Transformers Masterpiece Series Wins 2016 Good Design Award From Japan's Institute For Design Promotion
RAC - Friday, October 28, 2016
The Masterpiece series has won the 2016 Good Design Award from the Japan Institute For Design Promotion! A "comprehensive design-promotion system that picks good design out of a variety of unfolding phenomena, and aims to enrich our lives, industries, and society as a whole by highlighting and celebrating these works," The GDA is given out annually in a variety of fields. Keep reading for more details and images of the (Japanese language) press release!
According to Autobase Aichi, previous award winners in the toy field are the Diskanimals toys from Kamen Rider Hibiki, and the RXF-91 Silhouette Gundam kit from Bandai's Mobile Suit Gundam F91: Silhouette Formula 91, as well as the Patlabor model kit line.
Commentary on the win is provided in the Japanese-language release by a member of the band Bump of Chicken.
Weibo user 北马伊斯力 also shared images from Transformers Generations 2018 of the upcoming MP-39 Sunstreaker! We get a good look at the figure's transformation, as well as option parts for the chest to make the windows more accurately represent either the animation model or the vehicle mode, as well as various design illustrations done for the figure. Keep reading!
Weibo user 北马伊斯力 has posted a string of images pertaining to MP-41 Dinobot! While the shots are all of the grayscale model, we get a solid look at the figure's transformation as well as some great closeups of its alternate faces. There's also a (Japanese) interview with numerous images of sketches and other design documents for the figure as well! Keep reading to see.
This week on Radio Free Cybertron: A whole lot of official images of MP-41 Dinobot came out. How do we feel about how it looks? (Hint: The bot mode looks great. Dino mode maybe not so much). Titans Return came out this week. What lessons, if any, did the the creators learn from Combiner Wars? And you will not believe who made it into the Toy Hall of Fame ahead of Transformers. I'd tell you to write down your guess, but then you'd already know the answer. All that and more on this episode of RFC!
The full barrage of Masterpiece Dinobot publicity is underway, and TakaraTomy has struck on two fronts! First a promo video has gone up on Youtube, giving some new angles and details on the upcoming Masterpiece, as well as showing the figure alongside select sequences from the Beast Wars cartoon. TakaraTomy's official site has also added the product page, and while many photos there are the ones we've seen already, we get some value out of the 360-view slides that offer the all-important view of the robot's back, plus other areas of interest. There's a lot to check out, and you can find screencaps and mirrored photos for it all below!
Just a short while after we got a first tease of Masterpiece Dinobot's robot mode, the dam has burst and we have all the (initial) stock photography for MP-41! Most importantly, this has size reference images showing an impressive scale alongside Optimus Primal and Cheetor. But beyond that, we have an accessory layout and various pose and detail shots of the figure. And while some clue can be derived for the most basic of transformation processes, much still remains delightfully mysterious! SPOILER: the body turns inside-out between modes! Keep reading to see all the lovely images!