Toy News: HasLab Announces "Transformers: War for Cybertron" Unicron Crowdfunding Campaign
Ever since HasLab launched its Star Wars Sail Barge Crowdfunded vehicle in 2018, Transformers fans have speculated that the same funding model could be applied to a gigantic Unicron figure. After over a year of patient waiting, lots of rumors (and pleas with Hasbro at media events) Hasbro has officially launched its HasLab Crowdfunding campaign! Starting today you can back this campaign until August 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST. The price to back this campaign is $574.99 and each person is limited to 5 each. HasLab is seeking 8000 backers to consider this fully funded. You can read the official product description (and see images from HasLab) below:
The Lord of Chaos. The Planet Eater. The Chaos Bringer. Unicron stands alone as the most menacing figure in Transformers lore, capable of devouring entire worlds and civilizations. He debuted in the 1986 film Transformers: The Movie and his insatiable appetite nearly brought the entire universe to its knees.
But his legacy transcends both space and time.
“I have summoned you here for a purpose.” - Unicron
Transformers fans may be mere humans, inhabiting a miniscule planet hardly worth consuming, but they are some of the most passionate fans out there. That’s why HASLAB, the Hasbro Pulse crowdsourcing platform, is the place to awaken such a massive project.
Introducing the first ever Transformers HASLAB project: Transformers War For Cybertron Unicron.
“Then it pleases me to be the first.” - Unicron
Join us in a historic opportunity to celebrate the legendary Unicron with a figure whose features, detail, and scale are worthy of his gigantic legacy.
This campaign will move into production when it reaches its minimum goal of 8,000 backers. All support must be received by 11:59 PM EST on August 31, 2019. If the campaign is successful your payment method will be charged on August 31, 2019. Orders are estimated to ship in early 2021.
*Limit of 5 per transaction.
HasLab also provided some behind the scenes renders, photos and information about the development process behind this gigantic figure!
The Larger-Than-Life Features
There are moments that define a collection. This is that moment.
The gigantic Unicron would be our largest converting Transformers figure ever created, taking the title from our previous record-holder, Fortress Maximus.
In his immense robot mode, this version of Unicron will be over 27-inches (685.8 mm) tall and has more than 50 points of articulation.
He converts into a terrifying planet mode that will be a stunning 30-inches (762.0 mm) in diameter. The planet mode features the iconic planet-eating jaws, geared to open so Unicron can devour unassuming worlds. The planet mode also features a series of posable planetary rings.
The massive planet mode sits on a custom stand (included) to support the approximate weight of 19lb of the Lord of Chaos.
This will be the most accurate Unicron figure ever created. Artists and designers from Takara Tomy and Hasbro reviewing various movie references and are working to capture little details and features of the relentless Chaos Bringer.
“And nothing! You belong to me…now.” - Unicron
- Cower in fear as you come face to face with the mighty Unicron in his intimidating robot mode, standing at over 27” tall.
- The legendary fiend moves methodically with more than 50 points of articulation.
- He sets his intimidating glare on his enemies with movable eyes.
- With his articulated fingers, he clutches the air menacingly and makes fists full of his infinite fury.
- He insults pitiful lesser beings through his articulated mouth and grins malevolently with his movable teeth.
- Convert and bring forth the terrifying planet mode of Unicron, a stunning 30” in diameter.
His iconic planet-eating jaws are geared to open so the vicious Planet Eater can devour unassuming worlds.
- The Chaos Bringer's imposing presence is amplified by his massive posable planetary rings.
To support the substantial weight of the approximate 19-pound villainous planet, Unicron requires a custom stand.
- Do not be fooled. The premium detail and deco are, indeed, inspired by classic 1986 movie, but it is not, in fact, The Lord of Chaos himself.
1. Rough Models - Bringing Order to the Chaos Bringer
Like the primitive inhabitants of the planets Unicron has devoured, first we created primitive CAD. This helped us to better understand where pieces would fit in the conversion. We could start to see how the formidable forms of Unicron jigsaw together and begin to think about how these pieces might shift and move from a gigantic robot mode to colossal all-consuming planet mode.
2. The Stand - Getting a Massive Planet to "Float" in Space
When we lesser beings came face-to-face with the mighty Unicron, we faced our greatest challenge: creating a standing display base that could support his substantial weight. Shown is an early sketch of the stand, drawn as our engineers began to work out how to both hold up the substantial weight and capture the mystique of a ravenous planet floating through space.
3. Early Sketches - Getting to Know Unicron on a Surface Level
Sketches were created early on to help us to define the meticulous surface details of the malevolent living planet, as well as the impression of the character we hope to create. The infamous Chaos Bringer has manifested in many forms in movies and comic books, so these sketches helped the design team narrow down which version of the world-devouring planet would be used as the reference for our figure.
4. Rough 3D Models - Giving the Planet Eater a Mouth
The next stage was creating a rough 3D model of the villainous planet. Having a physical model helped the Takara Tomy and Hasbro teams work together to determine functionality of the figure. Once we had our model, we joined forces to perfect the mechanism of the iconic poseable planet-eating jaws so they could key together with a lensing feature that allows you to rotate the circular detail on the planets equator to open and close the teeth in unison.
Using our 3D model, we were also able to work out how to allow the rotating eyes and the jaw to move independently of each other so the menacing Unicron can glare with distain at all living things and consume unsuspecting worlds, separately.
5. 3D Details - The Lord of Chaos is in the Details
In order to capture, in methodical detail, the universe’s most methodical world-eater, designers and engineers used concept art to establish those different elements. 3D details were then added using different types of CAD software to bring to life all the surface details of both modes.
6. Deco Sheets - Judging Insatiable Planets by their Appearance
In order to bring forth the Unicron from the classic 1986 movie, we studied the character’s varying appearance throughout the film and choose colors that would capture his overall essence. After this exploration, we created our deco sheets, which define every color that will be used in the design of Unicron. To call out certain details and to emphasize the epic size, Unicron features intricate deco with varying levels of lighter and darker colors that really push a sense of gravity and scale of the colossal planet bent on reducing the universe to utter nothingness.
7. 3D Printing Prototypes - Bringing a Sentient Planet to Life
The final stage in the resurrection of the legendary Unicron required 3D printing software. Using rapid prototyping, we tested different surfaces, connection points, and conversion points. Ultimately a one-of-a-kind master model was created that we assembled and painted, each piece hand-painted to the specs outlined in deco sheet. The final product is your final model…the mighty Unicron is reborn!