In some ways, the Transformers cartoon series was very much a game of chess between Autobots and Decepticons. So, it kind of makes sense to turn it into a chess set. Depending on how you play the game, Decepticons may not always be the loser.
Hasbro has partnered with Eaglemoss Hero Collector to create a chess set based on the classic Generation One Transformers animated series from the 1980s. Each chess set features 32 individually sculpted chess pieces: 16 Autobots and 16 Decepticons, collectively known as the White chess set and Black chess set, respectively.
I have no idea why Hasbro and Eaglemoss bother with the black and white distinction since the Transformers Gen-1 Chess Set is, well, sold as a set anyways. Anywho, Optimus Prime and Megatron would be the crown-bearers aka the King chess pieces for the Autobots and Decepticons, respectively.
Expect to find characters like Elita One Ultra Magnus, Hot Rod, Starscream, Soundwave, Shockwave among the chess pieces.
Each set comes with a specially designed chessboard measuring over 25 inches square and details of each faction’s HQ on each side. The set also comes with an exclusive 272-page book.
Now, if you thought HasLab’s Transformers Unicron was pricey, well, I assure you that the Transformers Gen-1 Chess Set will completely blow your mind (and bank account). It will run you back at US$600 or more.
While this is no concept collectible, it is at the mercy of crowdfunding on Kickstarter. Eaglemoss has set the funding goal at a cool US$300,000 and it has just 40 days to achieve that.
More information can be found HERE.
Images: Eaglemoss Hero Collector.