Hi there. See, recently, while searching for G1 Cyclonus images, I came across "the" interview with Floro Dery for the first time. I didn't know anything about him, or who he even was, but upon finding the interview, of course I was eager to read first hand info from the "original concept designer" of the movie Transformers, and someone who originally worked on season 1 and 2. Surely bits of wisdom, and unknown tidbits of working behind the scenes would be revealed in this interview! I was so blown away, no, outright disgusted with this interview! Throughout the entire thing, he contradicts himself, dodges simple questions, misunderstands other questions, and appears to simply just not know much about TFs at all, yet is claiming that he "singlehandedly designed the look of the Transformers", then talks about assistants and copying box art, claims he alone is responsible for the movie characters designs, yet acknowledges many people worked on them and changed them, which means the "original concept designs" weren't even used! Jeez, he points that out about 7 times in these intervies and it's all over his site. Immediately I located his website, where I located two other interviews. Surely enough, my original impressions were spot-on. He doesn't appear to even remember much of what he's even demanding credit for. I'll post 3 links to the interviews, for convenience, then I'm going to post specific quotes beneath...this guy really irritates me. I wish I could interview him and try to make some sense out of the guy. My new hobby is ousting Floro Dery as an egomanic fool. Here's the links: http://www.geocities.com/extraordinarypino...ANSFORMERS.html http://members.aol.com/tfencyc/interview_dery.html http://www.geocities.com/extraordinarypino...yInterview.html Here's some direct quotes, and then a response from me: (dery in gray) First, we have: I did not choose comics. It was the only opportunity I had during that time. But I'm very good at it Do I even have to comment on that one? Comics is a difficult profession. It involves a lot of practice, experience, and persistence. Only artists with talent can become comics illustrators Really? Have you ever met Rob Liefeld? ok, more transformer based idiocy: "The Japanese designed the toys and I designed the cartoons for animation based on those toys, but very few of my cartoon designs were based on the toy box art" Yet, then he also claims: "What I do know is that the animation cartoon designs for the first season of the Transformers series came from Japan. I simplified it further and my assistants did the clean-up. Alrighty then. So which is it? The question: Newer characters like Smokescreen, Hoist, and Ramjet, were actually based on repaints of first-season toys (Bluestreak, Trailbreaker, and Starscream, in this case). I'm especially curious about your decision to go with the "conehead" look for Ramjet, since the toy instructions don't actually tell you to transform him that way. I did not deliberately change the second season characters from the first. Usually, aside from the above reasons, any artist who designs something over and over again, by time, his/her work will become different. And about Ramjet, he had a "conehead" because he is a jet. It is the front, pointed part of the jet. It is the result of the transformation, from a jet to a robot. Too frustrated to reply. If there was box art, then I would copy it. But most of the time I based my animation designs on the toys. And of course it is easier to copy box art, than to base a design on a toy. You have to use dramatic staging and exaggeration. But I thought the first season animation designs were finished and you simplified them? And ooooo, dramatic staging and exaggeration! How professional you are! For the Transformers series, the Japanese were the designers of the toys. For the Transformers movie, I am the designer of the toys. I was not told that the characters I designed in the movie would become toys. Sigh. My original design for Cyclonus has fixed wings. When it is transformed into robot mode, the wings can be folded. The Japanese toy engineers probably could not figure out my design because Hasbro never communicated with me.So, the engineers probably made the wings detachable because they had difficulty figuring out how to transform it. What Hasbro came up with is an additional flight mode for space travel to justify it. Yeah, I'm sure those Japanese ENGINEERS had a hard time figuring out your designs. Conceited son of a ... Hasbro had no input and never communicated with me. I wasn't even involved in any meetings at Marvel studios. I did it all by myself, without anyone else's input. Everyone else just picked up on my designs. How is that even possible? Is he saying he wrote the entire movie and came up with every idead, concept and story in it? Because if Marvel "had no input into what he was doing" then that is exactly what he is saying. I have two version of Autobot City. The first one was not used because it was too big and too complicated for animation. It looked like a hand that closed and opened. This was my most beautiful design, my masterpiece. I initially wanted to post it on my web site, but someone wanted to use it for free in a movie. Thus, I didn't post it. For the second one, I used New York City as my model. The producer wanted me to model my design after the toy. I got lazy and didn't want to change my design anymore, so I just added some parts similar to the toy on top of my original design to accommodate the producer. Yeah, I'm sure a hand-shaped city was too big and hard to animate. Hello??? UNICRON?!?!?! IDIOT! No one liked the hand, THAT'S why it wasn't used! Get over yourself! No, Unicron is my own original concept design. Even the planet transforming into a robot is my original idea. That's why my credit in the movie is original concept designer. Maybe Takara copied my design because a lot of fans wanted a Unicron toy Again, he's trying to claim that he wrote the ideas and direction of the film. I'm 100% certain someone asked him to design a transforming planet, I mean, that's what the whole damn movie is centered around! Come on! I did not leave the show. After I finished the movie I was laid off by Marvel Studios. Since, I dominated the show and "I became the Transformers", they probably had to get rid of me. I created too many designs, that they no longer needed me. Or maybe because no one wanted to be around you. I just came up with appropriate designs with minimal input from them. Wait, I thought you did it with NO input from them. God you suck; Floro. There's a couple of things I need to point out. He seems to be misunderstanding the difference of "creator" and "designer." He keeps referring to all this as though he created it all himself, but he didn't, he just drew something that already existed, or in the case of the movie, someone told him to, which means he "interpreted' someone's idea, and designed the visual aspect. He didn't write the freakin' movie, people came to him and said "we need two new jet transformers, a planet transformer, a decepticon leader," etc. Then he drew what they requested. He gets so hung up on "I drew the designs, but then the studios and comics just copied those..." yet, all he did for season 1 and 2 was copy and interpret already existing characters! It's the same thing! It's so ridiculous for him to complain that the movie comic artist "just copied his designs". DUHH!! They were drawing a film adaptation! Were they supposed to re-design the look of the characters? WTF! If 1 person draws a picure, then 7 other people change it before it's used, then you are not singlehandedly responsible for the movie design. For someone who is so proud of his degrees, he really misses very basic, simple concepts. After reading how this guy thinks, it's no wonder no one wanted him at the studio! Jeez! All day he was probably walking around telling people how great he was, going to people's desks and pointing out "I designed that" and talking about his degrees. I was going to cut and paste all the conceited remarks about himself, but you can read the interviews for that. Just one more, then I'm done for now. The question: I've got a few specific questions from the episodes themselves. In the first episode, before the characters crashed on Earth, we got to see a few of their Cybertronic vehicle forms, which naturally looked nothing like the vehicle modes they would later turn into on Earth. Their robot modes never changed, though--Jazz always had Porsche headlights on his chest, for example. Do you know why the characters we saw on Cybertron didn't have different-looking robot forms to match their Cybertronic vehicle modes? FD: The vehicle mode were given different styles in order to blend in with the environment on Earth. The robot wasn't changed because it is still alien. A robot stays a robot. Again, COULD YOU PLEASE ANSWER THE QUESTION????