Two of the most iconic Autobots from Transformers G1 cartoon series. Both transform into vans and served as Optimus Prime's bodyguard and Autobot medic
About this creation
How It All Started
Nearly two months ago, I took some time off to organise my blog.
Going through my old mocpages entry of my past LEGO creations, I bumped
across Ironhide prototype in yellow. I kept wondering why I put this
prototype in limbo. Suddenly I felt an urge to put this to a closure. So
project Ironhide was initiated.
Actually 80% of Ironhide was
completed in about than 2 weeks, however I was missing important
transparent parts for the windows. So I hit bricklink.com to get them.
Then I found out no such parts exists in 2x2 tiles. I guess I have to
make do with 2x1 sized tiles. Then the inspiration to build ratchet came
and I ordered more transparent tiles of another color for this purpose.
Actually I'm not too keen on
the vehicle mode (plain old boxy van) at first , but since G1 Ironhide
doesn't have a "proper" toy reference , this somewhat spurred me
to take on this challenge. As you can see, the original Ironhide toy is
different from his cartoon counterpart. The toy van transform into a
freakin mobile command/attack center with a seat for human pilot (below). Same
goes for Ratchet. After browsing through numerous Ironhide illustrations
drawn all these years... I settled down with with grey shoulders ,
white torso and white thigh.
As for Ratchet, even the toy incarnation have the same window tint
as Ironhide, I found this to be dull for a white vehicle . So I
opted for light blue tint instead. Ratchet's head was colored
differently by different comics/cartoon adaptation. Since Ironhide
already is having a red head, I'm applying white on Ratchet.
Since Ratchet is a Medic /Autobot surgeon, he's equipped with diagnostic
tools and "feared by all" surgical drill that pops out from his arms.
In the official bio, ironhide can fire chemical
off his hands via hoses . This MOC go further and allow the hoses to pop
out from the van roof
The pegged on rifle helps to further secure the
"Trying hard to emulate his G1 toy" mode
"Hey you're not cleared for active duty yet" pose
Due to the sheer amount of
photos, I have splitted them into two blog entries:
Quoting Pilot Master70
This is awesome! Just wondering (since you seem like you would know) if a LEGO upgrade to a Transformer would count as a MOC?
for me, nope. The original TF toy is already there (created by Hasbro/Taktom's team). Enhancing it with LEGO parts/component doesn't really count as MOC. MOU perhaps (U being upgrade).
Unless the upgrade is introduced literally as one, for eg. "Supersized cannon for G1 Megatron" would qualify as an MOC, but "G1 Megatron upgrades: Supersized Cannon" wouldn't.