Julius von Bruck, better known on teh Interwebz as Baron von Bruck, created a LEGO N64 Transformer a few days after showcasing a SEGA gear counterpart.
This is not the first time Baron von Bruck makes the news here at Walyou. At the beginning of the year, I wrote about a gargantuan NES controller made of LEGO bricks. On this occasion, he built something at a smaller scale, but that doesn’t make the LEGO Nintendo 64 Transformer any less impressive.
The LEGO builder made the transforming LEGO console for the 2013 edition of the Toy Brick Contest. However, he didn’t want to keep a secret from the development of this build, so he provided a guide on Instructables. In other words, if you like this project and have plenty of LEGO bricks laying around, you might want to download the PDF file and get started.
Here is what Baron von Bruck had to say about the N64 LEGO Transformer: “These original LEGO models are made in near-perfect size and proportions to authentic N64 components, and can transform completely — by ‘transform completely,’ I mean each robot can transform from N64 accessory to robot and back without detaching/removing parts, with the exception of Tetragon’s controller cord. Ultra Hexacon is to this date, my most durable and articulated Transformer model built, with great flexibility and joint strength; he can also stand and be posed without falling over or having pieces break off. With the exception of the custom stickers/labels, every single piece in these toys are 100% LEGO — bricks, plates, slopes, tiles, wedges, and Technic parts. No glue, paint, cutting, nor 3rd party custom pieces.”
Furthermore, he explains where the names of these transforming LEGO pieces came from: “What’s in a name? ‘Hexacontatetragon’ is the proper nomenclature for a 64-sided polygon, and Nintendo 64 being the first 3D polygon-based Nintendo system with 64-bit graphics, the names ‘Hexacon’ and ‘Tetragon’ (the robot and the scorpion) merge as a gestalt when transformed — both physically and in name! The word ‘Ultra’ in the title is an homage to the Nintendo 64’s original name of ‘Ultra 64’ before its North American release.”
Additional GIFs of how the LEGO N64 turns into a robot are available on the Nerd Approved website. I’d like to see what Baron von Bruck plans to build in the future, as his recent projects have all been quite amazing.
If you liked this post, please check the SEGA gear LEGO transformer made by Baron von Bruck and this TARDIS Transformer.