How to make Energon Cubes

For a long time now I have been waiting to use my wonderful boxes that deliver plastic-crack-addictions… While this is still in the beginning phases of how to do this and how to do it well… The initial results are pretty nice! Not only is this a great way to recycle use of these boxes but they will help add to your displays!

So first things first… You need to save ALL your Transformer Boxes / Toy boxes that have “clear” packaging. Roughly 1 Deluxe box equals 1 energon cube. Each cube is about 2cm or 1 1/2 inch on each side. You can make these smaller, but I like this size as it scales nicely with Deluxes and Voyagers.

Unfortunately all I can say right now is I am working on perfecting this process. My plan is to have two methods.

1) Basic method that involves using a pattern and cutting the pattern out. Using then either tape or glue to shape the cube.

2) Advanced method using heat to melt the plastic to shape the cube. This method is much more difficult because if you melt the plastic to much it will rip, burn, and even set something on fire!

My goal is once I have this done I will even have some print outs such as patterns, and interior’s that you can place inside for different effects.

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Custom Age of Extinction Slag

So I purchased recently from someone the double pack from TRU… And have been wanting to do a custom on a Transformer for a long time. Because I had two now and only paid about $10 for Slag…. Why not?

My inspiration was actually the Black Knight version, however, darker… AD Soundwave!

I used two spray paints –

1) Rust-Oleum Metallic (Brilliant Metal Finish)

2) Krylon Paint + Primer Black Gloss.

3) Acrylic Paint (I use Americana)

4) Anything painted with Acrylic is then also sealed with a Krylon Clear finish. (Not necessary, but helpful!)

5) I used a thick green painters tape for details. This helps prevent the spray paint from leaking (not prefect but helps..)

6) If paint leaks over… You can always spray paint real thick onto a paper plate or cardboard. Then using a brush you can brush the areas needed. (Great for finer details!)

Below you will find the steps and final results. I dub thee, Soundwave’s Dinbot! (I hope to do two more like this. Snarl, and another Scorn…)

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Cybertronian Metal Diorama – Part I

So diorama’s are showing up all over the net. Lots of people recreating the “Ark.” Which is cool, however I have no intentions of creating the G1 variation of colors, but rather something a bit more realistic. Which brings me to.. What you will need…

1) Aluminum Foil (I picked up the biggest sheet I could find.)

2) Foam / Foam core & cardboard. (Try to make sure the foam is smooth on one side. Otherwise any indentions will lead to the foil showing imperfections or different textures.) You might be able to use some other materials, and even just Foam Board. I used this method as I had it in my garage.

3) Elmers glue (Other glues work but be careful you don’t melt the foam!)

4) Xacto Knife or a sharp blade.

5) Sharpie

6) Measuring Ruler, or something straight (ruler is nice as you can measure your shapes!)

You will need to decide a few things.

– Do you want your diorama to be shiny or more flat. Aluminum foil has two sides that can give two distinct looks. I did both, and the results were really interesting. I used the shiny one for my floor and the other two as the flatter color.

– Type of glue. I used Elmers glue, but there are other glues that will work probably better. Stronger bonds, and even hold better such as a contact cement. Just make sure it doesn’t melt your foam when gluing! Its also important to make sure you get a nice even amount of glue otherwise the foil may bubble.

On to the steps!

1) Glue your cardboard and foam together (Optional) if you need extra support. Elmers glue does a REALLY good job, between cardboard an foam.

2) Let this dry for 15-20 minutes (doesn’t take long…) let it sit longer if you really want a good bond.

3) Zig zag and cross zig zag the foam with a nice covering of glue. (Other glues you can brush on which is nice because you can get a nice covering with no missing areas.) Elmer glue you can add a little bit of water to it but have to wait longer for it to dry. And this sometimes weakens it.

4) Pick which side of aluminum foil you are going with. Make sure you pull long enough sheet to wrap the edges.

5) Start form one corner to the next and gently press and smooth out the bubbles. (Don’t use anything sharp!)


6) Lines… This part feel free to be artistic. Make horizontal, vertical, and angle lines. Connecting irregular shapes… Remember in the Transformers universe everything technically transforms which may be irregular or connect in seemingly random methods. Try and make it is irregular as possible. I did use somewhat of a “guide” to get an idea of what to do artistically. You can even add circles, triangles, and other various shapes using coasters or maybe a coke can for larger circles.



Source: (Mandingo Rex)

Finally –

Tape the edges (extra down on the back or glue.) I am going to use foil tape on the top and bottom to make sure it doesn’t rip there also. If you glued it really good it shouldn’t happen, but can still “smudge or bend…”

I would suggest if this is fitting within your display case that you cut the foam to size before starting. This will save you from having to cut the aluminum and resizing the whole thing down to fit later.

Part II of this tutorial will include painting and adding additional details. I need to do some testing before I start on this part as I am not sure how certain paints will work with the aluminum just yet. Part II is now complete click the link to see the results. I have more plans to do different variations in the near future.

Total project here for this was about 2 hours to complete. Which is A LOT less time than having to do some serious painting and such.

Material costs: (About) $25.

– Foam $1.50 – $5 a piece (Foam board is the least here…)
– Glue $2.00 – $5.00 (Depending on the type of glue you use…)
– Aluminum Foil $5.00 (Might be able to get this on sale. This also varies depending on the size.)
– Sharpie $1.50 or more for a pack.

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