This model, a transforming robot known as 5PY 8UG, is the third build I've completed for my second round in the ABS Builder Challenge, an online competition where LEGO® artists are tasked with implementing a "seed part"—in this case, a silver goblet—creatively into as many builds as possible.
In this particular model, that goblet becomes the bug's legs. I had the thought to use the goblet as part of a robot almost immediately once the contest began, due to its silver coloration; my choice to pursue an insect design was inspired by a bee model I designed a few years ago. Initially, I thought I'd design a robotic bee that existed in a "future of agriculture" type of scenario, and make it an oversize flower to get in the shot as well. The idea to design more of a fly/espionage agent came about when I figured out the 1x1 trans-pink pyramid parts made excellent insectoid eyes.
Making this critter into an actual, transformable model was a huge challenge; but I succeeded, and you can transform the 5PY 8UG from "egg" into its winged form without breaking the model or changing any connections. I had most difficulty figuring out how the eggshell would become complete and secure, and selecting windshield elements that made a cohesive egg-like shape while allowing room for the rest of the bug to fold up inside.
Photographing this model was loads of fun. I set up a large umbrella lamp with diffuser cloth over its rectangular aperture, and then placed the lamp beneath a freshly-wiped glass table. Somehow I knew I wanted to capture these bugs with strong under-lighting for a "laboratory" feel.