Minor/Repaint: Netflix Elita-1 EZ headswap

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  1. Burnout00012

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    When Netflix Elita-1 was revealed, I couldn't help but be a bit disappointed by the headsculpt. Sure, it looked fine and all, but it was a far cry from the distinct G1 Elita helmet. So I had a bit of an idea... What if I could swap it with the head from the POTP voyager? I poured over photos and reviews and comparisons, and I came to a hypothesis: That the heads were very similar in size, and color.

    Flash forward to a few weeks ago when I finally got her, and a junker POTP voyager, and lo and behold, my hypotheses were true! The size is just right, and the paint is very very close. Not identical, but close enough to not be noticeable from a distance. Of course, the ball joints were two different sizes, but that's nothing my ol' paper-in-the-socket trick wouldn't fix. Now Elita-1 is looking just like she should, ready to lead the Autobot resistance on Cybertron in Optimus' absence, or right by his side!

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  2. Dachande

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    I always thought the PotP head sculpt looked somewhat dead, but it looks nice on the Netflix body.
    Does it still fit in alt mode?
     
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    I was really disappointed that the car mode was not changed at all. I really hoped that they at least changed that fin piece to resemble the head like it did in G1. Then there is the head. I like the head, but I wanted G1. If Hasbro is going to give us all the G1 goodness its been giving us with Siege and Earthrise and so on, then they really need to stick to it and changing a character like Elita-1 who really hasn't been done justice is just a bad move. They screwed her in POTP (arguably with all of the fembots), and did this injustice to her. But I think what you've done really works and should have been what we got to begin with.
     
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    what Optimus rifle is that?
     
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    Hmmm..!! good to know! I'm on a quest to make a better Elita-1 and having a good size comparison for the PotP head really helps.
    I was originally going to use the Netflix head, but I think I'll repurpose it for another project.
     
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  6. Snaku

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    That looks great! I ordered one and it should be arriving any day. I was thinking of designing and 3d printing a new head but now I'm thinking I should try to track down a potp figure to heartlessly decapitate. I was also thinking of grabbing a go better kit for her legs and 3d printing some g1 looking shoulder covers.
     
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    WOW! That REALLY makes the toy look MUCH better. How did you get the head off? I tried removing Arcee's head when I customized her a couple of months ago but had difficulty. Now all she would need is some paint.
     
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  8. Burnout00012

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    Yes, it does! But her transformation sucks, and her alt mode is so not worth it, so I'm probably never transforming her again.

    The car mode does have some sculpt differences in the front, but it's still very clearly just Arcee's alt mode. Super underwhelming, I agree. And yeah, I definitely am not too much of a fan of her simplified helmet for WFC.

    The rifle and axe are from fellow board member @Trunkkey!

    I would really love a backpack and thigh kit like the one that came out for Arcee. I hope one does appear on the scene sooner or later.

    I had to split her head in half with a razor blade. All the pegs are glued together, so they will break, but since I'm not using that head for anything else, it's not a big deal at all.

    Thank you all for the kind words! :D 
     
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  9. Trunkkey

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    Aye! My elita was looking good until i just saw your pics.
    Thanks for nothing. :p 

    @WinstoBot would be proud of your paper in the hole trick!
     
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  10. Burnout00012

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    I'd still love to see what you've done with yours!

    And I'm not familiar with their work, have they done something similar in the past?
     
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  11. Trunkkey

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    I didn't do anything to mine because i didn't know i was supposed to...

    Winstobot does some amazing customs with wood and paper. MANUALLY. hand drawn sketches, hand made, old testament, baby! I can't even tell that it's not plastic!
     
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  12. Burnout00012

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    My bad, I just assumed :lol 

    Ahh, come to think of it I believe I have seen his work before! Amazing stuff, that custom wood and paper craft. I'm definitely not that skilled, but hey, the paper-in-the-socket trick is absolutely perfect for tightening up loose ball joints. I'd argue even better than the superglue-on-the-ball trick!
     
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    I'll have to try this, I make similar projects with wood and cardboard and clear nail polish has helped, but not been perfect.

    Also, Elita looks great! Makes me kinda want to get both now and do this.
     
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    Just curious, but what does the other head/body combo look like? I'd be tempted to do this if I got a chance, should it look well.
     
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    The Netflix head will not fit on the POTP body without significantly widening the neck socket.
     
  16. StrifeZ

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    How did you get Netflix Elita-1's head off? Pulling didn't work. o_O 
     
  17. Burnout00012

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    Split it in half with a razor blade!
     
  18. Ellamin

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    i got that, but I wanted to know how it looked, just potentially.
     
  19. QmTablit

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    So planning to do this now. I wonder if a Gundam cap would work like your paper filler did.
     
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