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How to.... The Transtopian guides.

Transformers News: How to.... The Transtopian guides.
Date: Sunday, December 14th 2008 11:24am CST
Categories: Site Articles, Transtopia
Posted by: Dead Metal

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Yes we from the seibertron.com staff are trying to improve the Transtopia community and are working on Transtopia newsletters. But we also want to encourage fresh new talent to the art community.
We want to do this by providing "How to ...." guides in the forums, while this thread acts as the "index page".
So we ask you the talented artists to help out the new blood.
Want to contribute? Well then just pick a topic you want to make a guide to and start working on it.
You can make guides to:

    -Drawing
    -Painting
    -3D rendering
    -2D/3D Animation
    -Kitbashing
    -Painting figures
    -Scratch building
    -ect...


The guides should contain an explanation in written form, step by step images and you must state which tools are necessary for the project.

Send your guide to this e-mail address:

Transtopia.Guide@gmx.de

We will pick out guides to make it into the newsletter and will try to archive them here.
Don't worry you will be credited for your work.

Transtopia Monthly Newsletter - December

Transformers News: Transtopia Monthly Newsletter - December
Date: Saturday, December 13th 2008 8:30am CST
Categories: Site Articles, Site News, Transtopia
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): Seibertron

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Welcome to the Transtopia Newsletter. We are proud to give you an update for the month of November. Lots of things are happening in this hot forum – from artwork to customs, from updates to upgrades. Our members have been hard at work. To better reflect the community’s artistic talent we have changed the name of this newsletter from “Custom Monthly Update” to “Transtopia Newsletter”. Over the next few months we will be rolling out several new sections to the newsletter. Stay tuned. Until then drop by Transtopia for the latest work. -Stormrider



A Message from Ryan
Hey everyone,

In a few short weeks, an all-new feature section will make its debut on Seibertron.com called "Transtopia". This new section will feature the creative work of the many talented Seibertronians that make up this website. Transtopia will be the place where members of Seibertron.com (we're looking at YOU) will be able to showcase incredible custom figures and kitbashes, beautiful artwork, and amazing fan-fiction.

Transtopia will be dedicated officially to one of the greatest members of the Transformers community, Bill "TFmaster" Koshorek. Bill was the very proud owner of the fantastic Transtopia community that used to reside at tfmaster.com. Bill approached me at BotCon 2006 about moving the Transtopia community over to Seibertron.com. I took over the hosting of tfmaster.com in November 2006 after agreeing to create a new Transtopia here on Seibertron.com that merged the best of the Transformers mega sites with the best of the creative minds within the Transformers community. Before plans and ideas could be completed, Bill had a massive heart attack in March 2007. Sadly, Bill did not make it and it seemed that Transtopia might die with him.

Over the next year and a half, I felt an immense amount of guilt over not completing Bill's dream. That was until 2 staff members on Seibertron.com, First Gen and Stormrider, came along and really started pushing for the creative content in the Transtopia forums to be featured on Seibertron.com once again. Their interest is in making sure that the Transtopia community thrives and breathes life back into the Transtopia project and ultimately Bill's dream. In November 2008, I began programming the new Transtopia gallery section that will feature Customs and Artwork, which was the primary focus of Bill's Transtopia.

Transtopia will be different than any other application on the major Transformers websites. You'll be able to create your own galleries, add images to those galleries, select which categories those images belong within, automatic on-the-fly thumbnail creation, the ability to easily change the sort order of your galleries and images, easy search functionality, view galleries by users, and more!

In addition to the customs and artwork sections of Transtopia, I am also working on an all-new Fan-Fiction section that will allow you to add fiction, chapters and many other similar advanced custom functionality that will be built with writers in mind.

I have three goals that I hope to accomplish with Seibertron.com's Transtopia: 1) Create a fun and easy to use section for fans to showcase their creative talents, 2) bring back some of the incredibly talented Transtopians to Seibertron.com and 3) make Bill very proud. I'll know #3 will happen when #1 and #2 happen. If I can accomplish those goals, I'll be a very happy person.

Check back later this month to check out the all-new Seibertron.com Transtopia! In the meantime, here's Stormrider's monthly update for Transtopia ...

Ryan Yzquierdo
Seibertron.com


How to Showcase Your Work
The newsletter is your opportunity to show off your work and talent. We rely on your articles, artwork, and customs to make it interesting. Submissions will be reviewed on a monthly basis. Presently we are accepting submissions for customs such as: repaints, kitbashes, and scratchbuilds. We will be rolling out other types of submission work in the future. Make sure to submit your custom in the proper subforum. You will see a sticky in each forum saying “Submissions for Monthly Newsletter”. When submitting, give us the title of your custom and a link to your gallery.
Repaints, Kitbashes, Scratchbuilds



Make a Difference, Join the Newsletter Team!
Want to contribute to the Seibertron community? Why not join the newsletter team? We are looking for volunteers to help out consistently each month. Past experience is helpful but not necessary. Roles to fill include editing, design & layout, writing articles, and overseeing sections. If you are interested send me a PM: Stormrider.

Special thanks this month goes out to Overcracker for the new banners!



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Coptor by Omega666
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Movie Brawl by Omega666
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RedAlert by Sentinal Supreme
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Slipstream by Sentinal Supreme
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Stratotrain by Sentinal Supreme
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Thunderstorm by Sentinal Supreme
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Blockade by Sentinal Supreme
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Onslaught by Flix
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Animated Galvatron by Zero-Kaiser
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Sunstorm by Sentinal Supreme
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Siege by Sentinal Supreme
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Zoom Zoom by Sabsabby85
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Movie Roadbuster by Spurt Reynolds
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Animated Thundercracker by Spurt Reynolds
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Dust Off by Spurt Reynolds
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Last month, Spurt Reynolds gave us a refreshing look at his collection of kitbashed Animated Seekers - Sunstorm, Skywarp, and Acid Storm. Curious of how he made those whimsical faces? Well Spurt Reynolds now shares his secrets so that you can make those eye catching sculpted grins.

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Animated Starscream Face Resculpting Guide
First of all thanks to Maximo Prime (of SECTOR70)who's idea it was that i write this guide.

Tools you will need;a modelling knife,a selection of small needle files,some very fine wet & dry sandpaper,
some spray undercoat/primer and most importantly some sculpting material (personally i use Green stuff).

Step one.
Take apart the head and using a file or modelling knife open up the mouth area as wide as possible

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Be carefull to not to damage the "lug" that the screw fits into when the head is reassembled..
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This is how the front of the head looks at this stage..
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Next fill the hole with Green Stuff..
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Trim off any excess with a modelling knife..
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Now using a sculpting tool begin to carve the mouth..
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When you are happy with the shape leave to dry for at least 12hrs.

Now using a wet finger lightly smudge over the green stuff,this smooths out the surface nicely(please note i don't know how well this will work with other sculpting materials).
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Next using a fine grade sandpaper sand down the green stuff as smoothly as you can..
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Now i spray a light coat of undercoat..
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This will show any imperfections or areas that require any additional sanding.

Using VERY fine sandpaper sand again..
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And undercoat again.

Repeat this process until the face is smooth..
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Finally a couple of general tips.
Look in comic books for some great expressions to copy & if you don't have any sculpting tools get friendly with you're dentist,chances are you might be able to scavenge a few of his old sculpting tools.


Do you have a guide that you would like to share? Send your ideas here.



Featured Artwork
Venksta has been chosen as the November featured artist. Check out Venksta’s inspiring takes on Universe Cosmos. This exciting toy will be released next month. Click here to see the original pictures and read what Venksta has to say about his work.

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Would you like to have your artwork featured in an upcoming newsletter? Submit your work here.



Bonus Corner

Make your own Allspark.
Special thanks to Seibertron’s staff member, Nekoman for the designs.
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Transtopia Spotlight: L K

Transformers News: Transtopia Spotlight: L K
Date: Tuesday, December 9th 2008 1:05am CST
Categories: People News, Site Articles, Site News, Toy News, Transtopia
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): L K

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Seibertron.com member L K has posted images of his most recent works, both of which include Transformers Universe 2.0 figures to create some of Transfandoms all time favorite Gestalts. Here we have both the Combaticons and Bruticus and the Aerialbots and Superion:

*MPC-03 : G1 Transformers Combaticons BRUTICUS !!

*MPC-03 ( MASTERPIECE CUSTOM - 03 ) / The custom made Transformers MPC series by L.K.


With all these 5 Combaticons can combine into Giant Decepticon Robot : BRUTICUS ! These 5 Combaticons can not only transform from Army Vehicle mode into Robot mode, but they can also combine and transform into Giant Decepticon : BRUTICUS which stands about 15 inches tall!! Huge and Heavy! This is the Only one custom made BRUTICUS figure by L.K. All the parts and mode are sepcific designed for this figure at one time use only. This is the One and Only One MPC03 BRUTICUS by L.K. One-of-a-kind !!

Custom Made Details:

Most of the BRUTICUS joints are movable, head moves up and down, left and right. Shoulder rotates 360, Fingers moves up and down ( thumb has individual ball joints ). Legs/hips moves forward, knees bends !! All figures has been given a fixative coating on top of the paint to make it durable.The paint used are the professional resin base paint.Apart from these, all figures have been given a muddy/metalic effect on the surface to make them looks more realistic like an Army Set !! Besides, with Combaticons' individual wapeans, can combine and form a giant Weapons for Bruticus !! And NOW, MPC03 BRUTICUS is ready to fight!!

This Limited Edition MPC03 Bruticus includes :

BLAST OFF
BRAWL
ONSLAUGHT
SWINDLE
VORTEX

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*MPC-02 ( MASTERPIECE CUSTOM - 02 ) / The custom made Transformers MPC series by L.K.

With all these 5 Aerialbots can combine into Giant Autobot Robot : SUPERION ! These 5 Aerialbots can not only transform from Flighter-Jets mode into Robot mode, but they can also combine and transform into Giant Autobot : SUPERION which stands about 15 inches tall!! Huge and Heavy! This is the Only one custom made SUPERION figure by L.K. All the parts and mode are sepcific designed for this figure at one time use only.

Most of the SUPERION joints are movable, such as Shoulders move in and out, Elbows bends, Arms rotates 360 front/back ways, Fingers moves up and down ( thumb has individual ball joints ). Legs/hips moves backward, knees moves forward and backward !! Shoulder movable joints are not simple ball joints, they are the gear wheels joints which will give a "click" sound whenever you move the joints!! All figures has been given a fixative coating on top of the paint to make it durable.The paint used are the professional resin base paint.

MPC02 SUPERION includes :

Air Raid
Frieflight
Silverbolt - Team Leader
Skydive
Slingshot

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Got a custom you'd like to share? Post it in the Official Transtopia Forums!

Bubbleformer- New Online Store For G1 Box Bubbles

Transformers News: Bubbleformer-  New Online Store For G1 Box Bubbles
Date: Sunday, November 23rd 2008 4:46pm CST
Categories: Collectables, Toy News, Transtopia
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): tfpredaking, Kevin Lange@Bubbleformers

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-Bubbleformer.com- Did everyone remember how sad they were when Kevin of Mirageboxes made the decision to stop producing his customs and toy boxes?

Well, it appears, he is starting a new business. Tfpredaking of the Michigander Sitings Thread has shared that Kevin has started a new business on the internet at Bubbleformer.com.

What is this business you might ask?
Well, like the website title says, he provides bubbles to use to display your g1 toys in their boxes. The bubbles are not replicas of the G1 bubbles, instead serve the same function.

"I would like to thank you for stopping by. This site was created to to help all you diehard collectors get the ultimate display. The hardest piece to acquire at a reasonable price to make your boxed toy displayed professionally. The bubble insert and cardboard attachement. These bubbles are created with high quality plastics and are custom made by me and my team. We have opened this site with over 20 different bubbles to choose from that will be weekly restocked and new bubbles will be created as we continue to complete them all and maybe some surprises as time goes by. These bubbles can never be considered original due to the fact that there will be differences that will set them apart. First off they will not look as perfect as the originals but they will display just as originals do. They are excellent display pieces showing crystal clear all the way thru to illuminate the vibrant colors of your prisitine toy in its original box. As we are beginners of this process time will perfect these. These can be used for custom display pieces or vintage original as shown below with all the awesome features."


If this sounds like something you might be interested in, check out the website, and if not check it out and poke around a bit anyway.

Create Your Own Transformers Holiday Ornaments

Transformers News: Create Your Own Transformers Holiday Ornaments
Date: Friday, November 21st 2008 1:45am CST
Categories: Site Articles, Toy News, Transtopia
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Art of Transtopia

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With the holiday season kicking into full gear, trying to find ways to satisfy that Transformers need while not killing your wallet has been the main focus of many Seibertronians. Here's one way you can get into the holiday spirit without making another trip to the ATM.

With the purchase of a Robot Heroes set, and a couple items I picked up at a local hobby store, I created a Transformers based holiday ornament that wasn't just a figure hanging there. An idea of Seibertron himself, we present Hero Ornaments:

First we start with a set of Robot Heroes figures. Best thing out this is that this can work with any figures from the line, but I picked G1 Sunstreaker and Galvatron to be my test ornaments.

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(Note: I tried to mimic Seibertron.com's top notch gallery set up, but it didn't work out so well.)

Next you'll need some additions. I got these Christmas deco's at a Michaels store nearby. I spent about $5.00 USD on it.

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Now the building materials. I used a hot glue gun because its fast drying and solid. You can get the same affect with some super glue or other heavy bonding glue, but if you ever want to revert these guys back to regular figs, good luck.

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Notice I included the base of the packaging for the two. This will serve as the platform for the ornament. I bonded the bottom and top together to get a sturdier piece.

Next, prep the additions. I couldn't find the Santa hats on their own, so I bought this pack of Santa ornaments and removed them. Bonus is that these came with the hanging string attached, downside was they were also glued on and had to be taken off very carefully.

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Now just glue and set. Make sure to see exactly where you want your extras to go prior to placing glue. Like I said before, a hot glue gun or super glue will set pretty fast, so you're gonna have to know where you want what you want before you decide to glue. Let the figures set for about 5 minutes so the glue bonds cure before hanging.

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And there you have it. Transformers holiday ornaments that actually look like holiday ornaments.

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Happy Holidays Seibertronians!

Transtopia: Painting Guide

Transformers News: Transtopia:  Painting Guide
Date: Friday, November 14th 2008 9:39am CST
Categories: Site Articles, Transtopia
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): Omega666

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Are you interested in learning how to do repaints but you don't know where to begin? Omega666 gives us a demonstration on how to repaint Universe Galvatron into something more formidable. Check out his guide.

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I have been doing repaints for over a year now. I started by following Jin Saotome's tutorial. I then found a You Tube clip of Chih doing custom repaints. My style is now a combination of the 2.


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I prepped the figure by cleaning it with soap and water. Once dried, I took the figure apart at the joints like the left arm, the legs and the back kibble. I unscrewed the head and right arm/turret and taped up the canon. Once I had all the pieces, I used Krylon flat black and sprayed them. After all the pieces have dried, I used Testors Silver Argent and drybrushed them. I like the weathered look so I try to keep some of the black base coat when I apply the silver. Then, I assemble the pieces together. Galvatron looked pretty cool all silver.

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I drybrushed gunship grey to the tank mode. In robot mode, I again drybrushed 2 shades of purple to the left arm, torso, crotch, head, feet, right forearm and canon. The first shade gave him a more metallic look and the second shade just made it look better with the grey. I added some red to the torso, knees, and eyes. The parts that were left silver were the face legs and tank treads. Some of the orange joints and pieces were left alone because they probably would have flaked. Overall, I am very happy with how he turned out.

--Omega666






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Do you have an interesting custom guide that you would like to share? Send us your submissions here and it may get posted in the next monthly update.

Noir Style Transformers

Transformers News: Noir Style Transformers
Date: Monday, November 10th 2008 1:26am CST
Categories: Movie News, Site Articles, Transtopia
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): ninjaink

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Deviant Art member ninjaink has posted a new version of a Transformers the Live Action Movie poster. Ninjaink seems to specialize in doing noir style and did up a nice poster that takes a modern day movie and gives it a classic style poster.

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The poster lends itself to straight satire with a twist of fanboy humor.

Check out the original post and his other movie posters here.

Do you have any art you'd like to showcase? Let us see it by posting it in our Transtopia Fan Art Forum.

Custom Monthly Update - Sept. & Oct.

Transformers News: Custom Monthly Update - Sept. & Oct.
Date: Sunday, November 9th 2008 3:25am CST
Categories: Site Articles, Toy News, Transtopia
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): Seibertron

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Welcome to Seibertron's Custom Monthly Update. Our Seibertron members have been working hard to produce many interesting customs and we are proud to share their work with you on a monthly basis. This first update is being kicked off with customs from the past two months - September and October. You can check out previous customs here.

The customs have been divided into three categories: Repaints, Kitbashes, and Extensive Mods & Scratchbuilds. Click on the links to see additional gallery pictures and to learn more about each custom. At the end, find out how you can submit your custom for the next update.


Repaints

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G1 Ironhide
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Classics Jetfire
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Movie Devilbee
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Universe Ironhide
Omega666


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Animated Devilbee
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Animated Grimlock
Crefigz


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Universe Shattered Glass Sideswipe
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TFA Cykill
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TFA Beast Wars Neo Killer Punch
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Movie Accurate Bumblebee 1974 Camaro
Crefigz


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Cybertron
Omega666


Kitbashes

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G1 Mirage
wan_de_real


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Animated G1 Shockwave
Psyke


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Universe Shockwave
Jin Saotome


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True Classic Cliffjumper
tentagil


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Master Blaster Upgrade
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Universe Tigertracks & Diaclone Sunstreaker
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Revoltech Nemesis
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Animated Sunstorm & Acid Storm
Spurt Reynolds


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Animated Skywarp
Spurt Reynolds


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Cobra Rattler
Jin Saotome


Extensive Mods & Scratchbuilds

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Participate In The Next Update
Do you have a new custom that you are dying to show off? Would like you to feature an article or custom guide in an upcoming newsletter? Participate in an upcoming newsletter. Submit your customs here.

Transtopia: Custom "Lucky Draw" UNICRON OF LIGHT

Transformers News: Transtopia: Custom "Lucky Draw"  UNICRON OF LIGHT
Date: Friday, November 7th 2008 1:34am CST
Categories: Auctions, Toy News, Transtopia
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): BOSKOES

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Seibertron.com member BOSKOES has just posted images of a custom repaint of Armada Unicron into the Lucky Draw Green Unicron or Unicron of Light.. This custom was designed to have a close resemblance to the original Lucky Draw figure, while maintaining the trademark "hyper detail" of the BOSKOES team.

Below are images of the custom with comparison pics of the real Lucky Draw figure for comparison (Courtesy of Transformers @ The Moon)

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This Green Unicron was limited to only ten pieces in a mail away contest held by the Micron Legend Year Book back in February of 2004. The rarity of a Lucky Draw figure makes it next to impossible to acquire and the diamond of an TF Collection. The best thing about BOSKOES Unicron is that you can own it!!! This piece is currently available for auction here.

To view the complete Lucky Draw Unicron gallery, click here.

Transtopia: Articulated hands for your Transformers!

Transformers News: Transtopia: Articulated hands for your Transformers!
Date: Wednesday, November 5th 2008 1:26am CST
Categories: People News, Site Articles, Toy News, Transtopia
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Jin Saotome

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Resident Kitbasher Jin Saotome has brought us yet another great way to improve your Transformers figures. In this step by step tutorial, he shows us how to create articulated hands for most figures.

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Like always, the original post on this tutorial can be found here, along with Jin's extensive archives on past tutorials and amazing kitbashes.

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