Here is a first look at the Transformers G1 chess game which is now on Kickstarter


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Hasbro and Hero Collector are joining forces to launch their very first Kickstarter campaign for an all-new Transformers chess set inspired by the classic Transformers Generation One (G1) cartoon from the 1980s.

The Kickstarter launches today, August 13, and has a delivery date slated for Q4 2022. There are a ton of different support giveaways to choose from if you want to help support the project, including a Transformers badge, a Transformers profile book, and more. Exclusive Gen-1 chess pieces.

Transformers G1 chess images

This Transformers chess set includes 32 unique playing pieces – 16 for heroic Autobots and 16 for villainous deceptions in robot form – and each model is digitally sculpted, cast in metallic resin, and then hand painted.

Each model stands 4-6 inches tall on a base marked with their respective emblem, and the board itself is Cybertron-themed and features color-coded symbols in Autobot Red or Decepticon Purple.

Some of the iconic Transformers already revealed as chess pieces are as follows, along with their official descriptions;

  • Autobot King: Optimus Prime – Beloved Autobots Commander Optimus Prime has defended freedom in countless clashes across Cybertron – and Earth, where he adopted his famous alternate truck mode.
  • Autobot Knight: Hot Rod – A young and brash Autobot with an alternate race car mode, Hot Rod eventually grew up to lead the Autobots – as Rodimus Prime!
  • Autobot pawn: Bumblebee – The heart of the Autobots, Bumblebee was quick to befriend their human allies in his iconic Yellow Beetle alternate mode.
  • Autobot Pawn: Prowl – The snarling Autobots strategist, Prowl’s police car alternate mode suited his pragmatic personality.
  • King Decepticon: Megatron – The formidable leader and founder of the Decepticons, and the eternal nemesis of Optimus Prime, Megatron sought nothing less than complete and rock-solid domination of Cybertron!
  • Queen Decepticon: Starscream – The scheming second-in-command of the Decepticons, Starscream has constantly plotted to overthrow Megatron.
  • Decepticon Knight: Soundwave – The Decepticons’ stalwart communications officer, Soundwave gathered intelligence using his trio of cassette minions.
  • Decepticon Knight: Shockwave – The Decepticons’ operations commander, cold logic, and Shockwave’s laser turret mode made it a deadly threat.

There will be a lot more information shared as the Kickstarter campaign progresses, including the full list of chess pieces and details of potential goals.

To learn more about transformers, see the new animated series heading to Nickelodeon, the new film from Blue Beetle director Angel Manuel Soto, and Hasbro’s $ 700 Optimus Prime robot.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news editor for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Tic.


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