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Why not a transformer bus?

Postby Computicon » Wed May 01, 2013 11:20 am

Hi, folks.


There are various transformers that convert to different alt-modes, like trucks, cars, jets, helicopters, cycles, ambulances, SUVs, trains, guns, buggys, tanks, planes, spaceships, K-7 players and records, beasts or even cities and planets.

But i dont know why there are many toys of charachers in the Transformers universe that transform in the most different and unimaginable things, but no one convert to a bus. I just can´t understand it. It´s so obvious, but Hasbro didn´t put this option in the poll to bulid an all-new character, just the "traditional" vehicles, it´s so ridiculous.

A 3rd party tried to do it but, looks like that it didn´t worked.

Seibertron.com Energon Pub Forums • View topic - Bus Transformer - ROBOBUZ preorder

This guy made an animation test with the program anim8or to convert this Neobus
Mega 2006 in a robot.

Animation Test_Brazilian Bus Transformer: Ônibus Brasileiro Transformer (910 Madureira) - YouTube

This thread consist to answer one or both of this questions.

Which model bus deserve a bot mode?

Which preexisting character would get a bus mode and what (Bot and bus)?


Some of my answers to the 1st question

Thamco Scorpion (with Scania S112 articulated chassi)

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Thamco ODA (With Scania K112 CL chassi)

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Busscar Urbanuss Plusss (with Volksbus 17.210 articulated chassi)

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Comil Svelto 2000 (With Volksbus 17.210 chassi)

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Neobus mega BRT (With Scania unknow biarticulated engine, possibly F330)

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Ciferal GLS (with Volvo biarticulated B 58 chassi, and yeah, the bodywork has this funny name)

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Mercedes Benz O-371 (Integral bus, with bodywork recieving the same name of chassi)

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Mascarello Granmetro (With Mercedes Benz O-500 articulated chassi)
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Caio Millennium BRT (With Volvo B9 SALF biarticulated chassi)
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CMA Cometa (With Scania K124 chassi)
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Marcopolo Viale BRT (With Mercedes Benz O-500 Superarticulated chassi)

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Re: Why not a transformer bus?

Postby MGrotusque » Wed May 01, 2013 8:35 pm

Buses are boring and i'm almost positive it would be kibble heavy. I get that it would work very well with the "robots in disguise" theme but it doesn't look like something that would work well on the battlefield either.
That's my two cents anyways. I'm not knocking the idea and i could be completely wrong about the kibble comment.
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Re: Why not a transformer bus?

Postby alldarker » Thu May 02, 2013 1:34 am

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Not sure if it ever was made, but there were plans for a third party transforming bus. I refer to the one in this thread.

And of course, there is Bendy-Bus Prime!
I'm so meta, even this acronym...
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Re: Why not a transformer bus?

Postby Computicon » Thu May 02, 2013 12:55 pm

Now my answers to the 2nd question.

Optimus Prime (an Marcopolo Torino GV, the chassi doesn´t matter)

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Bulkhead (An Tecnobus Tribus with Itapemirim 2-1250-AR-2 chassi)

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Scorponok (An Thamco Scorpion, the chassi doesn´t matter)

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I have another ideas, later, i post here.
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Re: Why not a transformer bus?

Postby Computicon » Thu May 02, 2013 12:57 pm

alldarker wrote:Not sure if it ever was made, but there were plans for a third party transforming bus. I refer to the one in this thread.

And of course, there is Bendy-Bus Prime!


The first guy wasn´t released til the day and the second didn´t get a toy.
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Re: Why not a transformer bus?

Postby Computicon » Mon May 13, 2013 4:05 pm

This guy is making one using a coach toy, RID Ultra maginus arms, Armada Tidal Wave body and Armada Gigacon Optimus Prime legs.

ATB Forum -> Autobot SOLON BUS
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Re: Why not a transformer bus?

Postby Computicon » Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:12 pm

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Re: Why not a transformer bus?

Postby -Kanrabat- » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:35 pm

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Computicon wrote:Image


Wow. That's one lazy shoop.

Anyway, I think a bus would be pretty easy to do, especially if you cant see the interior.
So, why not take a page from Car Robo (AKA TF RID) and make a combiner team à la Railraicer?

One robot for the legs (British two-story bus), one for the torso (Schoolbus) and one for the arms (voyageur bus).
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Re: Why not a transformer bus?

Postby T-Macksimus » Tue Jun 25, 2013 2:03 pm

Something in the back of my brain was telling me that I had seen a transforming bus ages ago in the Tonka GoBots line and after some digging I managed to find this pic of a source-book listing. The glare off the catalogs page makes it hard to see the full picture but it is unmistakably a bus.
http://www.popscreen.com/p/MTA2MDEyNjEy/GoBots-GoBot-Machine-Robo-Wedge-ARCHIVE-PHOTO-BOOK-eBay

Far left side, second image down below Leader-1 (the gray fighter jet) is the bus-bot and it appears to be done in the basic size frame of their figures, what most of us TF collectors would consider to be about the same size as the Cyberverse Commander class of figures from the current line, slightly larger than current Legends class scale if I remember my Go-Bots correctly. It's been about 15 years since I owned any of those so and they weren't exactly my favorites so I didn't pay as much attention to them as I did with the TF's.
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Re: Why not a transformer bus?

Postby -Kanrabat- » Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:07 pm

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T-Macksimus wrote:Something in the back of my brain was telling me that I had seen a transforming bus ages ago in the Tonka GoBots line and after some digging I managed to find this pic of a source-book listing. The glare off the catalogs page makes it hard to see the full picture but it is unmistakably a bus.
http://www.popscreen.com/p/MTA2MDEyNjEy/GoBots-GoBot-Machine-Robo-Wedge-ARCHIVE-PHOTO-BOOK-eBay


FOUND IT ON EBAY!

It's exactly as the one pictured below. Original box, stickers unapplied and everything.
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Yours for the low, low price of 150$US + shipping.
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Machine-Robo-Bus ... 2c701546f1
(Goddamit, it's missing two tires.)
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Re: Why not a transformer bus?

Postby T-Macksimus » Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:49 pm

-Kanrabat- wrote:
T-Macksimus wrote:Something in the back of my brain was telling me that I had seen a transforming bus ages ago in the Tonka GoBots line and after some digging I managed to find this pic of a source-book listing. The glare off the catalogs page makes it hard to see the full picture but it is unmistakably a bus.
http://www.popscreen.com/p/MTA2MDEyNjEy/GoBots-GoBot-Machine-Robo-Wedge-ARCHIVE-PHOTO-BOOK-eBay


FOUND IT ON EBAY!

It's exactly as the one pictured below. Original box, stickers unapplied and everything.
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Yours for the low, low price of 150$US + shipping.
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Machine-Robo-Bus ... 2c701546f1
(Goddamit, it's missing two tires.)



Great job on finding that -Kanrabat-. :APPLAUSE:

Now Computicon has something besides a catalog picture and my vague memories to go on. :lol:
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Re: Why not a transformer bus?

Postby Aladar » Sun Jun 30, 2013 9:58 pm

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No bus-formers. too much kibble.
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Re: Why not a transformer bus?

Postby -Kanrabat- » Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:23 pm

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Aladar wrote:No bus-formers. too much kibble.


If one is a lousy/lazy designer. Come on, a bus is just a goddamn SQUARE vehicle. A cube can change into ANYTHING.

Also, just look at that next video. Sure, it's not a transformers and the "robot" is a brick, but I ask: WHERE'S THE KIBBLE?

I do have that toy too and it's design just blew me away. Like a sock that you turn over!
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Re: Why not a transformer bus?

Postby Aladar » Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:31 am

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Shellraiser's a suped up train car last I checked. Cool toy though.
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Re: Why not a transformer bus?

Postby T-Macksimus » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:14 am

The Machine-Robo design, while rather uninspired, pulled it off quite well. What I consider to be kibble would be extraneous parts hanging out and/or getting in the way and there is none of that there. It's just "bulked up" which was commonplace for transforming toys of that time frame. Even Classics Astrotrain has very little kibble considering he's a triple changer. So yeah, if the designer is lazy then you'll have annoying kibble but if they know what they're doing... well crap! That just takes your odds down to 50/50 at best if Hasbro does it. Better run this one by the Takara boys first and pay more for an Asian release. If the North American team has to follow instructions or reverse engineer it, you aren't going to like the end result.
Maybe if you pitch the idea to IDW and get it into one of the comics we MIGHT get a cool looking bus out of the deal. ;)
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Re: Why not a transformer bus?

Postby Computicon » Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:02 am

AEC Routamaster

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Marcopolo Paradiso G6

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School bus

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The 1st gestalt formed by buses!

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