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Emiliano Santalucia's Generations Metroplex Concept Art
Posted by News Fetcher on June 17 '14 at 09:16 AM
By StayingInTheBox from TFW2005:
Wow! You have got to love seeing some behind the scenes work on Transformers. Illustrator and toy designer Emiliano Santalucia just provided a gem for us to look at. Over at Mr. Santalucia's blog we have concept drawings of Generations Titan Metroplex. He went on to provide the following detail about the drawings:

As some of you may know, I did some work on that giant sucker. But I didn't do the whole design. What I did was working with Chris Hicks on a concept to pitch the idea and work out the general shapes and features. After that, he was properly designed and engineered, but as you may notice, some spots remained faithful to what I had draw, like the chest area. As you can see also, those panels on the shoulders were supposed to open up. Hasbro kept them, but they are now part of the shoulder sculpture and don't move.
Overall, I believed I had to go for TF Prime aesthetic, I wasn't aware this was for Generations.
Oh, and yes, it's a pretty rough sketch. But many of these things starts like that!


Check out the images after the break and join the discussion with the discussion link below!

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New Images From Transformers 4 Age Of Extinction
Posted by News Fetcher on June 17 '14 at 09:01 AM
By SilverOptimus from TFW2005:
We have received a new set of Transformers: Age Of Extinction Movie Stills from Paramount. The images feature Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager, Stanley Tucci as Joshua, Nicola Peltz as Tessa Yeager, Jack Reynor as Shane Dyson, Li Bingbing as Su Yueming and T. J. Miller as Lucas.

Check out the images, after the jump.

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Interview with Michael Bay and Lorenzo di Bonaventura - Filming Age of Extinction
Posted by News Fetcher on June 17 '14 at 08:45 AM
By StayingInTheBox from TFW2005:
Film Journal International had the chance to sit down and interview the Director himself Michael Bay and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. The interview does not contain any spoilers and goes into a discussion of AOE and the lengthy process involved with filming these blockbusters.

Check out the full article after the break to learn more about the process as well as what the future of these live action films have in store for us.

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Age of Extinction "Then & Now Optimus Prime" Promotional Metal Figurines
Posted by News Fetcher on June 17 '14 at 08:45 AM
By StayingInTheBox from TFW2005:
Hat tip to TFW2005 boards member bny888 for sharing with us the promotional freebie items from the Robinsons Manila Age of Extinction launch. Pictured are a "then and now" set featuring G1 and AOE metal figurines of Optimus Prime, which are around 2" in size. These were provided to customers who had purchased roughly P2,000 (around US$46) worth of product.

Check them out after the break.

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Botcon Countdown - Decent into Evil and Dawn of Future's Past on eBay
Posted by News Fetcher on June 17 '14 at 08:15 AM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:
In the countdown to this weekend's Botcon, we've decided to feature a selection of eBay auctions for previous years set's, starting with the first set released by current organizers Fun Publications. Throughout the week, we will feature each year until we arrive at this year, 2014!

First up, check out toys from the year 2005...



Decent Into Evil

Fallback
Ricochet
Ironhide
Chromia
Deathsarus
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Iron Factory IF-EX02 - Legends Size IDW "Blaster" with "Steeljaw and Ramhorn"
Posted by News Fetcher on June 17 '14 at 07:00 AM
By StayingInTheBox from TFW2005:
Third party Group Iron Factory revealed their next project earlier today: an IDW inspired Blaster with minions Steeljaw and Ramhorn. These figures look to be fitting nicely into the "Legends" scale currently out at retail and go extremely well with your Generations Titan Metroplex. The IF-EX02 looks to also be compatible with other Generations deluxe figures such as Fall of Cybertron Optimus Prime, which we also see has an interesting image of a "powered up" Prime mode when Iron Factory's EX-02 set is combined with this one (images of the EX-02 are also included after the jump).

Are these Iron Factory Legends sized figures sitting well with you? Check them out with the discussion links below!

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Transformers 4 Age Of Extinction New TV Spot - Built
Posted by News Fetcher on June 17 '14 at 12:00 AM
By SilverOptimus from TFW2005:
2005 Boards Member OptimusJet has uploaded a new Transformers: Age Of Extinction TV Spot. The most interesting part of this TV Spot is what Lockdown has to say. The commercial opens up a lot of questions for the fans to debate.



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New Hasbro Masterpiece Sunstorm Images
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '14 at 09:01 PM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:
Thanks to 2005 Boards member Deceptigtar for sharing some high res pics of the upcoming Hasbro Masterpiece Sunstorm. The very bright repaint is due out at Toys R Us as an exclusive soon. Check out the shots after the break. I'm lovin it!

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Renderform Leo Justice Sword, Magnum Hammer, and Savior Shield
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '14 at 03:46 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Renderform have updated their Facebook page to announce some all-new entries into their weapons series which will make their debut at Botcon 2014. The new weapons are the Leo Justice Sword, Leo Magnum Hammer, and Leo Savior Shield. A new version of the Blackguard weapon kit, named "Blackguard Slasher" will also be available. The weapons have been designed with the Botcon 2014 Pirates VS Knights theme in mind, and would go particularly well if the rumored Thundertron as Alpha Trion were to happen as an exclusive - although these will look great on any version of the mold, such as the Japanese Leo Prime or Go Prime redecos.

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SXS Toys Unofficial Blurr Prototype Image
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '14 at 03:31 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
SXS Toys have unveiled a new image of their unofficial Blurr via their Weibo page. SXS-02 is going to be of a size with a Masterpiece Transformer, shown standing almost the same height as Masterpiece Sideswipe, and judging by the color of plastic parts, features some level of finger articulation. However, does Masterpiece size Masterpiece level of quality make? Check out the image and judge for yourself.

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Transformers Legends Game "Me Grimlock King" Event
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '14 at 03:31 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The official Tranformers Facebook page has updated with details of the latest event for Mobage's Transformers Legends game. The next event seems to be named "Me Grimlock King"! It's a team battle event with lots of love for the mighty Dinobot commander. Artwork for the event suggests more than one iteration of Grimlock will be featured in this event, with a King Grimlock, Generation 1 Grimlock and a hybrid of Classics and Fall of Cybertron Grimlocks all shown in the Facebook post. We've mirrored the art, which is as always pretty awesome - check it out.

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Age of Extinction Silver Chrome Deluxes Giveaway in the Philippines
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '14 at 03:16 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
There is another Age of Extinction launch promo coming up this weekend, this time in the Philippines. Toys R Us in Robinsons Place Manila over this weekend, June 21 and 22, will be offering the chance to receive one of four "Tritanium Silver" exclusive versions of the Wave 1 Age of Extinction Deluxe class toys with any single purchase worth P8,500 or more.

You might remember these silver chrome versions of the Deluxes - they have been available at other launch events throughout Asia when the Age of Extinction toyline launched. Now it seems they are going to be available once again. A big thanks go to TFW member bny888 and to Eric John A. Cruz.

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Uber and Optimus Prime Team Up to Roll Out an Exciting Promotion
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '14 at 03:16 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
To promote the upcoming Transformers Age of Extinction, Paramount has teamed up with private hire cell phone app Uber to allow fans a chance to roll with Optimus Prime in three US cities!

The Optimus Prime truck will be in the following cities on the following dates and times:

Dallas
June 16th | 1pm-7pm
Phoenix
June 19th | 1pm-7pm
Los Angeles
June 21st | 1pm-7pm

The way it works is on the day and time when Optimus is in your city, you open the Uber app, tap the Autobots option, tap “set pickup location” and then tap “ROLL OUT!” If you're lucky you'll be picked up by Optimus Prime for a 15 minute Transformers driving experience!

Check out the full details on the Uber blog.

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Jagex Transformers Universe Live Stream 17 June 2014
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '14 at 02:46 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Jagex have dropped us a line to let all of you know that they will be having another live stream session for their Transformers Universe game! The stream will be taking place at 6pm GMT tomorrow - that's 1pm EST. Be sure to join in the fun on the Transformers Universe Twitch TV channel.

That is not all though, as Jagex have also shared a couple of new bits of concept art on their Facebook page - one showing a Terrorcon standing amid a devastated landscape, and another showing a large Cybertronian stomping around near a gas station. Be sure to check both out!

Botcon attendees - we have also heard that Jagex will be at this year's Botcon in Pasadena, California this weekend. Botcon 2014 kicks off on June 19, 2014 and runs through to June 22 - be sure to stop by the Jagex booth and check out what they have on offer.

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All Hail Grimlock - Matt Frank/Thomas Deer BotCon 2014 Print
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '14 at 01:31 PM
By Mechafire from TFW2005:
Transformers (and Godzilla) artist Matt Frank has stopped by to show us a print that will be available at BotCon 2014, titled "All Hail Grimlock"! The piece is drawn by Frank himself, with colors by Thomas Deer. It features space t-rexes from across the ages, showing Grimlock's multiple different incarnations throughout the years (including a certain unfortunate green backhoe).

There will be lots available there, and you'll also have the opportunity to meet both Frank and Deer themselves, in addition to getting the print signed by them.

Check it out after the jump!

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Transformers 4 Age Of Extinction IMAX TV Spot
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '14 at 11:00 AM
By SilverOptimus from TFW2005:
We have yet another TV Spot for Transformers: Age Of Extinction. This one doesn’t have new footage but it goes behind the scenes to look at the IMAX 3D 4K Digital Camera in action.

Transformers: Age of Extinction is the first feature film to ever use the new IMAX3D Digital Camera. Exclusively in IMAX theatres, sequences filmed with the IMAX3D Digital Cameras will be presented in a 1.9:1 aspect ratio – offering moviegoers 26% more of the image than standard cinemas for a truly immersive IMAX 3D experience. The production team on Transformers: Age of Extinction was able to capture major action sequences of the film – including chase scenes and helicopter shots – in high-resolution 3D in a way that was previously impossible thanks to the compact size of the new cameras.



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Transformers 4 Age Of Extinction Big Red Promotional Video
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '14 at 11:00 AM
By SilverOptimus from TFW2005:
Big Red has posted a very cool Promotional Video for the release of Transformers: Age Of Extinction, which really should not be given any introduction. Enjoy!

"Big Red's tribute to TRANSFORMERS fans everywhere is here! How Will YOU Prepare for the new film, Transformers: Age of Extinction in theaters June 27th? Tell us what you think."



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Botcon Countdown - The First 10 Years on eBay
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '14 at 10:46 AM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:
It's Botcon week already! Each year we like to count down to Botcon weekend with a look back at the figures we clamor over, and see where they are on eBay. This year is a year of anniversaries. The Transformers are 30, Botcon is turning 20, and Fun Publications is celebrating their 10th show. But today we will look back at the first 10.

The first 10 years were run by the creators of Botcon, The Hartmans (for the most part) along with 3H for a few. That's a whole other story, we're focusing on the toys here. Early on, there were only 1 or 2 a year, very simple repaints for the most part. As the brand grew, so did the toys. Eventually getting new heads and very detailed paint applications. Below is a list of 1994 - 2004. Check out the figures and see if you can fill in your collection, or just check to see where figures you have are selling!



1994
Breakdown

1995
Nightracer

1996
Onyx Primal

1997
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Maketoys to attend TFcon Toronto 2014
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '14 at 10:30 AM
By Super_Megatron from TFW2005:
Maketoys will be joining us this year at TFcon Toronto 2014. Look for their booth in the dealer room as well as information as part of the 3rd Party Product Preview on the Saturday for all the details.

TFcon Toronto – The world's largest fan-run Transformers convention will take place July 11th to 13th, 2014. TFcon will return to the Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Transformers. You can book your discounted room now via the 2014 hotel reservation website. TFcon Toronto preregistration is now online. This is the only way to reserve the 2014 exclusive MASTERPIECE SHAFTER and to sign up for the customizing classes.

TFcon Toronto 2014 features Canada's largest dealer room for Transformers merchandise, question and answer panels and autograph sessions with many special guests including SUSAN BLU the voice of Generation 1 Arcee and voice director for Beast Wars, Beast Machines and Transformers Animated, GARRY CHALK the voice of Optimus Primal in Beast Wars and Beast Machines and Optimus Prime in Armada, Energon and Cybertron as well as AARON ARCHER former Creative Lead for all Transformers partnerships, NEIL KAPLAN the voice of Optimus Prime in Robots in Disguise, SARAH STONE artist for IDW’s Transformers: Windblade miniseries, Transformers: Robots in Disguise ongoing series comic book artist ANDREW GRIFFITH, Transformers colorist JOSH PEREZ, Transformers toy designer and artist MARVIN MARIANO, the man behind LilFormers MATT MOYLAN and a live performance by THE CYBERTRONIC SPREE with more TBA.



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Hasbro and Rovio Announce Angry Birds Transformers
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '14 at 09:15 AM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:
Looks like Hasbro is getting in on the Angry Birds craze again with one of their own brands this time, Transformers! A mash up similar to Angry Birds Star Wars is coming, this time featuring the Transformers as birdies and piggies battling it out. There will be a new game from Rovio, licensed goods, and game products featuring Hasbro's TelePod technology seen before with Angry Birds Star Wars. Check out the official press release and artwork after the break!

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