Hasbro Designer Evan Brooks @naveskoorb on Instagram has more to share from behind-the-scenes of the wonderful Studio Series 86 toy creations. Today he is sharing fan-favorite Studio Series 86 figure with a look at the 86 04 Hotrod. Read on to see his notes on how the figure was developed and more.
So next up we have SS86 Hotrod! I will admit that this figure was pretty much completely designed by the time I joined the team so all praise goes to Yuya Onishi for really setting a new standard for transformers figures. I find this figure absolutely brilliant and bumping him up to a VOY scale allowed for the extra engineering and accessories to really make him stand out.
So, those yellow pieces on top! Yes, they hurt. They needed to be PA plastic due to the flexibility of those hinges and that isn't a type of plastic we can paint. His giant wing spoiler was in the same mold so we were locked to that color. We didn't have room to move pieces to different molds because of the type of material they needed to be.
The other thing I'm sure you're all wondering about is the rest of his colors and I can certainly talk to that!
Before we move to final production, we have a big team meeting where we all come together and look at the figures and deco before approving them. While presenting this item and the first wave of kingdom, there was some rumbling from upper management. The original colors presented were pure magenta and that came as a bit of a shock to a few folks. The reaction is understandable, every toy of classic Hotrod has been some variation of red. There was some back and forth, references shown on both sides as to what colors he should be and this is how he ended up.
I was still so new to the team that my voice didn't carry that much weight even while showing clips of the 86 movie. I think there was still some confusion as to what this SS86 line was supposed to be but I'm happy to say that this was the only time this sort of thing has ever happened. Granted, Kingdom Cheetor and Megatron also had their colors shifted in this meeting...which was just strange...but that's corporate life.
Anyway, as I said before this figure is just amazing and really brought the engineering of a Transformer to the next level. Takara Tomy outdid themselves, but what do you all think? Let me know and I'll drop some more SS86 behind the scenes for you!
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