Phew! That was a whirlwind! I started this guy at the end of last week, and now he takes up a whole corner of a room. Its funny because I saw the Armada toy of Unicron for $50 at a local comic shop, passed on him, and decided to take a crack at making my own. I know he's rough, but I'm pretty happy with the result (especially seeing as how he will probably wind up being in a battle with my oldest son's toys at some point). Of all the Transformers characters, I thought that the cardboard method would work best for Unicron, since he's supposed to be from the very beginning of time, wandering the galaxies and dimensions for billions of years, devouring planets for energy. He would look worn, uneven, and ancient.
Its amazing how complex and convoluted the mythology of the Transformers is...you would never know that the most cynical reasons gave birth to the whole thing, and the generation that grew up on it has invested a lot of depth into the story. As I was saying in the last post, I did not watch the original series until I was a grown-up (chronologically, anyway), and the crass nature of the cartoon is evident in every episode...new characters are constantly being introduced to sell the toys, the plots make little sense, and there is a dearth of logic or thought put into anything. The seeds of a great idea are there all along, and the show is full of nifty designs and non-stop action, but it really is over-violent nonsense. Later iterations have actually managed to strip down the essence and create something much more streamlined. Transformers Prime, a show aimed at 8 year olds, is actually really effective and exciting serialized television, has likeable characters that you can root for, has developed some really interesting villains, and has gorgeous animation on a TV budget. Much of the logical problems have been worked out, and I am consistently impressed by the continuity and world-building that the show has managed. Add to that the fact that the two best ongoing comic books are Transformers titles (More Than Meets the Eye and Robots In Disguise), and you can see how something can transcend its inception and become much more.