Via his Instagram, Hasbro Transformers designer Mark Maher is bringing us a behind the scenes look at one of the newly-revealed Legacy United figures tonight, Voyager Animated Optimus Prime!
“Animated Optimus Prime is heroically slicing into your collection, so ya betta make some room for this beefcake!
To kick off this character to my Takara brethren Koki san, I actually just painted over DJW’s character art sheets for the actual animated series. The style is so exaggerated and fun I wanted to make sure I didn’t lose the heart and soul of the character. As you may have guessed, redesigning a character to fit alongside the other Legacy characters so everyone looks like they live in the same world, is rather difficult! I guess it wouldn’t be fun if it wasn’t a challenge 😜
One of my major priorities was the extendable axe and mannnn is it fun to pose! The other major priority was getting that face sculpt right and nailing down the colors. I was really worried about the blue and it took a multitude of times to tweak in the blue to get it right with the factory. I’m also glad I could give you the different colors in all the tints. Oh, did I mention the lightbar comes off on a 5 mm post and can be utilized as a small shield or even perhaps add some aerodynamic flare to the back of the axe!
Alot of hardwork went into this guy, I feel like everytime I work on a Optimus there is a certain standard that needs to be upheld, I hope Koki san and I did this character the justice he deserves!
ROLL OUT!! 🚒💨💨”