Here’s something that you don’t get to see everyday – resin and styrene prototypes for ideas that were pitched to Hasbro! Andrew Scribner – of After Midnight Studios – has posted these rare and unusual insights into what never saw the light of day on his online portfolio. It’s worth noting that these are in no way official – they are just projects that Andrew tried on his own, not work commissioned by Hasbro. They’re still some cool bits of work though – there’s a resin prototype of an utterly adorable Robot Heroes Skullcruncher, a pair of styrene models of what look like unmade Legends Class Movie Frenzy and Universe Ratbat, and plenty more besides.
Read about more Transformers pitch concept goodness after the jump.
Cyclonus images removed by request. First – and most hilarious and awesome in my opinion – is a prototype of “Skully”, a Robot Heroes version of Generation 1 Headmaster Skullcruncher designed to be a part of the Universe 25th Anniversary Robot Heroes line. Why’s he awesome? He’s in beast mode, with his Headmaster partner riding on his back. And he’s utterly adorable!
Also on a related note is a Super Hero Squad figure that never saw a release. She’s a character who debuted in Secret Wars 2, but was closely involved with Transformers. That’s right it’s Circuit Breaker[/url] in all her printed circuit board bikini glory!
Next up are a pair of styrene prototypes used to pitch ideas for a pair of Legends figures. On the left, you have a Legends Class version of the 2007 Movie Frenzy, while on the right, a Legends Class version of Generation 1 Ratbat, taking some cues from more modern interpretations of the character. They’re very, very early concepts, used to pitch an idea for how the toy might transform between modes rather than any idea of the final detailing. Not something we fans get to see very often.
Third on the items of interest is a sculpt – and painted version – of an unreleased 3 inch Titanium figure of Scourge “the Tracker”. It’s a good likeness and one of the best pieces for showing the process of development, as there are earlier resin prototype images, plus hand painted images of the piece in color with more tooling work. A very nice piece!
Last but not least, is a resin prototype of Sam Witwicky from the Human Alliance series. But this is not the Sam you know! This is a different sculpt, showing Sam in a hoodie jersey rather than the outfit he wears in the commercially released version.
Again, these are not projects commissioned by Hasbro but just work the artist worked on himself – they are still something really cool pieces to take a look at.