Auction for Unreleased Universe Menasor Prototype?

Auction for Unreleased Universe Menasor Prototype?

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 2:29pm CST

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An auction on eBay has surfaced for what is claimed to be a prototype for the planned, but un-released, Universe Menasor figure. The figure was planned to be a repaint of Machine Wars Optimus Prime originally released as G2 Thunderclash.

See the original artwork for the character, by TF artist Dan Khanna, by clicking here.

See the auction for the supposed prototype by clicking here.





Credit(s): another_buy, eBay.com, Nekoman


This article was last modified on Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 7:05pm CST

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Re: Auction for Unreleased Universe Menasor Prototype? (623978)
Posted by First Gen on February 5th, 2008 @ 2:35pm CST
For continuities sake, and my man Neko who posted this already, here's the original thread.

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=35358

It's awesome seeing the artwork and that this could be an actual prototype.

Wonder if Counterpunch is gonna buy it? :-?
Re: Auction for Unreleased Universe Menasor Prototype? (624008)
Posted by Zeds on February 5th, 2008 @ 3:02pm CST
I'll pass on it. Never liked that mould.
Re: Auction for Unreleased Universe Menasor Prototype? (624010)
Posted by Cyberjet #7 on February 5th, 2008 @ 3:03pm CST
It doesn't look half bad... should be Motormaster, though.
Re: Auction for Unreleased Universe Menasor Prototype? (624016)
Posted by Liege Evilmus on February 5th, 2008 @ 3:13pm CST
I do need this mold(one of the only Primes I'm missing), and Don as usual did an awesome job on that pic, but realy, I'm glad this didn't happen.
Re: Auction for Unreleased Universe Menasor Prototype? (624018)
Posted by Whisper on February 5th, 2008 @ 3:15pm CST
Skowl wrote:See the original artwork for the character, by TF artist Don Figueroa...

Sorry d00d, but that image is more likely to have been done by Dan Khanna. (according to the bottom of the page anyway) :P

Don's style is quite distinctive, even when he was forced to conform to the Dreamwave 'house style'... :-B
Re: Auction for Unreleased Universe Menasor Prototype? (624028)
Posted by i_amtrunks on February 5th, 2008 @ 3:39pm CST
A repaint of the Machine Wars Prime version?

That's a huge meh in my book, the original of the mould Turbomaster Thunderclash is ten times the figure MW Prime ever was.
Re: Auction for Unreleased Universe Menasor Prototype? (624096)
Posted by Craven Knight on February 5th, 2008 @ 4:23pm CST
Yuck, the Turbo Master original looked okay but it's a crummy mold.

And I hate that Motormaster looking guys are always being named Menasor.
Re: Auction for Unreleased Universe Menasor Prototype? (624104)
Posted by saberconvoy on February 5th, 2008 @ 4:27pm CST
well its cool but it was unreleased
Re: Auction for Unreleased Universe Menasor Prototype? (624111)
Posted by First-Aid on February 5th, 2008 @ 4:30pm CST
Craven Knight wrote:Yuck, the Turbo Master original looked okay but it's a crummy mold.

And I hate that Motormaster looking guys are always being named Menasor.


It's the best they can do since they no longer have the copyright on the name...

But, for god's sake, let this mold lie in it's grave...doesn't it have like two points of articulation? It'd be better if they redesigned the backend to merge with the cab...
Re: Auction for Unreleased Universe Menasor Prototype? (624112)
Posted by Skowl on February 5th, 2008 @ 4:30pm CST
Whisper wrote:
Skowl wrote:See the original artwork for the character, by TF artist Don Figueroa...

Sorry d00d, but that image is more likely to have been done by Dan Khanna. (according to the bottom of the page anyway) :P

Don's style is quite distinctive, even when he was forced to conform to the Dreamwave 'house style'... :-B


Fixed (on the main page anyway - if I edit the original post of this thread I'll lose all the URLs for some reason...)
Re: Auction for Unreleased Universe Menasor Prototype? (624164)
Posted by OptitronPrime on February 5th, 2008 @ 5:08pm CST
No repaints for classics :evil: Get real combiner 5 differnet figures that can combine and have good poseability. They did it in 1986 they can do it now
Re: Auction for Unreleased Universe Menasor Prototype? (624210)
Posted by emeraldbeacon on February 5th, 2008 @ 5:40pm CST
OptitronPrime wrote:No repaints for classics :evil: Get real combiner 5 differnet figures that can combine and have good poseability. They did it in 1986 they can do it now


Five different figures? Yes. Poseability? Not what G1 was really known for. :)

As for this figure, what really kills it for me isn't the brick-iness of the mold, but the exceptionally poor usage of color. So many of Hasbro's pieces suffer from TMCS - Too Many Colors Syndrome. Once you exceed three colors on a mold, it just becomes too garish. This one's got dark versions of blue-green, blue-violet, and red-violet, along with bright yellow-orange and black. That's just too much for my eyes, personally.

DaVinci's rule of three worked back then, and works now. Use three elements (like colors) in proportion: 3 parts of the main, 2 parts of the contrast, 1 part of the accent. 5 is simply TOO MUCH.

Re: Auction for Unreleased Universe Menasor Prototype? (624231)
Posted by Nekoman on February 5th, 2008 @ 6:09pm CST
OptitronPrime wrote:No repaints for classics :evil: Get real combiner 5 differnet figures that can combine and have good poseability. They did it in 1986 they can do it now

This isn’t classics, its Universe, a line that came out a couple years back and consisted of nothing but repaints.
Re: Auction for Unreleased Universe Menasor Prototype? (624399)
Posted by OptitronPrime on February 5th, 2008 @ 8:33pm CST
Nekoman wrote:
OptitronPrime wrote:No repaints for classics :evil: Get real combiner 5 differnet figures that can combine and have good poseability. They did it in 1986 they can do it now

This isn’t classics, its Universe, a line that came out a couple years back and consisted of nothing but repaints.

Yeah I know the universe line, I have 5 toys from the line which are all horrible repaints. I just thought now that there's the universe/classics 2.0 that universe wasn't going to do anymore repaints but it seems I'm wrong
Re: Auction for Unreleased Universe Menasor Prototype? (624425)
Posted by Bumblethumper on February 5th, 2008 @ 8:52pm CST
OptitronPrime wrote:
Nekoman wrote:
OptitronPrime wrote:No repaints for classics :evil: Get real combiner 5 differnet figures that can combine and have good poseability. They did it in 1986 they can do it now

This isn’t classics, its Universe, a line that came out a couple years back and consisted of nothing but repaints.

Yeah I know the universe line, I have 5 toys from the line which are all horrible repaints. I just thought now that there's the universe/classics 2.0 that universe wasn't going to do anymore repaints but it seems I'm wrong


Well some characters you have to do as repaints, like Prowl/Smokescreen. Sideswipe/Sunstreaker I was disappointed with at first, but at least they're being clever about it.

But I'd really like to see them just forget all about repaint potential and just do a decent combiner at least once.
Re: Auction for Unreleased Universe Menasor Prototype? (624448)
Posted by imotron on February 5th, 2008 @ 9:12pm CST
This is confusing...
Re: Auction for Unreleased Universe Menasor Prototype? (624604)
Posted by shortround on February 6th, 2008 @ 4:57am CST
I think $500.00 is a little bit much but I'm sure someone will bid on it.
Re: Auction for Unreleased Universe Menasor Prototype? (624811)
Posted by Senor Hugo on February 6th, 2008 @ 11:25am CST
The worst Optimus Prime mold, ever.

I'm really glad this repaint never saw the light of day. Also, I pity anyone who received this toy as their first Prime, or just received this toy at all.

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