One Matchbox Car, One Transformer




Introduction: One Matchbox Car, One Transformer

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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)

- Hacksaw
- 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).



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    17 Discussions

    Definitely trying this soon. Now to raid the secondhand shops!

    An idea for being able to make ones that transform are rubber or hinges for the joints, and position it in a way that it can transform easily.

    sorry about duble cominting, but i would like to say that not very many instructubles that ive seen are as good as this. me give ya good rating =)

    that is cool i never thought of that before

    It depends on what you mean by that. No, it does not go back from a robot to a car, and then back to a robot. But it does look similar to a transformer, so it's up to you to decide on that.

    It's more of a robot made from a chopped-up car. A transformers toy would be one that can go from a robot to a car, and back again. I like it, it's just not a transformer in my eyes. :(

    I agree, but if I called it a chopped a car robot, it wouldn't make much sense. Besides, it would be extremely difficult to make it go from a car to a robot and then back again. So I made it look like the robot form of the transformer, and in my opinion, that's good enough.