Project / Transformers - The War Within - Protectobots
The Ark - War Within - Protectobots - First Aid
A big project I've been working on since 2010. What I was aiming to achieve is detailed character study sheets of The War Within/Cybertronian, Protectobots and using the style of the Transformers: The Ark - A Complete Compendium Of Transformers Animation Models Book.
When I first read Transformers: The War Within comic book series and got up to The Dark Ages issues and seeing the redesigned Protectobots in Cybertronian robot/alternate modes, I was simply amazed and excited that they were done by someone! I couldn't stop marveling at them because they look so awesome and they felt the same like in the G1 cartoon, like having their own base and being away from the other Autobots. Then later finding out who designed them Don Figueroa a favourite Transformer artist of mine I felt more happy because I love his Transformer style of drawing and also appreciating the artist who drew them in the comic Andrew Wildman. I had to give more my thanks to them for doing such a incredible job and everyone else who gave them life within those pages!
One thing I would of liked is to have seen more of TWW Protectobots but I was more than satisfied with what they produced and due to the limited reference material of TWW Protectobot designs, this is where I passionately decided to draw my own fan thorough character study sheets for them, using all the information and references that was available. I tried my absolute best to make them accurate as possible from the original content and give them the G1 cartoon feel!
Special note: What I did different with First Aid regarding his weapons is changing his alt mode "Dual-Barrelled De-crystallizer Cannons" into "Dual-Barrelled De-crystallizer Beams" which are integrated into First Aid's body structure. The reason behind that is I wanted them to look and feel less dangerous and powerless since they're main purpose is to weaken metal by disrupting the crystal-line structure of the target. When in robot mode those dual-barrelled de-crystallizer beams can also become "De-crystallizer Pistols" which I wanted to make more use of them when in robot mode as well as in alt mode since they will become useful for First Aid's non-combatant personality.
What else I came up with is designing his Laser Beam Fists which are purposely for welding in surgery. Instead I decided to also make them defensive weapons, which enable First Aid to shoot focused laser beams that would have the effect of slightly damaging targets with minimal effectiveness. However they're very strong and effective if First Aid is pushed to the edge and focuses his energy into them more which would become a last resort and really harmful.
Finally his "Force-field Arm Generators" are designed to allow First Aid have the unique ability to generate strong force-fields within a wide spread radius, though it can be a huge risk due to its energy usage but it's purpose serves and he can use it as long as he is able because that's what his role is, to aid and protect! It opens up from his lower arms from special red cross symbols and generates the needed energy capacity to create the specific area of effect that the force-field can extend out to.
I really loved and enjoyed creating new designs for his weapons/equipment/ability while adapted from his pr-existing profile! I wanted to make WW First Aid quite special since many of us remember him from G1 episode "The Ultimate Weapon" and implemented all the things that would reflect his characteristics through this design and the his toy was one of the main keys to make it possible. So I hope you do really find it interesting and like it!
Now I give you well-known Protectobot First Aid, my fifth Ark style, War Within character sheet in the series!
I'd love to know what you people think and I hope this helps to give more of a broader design look of the character within The War Within universe!
Designs / John Valmeo
Transformers © Hasbro/Takara
Original Designs / Don Figueroa
Date Created 2010-13