Hasbro designer Sam “King Samlock” Smith has treated us with another “from screen to toy” gallery and videos of the development of the recently revealed Studio Series Game Edition toys via his Instagram account. This time, we have a look at the new SS GE-02 Deluxe Barricade.
Sam Smith tells us about the creative process of this modern rendition of the evil Decepticon from the War For Cybertron video game plus two CAD turnaround videos of robot and alt mode. Read and watch everything after the jump and then let us know your impressions on the 2005 Boards and don’t forget to pre-order your copy via our sponsors links below.
Transformers Studio Series Gamer Edition 02 Deluxe Barricade
SS GE 02 – War for Cybertron DLX Barricade
Next up for reveal, we have the character debut of one our favorite deception pursuit vehicle, Barricade! Barricade is a scout class in the game despite being enormous in scale next to our autobot Bumblebee.
Partnering with Shu again at TT, we set out to deliver a faithful representation of the character utilizing his in game model. There is a lot of complex transformation going on to help minimize the vehicle kibble that shrouds the slender robot design, and Shu very cleverly able to repurpose the front push bar into the feet.
An element of the character sculpt that I really enjoy is the rear of the vehicle carrying over to the characters back, which is the primary mode that you stare at for these characters in the 3rd person game play mode. His rear thruster center nicely on the back of the figure, and allows for the weapon storage when not in use by the robot mode.
Barricade includes his iconic Neutron Assault Blaster, and remains compatible with the other 5mm accessories used throughout the Gamer Edition sub segment. These weapons replace the figure right forearms, which replicate the arm transformation used in the game.
For his deco, we used a lot of medium gray and black highlights, paired with a bunch of metallic striping, and some bright purple highlights to both the vehicle and robot modes. In the end, we had to reduce the purple paint from the rear thrusters and the decepticon insignias on the side doors in order to prioritize some of the paint complexities on the chest and vehicle canopy, but overall I am still thrilled with how this guy turned out.
What are your thoughts on the Gamer Edition Barricade? And what content do you want to see this sub segment tap into in the future? Share below in the comments!