How do YOU transform?

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by twiztidRodimus, Apr 19, 2012.

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What do you use to transform

  1. Instructions

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  2. Videos

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  3. Just trying with NO help

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  4. A mix

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  1. twiztidRodimus

    twiztidRodimus Shattered Glass Autobot

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    How do you personally figure out how to transform your bots?

    Through the instructions, just trying with no help, or videos.

    I personally almost exclusively use youtube for videos on how to go back and forth, the instructions don't help as well as visual
     
  2. Astroscream

    Astroscream News Cred > Street Cred

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    I use the instructions. I am always worried that if I try to guess how they transform that something is going to end up breaking.
     
  3. seekerblackout

    seekerblackout Banned

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    No help unless I need it which is rare.
     
  4. Shockwave9227

    Shockwave9227 I'm actually 16.

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    A mix of videos and blindly transforming a figure.
     
  5. UnicronFTW

    UnicronFTW Don't blink.

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    I transform it to the best of my ability. But if something confuses me a great deal or if I feel I'm going to break it, then I will consult the intstructions. More often then not, the instruction manual will be much to vague, and I will instead refer to images or to a video online.
     
  6. Jetbolt

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    I mainly go on youtube and watch one of Peaugh's videos to see how it transforms at first. Then I'll do it myself a few times to get the transformation remember.

    Though now on the voyager figures, its back to the basic ways of just guessing. Instructions are hardly of any help and Peaugh starts off in vehicle mode first. While now the voyager figures are package in robot mode, so a bit of headache at times when it comes to them now.
     
  7. Bountyan

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    I do it myself. Looking at instructions or a video is no fun unless I'm stuck somewhere after trying for a while and/or I don't want to risk breaking the figure.
     
  8. sideswipe88

    sideswipe88 Stig's Asian Cousin

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    I mostly watch video reviews before I buy a figure, but that's usually a few weeks ahead but when I have it in hand I mess with it and don't use help unless I need it.
     
  9. Noideaforaname

    Noideaforaname Pico, let's go up to Zuma

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    When I first got into the hobby I used the instructions. After a few figures I started to recognize certain patterns and now I try it alone using the pics on the package as a general guide. I keep the instructions at hand just in case I need them. If something really stumps me and the instructions don't help, then I'll look it up on-line.

    I avoid videos/guides like the plague before buying a figure. I like "solving" the transformation problem myself; seeing how it's done defeats the purpose.
     
  10. Cecilia

    Cecilia Transforming

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    It depends, mostly I try instructions, but when they are lame or I purchase a toy without instructions, youtube :) 
     
  11. theestampede

    theestampede Wandering Artist

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    blind transformation, though on occasion I'll look through the manual to see if there's a new head or something I missed
     
  12. FakeEyes22

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    I used to follow the instructions step by step every time, even on simple stuff. It was just part of my "ritual" of opening a new TF for 20+ years.

    Now it's more casual than that, especially if it's something simpler, and I've found the fun in trying to figure it out and often gain an opinion based on how intuitive the transformation is.
     
  13. Lbsammills51

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    Instructions, though I'll resort to videos if something is a pain in the ass (like getting Alternity Bumblebee's hood/torso to look right in 'bot mode).
     
  14. ORIO

    ORIO Plant-Based Bot Super Mod News Staff

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    Instructions first. Read once just to make sure I don't forget anything. After that I'm good :) 

    Except with Cyberverse. Don't use instructions there.
     
  15. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    Part of the fun for me is figuring everything out. Rarely do I use instructions. The main times that I do are with really expensive figures, and that's just to insure I don't break anything. A $12 deluxe is one thing, but a $100+ figure is another.
     
  16. Sy-Rein

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    I used to exclusively attempt to transform new figures with no help and only refer to the instructions if something wasn't feeling right so as to avoid breakage. If I didn't look at the instructions to transform a figure, I would have a look at them afterwards to see if I missed something or if there were any cool little features shown.

    However more recently I've been watching video reviews of figures that I'm interested in and I'll usually see the transformation before I get the figure in hand. So I consider myself kind of cheating when it comes to actually transforming the figure the first time.
     
  17. tikgnat

    tikgnat Baweepgranaweepninnybong. TFW2005 Supporter

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    I throw the figure at the wall until it changes into a robot.

    Oh wait, what are those bits of paper for? Yeah, sometimes I use them.
     
  18. mx-01 archon

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    Don't use the instructions, and try my darndest to avoid advanced video reviews for fear of being spoiled (unless it's simply obvious by looking at the figure how the major tricks of the figure work. I'm pretty good at deciphering transformations on looks alone).
     
  19. Jacer

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    That's exactly how I feel! But lately the figures I've been getting have been fairly easy so i've been doing without instructions.
     
  20. kamuix

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    i used to use instructions back then, but now with youtube i just watch peaugh or optibotimus reviews. usually i see how they go about it and then when i get the figure, i try to transform it off memory. i guess the good thing about the video reviews is that they always mention if a part may be hard to fold, or is fragile. it's good to know, rather than attempt it from instructions or from trial and error only to snap something. i mean 12 bucks isn't much, but money is still money :D 
     

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