We ever found out any names? Who they are they? How many of them are there? Who approves the designs that go into production?
This occured to me during the 'Least Favourate Transformers' thread. You look at, for example, Armada Sideswipe, such a ill thought out mold, then Energon Shockwave, an excellant version of the character (even though the gun arm is too large in order to incorporate the electronics). The difference is quite great. So I got me thinking 'bout the differencies between various molds.
I was the one who let you know, I was your sorry ever after, '84, '85. Give me new toys and I'll decide, but I'm really only after, '84, '85.
They come to botcon each year and we met some of them on the Hasbro tour, but names escape me right now. One guy who did the packaging had been around since the 80s. Arron Archer was put in charge for Armada but I try not to hold that against him as hes also over seen the classics and movie stuff.
Well, some of the early concept designs for the Diaclone toys that became Transfomers were done by external designers that the-then Takara hired in:-
Shinji Aramaki apparently did a lot of the early concept designs for the Diaclone cars, and I know that Shoji Kawamori did at least one design pass over Battle Convoy (became Optimus Prime). And of course Jetfire is based on a mechanical design by Kawamori-shoji.
Whirl and Roadbuster would be originally the product of whomever did mechanical design for "Power Armour Troop Dorvack"..., *checks* Nobuyoshi Habara apparently.
as to who actually turned the designs into toys in these ases I'm afraid I'm not sure.