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OMG, the otaku are gonna freak… — 4 Comments

  1. Does their transformations go well with that whole “conservation of mass” thing? Or is it more like Transformers where Megatron as a robot is taller than most, but changes into a gun that SoundWave holds and fires one-handed.
    And don’t get me started about the Astro-Train fiasco.


  2. Valkyrie fighter transformation

    That was one of my favorite things about Robotech: Macross. The transformation is very real-world (assuming remarkably strong materials and powerful, compact servomotors). The toy versions change in exactly the same manner as the “real” fighter, with no mysteriously vanishing or appearing bits. In the first episode of “Macross: Zero”, they are even able to do a detailed, drawn-out transformation sequence in 3D CGI without cheating, morphing, or hiding inconvenient bits.

    And I know exactly what you mean about Astrotrain. 😉

  3. Re: Valkyrie fighter transformation

    That’s nice, at least. It’s one thing (as a physics major) that would tend to just kind of throw me off. The magical land of off-camera being used to hide loads and loads of mass. Off-camera also considered to be behind any bit of metal conceiling inner workings.

    It’s also where Optimus Prime hid his trailer when not in truck form.


  4. Re: Valkyrie fighter transformation

    Nah, optimus’s trailer would just disengage and fall back; you’d see it being left behind. It also had enough power of it’s own to be able to run and catch up to him when he wanted to transform back.

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