September 30, 2012

Artefacts: MR-47 Hardcopy prototype. Some Machine Robo love!

Although Robot points is primarily for Transformers-related artefacts, once in a while I'll include something a little bit different. Well, it is related I guess..anyway, here is a very cool hardcopy of the GoBot/Machinerobo "BadBoy".

You don't often see prototypes for Machinerobo/GoBots, let alone hardcopies. This example comes with the original box, used for, I presume, storage shipping and designation.

Production VS Prototype

There are a large amount of differences between this prototype and the production piece. Aside from the obvious paint and sticker applications; the head is completely different, there is a gun on the nose of the prototype in airplane mode, the armament is somewhat larger and (the coolest part) the chest-section bulks the toy out in robot mode and gives the whole appearance a decidedly better look. The legs, by design, also separate to give a more varied stance.

Robot Modes

It's an interesting piece that showcases how design changes throughout the creation process.

September 29, 2012

Artefacts: Mock-Up Transformers Prowl. A Diaclone that became a Transformer

During the creation of the Transformers franchise, Takara would send existing Diaclone toys to Hasbro R&D for purposes both conceptual and marketing.

This is one such piece. This Diaclone Police Fairlady has thick mock-up Autobot stickers and many of the "Diaclone" words blotted out. This piece was used largely in the photography for the catalogs, box, box art, and various other publications.

Truly one of the first, if not the first "Prowl" toys to have ever been made.

September 27, 2012

Artefacts: Deluxe Double Pretenders. Two Transformers that never were

The existence of toys that never saw release, is one of the most-interesting aspects of collecting.

Here are two such Transformers. Intended as a new sub-section of the Pretenders line, these two "Deluxe Double Pretender" shells were designed to house two inner robots.

Whether these two pieces were the entire line of "Deluxe Double Pretenders", or just part of it is unknown. It is thought that the gorilla was to be an Autobot, and the monster to be a Decepticon.

Originally displayed at BotCon 1996, these solid resin mock-up hardcopies are some of the most famous and interesting Transformers never to have been released.

September 26, 2012

Artefacts: Diaclone "Marlboor" Lancia Stratos Turbo

There haven't been any entries made to Robotpoints for a little while, so let's kick-start things with a picture of another favourite.

The Diaclone "Marlboor" Lancia Stratos Turbo.

Case-fresh goodness!

Not much else to say really.