Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Feel free to discuss anything about any of the thousands of Transformer toys here. Anything from Generation 1 all the way to the soon to be released, the never to be released or the hope to be released is fair game! Want to show off your stuff? Please post your's and see others in the Transformers Collections Forum.

Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Postby Emerje » Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:34 pm

Motto: "*Shrug*"
Weapon: Saw-Edged Pincer
Thanks to a series of scans from Figure King magazine posted to Loopaza Mega Store's Facebook page we're getting a very rare look at some early Transformers prototypes from back in the early planning stages of Diaclone! This is some great insight into the days when toys weren't designed on computers like they are today, but through actual hand made prototyping. These aren't even to the hand sculpting phase, but the earlier proof of concept stage using wood and layers of styrene plastic sheets.

And yet, as early on as these are it's very clear what these figures would become. We've got an Optimus Prime sporting a samurai-looking helmet along with some attempts at a trailer including a shot at the trailer that would later belong to Ultra Magnus. We also get to see Grimlock, Motormaster, and Metroplex among various Autobot cars. But what's very special is the prototypes that never became figures. Next to a rough attempt at Soundwave we have several unproduced tapes including various insects, a sabertooth tiger, and even a horse! There's also a Triplechanger that turns from robot, to tractor, to seaplane! And the biggest of all is a 5-changer that can turn into a robot, spaceship, tank, aircraft carrier, and what appears to be a train! How cool would that have been in the '80s or even 2019?

Image

Image

Image

Image

Thanks to Cyberpath for sending in the tip! Let us know what you think of these prototypes and if you see anything else interesting of note in these photos in the Energon Pub forums below.
User avatar
Emerje
News Staff
Posts: 5061
News Credits: 120
Joined: Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:15 am
Location: Maine
Alt Mode: Lobster Moose
Strength: 9
Intelligence: 7
Speed: 4
Endurance: 8
Rank: 6
Courage: 10
Firepower: 3
Skill: 6

Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Postby Cobotron » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:06 pm

Motto: "Free your mind, and your ass will follow!"
Weapon: Sword
Awesome! Just Awesome!
Those wooden cassettes are amazing.
The HORSE!
Enter the COLLECT-O-TRON
Image
Burn wrote:
Agamemnon wrote:Let's get back to talking about Burn's mammoth snout flopping... :-s

Well I am Australian. It's kinda what we're known for.
User avatar
Cobotron
Site Moderator
Posts: 10013
News Credits: 39
Joined: Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:53 am
Location: High Plains Drifter
Alt Mode: A Sleeping Bear
Strength: 8
Intelligence: 9
Speed: 7
Endurance: 8
Rank: 5
Courage: 9
Firepower: 5
Skill: 10

Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Postby Black Bumblebee » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:11 pm

They belong in a museum... near me :-D
Visit http://www.youtube.com/user/Pepsimus to see the latest episodes of The War Within animated, adapted from the comic of the same name. Episodes 1 & 2 complete!
User avatar
Black Bumblebee
Pretender
Posts: 755
News Credits: 2
Joined: Wed Nov 16, 2005 2:06 pm
Buy from Black Bumblebee on eBay

Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Postby Stormshot_Prime » Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:17 am

Motto: "Forced peace is tyranny unto itself."
Weapon: Fusion-Powered Particle Blaster
Hey Has/Tak why don’t you make some siege characters based on these?
User avatar
Stormshot_Prime
Minibot
Posts: 113
Joined: Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:05 pm
Alt Mode: All-Terrain Battle SUV
Strength: 7
Intelligence: 8
Speed: 7
Endurance: 6
Rank: 5
Courage: 7
Firepower: 6
Skill: 9

Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Postby megamanfan » Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:22 am

ah WHAT!? we could've had a biplane turn into a steam shovel!?
megamanfan
Micromaster
Posts: 67
News Credits: 1
Joined: Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:27 pm

Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Postby Nathaniel Prime » Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:27 am

Motto: "The only difference between a hero and the villain is that the villain chooses to use that power in a way that is selfish and hurts other people."
Weapon: Fusion Cannon
Wow, some of these are amazing! Biplane triplechanger, Powered Up Prime, and the cassettes look great. Wow, this is an awesome blast from the past, and a really nice " what could have been" for us fans ;)^
"...And here I am. In an alternate universe that I don't recognize, but I fit in just fine."
User avatar
Nathaniel Prime
News Staff
Posts: 908
News Credits: 56
Joined: Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:51 am
Alt Mode: Cybertronian Tank
Strength: 9
Intelligence: 9
Speed: 7
Endurance: 9
Rank: 10+
Courage: 10+
Firepower: 10+
Skill: 9

Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Postby Emerje » Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:59 am

Motto: "*Shrug*"
Weapon: Saw-Edged Pincer
megamanfan wrote:biplane

Nathaniel Prime wrote:Biplane


Not a biplane, those have 4 wings. It's a seaplane/pontoon plane.

Image

Emerje
User avatar
Emerje
News Staff
Posts: 5061
News Credits: 120
Joined: Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:15 am
Location: Maine
Alt Mode: Lobster Moose
Strength: 9
Intelligence: 7
Speed: 4
Endurance: 8
Rank: 6
Courage: 10
Firepower: 3
Skill: 6

Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Postby Short Circuit » Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:06 am

Weapon: Dual-Sonic Disrupter Gun
Interesting that they really wanted to keep the idea of a ramp trailer from here up to convoy’s diaclone prototype. Glad we ended up with Ultra Magnus and not G1 Shovel Hands Mcgee :lol:
User avatar
Short Circuit
Minibot
Posts: 194
Joined: Sat Oct 24, 2009 2:06 pm
Alt Mode: Cybertronian Micro-Jet
Strength: 3
Intelligence: 8
Speed: 9
Endurance: 6
Rank: 1
Courage: 7
Firepower: 5
Skill: 4

Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Postby Albatross250 » Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:26 am

Motto: "Operation: T E R M I N A T I O N"
Weapon: Heat-Seeking Incendiary Missiles
I'm shocked that they have a 5 changer design that can turn into a Tank, Jet, Aircraft Carrier, Robot and Dragon Mode (Not Train mode) 8-}


If only they make a modernized 5 changer with those modes.
Still Playing Fall Of Cybertron, it's still a great sequel!
User avatar
Albatross250
Transmetal Warrior
Posts: 848
News Credits: 26
Joined: Sat Oct 29, 2016 6:45 am
Location: SEA
Alt Mode: Type 74 Main Battle Tank
Strength: 7
Intelligence: 7
Speed: 7
Endurance: 7
Rank: 10
Courage: 7
Firepower: 10
Skill: 7

Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Postby ZeroWolf » Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:45 am

Motto: "My past no longer binds my future..."
Weapon: Battle Blades
I'd actually say that the train mode was supposed to be a train and a dragon... A precursor to Optimus Prime EX from the Transformers Go! Line?
Got news for Seibertron? Share it here!
ZeroWolf
News Staff
Posts: 9536
News Credits: 353
Joined: Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:58 am
Location: North East UK

Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Postby Black Hat » Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:46 am

Motto: "I am not entertained!"
Weapon: Double Barreled Multi-Purpose Launcher
That 5-changer and the seaplane/excavator combo need to be made real somehow. Also Prime with a samurai helmet is pretty cool.
The worst Transformers fan ever.
Image
Formerly known as Delta Magnus.
User avatar
Black Hat
Faction Commander
Posts: 4826
News Credits: 11
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2011 9:24 am
Location: 199X
Alt Mode: BAC TSR-2
Strength: 5
Intelligence: 8
Speed: 10
Endurance: 5
Rank: ???
Courage: 8
Firepower: 6
Skill: 5

Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Postby CobraKai » Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:28 am

I like the use of a pack of Winston cigarettes to establish scale ;)^
CobraKai
Mini-Con
Posts: 28
Joined: Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:41 pm

Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Postby Nathaniel Prime » Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:00 am

Motto: "The only difference between a hero and the villain is that the villain chooses to use that power in a way that is selfish and hurts other people."
Weapon: Fusion Cannon
Emerje wrote:
megamanfan wrote:biplane

Nathaniel Prime wrote:Biplane


Not a biplane, those have 4 wings. It's a seaplane/pontoon plane.

Image

Emerje


Oops, my mistake. Should have said monoplane or seaplane but I guess I read the first guy's comment and put the name there :lol:
"...And here I am. In an alternate universe that I don't recognize, but I fit in just fine."
User avatar
Nathaniel Prime
News Staff
Posts: 908
News Credits: 56
Joined: Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:51 am
Alt Mode: Cybertronian Tank
Strength: 9
Intelligence: 9
Speed: 7
Endurance: 9
Rank: 10+
Courage: 10+
Firepower: 10+
Skill: 9

Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Postby ScottyP » Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:51 am

Weapon: Battle Blades
One of those cassettes looks like Stinger, neat!
User avatar
ScottyP
Guardian Of Seibertron
Posts: 5056
News Credits: 501
Joined: Wed May 03, 2006 3:42 pm
Location: Raleigh, NC
Buy from ScottyP on eBay

Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Postby Immortal Starscream » Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:23 pm

I want that seaplane/excavator triple changer in my life. for realzies
Image
User avatar
Immortal Starscream
Pretender
Posts: 744
News Credits: 13
Joined: Wed Feb 15, 2006 5:28 pm

Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:53 pm

Motto: "The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance."
Weapon: Dual Bladed Sword
ZeroWolf wrote:I'd actually say that the train mode was supposed to be a train and a dragon... A precursor to Optimus Prime EX from the Transformers Go! Line?


Sorry, it's a dragon all the way. The writing calls out all 5 modes, in order:

  • Jet
  • Tank
  • Aircraft Carrier
  • Dragon
  • Robot

The dragon is serpentine, the traditional kind for East Asian countries. The length is not capped, so they can be as long as they like: look at Shenron from Dragon Ball :lol:
"I have Autism and I'm proud of it!" - Myself

If anyone has a spare TR Furos, PotP Punch head, CW Dead End, CW Brawl or Swindle, hit me up!

The resident Rewind... well, half of one :lol:

- Jelze Bunnycat =:3
User avatar
JelZe GoldRabbit
God Of Transformers
Posts: 17345
News Credits: 241
Joined: Thu Feb 17, 2005 5:45 am
Location: McKinney, Texas, USA; Delft, the Netherlands
Strength: 5
Intelligence: 9
Speed: 8
Endurance: 7
Rank: 1
Courage: 6
Skill: 5

Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Postby triKlops » Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:19 am

Motto: "New England Transformers Collectors Group member"
Anyone know what issue number of Figure King this is?
I didn't see it mentioned but i might have missed it.
Thanks in advance!
Image

Looking for Fans Toys Scoria FT-04X silver upgrade feet for
MP-08X Grimlock. Please DM if willing to sell for reasonable price.
User avatar
triKlops
Godmaster
Posts: 1698
News Credits: 9
Joined: Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:35 am
Location: Rhode Island

Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:54 pm

Motto: ""I am a warrior. Let the battle be joined.""
Weapon: Electron Gun
That seaplane/tractor triple-changer? We need a modern version of that, please. :D
Not caring about scale since 1984. Just like Hasbro.

Selling off some toys to make room. Come on by for some bargains!
RK_Striker_JK_5
Faction Commander
Posts: 4147
Joined: Wed Dec 09, 2009 6:48 pm
Location: New Hampshire
Strength: 4
Intelligence: 9
Speed: 6
Endurance: 10
Rank: 2
Courage: 9
Firepower: 4
Skill: 6

Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:11 pm

Motto: "The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance."
Weapon: Dual Bladed Sword
triKlops wrote:Anyone know what issue number of Figure King this is?
I didn't see it mentioned but i might have missed it.
Thanks in advance!


My best guess is that it's the March 2019 issue.
"I have Autism and I'm proud of it!" - Myself

If anyone has a spare TR Furos, PotP Punch head, CW Dead End, CW Brawl or Swindle, hit me up!

The resident Rewind... well, half of one :lol:

- Jelze Bunnycat =:3
User avatar
JelZe GoldRabbit
God Of Transformers
Posts: 17345
News Credits: 241
Joined: Thu Feb 17, 2005 5:45 am
Location: McKinney, Texas, USA; Delft, the Netherlands
Strength: 5
Intelligence: 9
Speed: 8
Endurance: 7
Rank: 1
Courage: 6
Skill: 5

Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Postby Emerje » Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:16 pm

Motto: "*Shrug*"
Weapon: Saw-Edged Pincer
triKlops wrote:Anyone know what issue number of Figure King this is?
I didn't see it mentioned but i might have missed it.
Thanks in advance!

It's 253.

Emerje
User avatar
Emerje
News Staff
Posts: 5061
News Credits: 120
Joined: Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:15 am
Location: Maine
Alt Mode: Lobster Moose
Strength: 9
Intelligence: 7
Speed: 4
Endurance: 8
Rank: 6
Courage: 10
Firepower: 3
Skill: 6

Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Postby triKlops » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:55 am

Motto: "New England Transformers Collectors Group member"
Thank you Emerje and Jelze!
Image

Looking for Fans Toys Scoria FT-04X silver upgrade feet for
MP-08X Grimlock. Please DM if willing to sell for reasonable price.
User avatar
triKlops
Godmaster
Posts: 1698
News Credits: 9
Joined: Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:35 am
Location: Rhode Island


Return to Transformers Toys Discussion

Featured Products on Amazon.com

Buy "Transformers: Bumblebee -- Energon Igniters Nitro Series Barricade" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Generations Exclusive Cyber Battalion Class Shockwave Figure" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Deluxe 20 Mercenary Action Figure" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers: Generations Power of The Primes Deluxe Class Dinobot Slug" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers: Generations Power of The Primes Leader Evolution Rodimus Unicronus" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers: Generations Power of The Primes Quintus Prime Prime Master" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Studio Series 07 Leader Class Movie 4 Grimlock" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers: Bumblebee -- Energon Igniters Nitro Series Optimus Prime" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Voyager Inferno Action Figure" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Legends Class Skywarp Figure" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe Class Trailbreaker" on AMAZON
Buy "Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Deluxe Class Air Raid Figure" on AMAZON
Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #234 - Hell in a Cel
Twincast / Podcast #234:
"Hell in a Cel"
MP3 · iTunes · RSS · View · Discuss · Ask
Posted: Sunday, November 10th, 2019

New Items on eBay

Buy "TG12 Transformers Generations - Air Raid by Takara Tomy" on EBAY
Buy "Transformers legends LG14 ultra Magnus" on EBAY
Buy "Transformers Legends series LG15 Night Bird shadow" on EBAY
Buy "Transformers Legends series LG20 Skids" on EBAY
Buy "Transformers - Thundercracker - GDO - Generations - TRU Legends Free Shipping" on EBAY
Buy "Transformers: Generations Power of the Primes Legends Class Autobot Tailgate" on EBAY
Buy "New/Sealed Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Battle Core Optimus Prime" on EBAY
Buy "Transformers Legends series LG21 Hardhead Figure Takara Tomy Japan" on EBAY