Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Transformers News: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 9:39PM CST

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Thanks to a series of scans from Figure King magazine posted to Loopaza Mega Store's Facebook page we're getting a very rare look at some early Transformers prototypes from back in the early planning stages of Diaclone! This is some great insight into the days when toys weren't designed on computers like they are today, but through actual hand made prototyping. These aren't even to the hand sculpting phase, but the earlier proof of concept stage using wood and layers of styrene plastic sheets.

And yet, as early on as these are it's very clear what these figures would become. We've got an Optimus Prime sporting a samurai-looking helmet along with some attempts at a trailer including a shot at the trailer that would later belong to Ultra Magnus. We also get to see Grimlock, Motormaster, and Metroplex among various Autobot cars. But what's very special is the prototypes that never became figures. Next to a rough attempt at Soundwave we have several unproduced tapes including various insects, a sabertooth tiger, and even a horse! There's also a Triplechanger that turns from robot, to tractor, to seaplane! And the biggest of all is a 5-changer that can turn into a robot, spaceship, tank, aircraft carrier, and what appears to be a train! How cool would that have been in the '80s or even 2019?

Transformers News: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Transformers News: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Transformers News: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Transformers News: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine

Thanks to Cyberpath for sending in the tip! Let us know what you think of these prototypes and if you see anything else interesting of note in these photos in the Energon Pub forums below.
Credit(s): Cyberpath on Seibertron.com, Loopaza Mega Store on Facebook
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Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine (2012144)
Posted by Cobotron on February 23rd, 2019 @ 10:06pm CST
Awesome! Just Awesome!
Those wooden cassettes are amazing.
The HORSE!
Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine (2012145)
Posted by Black Bumblebee on February 23rd, 2019 @ 10:11pm CST
They belong in a museum... near me :-D
Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine (2012149)
Posted by Stormshot_Prime on February 24th, 2019 @ 12:17am CST
Hey Has/Tak why don’t you make some siege characters based on these?
Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine (2012150)
Posted by megamanfan on February 24th, 2019 @ 12:22am CST
ah WHAT!? we could've had a biplane turn into a steam shovel!?
Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine (2012152)
Posted by Nathaniel Prime on February 24th, 2019 @ 1:27am CST
Wow, some of these are amazing! Biplane triplechanger, Powered Up Prime, and the cassettes look great. Wow, this is an awesome blast from the past, and a really nice " what could have been" for us fans ;)^
Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine (2012153)
Posted by Emerje on February 24th, 2019 @ 1:59am CST
megamanfan wrote:biplane

Nathaniel Prime wrote:Biplane


Not a biplane, those have 4 wings. It's a seaplane/pontoon plane.

Image

Emerje
Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine (2012154)
Posted by Short Circuit on February 24th, 2019 @ 2:06am CST
Interesting that they really wanted to keep the idea of a ramp trailer from here up to convoy’s diaclone prototype. Glad we ended up with Ultra Magnus and not G1 Shovel Hands Mcgee :lol:
Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine (2012157)
Posted by Albatross250 on February 24th, 2019 @ 3:26am CST
I'm shocked that they have a 5 changer design that can turn into a Tank, Jet, Aircraft Carrier, Robot and Dragon Mode (Not Train mode) 8-}


If only they make a modernized 5 changer with those modes.
Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine (2012161)
Posted by ZeroWolf on February 24th, 2019 @ 6:45am CST
I'd actually say that the train mode was supposed to be a train and a dragon... A precursor to Optimus Prime EX from the Transformers Go! Line?
Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine (2012175)
Posted by Black Hat on February 24th, 2019 @ 8:46am CST
That 5-changer and the seaplane/excavator combo need to be made real somehow. Also Prime with a samurai helmet is pretty cool.
Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine (2012179)
Posted by CobraKai on February 24th, 2019 @ 9:28am CST
I like the use of a pack of Winston cigarettes to establish scale ;)^
Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine (2012187)
Posted by Nathaniel Prime on February 24th, 2019 @ 10:00am CST
Emerje wrote:
megamanfan wrote:biplane

Nathaniel Prime wrote:Biplane


Not a biplane, those have 4 wings. It's a seaplane/pontoon plane.

Image

Emerje


Oops, my mistake. Should have said monoplane or seaplane but I guess I read the first guy's comment and put the name there :lol:
Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine (2012191)
Posted by ScottyP on February 24th, 2019 @ 10:51am CST
One of those cassettes looks like Stinger, neat!
Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine (2012208)
Posted by Immortal Starscream on February 24th, 2019 @ 2:23pm CST
I want that seaplane/excavator triple changer in my life. for realzies
Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine (2012215)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on February 24th, 2019 @ 2:53pm CST
ZeroWolf wrote:I'd actually say that the train mode was supposed to be a train and a dragon... A precursor to Optimus Prime EX from the Transformers Go! Line?


Sorry, it's a dragon all the way. The writing calls out all 5 modes, in order:

  • Jet
  • Tank
  • Aircraft Carrier
  • Dragon
  • Robot

The dragon is serpentine, the traditional kind for East Asian countries. The length is not capped, so they can be as long as they like: look at Shenron from Dragon Ball :lol:
Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine (2012331)
Posted by triKlops on February 25th, 2019 @ 9:19am CST
Anyone know what issue number of Figure King this is?
I didn't see it mentioned but i might have missed it.
Thanks in advance!
Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine (2012361)
Posted by RK_Striker_JK_5 on February 25th, 2019 @ 1:54pm CST
That seaplane/tractor triple-changer? We need a modern version of that, please. :D
Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine (2012372)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on February 25th, 2019 @ 3:11pm CST
triKlops wrote:Anyone know what issue number of Figure King this is?
I didn't see it mentioned but i might have missed it.
Thanks in advance!


My best guess is that it's the March 2019 issue.
Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine (2012374)
Posted by Emerje on February 25th, 2019 @ 3:16pm CST
triKlops wrote:Anyone know what issue number of Figure King this is?
I didn't see it mentioned but i might have missed it.
Thanks in advance!

It's 253.

Emerje
Re: Rare hand made Transformers prototypes shown in Figure King magazine (2012435)
Posted by triKlops on February 26th, 2019 @ 8:55am CST
Thank you Emerje and Jelze!

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