Let me begin by saying that I grew up watching transformers but I really do not know much about the series. However after I saw the first of the 'Bay-Formers' I was instantly enamored with their styling. So much so that I decided to design my own. Which brings us to this.
My friend came up with the name Gearshift. Apparently it's not taken. So that's good. I'm not very good with names, but it seems as good as any.
The original design was to use a 04-05 subaru WRX but I have since thought to update my choice especially since I have seen a version of smokescreen use that model. So I went for the 06-07 model instead.
So I purchased a movie bumblebee and promptly cut it to little pieces.
Granted it is not finished yet,. Obviously a work in progress. But hopefully it should be fairly easy to tell what I am creating http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f8/06-07_Subaru_WRX.jpg
He does have a robot mode of course
Which I rather like. It is obviously pretty different from my original concept, but lets be honest, the original concept wasn't really possible. But I still feel it is very much a good movie style representation, although it does seem a bit more cohesive and not so busy. Something I may or may not change.
The problem is as I have said that I know very little about transformers other than what I remember as a kid. I am to the point in this build however that I need more details. I'm looking to design weapons and I honestly can't think of what is fair game in the transformer universe. Do they have beam sabers or things similar like in gundam? Should it have a sword at all? I only remember grimlock having a sword once or something. I dont recall any of the original ones having them. But then they do in the movie. So I am not sure about that. Should the weapon have some way to fit into the car mode without standing out? or is that 100% okay for it to just be clipped on the outside or something?
I just need some feedback from you transformer fans because you obviously know more than I do when it comes to things like this. So any feedback is greatly appreciated.