With the covers off the Legacy Velocitron RID 2000 Universe Scourge, Transformers designer Sam Smith @king_samlock gives us the story behind the Nemesis Prime concept design. What ended up being a little bit of everything, as they were just trying to make the figure "Awesome". Read on to see Sam's notes and a video of the figure 360 views that follow.
Thrilled to finally be able to share the RID 2000 Universe Scourge that I have the opportunity to redeco late last year. This figure was a blast to work on, and I had so much fun helping bring him to life. Thanks to @markclous for letting me take this one off of his plate, and for handling the official reveal!
I have to admit, I needed to look up what we ended up calling this guy because he was all over the place in terms of his initial concept. Was he going to be Scourge, is he Black Convoy, is he Nemesis Prime? All we knew is that he was going to be awesome!
The only parameter I was told going into this figure was that the oil tanker needed to be painted silver, the rest of the figure was fair game! I really wanted to make this truck model feel individualized from Laser Prime which was also a black colored semi truck. With an established color palette inspired by the original character, (and thus every variant that has existed over the years) I set out to create a pin striped livery that would feel appropriate to the time in which this vehicle would have been new. I took influence from big rig trucks that I remember seeing on the highway as a kid, and tried to pipe them through out the hood and fairings of the vehicle mode. I also treated the window frames in the same teal tone as those secondary accent colors were so relevant in the 80’s and 90’s. For me, he indirectly gives off some of those “Road Warrior - War Rig” vibes.
His robot mode features the upside down G2 logos on the shoulder pads, and he gets a unique “Dark” Matrix of Leadership loaded into the chest. Forgive my ignorance, if that’s not a real thing, but it looks cool as hell :D. His weapons are molded in the same clear as the windscreen, so it was a nice opportunity to punch of the magenta with an era accurate complimentary color to the teal.
The light piping on this figure is absolutely incredible. So much of the characters upper body is made up of the clear mold, so it was a shame how much of it was at risk of being covered up by paint. I tried to reallocate those paint ops to further individualize this release, and with the right backlighting this guy has so much expression. I hope you all enjoy this release as much as I enjoyed working on it!
Will RID Scourge be joining your collection or did he not qualify for your Speedia500?
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