Aaron Archer is a name recognized and respected immensely in the Transformers and toy community. After stepping away from Hasbro in 2013, Archer has been involved with the fan community through convention appearances and social media, providing fans with the most interesting tidbits of behind the scenes Transformers information from toy design, story concepts, and more.
Archer recently took to his Instragram to share some of his favorite designs from the Transformers Armada continuity that he himself designed or assisted with. Archer’s ideas were the blueprint for the Unicron Trilogy, shaping the series design and story.
While sharing some amazing pieces of art, Archer is interacting with the community by answering questions, sharing stories, and other interesting facts. Some highlights so far:
- Red Alert was designed with influences from both Robocob and Power Rangers.
- Demolisher was originally thought of as a pirate.
- Archer wishes Thrust had hands in his final toy version.
- Smokescreen was the last figure designed in wave 1 and Archer considers him the “bottom of the barrel,” although I’m certain there is at least one fan who still loves this toy ~raises hand~.
- Sideswipe’s color scheme is based on a Takara employee’s racing bike.
- Cyclonus was one of the earliest concepts for how the Mini-con play feature would work.
Check out the mirrored images after the jump and be sure to follow Aaron Archer on Instragram. Leave a comment with your favorite Armada design and let Aaron Archer know you want to see more!