With the hindsight of my previous LEGOformers, making this particular creation was not nearly as frustrating; in other words, since I've painstaking developed several transforming LEGO video game systems in the past, this new Vantage figure had over two years of prior LEGO engineering savvy, thus its conception and development was rather streamlined. First you've seen my Zapper Plasmashock, then I lit up the internets with my Game Boy Domaster -- followed by my Game Gear Gearhead, and eventually my Nintendo 64 Ultra Hexacon -- and now, without any further Apu, I bring you. . . Vantage: arguably the Galvatron to Domaster's Megatron (despite Domaster clearly being inspired by Soundwave, and also never getting nearly killed in an epic battle against Autobots)! More or less, Vantage has the overall general design of Domaster, but as well as a very similar (yet improved) transformation cycle of Gearhead. Combine that with the improved ascetics and engineering of Ultra Hexacon, and you've got a mighty fine and durable custom transforming LEGO toy! Vantage blends the best of basic LEGO with the sophistication of Technic, and the flexibility of Hero Factory.
A few things to cover, first: if you plan on copying my exact design scheme and color, you'll spend quite a lot of money -- for you see, to match the iconic image of the Nintendo Game Boy Advance's dark purple color scheme, I've made the outer color of Vantage with expensive and rare dark purple LEGO pieces. The Game Boy Advance was primary sold in dark purple, white, transparent blue, fuchsia, and black (as well as rare/regional colors as orange, platinum, and gold) -- ergo, if money is an issue, I'd definitely recommend making your Vantage clone solid black or white (or even a new color of your choice like red or green), as obtaining dark purple pieces was somewhat difficult. I've included 3D design files for my original purple mode, a solid black version, and a red/grey one that can have its colors swapped out. In fact, I insist: make him yellow to have your own custom Pikachu edition! Make him any color you'd like!
With the exception of the "Boom" game cartridge label (parody Doom game that transforms into an automatic shotgun), everything you see here is 100% native LEGO, with no 3rd-party accessories, cutting, gluing, sanding, nor even any electronics. All of the parts seen here can be purchased online, and many of which can be found in current LEGO sets.