Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1

Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1

Saturday, January 11th, 2020 1:18am CST

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It's been a few coffee breaks since we last heard anything about Hasbro's War for Cybertron Unicron, and now Hasbro have released the first (in what will hopefully be on-going) production update in which they discuss "tool start".

HasLab wrote:Tool start is when we begin the process of manufacturing the tools, or molds, that will be used to create each piece of this massive figure. However, before tool start, we need a tool layout. A tool layout is the plan that organizes all the pieces that make up the figure into different tools. One tool might make five small pieces, while another tool might make one big one. The number of pieces in a tool vary based on the material, color and size.


Transformers News: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1

Transformers News: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1

Transformers News: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1

Read more about the process and check out a short <1 minute video about the tool start process on the Hasbro Pulse website.

Whether you backed Unicron or not, this is still a fascinating look behind the scenes of what it takes to bring our beloved plastic crack to retail. Feel free to add your thoughts about this process, or just have a good old chinwag on our Energon Pub Forums!

Credit(s): HasLab via Hasbro Pulse


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Re: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1 (2049022)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on January 11th, 2020 @ 2:12am CST
"...AND THE ARK SHIP!" is actually a Movie shuttle. Titanium gave us the same mix up, so at least it's tradition.

And all these years, I never realized how much Unicron's head is shaped like Darth Vader's, until seeing it unassembled on the blueprints. Adds a new dimension to the SW Crossovers Death Star; I need to remember how to transform mine again someday...
Re: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1 (2049023)
Posted by Tobias062003 on January 11th, 2020 @ 2:19am CST
They don't even show Hot Rod. It's just 2 Galvatrons :HEADHURTS:
Re: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1 (2049028)
Posted by blackeyedprime on January 11th, 2020 @ 5:05am CST
lets hope they are better at assembling rather than naming :) at least they aren't calling him Decepticon Unicron again...yet.
Re: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1 (2049031)
Posted by MCutter on January 11th, 2020 @ 10:24am CST
I'm just praying they actually put the assembled product through some serious real-world stress testing before deeming it ready for for full production. Stress marks and broken ratchet joints from normal use are awful on any retail figure, but if they happen on something this irreplaceable...
Re: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1 (2049065)
Posted by Flashwave on January 11th, 2020 @ 5:41pm CST
I hope they do more reports like these... A lot more. I thunk its cool and important to show their fans what actually goes on in the design and development phase.
Re: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1 (2049067)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on January 11th, 2020 @ 5:43pm CST
Flashwave wrote:I hope they do more reports like these... A lot more. I thunk its cool and important to show their fans what actually goes on in the design and development phase.

Agree with this. Also keeps him in our minds while it's going, and will give us a very close look at the whole process
Re: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1 (2049181)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on January 13th, 2020 @ 11:26am CST
A minor thing but, The Revenge would have made a lot more thematic sense, as a freebie mini-ship. Especially as not a single Autobot Shuttle ever shared screen time with Unicron.

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Just saying... >:oP
Re: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1 (2049630)
Posted by o.supreme on January 17th, 2020 @ 5:33pm CST
Triggerdick Megatron wrote:Congratulations to everybody who paid 3 months worth of rent for a Transformer!
-Hasbro.

You spent how much on what?!?! A Transformer!?!?
-Your parents/spouse.

:)



Wow...Where in the world are you living that you only have to pay about $220.00 USD per month for rent?

Granted I came nowhere close to getting A Unicron myself, but it's price is more like ONE Expensive Car payment, or 1/2-1/3 of most people's Rent/Mortgage for one month
Re: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1 (2063688)
Posted by Bounti76 on May 8th, 2020 @ 11:31am CDT
Thanks to an email from Haslab, those who helped crowdfund War for Cybertron Unicron have been treated to a thorough update, with several interesting pictures included!

In these chaotic times, the Chaos Bringer finds order.

Even working from home, our engineers are working hard to keep Unicron development on track. Below you'll see images of what we call a T1 sample, which stands for Test 1. It's the first time we run the molds with plastic so the sample is very rough. It's not the final colors and the parts don't all fit exactly right at this stage. We normally don't see T1 samples in Rhode Island, usually we wait until EP1, which stands for Engineering Pilot 1, to get the first samples. But for the immense Planet Eater we wanted the samples earlier in the process.



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Here is 1 mold which includes the face of Unicron. This is what the plastic is run through in the factory.



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And we're also treated to a cool shot showing Unicron on a kitchen counter, including some interesting information about his dimensions.


The Chaos Bringer really brings the whole room together. And fills the space nicely in planet mode at 33 inches tall and 37 inches wide including his ring. Without the ring he's 20 inches wide. Again, since we're still in these very early stages, all dimensions are approximate and subject to changes.



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And just for a fun size comparison, there are a few size comparisons with a Hasbro engineer's cat showing us just how big he is.... and apparently how tasty he is, too.

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Last, but not least, we get our first look at Unicron's immense packaging, which can fit a normal sized HUMAN inside it.

If you were wondering what possible vessel could hold the mighty Unicron, the answer is this giant 26ā€ x 26ā€ x 26ā€ box. Fun Fact: Our 6-foot tall brand manager can fit inside. We checked.


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If you're interested in reading the entire update, please click here to be taken to Haslab's update on the Planet Eater, and feel free to discuss these new pictures and updates below!
Re: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1 (2063692)
Posted by Solrac333 on May 8th, 2020 @ 12:01pm CDT
Very nice. My cats will enjoy the back scratcher.
Re: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1 (2063693)
Posted by Lexomatic on May 8th, 2020 @ 12:14pm CDT
I'm always intrigued by insight into toy manufacturing, and I appreciate Hasbro providing this, but it doesn't change the design's fundamental (a) unwieldy size and (b) quantity of shellformer kibble. Those bother me -- IMHO and YMMV.

By contrast and FWIW, here's an April review by Ben's Collectables of a test shot of the Zeta Toys/01-Studios "Cell" toy, which is much more elegant in parts-reuse for the outer hulls of both the planet and robot modes.
Re: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1 (2063695)
Posted by Ravage2031 on May 8th, 2020 @ 12:17pm CDT
I can't wait. Would have been cool if the box design was G1 style. Not like he's going to stay in it though.
Re: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1 (2063699)
Posted by ZeroWolf on May 8th, 2020 @ 12:58pm CDT
Unicron is looking suitably impressive :D wonder how much the developers can flog the test shots for after wards
Re: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1 (2063702)
Posted by transformnerd114 on May 8th, 2020 @ 1:06pm CDT
The colors on this test version remind me of Energon Deadend, fittingly enough.
Re: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1 (2063703)
Posted by TF-fan kev777 on May 8th, 2020 @ 1:29pm CDT
So was anyone else hoping for a shot (even just a bad photoshop) of the planet maw eating the cat?
Re: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1 (2063704)
Posted by griftimus prime on May 8th, 2020 @ 1:44pm CDT
ooooo hope he comes transformed to bot mode.
Re: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1 (2063706)
Posted by TF-fan kev777 on May 8th, 2020 @ 2:07pm CDT
griftimus prime wrote:ooooo hope he comes transformed to bot mode.


I don't think that would work since he is 30 inches tall and the box is 26" x 26" x 26"
Re: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1 (2063707)
Posted by Jelze Bunnycat on May 8th, 2020 @ 2:11pm CDT
TF-fan kev777 wrote:
griftimus prime wrote:ooooo hope he comes transformed to bot mode.


I don't think that would work since he is 30 inches tall and the box is 26" x 26" x 26"


The Chaos Bringer really brings the whole room together. And fills the space nicely in planet mode at 33 inches tall and 37 inches wide including his ring. Without the ring he's 20 inches wide. Again, since we're still in these very early stages, all dimensions are approximate and subject to changes.


Taking space for protection into account, he'll most certainly be packaged in his condensed planet mode with the rings detached and disassembled.
Re: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1 (2063724)
Posted by YRQRM0 on May 8th, 2020 @ 5:51pm CDT
Part of me is really glad I bought this and excited for it to come, but another part of me is just like "eh, let's see if I like it in person". Still excited overall though, it shows they're willing to make cool stuff for us.
Re: Haslab Unicron:Production Update #1 (2063732)
Posted by Prime Target on May 8th, 2020 @ 7:01pm CDT
Still a no from me. The colours are still off

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