"EMBRACE ME OR EMBRACE YOUR DOOM!"
here’s a little project i’ve been working on, converting orange knockout into tfa dead end.
Working on several custom transformers now. Converting spare ROTF Bumblebee into Waspinator, DOTM Soundwave becoming Lockdown, Air Vehicon becoming ElitaOne (needs new head though) and the three (not just choosing two) spare G1 Starscreams become the Rainmakers (my cybertron SunStorm renames to Terradive). Already botched an attempt at Windblade using Airachnid as the base but my animated DeadEnd from prime Knockout went well, just need to figure out the stripes. Now trying to track down some cheap base figures to use as RoadRage (Swerve?) & Strika (Sparkcrusher?). Still want a sexy DOTM Sideswipe and I haven’t found a hook to use on a custom Grapple (G1 Optimus mould) but I have found one I could stick on Hoist, if I picked him up. Plus additional paintwork on Bonecrusher & Hound, the latter for whom I still need to drill a mount for his vehicle gun thingy.
[No, Bitstream is an entirely different guy. There are two different sets of “rainmakers”: follow the links for official bios:]
[Acid Storm] [Yet unnamed blue] [yet unnamed yellow]
Botcon ‘13 Rainmakers:
[Sunstorm] [Bitstream] [Hotlink]
(Hasbro confirmed on twitter that they’re not the same rainmakers, they used the name “rainmakers” for generic seekers at Botcon.)
Hasbro don’t know what they are doing - first they deny Sunstorm is a Rainmaker, then they put him in the team with two different guys. Pfft.
The Rainmakers should be AcidStorm, SunStorm and IceStorm - variants of the “storm” theme. Besides, AcidStorm and Sunstorm appear together in the comics as being in the same unit, so there.
Meanwhile HotLink and BitStream appear with an orange seeker in a different episode to the Rainmakers and their names are computer terms that didn’t exist in 1984. Fans refer to them as Roadblockers, which is too literal and pretty stupid for jets. Going with the theme of their names, they are blocking the path as a “firewall” would block data. The Firewalls? Or the Hackers? The yellow guy could have a name like DataSurge or ErrorByte or DiveHacker or something more technical, like BackScatter.
Finished my custom AirRaid G1 style, from a spare Skywarp. He’s getting in another famous knock-out punch on Starscream but only after a sneak attack downed Powerglide… those Seekers are just too damn good in the air.
Turned a spare Skywarp into AirRaid, still needs a few more coats of paint. Decided that I will also paint two Starscream spares as either AcidStorm, HotLink or BitStream… hmm choosing sucks. Meanwhile I’ll convert my blue G2 AirRaid into Airazor as it has a beaked face and the alt design looks more alien than stealth bomber… not sure if I’ll repaint or just pretend. Then there’s those plans for Lockdown that I gave up on because I couldn’t find small studs, conversion of spare tank Megatrons into Hardhead & Strika, orange Knockout becomes DeadEnd, and then finally there’s the holy grail of how to invent an ElitaOne (who isn’t a bike wreck.)
"Nothing screams national costume like the first Miss USA transformer. Embracing powerful women in a transforming country that’s made up of so much. That’s what Miss USA means to me," Erin (gamely?) wrote on Instagram.
The weirdest part? Her ensemble was created by Martin Izquierdo, a costume designer – wait for it – at Victoria’s Secret.
Missosology, an online magazine for beauty pageants, hated the costume.
“The Miss Universe National Costume contest is a tradition as old as Miss Universe itself. It is meant to showcase the culture of a nation to the entire world. That is why when Miss USA Erin Brady stepped out of the stage like an Optimus Prime from the Transformers, she effectively pushed the envelope way too much,” the magazine editorialized.
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/11/05/4598767/miss-usa-mistaken-as-a-transformer.html#storylink=cpy
right idea, epic fail in execution.