Recently, Gizmodo had a chance to go out to the Transformers HQ at Hasbro's home office outside of Providence, Rhode Island. We got to see how the classic toys are designed from the ground up, as well as the workshop where early prototypes for all of Hasbro's toys are put together. It was a pretty great time.
Some of the lead designers of the newest Transformers line took us through how they dream up, sketch out, and engineer the designs and transformations of your favorite Transformers characters.
We took a tour around the Hasbro prototype workshop and saw how the earliest models of toys are put together—sometimes grown—right in the Hasbro's workshop. We saw 3D printers, master model makers at work, and the man who hand-paints every single Transformers prototype.
Transformers are HARD to put together. Some of the head designers explained how it got to be so bad, and why things are going to get better some time soon.
We also saw this. It was horrifying.