Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The Ark Addendum - Transforms for Soundwave and Laserbeak
Soundwave's transform I've actually already published. It showed up in Transformers: The Complete Ark (order it today!) It was tiny, thumbnail size, but nevertheless it was there. I thought it was worth a closer look though, so here we go.
Because we'd seen it already, I coupled it with the Laserbeak transformation. That one is brand new, though it's so simple that I didn't think it warranted its own page.
Don't forget to pick up Timelines #6, out a couple of weeks ago. 16 pages of AllSpark-infused Almanacky goodness! I'll be in Burbank on 12/10 to promote it, see Emerald Knights for details. I hope to see you there.
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Huh... Laserbeak is extremely faithful to the toy there. Must be the first animation design.
Though kinda odd considering that Kohara redesigned him as well...
Maybe TFs were originally supposed to look toylike before switching to Kohara style redesigns? Or perhaps only the cassettes were supposed to be toylike?
I wouldn't be surprised if this was an earlier drafted design.
Makes a certain amount of sense that it reflects the toys more because what other point of reference would their be to pull from really?
I think I'd prefer it to look more 'animation' style, but then you'd have to practically reinvent the wheel to do it.
Thanks for sharing, the bigger Soundwave with Buzzsaw/Laserbeak is great!
"Makes a certain amount of sense that it reflects the toys more because what other point of reference would their be to pull from really?"
For first batch of characters, Floro Dery used redesigns by Shōhei Kohara. Among them was Laserbeak. Check it out at TFwiki, just search "Shōhei Kohara". :)
I know. I've seen Floro being criticized by the fans for it too, but you have to remember he did what he was told because it was a job.
Floro Dery is a genius at design. He gave the Transformers a unique and magical feel, and the franchise owes him a lot.
Agreed. It doesn't diminish Shōhei Kohara's contribution I don't think, because it was a very successful collaboration (at least for the few models he worked on).
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