Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks

Transformers News: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks

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Hasbro Pulse released an interview with John Warden about Omega Supreme, read it below and check out the detailed images of the mold.

Welcome to the first edition of Hasbro Pulse: Behind the Design, where we talk to the product designers behind some of your favorite toys and collectibles. We sat down with the Transformers Senior Design Manager, John W., to get the scoop on the recently revealed War for Cybertron: Siege – Omega Supreme figure.

Transformers News: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks

Hasbro Pulse: 
This figure…pretty darn big. Exactly how big is this Omega Supreme?

John: 
He’s approximately 2 feet tall. You really have to look at this character – a lot of people judge the height of the character by the head. For some fans, it will be up for debate, but we’re saying he’s about 2 feet tall and is the largest in the Siege toy line. What’s interesting about a character like this is that not only is he big, but he has a solid feel to him, too. We’ve been listening to the fans and we’re trying to eliminate some of those plastic voids.

Hasbro Pulse: 
Before we go any further, I have to ask, does this Omega Supreme figure have waist articulation?

John: 
He does, he definitely does. We get that question a lot! “He’s cool, but does he have waist articulation?” It’s funny how much the G1 toy design has influenced people’s opinion. I remember as a kid this guy really throwing down in the cartoon, and he would bend at his waist, and could do all this different cool stuff. I remember playing with the G1 toy as a kid, and thinking to myself, “Wow…not only is it smaller than the cartoon, but it’s definitely not moving like the cartoon.” Fans of Siege know there’s a lot of articulation we built into these figures, and we wanted to make sure that the Titan Class character also had the same level of articulation.

 Transformers News: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks

Hasbro Pulse:

I imagine with a figure so large, you’re dealing with challenges you wouldn’t otherwise see on smaller figures. What would you say was your biggest challenge when designing this figure?

John: 
Like all Transformers War for Cybertron: Siege toys, we partner with Takara Tomy – they are really the legends of converting from robot to vehicle or beast or whatever it is that these characters convert into. The experts at Takara Tomy presented a bunch of big challenges out of the gate. Our job at Hasbro is to carry that vision and communicate, “Here are some of the big things that we want out of the character,” and give Takara Tomy a list of priorities. I think probably the biggest challenge out of the gate was we had a pretty darn big wish list for this character. Trying to get everything into a character this scale was a challenge. The hardest thing of all is really when you have a big character, like all Titan Class characters, you’re dealing with the weight of the character and the physics of it – how do you retain poses and how do you allow the thing to convert? In the case of Omega Supreme, part of his conversion is that he (to use the parlance of Transformers fandom) is a parts-Transformer, so he actually breaks apart into a couple different pieces, like the 80s version did. Having the pieces connect in a robust way that still allows him to articulate to retain those cool poses was a huge challenge. So, in summary, we asked for the moon and we got a space station.

Hasbro Pulse: 
You talked about this figure as a parts-Transformer and how he breaks into all these different parts. Can you walk us through all the parts that make up Omega Supreme?

Transformers News: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks

 

John: 
First there is his robot mode that features a lot of G1 cues, like his movable hand that’s so classic to Omega Supreme. He also has Fire Blasts – these little clear effects parts that we’ve been including across the line. Omega Supreme has special ones that compound onto each other and can be posed out in his hands or across his body by way of the 3mm port system to give a frozen-in-the-moment-of-battle effect for the big robot. When you break him down into his vehicle/base mode, he has a rocket base station with a track. We’ve elevated the track so it’s more like a perimeter defense wall. And then, he of course has a tank that can fit on this track. It’s not motorized, but we have allowed it to connect to that track and move around on it in a cool way, like a monorail does, hanging off the side a little bit.

Transformers News: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks

Then we have this huge rocket. The rocket is really, really impressive. When you see it in person, it’s a nice, fully detailed, very realistic-looking space-themed vehicle with an awesome cockpit up at the top. You can open that up and find all sorts of cool little sensor details on the inside and it perfectly fits the Micromaster Autobot Countdown figure. Omega Supreme is the only place you can get this Micromaster character. This is actually more of a throwback to the rocket base Micromaster set from the late 80s. Not to totally geek out on it, but the original Omega Supreme didn’t come with a Micromaster, so this is a way for us to bring Micromasters into the whole experience of the Titan Class. This is what we usually do with our toy lines; we try to let the Titan Class guy epitomize whatever the ecosystem is for the year, like when we did Predaking. We put the Prime Master Onyx Prime figure in there just because it was part of the ecosystem of the Power of the Primes. And for Omega Supreme, the ecosystem is about weaponizing and armoring up with a combat system. It’s also about these Micromasters so we’re hoping fans are satisfied by being able to get not just a cool G1 character, but also something that becomes the pinnacle of their whole collection.

Transformers News: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks

Hasbro Pulse: 
What was your favorite part about this figure? Is there anything that you hope fans notice? Is there anything that you’re like, THIS is the coolest part right here, this is it?

John: 
I could geek out for a long time on this thing, but between Hasui-san at Takara Tomy and I, we really built in all sorts of little Easter eggs into this figure. I don’t want to spoil them all here, but one of my favorite things about this figure is outside of the little canopy inside of the rocket for the Countdown figure, there are little hidden places to put your Micromaster figures across the whole thing. One of the challenges we faced by making this come apart into two different components to form the rocket base was that you got a lot of really unusual geometry in the rocket base part. You have these voids, you have a half cylinder piece going through the whole thing, and also a section where the tank fits inside of it. Even back in the 80s, this gantry tower kind of thing that came with Omega Supreme was kind of an afterthought.

Once you start to play with Omega Supreme, and you start to unfold all the pieces, you’ll find that there are a lot of little details designed in the figure, and I’m only going to give away one secret: In the 80s, the tracks on the outside were in this round circle that went around the rocket base. We designed the track elements to connect in different ways, so if you were lucky enough to have multiple guardian robots, you could connect the tracks together and create a highway of sorts. The connection system that we’re using on there is the same connection system we’ve used in the past on Fortress Maximus and I think even some of the Titans Return characters had them. So, if you’re one of those people who has a huge collection of base-forming robots, you can start to connect them together.

 
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Re: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks (2014266)
Posted by SGMLordMirage on March 11th, 2019 @ 7:01pm CDT
:BOWDOWN: :BOWDOWN: :BOWDOWN: :BOWDOWN:
Re: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks (2014268)
Posted by Sentinel_Primal on March 11th, 2019 @ 7:34pm CDT
Oh god, I'm really excited for him. But there is an issue... Those claws worry me. Clear plastic is fine, but those are joints that'll be used a lot and I'm worried about them breaking
Re: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks (2014270)
Posted by Flashwave on March 11th, 2019 @ 7:48pm CDT
I cant seem to get myself to spring for Cog, but I would love to see if someone could build somethi g suitably like the Blue Bolts gun from RID Mags out of his pieces
Skritz wrote:
Hellscream9999 wrote:
SpikeyTigertron wrote:
Hellscream9999 wrote:
Sentinel_Primal wrote:So, I just picked up Ultra Magnus today, and he's awesome. If I could change one thing about him though, it'd be to add a pair of 5mm ports onto the blue bumper so you could add the missiles to Cabnus. As he is though, it's a very nice representation of Magnus. Still trying to decide how I'll display him though. I love the armored mode, but Cabnus and Prime look SO good together

I actually like keeping him in his beefiest of vehicle modes, with cog riding on top of his carrier section


Better yet, use Cog to weaponize the trailer.

I would not wanna be near magnus' bumper when he gets turbo-boosted by cogs' jet boosters :shock:


I wouldn't want to be Magnus either because that 'trailer' can't turn. Say hello to the dragster armored car carrier from HELL.
:michaelbay:

That Steamroll card posted last weekend seems awfully fitting. *THWAM!*
Re: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks (2014274)
Posted by SpikeyTigertron on March 11th, 2019 @ 7:57pm CDT
“there are little hidden places to put your Micromaster figures across the whole thing.“. So I bet his calves do open up and there are play features in there.

Wonder if the comment about “multiple guardians” means we’ll see the Omega Sentinel on Pulse/SDCC?
Re: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks (2014275)
Posted by padfoo on March 11th, 2019 @ 7:59pm CDT
This version of Omega is simply amazing and is one of the best in this entire line.
Re: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks (2014284)
Posted by SciFi80sGameFan on March 11th, 2019 @ 8:43pm CDT
Big disapointment. Not motorized. Gonna look real foolish for us 40 year olds (because we're the only ones that can afford this - NOT kids) to look like 5 year olds pushing a tank around a track. CHOO-CHOO, anyone? Please, Major Pass!
Re: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks (2014291)
Posted by Cobotron on March 11th, 2019 @ 8:57pm CDT
I'm 43 and I have absolutely no problem pushing the tank around the track. Sounds like a hoot, actually.
If I were concerned about "looking foolish" playing with my toys, I would have dropped out of collecting when I was 12.
Re: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks (2014292)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on March 11th, 2019 @ 9:01pm CDT
Cobotron wrote:I'm 43 and I have absolutely no problem pushing the tank around the track. Sounds like a hoot, actually.
If I were concerned about "looking foolish" playing with my toys, I would have dropped out of collecting when I was 12.

D-Max likes this ;)^

My apartment has somewhere around 720 Transformers proudly displayed in the main living room, I take a different one to work every day. I have no problems with playing with my toys and having the fun with them that they deserve.
Re: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks (2014294)
Posted by SGMLordMirage on March 11th, 2019 @ 9:09pm CDT
D-max, that would be an awesome pic to see of your living room. I guess for the sake of showing off ages and having a little fun with our transformers, I will be 48 in June. :). Any consolation, I rotate what I have with me here in Virginia in my one display case and at work.
Back to Omega Supreme, I know if i could afford it, i would almost buy two of these, just to display in both modes. I know my future transformers room back home, won’t have room for that!
Re: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks (2014295)
Posted by Ironhidensh on March 11th, 2019 @ 9:13pm CDT
So, anybody actually planning on paying full price for Omega? I can't wait for him to hit the discount sales.
Re: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks (2014296)
Posted by Randomhero on March 11th, 2019 @ 9:15pm CDT
SciFi80sGameFan wrote:Big disapointment. Not motorized. Gonna look real foolish for us 40 year olds (because we're the only ones that can afford this - NOT kids) to look like 5 year olds pushing a tank around a track. CHOO-CHOO, anyone? Please, Major Pass!



This post just gave me AIDS
Re: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks (2014297)
Posted by steals_your_goats on March 11th, 2019 @ 9:23pm CDT
I will be buying Omega as soon as possible, he looks awesome and definitely worth the money.
Re: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks (2014302)
Posted by Hellscream9999 on March 11th, 2019 @ 10:21pm CDT
steals_your_goats wrote:I will be buying Omega as soon as possible, he looks awesome and definitely worth the money.

I'll probably try and get him on a black friday sale, I don't feel safe waiting on the titans to go on clearance, since they're not being made/sold at higher volumes anymore and he definitely looks worth at least $120 to me
Re: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks (2014308)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on March 11th, 2019 @ 11:43pm CDT
Is it just me or does anyone else think the rocket uses more than the two arms? It just looks a lot taller than the two arm sections split in half. I wanna say that part of the legs make up the rocket too but I can't be sure.
Re: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks (2014309)
Posted by Burn on March 12th, 2019 @ 12:45am CDT
Cobotron wrote:I'm 43 and I have absolutely no problem pushing the tank around the track. Sounds like a hoot, actually.

Video or it didn't happen.
Re: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks (2014310)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 12th, 2019 @ 1:13am CDT
chuckdawg1999 wrote:Is it just me or does anyone else think the rocket uses more than the two arms? It just looks a lot taller than the two arm sections split in half. I wanna say that part of the legs make up the rocket too but I can't be sure.
The rocket is made up of everything starting from the left hand going up the left arm into the left shoulder through the torso to inside the right shoulder to the right arm and down to the right hand. It's all one big removable rocket that detaches from the back of the torso.
Re: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks (2014315)
Posted by Hellscream9999 on March 12th, 2019 @ 5:22am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
chuckdawg1999 wrote:Is it just me or does anyone else think the rocket uses more than the two arms? It just looks a lot taller than the two arm sections split in half. I wanna say that part of the legs make up the rocket too but I can't be sure.
The rocket is made up of everything starting from the left hand going up the left arm into the left shoulder through the torso to inside the right shoulder to the right arm and down to the right hand. It's all one big removable rocket that detaches from the back of the torso.

That and at least the left "hand" slides down into the forearm to compact it into a smaller area
Re: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks (2014316)
Posted by Nathaniel Prime on March 12th, 2019 @ 5:23am CDT
Hey guys, is it important to mention that Peaugh uploaded a video review on YouTube for Siege Sixgun? I dont believe anyone has posted that yet, but here you go:

https://youtu.be/Mjq5NmcghYY
Re: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks (2014317)
Posted by nycPrime on March 12th, 2019 @ 6:21am CDT
Ironhidensh wrote:So, anybody actually planning on paying full price for Omega? I can't wait for him to hit the discount sales.

I've been conditioned to pay no more than half price for titans
Re: Interview about Siege Omega Supreme with new Image of Details and Gimmicks (2014319)
Posted by AlphaBass on March 12th, 2019 @ 6:29am CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:
Cobotron wrote:I'm 43 and I have absolutely no problem pushing the tank around the track. Sounds like a hoot, actually.
If I were concerned about "looking foolish" playing with my toys, I would have dropped out of collecting when I was 12.

D-Max likes this ;)^

My apartment has somewhere around 720 Transformers proudly displayed in the main living room, I take a different one to work every day. I have no problems with playing with my toys and having the fun with them that they deserve.

You have no idea the random conversations I get at my desk when they see POTP Predaking against Shattered Glass Optimus Prime. Actually helps to lighten the mood a bit; co-workers consider my desk a "safe space" to forget themselves for a bit.

Sometimes it isn't always about you ;)^

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