Answers To Seibertron.com's Questions- Round 2

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 8:19PM CST

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HASBRO- I know you have been patiently waiting, salivating for the answers, and good news, our submitted questions have been returned answered! We are privileged to be able to participate in the HASBRO Question and Answer, and we as collectors should be happy to know HASBRO hears our questions, and offers us answers.

Our Questions and Answers for December.

1.) Since the Universe toyline spans TF history, is there any chance of seeing a Transtech figure, or another "figure that never was"/"Lost Figure"? A "What Might Have Been" segment of the Timeline could be interesting to say the least.

HASBRO- It would definitely be interesting to see some of those concepts that didn't make it off the drawing board as a real toy, and the Universe line would be a great place to showcase it. In the immediate future we've got a whole list of other characters that are a little higher on the priority list, but you never know. We like to revisit these old concepts from time to time and if there's a great design we haven't used there is a good
chance it will see the light of day eventually.


2.) Any more Universe Ultras in the works? Are there any particular character(s) that you have been thinking would be a great fit for that particular size?


HASBRO- The team is really concentrating on Transformers Revenge of the Fallen product right now. Because of that, we have not been developing any further Universe Ultra items. However, there are members of the design team who would like to find space for more tanks, but currently nothing is definite.


3.) Most characters in the TF universe are male, but there were a few fem-bots in the 1980s cartoon as well. Will we be seeing any of them in the universe toy line?

HASBRO-For 2009, there are currently no "female" bots planned. However, we do have Arcee in the Animated line and you never know what could appear in Movie 2!

4.) Can you explain the typical pipeline for a toy from concept to finished product, including time & constraints, how many are produced, planning for repaints, etc.? A book illustrating this subject (with many images ) would be a very sought after collectible in the community.

HASBRO- Most items take 12-14 months from concept to store shelf. Hasbro does not discuss numbers or processes, however you can be assured that Hasbro and Takara/Tomy put a lot of love in each design.

5.) What is the hook for on Universe Galvatron's shoulder (the piece is gray and unfolds from another purple folding piece) ? And the fold out shoulder 'legs/feet'? Can you show us the conceptualized use of these features?


HASBRO- Initially, Galvatron was being designed as a triple changer and was actually going to be in a larger class. But once the decision was made to put Galvatron in Deluxe, his third "walker tank" mode was dropped. Because of molding reasons we had to leave some of those extra pieces in there. Here's the initial sketch and idea for the third mode. (see attached)

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Re: Answers To Seibertron.com's Questions- Round 2 (848121)
Posted by Mkall on December 9th, 2008 @ 8:29pm CST
There we go, GetterDragun, I hope you're happy now.

Thanks Hasbro.
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Posted by 1337W422102 on December 9th, 2008 @ 8:31pm CST
Well, I'm glad they didn't flat-out say 'no' to my question. They might as well have. :P

Hmm, that 'walker tank' looks kinda neat. Bet most of us are going to try to get our Galvatrons to turn into that now.
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Posted by Tigertrack on December 9th, 2008 @ 8:33pm CST
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Posted by Agent 007 on December 9th, 2008 @ 8:41pm CST
the walker tank looks pretty cool I wish they had made it... :?
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Posted by It Is Him on December 9th, 2008 @ 9:11pm CST
Didn't Hasbro initially deny that Galvatron was moved from a higher class after the design stage?
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Posted by Baha08 on December 9th, 2008 @ 9:37pm CST
Mr.Bond007 wrote:the walker tank looks pretty cool I wish they had made it... :?


You can kinda transform him. He just looks funny.
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Posted by Gauntlet101010 on December 9th, 2008 @ 9:38pm CST
He can transform into that. The shoulder "hook" looks like it was meant to peg into the flap that's behind his back, for stability (it doesn't quite reach, though).The chest flap can be moved to provide some support for the middle.

I can see why they got rid of this mode, since it's so unstable and unwieldy.
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Posted by typh0id on December 9th, 2008 @ 9:41pm CST
The fact that Galvatron was supposed to be larger (as he absolutely should have been) and a triple-changer no less, makes me just want to punch something :P
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Posted by Down_Shift on December 9th, 2008 @ 9:51pm CST
typh0id wrote:The fact that Galvatron was supposed to be larger (as he absolutely should have been) and a triple-changer no less, makes me just want to punch something :P


And the fact that we got a picture of it means Hasbro loves us more!

In your face everyone at TFW! ( jokes, they're good guys )

Also, welcome to Seibertron.com!

Warning:

SEIBERTRON CONTAINS NUTS!!!
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Posted by Gauntlet101010 on December 9th, 2008 @ 9:54pm CST
Just think of it this way:
At this size, he looks pretty nice with Titanium Scourge, Cybertron Unicron, and (probably) Cyclonus.

And, since we have the picture, those of us who want a tank on four legs can just turn him into one!
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Posted by metaphorge on December 9th, 2008 @ 10:17pm CST
HASBRO wrote:The team is really concentrating on Transformers Revenge of the Fallen product right now. Because of that, we have not been developing any further Universe Ultra items. However, there are members of the design team who would like to find space for more tanks, but currently nothing is definite....

Initially, Galvatron was being designed as a triple changer and was actually going to be in a larger class. But once the decision was made to put Galvatron in Deluxe, his third "walker tank" mode was dropped. Because of molding reasons we had to leave some of those extra pieces in there. Here's the initial sketch and idea for the third mode.


I wonder if these two answers are a wee bit related. I for one would love to see Galvatron done right, as an Ultra....
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Posted by dragons on December 9th, 2008 @ 10:21pm CST
no offense buthat galvaytron qusion is useless i saw the explaintion of that youtoube review of him a year ago
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Posted by thedistinctroom on December 9th, 2008 @ 10:22pm CST
I've got my Galv in walker mode right now. :P
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Posted by thedistinctroom on December 9th, 2008 @ 10:26pm CST
dragons wrote:no offense buthat galvaytron qusion is useless i saw the explaintion of that youtoube review of him a year ago


Useless? Hmmm.

Sure, everyone had some idea for a mystery third mode, but there was no official info about this until mode just right now.

The concept art is a revelation.
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Posted by Down_Shift on December 9th, 2008 @ 10:37pm CST
thedistinctroom wrote:
dragons wrote:no offense buthat galvaytron qusion is useless i saw the explaintion of that youtoube review of him a year ago


Useless? Hmmm.

Sure, everyone had some idea for a mystery third mode, but there was no official info about this until mode just right now.

The concept art is a revelation.


I agree. Joe_Blow82 on youtube could have easily said it's for flinging elastic bands at your roommates cat, but until now there was not official word on it. I for one also never heard anyone say that he was cast as a larger figure and that the bits and pieces that were meant for a larger figure stayed on because of design quirks.

I at first thought it was a bit of a silly question, but it did in fact answer more than what was asked. To that, I doff my cap at Hasbro.
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Posted by GetterDragun on December 9th, 2008 @ 10:38pm CST
My question rocked! Picture answer for the win!
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Posted by Baha08 on December 9th, 2008 @ 11:09pm CST
thedistinctroom wrote:I've got my Galv in walker mode right now. :P


Figure out if the shoulder hook can connect or should we seriously consider it worthless?
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Posted by Down_Shift on December 9th, 2008 @ 11:22pm CST
GetterDragun wrote:My question rocked! Picture answer for the win!

:APPLAUSE:

You know what we need? A high five emoticon! Or an emoticon of my face. Both would be the highest honor one member can give to another.
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Posted by First-Aid on December 9th, 2008 @ 11:49pm CST
Down_Shift wrote:You know what we need? A high five emoticon! Or an emoticon of my face. Both would be the highest honor one member can give to another.


What would the text command be? ":creepy:" :shock: 8)

Glad to see they thought about answering the "process of making TF's" question I and others posed. I understand why they'd want to protect the process and (especially) the costs. However, I was rather surprised that they threw out a 12-14 month time schedule. That means that they have had the ROTF concepts from ILM since BEFORE SHOOTING STARTED for the movie. That explains the differences between the first line of movie figs and the final movie product (Prime's head sculpt, BB's face details, etc.).
Since they didn't give an answer I decided to put what's left of my brain into the problem and came up with the following process:

1. Concept
1A. Sketches and brainstorming
1B. Potential Marketing (insert design as well as ads)
1C. Trademarking of name
1D. Packaging design
2. Engineering
2A. CAD of complete figure
2B. CAD of each of the individual parts of figure
2C. Submission of transforming basics to marketing (for instructions)
2D. Submission of art for packaging
2E. Design of mold plates for parts of figure
2F. Submission of quotes for mold plates (if outsourced)
2G. Acceptance of Quote for mold plate
3. Purchasing
3A. Purchasing of insert printing (instructions, ads, etc)
3B. Purchasing of packaging printing, cardboard, and plastic inserts (inserts require mold plates, quotes, etc.)
3C. Bulk twist tie ordering (by the ton)
3D. Purchasing of paints, plastics, and hardware (screws, pins, etc) for figure
3E. Shipping of assorted packaging and parts to assembly
4. Assembly
4A. Leaking prototype to eBay
4B. Transport of mold plates and plastic to plant for production
4C. Transport of molded manufactured parts to assembly location
4D. Figure assembly and painting
4E. Final printing of packaging and inserts (instructions, ads, plastic inserts)
4F. Shipping of packing and inserts
4G. Shipping of 3 trillion tons of twist ties
5. Final production
5A. QA
5B. Application of Twist ties
5C. Application of more Twist ties
5D. Leak of packaged final product to eBay
5E. Final packing and application of twist ties
6. Shipping and distibution

I'm not sure if I put enough twist ties in there... :-? That's my estimation of the basics of the process. I wonder how close it is to the actual process.
Re: Answers To Seibertron.com's Questions- Round 2 (848224)
Posted by Gandalf on December 10th, 2008 @ 1:53am CST
[quote]Question from Tformers:
"Would releasing the Henkei! Thrust and Dirge retooled molds in the United States violate your agreement with Fun Publications regarding not providing a main release for their Thrust/Dirge retool/remold figures?"

Question from The Allspark:
"In the previous Q&A Hasbro said they might consider releasing the remaining original "Seeker" characters Thrust and Dirge. Now that Takara has molded these toys with new wings, will Hasbro release the remolded toys so fans can complete their Seeker collection Stateside?"

Answer from Hasbro:
"In short, we could release versions similar to TakaraTomy's (TT) versions. In fact, we worked with TT to ensure that their versions were different enough from the BotCon versions to ensure their exclusivity.

But we recognize that there have been some fan favorites that are hard to find since they have only appeared in BotCon sets so far. We work closely with FP to ensure they get good exclusivity but we also don't want to miss good opportunities nationally.

So there may be a chance that Hasbro releases different versions of those characters (including Thundercracker as well), but it won't be in 2009."[/quote]

Yes! Further confirmation that hope remains! :APPLAUSE:
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