Thanks to Hasbro Designer Evan Brooks @naveskoorb on Instragram continues to share his behind-the-scenes on the wonderful Studio Series 86 toy creations. Today he is sharing another fan-favorite Studio Series 86 figure with a look at Wreck-gar!. Read on to see his notes on how this Autobot figure came to be with images of the process.
To be able to represent this Floro Dery design as close as we can in toy was a dream come true.I had the absolute pleasure to work on this item with the renowned Kunihiro Takashi, who is more than likely the man responsible for MANY of your favorite Transformer toys over the years. He is so skilled that he lays out transformation design plans in MARKER. I can't even imagine trying to draw anymore without Ctrl+Z.
When we first laid out the design for Wreck-gar's alt mode, we gave him the front fender that is seen in the Motorcycle animation model but as we got to the Block model, we realized that the naked tire being on his arm as a shield was more iconic so we removed it.
Our goal from the beginning was to make sure that himself (and other bots of similar or smaller sizes) could ride on his alt mode. We also had already planned to put in Junkheap/Junkyard's head and, thankfully, got some more tooling for that character later to make him look more like himself.
When it came time to paint the character, he brought an issue to light. I had been using my DVD 20th anniversary copy of the 86 movie for the first wave of SS86 characters and had just gotten the 30th anniversary BluRay in which I noticed the colors were different. In fact, depending on which transfer of the movie you're watching, all the colors shift ever so slightly. Over the years, I feel like certain characters have gained a sort of collective unconscious color assignment because of how other toys have featured them. "Wreck-gar is Orange" was something I thought I remembered so vividly but then it's like "Actually no, he's like, rust colored..."
Since this line is supposed to be as close a translation of the film to Toy, the Hasbro and Takara teams talked and we decided that we would use the BluRay transfer of the movie going forward to select colors for these figures.
But what do you all think? Let me know if there are SS86 figures you're dying to know the behind the scenes dirt on!
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