
If you visit Asia, you find a lot of interesting knock off toys and among them, was an interesting take of Transformers. Usually it comes as a battery-operated toy car that transforms into a rolling robot at some point as it travel. It was based on this toy which he came across during a visit to Singapore, Gennadi Kocherga toyed with the idea of a real life robot-transforming car and as you can see, you can’t say he did not succeed. Gennadi worked with his son to turn an infamously lacklustre Russian-made LADA VAZ-2110 into one that transforms into a robot while still remain drivable. I bet you will never look at a LADA the same way again. Continue reading Father And Son Turn A LADA Into A Transformers That Shoots Real Guns
Yes. There is a ‘transforming’ Xiaomi tablet, but it is not kind of transformer tablet you may have imagined. It’s a toy, which is what makes it so interesting. Seriously, I don’t know how we managed to miss this exciting news when it was out last year. But hey, you know what they say? It’s better late than never. Anyways, last year, U.S. toy giant Hasbro and China handset maker Xiaomi jointly released a toy inspired by the iconic Decepticon robot, Soundwave, from the Transformers franchise. Kids of the eighties will remember Soundwave as the robot that masquerade as a cassette tape recorder that commands a bunch of cassette tape robot minions. Continue reading Did You Know Xiaomi Has A Tablet That Is Also A Transformers Robot?
If there’s one thing about the good’ol Transformers, i.e. the 80s cartoon variety, which boggles my mind is how the heck the huge-ass Decepticon, the equivalent of Autobot’s Metroplex, Trypticon, is not a human-like robot but a dinosaur (specifically, a T-rex)? This question lingered in my mind for quite sometime and gradually took a backseat until recent when we heard Hasbro has announced a new version of the good’ol classic Trypticon and man, does it look awesome. I’d be lying if I say I weren’t stoked. Targeted to be released this Fall, this $149.99 Decepticon monstrosity is not nearly as enormous as the Metroplex (that thing stands 2 feet tall!), coming in at 20 inches tall and 9 inches wide in Dino mode, and 36 inches across, 30 inches long, and 16 inches tall as a city. Continue reading New Hasbro Transformers Decepticon City Action Figure Is 20 Inches Huge!
No, that’s not a pre-CGI-skinned Optimus Prime – that’s Caron Arnold, creative director of St. Louis-based marketing agency, Fusion Marketing, behind the costume she made using only Amazon Prime boxes. How fitting! You know, Amazon Prime and Optimus Prime? Get it? Get it? Anywho, with the Amazon Prime boxes she has amassed over god-knows-for-how-long and those contributed by her colleagues, Caron cobbled up this strangely attractive costume which bagged her the best Halloween costume contest in her office. Of course, why wouldn’t she win? It is a freaking Prime and Prime always win! But we are baffled by why would anyone keep those boxes around after retrieving the contents and also obviously, she has quite a bit of orders coming from Amazon. Continue reading Of Course Optimus Amazon Prime Costume Is A Win Because, Prime
Good news! Transformers is very real! And the not so good news is, while the transforming BMW coupe, called Letrons, you see here does transform like the movies’ Transformers with sound effect to boot, it can’t walk like bipeds do and it isn’t very much articulated either – saved for the servo-powered rotating wrist, head and moveable fingers, and actuators-powered arms. However, that does not detract its awesome. In Earthly terms, the ability to transform into a robot and still look like a real car that actually drives is in itself an engineering feat. Continue reading Turkey Company Turned A BMW Into A Real-life, Transforming Transformers
LEGO Digital Designer has come a long way. The last time I used it, I thought simple LEGO set is all it can do and to be honest, I have absolutely no idea it is capable of building exceedingly complex projects such as the one you see here, the T-Rex Grimlock, the leader of the Dinobots straight out from the movie, Transformers 4: Age of Extinction. I am a huge fan of complex LEGO sets and this 4,410 pieces LEGO Technic set sure tickles my fancy (like a lot), but alas, to my dismay, it ain’t a real set. It is not even a one-off set; it is a virtual LEGO set created by Flickr user Nicola Stocchi. Damn it, Nicola Stocchi for creating such a beautiful Transformers Grimlock which I couldn’t stop dreaming about it since I first laid eyes on it a couple of months ago. Continue reading Digitally Rendered LEGO Transformers T-Rex Grimlock Have To Be Made!