allspark has an article on Unicron prototype

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  1. Hollywood Hoist

    Hollywood Hoist Well-Known Member

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    biscuits Sin from Genesis

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    I remember seeing that a few years ago.....
     
  3. megatroptimus

    megatroptimus Translatorminator

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    God I hope Takara releases that toy one day...
     
  4. PoweredConvoy

    PoweredConvoy Randy of the Allspark

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    #1 in the list of impossible things. :) 

    Randy
     
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    From a history of Transformers perspective, this toy is cool. As an actual released figure that would be on shelves waiting for people to buy? It really sucks.
     
  6. grimlock1972

    grimlock1972 "No Mas" My Wallet

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    This. it would be the very model of a figure that appealed to collectors and likely only a hand full of them. no way they can hope to sell enough to recoup production costs let alone turn a profit.
     
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    ...I would massacre cities to see that room.
     
  8. megatroptimus

    megatroptimus Translatorminator

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    I don't understand why one of the most mythical characters in the Transformers lore would do worse than boring reissues like Skids, Hoist, Trailbreaker. Tons of people jumped on that Armada repaint that only had a retooled head to offer for like twice if not triple the price of the original. Given the choice, I'm sure a lot of those people would have chosen the 100% original vintage mold to complete their G1 collection instead of what is nothing than a bastardized version. 2010 Unicron wasn't meant to be purchased by Average Joe anyway and a real G1 Unicron should have more appeal to collectors than just a repaint from a completely unrelated line just because it's the laziest way to do it. Unless the people not willing to buy one are the same people who constantly complain about $12 deluxes... They can produce highly complex MP figures from scratch. I don't think it would cost THAT much to reverse-engineer a toy so simple.
     
  9. Fort Max

    Fort Max Too many is never enough. Veteran

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    Pretty slick for the time, would have loved it back then. Now? They'd be better off starting from scratch and honouring the original intent behind this toy rather then releasing it as is.
     
  10. blunghole

    blunghole The Tapeworm of Unicron!

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    Personally, I think it would be cool if it were released, but I know I wouldn't buy it. Now if they would release the Beast Wars Neo Unicron, that would be a different story.
     
  11. megatroptimus

    megatroptimus Translatorminator

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    Does that mean that all G1 reissues are pointless since they can do much better toys now? I don't think that's how collectors see things given the number of G1 reissues out there... G1 toys keep getting reissued because of their historical significance, not because they're necessarily all good toys.
     
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    G1 toys already have existing tooling, though. If they want to make re-issues, they just have to fire up the molds and hope they turn a profit. In order to release Unicron, who only exists as a prototype, they would have to produce entirely new molds for a 20+ year old that, honestly, doesn't look very good. The most interesting part of the toy (and it's a part we didn't even knew existed until now), is the authentic Orson Welles voices, and who even knows if they'd still have those.
     
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    Ruination04 8 Years Old Since 1984!

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    I am fine with Armada Unicron as my G1 figure.
     
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    Cool... Reading it now... at work... i am such a lazy guy
     
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    megatroptimus this is why.
     
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    Autovolt 127 Get In The Titan, Prime!

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    ^This except mine is the Energon Black Version. :p 
     
  18. megatroptimus

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    Nope. It's just his opinion. Like I said, if they have no problem developping all-new super complex MP figures, I don't see why they wouldn't want to take a chance reverse-engineering the rarest G1 toy ever, and of a iconic character while at that. G1 sells, and I don't see why it would be any different with this one.
     
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    Are you kidding me? One of the reasons people seemed to skip the reissues are the price. A release of this god awful eyesore would obviously cost even more than the small G1 cars. That's IF it passed the drop test of course. It's not that a number of people wouldn't WANT it, but it could come down to affordability. And of course there's the fact that Has Tak is a company and if they did't think it would market to kids they won't touch it. Toys tha big don't sell as well as the others. Plus for any kid who may want it, what average parent would buy it fo them when there are shelves full of toys under $20 they could have anyway. I'm honestly surprised you'd ask a question like that. And yes G1 sells...poorly. Otherwise we'd have a steady stream of reissues coming down the pipeline instead of "Is Encore Dead?" threads popping up every week.
     
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    turboedguy minibotologist

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    I saw this guy in person at the 2009 Botcon. Behind glass of course.
     

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