SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Built Bot Windblade

Transformers News: SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Built Bot Windblade

Thursday, July 18th, 2013 3:35PM CDT

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Seibertron has just sent us our first look at the Transformers Fan Built Bot, Windblade! The character was designed using fan polls to select various characteristics such as allegiance, gender, alt mode, personality, etc. Hasbro revealed at last month's BotCon that the figure would be a jet, but only showed us a teaser silhouette. Below we have our first looks at her from SDCC 2013. That's right, Windblade is a she! A female Autobot with Samurai aesthetics in robot mode, and VTOL jet alt mode. This character will ultimately receive the full blown toy treatment.



SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Bulit Bot Windblade

SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Bulit Bot Windblade
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Re: SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Built Bot Windblade (1504449)
Posted by Mkall on July 18th, 2013 @ 3:38pm CDT
Interesting design. Some sort of Samurai/Shogun motif?
Re: SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Built Bot Windblade (1504451)
Posted by Janus Prime on July 18th, 2013 @ 3:46pm CDT
Ninjika?!... no, no way... she looks like Ninjika, though.
Re: SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Built Bot Windblade (1504452)
Posted by GuyIncognito on July 18th, 2013 @ 3:48pm CDT
A new female bot: good.

Hasbro still thinking that female bots need breasts: bad.
Re: SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Built Bot Windblade (1504453)
Posted by Mindmaster on July 18th, 2013 @ 3:49pm CDT
Awesome, it's a female! Now we have our second female jet in Transformers fiction (the first being Slipstream)! :grin:

You know what her face kinda reminds me of?

Re: SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Built Bot Windblade (1504467)
Posted by _Anshin_ on July 18th, 2013 @ 4:03pm CDT
GuyIncognito wrote:A new female bot: good.

Hasbro still thinking that female bots need breasts: bad.


Actually I have been reading about the "need for breasts" on the bots/toys. Without them they would not be distinguishable from the "male" bots. The big fear is that cross/transgender identification with toys at a young age. By sexualizing (females have breasts) parents don't have to explain this and there won't be a picket from certain groups against the toy manufacture for the release of a cross/transgender toy.

So to avoid litigations / psychological identification and confusion / etc. it is a good thing.
Re: SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Built Bot Windblade (1504469)
Posted by Deathscythetransform on July 18th, 2013 @ 4:07pm CDT
and we will get this as a toy... :BOWDOWN:

it as a lot of TF Prime Starscream Features designs if you ask me :-?

so an autobot fembot, that is a jet, a samurai? :APPLAUSE:

I buy it :BOWDOWN:

but the name? Windblade sounds awkward... Why not WINGBLADE? :-?

anyway I hope that they repeat the poll soon :DANCE:
Re: SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Built Bot Windblade (1504476)
Posted by SJ21 on July 18th, 2013 @ 4:15pm CDT
Meh.
Re: SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Built Bot Windblade (1504478)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on July 18th, 2013 @ 4:18pm CDT
_Anshin_ wrote:
GuyIncognito wrote:A new female bot: good.

Hasbro still thinking that female bots need breasts: bad.


Actually I have been reading about the "need for breasts" on the bots/toys. Without them they would not be distinguishable from the "male" bots. The big fear is that cross/transgender identification with toys at a young age. By sexualizing (females have breasts) parents don't have to explain this and there won't be a picket from certain groups against the toy manufacture for the release of a cross/transgender toy.

So to avoid litigations / psychological identification and confusion / etc. it is a good thing.


*quickly closes the container of Sharkticon bait* No need for such debate, the question of whether we actually need female robots is bad enough :lol:
Re: SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Built Bot Windblade (1504490)
Posted by JazZeke on July 18th, 2013 @ 4:36pm CDT
I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the Fan Build Bot turned out to resemble a really bad fanfic character. Still, I don't recall "face of a geisha" being on of the options. As much as I voted in the poll, I won't be buying the result.
Re: SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Built Bot Windblade (1504491)
Posted by craggy on July 18th, 2013 @ 4:38pm CDT
not terrible and could well end up being a nice toy.

HOWEVER, I'd much rather they did something more like the Star Wars Fans' Choice figure, letting us include specific iterations of existing characters, and more obscure ones from particular parts of the fictions that might not yet have toys. Surely G1 (or a close approximation) Arcee would finally get a figure then?
Re: SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Built Bot Windblade (1504496)
Posted by Draco_Magnus on July 18th, 2013 @ 4:44pm CDT
So the fan built bot is an Autobot fembot samurai, huh? i'm thinking more like fembot kunoichi. not to mention her head sculpt makes her look like a geisha, which also makes me wonder about which autobot will be her love interest. i admit, i actually think bot coupling in transformers is ok. after all, it worked for Silverbolt and Blackarachnia, and in G1, in this case, i'd like to see Windblade and Drift hook up, Drift's a cyberninja, Windblade's a cyber-kunoichi, perfect match :BOT: that being said, i have this to say to hasbro and takara, "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!"
Re: SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Built Bot Windblade (1504499)
Posted by Sabrblade on July 18th, 2013 @ 4:45pm CDT
Hasbro: "Hey, we have this new character called Drift!"

Fandom: "WE HATE HIM." :BOOM:

Hasbro: "Hey, we have a female version of Drift!"

Fandom: "WOW! INTERESTING!" :shock:
Re: SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Built Bot Windblade (1504500)
Posted by Alpha Weltall on July 18th, 2013 @ 4:46pm CDT
Awesome, now bring on the Airrazor retool. :michaelbay:

We all know that Hasbro doesn't seem to like making one off molds anymore so they must have gone into Windblade's design with a second figure in mind. Slipstream seems likely as well but they might not want to step on TFCC's toes so soon. So to me, that only leaves Airrazor. Unless they do a random G1 female Autobot and make her a jet. Speaking of TFCC, their Airrazor was also retooled from a vtol style jet so there's another notch to Airrazors side. The samurai motif can also represent Japan's take on the character in Airrazor being Tigatron's ward with Tigatron being a Samurai.

I also wonder what their priority in making Windblade will be. Is it on the back burner or do they plan on making it sooner than next year's poll, provided they do this again.
Re: SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Built Bot Windblade (1504501)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on July 18th, 2013 @ 4:49pm CDT
I really like the design, i wouldn't have thought the robo- geisha for a jet former, but hey it looks great. Though something says that that hasbro had part of her design already put in place, possibly as a companion piece or part of theme. It's neat that her sword(s?) come from her rotors.
Re: SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Built Bot Windblade (1504504)
Posted by RAcast on July 18th, 2013 @ 4:53pm CDT
Fembot VTOL jet with swords! :lol:

Seriously though, can't wait to see how this comes out.
Re: SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Built Bot Windblade (1504518)
Posted by hinomars19 on July 18th, 2013 @ 5:30pm CDT
JazZeke wrote:I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the Fan Build Bot turned out to resemble a really bad fanfic character.


Thank you for saying it first; couldn't have said it better myself and was afraid of the lynching I'd get.

JazZeke wrote:Still, I don't recall "face of a geisha" being on of the options. As much as I voted in the poll, I won't be buying the result.


I second that. Although I DIDN'T vote, as I knew this would just be a load of nonsense regardless of who participated. Wow, the fans picked: Name, alt mode (jet, nothing specific) gender (even though some people insist it doesn't exist in TFs)and faction. All open to interpretation by the designers. As such we get this. A bad fanwank character with an eye-sore colour scheme and hideous art to boot.

well done everybody. :APPLAUSE:
Re: SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Built Bot Windblade (1504520)
Posted by Sodan-1 on July 18th, 2013 @ 5:30pm CDT
It isn't exactly what I was wanting (a little cliche with some of the options), but I'm by no means disappointed with the result.

I'd love it if they made this a regular thing. Give them their own Spotlight as well to propel them into the Transformers universe. Windblade is giving me the vibe of a high-priestess of The Knights of Cybertron, who maybe shares a forbidden love with Drift. :SICK:
Re: SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Built Bot Windblade (1504528)
Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on July 18th, 2013 @ 5:49pm CDT
Oh look, a quick, blade-wielding female character. That hasn't been done too much at all. At least she's done up like a Japanese escort in case any businessmen show up at Cybertron so she laugh at all their jokes and do an elaborate dance for them after dinner. MUCH better than the heavily armored female Decepticon brawler character I voted for.

At least I can cover up the Autobot symbol with a Decepticon one and cover up the face with silver paint.
Re: SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Built Bot Windblade (1504529)
Posted by Dr Va'al on July 18th, 2013 @ 5:49pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Hasbro: "Hey, we have this new character called Drift!"

Fandom: "WE HATE HIM." :BOOM:

Hasbro: "Hey, we have a female version of Drift!"

Fandom: "WOW! INTERESTING!" :shock:



That really isn't the reaction I'm seeing at all. :-?

JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
_Anshin_ wrote:
GuyIncognito wrote:A new female bot: good.

Hasbro still thinking that female bots need breasts: bad.


Actually I have been reading about the "need for breasts" on the bots/toys. Without them they would not be distinguishable from the "male" bots. The big fear is that cross/transgender identification with toys at a young age. By sexualizing (females have breasts) parents don't have to explain this and there won't be a picket from certain groups against the toy manufacture for the release of a cross/transgender toy.

So to avoid litigations / psychological identification and confusion / etc. it is a good thing.


*quickly closes the container of Sharkticon bait* No need for such debate, the question of whether we actually need female robots is bad enough :lol:


Why not? It's a discussion forum, we can discuss the topic.

There clearly is a new opportunity to talk about gender, or at least the presence of 'female' characters in a predominantly 'male' cast, though we're not sure in which continuity Windblade will fit (yes, IDW, but they have three series at the moment - though I doubt she'll fit in ReGen One).

As for the trans* point been raised: Yes, maybe, but I seriously do not think it is a good to just avoid talking about these issues. Especially when children are concerned, as they will grow up to be as narrow-minded as the parents raising them, in this way.
Re: SDCC 2013 Coverage: First Look at Transformers Fan Built Bot Windblade (1504531)
Posted by MINDVVIPE on July 18th, 2013 @ 5:52pm CDT
Meh indeed. Overall its not bad, and almost interesting, but that face SUUUUCCKKSS. It just looks like a Geisha turned into a robot. Terrible colours.