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How are TFs picked to be in the Spotlight?

Postby pipes » Sun Mar 11, 2007 2:02 pm

Hey Chris,

I apologize if this question has been asked already, but how are TFs picked to be in spotlight?

Is it marketability? or do you take in fans' wants/requests?

Or is is strictly because the character's story will further/add to what Simon is doing in the mainstream title?
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Postby Bludgeon » Sun Mar 11, 2007 2:54 pm

I say the third is the strongest possibility. That or I just want to believe that's true.
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Re: How are TFs picked to be in the Spotlight?

Postby oneshallstand » Sun Mar 11, 2007 3:48 pm

pipes wrote:Chris, if you give me a Pipes Spotlight, I will name my firstborn after you...


Probably safer than naming your firstborn Pipes! :wink:

I reckon Simon picks characters he likes to star in spotlights and the mainstream G1 comic. Nightbeat is a longstanding favourite (of mine too) and Hot Rod appeared at Prime's side a lot in Simon's Marvel stories. Shockwave is a big name attraction and so is Magnus - and I'd say both are favoured SF characters going off past stories. The only anomoly is Sixshot, which I reckon was Simon deciding to have a go at fleshing out a new character. It's ironic this one wasn't as well received as the other spotlights. Personally I liked it.
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Postby brainwash » Sun Mar 11, 2007 4:42 pm

Some of the supporting characters can be hugely inffluential in a single spotlight too. There's plenty of Grimlock, Doubledealer, and Skorponok to make an impact, too.

Is Outback close enough to Pipes pour vous? :wink:
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Re: How are TFs picked to be in the Spotlight?

Postby AutobotWarrior » Sun Mar 11, 2007 4:52 pm

oneshallstand wrote:
pipes wrote:Chris, if you give me a Pipes Spotlight, I will name my firstborn after you...


Probably safer than naming your firstborn Pipes! :wink:

I reckon Simon picks characters he likes to star in spotlights and the mainstream G1 comic. Nightbeat is a longstanding favourite (of mine too) and Hot Rod appeared at Prime's side a lot in Simon's Marvel stories. Shockwave is a big name attraction and so is Magnus - and I'd say both are favoured SF characters going off past stories. The only anomoly is Sixshot, which I reckon was Simon deciding to have a go at fleshing out a new character. It's ironic this one wasn't as well received as the other spotlights. Personally I liked it.


Which Marvel issues have Hot Rod in it with Prime, I've only read a handful of the Marvel run.
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Postby bassbot » Sun Mar 11, 2007 4:53 pm

we'll see how much Outback plays in Spotlight: Kup. There may be flashbacks, or just his haunting metallic carcass...
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Re: How are TFs picked to be in the Spotlight?

Postby oneshallstand » Sun Mar 11, 2007 5:13 pm

AutobotWarrior wrote:Which Marvel issues have Hot Rod in it with Prime, I've only read a handful of the Marvel run.


One that comes to mind is Dark Creation (UK #293). Prime is apprehensive about the outcome of the Matrix Quest and Hot Rod is counselling him, just before Thunderwing steps out of the shuttle. A couple of issues later (in Surrender) Kup's convinced Prime's lost it as a leader, but Hot Rod remains loyal.
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Postby pipes » Sun Mar 11, 2007 5:14 pm

brainwash wrote:Is Outback close enough to Pipes pour vous? :wink:


no... I need Pipes, although it is good to see any of the mini-bots used that are outside of the first wave...
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Re: How are TFs picked to be in the Spotlight?

Postby brainwash » Sun Mar 11, 2007 5:34 pm

oneshallstand wrote:
AutobotWarrior wrote:Which Marvel issues have Hot Rod in it with Prime, I've only read a handful of the Marvel run.


One that comes to mind is Dark Creation (UK #293). Prime is apprehensive about the outcome of the Matrix Quest and Hot Rod is counselling him, just before Thunderwing steps out of the shuttle. A couple of issues later (in Surrender) Kup's convinced Prime's lost it as a leader, but Hot Rod remains loyal.


Yeah, basically any comic Furman wrote with Prime as Autobot leader, from his writing debut with US #56 to the end of Generation 2 had HotRod in there, and Kup to some extent, too.
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Postby DanielW » Sun Mar 11, 2007 11:08 pm

Looking back on the already released Spotlights, they are characters who Furman wanted to tinker with and/or thought didn't get enough lovin' in the past.

Ideally:
Cosmos in the style of a 1950's Sci-Fi camp "epic",
Beachcomber in a moral dilemma about whether to fight or not,
Hun-Grr and his boys as intergalactic pirates (Spotlight: Terrorcons?),
Vector Sigma in a sort of "Exiles" style story.
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Postby Richter » Mon Mar 12, 2007 12:07 am

I'm guessing he comes up with the basic story, and then the character that best fits the situation.

Regenisis - Shockwave
Ark mystery - Night Beat
Super Spy - Hot Rod
Reapers - Sixshot
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Postby DanielW » Mon Mar 12, 2007 2:13 am

Richter wrote:I'm guessing he comes up with the basic story, and then the character that best fits the situation.

Regenisis - Shockwave
Ark mystery - Night Beat
Super Spy - Hot Rod
Reapers - Sixshot
Rogue Transformers - Ultra Magnus

How's this:
Where did the Ore-13 come from?: Shockwave
Alternative Matrices: Hot Rod
A Universe of terrors: Sixshot
The Mysteries of Histories: Nightbeat
Exploration of what it means to be a Decepticon: Also Sixshot
The Rules of Engagement: Magnus
Malicious Machinations?: Magnus (again)

Assumeably:
MORE Terrors of the Universe: Kup
MORE Malicious Machinations: Soundwave
MORE Historical Horrors: Galvatron

therefore:
MORE Alternative Matrices: Unknown Autobot or Galvatron.
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Postby wade2501 » Mon Mar 12, 2007 4:41 am

DanielW wrote:
Richter wrote:I'm guessing he comes up with the basic story, and then the character that best fits the situation.

Regenisis - Shockwave
Ark mystery - Night Beat
Super Spy - Hot Rod
Reapers - Sixshot
Rogue Transformers - Ultra Magnus

How's this:
Where did the Ore-13 come from?: Shockwave
Alternative Matrices: Hot Rod
A Universe of terrors: Sixshot
The Mysteries of Histories: Nightbeat
Exploration of what it means to be a Decepticon: Also Sixshot
The Rules of Engagement: Magnus
Malicious Machinations?: Magnus (again)

Assumeably:
MORE Terrors of the Universe: Kup
MORE Malicious Machinations: Soundwave
MORE Historical Horrors: Galvatron

therefore:
MORE Alternative Matrices: Unknown Autobot or Galvatron.


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Postby Octane » Mon Mar 12, 2007 7:28 am

i think they are picked for the spotlights because of the story development
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Re: How are TFs picked to be in the Spotlight?

Postby Ryall » Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:34 am

pipes wrote:Hey Chris,

I apologize if this question has been asked already, but how are TFs picked to be in spotlight?

Is it marketability? or do you take in fans' wants/requests?

Or is is strictly because the character's story will further/add to what Simon is doing in the mainstream title?


Primarily, it's been characters that we hadn't had a chance to focus on yet AND who would play a part in upcoming storylines. KUP came to us out of the blue from Nick, and one of them coming up isn't necessarily an obscure character but I asked to see it, and now it's become a necessary piece in the overall story.

Some of them, like Shockwave and Soundwave, were also heavily requested by fans.

But, um, I can't say that there's any plans for a Pipes story...
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