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Rare Prototype Images: G1 Swoop, Black Energon Megatron, Takara Tomy G1 Minibot Redecos

Transformers News: Rare Prototype Images: G1 Swoop, Black Energon Megatron, Takara Tomy G1 Minibot Redecos

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 7:34PM CST

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The folks over at The Spacebridge facebook page are back at it, posting rarely seen Transformers prototype images.

First up, we have the original unedited images of G1 Swoop that were used for the figure's boxart. As you can see there were a few changes that occurred between the prototype and production figure. The prototype featured gold chrome on the figure's lower jaw, feet, projectiles. Additionally the tip of the beak was less bulbous on the prototype.

Transformers News: Re: Rare Prototype Images: Unreleased Universe (2003) Motormaster Color Sheet

Transformers News: Re: Rare Prototype Images: Unreleased Universe (2003) Motormaster Color Sheet

Transformers News: Re: Rare Prototype Images: Unreleased Universe (2003) Motormaster Color Sheet
Transformers G1 1985 Swoop (Swarp) Gallery

Transformers News: Re: Rare Prototype Images: Unreleased Universe (2003) Motormaster Color Sheet
Transformers G1 1985 Swoop (Swarp) Gallery

Next we have a proposed black redeco of Energon Megatron.

Transformers News: Re: Rare Prototype Images: Unreleased Universe (2003) Motormaster Color Sheet

Transformers News: Re: Rare Prototype Images: Unreleased Universe (2003) Motormaster Color Sheet

Lastly, we have a set of proposed G1 Minibot redecos that would have been released by Takara Tomy. Warpath, Seaspray, Powerglide, Beachcomber, and Cosmos in all new color schemes some of which are little more real world accurate.

Transformers News: Re: Rare Prototype Images: Unreleased Universe (2003) Motormaster Color Sheet

Transformers News: Re: Rare Prototype Images: Unreleased Universe (2003) Motormaster Color Sheet

Transformers News: Re: Rare Prototype Images: Unreleased Universe (2003) Motormaster Color Sheet

Transformers News: Re: Rare Prototype Images: Unreleased Universe (2003) Motormaster Color Sheet

Transformers News: Re: Rare Prototype Images: Unreleased Universe (2003) Motormaster Color Sheet

Transformers News: Re: Rare Prototype Images: Unreleased Universe (2003) Motormaster Color Sheet
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Re: Rare Prototype Images: G1 Swoop, Black Energon Megatron, Takara Tomy G1 Minibot Redecos (1528323)
Posted by Hoitytoity on November 6th, 2013 @ 7:58pm CST
Anyone else notice that the Cosmos, Powerglide and Warpath redecos are almost identical to the eHobby Gobots set that came out several years back? Guess they didn't toss out the idea entirely after all.
Re: Rare Prototype Images: G1 Swoop, Black Energon Megatron, Takara Tomy G1 Minibot Redecos (1528339)
Posted by triKlops on November 6th, 2013 @ 9:01pm CST
Hoitytoity wrote:Anyone else notice that the Cosmos, Powerglide and Warpath redecos are almost identical to the eHobby Gobots set that came out several years back? Guess they didn't toss out the idea entirely after all.

Thinking the exact same thing man
Re: Rare Prototype Images: G1 Swoop, Black Energon Megatron, Takara Tomy G1 Minibot Redecos (1528340)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on November 6th, 2013 @ 9:03pm CST
Hoitytoity wrote:Anyone else notice that the Cosmos, Powerglide and Warpath redecos are almost identical to the eHobby Gobots set that came out several years back? Guess they didn't toss out the idea entirely after all.
Indeed. When I saw the thumbnail, I briefly assumed this was about the Gobots' prototypes. Add in Beachcomber's headlights making him look like his G2 incarnation, and Seaspray's the odd one out; the red torso makes him look like...something I've seen before, but I can't place.
Re: Rare Prototype Images: G1 Swoop, Black Energon Megatron, Takara Tomy G1 Minibot Redecos (1528349)
Posted by Flashwave on November 6th, 2013 @ 10:05pm CST
Man, i really wish we'd gotten that Megatron as... hell i dont know, but i love the colors and theming ld is mot half bad, i just dont like itbas Megs and ts too big for Galvy now that we uave Scourge and Cyclonus
Re: Rare Prototype Images: G1 Swoop, Black Energon Megatron, Takara Tomy G1 Minibot Redecos (1528350)
Posted by Bounti76 on November 6th, 2013 @ 10:10pm CST
Hoitytoity wrote:Anyone else notice that the Cosmos, Powerglide and Warpath redecos are almost identical to the eHobby Gobots set that came out several years back? Guess they didn't toss out the idea entirely after all.


That was exactly the idea behind it. Take those unused decos and turn them into the GoBots.I have the set, and Pathfinder/Cosmos is exactly the same color scheme as here. Bad Boy/Powerglide had his olive green changed to dark blue, but is otherwise the same, and Treds/Warpath only had his visor changed to black, and is a slightly more forest green shade of green rather than olive.

http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Treds
Re: Rare Prototype Images: G1 Swoop, Black Energon Megatron, Takara Tomy G1 Minibot Redecos (1528361)
Posted by Sabrblade on November 6th, 2013 @ 11:59pm CST
Flashwave wrote:Man, i really wish we'd gotten that Megatron as... hell i dont know,
An upgraded form of OTFCC 2004 Universe Megazarak. That's an idea for someone we could have used this toy for. :-B
Re: Rare Prototype Images: G1 Swoop, Black Energon Megatron, Takara Tomy G1 Minibot Redecos (1528385)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on November 7th, 2013 @ 4:58am CST
Sabrblade wrote:
Flashwave wrote:Man, i really wish we'd gotten that Megatron as... hell i dont know,
An upgraded form of OTFCC 2004 Universe Megazarak. That's an idea for someone we could have used this toy for. :-B


That Megatron was actually a proposed store exclusive that would have come with Smallest Transforming Transformers Soundwave. I actually had to double-check that since there's a similar Lucky Draw repaint with red instead of the green (using the smaller mold of course).
Re: Rare Prototype Images: G1 Swoop, Black Energon Megatron, Takara Tomy G1 Minibot Redecos (1528398)
Posted by Sabrblade on November 7th, 2013 @ 7:34am CST
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Flashwave wrote:Man, i really wish we'd gotten that Megatron as... hell i dont know,
An upgraded form of OTFCC 2004 Universe Megazarak. That's an idea for someone we could have used this toy for. :-B


That Megatron was actually a proposed store exclusive that would have come with Smallest Transforming Transformers Soundwave. I actually had to double-check that since there's a similar Lucky Draw repaint with red instead of the green (using the smaller mold of course).
Right, and I'm saying we could have used this as an repurposed upgraded Megazarak, to avoid the redundancy of one more Megatron. ;)
Re: Rare Prototype Images: G1 Swoop, Black Energon Megatron, Takara Tomy G1 Minibot Redecos (1528399)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on November 7th, 2013 @ 7:39am CST
Sabrblade wrote:
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Flashwave wrote:Man, i really wish we'd gotten that Megatron as... hell i dont know,
An upgraded form of OTFCC 2004 Universe Megazarak. That's an idea for someone we could have used this toy for. :-B


That Megatron was actually a proposed store exclusive that would have come with Smallest Transforming Transformers Soundwave. I actually had to double-check that since there's a similar Lucky Draw repaint with red instead of the green (using the smaller mold of course).
Right, and I'm saying we could have used this as an repurposed upgraded Megazarak, to avoid the redundancy of one more Megatron. ;)


We can never have too many Megatrons. At least he has the guts to change overall appearance unlike a certain other leader you all seem to love ;)
Re: Rare Prototype Images: G1 Swoop, Black Energon Megatron, Takara Tomy G1 Minibot Redecos (1528430)
Posted by robotmel on November 7th, 2013 @ 10:40am CST
El Duque wrote:Image
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:D
This is one of the very few G1 Transformers I actually like. ;)

I have thought about picking up one of the many KO versions I often see offered but really dont like that steel bar that joins his knees together.
That part seems to be missing or photoshopped out of the prototype/recoloured version.

My questions are, is that bar really necessary to hold Swoop together, or if one was to snip it off would Swoops legs fall off, or does it need to be present to accomplish Transformation? :-?
Re: Rare Prototype Images: G1 Swoop, Black Energon Megatron, Takara Tomy G1 Minibot Redecos (1528491)
Posted by ausbot on November 7th, 2013 @ 5:18pm CST
They need to re release that e-hobby minibot set
Re: Rare Prototype Images: G1 Swoop, Black Energon Megatron, Takara Tomy G1 Minibot Redecos (1528492)
Posted by Sabrblade on November 7th, 2013 @ 5:24pm CST
The deco of this Megatron reminds me of that of Armada Lucky Draw Black Megatron.

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Re: Rare Prototype Images: G1 Swoop, Black Energon Megatron, Takara Tomy G1 Minibot Redecos (1528498)
Posted by fenrir72 on November 7th, 2013 @ 5:47pm CST
I remember the dorky looking head of G1 Razorclaw/Predaking? It was supposed to be built into the body unlike the "helmet" Predaking is now using. I hope to be able to see in my lifetime the figure and how it was supposed to function.