When the sisters team discovered Transform comics (Go WindBlade!) they wanted a whole city of Transformers to play with. While that was way too expensive they could build their own ShapeShifting Robots out of wood.
Borrowing for wooden dolls we settled on a design with rubber bands attaching the arms and head to the body and a bolt to attached the legs enabling the robot to shift forms.
First we cut and drilled all the wood based on a working design.
We used lego wheels for the robots that transformed into cars.
Attaching the rubber bands proved difficult. We used a jewelry tool to thread the rubber bands through the holes in the wood (many broke in the process).
A few more adjustments.
By using springs in the legs the robot can hold a standing position.
After we perfect a design it was just a matter of creating a assembly line to crank out droids!
The robots in alt form.
The robots transformed!