Minor/Repaint: WFC Optimus Prime easy leg mod

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  1. Trikeboy

    Trikeboy Well-Known Member

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    Hi, Sorry if this has been posted before, I did search the forum but found nothing. I love WFC Optimus Prime but I am a bit disappointed that Hasbro made him a deluxe class figure. He was the same size as Bumblebee too. I know there is a leg mod for Bumblebee to make him look smaller but if you use this mod as well the difference will be great.

    I wondered if I could get him to small Voyager size by making the legs longer. I took the legs apart and to my surprise it was very easy. It also has no impact on the trasformation to vehicle mode at all. I have a step by step process here that will take all the experts here less than 10 minutes to perform. All you need is a Philips screwdriver (cross head) and a sharp hobby knife.

    First off, some wip pics I took during the process. I worked on one leg to make sure it would work before I hacked him to death. Here are some pics to show how much height I achieved using this mod.

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    Here are some comparison pics of before and after with Bumblebee and Knight Morpher Commander (I don't have access to my Henkei Prime at the moment). The modified Prime is on the right. You can see that the difference is staggering.

    Bumblebee:
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    Knight Morpher Commander:
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    Ok, how did I do it. First you need to remove three screws on the leg:

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    Then put the legs to one side you will return to them soon. All you need to modify is a pair of tabs on the inner leg to make it extend further. The plastic is softer so a sharp hobby knife will make short work of the plastic. Look here:

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    Make sure both sides are the same length or you will get a longer leg in the end. Also, if it is too short it will be a bit wobbly but it will hold together well.

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    After both tabs have been cut, reassemble the legs and you have a modified Optimus Prime. The legs do require a little extra pressure to go higher but nothing to bad. If done correctly the back of the legs will look like this:

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    As you can see, there is no change to the vehicle mode.

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    That's it, there is no more to this tutorial. I do have plans to mod Bumblebee to match them better but I have a few other things I am working on first. Please leave any comments and criticisms. Thank you for looking.
     

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  2. madmegas4

    madmegas4 love the smell of plastic

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    bookmarked for when mine gets here
     
  3. yongkykun

    yongkykun Well-Known Member

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    Awesome! Would love to try that out. But I still haven't bought it yet :( 
     
  4. Trikeboy

    Trikeboy Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the comments so far, I took a photo of my Classics/Universe/Generations plus additional figures, well, the ones I have access to at the moment at least. Bumblebee definitly needs the leg mod done.

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  5. Ezilla82

    Ezilla82 Expect the Unexpected.

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    Very nice tutorial its f'n genius and clever.
     
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    -User deleted- alias 'Fujiwara'

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    Very good tutorial!

    But what we need is a undersized K.O. WFC Bumblebee, so that he is in scale with the other 3 WFC figures.
     
  7. axiom

    axiom What the what?!?! Moderator

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    Cool, I posted this leg mod a while back in the Feedback forum post #255 and no one really said much of it. I thought it really did wonders for the figure though.
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  8. baggzey23

    baggzey23 psn - baggzey23

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    bookmarked so i can do this tomorrow :D 

    now for your next objective

    make it so the plate on the back is removable so prime can be even more accurate
     
  9. SPLIT LIP

    SPLIT LIP Dry built

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    I think I prefer the legs unmodded, to be honest.
     
  10. Murasame

    Murasame CHIMICHANGAS

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    Me too.
     
  11. Rotorstorm

    Rotorstorm OriginalRotorstorm Fanboy

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    how does the mod look if the lights are rotated up so that they cover the new knee position?
     
  12. The_Jack

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    Ive also used the mod here a pic for comparisson:

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    Thx for the great idea!
     
  13. Sso02V

    Sso02V Injector Has a Posse

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    Like there's huge chunks cut out of his legs, same as pre-modded.
     
  14. The_Jack

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    I prefer to keep the knee caps up and thats why i really enjoy this mod that way you can still see a part of the upper leg ;) 
     
  15. Trikeboy

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    It looks good with the knee's rotated up:
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    Thanks for all the comments so far everyone. Axiom, I didn't see your post when I was making this modification. If you look in the background of that picture you can see another figure I am working on. Something I am wanting to add to the WFC line. Thanks to this leg mod he stands at the same height now.
     
  16. Hiraga

    Hiraga BILL BILL BILL BILL BILL

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    I'm not gonna mod the legs on mine, just because I won't be getting Bumblebee. And seeing as how Megatron, Optimus, and Soundwave are all around the same height, I tend to think more along the lines of Bumblebee being too tall, and Optimus being too short.

    Nice mod for those that have Bumblebee though.
     
  17. TCracker

    TCracker おもちゃは今とても暑いです

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    Excellent mod there. At least he is as high a Knight Morpher (kinda). I am doing it as soon as I come back from my business trip.
     
  18. cheetor71

    cheetor71 Autobot

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    Great mod. I'm gonna have to try that. Mine's in pieces right now. This will be perfect for my custom.
     
  19. Rexidus

    Rexidus Autobot TFW2005 Supporter

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    I'm curious to see one modded Prime and modded Bee side by side (and also a similar shot of unmodded ones).

    I've been debating the Bee mod and combined with this it might give the feel I want.
     
  20. Trikeboy

    Trikeboy Well-Known Member

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    I will probably do the bumblebee mod today. keep a look out.
     

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