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Diaclone 35th Anniversary Artwork by Nakamura Gokokorozashi

Diaclone 35th Anniversary Artwork

by Nakamura Gokokorozashi

This is what was posted via Twitter and made to acknowledge that while it may be Takara Tomy / Hasbro Transformers 30th anniversary it is Diaclone’s 35th anniversary as well. Below is a rough translation provided by Google of course.

“Although it is Transformers domestic deployment 30th anniversary this summer, I its foundation serving Diaclone also a 35th anniversary this year. I drew in flavor such.”

Original post can be found here.

Armarauders Cam Custom EF-JAT-47FG Bellerophon Part 1: A Brief Look At The Past

Cam Custom EF-JAT-47FG Bellerophon

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Part 1 of a 3 part series.

A brief walk through some of the work not only Armarauders have put in but everyone in the community involved with this project that is currently bringing it to life. With only a short time left before production versions being released to the public and years of work already put in we thought we would get inside the Bellerophon and see what makes this thing tick. What’s all the buzz about?

Initial Contact:

The Bellerophon figure preview done up by David Morgan of Encline Designs, which includes a short snippet of stop motion (on the Docking Station and Cockpit area).

 

Sightings Since: Prepare for war!

Ben Davidson over at BensCollectables.com also made a stop motion video showing off a series of tests as this massive mech prepares for war.

 

 Artwork:

Coloring process by Enrico Galli on his illustration “Girls of Armarauders”.

 

Soundtrack: 

Armarauders: The Last Battalion soundtrack beautifully composed by the talented Alex Kurilov. Full tracks available for download here.

 

Reviews:

When it came closer to release time review samples were sent out to many talented personas in this field. I personally work with TJ over at Kuma Style and Ben over at BensCollectables and got to talk to them throughout their time with this massive bot but they were by no means the only ones reviewing Bellerophon. CollectionDX and Vangelus Central are just a couple of the many of reviews released with more coming out and being made as we speak.

Ben Davidson over at BensCollectables.com this time reviewing Bellerphon and this is just one of many reviews out now.

 

Here is TJ Duckett over at Kuma Style reviewing Bellerophon.

 

Vangelus over at VenglusCentral.ca also checking Bellerophon out.

 

CollectionDX also had their time with Bellerophon as well check it out.

 

Now with a look at some or the work put into this and seeing what everyone thinks let us end this one for now and come back and discuss Bellerophon present day and see what Armarauders is up to in part 2. Part 3 we will see what is a head for Cam, Bellerophon, and of course Armarauders.

Oh before we go fair warning guys part 2 will be 7 sections (more to explain later)! Enjoy TF fans time to start seeing what you can dig up and if Bellerophon may be the bot you have been missing below is a little something to enjoy until we get back. We will return soon will more Armarauders coverage.

Our previously posted article covering Armarauders storyline can be found here.

All information and images used below are taken directly from Armarauders’ toy details page and credit goes to them of course. Original source can be found here.

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Mecha Workshop is proud to announce an all-new line of action figures featuring the Bellerophon mech. Think of the Bellerophon similar the RX-78 from the original Mobile Suit Gundam. It will function as the core design, the “skeleton” of the Armarauders figures and will have interchangeable add-ons that can connect with and customize future toys.

In a war against an alien threat that spans the galaxy, a soldier must adapt, alter, and conform as needed in order to survive and prevail. Named after the hero of Greek mythology who slew the monstrous Chimera, the Bellerophon is designed to function as a multi-purpose and highly mobile infantry unit—an ultra-advanced mech that serves as both grunt and warhorse against the onslaught of a relentless enemy. With the addition of specially designed optional equipment, the Bellerophon serves as a “jack of all trades” on the battlefield, and can be called upon to serve on a wide range of specialty missions.

Mecha Workshop will first release the Full Gear Bellerophon: Cam’s Special, and it will come equipped with custom full gear armor, fully articulated arms, legs, feet and hands, the sized-to-scale pilot as well as a detailed and sturdy docking stand from which to display the Bellerophon.

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With the Bellerophon Mech serving as the core to build upon and modify, Mecha Workshop will release the Pegasus Drone which is an add-on backpack that gives the Bellerophon full flight capabilities. Other Drone Backpacks will be released in the future that can be added onto the mechas giving it a host of other cool customizable options.

The Pegasus Drone is a Triple Changer (Jet Pack mode, Turret Weapon mode and Full-Flight mode)—resembling the classic Pegasus silhouette from Greek mythology, the Pegasus Drone can either “gallop” alongside the Bellerophon in battle, hover above his enemies and allies alike or merge with its host mech.

The Pegasus Drone will come with its own unique docking stand that will be able to merge into a new configuration with the Bellerophon’s docking unit. However, the Backpack Drones will not be limited to infantry mecha, they will be able to merge with all other figures—including the fully transformable mechs coming soon from Mecha Workshop.

The Bellerophon and Pegasus Drones represent only the first of a new line of incredible mecha toys that will provide both the serious collector and casual fan with a treasure trove of fully customizable and interchangeable figures that will be a new and unique experience for each person every time they open the box.

Armarauders Complete Storyline

The people of Earth had become a hazard unto themselves. The population levels outpaced the food supply, precious resources had been spent, and their planet’s environment was fouled to dangerous levels. Many nations were eying neighboring lands with conquest in mind, and a vicious global war seemed inevitable.

Like an all too convenient prayer, the Runerians came. Although their starships arrived at Earth as broken hulks with the scars of battle, the technology they represented was far beyond that of humankind. A species of pacifists, the Runerians (aka “Runeks”) arrived in the name of peace… but also with a warning…

The Wasters were coming.

The Wasters were an alien species of conquerors. They despoiled planets for resources, technology, and slaves—destroying all which was not of use to them. The Runeks had fled their own planet, Runera, being apparently ill suited to defend against the onslaught. Many Runerian starships—unable to make the voyage—self-destructed rather than allow their species’ advanced technology to fall into such brutal hands.

 

In exchange for sanctuary and protection, the Runerians shared their knowledge with the humans. Mankind quickly adapted to these new gifts. Mining colonies were established on Earth’s moon—as well as the two moons of Mars, Deimos and Phobos—for new raw materials. Machinery capable of turning raw energy into food alleviated the problems of starvation. As to the problem of over-population… the Wasters, themselves, helped solve that.

For the Wasters were soon upon them. The Runerians’ more advanced technology allowed them to arrive significantly before the Waster horde, giving Earth enough time to prepare for the impending threat; it was barely enough. Millions of lives were lost. Entire cities were obliterated. Yet, the humans held their ground. Using weapons originally designed to attack each other, humanity held the line, and in a glorious victory, saved planet Earth from destruction.

 

In a brief span of years, humanity had gone from utter ruin, to a self-sufficient planet able to maintain its current population. But with the Waster armada defeated, humanity shifted its focus to the alien refuges. Some humans, seeing the Runerians as saviors, looked to them as if they were gods. But many more looked upon them with hatred—a focus of blame for the Waster invasion. Some even suggested that the Runerians had visited Earth in the past, and that they had caused mankind to fall into the state Earth was in when the Runerians arrived. The Runerians did little to dissuade such negatively, many actively stating that they looked upon humans as violent, coarse, and uncivilized.

 

A decision was made, and a pact between nations was formed. Rather than fight a defensive war, waiting for the next attack, Earth would take the fight to the Wasters. Just as Earth had learned peaceful technology from the Runerians, they studied the Wasters’ technology, and learned of war. Giant mechanical assault vehicles were constructed, mimicking the humanoid physiology of its pilots. The first goal of the new mech units was to reclaim the planet Runera for their new allies. But goals are easier stated than accomplished.

The original article and much more can be found here!

Armarauaders Mecha Mail, Get Caught Up Now!



Photos by: Kuma Style / Mr.Elljay / Rocketpuncharmy / The Toyark

The Reviews Are In — And They’re Stellar!

 

Benscollectables
 

Mecha Workshop Armarauders Bellerophon Cam's Custom (Pre Production Version) - Vangelus Review 270

Vangelus (Part 1)
 

Two Bellerophonics That I Missed - Vangelus Review 270-X

Vangelus (Part 2)
 

Shartimus Prime
 

Mecha Workshop Armarauders Bellerophon Review - CollectionDX

Collection DX
There are even more written reviews from many great and fan-favorite sites…

ENGLISH REVIEWS

Toyark – Includes interview with Mecha Workshop.

The Fwoosh 

KumaStyle

CHINESE REVIEWS

Note: All reviews are based on pre-production samples.

Did You Know…?

The name “ARMARAUDERS” derives from the two words “Armored” and “Marauders.”

Why the name BELLEROPHON? (That is SO difficult to pronounce and spell.)

Somewhat similar to the Greek mythological hero, Hercules. The Bellerophon mech is based on an underdog hero in Greek mythology named, “Bellerophon”, son of Poseidon!

Why not just use Hercules you ask? 

Well, we here at Team Armarauders usually root for the underdogs smile emoticon. And, Bellerophon is a hero whose tale is very much underrated… Doubt many would know that it was Bellerophon who first tamed Pegasus, and along with his trusty steed, defeated the Chimera. This is why the Bellerophon Mech is able to combine with the Triple-Changer Pegasus Drone in the Arma-verse.

Artwork by Sherard Jackson.

Bellerophon Mech “Combine” Add-On:

Pegasus Drone

 

The Pegasus Drone is A.I. controlled and has 3 different modes:
  1. Combine mode: The Pegasus Drone merges with the mech enabling flight capability.
  2. Sidekick mode: The Pegasus gallops alongside its master mech guarding it like a noble steed.
  3. Drone mode: A supersonic aerial jet protecting its master mech from above.
Work-In-Progress:
  • Adding more universal slots and articulating joints to certain areas, along with more gimmicks.
  • It can also combine with Armarauders mechs of different models in the future.

Design by DonFigueroa / 3D design by Keiichiro Maeno [T-REX]

Manufacturer, Distributor, Release, Price—TBA

Suit Up!

 

Bellerophon mech’s armor add-on — Armor & Shield of Kingsmight and Blades of Kingswrath. Soon to be featured in the upcoming Armarauders comic issue #5.

Design by Don Figueroa

3D Design,Manufacturer, Distributor, Release, Price — TBA

Voices Behind Armarauders: The Last Battalion Motion Comic

 

The voice of Cameron “Cam” Knox is Sci-Fi enthusiast, emcee, radio host, actor, voice talent, and our dear friend, the dashing Frank Todaro.



You might have also heard his voice in Sony’s Little Big Planet as Disney’s Buzz Lightyear or seen him on Discovery Channel’s Science of the Impossible with theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku. Tune in to Frank’s weekly award winning science/paranormal radio show here, at theinvisibleworld.info.
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Armarauders Don Figueroa Current Bio

 

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Name: Don Figueroa
• Co-Creator and Producer of Armarauders
• Illustrator of Armarauders
• Mechanical Designer
Country: United States
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A talented mechanical designer and illustrator, Figueroa worked with Hasbro with designing their Transformers: Titanium line before working on the Transformers Henkei figures. Many of these overall designs were folded into Hasbro’s Transformers: Universe series which remains popular in North America to this day.

Figueroa worked with Dreamwave Productions as well as IDW Comics in launching their extremely popular Transformers comic book series – eventually designing the “War Within” modes that have influenced all future Transformers comics and video games. Figueroa’s Transformers work remains some of the best-selling giant robot comic books in U.S. history.

Visit the full site and read about the team over at Armarauders here!

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In other words… GOBOTS!

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