Ironhide Week Part 2

Step 1 – DO NOT Cut a hole in the box crotch.

It is said that one should always look before a leap. The same is true for modding, and not just because of sharpened objects in close proximity to fleshy bits. In fact, I usually take a day or so just thinking of how to fix the toy before I actually do the fix.

Such was not the case this time.

With Ironhide, Peaugh had obtained one earlier than the release date and came up with a fix for the shortcomings in the mold. Peaugh does great preview reviews on youtube, and has modding experience, so I didn’t think too much about the issue before I started chopping away with a razor blade.

Peaugh instructed to cut off part of the central gray piece, as on his Ironhide that’s what was restricting the head from moving forward. The next step in his mod was to carve away a deep indent in the top of Ironhide’s crotch so it sits more flush with the bumper in its now more forward position.

I’ll talk more about the specifics of crotch placement and middle piece carving on Friday. It has little to do with my mod, as there is no middle piece or crotch carving required to have an awesome Ironhide.

The reason I mention it now is so that you can be mindful of the lesson I learned.

Even if someone has a mod that works, you should still think about it for yourself.

Yes, I realize that the point of my guides is to offer a step by step for people to follow along with, but I still want you to think about how to fix it. That’s how you learn. Too many people get through school by just regurgitating facts and figures, when they should be thinking about hows and whys and ways to apply that knowledge.

In this instance, Peaugh’s mod worked for his Ironhide, but his was bought way before retail and seems to suffer less from the crappy backpack syndrome that the mass released Ironhide has. Because his backpack folded together better, he never even came across the first issue I had to fix on my Ironhide.

The result? I cut away from the middle piece and eagerly transformed Ironhide to find he still was in the same sad state as before. Only now he had a massive hole in his midsection. The bumper obstructing the middle piece didn’t matter, because my Ironhide never even got to that point.

To make things worse, carving away at the top of the crotch matters little in the scheme of things, because that just makes the hips sit higher and then they are obstructed by the bumper. Not only that, but the backpack just hangs there at an angle, wanting to fold all the way down but too obstructed to do so.

I went back and this time I did my own thinking about how to fix Ironhide, and figured out the problem (which led to the next problem, but I found a way to fix that one too). I’ll get into the specifics about those during their own posts, but for now let me illustrate the consequence of not looking before I leapt…

That’s not too bad when you look at it from the front. The crotch is  floaty (hovering below the gut, but not touching it), but it’s not that easy to tell from this angle.

Ah, here’s where you see the trouble. That hole in the middle. It didn’t bother me too much at first, but I soon realized that I didn’t need to cut the middle piece or the crotch at all. Couple that with the crotch carving causing the legs to be obstructed by the bumper (making the floating issue even worse), and I had an Ironhide that was awesome only from the waist up.

A trip to walmart later and I had an uncarved lower half to swap in, and the end result was an Ironhide that’s all kinds of kick-ass.

So please, follow along  and enjoy the guides, but think for yourself too! Consider me a sturdy shoulder as you limp along the path to modding on your own.

Unless you’re already experienced… Then, um, enjoy the guides!

Hmm… Now that I think of it. Step 1 should be moar like-

Step 1 – First, think about it.

Well, go do it!

Then come back tomorrow for Step 2 and Part 3 of Ironhide Week.

~Matt Booker

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