Unproduced Beast Machines Megatron Megabolt prototype
Thursday, September 19th, 2013 9:54PM CDTCategory: Toy News
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian Views: 11,147
Here is the Megatron Megabolt that came out of the Robots In Disguise line.
Here is unproduced original Megatron Megabolt prototype.
The basic idea is the same as the production model (in that they're both transforming head/space crafts), but is essentially a completely different toy. It's actually easier to note the similarities between the two designs. Basic shape and certain areas of transformation are akin, but like the cartoon; does not have the legs. Instead the original jet thrusters adorn the underside of the prototype. Interestingly though, the lower jaw of the production version more closely resembles the cartoon.
A comparison shot of the two toys.
Robot mode images
Not to gloss over the below debut robot mode images but the most incredible feature of this concept is the working mechanism visible through the clear sections. When the eyebrow/chest section opens up, a series of cogs engage and actually move within the prototype giving a true mechanical effect.
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Posted by Sabrblade on September 19th, 2013 @ 10:01pm CDT
Which is a shame since since it looks like it could have been interesting to see.
This thing was reportedly seen very briefly in a slideshow at BotCon 2005.
The packaged Beast Machines version was also definitely seen in a slideshow at BotCon 2011.
Posted by Bumblevivisector on September 19th, 2013 @ 11:03pm CDT
But this time it's Beast Machines. So to Hell with "possible".
The only reason I wouldn't bother pissing on this thing's grave is that whatever forcibly injected all that organic glop into the previously all-technological Cybertron defiled it so thoroughly as to make the point moot.
I'd normally just keep that to myself, but a close friend's having a cyst drained, and it's giving me traumatic BM flashbacks. I had to vent this once. I'll accept any warnings forthcoming.
Still, increased focus on show-accuracy is always worthwhile, regardless of the show. I think the final product fell victim to a cheap trend of disembodied toy heads having spider legs. Mr. Freeze was like that not long before, right?
Anyone else think the jagged teeth on that shape of face gives this prototype's profile a resemblance to Mumm-Ra? A weird nod to Kid-Stuff read-along continuity? Yeah, given enough cosmic power, Mumm-Ra could've done the deed. The sonic canyons had something to scream about that day...blech.
*ahem* This does come from a pretty cool site. Some of this stuff, I'm not sure the Spacebridge could even get their mitts on. So Diaclone was essentially considering doing an Autojetter, hmmmm.
Posted by Mykltron on September 20th, 2013 @ 5:16am CDT
Posted by griftimus prime on September 20th, 2013 @ 6:45am CDT
Posted by Sabrblade on September 20th, 2013 @ 6:55am CDT
Posted by Flashwave on September 20th, 2013 @ 12:08pm CDT
Ah well. Too bad this was canned though, I'd have bought it.