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Figure Note:
Stop-Motion Transformation of NewAge H-9 Agamemnon. This is a very clever design for a legends-scale figure.

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Gun to Robot: 0:09
Robot to Gun: 1:08
Speed run to Robot: 2:07
Speed run to Gun: 2:26
2x Run: 2:44
End credits: 3:04

Production Note: Actually these smaller figures aren’t too bad to animate since all the joints are friction joints and no part is too heavy for the supporting joint.

Viewing Note:
If you want to follow along, I recommend skipping to the speed run and using the Chrome plugin called "Frame by Frame for YouTube". It turns your , and . keyboard keys into single-frame movement keys. Every step of the transformation is documented in the frames of the video, in what I consider to be the best sequence. With minimal rubbing and minimal parts-parking.

Music: The music is by Ethan Meixsell - www.ethanmeixsell.com
Songs: “By the Sword” and “Thor’s Hammer”

Figure Note:
Stop-Motion Transformation of Planet X PX-06B Hephaestus. I really like how the tail transforms, but it does have a pretty bad clearance issue. One of the calf panels (a folded-up tail half) actually fails to clear. I simultaneously twist the waist to minimize it, but there’s no avoiding it. The brown stalk that transports the piece actually bends slightly to get the piece past.

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Dino to Robot: 0:09
Robot to Dino: 1:03
Speed run to Robot: 1:58
Speed run to Dino: 2:18
2x Run: 2:38
End credits: 2:58

Production Note: I tried to have the tail move like a lizard, but it was too fast so it ended up more like a dog. It’s tricky when you’re doing a turn to also do animation, because there’s kind of a minimum distance you can move a part and if you only move it every other rotation segment, it looks herky-jerky. So I HAVE to move it with every slight movement of the rotation. I tried to move it as slightly as possible, but I knew halfway through the turn that it was going to end up too rapid.

Viewing Note:
If you want to follow along, I recommend skipping to the speed run and using the Chrome plugin called "Frame by Frame for YouTube". It turns your , and . keyboard keys into single-frame movement keys. Every step of the transformation is documented in the frames of the video, in what I consider to be the best sequence. With minimal rubbing and minimal parts-parking.

Music: The music is by Ethan Meixsell - www.ethanmeixsell.com
Songs: “Demise” and “Start Your Engines”

Thanks to Show.Z Store: https://www.showzstore.com

Community note: Turmoil at work, so we’ll just have to see if there’s a Wednesday Livestream.

Figure Note:
Stop-Motion Transformation of Transform Element TE-01 Op (Black Version). This is a really good design - no backpack! I got it in the Nemesis Prime colors to add some variety. I really like some of the surprises in this design, like the front wheels ending up in the pelvis. Also the back of the truck mode is a lot slimmer than Magic Square’s design. So for your economy MP Optimus I would definitely recommend this design. Still have to give MP-44 better marks for proportion (aside from the backpack) and paint and articulation. Also MP-44’s arms are clean as can be while this one has parts of the truck on the backs of the forearms.

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Truck to Robot: 0:09
Robot to Truck: 1:41
Speed run to Robot: 3:14
Speed run to Truck: 3:40
2x Run: 4:06
End credits: 4:32

Production Note: This thing can be kind of floppy, so apologies for all the incidental movements. First time signing the whole video. That way when people “borrow” my videos, either with or without my permission, it will be an ad for me either way.

Viewing Note:
If you want to follow along, I recommend skipping to the speed run and using the Chrome plugin called "Frame by Frame for YouTube". It turns your , and . keyboard keys into single-frame movement keys. Every step of the transformation is documented in the frames of the video, in what I consider to be the best sequence. With minimal rubbing and minimal parts-parking.

Music: The music is by Ethan Meixsell - www.ethanmeixsell.com
Songs: “In the Shadows”, “Angel of Mercy”, and “March On”.
I would feature any number of his newer songs, but apparently his label may or may not “claim” them and basically get monitized *instead* of me, so it’s the same old songs over and over. If you make music like in these videos and wan..

Figure Note:
Stop-Motion Transformation of Maketoys MTRM-10 Galaxy Meteor. Decent MP version of this character. Odd of Maketoys to jump ahead to TF:Cybertron and skip all the other series. I’d be very happy with a Maketoys rendition of Railracer from 2001 RID. Or better yet, Takara or MMC.

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Spaceship to Robot: 0:09
Robot to Spaceship: 0:55
Speed run to Robot: 1:41
Speed run to Spaceship: 1:57
2x Run: 2:13
End credits: 2:29

Production Note: I shot empty background plates before handling the figure. Then I set them up as a lower layer in Photoshop and then erased the top layer with the figure wherever there was a hand in view. Easy if you remember to shoot the blank frame.

Viewing Note:
If you want to follow along, I recommend skipping to the speed run and using the Chrome plugin called "Frame by Frame for YouTube". It turns your , and . keyboard keys into single-frame movement keys. Every step of the transformation is documented in the frames of the video, in what I consider to be the best sequence. With minimal rubbing and minimal parts-parking.

Music: The music is by Ethan Meixsell - www.ethanmeixsell.com
Songs: “Demise” and “Thor’s Hammer”

Get it: https://showzstore.com/mastermind-creations-mmc-ocular-max-ps-13-ps13-impetus-vortex_p1252.html

Community Note: Who can tell me what the hidden “proto” mode looks like? (See production note for details) Answer on the Livestream on Wednesday.

Figure Note:
Stop-Motion Transformation of Mastermind Creations Ocular Max PS-13 Impetus. THIS is how you do a masterpiece combiner! No loose combiner parts! I am doing this whole set as they come out. I love how the helicopter boom goes .... just .... awayyyy. So slick how they hide the combiner hand inside the other two modes. Ocular Max is seriously like having a second Takara in the game. What a great design team they have.

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Helicopter to Robot: 0:09
Robot to Arm: 1:32
Arm to Helicopter: 2:40
---Speed Runs---
Helicopter to Robot: 3:38
Robot to Arm: 4:04
Arm to Helicopter: 4:27
Helicopter to Arm: 4:46
Arm to Robot: 5:06
Robot to Helicopter: 5:29
2x Run: 5:55
End credits: 7:04

Production Note: I treated it like the triple-changer it is. So you get all possible transformations in the speed runs. If you follow my notes, you will know that these days with triple-changers I devise a “proto” mode that is exactly halfway between all possible modes. So in this case I transformed the helicopter to this protomode and then onward to the robot. Then I re-set back to the protomode and went to arm mode. Then I use the three sequences - either forward or backwards as needed - to take a tour through all possible transitions. In this case, in the normal run I just go with HRAH, but in the speed runs I do all of them as so: HRAHARH. Yes, it’s a pain in the ass to make the propellers turn during the 360.

Viewing Note:
If you want to follow along, I recommend skipping to the speed run and using the Chrome plugin called "Frame by Frame for YouTube". It turns your , and . keyboard keys into single-frame movement keys. Every step of the transformat..

Community Note: I know I’ve been lazy and I haven’t livestreamed in a few weeks now. But this coming Wednesday I will be doing a livestream around 7pm EST where we will discuss all things MP-44. I will transform him, demonstrate the articulation, show off the knee joints, and go over how the sound chip works and play the Peter Cullen clips.

Figure Note:
Stop-Motion Transformation of Takara/Tomy MP-44 Masterpiece Optimus Prime v3.0. This is a
great figure. The articulation is astonishing. It’s not without its flaws, however. The knees have a bit of an issue as assembled (see below) and the whole thing requires quite a bit of parts-parking to free up clearance for the big head flip-around. But they did a splendid job of capturing the proportions of the cartoon Optimus. A lot of you prefer Magic Square’s version (in no small part because it’s so much less expensive) and that’s a great figure, but it doesn’t quite have the right cartoon proportions. MP-44 is quite the puzzle bot, but I’m actually quite fond of complex transformations - and they give me something to really chew on for these videos. Hopefully this video will be a useful guide to owners of this figure. Take note, a lot of the parts-parking in this sequence is entirely necessary. For example, if you don’t have shoulder butterflies extended out, then you cannot do the head flip - when you put them back in they lock onto the flipping chunk. In the other direction, if you don’t put the little shoulder tabs down into the chest (they end up under the windscreens) then you cannot do the head flip. And so forth. A big advantage this figure has is the incredible articulation. Look around online and you will see some amazing poses people are doing for him. He can kneel like a samurai, he can do the superhero landing pose. Amazing articulation. Also the trailer and accessories are way cool.

Knees:
I had to disassemble and repair the secondary knee joints. You see, the secondary joint is one of those ratchet joi..

Figure Note:
Stop-Motion Transformation of X-Transbots MM-12 Neptune. I like how they got the feet to end up narrower.

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Hovercraft to Robot: 0:08
Robot to Hovercraft: 0:43
Speed run to Robot: 1:19
Speed run to Hovercraft: 1:31
2x Run: 1:43
End credits: 1:55

Production Note: There’s a country saying where you say a guy who dresses like a cowboy but isn’t really one is “all hat”. I would propose in a similar vein that simple transformers like this are “all turn-around”. This shoot was 421 frames where about 284 of them were the turn-around sequences. That’s just over 2/3 of the frames! Not to worry, my next video will be mostly transformation, if you catch my drift. Watch my instagram.

Viewing Note:
If you want to follow along, I recommend skipping to the speed run and using the Chrome plugin called "Frame by Frame for YouTube". It turns your , and . keyboard keys into single-frame movement keys. Every step of the transformation is documented in the frames of the video, in what I consider to be the best sequence. With minimal rubbing and minimal parts-parking.

Music: The music is by Ethan Meixsell - www.ethanmeixsell.com
Songs: “Sea of Sand” (purely for the irony), “Run”.

Figure Note:
Stop-Motion Transformation of Mastermind Creations Ocular Max PS-01C Sphinx. Wanted to up date this design for a while, so this recolor on loan was another great opportunity. The little dude phases out a lot smoother now. Insane how I tried to do that on the original video. These MMC figures on right on par with Takara for consistency and quality design.

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Car to Robot: 0:09
Robot to Car: 0:52
Speed run to Robot: 1:34
Speed run to Car: 1:51
2x Run: 2:08
End credits: 2:25

Production Note: Yes, I see him rotate weirdly slow in robot mode in the speed runs, too. I managed to forget to include a set of frames for the “200%” treatment I give the turn-arounds in the speed run and realized it too late. Call it artistic license.

Viewing Note:
If you want to follow along, I recommend skipping to the speed run and using the Chrome plugin called "Frame by Frame for YouTube". It turns your , and . keyboard keys into single-frame movement keys. Every step of the transformation is documented in the frames of the video, in what I consider to be the best sequence. With minimal rubbing and minimal parts-parking.

Music: The music is by Ethan Meixsell - www.ethanmeixsell.com
Songs: “Start Your Engines” and “Run”

Figure Note:
Stop-Motion Transformation of Takara/Tomy MP-18+ Streak. I had thought about redoing the MP-18 mold and this was a good excuse to do so. They did their best to update this mold for the new aesthetic, but there’s no avoiding that this was originally designed as a toy MP and not a cartoon MP like the newer ones. Personally, I kind of liked the older toy MPs.

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Car to Robot: 0:12
Robot to Car: 1:00
Speed run to Robot: 1:49
Speed run to Car: 2:05
2x Run: 2:21
End credits: 2:38

Production Note: Nothing particular of note. Nice to have a smaller figure where I don’t have to edit out the edge of the turntable in post.

Viewing Note:
If you want to follow along, I recommend skipping to the speed run and using the Chrome plugin called "Frame by Frame for YouTube". It turns your , and . keyboard keys into single-frame movement keys. Every step of the transformation is documented in the frames of the video, in what I consider to be the best sequence. With minimal rubbing and minimal parts-parking.

Music: The music is by Ethan Meixsell - www.ethanmeixsell.com
Songs: “Led Foot” and “Run”

Figure Note:
Stop-Motion Transformation of Fans Toys FT-30A Maverick. Me: “Fans Toys sure uses a lot of fiddly little linkages!” Fans Toys: “Hold my beer.” As usual for Fans Toys this is a very solid, heavy and beautifully painted figure. Also usual for Fans Toys this figure relies too much on flimsy little transport linkages. Every one one of their designs seems to start its life as a partsformer and only later in the process do they tie the parts together with the linkages. Did I mention how very nice the paint is?

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Jet to Robot: 0:09
Robot to Jet: 1:50
Speed run to Robot: 3:32
Speed run to Jet: 4:04
2x Run: 4:36
End credits: 5:09

Production Note: I had to use a lot of rigging to get this thing’s floppy parts to hover in mid-air and so a lot of photo editing in post. If you noticed all that hideous artifacting on the nosecone (left side of frame) at one point, that’s because one of my spot lights wandered into frame and I idiotically didn’t notice it for quite a while. I would have been better off just letting it be in frame instead of trying to edit it out.

Viewing Note:
If you want to follow along, I recommend skipping to the speed run and using the Chrome plugin called "Frame by Frame for YouTube". It turns your , and . keyboard keys into single-frame movement keys. Every step of the transformation is documented in the frames of the video, in what I consider to be the best sequence. With minimal rubbing and minimal parts-parking.

Music: The music is by Ethan Meixsell - www.ethanmeixsell.com
Songs: “Pride before the Fall” and “Run”

Figure Note:
Stop-Motion Transformation of Hasbro MPM-08 Movie Masterpiece Megatron. This is a very faithful representation of Megatron from the first movie. It’s otherwise not my cup-o-tea, since it doesn’t really transform into anything recognizable.

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WTF to Robot: 0:09
Robot to WTF: 1:18
Speed run to Robot: 2:27
Speed run to WTF: 2:52
2x Run: 3:15
End credits: 3:40

Production Note: Yup. I forgot to stow the rubbery forearm flaps before I started. I realized it later and put them in position to show them transforming, but careful observers will see that they aren’t in place until after the legs transform. C’est la vie. Also, since Premiere Pro likes to occastionally crash on me and because I’m dumb as a stump and can’t remember to manually save intermittently, I got to edit this entire sequence... TWICE! Someday I will learn.

Viewing Note:
If you want to follow along, I recommend skipping to the speed run and using the Chrome plugin called "Frame by Frame for YouTube". It turns your , and . keyboard keys into single-frame movement keys. Every step of the transformation is documented in the frames of the video, in what I consider to be the best sequence. With minimal rubbing and minimal parts-parking.

Music: The music is by Ethan Meixsell - www.ethanmeixsell.com
Songs: “By the Sword” and “Thor’s Hammer”

Figure Note:
Stop-Motion Transformation of 52Toys Beastbox BB-04EL Elephinx, BB-08 IceQube, BB-09 Echoblaster, and BB-10 Rumblebeat. These are so fun. These are in chronological order, and you can see how their design has improved over time. You should see their new Alien (like from Alien the movie)! The two birds are amazing. Expect to see more of these! Elephinx and Rumblebeat courtesy of mohinhcaocap.com

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Boxes to Beasts: 0:09
Beasts to Boxes: 1:02
Speed run to Beasts: 1:55
Speed run to Boxes: 2:14
2x Run: 2:33
End credits: 2:52

Production Note: Figured out some new tricks to erase rigging. Worked fairly well. Not much else of note.

Viewing Note:
If you want to follow along, I recommend skipping to the speed run and using the Chrome plugin called "Frame by Frame for YouTube". It turns your , and . keyboard keys into single-frame movement keys. Every step of the transformation is documented in the frames of the video, in what I consider to be the best sequence. With minimal rubbing and minimal parts-parking.

Music: The music is by Ethan Meixsell - www.ethanmeixsell.com
Songs: “Rabid” and “Run”

Figure Note:
Stop-Motion Transformation of DX9 K3 La Hire. Another amazing design by the team at DX9/UT - this is the best team outside of Takara, hands-down. Not quite as elegant as Peru, but a real magic trick nonetheless. It even has an interior (of sorts) and seats! I love how all the flats stack up in the torso - reminds me a bit of MPM-03 Bumblebee. There are some close clearances - if you follow my sequence, you can avoid any trouble. You don’t have to do as much parking as I do (particularly the arms) if you don’t have to worry about standing it like I do.

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Car to Robot: 0:09
Robot to Car: 1:36
Speed run to Robot: 3:02
Speed run to Car: 3:31
2x Run: 3:59
End credits: 4:27

Production Note: I decided to leave the end-credits bit in color because it looked cool. Aaand it looks like garbage recompressed by YouTube. I will go back to black and white for that from now on.

Viewing Note:
If you want to follow along, I recommend skipping to the speed run and using the Chrome plugin called "Frame by Frame for YouTube". It turns your , and . keyboard keys into single-frame movement keys. Every step of the transformation is documented in the frames of the video, in what I consider to be the best sequence. With minimal rubbing and minimal parts-parking.

Music: The music is by Ethan Meixsell - www.ethanmeixsell.com
Songs: “Pride Before the Fall” and “Thor’s Hammer”

Community Note: I’m planning to do another livestream Wednesday at 6:00pm.

Figure Note:
Stop-Motion Transformation of TFC Toys’ ST-01A Supreme Tactical Commander (Jungle Version) Not too complicated. It has a few clever bits. Not my cup of tea, but a very solid figure. Apparently this is an homage to G.I.Joe mobile battle fortress “Rolling Thunder”. It comes with some little Joes to man the guns. They are essentially Titan Masters headmasters.

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TRUCK to Truck: 0:14
Truck to Robot: 0:26
Robot to ROBOT: 0:59
ROBOT to Robot: 1:26
Robot to Truck: 1:55
Truck to TRUCK: 2:26
Speed Run to ROBOT: 2:38
Speed Run to TRUCK: 3:06
2x Run: 3:35
End credits: 4:03

Production Note: I had to figure out how to suspend objects in mid-air with minimal clean-up work later. I came up with a gizmo to help and it worked well enough, but the tip needs rethinking. It has a magnetic tip (based on one of those extending antenna magnetic picker-uppers I got at the hardware store) and it should really have some sort of small but strong rubberized grabber. Tried to putty the item to the antenna tip but it couldn’t cope well. I showed the gizmo off on my livestream last week. Near the end. How do you like that intro and outro sequence? It’s these effects: 60% Opacity, “Find Lines”, “Invert”, and “Black and White”. You see, the “Find Lines” effect turns the background white and the lines black. By doing Invert, it makes the background black and the lines white and then we go Black and White to eliminate the last vestiges of color. Fun effect. Let me know if you like it.

Viewing Note:
If you want to follow along, I recommend skipping to the speed run and using the Chrome plugin called "Frame by Frame for YouTube". It turns your , and . keyboard keys into single-frame movement keys. Every step of the transformation is documented in the frames of the video, in what I consider to be the best sequence. With minimal ..

Video really starts at 4:30

Community Note: What would you think if I did a weekly live show where we discuss a figure’s (or figures’) transformation sequence(s) in detail. Especially the more expensive and complex molds. Subject priority: 1) Loaner figure I will shortly no longer have on-hand. 2) Anything particularly awesome I just acquired. 3) Figures my inner circle of supporters want to see (provided I have the figure) 4) Figure requests from the community at large. I’m thinking Wednesdays.

Figure Note:
Stop-Motion Transformation of Takara/Tomy MP-42 Masterpiece Cordon. I had been considering doing Sunstreaker again, because he’s not quite the modern format and deserves to be seen the new way (ie: no cuts). Fortunately, fakter1 offered Cordon up on his latest wave of figure loans, so it was a great opportunity to do the mold again without repeating the particular figure.

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Car to Robot: 0:09
Robot to Car: 1:53
Speed run to Robot: 3:38
Speed run to Car: 4:10
2x Run: 4:43
End credits: 5:15

Production Note: Shot for a 24fps rate.

Viewing Note:
If you want to follow along, I recommend skipping to the speed run and using the Chrome plugin called "Frame by Frame for YouTube". It turns your , and . keyboard keys into single-frame movement keys. Every step of the transformation is documented in the frames of the video, in what I consider to be the best sequence. With minimal rubbing and minimal parts-parking.

Music: The music is by Ethan Meixsell - www.ethanmeixsell.com
Songs: “Pride Before the Fall” and “Thor’s Hammer”

Figure Note:
Stop-Motion Transformation of Hasbro MP-11S Masterpiece Sunstorm. A venerable but dated design. Takara really should do a new version. It really is one of the cleaner HasTak jets ever made - it actually still looks like a jet from the side view instead of a robot hanging under a jet.

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Jet to Robot: 0:09
Where I SHOULD have done the cockpit: 0:57
Robot to Jet: 1:11
Speed run to Robot: 2:14
Speed run to Jet: 2:35
2x Run: 2:56
End credits: 3:17

Production Note: This thing was a bit of a floppy pain in the ass. Sorry if the movements don’t isolate as well as they should. I really should have done the cockpit before lowering it. Gah! I forgot to edit out the red dots! Too late now.

Viewing Note:
If you want to follow along, I recommend skipping to the speed run and using the Chrome plugin called "Frame by Frame for YouTube". It turns your , and . keyboard keys into single-frame movement keys. Every step of the transformation is documented in the frames of the video, in what I consider to be the best sequence. With minimal rubbing and minimal parts-parking.

Music: The music is by Ethan Meixsell - www.ethanmeixsell.com
Songs: “Double Helix” and “Thor’s Hammer”

Figure Note:
Stop-Motion Transformation of Make Toys MTRM-7 Visualizers. I really like how the lens is integrated and how they hide it away. This figure went on sale for a good price so I finally have my MP G1 Reflector.

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Camera to Robots: 0:08
Robots to Camera: 1:17
Speed run to Robots: 2:26
Speed run to Camera: 2:50
2x Run: 3:14
End credits: 3:37

Production Note: Target was 12 fps. Turning all their heads during the 360 really slowed that process down, as you might imagine.

Viewing Note:
If you want to follow along, I recommend skipping to the speed run and using the Chrome plugin called "Frame by Frame for YouTube". It turns your , and . keyboard keys into single-frame movement keys. Every step of the transformation is documented in the frames of the video, in what I consider to be the best sequence. With minimal rubbing and minimal parts-parking.

Music: The music is by Ethan Meixsell - www.ethanmeixsell.com
Songs: “Vindicated” and “Run”

Stop-Motion Transformation of DX9 D-10 Hanzo. It's a fun figure. The legs and the hands are a bit tricky.

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Normal Runs
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Wolf to Spaceship: 0:09
Spaceship to Truck: 0:52
Truck to Tank: 1:18
Tank to Gun: 1:58
Gun to Robot: 2:24
Robot to Gun: 3:01
Gun to Tank: 3:43
Tank to Truck: 4:06
Truck to Spaceship: 4:47
Spaceship to Wolf: 5:13

Speed Runs
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Wolf to Spaceship: 5:53
Spaceship to Truck: 6:07
Truck to Tank: 6:15
Tank to Gun: 6:27
Gun to Robot: 6:34
Robot to Gun: 6:44
Gun to Tank: 6:56
Tank to Truck: 7:03
Truck to Spaceship: 7:14
Spaceship to Wolf: 7:22

2x Run: 7:35
End credits: 8:25

Production Note: I had pictured doing this the same way as the triple-changers, but it turns out I can’t. Like I mathematically can’t.

You see, if there are two modes, then every part has a distinct destination. So I just film that starting in one mode and going all the way to the other mode with turns at each end.

With a triple-changer, every part has from 1 to 2 destinations. Two modes might share a destination for a part, but there will always be the third mode that has that other destination for that part. So I set the figure up so that every part is where it would be in a *majority* of modes (so 2 out of 3). I call this a “primordial” form. It looks half-transformed So I shoot that by going from the primordial to one of the three modes. Some parts won’t have to move going between the two modes that have the majority. So you avoid having any parts that do absurd things like unfold and then immediately refold when moving between the particular two modes that share the position. This primordial position is, as far as I can tell, *always* possible for triple changers.
(And then I very carefully reset back to the primordial for each of the three sequences and I stitch it together in post in the pattern 1231321 to cover all six possible transiti..

Figure Note:
Stop-Motion Transformation of MMC Reformatted R-13 Spartan. This figure was loaned to me by fakter1. See more of this collection: follow @teletraan1ne on Instagram. Such a fun figure. I like how the treads form the lower legs and the overall aesthetic of the figure. Big fan of MMC.

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Tank to Robot: 0:10
Robot to Tank: 0:54
Speed run to Robot: 1:38
Speed run to Tank: 1:55
2x Run: 2:12
End credits: 2:30

Production Note: My first production using DragonFrame. Excellent program. Much better than my old program. You see, yesterday I went to get a jump on shooting Hanzo. I don’t usually shoot on Saturday but Hanzo is going to be a long shoot. Except I discover that Eclipse’s registration server is failing; throwing 500 errors. At that point I figured if I wanted to stop screwing around with the monthly cost for that I may as well get another program that I’d actually be able to use this weekend. So I picked up DragonFrame. It even comes with a USB keypad (pending in the mail) to help you capture the action a bit more ergonomically. It took about an hour to figure out, but it’s a great program. It has onion-skinning of course, but it also has a really easy toggle button that allows you to flick back and forth from the previous frame to the live view so you can see better what’s off on the alignment. Turns out it was set to produce JPG files instead of PNG files but you know what? The JPG files look just as good (same resolution) and are easier to manage. So I might leave it like that. It ended up being a nice break to shoot a figure with ONLY two modes.

Viewing Note:
If you want to follow along, I recommend skipping to the speed run and using the Chrome plugin called "Frame by Frame for YouTube". It turns your , and . keyboard ..

Figure Note:
Stop-Motion Transformation of DX9 D-08 Gewalt. This figure was loaned to me by fakter1. See more of this collection: follow @teletraan1ne on Instagram. Excellent version of Blitzwing. A bit odd how the head flops over for tank mode.

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Tank to Plane: 0:08
Plane to Robot: 1:18
Robot to Tank: 2:32

Speed Runs:
from/to: Tank - Plane - Robot
Tank: n/a - 3:52 - 5:20
Plane: 6:20 - n/a - 4:20
Robot: 4:50 - 5:51 - n/a

2x Run: 6:49
End credits: 8:17

Production Note: Longest video yet, I think. Seems like just about any triple-changer can be done this way. I wanted to do the same thing with DX9 Hanzo, but I realized there was a problem with that. You see, with a triple changer if a part is stowed in two modes and deployed in one, then the primordial mode would simply match the majority. So you only ever deploy it once when going to the mode that needs it. But with Hanzo... For example, two modes have the guns on his feet deployed and four modes they are stowed. So you would imagine the primordial mode would be the stowed version. But then when you switch between those two modes you’d end up having the guns stow and then come right back out again. There are even worse issues when you consider there are multiple overlapping items like that (the worst being the entire legs stowing for three modes and unfolding for the other three - which is primordial?) Plus if I show all 30 sequences I could end up with a what - 30 minute video? So the plan now is to simply plow through the six modes in sequence and call it a day: Wolf - Plane - Car - Tank - Gun - Robot. That’ll be a long shoot.

Viewing Note:
If you want to follow along, I recommend skipping to the speed run and using the Chrome plugin called "Frame by Frame for YouTube". It turns your , and . keyboard keys into single-frame movement keys. Every step of the transformation is documented in the frames of the video, in what I co..

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Stop-motion videos of Transformers transforming.