Transformers Unicron Transformation Video

Transformers News: Transformers Unicron Transformation Video

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 10:40AM CDT

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Behold, Unicron! Thanks to fellow Seibertronian Sabrblade we've learned Gizmodo has posted a video of a fancifully dressed man in black, Transformer designer since 1984 Takashi Kunihiro, transforming an early production model of the turquoise titan himself.
Transformers News: Transformers Unicron Transformation Video
Watch as the largest Transformer ever does just what it's namesake proposes and changes from a prickly planetoid of pain into the winged and clawed chaos god. Just click on the link above or the image below to be taken to the video. Enjoy the view and share your thoughts with the Seibertron crew in the forums, and as always stay tuned to Seibertron for the ultimate in Transformers news!

From the article:
"Just before San Diego Comic-Con, Hasbro’s HasLab—a crowdfunding platform it uses to bring its most elaborate toy creations to life—revealed a towering 27-inch tall Transformers Unicron toy. With over 50 points of articulation, transforming the world-destroying planet to a massive bot is an arduous task, as demonstrated in this exclusive video we’re revealing to fans today.
The dapper tuxedoed gentleman in the video who unboxes, assembles, and then transforms HasLab’s Unicron prototype from planet to robot mode is Takashi Kunihiro, who has been designing Transformers characters and toys for Takara Tomy since 1984."
Credit(s): Sabrblade at Seibertron
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Re: Transformers Unicron Transformation Video (2033466)
Posted by Asepticon on August 6th, 2019 @ 1:10pm CDT
I like that it can stay on the stand throughout the transformation.
Re: Transformers Unicron Transformation Video (2033471)
Posted by griftimus prime on August 6th, 2019 @ 1:37pm CDT
this thing has so far to go
Re: Transformers Unicron Transformation Video (2033476)
Posted by Ultra Markus on August 6th, 2019 @ 2:24pm CDT
Much bigger than a basketball
Re: Transformers Unicron Transformation Video (2033479)
Posted by Regimus Prime on August 6th, 2019 @ 2:40pm CDT
I am so happy that I have backed this thing. It's even more impressive in person and I'm loving the fact that you can transform him while he remains on the stand too. They need to keep leaking more content every few days if they want to increase backers in time for the deadline. I still believe Hasbro will reach it's goal of 8000 backers, but to ensure it they should include an exclusive figure closely associated with Unicron from the '86 movie, similar to how Haslab included that heavily coveted Yakface figure. They should also leak preliminary packaging concept and box art to entice backers. :BOT:
Re: Transformers Unicron Transformation Video (2033480)
Posted by Cobotron on August 6th, 2019 @ 2:44pm CDT
That photo of Takashi Kunihiro is just fantastic!!
Re: Transformers Unicron Transformation Video (2033482)
Posted by william-james88 on August 6th, 2019 @ 2:47pm CDT
Burn wrote:
william-james88 wrote: The only case where its beneficial is indeed with Unicron since that is not accessible anywhere else.
But for everything else, Hasbro Pulse doesnt do any favours to me more than it does to you, hence why I still never resorted to them. I preordered those sdcc revealed exclusives (like Refraktor) from a local importer/collectable because it was the cheaper option than going through them.
It would probably be the same or cheaper for me to use a mail forwarding service than order from Pulse directly. And you can use a mail forwarding service too.

YOU.HAVE.THE.OPTION.
Don't sit there and try to put you and I in the same boat. We're not. You actually have the option to access Hasbro Pulse. The rest of the world DOES NOT.

Is it the same as other services? Maybe, probably, I don't know for certain, but my point is, YOU.HAVE.THE.OPTION.

Some of us are hoping to hell some of our local online retailers can some how get Unicron so we don't have to deal with customs and import charges etc, markups etc.

Sure would be nice to deal directly with the source, but some of us don't have that option.


You are right, for sure. I mentioned Unicron, he is the one good thing Hasbro Pulse has done for Canadians. But he is very much the exception and at this point, I was hoping to show some solidarity, even if our situations arent identical.

All I was trying to say before you stepped in was that Hasbro has been stepping into the distribution directly with Pulse. It's mainly benefitted the US though, since the canadian option is still treated as an export and there is no option for other countries. But at least it's a starting point. I feel for you, of course, I don't want you to think I don't. I do wish we could have local/domestic versions of pulse, or associate programs with established local/domestic distributors to help us all.
Re: Transformers Unicron Transformation Video (2033510)
Posted by Regimus Prime on August 6th, 2019 @ 5:32pm CDT
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:Personally, as it is the 35th anniversary, I would have been happy with a G1 "reissue" style release of this guy:

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Who wouldn't have need the sketchy practice of crowdfunding to begin with...


funny, I mentioned that this figure known as the Grail should be released in a very limited number for the 35th Anniversary of the movie to Ben and John at the Vince Dicola concert, if for nothing else to troll all of the people complaining about the WFC Unicron price and size. :BOT:
Re: Transformers Unicron Transformation Video (2033527)
Posted by Ultra Markus on August 6th, 2019 @ 6:23pm CDT
Regimus Prime wrote:
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:Personally, as it is the 35th anniversary, I would have been happy with a G1 "reissue" style release of this guy:

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Who wouldn't have need the sketchy practice of crowdfunding to begin with...


funny, I mentioned that this figure known as the Grail should be released in a very limited number for the 35th Anniversary of the movie to Ben and John at the Vince Dicola concert, if for nothing else to troll all of the people complaining about the WFC Unicron price and size. :BOT:

When I was a kid about the time before the 86 animated movie came out I heard a rumour of a sweepstakes for a chance to win a Unicron toy that was huge then it never happened years later I saw this prototype and thought that that was it and understood why it never happened
Re: Transformers Unicron Transformation Video (2033532)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 6th, 2019 @ 8:13pm CDT
Ultra Markus wrote:When I was a kid about the time before the 86 animated movie came out I heard a rumour of a sweepstakes for a chance to win a Unicron toy that was huge then it never happened years later I saw this prototype and thought that that was it and understood why it never happened
Oh, the days of schoolyard rumors. Kids were vicious and cruel back then.
Re: Transformers Unicron Transformation Video (2033534)
Posted by william-james88 on August 6th, 2019 @ 8:20pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Ultra Markus wrote:When I was a kid about the time before the 86 animated movie came out I heard a rumour of a sweepstakes for a chance to win a Unicron toy that was huge then it never happened years later I saw this prototype and thought that that was it and understood why it never happened
Oh, the days of schoolyard rumors. Kids were vicious and cruel back then.

I wish schoolyard rumours would be the only thing schoolkids could be victim of these days.
Re: Transformers Unicron Transformation Video (2033538)
Posted by Ultra Markus on August 6th, 2019 @ 8:32pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Ultra Markus wrote:When I was a kid about the time before the 86 animated movie came out I heard a rumour of a sweepstakes for a chance to win a Unicron toy that was huge then it never happened years later I saw this prototype and thought that that was it and understood why it never happened
Oh, the days of schoolyard rumors. Kids were vicious and cruel back then.

I wish schoolyard rumours would be the only thing schoolkids could be victim of these days.

I was kind of excited to envision such a toy but quickly forgot about it when fortress Maximus came out
Re: Transformers Unicron Transformation Video (2033566)
Posted by Stargrave on August 6th, 2019 @ 11:38pm CDT
2269.

24 days left.
Re: Transformers Unicron Transformation Video (2033572)
Posted by Emerje on August 7th, 2019 @ 12:48am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Ultra Markus wrote:When I was a kid about the time before the 86 animated movie came out I heard a rumour of a sweepstakes for a chance to win a Unicron toy that was huge then it never happened years later I saw this prototype and thought that that was it and understood why it never happened
Oh, the days of schoolyard rumors. Kids were vicious and cruel back then.

But my friend's mother's boss's cousin's dog walker's son totally owned one! He got it from his neighbor who worked for Hasbro and knew he liked Transformers!

AllNewSuperRobot wrote:No, no, no. I don't care what the comics say. Scorponok is a City Bot!

Except when he wasn't. He gets called a city bot, but he doesn't have a city mode. Metroplex, Trypticon, and Fort Max all have city modes, but not Scorponok. Did the cartoon even specifically call him a city?
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But personally I want both a Titan and I guess a Commander class or a "old" Leader class to go with Titans Return PM Prime.

ZeroWolf wrote:I wonder how much the Neo Unicron would have retailed for though people would have derided that for accuracy to the movie version.

I'm guessing that if he had a proper appearance in BW Neo (I'm pretty sure he didn't, if he did I couldn't find pictures) the figure would have been at least accurate to that. We also know that the figure wasn't very big, at best it was a little bigger than an Ultra at the time (about the same height, but bulkier) so it wouldn't have been a particularly expensive figure.
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Back on topic, Hasbro did say that if Unicron got funded they would look for ways to get it released internationally so there's that. Really putting a lot of pressure on us North Americans (and Japanese I guess).

Emerje
Re: Transformers Unicron Transformation Video (2033584)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on August 7th, 2019 @ 3:01am CDT
Emerje wrote:
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:No, no, no. I don't care what the comics say. Scorponok is a City Bot!

Except when he wasn't. He gets called a city bot, but he doesn't have a city mode. Metroplex, Trypticon, and Fort Max all have city modes, but not Scorponok. Did the cartoon even specifically call him a city?
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Emerje



Firstly, lets not be pedantic. A Decepticon "defence base" aka a Fortress, is just as much a City as Fort Max with his visible shin cannons on display in City Mode. :-?

Secondly,



Around the 4:00 mark, Zarak refers to Scorponok as a City. :-D

Regimus Prime wrote:
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:Personally, as it is the 35th anniversary, I would have been happy with a G1 "reissue" style release of this guy:

Image

Who wouldn't have need the sketchy practice of crowdfunding to begin with...


funny, I mentioned that this figure known as the Grail should be released in a very limited number for the 35th Anniversary of the movie to Ben and John at the Vince Dicola concert, if for nothing else to troll all of the people complaining about the WFC Unicron price and size. :BOT:



There would be no trolling at all. This guy as a "reissue" would sell and was far more sought after than any Kickstarter. He would probably garner interest from a lot more than 8000 people with money to burn, too >:oP
Re: Transformers Unicron Transformation Video (2033593)
Posted by ZeroWolf on August 7th, 2019 @ 4:50am CDT
You really don't like this unicron do you :lol:
Re: Transformers Unicron Transformation Video (2033597)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on August 7th, 2019 @ 6:31am CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:You really don't like this unicron do you :lol:



I have no problem with the figure itself. Personally, I simply take issue with the crowd funding model. Yet also with the almost elitist attitude of those that have backed this, against its detractors.
Re: Transformers Unicron Transformation Video (2033604)
Posted by AcademyofDrX on August 7th, 2019 @ 8:34am CDT
:roll:
Re: Transformers Unicron Transformation Video (2033606)
Posted by OptimalOptimus2 on August 7th, 2019 @ 8:42am CDT
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:You really don't like this unicron do you :lol:



I have no problem with the figure itself. Personally, I simply take issue with the crowd funding model. Yet also with the almost elitist attitude of those that have backed this, against its detractors.

Yeah, the crowdfunding model does look bad (at least to me). I would never purposefully fund money for a toy company just so they can make more toys. That's what buying Hasbro toys on the shelf is for. In my opinion, I think they should use their own money for production but it looks like Hasbro is preventing itself from losing money via crowdfunding.
Re: Transformers Unicron Transformation Video (2033607)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on August 7th, 2019 @ 8:51am CDT
OptimalOptimus2 wrote:
AllNewSuperRobot wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:You really don't like this unicron do you :lol:



I have no problem with the figure itself. Personally, I simply take issue with the crowd funding model. Yet also with the almost elitist attitude of those that have backed this, against its detractors.

Yeah, the crowdfunding model does look bad (at least to me). I would never purposefully fund money for a toy company just so they can make more toys. That's what buying Hasbro toys on the shelf is for. In my opinion, I think they should use their own money for production but it looks like Hasbro is preventing itself from losing money via crowdfunding.



There was a company [October Toys] that acquired the license to Skeleton Warriors. They tried almost exclusively to fund the line through crowd funding. They got two figures into the line before the money dried up and they promptly vanished. Now they were a small time toy maker, smaller than Boss Fight Studios. They had little choice but to go down that road and even then couldn't make it work long term.

Hasbro could have made a regular release of Unicron, just as they did years ago with Armada. However, Jabba's Sail Barge gave them the option to change tact and basically make figures on demand. It is concerning for the number one toy maker in the world to even look towards crowd funding. Let alone the fact that with everything HasTak has produced there are always issues. From Marvel Legends to Masterpiece. I have no doubt at all this Unicron will not be the exception to the rule, either.
Re: Transformers Unicron Transformation Video (2033608)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 7th, 2019 @ 9:23am CDT
Emerje wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote:I wonder how much the Neo Unicron would have retailed for though people would have derided that for accuracy to the movie version.

I'm guessing that if he had a proper appearance in BW Neo (I'm pretty sure he didn't, if he did I couldn't find pictures) the figure would have been at least accurate to that. We also know that the figure wasn't very big, at best it was a little bigger than an Ultra at the time (about the same height, but bulkier) so it wouldn't have been a particularly expensive figure.
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BWN Unicron.PNG
Looks like it might have been about the height of Optimal Optimus, or maybe the two Car Robots Super class figures who were a bit bigger.

As for his appearance in BWNeo, he didn't have his physical body in that show (he was resurrected as a purely energy being), so he simply tried to make Cybertron his new body, possessing the planet only temporarily.

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