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Gearhead - SEGA Game Gear Transformer of LEGO by VonBrunk Gearhead - SEGA Game Gear Transformer of LEGO by VonBrunk
The evil SEGA robot "Gearhead" and his Sonic & Knuckles minions Supersonic and Knucklepunch make their debuts as the newest LEGOformers in my array of mechanized warriors!

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Following in the same popular footsteps of Domaster & Tetrawing -- the Game Boy & Tetris game -- this brutal soldier transforms into a bulky SEGA Game Gear, and is accompanied by two Sonic games (Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Blast)! For primary weapons, Gearhead uses his battery blaster rockets attached to the shoulders, and in his left hand is a shotgun cannon powered by Chaos Emeralds! Gearhead transforms 100% without removing parts, and converts back and forth solely through bending/folding joints in his legs, arms, chest and so such.

With the hindsight of the previous LEGOformers, building this project wasn't as difficult to engineer as expected, as I had my own previous work to reference. However, there were several challenges nonetheless. The first was making room for the games to fit in the back with the batteries simultaneously. This caused me to frequently disassemble the rear pieces and rearrange them in order to allow enough clearance for the cartridges to slide through with ease. Building the games themselves was also a challenge, and despite my best efforts, they're a little thicker than a typical Game Gear game -- and are about as thick as a Genesis cartridge. I had to sacrifice battery space yet again; I'm sure purists will scoff at the fact that this toy only fits two batteries, unlike a real Game Gear which used six AAs. Finally, the issue with the stickers/labels was a painstaking battle that took a third and final attempt to accomplish. Initially I printed custom waterslide clear decals similar to Domaster's, but alas, they would not appear against black. Then I opted for laser printer address labels from Avery, which were a disaster. At last I discovered a little hole-in-the-wall print shop in Manhattan that printed 8.5''x11'' full-page glossy sticker sheets for only $5 -- so I crammed every single label graphic (with multiples) onto one big PDF sheet in Adobe Illustrator, and printed it as a master label!

All projects built by me during late May to early July 2012, and photographed with my Sony camera and light tent on July 3rd, 2012.

-Baron von Brunk
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DevilRacer41 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 30, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
Now that I have to say is pretty darn cool. There's always an argument of which handheld console is the better one, the Nintendo Gameboy or the Sega Game Gear. In my opinion, the Sega Game Gear is clearly better than the Nintendo Gameboy. The reasons for this is because the Sega Game Gear has a color screen (and it's frontlit too) and it even has a compilation of some of the best arcade games from the golden age of arcade games. That is enough to make the Game Gear awesome. Before you ask yes, I am aware that the Game Boy has better battery life than the Game Gear and a version of Tetris.
VonBrunk Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I mean, I liked both Nintendo and SEGA as a kid (and still do), so both had their pros and cons. Game Gear had the vibrant color pallet, but it ate batteries like Artie Lange at a buffet, whereas Game Boy was eventually refined drastically prior to the advent of Game Boy Color.
kaylathehedgehog Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That right there is a thing of beauty.  The Game Gear was my first handheld, so it makes my little Sega fangirl heart happy to see this.
CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
That's a very nice and awesome concept for a game-based Transformer, though I think he looks more suited to pose as a Sega Nomad if the screen on his chest is from "Sonic & Knuckles", which was released on the Sega Genesis. ;)
mewmewspike Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
Nice.  Mega Drive Megatron will have a fan-made Decepticon to help him terminate the forces of Nintendo.
legoland5254 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
?sega made a handheld gaming device?
Tattorack Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, but it paled it comparison to the GameBoy Color.
DarthGrave Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2016
You're kidding right? The Game Gear is more powerful than the Gameboy Color. The only two reasons it lost out against the Gameboy Color was that the Gameboy Color was smaller and used less AA batteries and SEGA had already left the console market halfway through the Gameboy Color's lifetime. Rumors has it that SEGA had plans for a third Portable handheld that'll kick the Gameboy Color's butt but when Nintendo released the Gameboy Advance a few years later the plans for the new SEGA handheld got scrapped.

Of course now that SEGA's out of the console market business (no thanks to Nintendo), we won't be seeing another SEGA handheld again. Also more than just a handful of games had been released for the Game Gear. It has 363 games for it!
Yes, the Gameboy Color has more games with 576 games but they're graphically weaker than SEGA's Game Gear games.
Tattorack Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh look, we got a fanboy...
Didn't expect this type of nonsense on DA.
legoland5254 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
i seeeeee
Tattorack Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Also, I think only a handful of games had been made for that system (though I could be wrong about that).
maxpaweurs Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
best lego transformer
shatteredglasscomic Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is so cool!!! ;-)
micfl0 Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Will you be providing instructions for this??? THIS IS AMAZING. DOesn't even describe it - it's mind-blowing!
VonBrunk Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Unfortunately, this particular creation was made "organically", as in it wasn't sketched-up nor planned, thus there's no record of any of my steps to build it. I did the same thing when making my Game Boy Transformer, however that model was much smaller, which means creating instructions was a matter of taking it apart and reverse-engineering it.
LostInWaves Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This. Is. AWESOME!!! :D
Phillipzu Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
unkownarts Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
C21 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is fantastic!
Averant Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is seriously sick, man. :D What incredible details! +Fave!
Boundfan Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Interesting. I guess the batteries on the shoulders are some kind of antennas, or rockets.
VonBrunk Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
They're supersonic concussion missiles! (get it -- "Sonic"!?)
Boundfan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Whacko's tacos
MushroomBrain Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
wow that is amazing!
DeepC Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

It's like an awesome combination of Soundwave and Shockwave! :D
Hypercat-Z Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
OK! This beats both of your previous works I just faved. If only it wasn't based on that battery sucking bitch of a handheld...
I'm looking forward to a Genesis Lego Transformer.
heartlessnniuqu Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
give me howtos!!!
PunchieTheNeko Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student Artist
Wow, this is even more impressive than your Gameboy Transformer! :D
wisahkecahk Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome work!!!!!!wow!!!
skcolb Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student Filmographer
Great design!
I like how everything has a function to it, and that you're
able to combine sweet looks with a much useful layout~! :D

Ah yes, the power of Lego... Will it ever
be impossible to build something with it?
golemdude Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Gamekirby Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Dudesradsterrockstar Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so epic! :o
legomadman Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
You never fail to impress me, amaze me, and put me in awe with your flat-out amazing Lego Transformers. I hope Kre-o sees this and stops making toys.
S17s17 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
I was just playing around with my old Sega handheld last night...
awesome stuff man, great build
AwesomeDisease Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow, very nice! Love the jewel pieces on the gun!
Annonym85 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Very cool. Will there be build instructions for this too?
SSSS7777 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
:wow: super works i :love: GG Sega Console ;)
SonicEdge7 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is forever awesome! i still have my gamegear around....
Neoconvoy Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Great work!
apcomics Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
beutiful work

that screen shot spoils it though. (thats sonic 3& knuckles on genesis)
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