Do you prefer you TFs blocky or sleek?

Discussion in 'Transformers General Discussion' started by kurochan_24, Jul 18, 2019.

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What design do you prefer?

  1. Blocky

    31 vote(s)
    33.7%
  2. Sleek

    16 vote(s)
    17.4%
  3. Who cares, as long as I like the characters

    30 vote(s)
    32.6%
  4. Who cares, as long as a great toy can be made out of it

    15 vote(s)
    16.3%
  1. kurochan_24

    kurochan_24 Well-Known Member

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    Just a question. Do you prefer you TF characters blocky like those designed in the 80's or the modern designs where they get to almost gundam-like features. Is it in general or specific preference like a stealthy character or sports car alt mode should be sleek as opposed to tank like characters?

    Discuss.
     
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    Can't we have a mixture of both? Or some more blocky while some are sleek?
     
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  3. kurochan_24

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    Say, forgot to think of that. You have any character in mind that would look great in that?
     
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    G1 Optimus Prime kind of has that look to him, sleek in minor spots, abs, thighs, blocky in more main parts, upper torso, arms, lower legs.

    I'm thinking more of the animation, and more recent toy incarnations, not the original toy.
     
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    Blockiness is a core feature of transformer design since the beginning and at the very least angularity is part of the basic aesthetic. Heftier proportions tend to make for less panels necessary to become something, too. So if I have to pick, that's what I'd pick. I say this as a huge fan of Beast Wars which certainly didn't involve many blocky transformers, at least not in a strict interpretation.

    That said, it really depends on the character and mostly the toy itself. A sleek car turning into a chunky robot or vice versa is cool contrast, too.
     
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  6. Grimlock King

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    Hmm. Good question. I can't say really which I prefer. I do like the version 2.0 TF Masterpieces - Optimus Prime, seekers, and Datsun brothers because they have a "blocky" look with detailed panels (which I grew to love). But I like media/screen accuracy and the version 3.0 TF Masterpieces offers that like the new Megatron(v2) and Sunstreaker. It's funny though because I don't know how I feel about them not having detailed panels and such. Weird because I also love screen accuracy. I'm looking forward to getting Hound more than v3 Optimus Prime. But my mind wonders how Hound would look if the same engineering team created one from the version 2.0s that made the Datsun brothers and Sideswipe.
     
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  7. SPLIT LIP

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    Both, whatever fits the character most.
     
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    I have to say that I definitely lean towards the more modern/sleek look for the characters and toys.
    Even a character like Optimus who's G1 alt mode is basically a square box with the legs bent back can be made to look not so boxy thanks to clever modern engineering. If they had attempted something like that in the 80s the toy would've cost $1000 ( I exaggerate but you get what I'm saying)
     
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    A bit of both. I'm mostly oriented towards the Generations designs, but sometimes I like the Prime/RiD15 ones depending on the character.

    A good example of blocky: Soundwave. He's very rectangular, chunky and cubish, but he always wears it so well.
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    A good example of sleek: Fracture, he's got sleek, sharp lines and a thinner design.
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    A good example of mixed: RB Blurr, he's got a lot of rectangles, but he's more slim and lithe.
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    I prefer blocky, although that's a bit of a misnomer. The toys themselves were rarely "blocky" if they transformed into vehicles (objects like tape decks and microscopes were another thing). It was the media that often portrayed them as such.

    What I don't want is for my Transformers to look like Zoid wannabes.
     
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    Man, I forgot how much I love Marvel Comics' Galvatron's design.

    We need an MP of this stat.
     
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    I'll take a scoop from column A, and a scoop from column B.
     
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    Blocky for me. Simpler designs tend to appeal to me more-so those that are more intricate.
     
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    Honorbound Bayverse Optimus was in the right.

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    Whatever's not blocky like old G1. I prefer a Beast Wars-style curved, Guyver-esque aesthetic, but I won't turn my nose up at some Unicron Trilogy super robot designs.
     
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    We're in agreement!
     
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    I'm gonna have to state these 3 options since i only got 1 vote choice so here's my 3 i want to pick. I say the bottom 2 as well cause to me i love the blocky look. I also like to make sure the character calls for a certain look and you just don't make it blocky when it doesn't call for it or else it's stupid looking and ruins it. Like say you have this G1 character that needs both smooth and blocky,well you need to do both to make him look right and do justice. So I'm a little of all 3 of these choices. Like in the very beginning when i first started transformers back in 02',...I couldn't be told other wise and there just wasn't any convincing me. So now as I've gotten older ive felt different about certain designs. I feel at that time i was stupid and just didn't open my mind to different things but now I'm open. I try and look at all aspects of the figure. I never in a million years would have ever thought about buying a optimal optimus prime but now i do. I love that figure but back in 02' i could never be convinced other wise.. So i look and listen and watch to make my final judgement.

    1.Blocky - G1 look i love
    2.Who carez,as long as i like the characters.cares
    3.Who cares, as long as a great toy can be made out of it
     
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    Variety.
     
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    I'm with those that say it depends on the character. No body shaming on Cybertron!
     
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