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[MOC] Transformer Triple changer Snapdragon

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Yes! this my 3rd rendition of LEGO Snapdragon since the very first one made I about 15 years ago (when I first rekindled my passion with LEGO as an adult)

VERSION 1  (2004)

Back then most of the parts I used came from LEGO sets so I just make do with whatever colors I had.

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More photos here:
Snap Dragon: A LEGO® creation by Yap Alan : MOCpages.com

VERSION 2  (2012)

Leaps and bound improvement over v1. I was pretty satisfied with the outcome then. I even cloned 2 extra copies of this creation to be displayed in a LEGO exhibition in 2015 .. so visitors can see all 3 modes

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More photos here:
Fall of Cybertron Snapdragon Triple Changer: A LEGO® creation by Yap Alan : MOCpages.com

On retrospect, I found version 2 to be pretty dated now with a few design glitch

 > like protruding robot head on the jet undercarriage
> weak jet nosecone design that tend to detach easily
> shoulders too wide (think "ROTF Leader Class Optimus Prime")
> robot back kibble jutting out at a weird angle.

VERSION 3 (2019)

What meant to be a quick 1 week project  , dragged on to about 2 weeks: My overzealousness got the  better  of me. Part of the long list of to-fix's:

> Every nooks and corners were rebuilt to strengthen weak hinges
> Rounder/more cylindrical  arms.
> Nosecone-kibble tucked in more neatly to the robot's back.
> beast head too funny-looking. off with the buck teeth!
> narrower shoulders.

..and of coz... a color scheme closer to his G1 toy version.

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more photos here:
Alanyuppie's LEGO Transformers: LEGO Triple Changer Snapdragon version 3

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When I saw the first version I was thinking...  "WHAT!  This is not Snapdragon's colours! :pir-oh3:"

But you've resolved that in the second version so well good work!

Does his head transform into a robot?  or Nebulon...  or whatever you wanna call it...

 

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Insanely cool.

Much respect for people who can pull off a transforming model!

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On 7/26/2019 at 12:23 PM, Mister Phes said:

When I saw the first version I was thinking...  "WHAT!  This is not Snapdragon's colours! :pir-oh3:"

But you've resolved that in the second version so well good work!

Does his head transform into a robot?  or Nebulon...  or whatever you wanna call it...

 


  

Nope..  I've decided not to implement the double headmaster feature  (smaller figure becoming robot   head and  also beast head)  will require sacrifice. I will either end up with an oversize robot head and correctly scaled beast head...   and vice versa.

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1 hour ago, alanyuppie said:

Nope..  I've decided not to implement the double headmaster feature 

No matter - you've done a fine job so I've posted Snapdragon on the Eurobricks frontpage. :thumbup:

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1 hour ago, Mister Phes said:

No matter - you've done a fine job so I've posted Snapdragon on the Eurobricks frontpage. :thumbup:

Thanks..!   That really made my week  waking up on Sunday  morning to see it's frontpaged ! :D

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13 hours ago, Toa_of_Shadow said:

Were these partially inspired by blitzwing or astrotrain?

In the sense of "originals made by the same company", though Snapdragon (and Apeface) were substantially less well known than the earlier triple changers.

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