From all the LEGO Transformers I made with official LEGO sets, this one here is the most complicated so far.
Simplicity is usually what I strived, to conserve and maximize the usage of hinges and ball joints. But this time around... I indeed have applied the latter to the extreme.
Oh by the way, before this, I used set 31112 to build a Transformer Lion (video below)
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ABOUT THIS PROJECT
As you can see, LEGO set 31112: Wild Lion main and alternate models are animals. So from my perspective, building Transformer animals from the set shouldn't be hard and I planned to make at least 3. However, I was kinda "disrupted" by my earlier project (below):
Project Benatar from set 31100 + ball joints above spurred me to try and build a non-animal Transformer instead with 31112. The alt mode (Benatar spaceship) was an iconic vehicle featured in Marvel's Guardians Of the Galaxy 2 movie many years back.
BENATAR SPACE SHIP MODE
The placement of the pink heart tiles on the wings carry a very important role. Keep browsing this page to find out more.
Sometimes, I scrapped my project because I couldn't get the part of the alternate mode visually correct . For this project, as soon as I managed to get the cockpit shaping right (first component built).... it's full steam ahead.
Transforming to robot mode involves turning the vehicle mode inside out, demanding the full range of motion offered by the ball joints.
Raise the wings/legs up.
There's really very little clearance for the head to be rotated out.
Note how the arm flank panels connect to the cockpit sides to form the upper body.
My absolute favorite part of the design process was folding up the arm and flanks to pad up the upper body, which was once pretty hollow with gaping see through holes.
Hmmm... I think the weakest part of my design are his hands that barely looked like one!
The heart shaped tiles helped to align the folded wing panels to form the heels and prevented them from buckling..
MORE ROBOT POSES
A shout out to reverse-Murphy's Law! Once I was worried over not able to get the wingtips to swivel to intended position to form the feet. As I chugged along... I decided to lengthen the legs to make him taller, and this removed the necessity of swiveling feet.
Building Instructions in the form of a video tutorial , is located at the bottom of this page.