Get a first look at the Transformers G1 Chess Set as Hero Collector joins with Hasbro to launch their first-ever Kickstarter campaign.
The chess set will feature 32 unique game pieces - 16 for the heroic Autobots and 16 for the villainous Decepticons - created specifically for the Kickstarter and modeled on the classic 1980s Generation One (G1) Transformers animated cartoon. Each model is digitally sculpted, then cast in metallic resin and painted by hand. The sculpts, which show the Transformers in their robot form, were developed with Hasbro and are based on the original animation designs and careful study of the animated series. The Kickstarter launched on August 13, 2021 with a delivery date of Q4 2022. A variety of backer gifts are planned for fans who want to go the distance in bringing this game to life.
Transformers Chess is our first Kickstarter project. The set is based on the classic Generation One Transformers animated series from the 1980s and features 32 individually sculpted chess pieces: 16 evil Decepticons and 16 heroic Autobots.
We’ve developed the pieces with Hasbro. Each one is an all-new sculpt that was created specially for the set. Hasbro are working with us to make sure that these are the definitive versions of the Gen-1 characters. They are all based on the original animation character designs and careful study of individual episodes.
The set consists of 32 unique chess pieces all of which have been created for this project. If you back the complete set, each of these individual, hand-painted chess piece will cost you less than $20, PLUS you get the exclusive Transformers chessboard and an exclusive 272-page book.
Each individual chess piece is sculpted digitally and approved by Hasbro’s Transformers team before it’s cast in metallic resin and painted by hand.
These videos show the digital sculpts that are used to cast the physical chess pieces.
THE CHESS PIECES
AUTOBOTS - The white chess set features 16 fan-favorite Autobots from both the animated show and its 1986 feature film:
King Optimus Prime
Queen Elita One
Bishop Ultra Magnus
Knight Hot Rod
Rook Iron Hide
+ Optional Backer Level Rodimus King
DECEPTICONS - The black chess set features 16 of the fiercest fighters ready to rule Cybertron:
+ Optional Backer Level Galvatron King
Transformers Gen-1 Chess comes with an exclusive chessboard measuring over 25 inches squared. The board is designed to match the chess pieces and features a raised frame with details based on each side’s headquarters – the purple of the Decepticons underwater base and the orange of the Autobot City.
Every complete Chess set also comes with an exclusive 272-page book. The Transformers Chess Collection Character Guide profiles all 32 characters from the Transformers Chess Collection as well as synopses of the best episodes of the Gen-1 animated series. Packed with images from across all four seasons of the show as well as 1986’s epic feature film, this character guide also includes new CGI artwork created just for the chess collection.
Exclusive Transformers Pin Badge | $10
Show your support and get this exclusive enamel pin badge showing our kings - Optimus and Megatron.
The White King: Optimus Prime | $50
Pledge just $50 to get the leader of the Autobots and our White King – Optimus Prime. Like all the pieces, Optimus is an all-new piece that has been created for the chess set and has never been available before. PLUS the exclusive pin badge.
Complete Chess Set, including Exclusive Board, Book and Pin Badge | $600
The complete chess set including 32 all-new, hand-painted chess pieces and the exclusive chessboard. PLUS you’ll get a specially-created 272-page book that profiles all the Transformers robots used to make up your chess set, and the exclusive pin badge.
Complete Chess Set and Exclusive Galvatron Replacement King Plus Board, Book and Pin Badge | $650
Pledge just $50 more to add a replacement king - Galvatron - to your chess set. This is in addition to the 32 pieces in your regular chess set, which includes Megatron and the exclusive board. PLUS you’ll get the character guide and the exclusive pin badge. (NB the graphic shows the unpainted digital sculpt for Galvatron. The final piece will be hand painted.)
Complete Chess Set and Exclusive Megatron and Galvatron Replacement Kings Plus Board, Book and Pin Badge | $700
Go for the full movie upgrade and add a second replacement king - Rodimus Prime - to your chess set. This is in addition to the 32 pieces in your regular chess set, the Galvatron replacement king and the exclusive board. PLUS you’ll get the character guide and the exclusive pin badge. (NB the graphic shows the unpainted digital sculpts for Galvatron and Rodimus Prime. The final pieces will be hand painted.)
All the pledges will ship in time for Christmas 2022, when backers will also receive their exclusive book and, if they opted for them, their exclusive Rodimus and Galvatron chess pieces.
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