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Mechaform
2013-08-13, 08:22 PM
First things first I would like to say hello to everyone.I am the owner of a new company called Mechaform.We are going to various websites around the net to let people know we will be making transforming related robots.We want to be very interactive with the fans because its important fellow collectors guide us in the process since they are they ones buying so it only makes sense.I have included a attachment of our first project SkyGuardian that was first shown a few weeks back at TFcon but we had not officially announced our company name until now Mechaform.We really hope fans can help guide us by posting feedback in threads or even direct PM and most of all emails once our website mechaform.com is set up.You can also reach us on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/mecha.form.7 We have already made changes since our first showing based off feedback read so let us know what you think.We are going to try and be available as much as possible on various forums and other forms of media to serve your needs.Cheers!
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Denyer
2013-08-13, 08:45 PM
We don't have any problem with people discussing production, etc. as long as it doesn't become an all-out adfest.

Got to be honest, the proportions seem off and chunky for a flight mode -- but that's because of the cartoon design, which it's pretty faithful to.

In terms of getting fan buy-in, have you considered trying something smaller first to reassure potential customers that there aren't any quality control issues?

Mechaform
2013-08-13, 09:17 PM
We don't have any problem with people discussing production, etc. as long as it doesn't become an all-out adfest.

Got to be honest, the proportions seem off and chunky for a flight mode -- but that's because of the cartoon design, which it's pretty faithful to.

In terms of getting fan buy-in, have you considered trying something smaller first to reassure potential customers that there aren't any quality control issues?

I am in no way trying spam or run a add campaign so I am sorry if that is how my post came across.We are just looking for feedback to help improve the toy.Right now we are taking in what fans think and trying to improve so your comments are noted and appreciated.

inflatable dalek
2013-08-13, 09:50 PM
Myself, I think the proportions look about right for cartoon Skyfire.

[Though as I'm personally not a fan of the cartoon look and find the "Faceplate" original more exciting this may not be helpful feeb=dback].

Skyquake87
2013-08-13, 09:58 PM
Same for me, I like my Macross Appropriated Jetfire :)

inflatable dalek
2013-08-13, 10:08 PM
Though the alternate Autobot/Decepticon (or non-copyright infringing versions thereof) is a very niffty idea.

Mechaform
2013-08-14, 03:40 AM
Hi everyone and thanks for the comments.I also am a fan of the Jetfire/VF-1 mold but the point of SkyGuardian is to give collectors a cartoon version that we have never had.There already is updated Macross VF-1 toys and if we did a take on that we would just be making a KO of some other companies hard work.We are working hard to make sure this design is original and yes he is bulky,but that is the style of the character and we feel given the size he will be the bulk it will make him look powerful.

Skyquake87
2013-08-14, 07:13 AM
we would just be making a KO of some other companies hard work.

...This made me chuckle!

Anyway, I get the idea of the project and wish you all the best with it. The third party market is growing so much these days that you're sure to find consumers for this, without a shadow of a doubt. If folk are happy to shell out $600 on those not Devastator honest guv things, then this is a shoe in, whatever I think about the design.

The proliferation of more and more companies like yourself does make me wonder when Hasbro will get fed up and start clamping down on all this. It will be interesting to see what 3D printers will end up doing to the toy market in years to come.

numbat
2013-08-14, 08:33 AM
I think it looks nifty - I've always been a big fan of the G1 cartoon Skyfire, and not particularly the Macross stuff.

I do think the wings look a bit short in jet mode, and aren't quite angled enough to match the cartoon perfectly, but I imagine you're working with tough constraints to deliver that excellent robot mode!

I suppose the only thing that could put me off this (and does for the vast majority of 3rd party Transformers) is the eventual price...

Good luck!

Blackjack
2013-08-14, 02:45 PM
Like has been said multiple times, I also think that the wings are not angled quite enough to look natural, although the robot mode is pretty gorgeous.

I'm not one to buy expensive third-party products, but that doesn't stop me from appreciating a nice-looking Jetfire rendition. :)

Mechaform
2013-08-16, 05:23 PM
Thanks for the feedback everyone :) We are already making changes from all the feedback received.Thanks for taking the time to write us.

The Reverend
2013-08-24, 10:51 PM
Hmm.

I cant find a good image of Skyfire in alt mode from the G1 cartoon right now for comparison. You've got a very nice robot mode going - maybe a little TOO cartoon accurate in the round shoulders, but very nice. Fine job there.
The only issue that strikes me about the alt mode (again, without an image to compare to) is the nose looks a little short.