Astroblast (Lost Protectors)

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Astroblast
Lost Protectors character
Astroblast-art2.jpg
Astroblast art
First appearance

Astro Adventures, December 2014
Created by

Play With This Too
Information
Aliases Astroburst
Species Human
Gender Male
Abilities

Affiliation

Lost Protectors (leader)
Title

Lord of the Living Lightning
Quote

"Tyrants come and go, so justice must never die."
Partner

R-Brand

Astroblast is a fictional character and third-party Transformer homage to Cloudburst and Phoenix made by Play With This Too. He is the heroic leader of the Lost Protectors.

Lost Protectors

Astroblast is a fictional character created by Play With This Too as part of their Lost Protectors series. He is an intergalactic heroic character. He is the leader of the Protectors. He wears a powerful Aegis armor with various weapons. Because of his status as Lord of the Living Lightning he can generate massive electrical bursts. He has a Tech Drone companion named R-Brand who can become a scout ship or disassemble into a rifle, backpack and shield. He also has a BMOG companion named Bearald who can become an arsenal of weapons and increase Astroblasts's power output.

"The figure itself does not transform. It does feature interchangeable weapons, heads, hands, 5mm ports and each figure will come with a Tech Drone. The Tech Drones do transform."[1], "Lots of articulation. Arms, legs, knees, elbows, head, hands..."[2] "Our "human" figures will feature interchangeable hands in various poses."[3]

Development

Astroblast was designed by Rik Alvarez with the help of Mark Wong. He was initially developed under the name Astroburst, but it was changed to Astroblast early on. His Tech Drone was originally designed to simply turn from weapons to a scout vehicle, but was later developed to also form a simple humanoid robot by Mark Wong.

Astroblast line art was first revealed online in September 2014.[4]

More art of Astroblast, including color illustrations, was displayed at Retrocon 2014.

Ankhor, Astroblast and Goldminer were initially announced to be stretch goals in the Lost Protectors Kickstarter, but they did not end up being among those goals when the campaign was launched.

Reception

The [email protected] podcast for September 26th, 2014 discussed Astroblast in the news. The hosts though it was original and liked it and wanted to see a prototype. They didn't like the company name.[5]

The Retro Robot Radio show for September 27th, 2014 discussed Astroblast, Desolataur and Deep Earth Explorer in the news.[6]

The moonbase2 podcast for September 29th, 2014 discussed Astroblast, concept art in the news. The hosts were reluctant to call Play With This Too a true "third-party" company and likened them to Boss Fight Studios. The hosts said Astroblast reminded them of Big Daddy from Bioshock or a Toad mech from Battletech. They said the interchangeability of the figures reminded them of the Glyos system.[7]

The Star To Star Toys News podcast for September 29th, 2014 discussed the announcement of Play With This Too and their first figure Astroblast in the news.[8]

The Repacked Podcast podcast for September 30th, 2014 discussed the announcement of Play With This Too and Astroblast, Desolataur and Head Shots Vol. 1 in the news.[9]

The Star To Star Toys News podcast for September 30th, 2014 discussed Astroblast, Desolataur and Deep Earth Explorer in the news.[10]

The Retro Robot Radio show for October 4th, 2014 discussed Astroblast, Bloodbath, Desolataur and Head Shots Vol. 1 in the news.[11]

The moonbase2 podcast for October 8th, 2014 discussed Astroblast, Bloodbath, Desolataur and Head Shots Vol. 1 in the news.[12]

Rik Alvarez was interviewed on the TFYLP podcast on October 10th, 2014. They talked about Astroblast, Desolataur and Head Shots Vol. 1 and 2. The hosts thought Skull-FCKR looked like Predator and that Xando looked like a hammer head shark.[13]

The Retro Robot Radio show for October 25th, 2014 interviewed Rik Alvarez. The show discussed Play With This Too team members Mark Wong, Steve Redinger, Trent Troop, Ken Christiansen, Aaron Archer and Simon Furman. It also talked about the toys for Ancient Astronaut, Astroblast, Bloodbath, Boneyard, Desolataur, Jetwash and Steel Cock as well as the first three volumes of Head Shots.[14]

The [email protected] podcast for October 27th, 2014 interviewed Rik Alvarez. He talked about Ancient Astronaut, Astroblast, Desolataur and the Play With Yourself box set.[15]

The Shattered Cast Uncut podcast for October 30th, 2014 discussed Ancient Astronaut, Astroblast, Bloodbath, Boneyard, Desolataur, Jetwash and Head Shots Vol. 1 through 3 in the news. The hosts liked the Pretender homages, but did not understand the Head Shots. They said some of the designs reminded them of characters from Inhumanoids, Men in Black and Ren and Stimpy.[16]

The Cybercast podcast for November 22nd, 2014 interviewed Rik Alvarez. He spoke about Play With This Toosday reveals, Astroblast, Bloodbath, Desolataur, Ironstrike, Jetwash, The Mighty Muscules - Son of Testosteros, Tri-Gorr and the Play With Yourself Box Set. He announced the villains of his series would be called Heretics.[17]

The Radio Free Cybertron podcast for January 28th, 2015 discussed Play With This Too in the news. One host said he wanted to buy "not-Cloudburst", meaning Astroblast and another said they wanted anything Inhumanoids inspired, meaning Landmass. [18]

Fictional biography

Astroblast is the leader of the Lost Protectors. He wears a living Aegis battle suit powered by the primal forces of the universe. It grants him enhanced strength, durability, longevity and the ability the fly, as well as having numerous weapons. His suit also provides ultraviolet vision, breathable air and protection from harsh environmental conditions including under water and the vacuum of space. He has a Tech Drone companion named R-Brand.

The biography for Bearald mentions that the BMOG bear latched onto Astroblast early in the young Protector's career, declaring himself the Lost Protectors' valet and butler.

The biography for Madwing mentions that she knows that Astroblast and his team are alive and the leaders of the Grand Protector Armada covered their disappearance.

Games

Astroblast is a character from the Kaiju Kaos tabletop game.[19]

Astroblast as a Hero System 4th edition character by Mathew Robert Ignash.

R-Brand as a Hero System 4th edition character by Mathew Robert Ignash.

Toys

  • Play With This Too Lost Protectors Astroblast with R-Brand (unreleased)
A 1:12 scale articulated figure with interchangeable head and limbs. He has numerous 5mm connector ports. Comes with alternate armored head, Prosecutor rifle, "hyper action whip" weapon and jet pack. The rifle and jet pack can also combine with R-Brand.
Astroblast shares the same design as Astro Spreem and Landmass.
Astroblast shares parts with Ankhor, Goldminer, Impirator, Iron Strike, Mainsail, Rawbat, Terrortops, Titanic Triceratops XD and Tri-Gorr.
R-Brand turns from robot to scout ship.

Gallery

References

  1. http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-3rd-party-discussion/1002909-play-too-astroblast.html#post11637889
  2. http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-3rd-party-discussion/1002909-play-too-astroblast-5.html#post11639339
  3. http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-3rd-party-discussion/1002909-play-too-astroblast-5.html#post11639752
  4. http://tformers.com/play-with-this-too-reveal-designs-for-astroblast-figure/24806/news.html
  5. Vangelus (September 26th, 2014). "[email protected]". http://www.tfw2005.com/ (Podcast). TFW2005. http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/wtf-tfw-transformers-podcast/1003234-wtf-tfw-323-september-26-2014-a.html. 
  6. Mathew Robert Ignash (September 27th, 2014). "Retro Robot Radio". http://www.youtube.com/user/RetroRobotRadio?feature=watch (Podcast). Mathew Robert Ignash. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2TZjjEILxY. 
  7. Andy (September 29th, 2014). "moonbase2". http://moonbase2.libsyn.com (Podcast). moonbase2. http://moonbase2.libsyn.com/episode-313. 
  8. Chris and Ash (September 29th, 2014). "Star To Star Toys News". https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6PGk5W0pSKfwbXpIahKObw (Podcast). Star To Star Toy News. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjA7nsE5ATk. 
  9. Craig Moore (September 30th, 2014). "Repacked Podcast". http://www.repackedpodcast.com/ (Podcast). Repacked Podcast. http://www.repackedpodcast.com/archives/1393. 
  10. Chris and Ash (September 30th, 2014). "Star To Star Toys News". https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6PGk5W0pSKfwbXpIahKObw (Podcast). Star To Star Toy News. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqoLTH-V8fg. 
  11. Mathew Robert Ignash (October 4th, 2014). "Retro Robot Radio". http://www.youtube.com/user/RetroRobotRadio?feature=watch (Podcast). Mathew Robert Ignash. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2TZjjEILxY. 
  12. Andy (October 8th, 2014). "moonbase2". http://moonbase2.libsyn.com (Podcast). moonbase2. http://moonbase2.libsyn.com/episode-314. 
  13. Weirdwolf (10 October 2014). "TFYLP". https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPuvkpKfdDqj-7gEnFRZu6Q (Podcast). TFYLP. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_fCVNxw13s. 
  14. Mathew Robert Ignash (October 25th, 2014). "Retro Robot Radio". http://www.youtube.com/user/RetroRobotRadio?feature=watch (Podcast). Mathew Robert Ignash. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xKvV9DVGiw. 
  15. Vangelus (October 27th, 2014). "[email protected]". http://www.tfw2005.com/ (Podcast). TFW2005. http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/wtf-tfw-transformers-podcast/1007868-wtf-pwttoo-tfcon-usa-2014-oct-27-2014-a.html. 
  16. Oscar NJ Boi (October 30th, 2014). "Shattered Cast Uncut". http://www.youtube.com/user/shatteredcastuncut?feature=watch (Podcast). Shattered Cast Uncut. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOs78vVYNic. 
  17. Josh (November 22nd, 2014). "Cybercast". https://www.youtube.com/user/G1Hexatron?feature=watch (Podcast). Cybercast. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weVUBYepzMk. 
  18. Brian Kilby (January 28th, 2015). "Radio Free Cybertron". http://www.tfradio.net/ (Podcast). TFW2005. http://www.tfradio.net/podcast/2014/9/11/radio-free-cybertron-402.html. 
  19. Free Kaiju Kaos game stats. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3sjibfIG5m-b0hwNFR5TFhTTmc/view

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