BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Head Concept Sketch

BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Head Concept Sketch

Friday, January 6th, 2012 9:19pm CST

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BotCon has tweeted a concept sketch for the BotCon 2012 convention exclusive Metalhawk. We got a teaser earlier this evening when BotCon 2012 registration went live and all six figures where more or less revealed. Metalhawk is a repaint of Generations Thunderwing with a new head sculpt. As you can see they are going for his Pretender shell look in robot mode. We will have to wait until next week for Metalhawk's full figure reveal, but for now this sketch gives us a good idea of what the new head sculpt will look like.

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Re: BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Head Concept Sketch (1331096)
Posted by Emperor Galvatron on January 6th, 2012 @ 9:24pm CST
OK


Now how long until the 3rd parties make a robotic head for him.
Re: BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Head Concept Sketch (1331105)
Posted by BeastProwl on January 6th, 2012 @ 10:08pm CST
well. If their going to make it look EXACTLY like that, I hope never....
Re: BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Head Concept Sketch (1331108)
Posted by zodconvoy on January 6th, 2012 @ 10:28pm CST
I like it. Metalhawk is one of the few figures I actually want out of this set and to see that they're doing him as a full Pretender is a welcome sight. I just hope it turns out well. They normally just do robots.
Re: BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Head Concept Sketch (1331109)
Posted by Mkall on January 6th, 2012 @ 10:35pm CST
Not too sure how I feel about this, I suppose I'll know for sure upon seeing the full figure.
Re: BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Head Concept Sketch (1331110)
Posted by Emperor Galvatron on January 6th, 2012 @ 10:38pm CST
I'd like it if it was a removable helmet/face. I dunno. Every other Pretender homage has integrated the face/shell in a robotic way, this just looks like a Centurion. Bonus points for the '80s kids who remember those.

I'd rather have the Cyclonus mold, and the Silverbolt mold for Overlord. I still want the set, but that's my opinion right now.
Re: BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Head Concept Sketch (1331114)
Posted by zodconvoy on January 6th, 2012 @ 10:49pm CST
Emperor Galvatron wrote:Bonus points for the '80s kids who remember those.


POWER X-TREME!
Re: BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Head Concept Sketch (1331118)
Posted by Emperor Galvatron on January 6th, 2012 @ 11:04pm CST
:APPLAUSE:
zodconvoy wrote:
Emperor Galvatron wrote:Bonus points for the '80s kids who remember those.


POWER X-TREME!

:APPLAUSE: Bravo sir. Bravo. :APPLAUSE:
Re: BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Head Concept Sketch (1331120)
Posted by Rated X on January 6th, 2012 @ 11:11pm CST
Sucks.

It is not a shell so it should not have the shells human face. This is supposed to be Botcon, not Dollcon.
Re: BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Head Concept Sketch (1331136)
Posted by BeastProwl on January 7th, 2012 @ 12:15am CST
Rated X wrote: This is supposed to be Botcon, not Dollcon.

:APPLAUSE: Truer Words have never been spoken!
Re: BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Head Concept Sketch (1331140)
Posted by zodconvoy on January 7th, 2012 @ 12:47am CST
BeastProwl wrote:
Rated X wrote: This is supposed to be Botcon, not Dollcon.

:APPLAUSE: Truer Words have never been spoken!


Every other Pretender that has had an update favored the shell. Every single one. Bludgeon, Skullgrin, Thunderwing, Black Shadow. The only reason why none of them have had human faces is because they were all Decepticons/Destrons. I for one welcome our new human overlords.
Re: BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Head Concept Sketch (1331149)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 7th, 2012 @ 1:13am CST
I'll get it because I like the character, but this toy should NOT be called "Metalhawk", as this is the Pretender shell, whose name in this form was simply "Hawk". The inner robot went by the name "Metalhawk".

Emperor Galvatron wrote:I'd rather have the Cyclonus mold, and the Silverbolt mold for Overlord.
This!

Rated X wrote:Sucks.

It is not a shell so it should not have the shells human face. This is supposed to be Botcon, not Dollcon.
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zodconvoy wrote:
BeastProwl wrote:
Rated X wrote: This is supposed to be Botcon, not Dollcon.

:APPLAUSE: Truer Words have never been spoken!


Every other Pretender that has had an update favored the shell. Every single one. Bludgeon, Skullgrin, Thunderwing, Black Shadow. The only reason why none of them have had human faces is because they were all Decepticons/Destrons.
This as well.
Re: BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Head Concept Sketch (1331152)
Posted by phase on January 7th, 2012 @ 1:50am CST
Maybe they'll release his inner robot from Cyclonus as a bagged figure either at BotCon 2012 or 2013. Or even make it a Club-Exclusive in 2013. Who knows? I just want to see the thing before I decide how I feel about it. :???:
Re: BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Head Concept Sketch (1331157)
Posted by No One on January 7th, 2012 @ 2:30am CST
I love the idea behind this one and really like the effort.
Re: BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Head Concept Sketch (1331177)
Posted by GetRightRobot on January 7th, 2012 @ 7:22am CST
On your mark! Get SET ! Terrible. Haha. Well, maybe not terrible , just not as good as I was counting on. I was hoping this was the savior of the box set.
Re: BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Head Concept Sketch (1331179)
Posted by vaporretarder on January 7th, 2012 @ 7:38am CST
pssssst hey third parties.....

why doesn't someone make a replacement for that little drone piece that transforms into the inner robot...and they could do repaints for the normal hasbro products too.

who would buy that? (raises hands).
Re: BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Head Concept Sketch (1331180)
Posted by DISCHARGE on January 7th, 2012 @ 7:49am CST
I think it is a good effort. They are giving us the robot mode as the shell and the alt mode for the inner robot mode. Gonna be real tough to make it exact with only on piece to work with when Pretenders are comprised of two pieces.

Pretenders never were the favored gimmick of Transformers, but after reading the comics use of them I was sold on them, they are a pretty neat idea, just they haven't perfected the idea in toy form.

I just wish they had incorporated the gold chrome somewhere on the toy, maybe on the drone.
Re: BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Head Concept Sketch (1331185)
Posted by CaSSeTteBOTs45 on January 7th, 2012 @ 8:19am CST
I like it, we can always use more classics pretenders... too bad I'm not going to Botcon :(
Re: BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Head Concept Sketch (1331187)
Posted by Gauntlet101010 on January 7th, 2012 @ 8:59am CST
A part of me thinks it's kinda neat since it's such an oddball way to do a TF. I do like my TFs to be transformable ROBOTS; I wouldn't want a whole lineup of "humanformers", but it makes a kind of sense with Metal Hawk. I guess the fiction will pretend he has some sort of inner robot that goes with the toy we're seeing.

The effort might have gone over better if the "drone" turned into a tiny robot you could put into the mold. Dotto on the original Thunderwing. But it's such a small thing ... I don't know if it could be turned into any kind of passable robot.
Re: BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Head Concept Sketch (1331188)
Posted by Rated X on January 7th, 2012 @ 9:04am CST
Sabrblade wrote:I'll get it because I like the character, but this toy should NOT be called "Metalhawk", as this is the Pretender shell, whose name in this form was simply "Hawk". The inner robot went by the name "Metalhawk".

Emperor Galvatron wrote:I'd rather have the Cyclonus mold, and the Silverbolt mold for Overlord.
This!

Rated X wrote:Sucks.

It is not a shell so it should not have the shells human face. This is supposed to be Botcon, not Dollcon.
Image Image

zodconvoy wrote:
BeastProwl wrote:
Rated X wrote: This is supposed to be Botcon, not Dollcon.

:APPLAUSE: Truer Words have never been spoken!


Every other Pretender that has had an update favored the shell. Every single one. Bludgeon, Skullgrin, Thunderwing, Black Shadow. The only reason why none of them have had human faces is because they were all Decepticons/Destrons.
This as well.



My point is the concept just won’t receive the same love as the Decepticon pretenders. I am an 80’s child so I can vouch for this. I had Skullgrin and Bugly as a kid. The Decepticon pretenders sold while the Autobot pretenders were shelf warmers. No kid wanted to own an oversized human doll.

Now back to 2012. Thanks to Michael Bay, a robot can have any type of weird alien, bug, skull, or monster face and still pass as a robot. But a human face? It’s as stupid a concept now as it was 25 years ago. Scale wise, the robot inside the shell would have to be as small as a child, while the Decepticon pretenders could be any size since there is no scale for monsters. Unless you would be “fooled” by a 20 foot tall human walking down the block. I never saw the 80's japanese cartoon, so I dont know if the humans played a different role than as the actual figures which portrayed them as huge shells. But judging from these photos posted, even a deluxe is way out of scale with other classics figures. Maybe if he were legends size.

I understand the homage factor, but the cool factor just isn’t there.
Re: BotCon 2012 Metalhawk Head Concept Sketch (1331189)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 7th, 2012 @ 9:06am CST
phase wrote:Maybe they'll release his inner robot from Cyclonus as a bagged figure either at BotCon 2012 or 2013. Or even make it a Club-Exclusive in 2013. Who knows? I just want to see the thing before I decide how I feel about it. :???:
It's not among the rumored line up for Botcon 2012 (which has all come true thus far).

Speaking of which, I can't find that rumored line up anymore. Where did it go?! I need it for something!

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