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Natural Transformation

  • by Santo76
  • posted Mar 31, 2011
  • 178 Comments

The origins of the Mechanopapilio polymorphus (or mechanical butterfly with many forms) is not conclusively known, but scientists have speculated its breeding grounds formed around the quarantine areas of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster of April, 1986.


Since that time, some speculate that the nearby butterfly species starting feeding off mounds of spilled nuclear waste, the glowing squarish hunks littering the landscape having been nicknamed "energy
cubes". Their transformation into fully-formed armored butterflies is astounding, sometimes taking as little as thirty seconds, while emanating a strangely-pitched noise of shifting body parts combined
with what sounds like a V6 engine being revved into high gear. It has also been known to spontaneously grow laser blasters and heat-seeking missiles when threatened, leading to a popular rhyme amongst lepidopterist circles:


Before you near a sunny grove exterior of innocent looking butterfly Remember that its interior just might hold much more than meets the eye.


Though it has never been captured and closely studied, Santo76 and Frickinawesome have consulted scores of scientists and electricians to get this magnificent creature's attributes as accurate as it looks in its natural surroundings.


Special thanks to BioSam for his help in naming this very deceptive species.

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Bio-bot 9000
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The only thing I would like to see changed when this prints is the word "Transformation" replaced with "Life cycle"

FRICKINAWESOME
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Golly gee willickers, thanks for the AMAZING response so far all! Santiago went above and beyond with this concept and I couldn't be happier with the result.

BioSam, thanks again for the help in naming this very special battlefly species, yeah, we were toying with the wording for that and only went with transformation to get another reference to those awesome action figures that were in their, ahem, PRIME, in the 80's. If the Threadgods see fit to print this, Santo and I would totally consider changing it...

Santo76
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absolutely

evan3
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great work guys and love the presentation!

soloyo
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I hope this print!

jess4002
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this will print on monday, may 16, 2011. 5$

Ernesto.cam

Pretty good idea and ilo!

myteemo
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Looks like a print to me!

igo2cairo
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ha ha, this is rad, wonderful work guys!

PBOt

Man this looks great! Love the bit of textbook text added at the bottom!!

Di.Jay

Great!!! Tremendous concept and design 5$

dschwen
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WINNNNNNNER!!!!!

$5

Santo76
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hahahah.... pure sex!!! thanks Peter! thanks everyone!

alvarejo
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W.O.W

R3D FOX
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hahaha this is a sure print. Hilarious idea, amazing execution. Nice work. 5$$$

meda 4

PRINT,,,So awesome!

TGWA
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I like it but I feel like the final butterfly should be flying away from the cocoon. As it is it looks like it's attacking it which kind of gets in the way of the life cycle aspect of it.

TGWA
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I like it but I feel like the final butterfly should be flying away from the cocoon. As it is it looks like it's attacking it which kind of gets in the way of the life cycle aspect of it.

FRICKINAWESOME
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TGWA on Apr 04 '11 I like it but I feel like the final butterfly should be flying away from the cocoon. As it is it looks like it's attacking it which kind of gets in the way of the life cycle aspect of it.

We thought it would add to the ridiculousness of the scene to make the first two stages of the life cycle much more natural, peaceful looking processes and make the final transformation as Decepticon and "guns blazing" as we could. The final battlefly third stage isn't technically shooting at anything, because the other two stages are complete by that point and as such aren't there any more, it's just the battlefly flying around at that point.

Thanks for your thoughts though TGWA as well as everyone else, we love hearing them!

Herr Bias
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yeahhhhh.....Mechanopapilio polymorphus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!5pts

Santo76
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3 days to go!

quister
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Great idea, awesome illo, terrific collab! $5

mreisel
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Two of my favorite designers, rocking the world!!!!

Pseudooctopus

Haha! This is FANTASTIC, I love it! $55555 all the way!

TGWA
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Hey FRICKINAWESOME, it's a brilliant idea and I've got my fingers crossed that it will print. I understand about the steps shown over time, but I think because one appears to be interacting with the other it suggests visually they are separate objects in the same time. Also the butterfly stage is flying back towards where he would have just hatched from. It's just a staging issue that kind of confuses the scene for me. I'd love to see it flying away from the cocoon (still with guns blazing of course!). Anyway, pay me no heed, I think it's amazing and you guys did a wonderful job.

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