Transformers: Armada Demolishor, from Dreamwave’s 2003 Armada calendar. Art by Guido Guidi.

Transformers: Armada Demolishor, from Dreamwave’s 2003 Armada calendar. Art by Guido Guidi.

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Transformers: Armada Starscream (plus Swindle), from Dreamwave’s 2003 Armada calendar. Art by Guido Guidi.

~Ladies~

Transformers: Armada Starscream (plus Swindle), from Dreamwave’s 2003 Armada calendar. Art by Guido Guidi.

Energon Megatron: mech of Walmart.

TV Aichi Transformers Prime promo renders: Decepticons.

Starscream gets all the best expressions.

Rise up, Starscream Cosplay Legion!

Image of Megatron drawn by the ever-amazing Yoshioka, created for a Japanese laserdisc or DVD release of the original Transformers cartoon. The thing that jumps out to me about this image is, oddly, Megatron’s lack of nostrils. 
Scanned from a Japanese Transformers guidebook.

Image of Megatron drawn by the ever-amazing Yoshioka, created for a Japanese laserdisc or DVD release of the original Transformers cartoon. The thing that jumps out to me about this image is, oddly, Megatron’s lack of nostrils. 

Scanned from a Japanese Transformers guidebook.

Image of Shockwave, a couple of Stunticons (Studio OX models where everyone basically has the same head, so hard to tell who’s who), and Devastator, created for a Japanese laserdisc or DVD release of the original Transformers cartoon. Not that anything like this ever HAPPENED in the cartoon…
Scanned from a Japanese Transformers guidebook.

Image of Shockwave, a couple of Stunticons (Studio OX models where everyone basically has the same head, so hard to tell who’s who), and Devastator, created for a Japanese laserdisc or DVD release of the original Transformers cartoon. Not that anything like this ever HAPPENED in the cartoon…

Scanned from a Japanese Transformers guidebook.

Four of the 3H Productions Beast Wars character postcards. This set of postcards, initially made available for sale at BotCon 2002, featured newly written show-based character bios teamed with original(?) CGI renders from Mainframe Entertainment. Depicted here are the Transmetal form of Rattrap, special guest star Generation 1 Ravage, Maximal powerhouse of science Rhinox, and nobody’s favorite Scorponok.

I want to say 3H Productions had to create these as a postcard set because their license didn’t actually allow them to make trading cards, but I’m not entirely sure anymore.

More to come.

Cross-contributed to Disciples of Boltax

Fresh from 1984 - and imported over the Atlantic, besides - have a trio of promotional mini-posters featuring Soundwave, the Decepticon jets, and Megatron, made using stills from the earliest Transformers comic and toy commercials. These ridiculously high-resolution scans were made, respectively, from Marvel UK’s Transformers #4, #5 and #6.

I actually scanned these some time ago, but at the time wrote them off as being useless because, due to the terrible color reproduction involved, they were incredibly red-tinged. However, I recently learned about Photoshop’s “Variations” tool (which is kind of embarrassing, given how long I’ve had the program), and my new stab at fixing them up produced much better results. Megatron is still terribly yellowish, though.

Fun fact: in these scans, Starscream is the one with the grey chest and white/red wings! These early ads seem to have been the source of his first Marvel Comics color scheme, which appears to have switched the grey to blue because of comics’ limited color palette at the time.

There were also mini-posters featuring Optimus Prime and the Autobot cars, but their animation designs didn’t change as drastically, so I didn’t scan them at the time. Might go back and do them anyway now…