Transformers these days seem to be all into a form of transportation. Here’s a transformer with a real world function.
With Michael Bay’s Transformers reviving the all but quiet franchise, the battle of the Autobots and Decepticons has reignited, with a modern twist. Today’s sleekest, most equipped, and modern cars and planes have taken on the more passive form of the transformer, in contrast to their transformed mechanical “true” form. For example, Autobot Bumblebee transforms into a yellow Ford Mustang. I’m sure there’s some product placement going on there, but the fact of the matter is that these Transformers are getting far too popular in this form. Why not be a bit more creative?
For those of you who were around in the 80s, you might remember Voltron. From what I’ve seen, he looks like a pretty cool character. Formed by combining five mechanical lions of five pilots, Voltron is the animated version of the Power Rangers’ Megazord.
From what I can see in the picture, here’s how Voltron transforms from the SLR into his true form. The top opens up to reveal the head, the sides are pulled down which reveal the hands. The sides that are pulled down then straighten out to become the legs. This is a pretty sweet transformation, considering how a boxy SLR seems so ordinary.
This Voltron action figure, who seems to transform instead of combine, is actually a fully functional 110 camera (ignore the deceptive SLR shell). I’m not going to pretend to be a camera whiz, but from what I gather, the 110 camera is a cartridge film-based device used for taking stills. I actually really like how this figure functions primarily as a toy, but also works as an actual camera and has some educational purpose. Rather than just rolling it around, a child could actually develop a passion for photography with this Voltron camera.
Most likely, you don’t even have to transform Voltron into his other form to keep taking pictures. The viewfinder on his shoulder should still be plenty accessible, although people might find you a bit weird taking pictures with a Voltron action figure. Then again, people might also find you a bit eccentric for carrying what seems to be a fold-able SLR camera that’s not digital, unless you’re dressed in extreme photographer gear. (Might want to carry around a tripod to look the part?)