Cerealgeek77 on Instagram has shared some interesting early material from the production of the original Generation 1 Transformers animation. Among the material posted to date is an animation model for Mirage which features some slightly different proportions and a very different head, complete with a head crest. This prototypical design takes a few more liberties with Mirage’s chest, making it smaller, and exposing more of the body beneath it unlike the final model and the toy it was based on. The alternate head design is also more of a departure from the original toy and the final animation mode, looking more like the types of heads featured on Prowl, Bluestreak, or Smokescreen. To round it off, the shoulder launcher was also on the opposite side and used a different look, that may have been less a missile launcher and more a beam cannon.
Ravage and Bluestreak meanwhile are in their final animation models, but sport different colorations than the final releases we got. Ravage is here depicted in blues and reds, a heroic pattern that seems reminiscent of a pre-Transformers Microchange deco, while Bluestreak is in his infamous “blue Bluestreak” deco which again was a Diaclone deco of the character. The pair suggests that, along with early catalog photography for Bluestreak, that at least at some point in production the decos of the Japanese toys were used for the production of the cartoon and TV commercials.
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