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Just Drifting!

The child in me awoke once again, and this time too, the reason was TRANSFORMERS – one set of toys that I cannot stop being fascinated about.

Autobot Drift is the latest addition to my Transformer collection. Originally known as Deadlock, this Transformer was once a Decepticon who then turned to the Autobot side and took on a new body and identity.

The vehicle mode is sleek and looks like it is built for racing. It is inspired by the Japanese originated practice of “drifting” (a type of racing popularized in the US in the film “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”… an all-time favorite movie!)

Most of the vehicle is sleek and curved. The front end starts flat in front but then curves back to the windshield and out to the sides. The sides of the vehicle are not flat but instead curve inward and then back up to where the spoiler is set on the back. The cabin cover is also curved, with what appears to be an air intake mounted on top. It’s an aggressive looking vehicle for sure. The front even has very realistic looking light bulbs.

There is a lot of thought into finer details like twin exhaust pipes in the back, a raised spoiler that slopes downward, door handles, sideview mirrors and a license plate in between the exhaust pipes.

On each door is a Japanese word meaning “Samurai” in red.

Here is a size comparison with another of my “prized possessions”, Bumblebee.

The true power of Autobot Drift is hidden under the engine… a ninja katana

In Robot Mode this Transformer is a menacing killer.

Light piping is from the top of the head unlike for the other transformers, but it does make his eyes come alive.

His foot design makes him take the most gravity defying poses like the one below

His larger sword has several Japanese characters sculpted into them meaning “peerless under heaven” along with line details on the handle and a round, jewel-like detail in the center.

Tucked into each door from the car mode are two smaller swords. These too can be held in each of his hands. What’s really neat is that the way the door windows fold in creates a slot that you can slide the long sword into, allowing him to store his sword on either side of his hip or on his back.

So, now you know what this weekend was all about!

The other ‘Transformer shoots’ I have done are here:

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Toying with Transformers

It’s holiday time, not for me, but for my nephew and neice. And when I reached home from work yesterday, they had a plan up their tiny sleeves. They wanted to make a ‘Transformer movie’.

What rolled is entirely their plan.

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It was a busy day in the city

Bumper-to-bumper traffic

… and what happened next was utterly unexpected.

Sideways (SW), 'the bad guy' according to Gavin, lands on the scene

There was confusion on the streets. He tossed and turned the cars around.

(For some reason Gavin wanted a retake of this shot again and again, tossing the cars around is what he likes best, I guess)

And then, help arrived. Bumblebee (BB), the most loved of the Autobots.

BB: STOP! You cannot hurt the humans

SW: Then I challenge YOU to a duel

(Mysteriously the topsy-turvy cars form a battle ring around the two transformer)

Boom!!! Boom!!! Pow!!!

BB knocks SW off his feet

... and claims VICTORY!!!

Optimus Prime makes a solemn entry

Optimus Prime: The Humans owe you their gratitude Bumble bee. We shall now depart to be part of their world

Far atop a skyscraper, the whole exchange is watched by evil eyes

To be continued…

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CREDITS

Creative Artists: Megan & Gavin

Location: My computer table

Duration of shoot: 10 mins (minus the time I have to keep reminding them to be focussed on the work at hand)

Camera: Sony H50 (with the patient expertise of Giovanni)

(they now want to dub the whole sequence with dialogues they plan to conjure up this evening!)

Who is the ENEMY?

Childhood – The most cherished moments of life! No harm in visiting that age even later in life. That is what happened this weekend.

These are pics of a photoshoot like never before. No fancy models, no humans… this time we were shooting TRANSFORMERS…

It’s a war out there!!!

Sideswipe

"Deploy the forces!!!"

Ransack & Jetfire

Launch Pad ready!

Sideswipe & Sideways

Forward march!!!

Bumblebee & Optimus Prime

Plan the strategy!

Depthcharge & Springer

Sea power

Sideways, Sideswipe, Jetfire

Mobile units... go go go!

Ransack

Mayday! Mayday!

Ransack & Optimus Prime

Mission Accomplished!