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!
I can’t think of anyone would be a fan of Barricade. Wait, what. Barricade, who? Well, that would be the villain aka Decepticons from the first Transformers movie. Barricade was first seen in 2007 sci-fi/fantasy flick and oh yeah, it was that menacing police car that relentless pursuit Sam Witwicky, otherwise known as his eBay handle LadiesMan217, about a pair of antique glasses he was trying to sell on eBay. Yes. That car. So now for the news. If you are fan, then you’d be glad that he will be making a come back in the next robots in disguise movie, Transformers: The Last Knight and thanks to actor Josh Duhamel (who reprises the role of William Lennox, now as a Lt. Colonel apparently), who tweeted an image of the said vehicle. Continue reading This Image Of The New Decepticons Barricade Tells Us He Is One Bad Cop
A bumblebee will always be a bumblebee. It can never be a hornet. What I am trying to say is, in the case of Transformers, the organic transforming robot hero Bumblebee can never be a Prime. He is like a serious workhorse, a loyal follower of the good who can be pretty immature at times (we’re talking about the Michael Bay’s version of Transformers here, in case you are lost at this point). But that does not mean we can’t dream of the ‘what if’ and in this instance, it’s the what if Bumblebee rise through the ranks and takes on the Matrix of Leadership i.e. becomes a Prime? Continue reading Someone Turned Transformers Bumblebee Into A Prime And It Looks Awesome
Lesson of the day: Do not sneer at sci-fi movies no matter how ridiculous the ideas might be. Why? Because, it might just turned into reality in your lifetime. Such is the case with Transformers, which is widely considered as mechanically impossible, or is it? Maybe not. Japanese inventors Kenji Ishida and Wataru Yoshizaki of Brave Robotics and Asratec, respectively, have created a real working Transformers robot that can actually autonomously transform from a car to a robot and vice versa, albeit at a much, much slower rate and without the snazzy, complex mechanical-sounding noises when transforming, but hey, it is a good start, right? The coolest part is, it doesn’t just transform; It can actually walk and drive in their respective modes. Continue reading Japanese Inventors Created a Real Working Transformers Robot
the classic Optimus Prime sheds its red/blue with flame design as part of the Transformers x A Bathing Ape 2014 Capsule Collection, which was announced to coincide with the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction in Japan on August 8, which is kind of weird that the the collaboration did not base on the silverscreen version of Transformers. perhaps, old school is more in favor in Japan? that said, this Capsule Collection may not necessary appeal to new found fans of Transformers. anyways, the Prime here is known as Transformers MP-10 Convoy Bape Version, which sees Optimus Prime garbed in A Bathing Ape green, accented with the Japanese street wear brand’s signature camo pattern in green, which in our humble opinion, looks way more sleek than the original red/blue prime mover. the toy here, is of course, based on Japanese toy company TOMY’s classic Prime figure, which you may have already see in some of your local toy stores. Continue reading This Is Optimus Prime Souped Up By A Bathing Ape And It Looks Awesome