Woah... what a year! I think year 2018 is my most productive yet so far, when it comes to total number of LEGO Transformers I managed to churn out. Let me chronicle my 2018 LEGO adventures in groups rather than chronologically...
In G1 Transformers, Targetmasters are robots paired with aliens-that-looked-like-humans , where the latter turned into weapons for the robot to use . However, I skipped implementing the Targetmaster feature for my 3 LEGO TF here. Instead each robot were given a generic rifle each.
Misfire, made waaay back).
Dragon Boat and Sewing Machine/Stitchmaster
On the very first day of 2018, I made a prototype of a pretty ancient Transformers using LEGO. Few days later.. I was invited to participate in a Chinese New Year themed LEGO Exhibition at a local mall, featuring scenes and diorama of traditional Chinese towns and villages. I took the challenge, and this Dragon Boat Transformer is born 2 weeks later! (official photo gallery here). Then, I was itching to open a LEGO set to play around actually (and harvest the parts for my own creation). The timing is just right to unbox this set below to help finish my Dragon Boat:
And as for Stitchmaster (Photo Gallery here) , the sewing machine Transformer... it's a June challenge I accepted in a FB LEGO TF group to build Transformers that turned into home appliances. I actually spent the first few weeks of June 2018 attempting an oven but failed. Finally I was able to get my groove on and Stitchmaster was completed within the last 5 days of June.
Pop Culture Vehicle Robots
Both the Transformers above are outcomes from the challenges in a LEGO TF Discord group where I am a member of. For more photos...
- April 2018: Chrono Swindler transforms into a Back to the Future De Lorean
- Aug 2018: BlackJAC transforms into a Batman-vs-Superman Batmobile
April 2018 is the Month of Pacific Rim:Uprising movie! So I hopped on the bandwagon and got my hands "dirty" and ended up with not just one Jaeger, but three! These were my contributions to a challenge for an FB group for LEGO Mechas.
I love to be surprised as well as surprise people. Instead of just building 3 independent Jaegers, I made them combine into a super Jaeger! For more photos and to find out why he's named MerDeCha, click on the link below:
I love G1 Transformers that turned into base mode and Overlord ranks pretty high on my list as favorites. My project LEGO Overlord started months before year 2018 and was 90% completed in the beginning of 2018. Then it suffered from "development hell" for the most of this year. I'm not sure why I put it on hold...maybe it's the many "sudden" projects I took up and inspired to build the whole year through.
Finally I completed Overlord by September this year. The link below will show you more photos of the 2 major components that merge to become Overlord:
Now this project suffers from "publishing hell" ! I can't seem to find time this year to snap photos of his long awaited robot and base mode ! However.. I shall make it a point to put this to a closure by end of January 2019.
The Giraffe Transformer is , once again..a FB group challenge to build a Beast Wars character. Actually I'm not a fan of Beast Wars Series , so usually won't be building anything related to it. However... I gave this challenge a try and the rest is history! (More photos of my Giraffe TF here).
Not long after my Giraffe TF was completed, I am ... once again .. invited to join an Xmas themed LEGO Exhibition at a local mall. (the 7th largest mall in the world!). The idea for a Reindeer TF* immediately comes to mind. (Click here for more photos) , as the techniques I learned from building a Giraffe earlier can be applied here. They both share 50% of the transformation sequence.
With some time to spare , I started a new project to complement the Reindeer ,despite me starting to feel unwell (down with a real bad cold that lasted for one whole month).... a transforming Santa Sleigh. The sleigh TF was done when I was at my weakest and whisked off to the exhibition in sleigh mode, naturally. After the exhibition ended around mid-December.. I took it home and enhance it further (photos of my Sleighbot here).
*Actually it's not a necessity for me to build a Transformer in this exhibition, just something Xmas-sy would suffice, but I treat this as a challenge to make it transform. That's my style and something expected from me :)
Official Sets Alternate Designs and Add ons
Each year, I look forward to new LEGO sets, especially Creator sets for me to rebuild into LEGO Transformers. This year (2018) offered me 2 of such sets. Click below to view the instructions of you're interested to build one or two of your own :)
I joined LEGO Ideas Challenges where participants must build an add-on to any 2018 Creator sets at the very last minute!* Sadly, I didn't win. But I really liked what I've achieved in 2 days before the competition ended, while still sick! I have chosen the cheapest LEGO Creator set (31071 Drone) and built a sleek jet around it that even transform into an articulated mecha. Click here for more photos of this beauty!
*I discovered this competition on early November I think, but was tied up with upcoming Xmas Exhibition to do anything about it.
Videos Videos and more Videos!
Besides spending time building and publishing new LEGO creations this year... I also revisited some of my past works and published videos about them. So please click and subscribe my youtube channel below! Your support really meant a lot to me! Thanks and have a great and productive 2019 ahead!
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