Hey there! Do you like Combiner Wars?
Of course you do!
Do you like the Stunticons?
Good. Good. What about Combiner Wars Menasor?
What’s that? He looks like crap, with a squat torso and a tiny car that doesn’t even stay attached to the chest?
You sure are well informed today, dear reader. But what if I told you there was a better way to transform Motormaster, and a way to have Blackjack not only attach better, but look better?
… Well that was a rude response. Do you email your mother with those fingers?
Fair enough. You can make it up to me by checking out this quick and easy, step by step pictorial on my Combiner Wars Menasor alternate transformation Blackjack fan mode guide. Thing.
If you haven’t seen the official transformation for Combiner Wars Menasor, go take a look at this picture over at Seibertron.com.
Yup. Menasor looks like crap that way. And I know that having a sideways car mounted on the combiner chest is G1 accurate, but Classics is all about updated bots. Dragstrip doesn’t have six wheels, and Motormaster doesn’t have a trailer, so why just plop an untransformed car on there? It’s like sticking whole cars on Menasor’s arms and shins like armor instead of forming the arms and lower legs from them.
That and Blackjack falls off if Menasor so much as looks at him wrong.
If you prefer the G1 look, I’ve seen people posting that if you shave the ridges off the posts on Menasor’s chest, Blackjack can fit further down on the pegs and will stay on just fine. If I was going to keep Blackjack attached in car mode, that’s what I’d be doing.
But one of the things that I wanted to do with Blackjack was a fan transformation by Gikpa over at TFW. It involves half transforming Blackjack from car mode, then putting the hands behind the robot mode back and plugging those onto the posts on Menasor. It looked really cool, and when I got Blackjack and Motormaster it was something I definitely wanted to try.
And then I tried it.
Or rather, almost tried it. I got to the point where Blackjack needed to be attached and found that the hands were too far apart to slide onto the posts. It would require bending Blackjack’s arms in a way that they didn’t actually bend, and not just by a small degree but a pretty steep angle. I thought maybe I was seeing something wrong, so I tracked down some more pictures by Gikpa and nope, the arms were being forced out of position.
And no, I’m not going to link to that fan mode. I’m not bashing Gikpa, but I am warning people not to use that transformation.
Blackjack might feel otherwise…
As you can see in that picture, pushing the hands toward each other would put stress either on the pin joint or the balljoint. So don’t powergliding do it!
But that’s okay, because I’ve figured out what is not just a secure way to attach Blackjack without modding, but also a way that I think looks better. Instead of just two of the car wheels, it shows all four, and with a bit of alternate transformation from Motormaster it also makes the torso look more proportionate.
Go take a look at this picture over at Seibertron.com again.
Now take a look at this.
The transformation on Motormaster is the standard way of not pegging in the leg flaps and moving the hips and crotch plate down a bit further. There are lots of different ways to transform the legs, so feel free to use whatever one you prefer.
But as you can see, transforming Combiner Wars Blackack this way not only looks cooler than just having a sideways car on there, it helps fill in the torso and make it look more proportionate.
So where’s this step by step pictorial guide on Blackjack’s alternate fan transformation?
Step 1 – Robot Mode
Step 2 – Stuff!
Raise the arms, bend the elbows, and rotate the lower legs.
Step 3 – More Stuff!
Flip the backpack around, rotate the upper legs so the inner thigh is facing out, and bend the knees.
Step 4 – Combiner!
Put Blackjack onto Menasor’s chest and raise the crotch plate into position, slotting together the areas highlighted in red.
Blackjack should slot perfectly onto the part on Motormaster, fitting just behind the hinge.
Here’s a close up view of them attached, with Blackjack’s arm moved out of the way so it can be seen.
Blackjack should now be snug and attached to Menasor. To secure it even more, make sure the legs are up against the top of the open halves of what used to be Motormaster’s back kibble. But even with the legs straight up in the air and not touching anything, Menasor can be shook around without Blackjack falling off.
The next thing to do is just position the arms and legs however you want them. I tuck the arms onto the corners of the crotch plate so they are angled back.
And the reason that the inner thighs need to face forward is that they can be angled when positioning the legs.
I wouldn’t have posted this method if it wasn’t able to have Blackjack attach properly. If it just looked good, it would frustrate me and frustrate other people. But this alternate fan transformation lets Blackjack stay on whether Menasor is turned upside down or even jostled around.
So, dear reader, what’s your favorite method of attaching Blackjack to Menasor? Do you like small robots clamped onto your nipples?
Leave a comment and let me know! And don’t forget, you can share this post with your friends using the links below!