Watch A Real-Life Transformer In Action
Before they were a bloated Michael Bay franchise starring Shia LeBouef and the hottie of the week, Transformers were an awesome set of kid’s toys based on the simple premise of being able to shift back and forth between an everyday object like a car and a bad ass robot. A whole generation of nerds have grown up desperately wishing that their ride could become Optimus Prime on demand. We’re still a long way from that, but this fan-made “Transformer” is at least a couple steps above your standard toy robot in disguise:
At first, the video seems to be stop-motion animation, but the robot is actually remote controlled. The robot – which boasts 22 servo motors – starts out as a red sports car that looks straight out of an 80s or 90s mecha anime before quite nimbly and quickly transforming. It’s the eighth version of the Transformer-style robot that Japanese YouTube user kenjiishida011 has made, and is the most stable and impressive one to date. The robot can walk, move its arms around to box, bend at the knees, and twist at the waist. Sure, it looks a bit funny while it’s walking around, but the functionality in the arms more than makes up for it. Just imagine how much more sensitive and refined it will be a few versions down the line.
There is a big question left unanswered in the video though: Decepitcon or Autobot?