Dinobot is one of the main character in Beast Wars Transformers cartoon series. Transforms into a raptor dinosaur.
About this creation
This project is a commission piece requested by a fellow Transformers fan. Even though I am a TF fan myself, I preferred to build LEGO Transformers inspired from G1 characters from the 80's series, and Japanese Transformers from the early 90's. And that's about it. However, I seldom turn down a good challenge although I'm not really a fan of Beast Wars series.
Below is the official Dinobot toy which I based this MOC from:
One of the advantages of building LEGO Transformers with beast mode is that the robot arms literally form themselves without complex transformation ... like this Dinobot (or G1 Grimock) where the dino legs become the robot arms easily.. so I think.
Normally 2x2 studded bricks pegged on top of each other will have weak connections and can easily detach when the MOC is moved about. Above you see I did the same with 2 brown cylindrical bricks (also having 2x2 studs) , and they're very ,very tight! Adjusting the legs to be posed doesn't make them detach easily.
The transparent blue "nodes" (left arrow) helps to prop the tail in place to prevent it from drooping down. By swivelling out these nodes, the stem-like component connecting to the tail can be folded out.
Initially the claws looked much better designed but they failed the integrity test: They detaches easily in raptor mode as feet (collapsing due to weight of the body I guess) or even from a simple folding inwards to form knuckles . So I redesigned them to what you see presently.
The grip on the the tail-weapon is excellent due to the curvature of the claws and also a one stud connection between the palm and the weapon.
Continue the tradition of no partsforming
If the tail remained in its place from the raptor mode all the way to the robot mode, it will end up at the back below.
He's almost as tall as Masterpiece Grimlock, the original Dinobot1
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The hardcore Beast Wars fan in me questions your colour matching -- but that kinda falls to the wayside because this is an incredibly well put together and clever build.
I particularly like your attention to the robustness of the build -- that's one of the things that concerns me also. These things should feel like they're meant to stay together.