As a kid, I loved playing with toy cars. But when I first learned about transformers, I wished I had my own transformer, not a small, puny toy car. Recently, I was in a toy shop and saw these matchbox cars that transformed into transformers. At first I thought, "Wow, these are awesome!" But then I relized that these were cheap things that would break in a day, and man, were they expensive. So I decided to make my own.
In this instructable, I will show you how to take a simple matchbox car, and transform it into an awesome action figure transformer robot.
Step 1: Materials
You don't need much for this project.
- Matchbox Car
- Glue (J-B Weld, Super Glue, and Hot Glue work well)
- Needle Nose Pliers (helpful, but not necessary)
Step 2: Get A Matchbox Car
First things first, you need to acquire a matchbox car. Buy it, find it, garbage pick it, steal it, I don't care (well, don't steal it), just get one. It should be pretty big (like a truck or something), and make sure it is metal. Also, you want it to have a bunch of cool parts. Try to visualize what the transformer will look like when you see the car.
Step 3: Cutting
Next, grab a hacksaw and cut the car into a bunch of parts and pieces. I also used needle nosed pliers to help take the car apart. This is actually a lot easier than it seems, it only took me about one hour.
Step 4: Visualizing Your Transformer
Put the pieces together to form an idea of what your transformer will look like. Make sure you have legs, arms, a body, a head, and some sort of weapon(s). This is helpful to do before you start glueing
Step 5: Glueing It Together
Glue the pieces and parts together. I used J-B Weld, but other things will work fine. Make sure you wait for the glue to dry.
Step 6: Play!
First, make sure to name your transformer. Give him/her a good name (Latin words are always fun). I named mine Mortem Lator. Then decide if it is going to be an autobot (good guy), decepticon (bad guy), or something else. I wanted mine to be an outlaw/vigilante, but I guess it would be more of an autobot. After it's all done; make some more, invite some kids over, and then have an epic war. These are the perfect toy: tough, sturdy, durable, cool looking, and fun.
Why are you still reading? Start building and make your own One Matchbox Car, One Transformer! Place a picture of your transformer (made out of one car) in the comments below and get a free digital patch (while supplies last).