Poverty Action Figures

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Bitchwing, Dec 7, 2019.

  1. Bitchwing

    Bitchwing I am not a Homestuck. I want that on screen.

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    A toy is whatever you make it- especially if you're too broke to afford official merch. Here's a thread for photos of Transformers action figures that can be found in the form of common, affordable items.
    Duchamp called this art of "Ready-made."

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    (This has been a joke at my own expense about my inability to afford to collect all the TF figures I want.
    Feel free to add your own.)​
     
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  2. ObakaChanTachi

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  3. deltaprime

    deltaprime The Christian Transfan

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    Goofy idea for a thread, but theres something cool behind it. I remember when i was little, RID2000 got me into transformers but i didnt have Optimus. So I took a rescue hero fireman and used it as Primes bot mode, then I'd swap him out for a firetruck to "transform" him.
     
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  4. Bitchwing

    Bitchwing I am not a Homestuck. I want that on screen.

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    I have similar memories of using "stand-ins" when I was a kid, and I think that's part of what makes this fun in a genuine and sincere way.
    With just a little imagination, even a handful of utensils from the kitchen drawer could easily be stand-ins for the characters you were missing when you played as a kid.
    Similarly, aside from using other toys and everyday items for play, I also got a lot of enjoyment making my own toys growing up. It's all part of the fun.
     
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  5. deltaprime

    deltaprime The Christian Transfan

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    Oh cool! How would you make your own?
    I would also make my own transformers out of paper. I got pretty good in 1st grade with drawing them out and cutting/folding them into whatever they turned into (at least i thought so)
     
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    As a kid, I used to try to make stand in Transformers using Legos...
     
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  7. Bitchwing

    Bitchwing I am not a Homestuck. I want that on screen.

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    Well for characters from TV, I did what you did sometimes by making "paper dolls." I'd usually just find pictures of the toys I liked in magazines, cut them out, and back them against pieces of cardboard. (TBH, I think you probably earned more fine motor skills than I did in this endeavor since you actually drew the characters yourself and it sounds like you were getting some paper origami alt-modes going on.)
    Funny non-TF story though, my brothers and I technically owned 1.15 GI Joe action figures growing up. We had one large action figure who we picked up at a garage sale (and later lost because we threw him in a tree and couldn't get him down for years.) And aside from that, I once found the right calf and boot broken off of one of the 6-inch figures busted on the sidewalk. I kept it, and I built a whole new body around that boot using clothespins, tape, glue, and a few fuzzy pipe-cleaners. IDK where this DIY figure wound up, but his name is "Bootstraps."
     
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  8. hthrun

    hthrun Show accuracy's overrated

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    I did that too and called them "Changers". I drew them, held them up to a window to trace and draw the back, and taped them together. Usually they were flat planes or cars with paper wheels taped on.
    I made comic books for them, too. The bad guy leader, Cutter (a plane with a propeller) got killed in the second or third issue and was replaced by Cannon Cutter, a cowardly character who transformed into a cannon. He was made out of a clothes pin and spool.
    There are more memories about them but I don't want to keep going right now...
     
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    Energon cubes. Of course, I would always end up eating them when I was a kid.

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    I preferred my lego-made Transformers over the transforming turd I got from Grandma... man I was a spoiled kid.

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    G1 Megatron

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  12. Bitchwing

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    By the same gesture-
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    There are a lot of budget transforming action figures that are pretty decent...

    Yeah I know that the gist of the thread is that ghetto things are used as a replacement... It's heartbreaking how things are now, but I do like to make fun of bootleg or knockoff properties.
     
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  14. The13Primes

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    Hey Hasbro this ko has a moving turret


    How come I can’t get one on my overlord
     
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    Windsweeper II The Pristine

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    Same here.
    Made some really cool new characters too.
     
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  16. hthrun

    hthrun Show accuracy's overrated

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    I liked to make mechs for the little Lego guys to pilot.
     
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    Windsweeper II The Pristine

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    Oh. I didn't build anything that elaborate.
    Mine were more like those Kreo mini-figure transformers. But I got some pretty nifty transformations out of them. Especially Galvatron. The only big TF I did build was an in my imagination city-bot sized warship.
     
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    IgnikaMarcus Waiting for bite in sales thread.

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