MMC Reformatted Calidus (HotRod)

Discussion in 'Transformers 3rd Party Discussion' started by Chaddicus, Jul 17, 2016.

  1. godotislate

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    I think it's a pity that MMC didn't pick it up, but can kind of understand the business ramifications of producing that large of a mold that only has low-visibility characters. (I also can't abide the canisters on the crotch that look like testicles, so whoever produces it should definitely change those!)

    Back to this mold, I'm kind of wondering whether MMC decided to go with a different Kultur design once they upscaled Anarchus, since that would mean that either Rodimus would be way too big or Tarn too small.
     
  2. LazyAza

    LazyAza MMC Schmuck

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    Already considered internally as they weren't happy with how the cassy tarn design was looking and the public outcry over the render solidified that decision. That full render of cassy's original was never meant to be shown to the mass public, just the head, but then it was and that was that. I had no idea the calidus design was so old though so huh I guess it was always going to be a reuse for cassy's now dead kultur design lol. Thankfully its a way way better use for it.

    Them switching designers for a new tarn was also on top of them having already decided to not use cassy's vos design either, and boy I tell ya, I've seen it and its real bad. I can certainly see how that and the tarn swap out lead to Anarchus being handed over to the same guy from day 1 who did the lovely v2 Cyn n Kult designs we know and love today.

    Cassy does some great engineering work but aesthetically he's always been very divisive so its gonna be nice to have a bit more variety due to different designers with the reform stuff going forward.
     
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    I'm looking forward to the new pictures. I'm really hoping they've done some work on the face sculpt.what you can see in those photos above doesn't look a lot like Rodimus' face.although that could just be the photos.
     
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    That's great to hear!
     
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    I hope that group who did IDW Thunderwing bought it. Based on him, they would do a pretty good job with that design and size.
     
  6. Robogeek28

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    Very true, I love their Thunderwing.
     
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    Any news on when this baby is coming out? How tall is he?
     
  8. LazyAza

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    Hey doods. I heard you wanted some Calidus photos.

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    Ahhh my boy is so beautiful. Pre order will be live within the next few hours.
     
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    :jawdropper:  Thanks for the pics! Any chance we can get some official and unoffical comparison pics?
     
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    Damn, that looks amazing, good calls on the coloring LazyAza. Hope I can afford him when its eventually out.
     
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    Kind of a hotdog with mustard color scheme but still better than orange all over!
     
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    These are the official product photos that will be used on site listings so no. You'll have to wait until he's released or a pre production sample starts making the rounds with reviewers/photographers in the next few weeks/months. But he's the same general voyager-ish size as most of the reform stuff always is.
     
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    Wow! He's looking much better now. Captures most of what I have in my mind as the IDW Hot Rod. Definitely want this along with their Megs.
     
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    Yeah, better but still not good enough.
     
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    Oh sorry I meant with 30th Springer or Maketoys Tailgate and the like. Thanks for the explnation.
     
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    No smirk? Not even a subtle smile?

    Probably getting this though, don't make a habit of buying 3rd party (the worry of falling down another rabbit hole nothing personal) but Hasbro have never impressed me with Rodimus and I still plan on picking up MP Hot Rod eventually but even Takara have been pretty rough with him.

    Plus I'm only even looking at an MP Hot Rod in my hypothetically minimal collection thanks to IDW so might as well go with the right one.
     
  18. LazyAza

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    Are you referring to the colors or the mold itself? Because the palette is specifically sampled from the comics and has specific additions to make it further look like the comic design as much as possible that I was pretty insistent about.

    Cassy's designs are what they are so I did the best with what I had to work with. I also would have liked to see some further mold tweaks to the design to make it more comic faithful but that simply wasn't an option at the point in which I got involved. He is what he is and I think plenty of people will be happy to make this guy their idw rod regardless. :) 
     
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  19. lordcryotek

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    Potential future upgrade set for haters? I dig it, though.
     
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    Great job coloring up Roddy, Lazy!

    If the preorder window is not too crazy like Tarn's then I will certainly get my PO locked in.

    Now since I like bringing some of my figures to restaurants, cafes and various spots around town, I hope I'll keep my cool and won't be all condescending if say I was at McD's, someone asks me which Happy Meal I ordered so they can receive Roddy too...
     

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