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Aligned Continuity Concept Art from Ken Christiansen

Postby El Duque » Wed May 15, 2013 7:16 am

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Our friend Ken Christiansen dropped by to let us know Hasbro has given him permission to share and discuss some of his concept work for the Aligned Continuity. First up, we have his design for Optimus Prime's alt mode, which was featured in Transformers Vault: The Complete Transformers Universe. His main goal for this piece was to maintain the conventional cab style truck mode as seen in the live action movies.

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Ken Christiansen wrote:The request was to keep him a long nose, as he now appears in the film series, and if I remember right, that was just about it. Of course I ventured the question. "I don't have to put those flames on him, do I?" But I did keep in line with the movie logic of the long nose, giving him more mass to work with in robot mode, and we added in a roof fairing over the extended cab to build it out even more.


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Re: Aligned Optimus Prime Truck Mode Concept Art

Postby Mindmaster » Wed May 15, 2013 7:28 am

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They should have kept that G1 stripe. Dunno why, just looks more attractive to me. >:oP
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Re: Aligned Optimus Prime Truck Mode Concept Art

Postby Fires_Of_Inferno » Wed May 15, 2013 7:32 am

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Mindmaster wrote:They should have kept that G1 stripe. Dunno why, just looks more attractive to me. >:oP


the white/silver stripe that goes from the nose of the truck to the rear? That's on there. Silver/grey colours, blue, red, yellow details, looks all good to me! I liked the long-nosed trucks more than the flat ones anyhow.
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Re: Aligned Optimus Prime Truck Mode Concept Art

Postby Mindmaster » Wed May 15, 2013 7:39 am

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Mindmaster wrote:They should have kept that G1 stripe. Dunno why, just looks more attractive to me. >:oP


the white/silver stripe that goes from the nose of the truck to the rear? That's on there.


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Like I said, the stripe makes it look much more attractive.
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Re: Aligned Optimus Prime Truck Mode Concept Art

Postby robotmel » Wed May 15, 2013 9:12 am

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Re: Aligned Optimus Prime Truck Mode Concept Art

Postby Moonshot » Wed May 15, 2013 9:56 am

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That may be the best Optimus earth truck mode I have seen. Although I am partial to the cab-over design from my childhood, this is sweet. Very glad the guy didn't have to use the flames I really dislike those. Is this going to be a new show, game, toy? I'm happy with all three =P~
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Re: Aligned Optimus Prime Truck Mode Concept Art

Postby Eagleblaster » Wed May 15, 2013 10:40 am

Nice. I see the direction Hasbro is going in with paying attention to making figures like the live action movie. Very good.
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Re: Aligned Optimus Prime Truck Mode Concept Art

Postby xyl360 » Wed May 15, 2013 11:36 am

Hey look, it's Staksimus Prime :P!
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Re: Aligned Optimus Prime Truck Mode Concept Art

Postby Sabrblade » Wed May 15, 2013 9:38 pm

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Yet another reveal in a line of Aligned Continuity character concept art reveals from the Binder of Revelation. 8)

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Re: Aligned Optimus Prime Truck Mode Concept Art

Postby MR Optimus Prime » Thu May 16, 2013 9:12 am

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The whole we need to use the long nose semi for more mass is mute. You can use a larger sleeper cab COE design to get more mass.
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Re: Aligned Optimus Prime Truck Mode Concept Art

Postby Sabrblade » Thu May 16, 2013 9:17 am

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MR Optimus Prime wrote:The whole we need to use the long nose semi for more mass is mute. You can use a larger sleeper cab COE design to get more mass.
Maybe they wanted to keep his truck mode at a reasonable size (rather than being ungodly huge) while still getting more mass for robot mode?
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Re: Aligned Optimus Prime Truck Mode Concept Art

Postby Sabrblade » Thu May 16, 2013 11:53 am

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It also looks like it could have been somewhat inspired by Movie 1 Voyager First Strike Optimus Prime.

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Re: Aligned Optimus Prime Truck Mode Concept Art

Postby Mindmaster » Thu May 16, 2013 11:56 am

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Sabrblade wrote:It also looks to be the direct inspiration for Movie 1 Voyager First Strike Optimus Prime.

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Yep, that's why the design looked vaguely familiar to me.
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Re: Aligned Optimus Prime Truck Mode Concept Art

Postby MR Optimus Prime » Thu May 16, 2013 12:01 pm

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Sabrblade wrote:It also looks to be the direct inspiration for Movie 1 Voyager First Strike Optimus Prime.

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Yep, that's why the design looked vaguely familiar to me.


Sorry, I myself don't find one line of them resembling each other. Not even for inspiration.
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Re: Aligned Optimus Prime Truck Mode Concept Art

Postby Sabrblade » Thu May 16, 2013 12:07 pm

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MR Optimus Prime wrote:Sorry, I myself don't find one line of them resembling each other. Not even for inspiration.
Not even deco-wise (which is what I was getting at)?

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Note that the blue paint on the toy's roof was added to give more blue to the Robot Mode's lower legs, since they would have ended up being all red.
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Re: Aligned Optimus Prime Truck Mode Concept Art

Postby Sabrblade » Thu May 16, 2013 2:03 pm

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Just noticed the 2009 date on the image.

I'll correct my previous post about its similar deco to the Movie FS toy.
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Re: Aligned Optimus Prime Truck Mode Concept Art

Postby El Duque » Fri May 17, 2013 10:34 am

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Our friend Ken Christiansen continues to reveal his Aligned Continuity concept art. Earlier this week we got a look at his Optimus Prime truck mode, today we get Megatron in tank form. Click here to visit Ken's blog, Bad Flip Productions, to read more. Ken can also be found on facebook at: Bad Flip Productions

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Ken Christiansen wrote:The assignment was to envision a near-future tank, so I did a few quick sketches, got feedback from Siebenaler, and actually only did a colored line art pass, because of a time crunch. After the presentation and following feedback, I was asked to render it fully, with no changes, along with the Prime truck, that was also initially done as colored line art, for the same pitch.


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Re: Aligned Optimus Prime Truck Mode Concept Art

Postby Eagleblaster » Fri May 17, 2013 10:45 am

Are you kidding me. That's the best Megatron alt mode I ever saw.
I hope that these are going to be the movie figures. Hasbro pull out all the tricks for that figure. Make sure it has everything good.

I'm waiting for these live action movie toys. I'm going to open a savings account just for those figures, lml.

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Re: Aligned Continuity Concept Art from Ken Christiansen

Postby 1984forever » Fri May 17, 2013 10:52 am

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Hasbro seems to like the idea of Megatron being an earth tank with a G1 color scheme, so why isn't this tank on TV or store shelves? A retooled, recolored and enlarged universe G2 Megatron is a quick and easy step towards turning this concept into reality.
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Re: Aligned Continuity Concept Art from Ken Christiansen

Postby Mindmaster » Fri May 17, 2013 12:29 pm

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84forever wrote:Hasbro seems to like the idea of Megatron being an earth tank with a G1 color scheme, so why isn't this tank on TV or store shelves? A retooled, recolored and enlarged universe G2 Megatron is a quick and easy step towards turning this concept into reality.


The Legends figure?

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Re: Aligned Continuity Concept Art from Ken Christiansen

Postby Hotrodimust » Fri May 17, 2013 1:36 pm

I like the prime as much as I like IDW prime but megatron I do not like as an earth tank I just don't sorry
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Re: Aligned Continuity Concept Art from Ken Christiansen

Postby Sodan-1 » Fri May 17, 2013 1:47 pm

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Re: Aligned Continuity Concept Art from Ken Christiansen

Postby 1984forever » Fri May 17, 2013 8:37 pm

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Mindmaster wrote:
84forever wrote:Hasbro seems to like the idea of Megatron being an earth tank with a G1 color scheme, so why isn't this tank on TV or store shelves? A retooled, recolored and enlarged universe G2 Megatron is a quick and easy step towards turning this concept into reality.


The Legends figure?

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I was talking about retooling and enlarging the deluxe mold to give it two hands and a proper fusion cannon. Upsizing the legends figure is too cheap a move, even for Hasbro.
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Re: Aligned Continuity Concept Art from Ken Christiansen

Postby Mindmaster » Fri May 17, 2013 8:48 pm

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84forever wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:
84forever wrote:Hasbro seems to like the idea of Megatron being an earth tank with a G1 color scheme, so why isn't this tank on TV or store shelves? A retooled, recolored and enlarged universe G2 Megatron is a quick and easy step towards turning this concept into reality.


The Legends figure?

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I was talking about retooling and enlarging the deluxe mold to give it two hands and a proper fusion cannon. Upsizing the legends figure is too cheap a move, even for Hasbro.


Hmm...

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...Maybe. I have this one. It's not exactly the best in the world (the Classics Voyager is much more fun), but it makes a decent Classics Megatron if anyone missed out on the Voyager. Neuter the Beast Wars Dinobot gimmick, give him an elbow joint and a hand. It might work, but I'm a little skeptic about it.

I would love to have a Megatron based off this design very much. Just... not with the movie aesthetic.
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Re: Aligned Continuity Concept Art from Ken Christiansen

Postby Eagleblaster » Fri May 17, 2013 8:52 pm

84forever wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:
84forever wrote:Hasbro seems to like the idea of Megatron being an earth tank with a G1 color scheme, so why isn't this tank on TV or store shelves? A retooled, recolored and enlarged universe G2 Megatron is a quick and easy step towards turning this concept into reality.


The Legends figure?

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I was talking about retooling and enlarging the deluxe mold to give it two hands and a proper fusion cannon. Upsizing the legends figure is too cheap a move, even for Hasbro.

I see that you do not like this gorgeous Megatron concept. Its sounds like you want your Megatron figure to be like that not good flying leader Megatron from the 2007 live action movie and you probably want it colored like that rainbow cybertron leader Megatron.
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