Studio Series 86 Jazz Design Concepts From Hasbro Designer Evan Brooks

Thanks to Hasbro Designer Evan Brooks who is the next Transformers product team member to take us behind the scenes of these wonderful toy creations. Evan has let us know Hasbro is making an effort to share and he's starting off with his work on the fan favorite Studio Series 86 Jazz figure. Read on to see his notes on how this Autobot figure came to be with images of the process.

Hello there! I'm the person who primarily works on Studio Series 86 transformers. The Transformer's design team is trying to be more open and transparent about the process of how we go about designing these figures with our partners over at Takara Tomy and I figured I'd start with Studio Series 86-01 that I worked on with Ittoku Kuwazu!

It was super exciting to do an animation accurate Jazz since he's a classic character (one of the coolest bots around) and his past figures have usually followed his toy design expression.

Before I had joined the TF team, John Warden had a concept for a generic version of his vehicle mode already drawn up by( I believe) Michael DiTullo.
That design was used as a base and then tweaked as the robot form became solidified.

Ittoku and I then worked on the details. The goal of these figures was to be accurate to the animation designs but to also have it so they'd look like they fit in with your other Generations figures and stand with them on your shelf. I tried to bring in some of the details from the original stickers of the g1 toy and sprinkle them about in areas that needed just a bit more "pizzazz". The abdomen area at our original detail stage also brought in some a-symmetry from the g1 toy sculpt but we later removed it to be more in line with the animation model.

Deco wise, when I work on a car robot, one of my main priorities is to make sure the tire rims get painted. It's a small detail that can knock a vehicle form up to the next level. The goal is always balance between both robot and vehicle modes and sometimes that means you can't get every detail you wish you could for one of the forms.

Other than that, The only other challenge was I was asked to change the number on the side of his car form. I picked the number "14" as a nod to his 1984 toy catalog number and also just in case any fan wanted to remove the "1" so they can make it the classic number.

Overall, I was very pleased with how this figure turned out with our updated standards of articulation but do you all prefer the classic toy design over animation? Are you enjoying the SS86 line? Are their movie characters you've been waiting for?
Let us know!

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