The Chaos Bringer and the idea of order exist as a paradox, but in a world devastated by COVID-19, the former is what the engineers over at Hasbro are looking to for a sense of order. Despite the disrupted working routine, the team is still going strong on the development of their Cybertron Unicron project, with an official update detailing the process thus far.
A brief history: Unicron hails from the Transformers series, and is the main supervillain who’s considered part of the origin of the Decepticon forces in some stories. Over the years, he has grown into one of the more iconic antagonists in pop culture, and can be known otherwise as the Lord of Chaos, the Chaos Bringer, and the Planet Eater. In 2019, Hasbro decided to crowdfund for the figure, which looked poised to fail with a lack of monetary support, only to become a reality eventually.
Test 1 is where it begins. Abbreviated to T1, the term refers to the very first attempt of fitting the mould with plastic, which results in a funky arrangement of materials for Unicron’s face sample above. As everything is still in the beginning stages, the final colours have yet to be finalised, and the parts are not entirely a fit. But hey, we all gotta start somewhere.
When brought to its full height, the Lord of Chaos stands at about 27 inches tall (68.6cm), and measures 16 inches wide (40.6cm) without the black and blue rings at the sides. With the rings, though? The width of the structure is doubled exactly, coming in at 32 inches (81.3cm). Likewise, all dimensions are approximate and subject to further changes, but it’s looking pretty damn good.
And because numbers are not always a good form of measurement, here’s a visual comparison of just how big the build is, with an engineer’s cat for scale. A chaotic chonk, indeed.
The next one to take the spotlight is a model used by the instructions designer, who’s working on the instructions booklet for the Unicron. In planet mode, it spans across 37 inches (94cm), and is 33 inches (83.8cm) tall; without rings, it stands at 20 inches (50.8cm) wide at the same height.
Again, the dimensions are not fixed, and may be changed along the course of production.
With the Planet Eater being such a powerful foe in the Transformers universe, it’s only right that its model is as tough and durable as it gets. The figure managed to emerge unscathed from the sharp teeth of the same feline as a part of a bite test, which puts it in a pretty good position for sturdiness. Of course, expect more tests to be conducted in due time.
The development process for the Cybertron Unicron may still be in the beginning stages, but its package design has more or less been finalised. The box measures 26 inches across all dimensions, and apparently, is capable of fitting a six-foot manager from Hasbro, so the big bad should be in safe hands.
The company assures that the people involved in the project are all working hard to roll out the Bringer of Chaos, which has not been given an official launch date. In the meantime, enjoy this picture of Unicron chilling and fishing by the lake, as the grind continues back at Hasbro –
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