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Fall of Cybertron Octane Triple Changer
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
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.

Details Details!


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. 

"Special" Techniques

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.



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
this MOC:

.. and also the transformation sequence:


 I like it 
  June 17, 2014
I... Just... Wow. The complexity of your MOCs are always staggering. You sir, are a legoformer god!
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  October 15, 2013
AMAZING...(clapping in the background)
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  August 6, 2013
I want it could you make a how to
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  May 31, 2013
Wow, amazing!
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  May 30, 2013
Awesome as usual! I really like the tanker truck mode! -Brick boy
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  May 30, 2013
Amazing as usual my friend. I actual just finished a cybertronian Ultra Magnus, and the truck mode is very similar to the one you created here. keep up the good work!
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  May 30, 2013
Incredible transformation and it fits the FoC style perfectly.
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  May 30, 2013
Yap, you have done it again!
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  May 30, 2013
Incredible! All the different modes look fantastic. Great creation.
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  May 30, 2013
Very nicely done!
By Yap Alan
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