Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Ark Addendum - Slugslinger's Transform

Good morning, interwebs! (Little known fact - the interwebs isn't like a big dump truck that you can just pile stuff onto . . . it's a series of tubes!) It's Tuesday, so I figured it's time for some new Transformers material. This week I bring you another installment of The Ark Addendum - Slugslinger's Transformation!

I think that they did a particularly nice job with his transform - very dramatic. I love how much work was put into making the Transformation exciting, especially for an internal document that really wasn't designed for publication.

In other news, The AllSpark Almanac chugs along. I printed out a color, two-sided copy of all that I've gotten to date and it's looking sweeeeeeeet! Sometimes pages in isolation are tricky to visualize in context, but seeing it in a form approximating the final product fills me with confidence. I think this will be my best book yet, and I hope you enjoy it.

10 comments:

Clawful said...

These are so cool. I would love to see a transformation for Triggerhappy. I've always had a tough time drawing him due to a lack of reference from the cartoon.

tec said...

Very nice find
The Transformations Macross like in its almost Gerwalk mode

monkeytoad said...

This is very cool! Is SS from G1 or the Japanese G1? Not familiar with the character but love that transformation. Cool with the double cockpit.

That's awesome that you've got the ASA book layed out. Can't wait to see the final product. Especially with all the rumors that there will be no season 4... :(

I'm dying to get a look at some rough Derrick Wyatt sketches so I hope your throwing a pile of them in this joint!

Hans said...

Tec, you took the words right out of my mouth :)
I think that's a very interesting Gerwalk (or 'Guardian' for the Robotech fans) mode with the two jet fronts. I always loved Sluglinger, his unique jetmode was an absolute favourite of mine when I was young. Which is why my parents and I travelled to at least 15 different toystores to see if we could find him, which we eventually did. That was a good day :)

Jimtron said...

Have no fear, monkeytoad, I'll have quite a few Derrick Wyatt sketches in the book. As for Slugslinger, he was in both The Rebirth and The Headmasters with the same character model, though the transform comes to me from Japan.

When I was a kid, he was one of my favorite toys. In my personal canon, he was another one of Unicron's minions, an upgrade for Ramjet. (Misfire was Thrust and Triggerhappy was Dirge, if anyone's wondering.) Futuristic Decepticon jets, fought alongside Cyclonus and Scourge, it seemed pretty natural.

Carlos said...

Both Ark books hold the title of "Carlos favourite TF books ever" (with he Generations Deluxe as well), and you say this will be your best? Well I was SO going to buy it, now I may have to, uhm... buy more than one or something ;)

Zobovor said...

Wow, that's a seriously dynamic illustration. I always hated Slugslinger's animation model from "The Rebirth"—it actually made his toy look WORSE. The Japanese version is so much more elegant.

AngieS said...

One thing that's been bothering me... have the model sheets of the female Autobots from "The Search For Alpha Trion" been lost? All of them? :\ Those would be the penultimate item of my collection of model sheet images. :) I was disappointed not to see them in the first Ark book, but that was an exhaustive compilation (Devcon, there's an obscure one, too, I was impressed to see him in there), and I figured they'd have been there, if you'd managed to find them?

Anyway, I enjoy the addendums, I love model sheet compilations! Thanks for the add-ons! :)

Jimtron said...

Believe me, AngieS, if I had the fembots, I'd have included them in The Ark. I hesitate to say that they're lost forever, but they certainly haven't shown up yet. I've been fortunate enough to correspond with folks like Bob Budiansky, Paul Davids and Dell Barras, which is how I've gotten so many rare gems. I hope that if I'm persistent, some day I'll meet the guy who saved the fembot models.

BTW, as a fellow model sheet collector, you wouldn't happen to have any models that you haven't seen in either Ark book, would you? I'm working on the Ark Omnibus edition, and have a few extra pages to play with. Drop me a line if you've got any material that I might be able to use.

Hans said...

There are some models in the Japanese Generations book for the females, but those were from the Bon Bon TV magazine I think. There is an animation model for Ariel in there though, if memory serves (I'm at work now so I can't verify). Also, if you look at stills from "The Search for Alpha Trion", you'll see there are a couple of more female Autobot designs that only appear in background scenes. One for instance, was orange and blue and had a huge "skirt" :)