BotCon 2010 - Bob Budiansky Panel

We just got out of the Bob Budiansky Panel here at BotCon 2010, and we have a nice little summary of the panel's events. Jump through for the full look.

Bob thanks the fans by saying, "I'm sure everyone in here knows more about Transformers than I do."

Later on Bob said "I know the Transformers are a big part of your life. I left the Transformers in 1989."

Hasbro approached Marvel with Transformers as they did with GI Joe. Jim Shooter wrote the Transformers treatment. Bob showed off the eight page treatment with handwritten edits.

Anty was to be the original name of the Ark.

Mount St. Helens was the original mountain in which the Ark crashed into but it was changed to Mt. St. Hillary.

Buster was originally named Spike, which was the name of someone Jim Shooter knew.

Starscream was named Ulktar.

Budiansky was Shooter's third or fourth choice. Bob did about 26 profiles over the weekend when offered the job.

Bob created Megatron. However, Hasbro rejected the name because it was scary. (Its supposed to be scary! Bob argued. It worked.)

Ratchet was a girl in the treatment. Ratchet was to be named Cool-Hand Lube or Greasefinger!

Hasbro replied that there was to be no female Transformers. "This is a boys toy."

"Jetfighter Firebolt" became Jetfire.

Blaster was based on Clint Eastwood.

Ratings/tech specs were done on grid paper and submitted to Hasbro, who sent them back printed and edited with new names.

After doing the 1984 line, Bob received the 85 product listings and product materials including prototypes!

Bob was the special projects editor and burned out three writers over four issues of the miniseries. He became writer at issue 5.

The best line from the Smelting Pool treatment was: "Think of hell, like a smelting pool."

Stan Lee loved the Decepticon Graffiti issue. He sent in a fan letter.

When asked if Grimlock was stupid or merely had a speech impedement, Bob implied that he was unintelligent but driven. Bob described Grimlock an ubernationalist Autobot.

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