From One Peace Books:
Shoji Kawamori is a Japanese anime creator, screenwriter and mechanical designer. He is one of Japan’s most foremost mecha designers, having designed mechanics for and helped create virtually dozens of major animations, including: Macross, Ghost in the Shell, Space Battleship Yamato, Mobile Suit Gundam, and many more. He helped create several original Transformers: Generation 1 toy designs. Among them the first Optimus Prime. Over 20 years later, he returned to Transformers by designing both the Hybrid Style Convoy and the Masterpiece version of Starscream for Takara.