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Fall of Cybertron Bruticus Toy Designer Lenny Panzica Interview

Posted on 02-11-2012 at 04:52 PM by Sol Fury under Generations / Classics
Bruticus
You've seen the previous pictures including the at-show pictures from Toy Fair 2012 - now go behind the scenes of the creation of Fall of Cybertron Bruticus - the toy - in this interview between Hasbro's Lenny Panzica, lead designer on the Fall of Cybertron Generations line and Kotaku. There's a lot of great information about the design process of bringing the big guy to life as a toy including the original intention to make a "Predaking sized" combiner of the Combaticons! Check it out here!

As a bonus, the interview also comes with clearer, full resolution shots of the five Combaticons in both their modes and Bruticus. You've seen these pictures before - they're just clearer and uncropped here.
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Swindle-Robot
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Vortex-Copter
Vortex-Robot
soymonk
Man, even if I somehow don't get all of the Combaticons, that Blast Off looks ace!
Yaujta
I don't like combiners, but this will be bought on sight. Just love the aesthetic, and the fact that no Unicron's or Primus' were hurt in the making of this piece.
Sarrow
Just can't like the vehicle modes, but the bot modes look awesome! Not too sure about bruticus' arms.....
Doug
I like this Bruticus.
Megatron_91
Awesome I'm totally gonna try and get this guy.

Am I the only one who noticed Starscream wearing his coronation crown in one of the screen shots they had. (He's on a screen behind onslaught)
Meggamus
When it says "five deluxe figures", does it mean all five in one or are the five deluxes sold seperatly and you gotta buy them one by one??
shumworld
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Originally Posted by Yaujta View Post
I don't like combiners, but this will be bought on sight. Just love the aesthetic, and the fact that no Unicron's or Primus' were hurt in the making of this piece.
It took me awhile to figure out what you meant by this comment. I chuckled once I did.
Kaijumaster
combined mode needs better pictures to grow on me, and I still am not thrilled with Vortex color scheme, but the individual modes are all phenominal and will be purchased!
MegaHavok
Limbs are interchangeable? Well there is something none of the 3rd party combiners can do eh?
SMOG
There's something that has been bothering me about Vortex, and I just sort of realized that it's a collection of issues.

Obviously, the colours feel wrong. I know why they changed his palette, but it still looks off... ugly even.

His propellers are actually really short. It makes a slightly dubious chopper mode look more dubious.

And about that alt mode... on the one hand, I like the fact that they are keeping close to the original alt-modes of the Combaticons. On the other hand, in terms of being a "Cybertronian helicopter", I can't help feeling that his design is a bit unimaginative. It's just an Earth chopper profile with more tech detail stuck on top. It would have been interesting to see them play with that design a bit more, while still retaining some kind of rotor dynamic... since these guys clearly are NOT Earth vehicles.

So yeah, that's just a minor quibble. Overall I'm pretty excited about these, and about what it may suggest for the future.

zmog
NLWprime
these toys will become my holy grails for the fall of 2012. will will be looking high and low for these on the shelves
Kaijumaster
people can complain about BBTS prices all they want, I am SO ordering these boys ahead of time!
Sol Fury
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Originally Posted by Meggamus View Post
When it says "five deluxe figures", does it mean all five in one or are the five deluxes sold seperatly and you gotta buy them one by one??
Five individual Deluxes, in a "collect them all to form the Mighty Bruticus" style.

I'd imagine Japan will get them as a giftset down the road. Who knows, there might be a Costco or TRU exclusive Bruticus giftset in this too.
mugen_prime
I hope that these are more like the colors we'll actually be getting (except Vortex). The colors on the toy fair one look horrible. Vortex's colors are just wrong on both of them.
dragon
like combined, & basic bot modes would have been better if combined mode thighs where little bit blukier looking
Transbot90210
So he is self contained AND a true scamble city combiner. NIIICE.
Starfire22
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Originally Posted by Transbot90210 View Post
So he is self contained AND a true scamble city combiner. NIIICE.
+1
Kaijumaster
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Originally Posted by Sol Fury View Post
Five individual Deluxes, in a "collect them all to form the Mighty Bruticus" style.

I'd imagine Japan will get them as a giftset down the road. Who knows, there might be a Costco or TRU exclusive Bruticus giftset in this too.
I think thats a very safe assumption.
Astronut
Nice little tidbit from the designer, who wanted this to be Predaking sized originally:
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In the future I think I'll get my Predaking size figure.
mmmmmmm, classics voyager combiners

oh, and:
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And he's only the beginning of what Jerry Jivoin, Hasbro's global brand marketing director for Transformers, said will be a much larger line than War for Cybertron. Will we see a toy of Autobot fan-favorite Dinobot, Grimlock? He wasn't ready to say, but Bruticus is too big a threat to leave unanswered.
charsdc2
Vortex's colors are totally off, he's supposed to be grey!
Atlas42
^ holy fuck, i hate Vortex's colour scheme so much.
[Wing_Saber-X]
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Originally Posted by MegaHavok View Post
Limbs are interchangeable? Well there is something none of the 3rd party combiners can do eh?
^Well, just like G1 eh?
Icespark
Bruticus is Scramble City? He looks and sounds even more awesome than before!

Also, why is Starscream wearing a crown in that one screenshot? Does that pertain to the story?
Jersey_Steel
It's funny that Lenny moved into Transformers design, cool knowing we went to school and played football together.
Destroya51
Are they selling Bruticus separately, or in one whole pack?
General Tekno
Separately. His component parts are Wave 2.
prime326
Those figures look gorgeous. Blast off is pure win
tom servo
Does the interview explain why Bruticus looks like shit?
SMOG
It's really not much of an interview. Most of the article seems to be the author providing a geek's eye account of who the Combaticons are in the G1 canon. Unless I'm missing something, there's almost nothing interesting being said.

zmog
Astronut
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Originally Posted by SMOG View Post
It's really not much of an interview. Most of the article seems to be the author providing a geek's eye account of who the Combaticons are in the G1 canon. Unless I'm missing something, there's almost nothing interesting being said.

zmog
Here's a real interview
http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transf...-bruticus.html
big hank
It's cool to learn he will be Scramble-City style, with any limb bot working in any limb capacity. I still wish he had add on feet and fists, for aesthetic's sake. But a "perfect" TFing scramble-city gestalt is a great engineering feat.
Squints
Does that really mean Scramble City-style limbs? Because if so...holy hell, consider my excitement easily doubled for this guy.
Meggamus
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Originally Posted by Sol Fury View Post
Five individual Deluxes, in a "collect them all to form the Mighty Bruticus" style.

I'd imagine Japan will get them as a giftset down the road. Who knows, there might be a Costco or TRU exclusive Bruticus giftset in this too.
Oh awesome , I like the sound I that
SouthtownKid
I haven't collected individual combiner limbs since RiD Rail Racer. Kind of nostalgic. Takes me back.
ZacWilliam
People have spotted what look like they might be extra fists on Brawl and Swindle in ASMs pics so the Scramble Cityness might be true.

With all the new Toy Fair pics I think Brawl, Swindle, Onslaught, and Vortex all look really good as Bruticus. It's only Blast Offs arm that looks really off. And in a good number of pictures I think it looks noticeably longer than Vortex's. Which makes me think it's likely to be miss transformed.

-ZacWilliam, definately looking forward to it.
Oktoberfest
An American lead designer might explain the more than underwhelming execution of what still is a genius idea (g1 inspired combiners and characters).
Most figures of the Fall of Cybertron line look like crap and transform into a pile of uninspired futuristic pile of randomly generated "something" with wheels.
Rexidus
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Originally Posted by ZacWilliam View Post
People have spotted what look like they might be extra fists on Brawl and Swindle in ASMs pics so the Scramble Cityness might be true.
One of the recently posted interviews (either Kotaku but I think Game Informer) 100% confirmed that each limb is interchangeable. You could have a Bruticus with 4 Brawls or any other combination.
Bahamut Prime
I smell kickass entertainment from this guy!
Sonscreen
That's cool how he originally wanted Predaking size. I like the head sculpt, and the scramble city style combination. I want to see how articulated the big guy will be.
juise
Am I late to the game with this Blastoff comparison?

big hank
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Originally Posted by Ryoku View Post
One of the recently posted interviews (either Kotaku but I think Game Informer) 100% confirmed that each limb is interchangeable. You could have a Bruticus with 4 Brawls or any other combination.
All the more reason to buy a couple of each limb bot, lol!

I hope if they continue with deluxe combiners they utilize they same connection port as these FoC Combaticons.

Then we could have some real scramble city combiner battles! Makes me feel like a young lad back in the '80s again just thinking about it!
Megabattimus
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Originally Posted by juise View Post
Am I late to the game with this Blastoff comparison?

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Z.../serenity1.jpg
Ok, now I REALLY need to buy two Bruticuses.
David Hingtgen
IMHO interchangeable limbs make for inferior appearance/molds. They should have been 'dedicated'. Imagine if Mad Blender had to form an arm...
sleter
quote from article "The four remaining characters will have the traditional robot and vehicle forms, with the added ability to transform into any of Bruticus' limbs, all without relying on extraneous toy bits "
does that mean any one of the robot can be the feet or hand?
also, does anyone know roughly how big the Bruticus combined will be?
Stepper
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Originally Posted by Meggamus View Post
When it says "five deluxe figures", does it mean all five in one or are the five deluxes sold seperatly and you gotta buy them one by one??
Hopefully it will be a giftset rather than individual deluxe piece.
Prime Jetscream
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Originally Posted by soymonk View Post
Man, even if I somehow don't get all of the Combaticons, that Blast Off looks ace!
What about the new one?
RedAlert Rescue
I've still not bothered to watch Firefly after I realised most of the cast are people I got bored silly with on shows like Angel... Probably should but I still can't think of a reason to give it my time yet even though I own it on DVD I just can't be bothered to watch it. It looks like Red Dwarf only even less funny or Andromeda with less endearing hokeyness. And that bloke who does 3rd Rate videogame character voices is in it too.
The F.N.G.
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Originally Posted by sleter View Post
does that mean any one of the robot can be the feet or hand?
also, does anyone know roughly how big the Bruticus combined will be?
Yes, it's been confirmed that Brawl, Swindle, Vortex, and Blast Off will be able to become any of Bruticus' limbs. As for height, I'm not certain. A foot, maybe?

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Originally Posted by Stepper View Post
Hopefully it will be a giftset rather than individual deluxe piece.
Confirmed single-card, though all 5 are in the same case assortment together.

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