Yeah, I see the tusks now. On my screen it looks just like a part of the body beneath the head, and hard to find a prototype image of that online but found two in a google search.
Why oh why didn't they keep the tusks in final set lol? That looks way cooler than final Avak. Ah well.
[font="'Times New Roman';font-size:12px;color:#76DAFF;"]Bones the Third just had a minor derp moment. That's all.[/font]
For the record, I assumed yall must have been seeing something, and asking usually gets answers.
I believe in other media such as the VNOLG where they clearly used non-finalized versions of the sets, the Zamor launchers were shown being held top-down by a horizontal peg (in the beginning-of-chapter animations). They also seemed to lack the two "arms" on the side that held the sphere in for some reason. This seems to match Hakann's launcher on the cover; he's holding it via a visibly different connection, and the only visible prong is on the opposite side (closest to his body; it seems to be at the wrong angle to be the top axle hole).
Not entirely sure what you're trying to say here -- sorry if this is another derp moment. We're agreed the zamor launcher's physical shape in the image is final, right, but that he's just holding it weird (specifically sideways, gangsta-style, as I said)?
Yes, the VNOG designs are clearly not the same, but not sure why you bring that up here, and I don't understand the phrase "this seems to match Hakann's launcher" in that context. And I don't know what you mean about "a visibly different connection" (different from what?), nor seeming to lack arms holding the sphere in. The VNOG design obviously does have pieces holding the sphere in; what it lacks is the pressure arm in the back and the parts on the top and bottom.
For the record, here's the VNOG launcher in question:
[color=#990000;]The Zamor launchers are a different design, obviously a prototype design as I have no idea how that is supposed to work.[/color]
Same questions basically to you. What specifically about it looks prototype to you, versus just held sideways (and having just been fired so the sphere obscures the central parts)?
[color=#990000;]Avak's and Reidak's faces are quite different from their final designs. Reidak not only has a third eye but Avak's face has a different shape with some sort of pincers, hooks or whatever on the sides.[/color]
I'm granting the pinchers, which proves this is more than just a color difference (as do the spines I guess, although I just thought it was a different angle), but did you see my point about the coloring of Reidak's "third eye"? The set has that shape. And the rest of Avak's face looks pretty much identical to final to me. I wouldn't call that "quite" different at all; subtle but there.
Here's the set form of Reidak:
These definitely aren't 3D renderings.
The prototype Reidak also has the top eye hole.
Does not the final set as well? I don't have Reidak (Avak, Thok, Vezok), so all I have to go on is the final set image. BS01 shows it as having that hole. So the fact that this keeps being brought up as proof of a prototype form is puzzling.
Additionally, all the Piraka prototypes had upside down Zamor launchers. The Piraka on the cover of Dark Destiny also have upside down Zamor launchers.
I'm not getting where you're getting this part from either. Apologies for continual potential derp, but it's fun to discuss it. (For some weird reason lol.)
We're talking about this image, right?
I'm not seeing the other launchers at all -- they're obscured behind Hakann and others and the whitish fog effect. Only Hakann's is visible and it's sideways, not upside-down, and held at the same connection point as in his final set image:
Reason I say this (even though this is the height of triviality but hey ) is that if the actual Piraka prototypes had the launchers upside-down, then this not being CG (I assume it's "painted" digitally or whatever), and not having upside-down launchers would seem to imply these forms might in some cases be a bit beyond the prototype forms you're thinking of. Maybe a mix of those and the final forms?
BTW, I've had a hard time finding other prototype images other than Avak and Reidak. Avak's launcher is unclear, but Reidak's looks pretty clear:
This sounds like "upside-down" is not a fact, as this is sideways (looks kinda like the grips are sideways too though, so it might not be the final form?). I think I can now grant that the Hakann launcher isn't just a gangsta thing with the final one, and might not have been fired? Still, this is not upside-down. Anyone have a pic to explain that comment? Or better yet all six?
Fun trivial food for thought-exercise.
Another edit for funzorz: If you look close in the cover art, Avak is holding his launcher rightside-up. (But maybe if it's prototype launchers that is "sideways"... dunno. And he's holding it in his right hand instead of left. Yarr.)