Discussion in 'Transformers News and Rumors' started by aniline, Feb 16, 2013.
That thing is a blast from the past. Planned for release in 2001, cancelled with the rest of Beast Machines and then finally released in the Robots in Disguise line. It must be a packaged prototype from back when, probably from a collector who recently sold it and the new owner is posting in package pics.
Rare look at an unreleased toy, though, which is nice.
I love how the bio makes it sound like "MEGATRON MEGABOLT" is his actual name.
And knowing Hasbro marketing back at the day they would've totally called him MEGATRON MEGABOLT in the show.
Well that's neat. I knew it was planned for Beast Machines, but I've never seen it in the intended packaging before.
Interesting. It seemed Hasbro either prepared this guy before the toyline was cancelled, or as a last-ditch effort to save the toyline before RID came into the picture. And for some reason, this works better. The Megabolt prefix is a bit much, but hey, we've seen worse.
Air Attack Optimus Primal and Bruticus (RID) were too planned for beast machines, wonder if there were any package photos of them???
Woah cool. box is as good as new, too! Have these been seen in Beast Machines packaging before? Makes me wonder how a Japanese collector got their hands on such a rarity.
I have a sample toy of this one for the Beast Machine line. It's missing the gold paint on the head. And i can't find the copyright stamp. Where should it be?
Cool stuff! I guess I never realized how precisely the same the decos were between the BM and RID versions. I can have no qualms now about displaying the RID version in my BM area.
Besides Air Attack Primal, Bruticus, and this, what other cancelled BM toys are there?
As much as everyone hated this toyline, it is nice to see Megabolt in his original intended packaging where he belonged.
He was a great toy, if only a bit out of scale. Still makes a great alternate head for Brave Maximus, though.
I distinctly remember having this figure. It was released in the US near the end of the line.
Whoa! Shweet old BM times. SO far tyhis is one of awesome figure. At first I passed on it since I didn't like the idea of a Head Alt Mode, but after the advice of some friends here I looked for it. It took me weeks to find one, and I have to say that this is agreat great figure in both mode with a very creative gimmick.
You might be remembering the RiD version, which looked 95% the same as this and was released through KB Toys about a year after the line finished?
I have the RID version in hand which is then called just Megabolt. He's loose,missing his missile & a couple tabs are snapped but can still transform from robot to spider head and back and I like em!
My comp is bein dumb right now and won't let me upload a pic...
I always loved Megabolts design, it's nice to see it as it was originally intended too.
Not so much a cancelled figure but the dexluxe sized Prime originally had a punching gimmick on the arm. You lifted it up, it clicked into position then you pushed the button on the shoulder to make it punch. It was removed in a favour of just a spring loaded arm. You can still see the original version on the box packaging
I own a couple of protos of it, see below
I like how the packaging implies the Spider-walker-head is a robot mode, and the bipedal form, the beast mode.
Man, that deluxe Primal is still ugly, but the prototype's punch would have been nice.
Still it goes to show that with only a year between the first Primal and Megabolt, the toy designs really leaped ahead. It would have been interesting to have seen what Hasbro would have put out next if Beast Machines had been popular.
Odd, nobody said "Chip!" yet. ^^' Cool finding! I am curious about that Rattrap at the back of the packaging. I dont like BM toys but that one looks ..fun. ^^
Thanks for sharing the pics with us!
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