We have a couple of rare treats to share with you right now. Something we rarely ever get to see are the concept designs behind the Transformers characters – the artwork that eventually gets turned into the characters and the toys that we know and love. Today, concept artist Emiliano Santalucia has shared some of his concept work, one of which is for the aligned continuity pirate captain of the Star Seekers, Thundertron. You can see in the various sketches the progression of the Thundertron design including how he was originally to look a bit more battle worn and how the “wing” elements on the hips of the toy were originally concepted as more of the bottom half of a coat. You can also see a much earlier design, which was more squat and bulky in appearance compared to the later designs.
Check it all out on Emiliano Santalucia’s blog entry for the Thundertron concept work.