Thursday, August 23, 2012

Toys That Never Were : Transformers Horror Movie Series!

Iconic monsters from the big screen have been fused with pretty much everything over the years in the toy world, be it Ninja Turtles or American presidents.  But did you know that at one point in time we almost had ourselves an epic mash-up of horror icons and Transformers?  A rather odd pairing, to be sure, but a line called 'Horror Movie Series' was in fact on the table at one point, a planned sub-line to the ever popular Transformers Generation 1 line, a joint venture between Takara and Hasbro that lasted from 1985 to 1992.

The project only reached the concept art stage, with only three monsters being given a rough conceptualization.  That concept art was featured in the deluxe edition of the 2001 Japanese book Transformers Generations, giving us our first and only look at the line that could've been.

So let's take a look, shall we?!

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So why did the line never get picked up for production?  The obvious answer to that question would be issues with copyrights, which is the most likely cause.  But we can only speculate as to what exactly went wrong, because no further details are known about the line's demise.

The transforming monsters would've made for a cool Transformers Halloween cartoon special, if nothing more.  How badass would Optimus Stein be?!

1 comment:

veggiemacabre said...

This crushes me to no extent.