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DRIFT - from comic to TOY by GuidoGuidi DRIFT - from comic to TOY by GuidoGuidi
Here you can compare the final toy with the early character concept I did for the IDW comics.
Please note that colors were brillantly adjusted for the comic by ~dcjosh Josh Burcham, and the toy reflected these changes as well (specifically red wrists and red details on legs).

As character, DRIFT was created from scratch by TF writer Shane McCarthy, and designed by me, following Shane's input, under the supervision of the great IDW team.
He did first appear on comics, in issue #5 of the IDW's "All Hail Megatron" maxi-series.

Hasbro liked the concept, and wanted to create a toy from it.
They did an impressive job, as they have been able to keep all the key features of this character, managing to create a very faithful, fully transformable, plastic version of Drift!
Can't wait to get the actual toy in my hands!





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:iconfelixrenegade:
FelixRenegade Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017
Drift's Alt Mode's a Silvia?! Then he should be able to whip it like it's nothing!
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Dr-Bathroom Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
alt mode is a different take, but robot is spot on, to bad mine broke!
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:iconivanprime93:
ivanprime93 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Student General Artist
If you designed this figure you are +10 kinds of awesome. XD
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CarlostheBat36 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I KNEW his disguise was a Nissan Silvia!
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:iconagailazen:
AgaiLazen Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
The feeling of something you've drawn being translated into a great toy must feel like LIQUID SEX.
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Keoma2121 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I KNOW RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i have him on my desk right now along with other autobots. see Auto Days for more list of case members of the photo comic
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destroythenconquer Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
The robots look similar, but there's something off about the car modes.
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GuidoGuidi Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012   General Artist
Yep - the car model was changed for the final toy (don't know the actual reason, maybe copyright stuff)
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ShadowWolf0821 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
I have two of his toy! Love the design and the comic!!!! Great job guys!
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TFfan1 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
He would be a perfect Punch/Counterpunch!
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flynn1978 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Bravo!
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AUJEANPAS Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
oh yeeeeaah I have this toy, he's absolutely awesome !!
Thank you too much Guido for create this excellent character !!
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bsnawder Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah...

Is his car form supposed to be, or at least inspired by, a 1990s Toyota Supra? Great design...

uh... four things...
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bsnawder Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok two things:

1.) For some reason it just looks like the character designers for the Michael Bay films totally copied off of this design for their version of Sideswipe (who transforms into the 2011 Corvette Stingray concept). The head design is especially similar.

2.) How the heck do I get a job like yours?!?!?! I would love to just make some drawings for something cool - like, oh say, Transformers - and someone in the biz just happens to see it, like it, and turn it into an official toy that gets mass-produced and put on the shelves for all the other toy and Transformers fans out there to take home! That's been my dream since I was a kid, having been just old/young enough (I'm 26) to buy original, first issue G1/G2 action figures at Toys'R'Us. It must feel pretty good to have something like that happen to you.

I'm really glad that you are sticking to the original design style. They really had something special back then. The designs are simple and easily recognizable; unlike the new movie designs which just look messy and weird. Seriously, if there's one thing I learned from my Character Design class back in my Art Institute days, it's that if you want to know for sure that your character design is good, and that each one can be properly distinguished from the others, black them out so that all you see is a solid black figure with no detail except the outline. "When in doubt, black it out," they say. I guess that was three things...
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prowla15 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
that is cool what you did
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Skull-16 Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
People call Drift excessive try-hard because they think 3 swords is overdoing it. I call him historically accurate; real samurai DID have 3 swords, 1 long for combat outdoors, 2 short for fighting indoors. This guy is cool, so are his toy, artist and creator.
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glovestudios Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
This is really cool man. How cool it must have been to see this come true.
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blackarachnia123 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
omg am I reading right ur the creator of drift omg omg I love u I picked up drift a week ago cause I had blurr and I'm loving him so mych
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GuidoGuidi Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011   General Artist
yep I did the design part the character idea is by Shane McCarthy and IDW
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blackarachnia123 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
awsome
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ShadowWolf0821 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
I picked up 2 copies of him a week ago. I love the fact that I can actually trace a toy I own to an amazing artist who created it. Great work, and keep it up bro!!
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ReinaHW Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010   Writer
Drift is a great toy, I keep resisting playing with him. 31 and still enjoying playing with toys, well resisting to even though it's nice stress relief.
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G1d4n Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
guarda, non ho capito una cosa del giocattolo: che significa l'ideogramma sulle fiancate?
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GuidoGuidi Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010   General Artist
Samurai!
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G1d4n Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
grazie^^
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KaitenKenbuu Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
Is that tigertron's head?
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:iconkaitenkenbuu:
KaitenKenbuu Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
How the hell is that suposed to be a drifter? Its a freaking cobalt on steriods. They should have stuck with the s15....
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Micha01 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Well, I just got this figure today, thanks too my GF, pretty friggen awesome. I managed too pick up the only figure from about 3-4 different places I tried (I live in Aus, so it's amazing I got it at all). Only real beef with the figure is his main sword, which is made of a really bendy plastic, anyone got any ideas on how too harden the plastic up?

Either way. Great figure, I like a lot -Thumbs up-
And congrats on actually getting a figure made of him
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:iconty-chou:
Ty-Chou Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woo! Drift! He looks sweet! Want! *makes the gimmie hands*
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UnderwaterMaiden Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
I'm totally excited, thanks for uploading so we can see all the uncanny details! Great work!
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:icondecepticonsrule:
DecepticonsRule Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Wow... VERY cool. Drift is one of the best Transformers characters period, if you ask me. So glad he's getting a figure.
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AerisNoir Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It's Drift. Drift! I could not imagine wanting any other toy but this one.

I hope they release it here.
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SorataYuy Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
YES! Is he going to be available in stores/to the mass market? I've never been able to afford con' exclusives - or even to attend con's. ;_;
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FrankORourke Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional General Artist
I love the toy, and I can't wait til Reprolabels comes out with an obvious sticker set to show the great details of the car mode.
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ACdraw Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm kinda looking forward to the Blurr remold a little more than this guy.
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FrankORourke Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Plur repaint does look cool. Except that sniper rifle doesn't look good with him. perhaps I'll give it to my G1 Perceptor
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ACdraw Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, they are making a new Perceptor figure, basing it on the Animated version.
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:iconfrankorourke:
FrankORourke Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
I'll believe that when I see it. ;)
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:iconacdraw:
ACdraw Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, shouldn't be too much longer since they reveal anything. They've also stated they're (at last) doing a G1 Jazz update.
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FrankORourke Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
the jazz I know is true.
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:iconacdraw:
ACdraw Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They recently revealed pics of all of the new wave.
Perceptor included. He's definitely got a bit of Animated influence in him.
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dragal996 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Wow. That looks pretty accurate at a quick glance. But for some reason, it doesn't quite seem right, in my eye. His face doesn't seem to fit his personality (from what I've pulled from his spotlight/AHM). It would have been nice if they'd stuck to the drawn paint scheme, though.
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Esnet1r Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
that's fresh, I've always wondered how they make that character design into a toy, the toy companies are pretty impressive
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metalformer Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice picture. Definitively helpful to get all the details you otherwise won't notice on the figure if you don't own it.
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bertogrimlock Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
me too! I'm sooooo ready to get him :XD:
I never know that he will be released in toy, since he is a new character in Transformers universe :D
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cyberjam Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
wow, hope it gets released so i can buty one!
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:iconstridersyd:
StriderSyd Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Cool toy.

Except.....I don't like how he holds the sword only by the tip.
If this is only the show/prototype one, and not the final mass market one, the I hope that HASBRO will fix it.
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Anastas2002 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Nicely done. About the only complaint I have about the actual toy is that it could do with a bit more red like the concept art. Still, kudos to you and Shane McCarthy for seeing your work become "official" in the form of the toy.

It'd also be kinda cool to see what alternate colors get applied down the road to create new Transformers.
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Blitz-Wing Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As a design its nice but that car mode is horrid
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PhillGonzo Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This turned out fantastic, great stuff man!
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