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5 More Impractical Robot Transformations

Last year I did a list of unusual transformations that are still among my most popular posts, so here’s an addition to it.

Oh, and here is a more complete article about the McDonalds Changeables, which I included on the previous list but had difficulty finding much about.

#5 – Mirage

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One of the original Transformers. I mentioned him as a side note in the previous list, but didn’t think race cars should take more than one spot on the list. But after completing the list I was made aware of something I hadn’t known.

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Formula 1 cars cannot drive on normal roads. I don’t mean they just aren’t street legal; they literally can’t drive on any road that has a “crown”, or on any surface that isn’t completely flat.

(Mirage does manage to drive on regular roads in the cartoon despite the fact that the real vehicle he looks like can’t, but this could only be accomplished by some kind of inaccuracy, and is only one of several factors that make him by far the most conspicuous of the original Autobots.)

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Transforming Mecha and the History of Change

Magic shapeshifting is cool too, but there’s something about a mechanical transformation with parts moving that’s so much more appealing to me, so what I’ve always really liked have been robots, mecha, and other machines that change into other forms.

I like transforming mecha enough to make them prominent in my own writing. In Project Quintessence, the mecha called Variable Guardians transform between humanoid and animal forms, because I also love animal mecha and animal motifs in general.

So where did the idea of transforming robots really come from? Well, it actually developed gradually over time; transformation itself transformed.

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