Rated X wrote:I read the article. I scrolled down all the way to the bottom, but couldnt find the part you were referring to describing the designers "vision" for the classics line. Is there a page 2 of the interview im missing ? If you are right, I do believe that licensing fees still played at least a small part in that classics "vision".
Also on MP-10 Prime, back in 1984 was it ever a real truck ? Anybody got pictures of the inspiration ? Ive seen the Ratchet van at Botcon 2011, but have never seen the actual G1 Prime Truck.
I display my classics collection in robot mode so the alt modes dont stress me. If I had a choice though, I would prefer the 1980's vehicles for nostalgic reasons. For me personally, it's increased articulation and cartoon accuracy of robot modes that made the classics line a success. It's about them actually being action figures instead of just "box figures" like their 80's predecessors. As far as the alt modes are concerned, I always thought they might as well be as cartoon accurate as the robot modes can be, but thats just me. We got the movie line for modern vehicles.
Weird, the site that hosted it is also gone now, but then there is this other interview: http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-new ... ew-167073/
Yuki: Though had we gone with the original car designs, it would have been considered as classic cars, so we altered the vehicle modes to match what children now see as stylish. The merchandise are for children, but children prefer something a bit grown-up looking. That is why we aim for products which look cool even to the parents. If the parents see a product as ugly, their children will not want it. This is more so now that Transformers is something both parents and children can talk about.
As I stated before he was based not on one truck alone, he does looks pretty close to the '70s Freightliner FL86, with a couple of differences.