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Monday, June 17th, 2013 4:42PM CDT

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The Spacebridge facebook page has shared some really interesting Transformers Generations One prototype images. We've mirrored a few of their images below, visit The Spacebrige facebook page for many more obscure Transformers prototypes and design sketches.


This crazy colored G1 Megatron was a proposed reissue that was ultimately scrapped because he was still too much of a gun.

Rare G1 Prototype Images

Rare G1 Prototype Images

Here's a couple of early prototypes for the G1 City-formers Metroplex and Trypticon.

Rare G1 Prototype Images

Rare G1 Prototype Images

This early concept for the G1 Predacons featured Razorclaw with a head that transformed into the head for Predaking.

Rare G1 Prototype Images

Rare G1 Prototype Images

Here we have a look at the G1 Unicron prototype, this version came with an orbiting moon accessory and had a voice changing feature in addition to the voice clips.

Rare G1 Prototype Images

Rare G1 Prototype Images

This Cyclonus prototype was originally used as a model by the animators of the 1986's Transformers: The Movie.

Rare G1 Prototype Images

Lastly we have some images of the unreleased G2 Protectobots.

Rare G1 Prototype Images

Rare G1 Prototype Images

Rare G1 Prototype Images

Rare G1 Prototype Images
Credit(s): The Spacebridge
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Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1496085)
Posted by RhA on June 17th, 2013 @ 4:45pm CDT
I'm looking at my Cyclonus and I am not a happy camper anymore.
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1496088)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on June 17th, 2013 @ 5:03pm CDT
RhA wrote:I'm looking at my Cyclonus and I am not a happy camper anymore.

Ditto. 15 years ago, I saw pics of a Cyc prototype in ship mode atop a stand, and it looked so much bigger and more accurate than the real deal that I suddenly became underwhelmed by the second-hand one I'd just bought. I gotta' head back to the Space Bridge and see if there's a pic confirming this is the same one.

(The Jizai Toys Cyclonus is still prettiest, though)

And the G1 Unicron toy would've had a moon that looked THAT MUCH like Dead End?!?!?!? Was this already widely known? Or at least to the Armada design team? No, wait, there was a moon in Floro Dery's sketches, so 'ol Bug and this thing could've both just been based on that, even without these pics.
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1496097)
Posted by RiddlerJ on June 17th, 2013 @ 5:57pm CDT
I think we got the color scheme for a Botcon version of Classics Megatron.
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1496139)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on June 17th, 2013 @ 8:26pm CDT
RiddlerJ wrote:I think we got the color scheme for a Botcon version of Classics Megatron.
If they do a Condor-Verlag covers themed set next year, it would indeed make perfect sense.
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1496151)
Posted by xyl360 on June 17th, 2013 @ 9:08pm CDT
I love the G2 looking Megs. That Metroplex is epic as well. And even though it looks kinda shite, I really dig the concept of them integrating the combiner head into the bot instead of having it be a 'cap' that he wears in combined mode for Razorclaw/Predaking.

I wish they had some alt decos of Trypticon. It's such a sweet mold (though I prefer my Gigastorm to him, just because that horn looks totally badass and Predacons rule :P).
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1496163)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 17th, 2013 @ 9:56pm CDT
Am I the only one who want that derpy looking Unicron?
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1496168)
Posted by xyl360 on June 17th, 2013 @ 10:01pm CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:Am I the only one who want that derpy looking Unicron?

I doubt it. Judging by how many went apes**t over the BW NEO proto (which as I recall, looks strikingly similar to this, though I could be remembering it wrong), I'd say it's safe to say there's plenty who would be interested in it.
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1496175)
Posted by Burn on June 17th, 2013 @ 10:14pm CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:Am I the only one who want that derpy looking Unicron?


I honestly can't decide.

On one hand, it's hideous, nothing like his movie self, I look at it and all I can do is laugh. I can't imagine this as a being that consumes planets.

On the other hand, it's novel, weird, quirky, the sort of thing you want for your collection!
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1496176)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 17th, 2013 @ 10:20pm CDT
Megatron looks like he's wearing a blue satin shirt over an orange jumpsuit and hood. :lol:
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1496183)
Posted by MGrotusque on June 17th, 2013 @ 10:37pm CDT
UNICRON!! :sad: I so need a G1 Unicron. BADLY.

That Cyclonus is amazing.

Thank god they scraped that Predaking transforming head design.....yikes, It's ridiculous.
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1496187)
Posted by fenrir72 on June 17th, 2013 @ 11:15pm CDT
Trypticon's head looks very much like a certain reptile we know back in Japan. No wonder Takara modified it. Also, Razorclaw's head sucks! Good thing they scrapped the Predaking head gimmick.
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1496200)
Posted by Mindmaster on June 18th, 2013 @ 12:21am CDT
That Megatron (or should I say, Skittletron) is too conspicuous to have been scrapped for release. Seriously, I would have bought that just to own some version of that mold. :-(

I swear, I can never get over how hilariously huge Cyclonus's head was compared to his body. :lol:

Pretty neat how Unicron's moon and odd deco influenced the design of Armada Dead End (Unicron's Mini-Con that transformed into a moon, for those unfamiliar with Armada) and his deco in Energon, respectively.

Metroplex's face looks "bleh". >:oP
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1496216)
Posted by Cyberpath on June 18th, 2013 @ 1:20am CDT
Interesting article.

The Cyclonus prototype looks somewhat better than the finished product. For one, he looks sleeker without the stickers, but also, he's got real fists and the landing gear doesn't run across his chest.

Looks like Ocatne also fell short of his prototype.
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1496218)
Posted by fenrir72 on June 18th, 2013 @ 1:25am CDT
Mindmaster wrote:That Megatron (or should I say, Skittletron) is too conspicuous to have been scrapped for release. Seriously, I would have bought that just to own some version of that mold. :-(

I swear, I can never get over how hilariously huge Cyclonus's head was compared to his body. :lol:

Pretty neat how Unicron's moon and odd deco influenced the design of Armada Dead End (Unicron's Mini-Con that transformed into a moon, for those unfamiliar with Armada) and his deco in Energon, respectively.

Metroplex's face looks "bleh". >:oP


Metroplex's face mess is probably due to the reflection (his mirror chrome face). A lot of decals were omitted in the final version................a pity.
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1496226)
Posted by xyl360 on June 18th, 2013 @ 2:03am CDT
fenrir72 wrote:Trypticon's head looks very much like a certain reptile we know back in Japan. No wonder Takara modified it.

Hehe, I got the same vibe from him. Very Gojira indeed :)!
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1496258)
Posted by Nyancatron on June 18th, 2013 @ 7:51am CDT
El Duque wrote:This crazy colored G1 Megatron was a proposed reissue that was ultimately scrapped because he was still too much of a gun.

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Old image saved on hard drive from 2005:
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Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1496916)
Posted by Blasphemous Prime on June 20th, 2013 @ 10:19pm CDT
RiddlerJ wrote:I think we got the color scheme for a Botcon version of Classics Megatron.



That makes sense, considering the orange barrel.
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1496935)
Posted by Mindmaster on June 20th, 2013 @ 11:17pm CDT
gothweaver wrote:
RiddlerJ wrote:I think we got the color scheme for a Botcon version of Classics Megatron.



That makes sense, considering the orange barrel.


You mean this one?

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Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1497031)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on June 21st, 2013 @ 9:44am CDT
Mindmaster wrote:
gothweaver wrote:
RiddlerJ wrote:I think we got the color scheme for a Botcon version of Classics Megatron.



That makes sense, considering the orange barrel.


You mean this one?

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or this guy:

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Metroplex looks really blinged out. I dare say it wasn't a prototype for Transformers, but for its originally intended Diaclone release.
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1501941)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on July 9th, 2013 @ 4:53pm CDT
The Spacebridge facebook page has updated with more unique and rare Transformers items. This time around they give us a look at a few chrome seekers. Obviously we have Starscream pictured with the Megatron accessory which came with the Transformers Collection Starscream in 2003. The is also a regular chrome seeker. A blue and black chrome Thundercracker and an orange and black chrome Sunstorm.

The Spacebridge wrote:Not a bootleg, fake or "lunchtime special" These toys were made as samples by Takara for Hasbro. They would then be offered as exclusives or prizes to retailers if they wanted to run a promotion. So if Wal*Mart wanted to run a Transformers competition these would be offered to them by Hasbro as a possible prize. Most likely not used as Japanese size missiles so "unsafe" in the United States. These are original Hasbro internal pictures.


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Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1501943)
Posted by Samsonator on July 9th, 2013 @ 5:06pm CDT
METAL CREAMSICLE!
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1501944)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on July 9th, 2013 @ 5:09pm CDT
As thoroughly as I've migrated to the Classics mold as the only physical representation of seekers I need EVERY conceivable variation of, these somehow look just as good to me now as they would have 10 years ago. Shiny-Storm would've been especially appropriate considering how Sunstorm was depicted by Dreamwave.

I guess there's no precedent for a name to assign to the all silver guy, right? Just "Silver Star" perhaps, if one works backwards from CHMS's chrome guys, but it'd be nice if the Space Bridge dug up an official name so that guy could have his own TFWiki page.
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1501952)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on July 9th, 2013 @ 5:45pm CDT
Hasbro, give us an actual sunstorm like the chrome figure, not a stand in like in funpub's Rainmaker set.
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1501953)
Posted by Burn on July 9th, 2013 @ 5:46pm CDT
So pretty ... I want.
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1501954)
Posted by Mindmaster on July 9th, 2013 @ 5:48pm CDT
Oooh, shiny. 8)
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1501960)
Posted by hinomars19 on July 9th, 2013 @ 6:06pm CDT
God that Thundercracker is beautiful!
Also, they remind of the all chrome Power ranger figures that were released for the movie. They were cool.
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1501962)
Posted by Starscream on July 9th, 2013 @ 6:09pm CDT
I own one of the all silver ones and a colored chrome one. They are very nice. It's been hard to pinpoint what they are exactly, but these photos definitely help. I have kept them in their Takara anniversary box. It's funny because although the colored one is of the TFC 9 mold, it is in the anniversary box.
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1501968)
Posted by DreadstarCybph on July 9th, 2013 @ 6:38pm CDT
Nice. Any news as to where these guys ended up?
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1501976)
Posted by xyl360 on July 9th, 2013 @ 6:56pm CDT
Interesting, I didn't think those archaic Energon guzzlers had access to Transmetal technology :P.
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1501984)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on July 9th, 2013 @ 7:45pm CDT
Starscream wrote:I own one of the all silver ones and a colored chrome one. They are very nice. It's been hard to pinpoint what they are exactly, but these photos definitely help. I have kept them in their Takara anniversary box. It's funny because although the colored one is of the TFC 9 mold, it is in the anniversary box.

Would that be the same box E-hobby Sunstorm came in? And is there any indication that it's supposed to be a new character? Well, don't open a sealed box of something that rare just to find a bio-card, of course, but it'd be neat if you happened to know.
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1501995)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on July 9th, 2013 @ 8:19pm CDT
Depending on how they were packaged I would've jumped on them
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1502004)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on July 9th, 2013 @ 8:58pm CDT
me like the shinny
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1502022)
Posted by Sabrblade on July 9th, 2013 @ 11:00pm CDT
xyl360 wrote:Interesting, I didn't think those archaic Energon guzzlers had access to Transmetal technology :P.
G1 Megatron did, at least. ;)
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1502038)
Posted by Flashwave on July 10th, 2013 @ 1:47am CDT
Chrome just makes Sunstorm. I like Thundercracker, i really like that blue, but it so does Sunstorm right.
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1502040)
Posted by fenrir72 on July 10th, 2013 @ 2:06am CDT
Despite the 30 years in existence, the G1 Seeker vehicle mod still holds up in awesomeness. (Emphasis on the "vehicle mode")
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1502054)
Posted by Windsweeper on July 10th, 2013 @ 4:51am CDT
Those look great. I've always liked the G1 Seeker Mold. My only problem is the unpainted face. The world's smallest actually painted Starscream's face and Thrust's optics and greatly enhanced the look.
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1502055)
Posted by Windsweeper on July 10th, 2013 @ 4:51am CDT
Oops double post. My typing finger has a stutter.
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1502056)
Posted by Windsweeper on July 10th, 2013 @ 4:53am CDT
Those look great. I've always liked the G1 Seeker Mold. My only problem is the unpainted face. The world's smallest actually painted Starscream's face and Thrust's optics and greatly enhanced the look.
Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1502139)
Posted by Starscream on July 10th, 2013 @ 12:53pm CDT
Bumblevivisector wrote:
Starscream wrote:I own one of the all silver ones and a colored chrome one. They are very nice. It's been hard to pinpoint what they are exactly, but these photos definitely help. I have kept them in their Takara anniversary box. It's funny because although the colored one is of the TFC 9 mold, it is in the anniversary box.

Would that be the same box E-hobby Sunstorm came in? And is there any indication that it's supposed to be a new character? Well, don't open a sealed box of something that rare just to find a bio-card, of course, but it'd be neat if you happened to know.


I think you might be miss-understanding what these things. There is no canon surrounding them, they are just real-world one-off manufacturing samples. Not really mass-produced.

They just shove them into the Takara Reissue seeker box that Starscream came in.

You can see some photos I posted today here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulfriemel/sets/72157594327955633/

Here is the Chrome Starscream. The megatron accessory is below the bubble tray.
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here is how they look in the box
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Re: Rare G1 Prototype Images (1502350)
Posted by Deathscythetransform on July 11th, 2013 @ 7:24am CDT
I so want Thundercracker!! :BANG_HEAD: :BANG_HEAD: :BANG_HEAD:
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