BFTB Exclusive - Bob Brechin Q&A Results

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Re: BFTB Exclusive - Bob Brechin Q&A Results

Postby The Baron » 16 Dec 2012 20:06

101) Were the design dept given, by the accounts/sales dept', a target R.R.P. toys to be aimed @ & design accordingly? (For example "We need figures to retail @ X amount each, & a range of vehicles between X & X amount!"?)

Palitoy produced the Kenner Star Wars toys, so to keep within cost target we designed the figures with accessories so they matched. We had a basic cost target for the vehicles. I remember I needed to simplify the AF7 to meet tooling costs and packaging criteria, which I think is borne out in the catalogue photos.

102) Were there ever any talks of creating an animated cartoon of Action Force?

Pass.

103) Was the :stake: & :tracker: figure based on a particular picture/soldier?

Sabotage.

104) The :zforce: :breaker: figure looks as if it's modeled on some of the plates/pictures in the Osprey Men At Arms series, particularly their first c. 1981 book on the SAS. Were any other figures inspired by the Osprey reference books apart from :eagle: ? Or other sources such as the artwork for the plates in the Marshall Cavendish "Falklands War" volume?

Pass, not familiar with Osprey.

105) Geoff Campion used Tony Geraghty's 'This Is the SAS' as a reference source for some of his artwork, not least his "Super Soldiers of the SAS" booklet, also the Osprey Men At Arms series. Did he find these independently or were they recommended by you and your team?

No

106) The back stories of many Action Force and Enemy characters, and many of the Battle Action Force stories, derived inspiration from the secret wars and anti-terrorist operations - and, of course, the terrorist movements themselves - of the 1960s and 1970s. How much influence did such contemporary history have on the design process for the characters?

If so, it was very subliminal. The Baron range of Teams was partly based on early James Bond films.

107) Was Boffin of Special Weapons Force based on yourself?

Well , the original prototype had glasses which I wear, but he has hair which I have very little of; but see next answer.

108) Was Boffin somehow an inspiration for Baron Ironblood? After all, you are name-checked in the special edition of the Roboskull blueprints at Matto Grosso Laboratories as "Boff" ;)

I designed the blueprint and “Boff”, from Special Weapons, was a name someone called me when I was in my early twenties. I suppose Boffin ( Boff ) could have been captured by Baron and forced to develop some of his weapons and that was reason SWS was disbanded ( more likely Marketing didn’t want another team ). It was 30 years ago and my memory doesn’t recall but that could have been my thinking then.

109) The 1983 catalogue had many interesting prototypes, particularly for Space Force. Some of the Space Force figures appear on an early Battle Action Force 'competition' cover. How close did they, the Space Force base and the novel Cosmic Cruiser get to the production line?
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Didn’t the Cosmic Cruiser get into production? I thought it did: it’s in the 1983 catalogue. It’s 30 years and I can’t remember !! I remember we modified the figures. See 95.

110)This two handed 'weapon at the ready' position is synonymous with Action Force figures, do you remember how or why this pose was chosen?
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We did make some figures with arms in bent position so that he could hold the rifle ; and also we made some prototypes with one-piece moulded legs in kneeling position which didn’t get accepted by Marketing.
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111) Was it ever prototyped or generally considered to have greater articulation built into the series 1 range?

It was briefly considered and we did make a prototype figure, but we decided to copy the Star Wars approach ( I suppose it involved much less development and we were pressed for time to get things moving; and also we were sure of the costings because of Star Wars )

112) Thanks for all your hard work on these toys. I would like to know why out of all the Z-Force team members why was Doc's age set at 45 on his filecard, making him the oldest member on the team.?

Pass.

113) Was Scout ever considered as a tank driver rather then a minesweeper?

Pass

114) I would really like to know more about the Force that Dave Tree discovered. I was wondering what they were going to be called?

I believe I have covered that.

115) We all know that :kiwi:'s long umbilical cord fits nicely into a hole on the :space: Triad Fighter but I keep getting a nagging feeling that :kiwi: , with the hose socket & the crazy amount of extra accessories he's got, was originally intended to be the Triad's pilot. Is this right?

No.

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Re: BFTB Exclusive - Bob Brechin Q&A Results

Postby Dark Horse » 16 Dec 2012 20:16

The bastard never answered my question! Or maybe he said "Pass" because he knew if he outed Red Laser as a ninja, then Red Laser would get him in the night.

Yeah, that's it.

Bob proves that Red Laser is a ninja!

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Postby The Kraken Wakes » 16 Dec 2012 21:11

Thats amazing. Thank you Bob!
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Postby meertoh » 16 Dec 2012 21:29

Great stuff! Very generous of Bob to take the time to answer the questions.
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Postby The Kraken Wakes » 16 Dec 2012 21:47

Its things like this that occasionally spur me on to get stuff done in my Action Force world, hope to find some time over Christmas to get some more stuff sorted out and a large custom started and finished.
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Re: BFTB Exclusive - Bob Brechin Q&A Results

Postby Thundershot » 16 Dec 2012 21:54

Fantastic stuff, Jim, many thanks to Mr Brechin for taking the time to answer our questions.

Some intriguing answers, especially regarding the :space: troop transport idea & prototype figures with bended knees.

I think there's a Toys 'r' Us (True Heroes?) figure with permanently posed knees isn't there?
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Postby Dark Horse » 16 Dec 2012 22:12

Someone needs to tell the V+A that the Q force sub is just a custom.
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Re: BFTB Exclusive - Bob Brechin Q&A Results

Postby Shogi » 16 Dec 2012 23:09

Very cool, many thanks to Mr. Brechin and the Baron for providing this interview! I always love hearing some behind the scenes stories about the toys I collect
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Re: BFTB Exclusive - Bob Brechin Q&A Results

Postby jamarmiller » 16 Dec 2012 23:25

very nice read and interview, thank you Bob and baron for putting it together

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