Toy News: Official Photos and Development Interview for "Masterpiece" Beast Wars Megatron
Takara Tomy has been teasing "Beast Wars" Megatron from the Masterpiece line for months and recently fans finally got a look at the painted version of the figure. Now thanks to Takara Tomy's web page we have a look at several official photos of the figure in all its glory! As a bonus, there is a brief interview with the Takara Tomy design team about the figure. I have translated the interview via Google Translate below, so please pardon the somewhat terse tone in some places (ex: "what made you struggle to develop?" was probably intended as "What challenges did you face during development?" or something similar):
Q. How did you get into commercialization this time?
From the beginning that it was decided to release Beast Wars in the Masterpiece Series, there was a concept itself. Actually, the size of the convoy was also calculated back from the megatron, as we have created comparison charts of major characters at the beginning of the development of the convoy. So, I think that the size of the overwhelming megatron in the symbolic scene that the convoy throws away is reproduced.
Q. What is the point of the product?
Since the current masterpiece is aiming for the degree of reproduction as it came out from TV, it is important that "to incorporate the talking gimmick", "reproduce the shape of the middle of the play", and "move beyond the common sense of the transformed toy To realize "was the point. Megatron is a character that towed the popularity of the work with the talk part, so we recorded a total of 30 kinds of sounds. The voice also contains the multiplication with Black Widow and Navigator, but Ichi push is the reproduction of the opening of 13 episodes. Starting with the melody called Jahn, "Wahaha, I am the destroying great megatron, it is the beginning of the beast wow!" And recorded until the song started. As the sound effect enters firmly into the chorus part, I would like you to take it in hand, remembering the animation of that time and get depressed.
Q. What made you struggle to develop?
It was the shoulder of the back that the BW version of toy at that time was clearly different from that in the play. It was the most impressive place behind the head, so it was the most difficult point at how to show this like a play. Since you can not change the area of the dinosaur's gawa, it is hidden and reproduced by distributing with that hand. Even so, I have folded the leftover part on my back. Besides, BW version of toy at that time is changing for dinosaurs because of the circumstances that the knees are getting shorter, but in this masterpiece version we aim at a balance that does not feel discomfort in both dinosaurs and robots.
Q. What is the evolutionary point of the recent masterpiece series?
In order to reproduce it more thoroughly, it is possible to move to the place where you move the eyeball of the dinosaur mode. Since the head of the dinosaur mode is clogged with sound units, it has a minimum space-saving structure, but by making it movable, you can enjoy the change of facial expressions and the white eye condition of robot mode can be reproduced It is. In the fourth bulletin, the Destron Major corps destroyed megatron appeared, but I'd like to be able to arrange the main characters of Cybatron and Destron all together in a masterpiece, so please look forward to future developments as well.
*Image credits go to the Takara Tomy's web page.