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Transformers Q&A #4 - October 2010 Edition

The Hasbro Transformers team has sent us answers to our questions for this round of the official Q&A. Check it out:

Transformers Q&A #4 (2010)

Preserve: Sometimes a figure who was classically of a smaller scale, say the lovable Powerglide, gets the up-scale treatment, in that case into the Ultra class version that we all recently had the good fortune to add to our collections. What is the process like for the design team - how do they approach the work of which details of the figure to expand upon, and what areas to focus on with a much more detailed and expressive figure size?
Hasbro: When it comes to adding detail to new or re-imagined designs, our team usually takes inspiration from real-life mechanical detailing of the alt-mode and then extrapolating what it would look like from there.

Additionally, as we look at past characters like the minibots, we find it a bit odd that in the grand scheme of things a fighter jet would only convert into a robot about 15 feet tall. Now-a-days we still aren't perfect with the robot to vehicle scale, but making Powerglide on a larger scale seemed like a perfect opportunity for the team.

Preserve: The second wave of Transformers: Generations figures features two supreme tough-bots, Megatron and Darkmount. From Darkmount's bio we see that he's gritty enough to give even Megatron pause! What consideration went into designing such an evil double-header of a wave? If I were an Autobot I'd be sufficiently intimidated by this wave #2 of the excellent Generations line!
Hasbro: Much of our thought around this was based on the fact that we had released Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Drift in the first wave. Of course Optimus Prime and Bumblebee needed to battle against Megatron, but for us - since we were introducing Drift - we wanted to have another comic book character that had never been released before. We had to make sure that he was evil enough to fill that space. So, you get a wave of Megatron and Darkmount, two of the best villains that we can offer.

Thanks to the team for the great answers!

Posted by charlie on November 1st 2010, 08:59 AM
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