Customs: Custom Combiner Parts

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  1. Swoop86

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    With all the recent hubub over combiners (a few excellent Devastators come to mind), I have acquired the "Radicon Itch" and wish to build one of my own. It will probably use exclusively animated figs. My question is in your experienced opinion what is the best method of combining separate transformers into one gestalt? Legos? Neo-Shifter joints? Rare Earth Magnets? Some sort of zoids piece? What is the strongest joint? The easiest to complete? the easiest to conceal (kinda important to fit in with the animated asthetic)? You tell me!
     

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    I prefer the neo-shifters joints. for 10 bucks you get about 20 joints and they are plug/socket. they also come with a few others as well. most of these have a double joint built in.

    you can see in the following image the knees and elbows uses these joints
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  3. Swoop86

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    Hmmm.... I should pick one of those up. Approximately How many did you use in you Devastator?
     
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    2 of the $10 kits (seen above) but that's including many that were thrown out through trial/error hehe
     
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    yep you should always make room for trial and error! thanks for the reply.
     
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    use the joints from the energon combiners
     
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    What are neo-shifter joints, and where can I get some?
     
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    they be the joints you see in the pic I posted above (the orange joints seen in elbows, knees). they are pin/socket type joints, and usually have rotation built in also. they are strong, and sturdy. i like them a lot.
     
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    I wouldn't use balljoints for figs at that sort of scale - they'll likely get loose fairly quickly due to the weight they have to support. Far better to use ratcheting connectors, which I believe NeoShifters use. I occasionally use Lego Knights Kingdom figs for ratchets too, and they're pretty tight (the same kinds of joints are available on ExoForce kits as well).
     
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    What about using magnets for attaching the joints to figures?
     
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    would need to be realy strong and well balanced for a combiner, i have used them to attach the hands to my piranacon
     
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    I bought clear balljoints and they feel pretty stirdy. I haven't used them with a lot of weight yet though.
     
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    Neo shifter joints do not ratchet, just pivot and rotate.
     
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    Neo Shifter joints are strong enough to pick up one of my devastators by his arm or leg and he doesn't come apart. He's quite heavy too.
     
  17. Methos

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    Doesn't the Neo Shifter joints run the risk of tearing off when trying to take the combinder apart?

    They have some very tight parts.
     
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    Frenzy_Rumble, are Neo Shifter joints good for attaching torso's? For example, with your Devastator custom, do you attach Hook and Long Haul with Neo Shifter joints?
     
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    I get my NeoShifters at Walmart. Try there.Usually in the Lego/Bionicle isle.
     
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    can someone explain to me these energon combiner joints I keep hearing about...
    do ya'll mean like the superion/bruticus combiner pieces or what? pics would be appreciated, thanks
     

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