Via Game Watch Impress website we have a very interesting interview with Takara Tomy Designer Takahiko Shirai Interview On Star Wars Powered By Transformers Millennium Falcon.
Thanks to 2005 Boards member Gaokaiser for sharing the original Japanese link in our forums and our very own Super Mod Shin Densetsu for providing us with a translation of the interview. This is a very interesting reading indeed, which reveals how Takara is highly interested in this new line. The original Star Wars Transformers Crossover from 12 years ago was a Hasbro initiative, and now Takara is taking the lead, trying to bring us more detailed and complex figures with great paint apps for both modes. The main emphasis is on vehicle modes that don’t give away the fact that they transform.
You can read the full translation and mirrored images, which include a short transformation sequence of the Millennium Falcon, after the jump and then sound off at the 2005 Boards!
- Production of this line is overseen by Takahiko Shirai.
- The original line from 12 years ago was an all Hasbro initiative. This line is an all Takara effort
- Special care was taken not to expose robot parts in vehicle modes without compromising proportions
- Transformation is said to be slightly more difficult(compared to what, is not mentioned, mainline TF’s?) however the author iterates that Takara is well versed in designing transforming toys. The Falcon is said to be more complex than Vader’s TIE.
- Only 1 figure can fit into the main cockpit in vehicle mode(mentioned something about Chewie having a place to sit behind, maybe in the back of the actual Falcon but not the cockpit?)
- Takara’s goal was to make the vehicle modes look so good that fans would react like “there’s no way that thing transforms!”
- Vader was chosen 1st due to popularity and his TIE Advanced was an easy design for Takara to convert into a transforming robot
- The Millenium Falcon is seen as another step up since it’s a little bit more complex to transform than Vader’s TIE Advanced
- The Falcon costs more not just due to size but being more complex and due to having more paint apps(specifically the panel lining and weathering)
- Apparently the Hanbot and Chewbot look bigger than the Falcon in vehicle mode would lead you to believe(this includes plastic volume I think, as it was mentioned)
- Some of the transformation mechanisms incorporated will seem new(and/or not used in prior toys)
- Part of the transformation for Hanbot was inspired by Megatron(one of the arms I think)
- 3rd toy in this line is already in the works but Shirai doesn’t want to say what it is
- OP seemed to think it might be the X-wing, Shirai doesn’t deny it and acknowledges that of course it would be best to release the Xwing early in the line(without outright confirming that it’s next). The gist of what he said implies that it’ll be out early in the line even if it’s not next.
- Shirai implies that even if you don’t see the X-Wing yet, you might eventually
- Shirai is a big fan of Boba Fett, it’s implied that he wants to design a new Slave I transformer
- Release of the Falcon is based on Episode IV but is timed for release near the premiere of the Solo movie
- Shirai sees Takara’s initiative in making new Star Wars Transformers as turning a new leaf compared to the old series by Hasbro.
- Though Vader’s TIE Advanced is the 1st release in this line, Shirai hopes it comes off as a mature product(as in not a toy made by newcomers) as Takara has come a long way in designing transforming toys.