In regard to your art for Transformers, your first experience with the brand was around the time of “Super God Masterforce,” wasn’t it? I heard that you also provided the box art for the Mega Pretenders.
Yoshioka: I did do the line art for the Mega Pretenders. As for Masterforce itself, I didn’t have a lot to do with it. I just drew Thunderwing and Crossblades for release overseas. I think I did several rough sketches of Ginrai for a catalog. I also remember redrawing part of the instructions for Lightfoot, or something. (Laughter)
I’m not sure whether it ended up being put into use. I seem to recall that it didn’t.
When the series shifted to “Victory,” did your work continue to focus on art for the foreign market?
Yoshioka: I did a little bit of work for Victory. The first thing I drew for it was the Pretender shells of Dinoforce. I also built the diorama for the photo on Star Saber’s first box. That was the one they stopped production on right away.
So you built actual, three-dimensional dioramas?
Yoshioka: I made a lot of dioramas for package photos. For Star Saber’s, we cut acryl masking tape and shined light on it from below.