has updated his blog
with concept art for Transformers Prime Ironhide
! Christiansen actually came up with this design over a year before Transformers Prime
footage was shown at SDCC.
Now that the Cyberverse toy is out, Christiansen has posted 2 images of his Ironhide design, showing Ironhide in vehicle and robot modes. Here's what he had to say:
"As always, the way my brain works, I want the vehicle completed first. I want to see the vehicle cues, and get a sense of weight, that can be translated into robot form and characterization. And colors of course. I turned it in originally all red, (G1 all the way, baby!) but feedback suggested all black to match the current movie version. I may have done all black with the yellow and red stripe, but then Archer suggested a two-tone look, and that sealed it! What a great idea, and I have seen it used since on other versions of Ironhide.
I'm super proud of this design - I think it captures G1, with Movie, and a sense of something new. Of course, I had help, with Aaron Archer's input, and my man crush Eric Siebenaler at Hasbro was directing me on this project, he took the legs of one of my designs, and combined it with the torso of another drawing I'd done, and outlined the movie style gauntlet guns, and did a quick redesign of the gut, and gave it that cool shape where the Autobot emblem sits. Then I took that image, and painted it out, and that's what you see above.
See the Ironhide concept art for yourself, after the jump!