If you've been wondering about the Hearts of Steel (HOS) Optimus Prime garage kit that appeared a couple years ago, it seems there is movement again around this project.
The designer, griffith_76, has been updating his blog with details on the HOS figure. No dates are set for release of at kit at this time, but there is a pre-order up. The un-assembled HOS01 kit starts at $125 USD with a handful of options you can purchase for assembly ($80+ USD) and painting ($80 USD). Check out the complete details now at MONOBLOG
Customs designer Sabrina has two new HOS Prime's she's completed: a "comic" and "burnt steel" versions for auction on Ebay. According to Sabrina's auction, there is some new information filling in the back story on this toy. The figure / kit originally listed on Rabid Squirrel, has been scaled down from 10 inches to a 6.5 inch figure. Read details on the two figures as follows:
This first edition set pair of Hearts of Steel Optimus Prime is designed to be modelled after the Hearts of Steel comics as well as my very own rendering of a Hearts of Steel Nemesis Prime. I set out to do up a more realistic impression of a train as opposed to my usual shiny and reflective customs.
Check out the auction for "Custom Transformers: HOS Optimus Prime" now on Ebay.
The HOS 01A (red/blue) was dry brushed before using coats of red and blue to get a steely outlook for the his parts. Much of his trailer was shaded before being covered with clear blue.
HOS 01B (black/gold/teal) was predominantly shaded to achieve his burnt steel look across. His gold was achieved by airbrushing layers of enamels for a richer shade. Both figures were given an anti UV gloss coat for a lasting finish that will retain their colours for many years to come.
- 2009-01-22 @ 2:33 pm
Is this the same guy who did Ferrum Carbo Master?
indeed it is and slightly off topic I recall way back when they first told us they were going to do a 2nd toy (this one) they were going to base it off one of my old drawings (here) but I guess looking at the 08 update they scrapped it going with some one else's idea after getting quite far with the first
as for HOS. I dunno it has some cool moments like when shock wave shows himself and the flash back to show all of the G1 cast with beast modes but I kinda got the feeling they cut it short. Think about it we seen these 2 awesome concepts for prime and megatron but they never even appeared in the story.
Is this the same guy who did Ferrum Carbo Master?
I also think that the art style of HoS was great. My only gripe with the series was that it was very anti-climatic. The Decepticons try to leave earth and crash into a ravine? If the company wasn't going under they might have taken the time to finish the story right, and not rush the last issue.
I completely agree with Liege, especially on the point about the art. I thought it looked awesome and captured the time period very nicely! Yes the last issue felt rushed, and would've been better off as a 5 book series (or more *hint hint*), but overall it was a great storyline. Now Arblus, I know everyone is entitled to their own opinions, so I'm respecting yours. But IMO, I loved the fact that they were steam driven. Part of what makes Transformers what they are is their ability to blend in and adapt to their surroundings, and if that means taking on steam powered loco's then so be it. Would you rather have nuclear powered trains or something rolling around 100+ years ago? I'd really like to see them expand a lil more on things like this. Who says they've only been here in modern times? What if they have been for hundreds or thousands of years like some stories (the movie for the most recent example) depict. What would they have used for disguises without cars and aircraft ....
The only thing I didn't like about Hearts of Steel was that it wasn't longer.
The only part of your statment that I agree with is that the last issue was rushed.
Otherwise, I felt the art captured the era the story was based in very well.
As far as the whole idea of the story being improbable, well what part of giant robots coming to Earth billions of years ago is?
Take it for what it is and enjoy the ride or pass on it, and save the ire for actual things.
The Hearts of Steel series was absolute crap! Transformers, an alien race of machines, running on STEAM! That makes no logical sense what-so-ever. The story line: it was four issues long, with the final issue being COMPLETELY incoherent and rushed. The art work: Seriously people, let it be clear, GUIDO GUIDI IS NOT A GOOD ARTIST! Furthermore, to use the term "artist" in a contemporary setting is to imply that the piece of work is "original" and "unique" and has a "style all of it's own." This is just not true! Guidi does nothing more than draw boring stills to possibly a more elaborate cartoon; he is not good at drawing for comics. So who is a good artist then? Nick Roche. Roche has a style that is unmatched by any American Transformers artist. For those non-believers, check out Spotlight: Kup.
Hearts of Steel was utter rubbish that should not be commemorated via toys nor any other form of media. Sweep it under the carpet, lock the door, burn the building to the ground, and only then piss on the ashes.
Well for what, another $150 or so, you can have them do all the assembly and painting for you. It's nice but dang I don't know about that price.
It looks really good but Optimus, and Megatron never woke up during HOS. So it's an easy pass for me espeacially since it'll probably be $100+ for maybe a Voyager class figure.
never read hos but i love the designs especially bumble bee but it's not a 125$ kinda love