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Presenting the Sunbow Marvel Archive, showcasing production material from shows involving one of the two companies between 1981 and 2004. Here are the TF pages, recently bolstered by the addition of the outline and all five scripts for Five Faces Of Darkness.

The Beginning
Marvel Comics original treatment (modern reproduction)
Marvel Comics issue 1 commercial, full storyboard
Hasbro Briefing Binders - 1984 product
Hasbro Toyfair Catalogue 1984

The Pilot
4023-4024-4025 More Than Meets The Eye full script (revised 13.03.84)

The Interim
Hasbro Briefing Binbers (Shockwave, Jetfire, Dinobots, Insecticons, Constructicons)
Brian Ray storyboard test (uses MTMTE part 1 for story)
MP Internal Correspondence on series development (30.04.84, transcript)
Writer's Bible (Season 1 cast only)

Season 1
01 Transport To Oblivion full script X 2 (revised 08.06.84, final 22.06.84)
02 Roll For It full script X 2 (reconstructed first draft + final)
03 Divide and Conquer full script (final)
04 Fire In The Sky full script X 2 (unedited original + final)
05 S.O.S Dinobots full script (revised Friedman), full storyboards
06 Fire On The Mountain full script (revised Friedman)
07 War Of The Dinobots full script X 2 (unedited original + final)
08 The Ultimate Doom, part 1 full script (final)
09 The Ultimate Doom, part 2 full script (final)
10 The Ultimate Doom, part 3 full script (final)
11 Countdown To Extinction full script (final)
12 A Plague Of Insecticons full script (final)
13 Heavy Metal War full script (final), full storyboards

Season 2
Hasbro Toyfair catalogue 1985
18 City Of Steel full storyboards
21 The Immobilizer storyboard samples
24 Day Of The Machines full script X 2 (reconstructed first draft + revised Friedman)
25 Enter The Nightbird partial script X 2 (reconstructed first draft + revised Friedman, missing pages 40-42)
26 A Prime Problem partial script (missing pages: Cover, Cast, 1, remaining pages after 34)
27 The Core partial script (missing all pages before 15)
28 The Insecticon Syndrome full script (revised Friedman)
29 Dinobot Island, part 1 full script (revised Friedman)
30 Dinobot Island, part 2 full script (revised Friedman)
31 The Master Builders full script X 2 (reconstructed first draft + revised Friedman)
32 Auto-Berserk full script X 2 (reconstructed first draft revised Friedman)
Series Update circular from Flint Dille (07.02.85)
33 Microbots full script (unedited)
34 Megatron's Master Plan, part 1 full script X 2 (reconstructed first draft + revised Friedman)
35 Megatron's Master Plan, part 2 - Additional Material section storyboard
36 Desertion Of The Dinobots, Part 1 full script
37 Desertion Of The Dinobots, Part 2 full script
38 Blaster Blues full script X 2 (first draft + revised Friedman)
Elaine Hultgren storyboard test - 4 page storyboard, uses Blaster Blues for story
39 A Decepticon Raider In King Arthur's Court full script X 2 (first draft + revised Friedman)
40 The Golden Lagoon full script
41 The God Gambit X 2 (unedited original + revised Friedman)
42 Make Tracks X 2 (first draft + revised Friedman)
43 Child's Play full script
44 Quest For Survival full script
45 The Secret Of Omega Supreme full script
46 The Gambler full script
47 Kremzeek! full script
48 Sea Change first draft script, revised script, full storyboard
49 Triple Takeover full script
50 Prime Target full script
51 Auto-Bop full script
52 The Search For Alpha Trion full script
53 The Girl Who Loved Powerglide full script
54 Hoist Goes Hollywood full script
60 Cosmic Rust AKA Rust In Peace full script, full storyboard, 1st page of outline
61 30 Seconds Over Megatron AKA Starscream's Brigade full script (unedited)
62 The Revenge Of Bruticus X 2 (reconstructed first draft + final)
Dialogue scripts from all 65 episodes (call sheet available for Hoist Goes Hollywood)

https://sunbowmarvelarchive.blogspot.co ... -1985.html


The Movie
Second Ron Friedman outline (28.03.85)
Second Ron Friedman draft script (27.04.85)
Second Ron Friedman draft script revised (02.05.85)
Undated Sunbow revision script
Dialogue script (Walker Edmiston's copy)
Full storyboards (sequences 1-31)

https://sunbowmarvelarchive.blogspot.co ... unbow.html

Season 3
Hasbro Pre-Toyfair Catalogue 1986
Hasbro Toyfair Catalogue 1986
Sunbow memo detailing Hasbro-required changes to FFOD outline
86 Five Faces Of Darkness, Part 1 full script, model sheets
87 Five Faces Of Darkness, Part 2 full script
88 Five Faces Of Darkness, Part 3 outline, full script
89 Five Faces Of Darkness, Part 4 outline, full script
90 Five Faces Of Darkness, Part 5 outline, full script, call sheet
The Eye Of The Beholder (unused premise, transcript)
92 Chaos outline (1st page of Act I, 1st page of Act II)
106 Fight Or Flee full script (final)
110 Grimlock's New Brain first page of outline
115 Return Of Optimus Prime, part 1 full script (final)
116 Return Of Optimus Prime, part 2 partial script (final, missing pages 12-18)
Cast list file (01-116)
Synopsis file (01-116)
Dialogue scripts from all 30 episodes (call sheets available on Chaos and Dark Awakening).
Hasbro Toyfair Catalogues 1987-1990

https://sunbowmarvelarchive.blogspot.co ... -1987.html

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Nice work! :up:
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This is awesome! Every episode, the Movie in 4K! All free and all the background material and scripts! I love the 1984 toy fair catalogue. Not only is every figure proudly waving his gun in the air. They should've replaced 'More the Meets the Eye' with 'Out of this world Sales excitement'!

And Shockwave calls Megatron "Sire", that's so cute. Not as good as Inferno calling him "My Queen", but still nice. :cheers:
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If anyone can point me in the direction of scripts or storyboards not on this list. Particularly any of the first drafts that Masterforce UK sold off cheap years ago. Then please drop us a PM.
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I'm assuming you're already moving in circles with Jim Sorenson, Chris McFeely, the Moon twins, https://twitter.com/walruslaw etc (can see the latter has retweeted you recently). Was any of this stuff around online long enough ago that it's worth digging through https://groups.google.com/g/alt.toys.transformers and then archive.org?
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Denyer wrote: Tue Mar 29, 2022 7:05 pm I'm assuming you're already moving in circles with Jim Sorenson, Chris McFeely, the Moon twins, https://twitter.com/walruslaw etc (can see the latter has retweeted you recently). Was any of this stuff around online long enough ago that it's worth digging through https://groups.google.com/g/alt.toys.transformers and then archive.org?
Well, Bryce Malek sold off two sets of scripts over the years for the episodes he was involved with (4-65). A set of 7 binders in 2008 (presumably finalised scripts), then a full set of first drafts that eventually wound up at online store Masterforce UK in 2013, who sold them to the general public for £30 a pop initially. Some of the ones still there on clearance a year later were as low as £12.99! I've received contributions of three of those, and acquired four first drafts from other sources. So 55 to go.
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IIRC Masterforce was Morg wasn't it? Have you been able to contact Mr Evans and see if he took copies first?

I know his health wasn't great and haven't had any contact in a long time -- I think last time was some Marvel UK art -- plus Gear4Geeks is shuttered at the moment, but you could possibly try LinkedIn (last edit seems to be 2021) or see if other stores such as Kapow have been in touch with him.
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The recent revelations from the FFOD material unearthed at TFCon and the Archive, all put together in one package:
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Done a bit of re-organizing and moved the Hasbro Toyfair catalogues that I collected last year - including all 7 years of G1 - to their own dedicated page at: https://sunbowmarvelarchive.blogspot.co ... ogues.html
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Recently James M Ward - retired RPG designer who worked for TSR for two decades - auctioned off items from his brief interaction with Sunbow cartoons. Among those items was the first supplement for the G1 show bible. Officially titled the Transformers New Products Addendum, this document covers profiles for the 18 new characters who made their debut in season 2.

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Thanks to an ebay store selling off a handful of scripts by writer and then-Sunbow Producer Doug Booth, I've managed to win and add the full script for season 2 episode Sea Change to the Sunbow Marvel Archive.

As Doug notes in his covering letter, the finished first draft runs 57 pages (down from 71). So we're talking a rough runtime of 28 minutes. 6 or 7 minutes of deleted scenes lie within.

With thanks to Jim Sorenson for storage and scanning.

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Neat. BTW, I assume you'll already have, but mentioning in case not, Flint Dille put out an autobiography a bit ago that's a decent read;

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B089QH7KXD/
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With thanks to Marco Van Leeuwen, the Sunbow Marvel Archive now hosts the storyboards for G1 episode City Of Steel. This copy was previously owned by show director Nelson Shin and sent to his notoriously low-budget studio AKOM to be animated. Are the boards visually superior? You be the judge at:https://sunbowmarvelarchive.blogspot.co ... steel.html

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Hot on the heels of the City Of Steel set, the Archive now has two more storyboards set online: S.O.S Dinobots and Sea Change.

https://sunbowmarvelarchive.blogspot.co ... s-sos.html

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Some of these boards really do have more personality than the later animation. :)
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The Summer of Scripts starts here, as the first five of an eventual nineteen episode scripts are now live at the Archive. Two of a set of seven binders sold off by story editor Bryce Malek in 2008, stay tuned for updates as the scripts are scanned and contributed by their owner. New additions to the Archive will be marked in bold below.

https://sunbowmarvelarchive.blogspot.co ... lumes.html

Volume 5

MP#700-36 Desertion of the Dinobots – Part One
MP#700-37 Desertion of the Dinobots – Part Two
MP#700-38 Blaster Blues
MP#700-39 A Decepticon Raider in King Arthur’s Court

MP#700-40 The Golden Lagoon
MP#700-41 The God Gambit (Previously available at the Archive via other sources, included for completeness)
MP#700-42 Make Tracks
MP#700-43 Child’s Play
MP#700-44 Quest for Survival
MP#700-45 The Secret of Omega Supreme

Volume 6

MP#700-46 The Gambler
MP#700-47 Kremzeek!
MP#700-48 Sea Change
MP#700-49 Triple Takeover
MP#700-50 Prime Target (formerly: Welcome to My Parlor)
MP#700-51 Auto-Bop
MP#700-52 The Search for Alpha Trion
MP#700-53 The Girl Who Loved Powerglide
MP#700-54 Hoist Goes Hollywood


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DATA: RECEIVED
SECRETS: REVEALED
RESEARCH: RECOMMENDED

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Been on a roll with another 6 scripts added:

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Finishing up with a bang, not a whimper as the last three scripts: The Search For Alpha Trion, The Girl Who Loved Powerglide and Hoist Goes Hollywood are up
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In a separate deal, the storyboards for Atlantis, Arise!
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And finally, an article I put together rounding up the revelations from the Auto-Bop script and the TFTM material to look at the 1986 Autobots who almost were and almost debuted on TV first: the original version of Blaster's tapes: https://sunbowmarvelarchive.blogspot.co ... on-of.html

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