Minor/Repaint: Earthrise Sunstreaker Head Swap

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  1. spencer1984

    spencer1984 Well-Known Member

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    Much as I love the new design for Sunstreaker, I hate that little pin head he's stuck with. Hasbro has been leaning more and more into the cartoon aesthetic, but for me the "real" Sunstreaker will always have the giant mellon with its massive bat ears. Universe '08 got it nearly dead-on, and that mold remains my favorite Sideswipe...but I always kind of missed the Lambo feet and wider body when it came to his brother.

    Turns out, swapping heads was easier than I expected. They use the same size ball joint, so it's just a matter of a few seconds to give Sunny a more toyish head. What took a little longer was modifying his chest cavity, so that it stows completely in vehicle mode.
     

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  2. jametron

    jametron Release the Kraken!!!!!!!

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    Nice! I too like the Universe head far better... I’ll be doing the same when I finally get ER SS.
     
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  4. ThunderDestron

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    Thats a lot better. It will look good with
    2021 Kingdom Earth Mode Sideswipe
     
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  5. Bee427

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    Man, that Danny and Arnold. Funny dudes.
     
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    Bee427 Still here and queer

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    Nice custom!
     
  7. POSSESSED_DIGIT

    POSSESSED_DIGIT WE ARE NUBBY THUMB!!

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    Took a sec, but I got that reference...
     
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    SMOG Vocabchampion ArgueTitan

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    Oh wow... that looks great! :thumb 

    Love the nod to the G1 box-art pose as well. :wink: 

    zmog
     
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  9. spencer1984

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    Thanks, guys!
     
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    Definitely an improvement! Might do this myself
     
  11. MusicMatrix

    MusicMatrix Well-Known Member

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    How much / what work went into modifying the Earthrise chest cavity?
     
  12. spencer1984

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    Thanks!

    I arranged his head how I wanted it to be in car mode, then tried to fold it into the chest cavity. Every time it hit something, I would use a good X-Acto to carve some plastic either out of the hole or off the back of his head and tried it again. The sides of the posts where the screws mount, back of his crest, and center bottom of the hole each got a little shaved off.
     
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    Was that leaked or confirmed somewhere?
     
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    Leaked. It comes in a two pack with BW Grimlock I think.
     
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    Great. Thanks!
     
  16. autobot prowl

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    I really hate the universe mold, but I'm glad I held onto it. Will work great for this. I also intend to repaint the entire figure
     
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    Wow, that makes a big difference! Did you have much trouble getting the ER Streaker head off? I had to pop my ER Runamuck's head apart to get it off without cracking the folding neck piece.
     
  18. spencer1984

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    I was expecting to have to do the same, and had started getting tools in between the halves of his head to do just that. Then I noticed that the joint didn't look very deep, so I put a little pressure where I was working and it just popped right off in one piece. No trouble at all.
     
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