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Following suit of my most popular LEGO creations -- replicas of video game systems/games that transform into Hasbro-esque robots -- I've created yet another custom action figure for my series! Only this time, I not only have a full photo shoot available, but also a complete 3D build guide and parts list, so that you can make your own clones and/or improved models!

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.
 
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the battery cannons are like your trademark -n-;;
Baron von Brunk (author)  charlie-lee-rhee5 months ago

Fun fact: I actually dressed as a giant 9-volt battery for a Halloween costume in 1996!

Bwahaha! That's a pretty smart idea for a costume! That would be funny if there was an energizer rabbit costume to go along with it! (:

-J.R.

isn't the bunny from Duracell(or something like that)?

No, he is from the Energiser brand of battery, I may have a pack lying around with his picture on it.

Actually, you're both right (I worked in the consumer electronics industry, and my old company had a product license with Duracell): originally Duracell had a toy cartoon rabbit mascot for their batteries -- and in the 1980s, Energizer released a marketing campaign depicting another toy bunny (albeit more powerful) to outlast the Duracell bunny, by basically saying that its rival was "weak" from an inferior battery brand (that's also why the former wears sunglasses, to appear more "hip" and cool versus its rival). The Energizer bunny won the battle, and became a staple mascot for the brand.

Wow! I learn something everyday! (:

Here's a picture:

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mikeasaurus5 months ago

I think my head just exploded

Your head couldn't have exploded, because how could you have written that comment about your head exploding! :)

-J.R.

Baron von Brunk (author)  mikeasaurus5 months ago

YOUR HEAD A SPOLDE!!

Once again, an amazing creation done by, the one and only, Baron von Brunk!

Great job man!

-J.R.

hi baron. as a young lego creator I was wondering how you gotto thepoint you did with getting published by game magazines and such. and I was hoping if you could provide tips for getting to be known as a lego creator. -The lego guy.

Baron von Brunk (author)  the lego guy 143 months ago
Getting noticed by print/media wasn't easy -- and it took quite a long time before anyone noticed my work! A lot of my older projects from 2008-2011 were widely ignored, with the exception of my original small fanbase. It wasn't until early 2012 that my MOCs were getting noticed by some major blogs and publications, and eventually some of my refined creations were getting published in print media like Nintendo Power. One thing's for sure, though: I never contacted any of those sites/magazine -- rather, I simply cross-posted my projects across various social media platforms (Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram), and was fortunate enough for someone to take notice and spread the word.

Always start off small, gradually improve your skills, and try to tackle projects never created before. For instance, two of my most popular works -- the Fireflower Airship and the Game Boy Transformer -- were created when I realized none of those particular models existed in LEGO-form, thus when I built them I was able to claim credit for originality!
oh. haha;; OK...
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skyberrys5 months ago

Wow this is wonderful!!

jmacshane5 months ago

You should really get in touch with Lego and have them mass produce your designs. These are awesome!

Baron von Brunk (author)  jmacshane5 months ago
Thanks! I actually made a CUUSOO page for my previous Game Boy Transformer: http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/14089
jackmaster5 months ago

i tried to download this but it said "this is an older verson it can not work

Baron von Brunk (author)  jackmaster5 months ago
Which file -- LEGO Digital Designer, or my Vantage models?

This instructable is my vote for the robot contest by the way. (;

Thank you!

No prob!

Am I able to fabricate my designs using that software?

I'm actually not sure if they still do that either. I mean, I know for a fact that you can't order a custom model of your 3D creation anymore (they stopped doing that in 2012, I believe).

Ok, thanks!

Do you mean original LEGO designs, or 3D rendering in general? Yes to the former - and it's both fun and addicting!

I mean, am I able to design a creation then have them ship me the parts to make it? I know they did that before, but I don't know if they do that anymore. Thanks for helping me! (:

-J.R.

jupton25 months ago
actual genius
craftclarity5 months ago

A MAY ZING. Superlative work, sir.

cyro125 months ago

Awesome! I want this D;

I love how it has battery's haha
pongopeter8265 months ago
Wow I wish I was this creative!

Very, very cool. Love this!

Wow... you should do this for a living!