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Post by TheIsraeliSudrian on Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:59 pm

Anyone remember those Robot Master Design Contests that Capcom used to run for the Mega Man games? Well, I was thinking "What would it be like if HiT Entertainment ever held such a contest, but for new Thomas & Friends characters?" I'm sure lots of interesting locomotive, rolling stock, road vehicle, or other machine prototypes could've been submitted and accepted/declined. Have they ever done this type of contest before?


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Re: Character Design Contest?

Post by SkarloeyRailway on Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:34 pm

I don't think this has ever been done, but I think it'd be a really great idea! Smile
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Re: Character Design Contest?

Post by TheIsraeliSudrian on Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:45 pm

On the other hand, I think it would've been impossible at the time, due to budget reasons. But now that the series is produced in CGI, it would've been easier to actually create the entries.
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Post by EdGeorgenCody on Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:52 pm

This would actually be pretty cool. I'd totally enter if they did this.

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Re: Character Design Contest?

Post by thomasfan22 on Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:08 pm

This would be my dream come true.
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Re: Character Design Contest?

Post by TGC on Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:03 pm

I would just use my factory error wooden Duncan as my entry, it has Peter Sam's face and says "Rocky's front car on the bottom. Or I would use a wooden MCE engine as an entry. Well it would probably have to be rendered in CGI but whatever.
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Post by TheIsraeliSudrian on Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:13 pm

TheGuysCast2 wrote:I would just use my factory error wooden Duncan as my entry, it has Peter Sam's face and says "Rocky's front car on the bottom. Or I would use a wooden MCE engine as an entry. Well it would probably have to be rendered in CGI but whatever.
You'd have to be a lot more original than that. The inspiration for this idea came from the Robot Master Design Contests or Boss Character Contests that were held by Capcom and Nintendo Power for the Mega Man series. Here's an example of a collection of entries:



(Note: Some of the names of the entries were later used for actual Robot Masters, e.g. Blade Man, Freeze Man, Volt Man, and Spring Man. So, for example, I would've submitted a character called.. say, Timothy? And then the name was used for the CGI character we know today.)

Page on the Mega Man Knowledge Base:

http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Boss_character_contest
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Re: Character Design Contest?

Post by TGC on Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:07 pm

Look at the custom characters page and look at Nick to find out about him, it shows how different he is compared to some other characters out there on Sodor. And another thing is there are so many characters out there on Sodor it is almost hard to make new ones with different personas, and so many names are taken it is hard to think of new names for new engines, and a lot of the character comes form the experiences of the character and those have to be made in the show so it might be hard for many to make them, but either way I would enter no matter what to try and get my mark in the show,
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Post by zachthethomasfan2001 on Tue May 05, 2015 12:14 am

This would be awesome.
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Re: Character Design Contest?

Post by Frankthetriviaman on Sun May 10, 2015 11:10 pm

Here's the thing though: with the exception of Lady, all characters are based on actual engines and vehicles; it would not fit the style of the show to just go off and create original models
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Post by TheIsraeliSudrian on Mon May 11, 2015 7:25 am

(Percy isn't, either.)
And, I only meant new characters based on Real Life prototypes, not "fantasy engines".
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Re: Character Design Contest?

Post by Frankthetriviaman on Fri May 15, 2015 3:16 am

I know they are too heavy for Sodor, but I love the look of the 4-8-8-4 Big Boys, and if I were to create a character, I would base it on the Big Boy.
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Re: Character Design Contest?

Post by ArthurEngine on Fri Jul 31, 2015 12:21 pm

You know, Lady isn't the only one in the TTTE franchise with a freelance design. There's also Thumper, Ballast Spreader from The Railway Series (I'm pretty sure his design is freelance), those locomotives in the workshop in Troublesome Engines (You can't really tell what they're supposed to be based on), 13 and Sidney from the magazine stories who seem to have freelance designs.

Also, Percy's a hybrid of 3 locomotives.

I'd add a character based on an Australian locomotive since Australia has lots of interesting locomotives and they'd fit in well with British locos.
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Re: Character Design Contest?

Post by Toz76 on Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:29 pm

And realistically, the NWR would have built their own engines... but in the interest of tradition, one ought to use a real basis. I would go for a Mallet Triplex, or perhaps a Sharknose A and B units. They are American locos, yes, but very unique ones Or perhaps a King Class, or a Grange Class (or whatever this one's called- the entire 80 strong class disappeared without a record of being scrapped...?)
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Re: Character Design Contest?

Post by Doc Knickerbocker on Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:45 pm

I'd enjoy seeing this. It reminds me of the 'Custom Character' on the Thomas Wooden Railway website...

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Re: Character Design Contest?

Post by TheIsraeliSudrian on Fri Jul 31, 2015 2:43 pm

Not quite - This was my inspiration: http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Boss_character_contest
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Re: Character Design Contest?

Post by Doc Knickerbocker on Fri Jul 31, 2015 5:35 pm

I see.

I could see this working.
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Re: Character Design Contest?

Post by luctheminecrafter on Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:14 am

ArthurEngine wrote:You know, Lady isn't the only one in the TTTE franchise with a freelance design. There's also Thumper, Ballast Spreader from The Railway Series (I'm pretty sure his design is freelance), those locomotives in the workshop in Troublesome Engines (You can't really tell what they're supposed to be based on), 13 and Sidney from the magazine stories who seem to have freelance designs.

The Ballast Spreader is totally real, and Sidney has Peter Sam's design.
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Re: Character Design Contest?

Post by ArthurEngine on Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:32 am

luctheminecrafter wrote:
ArthurEngine wrote:You know, Lady isn't the only one in the TTTE franchise with a freelance design. There's also Thumper, Ballast Spreader from The Railway Series (I'm pretty sure his design is freelance), those locomotives in the workshop in Troublesome Engines (You can't really tell what they're supposed to be based on), 13 and Sidney from the magazine stories who seem to have freelance designs.

The Ballast Spreader is totally real, and Sidney has Peter Sam's design.

Well, I couldn't find a real tamping machine that resembles the Ballast Spreader. Sidney doesn't really look that much like Stuart.
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Post by Superiosity on Wed Oct 14, 2015 5:08 am

ArthurEngine wrote:I'd add a character based on an Australian locomotive since Australia has lots of interesting locomotives and they'd fit in well with British locos.

I would love to see an Aussie engine, with an Australian accent to make it interesting. If you want it to be a truly accurate Australian engine then they should be always completely unreliable and always make their passengers late. =P
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Re: Character Design Contest?

Post by TheIsraeliSudrian on Wed Oct 14, 2015 6:13 am

(Kinda like our railways..)

It might offend some like Leokimvideo and Ucwepn, though..
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Re: Character Design Contest?

Post by luctheminecrafter on Thu Oct 15, 2015 1:37 am

Why? They'd probably roll up in laughter instead.
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