The 2005 forums have posted a translation of the interview featured in the Transformers Masterpiece Official Guide. Designer Hironori Kobayashi talks about his design work on MP-1 Optimus Prime, MP-08 Grimlock (The head/tail mechanism is inspired by Beast Machines Rattrap!), MP-09 Rodimus Prime/Hot Rod, and the upcoming MP-22 Ultra Magnus. Keep reading for an excerpt and a link!
K: Beast Machines Rattle (Rattrap) figure has a drive shaft mechanism that connects the tail and the neck so that they move in unison, and I attempted something similar. Even though those parts had to transform, I wanted to sneak in the dino neck and tail connection in the transforming mechanism.
- What did you find challenging in MP-22 development?
K: The problem was to conceive the way to allocate the mass of the truck. I settled with splitting it into the front and the back sections, putting the head between the chest parts and placed the remaining parts on the back. He is slightly taller and fits in quite well.
As a factor to express his character, the Matrix can be fitted in his chest. Additional face part like action figures have is included so that his expression can be changed as well.
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