Thursday, October 27, 2016

Beast Machines - The Grand Mal

It's been a while since my last post--nearly a year! But I was doing some research on the Grand Mal for Beast Wars: Uprising (the awesome universe I've gotten a chance to develop for the Transformers Collectors' Club, available for download over at the official club website) and came across some cool character models in my archives.

For those of you who don't know, the Grand Mal was the name given to Megatron's Big Floating Head upgrade in Beast Machines. You can be forgiven for not knowing the name; it never showed up in the show. I believe the only place it's appeared officially was the story Singularity Ablyss, part of an anthology of Transformers short fiction. (Speaking of, I'd love to see more of that. Anyone else with me on that?)

In one episode, the Grand Mal briefly transforms into a space cruiser and blows away Botanica's crashed shuttle. It's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, but the ship did get a full-on character model in this form too.

Hope you enjoy this seldom-seen gem! I'll try not to be such a stranger but no promises. Busy with deadines and parenting over here.

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