Transformers Generations 2020 book Shogo Hasui interview translation Part 1 & 2

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  1. Shin Densetsu

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    From what he said in the interview, the design time being cut in half is why the figure was based on the Classics figure. He didn’t mention the Classics figure specifically but it’s the only 1 with the transformation that matches for the most part.
     
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    Cool man! Now Mr Hasui....about that (true) MP Mini line :cool: :D 
     
  3. Shin Densetsu

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    Planned obsolescence? I doubt it. I think more than likely other designs may have taken priority…for example, allocate half the dev time to Starscream to free up more dev time on designs like Snapdragon, Doubledealer, Scorponok, et al.
     
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    Great interview and thanks for the translation!
     
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    Thanks for the translation work!

    That was a great read, Shogo Hasui is a badass. It's crazy how Studio Series Devastator happened the way it did. :O
     
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    Come on man. Do you REALLY doubt planned obsolescence at this point? We've gone from seeing the Dinobots done and then redone a few years later to seeing pretty much every character redone one year later. People were pissed that Earthrise was basically Seige but more Earthy. (Not me, because I was in for Cybertronian versions of everyone, but MANY people felt duped)

    This franchise is arguably about planned obsolescence.

    Anyway, Starscream is a 'flagship' character. They're GOING to release a new one in the next few years. The only question is how "geewun" will it be.
     
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    I think Hasbro understands they can’t do the “upgraded character 12 months later” thing like they did with WFC.

    There is certainly room for an improved G1 Optimus and Starscream but if it happens next year, it would fail. “Better” versions will show up, just not immediately. It’s been leaked/officially stated that Hasbro is moving away from early G1.
     
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    ...while also starting a brand new Studio Series 86 line that slavishly renders G1 characters? Anyway, Starscream is only "early G1" in that he was there from the start, but he was featured more prominently after the movie than most of the Movie characters -- he had like three focal-point episodes in season 3. Hell, he (as his G1 self) even had a featured episode in Beast Wars, a completely different cartoon that came out over a decade later! If ANYBODY can slip the "early G1" net it's this dude.

    I'm not saying they'll do it next year. Maybe in the third year of the next trilogy. But let's be real here... they did a Voyager class G1 starscream in three consecutive years, so they're not scared to do that, and none of those is 'definitive' in the way that the other WfC Trilogy "iconic characters" figures feel (Optimus, Seige Megatron, Earthrise Soundwave, Netflix Bumblebee, and arguably the Datsun Bros). If the Seige version's super-articulated, dynamic, sleek robot transformed into the G1 plane, I'd feel differently, but as it is nothing they've made yet seems to be exactly what we want. And there's NO WAY they're NOT aware of that.

    Also.... WOULD it fail? Says who? Did Earthrise Starscream fail just because Voyager Starscreams came out the previous two years, in Seige and Power of the Primes? Haven't they released the Seige Megatron mold for three consecutive years? If they really did make a much better Starscream next year, do you really think people wouldn't buy it? Bear in mind that Generations is their collector-oriented line. I mean, hell, I'm buying an "earth version" of Sideswipe that's barely distinguishable from the Seige version even though I have to buy a whole other figure I don't even want to get it. Who in this forum would legitimately NOT buy a Starscream that was as dope as, say, Commander Jetfire? Like, what if they put it out at the Leader price point so there were no compromises?
     
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    I’m not even really arguing against your points. I’m just saying a brand new voyager class G1 Starscream ain’t gonna happen right away. I don’t think that’s an outrageous prediction.
     
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    That’s why I’m hoping for a new Voyager Armada Starscream instead!
     
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    You read my mind.
     
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    I take a redux of the Galaxy Force Starscream.

    I regret not getting that Maketoys one
     
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    How about all three? 2022 Armada, 2023 Energon, 2024 Cybertron. Then they can do a new G1 in 2025, Animated in 2026, and Prime in 2027 before they need to revisit G1 again. :lol 
     
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    Fun Fact:
    Recently I got my old Suitcase out of my brothers garage full of Transformers from 2002-2010 era.
    Couldn’t stop playing with animated Starscream. What a cool version of him. :cool: :D 
     
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    just tried the Jetfire Sixgun thing, it really works! not sure if sigun can/should be bearing the weight though.
     
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    I would honestly kill for all of the animated characters being redone in a more traditional style. You can even keep most of the engineering, just give me more normal-looking proportions and faces and we are in business
     
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    So unified scale was Hasbro's doing.

    I knew there was something I liked about them.
     
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    Technically it was a bit of a back and forth as it seems (based on the interview) that Takara had mentioned a unified scale prior, it's just Hasbro took the idea and ran with it with the WFC Trilogy (least that's what I got from reading it)
     
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  19. cappeca

    cappeca wtf is this?

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    No, it wasn't.

    More like "Hey Hasbro, how about sticking to the IP design fundamentals like original model sheets and all the media produced over these, well, almost 40 years and deliver a very nice product this time?" and Hasbro went "What? Oh, sure, whatever."
     
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    More like (during prime wars)
    Takara: hey hasbro, let's do a scaled line
    Hasbro: nah not this time
    (Wfc trilogy)
    Hasbro: hey, remember when you guys wanted to do a scale based line?
    Takara: yea
    Hasbro: let's do it
     
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