Evolution of G1 Megatron: Microman design, toy package art, Marvel/Sunbow model...

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  1. Nevermore

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    So with the Hasbro briefing binder Jim Sorenson posted, I had new material for an ongoing project of mine: Documenting the evolution of G1 Megatron's design.

    For this I used the early Microman toy design, the G1 package art and a myriad versions of the Marvel/Sunbow character model, including the version depicted in the Transformers Universe profile book series. Note that this isn't actually a linear evolution. We're talking about several people copying and modifying each others' designs, sometimes not carrying over a change or making an error that did get carried over (it seems Megatron lost his crotch detailing that way), so in reality there probably were some dead ends.

    The "Head 20% bigger" note is actually listed next to the "revised Marvel model" in the Hasbro briefing binder, but since the Marvel TFU model appears to be older (bigger toes, intact crotch detailing), I placed it there instead.

    I included the Jeff Anderson comic panel just for completeness's sake, since it has the intact crotch detailing but has the fusion cannon from the animation model (minus the round button on top of it) in the exact same position (oddly, it's also lacking the ridge on the barrel on Megatron's back and the stripe detailing on his lower chest).

    The Good Bye Megatron package art has a redrawn hand, hence I included it for completeness's sake. The same applies to the Action Master Megatron package art and the Studio Ox model.

    I'm so glad that all these images are in such similar poses.

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    As Walky said the other day: Man, whose idea was it to give the fusion cannon a handle? That makes the hand even more useless. Thank god it got dropped.
     
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    is it bad that my fav is the action master
     
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    this is very cool! thanks for posting!
     
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    Nice info.
     
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    you need early marvel UK gold shirt megs in there :) 
     
  6. Nevermore

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    Was he any different aside from the color?
     
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    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    not really actually, but the g1 box art reminds me of where they reference him from.
     
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    I would love a toy of that original proto type.
     
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    Thanks for the pics.

    G1 Megs is the best!
     
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    Great stuff, Nevermore. G1 Megatron's one of my all time favourite TFs, so this is especially interesting to me. If you need any scans/photos of the Microchange MC-13 UNCLE (which I'm sure you already know was the version of the mould used for G1 Megatron) box or instructions give me a shout.
    It's the little things that interest me; stuff like the repositioning of Megatron's arm from the original MC-13 art so that it would fit better on the G1 box. Inconsequential to many, but I think stuff like that is fascinating.
     
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    Solrac333 G1 got it right!

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    Very cool. I always liked how they took the toy and then made the animated design look much better. While Gobots just used the toy design and animated that. Which is part of the reason why I think Transformers beats Gobots. (I like both Gobots and Transformers).

    Imagine if Transformers just animated the toy designs.
     
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    Strange, I was thinking about this just a few days ago... It would have looked a bit strange.
     
  13. Nevermore

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    Depends. Optimus Prime would have worked pretty well, as Will Simpson's Marvel UK artwork shows:
     

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    I never realized how awful the action master art is. He looks like a midget. I don't mean just in height, but in proportions.
     
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    I kinda like the Studio Ox one.
    But the handle on the fusion canon- that sounds rather intriguing!
     
  16. Nevermore

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    SHUT UP! Action Master Megatron's package art is GLORIOUS!
     
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    awesome info great to see all of that collected together.
     
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    I agree the studio Ox pic looks awesome
     
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    Great rundown of Megatron's evolution Nevermore. Thanks for posting.
     

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