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Post by Grebo Guru » Wed Sep 22, 2004 12:05 am

When TF first came out back in 1984, I was getting heavily into real anime. So, pooh-pooh'ed TF as American knockoff garbage. However, when Beast Wars came around in the late 1990s I rediscovered TF and have now come to really enjoy it (its a guilty pleasure though).

Some of the more recent TF designs are really excellent and innovative mecha. Anyone here have any favorite Transformers mecha designs?

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Post by Daishikaze » Wed Sep 22, 2004 12:20 am

I always liked the original series, I can't remember much of the designs though, since I haven't seen it in years. I did get to see the movie again recently though, and acouple of the designs I liked from that were Galvatron and Blur, I don't know what I just liked the designs.

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Post by Grebo Guru » Wed Sep 22, 2004 6:51 pm

One of the finst mecha designs to come out of Transformers recently, in my opinion, is the Decepticon called "Mirage" from Transformers Energon:

http://www.hasbro.com/pl/page.viewprodu ... efault.cfm

He's called "Shockfleet" in Japan, BTW. Anyway, I think this is an amazing-looking mech, quite gorgeous and a masterwork of engineering.

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Post by Tachyon » Wed Sep 22, 2004 9:12 pm

It does look cool. I remember an interview where Akitaka Mika fondly recalled his days designing Transformers for... is it Takara?
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Post by Grebo Guru » Wed Sep 22, 2004 9:32 pm

It is indeed Takara. Interestingly, in the book "Transformers Generations Deluxe" there are lots of drawings of rough designs for a lot of Transformers toys. One of them is an early design for Optimus Prime -- drawn by Shoji Kawamori! Turns out Studio Nue did a lot of design work for Takara back in the 80s...

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Post by Grebo Guru » Thu Sep 23, 2004 5:11 pm

Another terrific design is the "Alternators" version of Tracks. A great drawing is here:

http://www.bwtf.com/binaltech/tracks/booklet/9.jpg

and the whole toy and review and pics and everything is here:

http://www.bwtf.com/binaltech/tracks/

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Post by Rubel Colus » Thu Sep 23, 2004 7:56 pm

The Binaltech designs are very nice, and the toys are AWESOME.

Tracks feature details such as brake discs and red brake calipers :shock: !!

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