Ok Continuing my series of updated versions of the LD series robots, originally created in 2009 for my DesignedByMe gallery on LEGO.com.
About this creation
LD03 "Sandy" is a military class combat variant of the LD02 "red" emergency response unit.
The original 2009 edition LD03 was described as follows:
Military class LD unit designed for operations in desert conditions. Can function as both demolitions and combat unit, as well as, performing general lifting and loading tasks. Human troops refer to him as "sandy".
So to create the 2013 edition LD03 variant of the LD02 I took inspiration from his dual function as a trooper and demolitions unit. Has converting weapon/claw arms, heavy armour with low centre of gravity.
Stands slightly shorter than the original, but is much bulkier.
I wanted the new design to take queues from the original, so I've given it the ability to switch from claw to gun, the original had one gun hand and one claw hand.
I had intended to use the double clamp design, so that it had more of a "hand" than the vice like design I've been using for the LD02 (2013) versions. However it wasn't possible to do this due to the converting mechanics which require weapon/hand to be no wider than one brick to fit into the space between the biceps. So giving it four digits would have meant making this MUCH wider and I didn't like how that looked.