The *Definitive* Sunbow Scale Chart

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  1. tekering

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    There were plenty of scale charts produced by Sunbow for The Transformers TV series and feature film, and most can be found online -- albiet in extremely low-resolution form, scanned from old photocopies or photographed under less-than-ideal conditions. It was my intention to reproduce this data in much greater detail, and in a single comprehensive image for ease of reference. Here is the result of my efforts, involving several hours of meticulous scanning, resizing, and clean-up:

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    Link to the full 7K resolution image (warning, it's massive!)


    First, a sort of pre-emptive FAQ:

    1. How can you claim your own work to be "definitive?"

    I have done no secondary research, second-guessing relative scales based on animation footage or other sources; I have merely reproduced the characters exactly as they appeared in all the available reference charts. Therefore, this work is above reproach, and not open to fan interpretation.

    2. How can you call this "definitive," when [my favorite G1 character] is missing?

    As it was my intention to reproduce the original scale charts, only characters depicted in archive materials are presented here. None of the Season 2 combiner teams, for instance, appear on any of the available scale charts, and a large portion of the Season 3 cast is absent.

    3. How come [my favorite G1 character] appears to be a different scale in [my favorite G1 episode]?

    Given episodes were being produced for syndication by at least four different studios simultaneously, inconsistencies are bound to crop up from episode to episode (or indeed, within the same episode, with poorly-drawn animation becoming more and more common as the series progressed). The reason these charts were produced to begin with was as a means of avoiding such problems, but there's not much you can do when a studio like AKOM is responsible for the bulk of your animation.

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    4. Why have you included modern Hasbro labels for toy size classes?

    Why not? I designated a specific color for each reference line for clarity, and figured the lines ought to be labeled as well. You can judge your Classics, Universe, Generations, or Masterpiece figures accordingly.

    5. Do I have your permission to use this image elsewhere?

    I don't have the authority to tell you what to do with this work; this is not based on any calculations I have done, nor is any of the artwork mine to use. If anyone deserves credit, it's Flory Dery (who did most of the character design artwork) and Jim Sorenson (who gathered and published as much archive material as he could manage).

    I should also acknowledge Cobalt Agent's contribution, having gathered most of the existing scans into a single post a few years back.

    If this thread belongs in a different section of the forum, my apologies; I wasn't quite sure what to do with it. :eek: 
     
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    Very helpful. Saved for future reference.
     
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    awesome.
     
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    This is so amazingly good!!!
     
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    Love it! Downloaded and saved.
     
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    Isn't the "definitive" scale artist whim?
     
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    Wow, thanks for doing that!

    I didn't realize Springer was so much bigger than his pals.
     
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    Possibly, but it is (or is based on) the whim of the artist(s) charged with creating a document other artists are meant to use as a guide.
     
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    I know this is a huge request, but im gonna throw it out there anyways: if someone is bored and has some free time on their hands, can he/she help me put names to these figures.

    I love me some Transformers, but I'm more of GI Joe collector than anything else. I'm unsure as to who many of the characters on this chart are, but this chart would be incredibly useful when setting up my TF collection.....I just need to know who's who!
     
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    Here you go. There are two near the bottom that I don't know. http://www.pictureshack.us/images/72892_sunbow_scaleWITHNAMES.jpg
     
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    thanks you so much, Bountyan, I can't tell you how much I appreciate it!
     
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    :lol  This is one of the best posts since ever.
     
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    :thumb This is pretty cool.
     
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    Lol Sunbow and scale.

    But yeah this is a pretty awesome G1 scale chart. Love it!
     
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    Wow look at Trypticon. He could stomp on Omega Supreme
     
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    Great work, Bountyan. Let me help you fill those holes:

    Weirdwolf's Headmaster is named Monzo.
    Chromedome's Headmaster is named Stylor.
    Cerebros' Headmaster is Spike Witwicky.
    Spike's father (top left) is called Sparkplug.

    Oh, and you've got Grapple and Inferno reversed. :p 
     
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    Wow ... this is so impressive. Thank you for this!
     
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    Hey Man, this is fantastic.

    Could I make a follow up request. I believe that there is some way to do this in excel but I am not sure.

    What I am thinking is a comparison interactive chart. Basically it would have all the of the names of the characters and you can select 2, 3, 4, etc names from drop downs and then it only shows those characters and no other character.

    This way if you wanted to see Megatron next Optimus you could. I believe I got an e-mail a bunch of years ago with super models where you chose a name and it showed the picture.

    So I wonder if that is possible.
     
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    Excel? That sounds like something better suited to a Java applet... you know, an interactive Web page.
    I certainly don't have the necessary programming skills, but it's a great idea nonetheless.
     

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