Octane, transforms from a robot into a cybertronian tanker truck and finally , a dropship.
About this creation
Ahh... Octane. Where do I start ? As a toy, I never owned it. As a
character in the G1 Transformers Cartoon, he failed to pique my interest. I kept
wondering why I pined for him till now. As a fan of Transformers Triple Changers,
Octane is right up there (with Springer/Snapdragon) as my top faves. I guess its
because I never owned the toy that caused me to be more intrigued , especially
how his transformation went about: From a tanker truck to an airline pilot and
then robot. The best memory of him would be when I was small, we played
with picture cards of various TV show characters (Ultramens, Gundams, Japanese
Robots, TFs) , trying to amass as many picture cards as possible of various
characters (kinda pointless coz they're sold dirt cheap from the shop with all
possible variations:- 10cent each for a cutout of 8x6=48 cards!). From those
picture cards, I remembered Octane the most (there are selections of G1 TF
picture cards slightly bigger than a stamp with pictures of beautifully
drawn TF boxarts). So there.
How It All Started
I attempted Octane few years before, but started on the wrong foot.
That time , I tried to mimic the exact transformation from it's G1 incarnation:
truck front becomes jet tail. My attempt failed horribly on the first day. Then I
kinda "abandon" the whole idea. On and off, I was tempted again to restart the
project every time I zoomed by a tanker truck on my way to the office (I have a
fetish for observing heavy vehicles and their exteriors when I'm driving).
At times I just visualize how this MOC is gonna be and its all in my
brain. The core idea of having the jet wings sandwich between 2 halves of the
tanker was thought out much earlier.
Another thing that advanced my intention is the acquisition of LEGO Toy Story Buzz
Spaceship on clearance. This set offered a few purple parts and the big
curved pieces which are essential for my build. I'm truly grateful for those
curved parts to have technic holes in it to make things easier for me to
About this MOC
Years of building LEGOFormers taught me one thing in particular: Start from
the torso. From there, its much easier to balance the size of both the body and
the legs. And don't worry too much about the final aesthetics. There are always
workaround / justifications on the final outcome. That's why instead of looking
earthen, this Octane of mine swayed towards "Fall of Cybertron (FOC)"
timeline. I didn't even take any cues from FOC Optimus Prime cab head.
One of the major struggle in my project here is how to fold the robot arms in
truck mode. Initially they're awkwardly folded under the truck windshield, with
not much space for the hands. So the hands kinda "protrudes" out 2 studs from
the truck side headlamps. Even though the folded fingers looks similar to a
truck grill, I can't accept such design. It's back to the "drawing board" again,
not literally of course. Finally the arms are made to fold to the back of the
cab, but at the expenses of not having smokestacks. I can get away with that ,
right? Cybertronian truck tech doesn't require smokestacks, they ran on energon
on their home planet, not conventional earthen fuel.
The jet mode is a dropship, meant to carry Decepticon armies and uhmm....
drop them on the battlefield. Earlier, I initially settled with pretty
long wings for his jet mode, but I found out this is just too typical. So that's
why I make the wingtips to point forward to make the jet more "alien". One thing
naturally lead to another. The hinged wingtips falls into place in robot mode,
folded right above the ankles, with minimal retooling/reshaping.
Another fairly frustrating build is the rifle. It has to be securely plugged
in both the tanker and jet/dropship mode. However, the handle is built in such a
way that it can be pegged onto the robot palm to secure the grip:- this means it
can be held on the left hand, but not the right.
Another pleasant co-incidence is.... I can actually fold the rifle barrels down
to bulk up and blend into the truck windshield as its frame. I didn't even plan
for that initially! Only found out this is possible during photoshoot.
The big quarter-circle/ curved parts not just contain technic holes to help
my build, they are also hollow inside,which allows me more room to cram in
some pretty nifty detailings. Usually I'm very conservative in using hinges and
only apply them when transformation require. But this time around, I managed to
sneak in 2 brick hinges to pop up a grill each to enhance the jet undercarriage.
Since my LEGOFormers require many "finger parts" for the obvious robot
fingers (usually 6 per MOC), but now I'm using the "finger part" to create
hinges with dynamic range (see below). It's plugged inside a technic pin , where
the latter is plugged into a technic hole. Pretty nifty huh =)
I think about 5 of these finger parts are spent on Octane as hinges , but none
as the actual robot fingers.
His nature of job force him to transport tons of unprocessed stinky energon
fuel, hence the nickname "Skunk". Pretty obvious on his alt mode color
Upended truck showing the underside details.
DROPSHIP / JET MODE
Due to most of his bulk are on the tanker fuel tank, which ends up as the
legs, he doesn't have much of a back. I'm sorry Octane, a direct hit on
your legs cum fuel laden tank will cause a fireball explosion. A simple hit on
your back might decommission you too.
^ This one's my favorite!
So as always, I shall end this entry with links to complete photo gallery of