In the current Transformers cartoon Robots In Disguise, which is a sequel of sorts to Transformers Prime, there are a number of Mini-Cons: small (from an Autobot/Decepticon perspective) robots who can symbiotically combine with their larger cousins, or who can be deployed into battle from the the larger ‘bots arms.
It’s not clear what the advantage is for the Mini-Con of spending so much time attached to their larger partner whilst shaped like a tortoise’s shell, but it is clear that it’s pretty cool.
Funnily enough, where you’d think it would be a no-brainer for Hasbro to put a couple Mini-Con-attachment points on every
Deluxe Warrior-size toy in the RID toyline, they’ve actually decided to do something completely different.
Only two figures are being released that have any real interaction with the “Deployer” Mini-Cons: Deployer Drift & Deployer Fracture — characters who use Mini-Cons extensively in the show. These toys are pretty much built around their launcher gimmicks:
Let’s not beat around the bush, the Deployer version looks terrible compared to the Warrior. In robot mode, the huge launcher hangs of to one side. In car mode, there’s a huge hole in the front. This is what toy collectors calls a gimmick toy, i.e. one that is built around its gimmick (in this case the Mini-Con launcher). I know that there are collectors who bitch about the very existence of such toys, but to be honest, collectors are not the primary market for this figure: this is aimed at kids, pure and simple. I would guess that Hasbro thinks they’re doing enough to please the collectors and the Geewuns this year with Combiner wars, and its Takara counterpart Unite Warriors (which contains even more G1 homages than Combiner Wars does).
There’s a great review of these Deployers at ‘Til All Are Mine, wherein the reviewer discusses exactly the same things I don’t like about the figures: the large Deployer ‘bots are boxy; their launchers are huge; you can’t mount the Deployer Mini-Cons on other ‘bots; and WHEN ARE WE GETTING A CHOP SHOP TOY HAS/TAK???
Anyway, I figured I could solve one of these issues: the inability to attach Mini-Cons to other ‘bots. I reckoned it wouldn’t be rocket science to knock-up a peg adaptor in Blender, so I could mount Deployer Mini-Cons onto other ‘bots.
So yeah, I made two pegs – one to peg into the many 5mm-post attachment points on Transformers of various vintages, and one with a longer handle so that bots who don’t resemble Swiss cheese can still join in the fun. Both of these pegs will neatly attach Autobot Deployers onto other bots, but Decepticon Deployers appear to use a different connection (I only have Dragonus to work from), so they’ll have to wait for now until I can get a second mean little ‘bot to work with. The pegs are for sale in my Shapeways store here and here.
Usually I get anything made by Shapeways in Polished or Detail plastic for the finish, but these are in regular WSF — the slightly rougher texture compared with other plastics seems to grant a bit more traction: it’s a nice tight fit, but it can be pulled out easily.
So, that’s one mild annoyance with RID2015‘s toyline solved. I guess my next jobs are to make a mounting point for Decepticon Deployers, make a post-handle I can fit into Fixit’s rear-end so that Warrior-class bots can wield him when he’s in drill-mode, and sculpt 5 cockney spiders that combine… I’ll probably get the first two done, but the last thing is a bit beyond my skills.