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G1 Minibots, Roll Out! by ryuzo G1 Minibots, Roll Out! by ryuzo
Half of what made the TF such a great thing was the toys. Though I LOVE the cartoon renditions of all the characters (those cartoon renditions are what made them human, with their smooth human facial features, something that BayFormers missed out on ENTIRELY...), I still love how the toys showed the minds of the toy creators' vision that they are VERY very robotic.

This is a tribute to the original G1 Minibot toys in all their glory. Minibots FRVR!

Random note: I even preserved their positioning on the original G1 product pamphlet.
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Menakiai Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
I love you for this...
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ryuzo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, thanks, it was my pleasure drawing it. Seeing G1 toys still makes me happy and brings me back to my childhood.
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Menakiai Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015
Me too... though not exactly my childhood XD!

And I've been looking through your drawings and it's like a G1 art museum :D. They're all so good!
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
The Minibots' toy designs are very impressive on here.
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ryuzo Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Based on the original G1 toys that so many of us loved so much.
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FindingOx Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
very nice! you know how big of a minibot fan I am :)... I love the toy accuracy and the interesting take on Huffer's pipe ends/hands!
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ryuzo Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for checking this out!
I saw the toy art after I drew this, I think I recall the hands were a little different there. Who knows what they were thinking with these hands, hehe!
I still need to do a G1 version of this same pic.
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FindingOx Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
by G1 you mean cartoon designs? cool!
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Picassamia Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Wow, nice rendition!
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ryuzo Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Marshall-Arts Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simple, yet satisfying. ;-)
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ryuzo Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I need to do a ver2 with their G1 cartoon styles.
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blackopal Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student General Artist
FLY BB FLY!!!
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ryuzo Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
He's about to do a faceplant!
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blackopal Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student General Artist
or belly flop
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srg1 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! I have to admit that this so cool!!!!!!!!
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ryuzo Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Just trying to bridge "cartoon life" with "the toys"!
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JP-V Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
I think you captured the original toy artwork of the G1 Minibots really well. It almost fits your style of flat no line art colouring which I like it when you do that. I very much agree on your comments, for me every time I look back on the old toy artwork I'm still blown away because it is still professional for it's time and even today. Really dig the perspective you gave the classic Minibots, this picture makes me so proud to own the Minobots as they are so cool to play and find inspiration from! Well done ryuzo!
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ryuzo Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Does the color look flat? I usually put in several tones, though they are subtle.

Thanks for the comments! The minibots really were affordable and were full of life and fun!
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JP-V Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
They are flat but I can see the painted strokes which blend in nicely, as you say with those tones.

My pleasure! That is true and still worth it!
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rattrap587 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The great Minibots!!! Cool!!!
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ryuzo Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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convallaria Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012   Traditional Artist
:lol: I was never a fan of the toys. I remember being annoyed with the people who made the toys because they put more effort into the car/ vehicle than the robot. They weren’t pretty enough for me ;P hehe
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ryuzo Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's true...the toys weren't as pretty.
Nowadays, they have found a way to make both the cars and toys pretty. But something about the figure being too poseable makes for...kinduva repetitive feeling. Like the ball joint for the hips, the ball joint for the ankles...it seems like the robots lost some uniqueness of appearance...I mean, you're totally right -- some of those old robots were NOT pretty, but their ugliness made them more lovable!
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convallaria Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012   Traditional Artist
Yeah- you’re right. It does make them more lovable. :heart:
I work in a secondhand shop and when I (extremely rarely) come across an old transformers toy, I go all nostalgic. New toys doesn’t bring out that feel in me…
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vmv-81 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But I think it would also be bad if they put more effort into the robot than the vehicle. Cybertron Metroplex might be the worst offender, his vehicle mode looks like he's just doing joga! And I know some folks who dislike the modern figures because their vehicle modes don't look like REAL cars anymore because licenses from the car companies would be so expensive nowadays...
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convallaria Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
:lol: oh darling- I know that now. But back in the 80 I cared more for dolls than cars. ;)
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blackhellcat Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
And then our little guys are given cute faces in the cartoon. ;)
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ryuzo Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I have to do a ver2 of this with the same poses but G1 cartoon designs!
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ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
So faving this!! :D
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ryuzo Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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ShockWaveX2 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
You're very welcome. :)
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