Hasbro designer Mark Maher @markclonus gets his Dinos on with the behind the scenes feature on the Transformers Legacy United Mamagtron Commander Class figure set coming to us this year. Technically, these are Beast Wars characters too, from Japan, that ready to join the United series. Read on for some insights and other details to learn about in the full report that follows with images below.
Still can’t really believe I was able to bring this incredible bad guy to life with the amazing Shu san over at Takara Tomy. His dedication and keen design sense just put this guy over the top!
There’s so much to talk about, where do I even begin, the sculpted details, the colors, the insane articulation, the size, the transformation sequence, the blast effects, the magmablade, the magmasaurus mode When I first saw this OG toy so many years ago, I was blown away, there was so many things I love about Transformers packed into this guy. Then once I actually watched the Beast Wars Neo dubbed series and saw the action sequence of the combining dino’s I damn near pooped my pants !
Some deets Dnavi said to mention, the shouldered blurple landsaurus head can move forward in robot mode, the lower jaws of all the dino’s have painted mouths, the blast effects fit into the port of the magmablade but you can also position it as a blaster, due to transformation the waist actually hinges and can act as almost an ab crunch articulation, the seasaurus can plug into a 5mm port to stay stationary or can unplug and become mobile, the skysaurus does have his 2 removable terrorswords, wooooooooo (allow me to Ric Flair strut around the room)
This year is going to have some real doozies I think all of yall will love! The long nights, the relentless work, the extra, the weathering of the storm, its all worth it for everyone to get the TF toys we all want and deserve! more soon!
8 hours ago, BaCon said:
Yeah, I was expecting much less. This is great. Easy buy.
I didn't like Silverbolt until I saw the color and paint apps well in the stream. It's really impressive.
Magmatron is massive too. Larger than Ultra Magnus and probably around Armada Prime super mode height going by the pics of him holding Leo Prime. So yes, an easy buy.
Don't get me wrong about Silverbolt though, he does indeed look beautiful. I just want those damn paws off the arms. And for the wings to come up and over the shoulders so he can point his missile launchers as he did in the show.
I would've pre-ordered Magmatron, but apparently the tail can't be removed in bot mode, and just having it hanging there like that makes it look like he's taken a huge purple dump.
And I should've just waited to watch the stream since they did mention that the combined beast mode is still a thing. So the rear feet are just going to look a bit goofy I guess. Blowing up the picture as much as possible it looks like there is a finger flap at the hand. So I was wrong about that too. I see another possible joint at the base of the hand to allow for the hand to become a foot.
Magmatron looks incredible. The individual "dinosaurs" look amazing even with the gaps in Seasaur's neck. Which even the original has that was made by TAKARA, not Hasbro. So no, gaps in figures are not a new thing nor is it Hasbro that invented it. Takara literally did with their figures from the 70's that eventually became Transformers. It's been there since before the brand itself. Just to cut that off before someone starts in on the gaps.
Surprised though that they're no showing of the combined alt mode. But it looks like it might not be able to do that since the hands don't do the Jetfire thing and hide the 5mm ports when they open. In fact, it looks like the hands don't open at all actually. So that could cause problems using them as rear feet.
Silverbolt still looks okay. Still bummed out that it's so strictly "G1" in its design instead of changing it up like the others. Keeping the paws hanging off the arms like that still is just so fucking stupid. Maybe not as bad looking as what they did to poor Blitzwing's tank mode but still really bad. It also looks as though he can't point his wings forward either. At least he has size I guess and they cleaned up his back. FAR from a "0" though, but nowhere near a "5". I'd say a "3.5".
Code Red is what it is. Not the worst Crossover but not the best. I wonder how long people will continue to go on as if this is in any way a retool of any version of Ironhide. It's not by the way. It doesn't share a single part. I don't need to be told this either, I can clearly see it and compare it too the figures I already have. I have an Autotrooper and SS86 Ratchet right next to me. Nothing is the same with this Code Red. It's nice to see that Hasbro has come up with quite a few ways to handle an all in one Ironhide/Ratchet mold now. The MP, the core class, the voyager and now this.
Unrelated to any of this for the most part; I had the oddest urge after getting SS86 Ironhide. I all of a sudden wanted Classics Ironhide and Ratchet back. Except I hated those so I got the Henkei releases instead since the paint they used is better and doesn't get smudged like the Classics versions. I got Ironhide two or three months ago for cheap and I just found Ratchet for cheap too and he came in yesterday. I then proceeded to chop them up after getting them to at least try to fix the original design's mistakes. They can now look straight ahead, for the most part, and not into their chests. Only took trimming off a bunch of plastic to do it too! It's not perfect either as there's not much that can be done with the pelvis as it not crashes into the bumper on the inside of the torso now but it's a huge improvement. What a design oversight with those. Seriously, what were they thinking once they had the prototypes in hand and the design didn't work? The odd joints they used for that mold remind me a lot of the original Star Wars Crossovers line and even the Titanium line. Maybe they were designed by the same people. That would explain a lot actually. I think Prowl had similar design ideas too. So did Galvatron actually. Huh.
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