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Michael Bay Says Transformers 4 Will Be Shorter
Posted by News Fetcher on April 21 '13 at 08:00 AM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Entertainment News Website Canoe has posted an interview with director Michael Bay regarding his upcoming movie Transformers 4. There isn't much detail, however the director revealed that Transformers 4 will be shorter than the previous Transformers movies with a run time of 2 hours and 7 minutes.

The original article is in french but 2005 Boards Member TylerMirage translated the quote with Google Translate:

"Two hours 7 minutes, which I think is a good formula, which gives enough room to maneuver."

Shooting begins in five weeks in Hong Kong and will continue to other places in China, Detroit and Chicago.

What do you think of this decision? Good Or Bad? Share your thought with fellow members on the thread associated with this news post.

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Transformers Go! Upcoming Release Listings
Posted by News Fetcher on April 21 '13 at 06:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
By way of the Twitter account of Japanese blog site Parkside201 we have some apparent retailer listings for new releases in the Transformers Go! line through September 2013. We know of the June and July releases already but the August and September ones are completely new - and also not exhaustive, since there is no listing yet for a Hunter Arcee or Hunter Megatron.

The listings are as follows:

22 June 2013 - all previously revealed, although G01 Kenzan is missing for some reason.
G02 Jinbu ¥3,500
G03 Ganoh ¥3,500
G04 Gaidora ¥2,500

27 July 2013 - all previously revealed.
G05 Gekisomaru¥5,500
G06 Hunter Smokescreen ¥2,500
G07 Bakudora ¥2,500

31 August 2013
G08 Budora ¥4,000
G09 Evil Demon Combination Goradora set ¥4,000
G10 Hishomaru ¥3,500
G19 Hunter Rachet ¥2,500

28 September 2013
G20 Sensuimaru ¥3,500
G21 Judora ¥2,500

In the August listings, Budora and Goradora share the "dora" suffix suggesting they are Predacons. The pricepoint suggests both are Voyager Class, implying one of them may be Grimwing. Goradora is either new or an Abominus giftset, Evil Demon Combination (Maou Gattai) implies some kind of combiner set as this is the same naming forumula used for past combiner giftsets both within the Transformers line and more widely in other mecha toy lines. Hishomaru is new, and priced similarly to other Japan only releases like Jinbu and Ganoh. Hunter Ratchet is a Japanese release of Beast Hunters Deluxe Ratchet.

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TFW Masterpiece MP-15 Rumble and Jaguar (Ravage) Gallery
Posted by News Fetcher on April 20 '13 at 05:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Next up in our series of galleries on Masterpiece Soundwave and his minions we have the first of the two sets that featured Soundwave's cassette minions. MP-15 added Rumble (the red one) and Jaguar (aka Ravage) to the Masterpiece lineup. Like Masterpiece Laserbeak they are no bigger in cassette mode than the original Generation 1 cassettes.

Of the two, Ravage stands out like Laserbeak for being a marvel of engineering - the rockets, an accessory on Generation 1 Ravage, are fully integrated here and a clever transformation means that Ravage gets a jaguar mode that is scarily close to how he appeared in the cartoon. I say scary purely because of how tiny he is - definitely one to read the instructions on first!

Rumble meanwhile is equally impressive, less so in engineering (though the fact so much is packed into a small size is cool) but in poseability. Masterpiece Rumble has an insane amount of poseability for a toy around the same size as a Cyberverse toy. The fact he has a full complement of accessories including the iconic piledrivers, and that these can be used in some creative ways by Masterpiece Soundwave is the icing on a very sweet and tasty cake.

Open the links below to check out their galleries:

Transformers Masterpiece Rumble Gallery
Transformers Masterpiece Jaguar (Ravage) Gallery

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Generations Titan Metroplex New Image
Posted by News Fetcher on April 20 '13 at 11:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Ever the tease when it comes to upcoming releases, TFYuki has posted another teaser of Generations Metroplex alongside Fortress Maximus. This time out, we get to see a bit more of Metroplex - the new image shows Metroplex's head relative to Fortress Maximus'. Plus there is a look at Metroplex's glowing eyes - one of the special features incorporated into this new release.

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Transformers Spotlight Hoist iBooks Preview
Posted by News Fetcher on April 20 '13 at 03:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
iTunes Books has updated with a three page preview of Transformers Spotlight Hoist, the sixth of the new run of IDW's Transformers Spotlights. Spotlight Hoist like Spotlight Trailcutter is set between issues 5 and 6 of More than Meets the Eye. The preview drops us right into the middle of the action with a chase sequence - featuring Tarn of the Decepticon Justice Division, no less! Be sure to check this issue out if you're a fan of More than Meets the Eye - in the mean time, click here to check out the preview.

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Heero Toys Maker WST Laser Optimus Prime
Posted by News Fetcher on April 20 '13 at 03:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Creator of unofficial WST Transformers toys Heero Toys Maker has updated his personal website with new prototype images of his upcoming WST Laser Optimus Prime. The gray prototype shown here suggests it will be slightly larger than the official Takara WST Optimus Prime. Given Heero's penchant for releasing redecos of his pieces, we can probably also look forward to a WST Laser Ultra Magnus and a WST Robots in Disguise Scourge up the road. This item is due for a release in June.

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TFW Masterpiece Soundwave with Masterpiece Condor (Laserbeak) Gallery
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '13 at 02:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Masterpiece Soundwave. That is all.

... okay, so perhaps a bit more explanation is needed. Masterpiece Soundwave is the thirteenth numbered release in Takara-Tomy's Masterpiece Transformers line. As a Masterpiece, he is meant to be the definitive version of the character, and this is something he succeeds at on nearly every level. He's a big and boxy robot like the original Soundwave, spot on to his animation model and with a transformation that balances the intricacy of a Masterpiece with a sensible approach - nothing so needlessly complicated or fragile as Masterpiece Starscream or Masterpiece Rodimus here.

Masterpiece Soundwave comes with Masterpiece Condor (Laserbeak) - a tiny marvel of engineering in his own right, with a sharp, show-accurate look in his condor mode, deployable camera in his head, and amazingly his boosters are fully integrated - and all this in a toy no larger than the Generation 1 cassette.

So yes, Masterpiece Soundwave and Masterpiece Laserbeak. 'nuff said, these two are my favorite new Transformers releases of the first quarter of 2013 and strong contenders for my pick as "toy of the year". They're that good. Check out the full galleries of both below, and see what you think.

Transformers Masterpiece Soundwave Gallery
Transformers Masterpiece Condor / Laserbeak Gallery

Stay tuned for more galleries over the weekend - because what is Soundwave without his full complement of cassettes?

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James Roberts Interview - More than Meets the Eye, Spotlight Hoist and Dark Cybertron
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '13 at 01:15 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Comic Book Resources has posted an interview with James Roberts, master Transformers comics writer and all-round good guy. The interview looks forward on a lot of great new material coming down the pipeline, including the upcoming "Remain in Light" five part story arc which concludes the first part of the More than Meets the Eye series, and also teases about Spotlight Hoist and what that story will entail. Furthermore there are the first hints of a massive crossover event running between both More than Meets the Eye and Robots in Disguise titled "Dark Cybertron", an event which James has this to say: "It's huge, involving hundreds of characters and -- like the end of the war -- it marks another turning point in the Transformers Universe."

Check out the full interview by clicking here.

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Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Season 3 Episode 5 Title and Description
Posted by News Fetcher on April 19 '13 at 12:30 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
After suffering a crushing defeat at the hands of the Autobots in Beast Hunters episode 4, Rebellion, what are the Decepticons to do? Well, by way of Zap2it, we have a clue - and it won't be good for the Autobots! Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Episode 3-05 has been revealed - and it will air on 17 May, once the current Encore presentation of episodes 1 through 4 of Beast Hunters completes. Check out the details of the episode by highlighting the black boxes below - beware of the spoilers!

Transformers Prime Season 3 episode 5 - Project Predacon
Airdate - 17 May 2013

Synopsis - The Decepticons launch a new scheme to clone an army of beasts.

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Rescue Bots Volume 2 coming to DVD
Posted by News Fetcher on April 18 '13 at 03:00 PM
By Secretcode from TFW2005:
Originally planned for a release date in March, TV Shows on DVD is now reporting that Transformers: Rescue Bots is returning to DVD with the second volume being released on June 11th featuring five episodes from the first (and currently ONLY) season of the show.

Meet the TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS - CHASE THE POLICE-BOT, HEATWAVE THE FIRE-BOT, BLADES THE COPTER-BOT and BOULDER THE CONSTRUCTION-BOT! They've been given the task of going undercover to protect the good people of Griffin Rock, and learn the values of teamwork and the power of friendship by partnering up with the town's first family of emergency responders: Fire Chief Charlie Burns, daring helicopter pilot Dani, hot-shot firefighter Kade, brainy engineer Graham and the heart of the team, Cody! On June 11, 2013, learn what it really takes to be a hero with the release of TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: ENERGIZE on DVD from Shout! Factory Kids and Hasbro Studios. Featuring five exciting, hilarious and fun-filled episodes, this DVD is priced to own with a suggested retail price of $14.93.

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Michigan Motion Picture Studios Getting Ready For Transformers 4
Posted by News Fetcher on April 18 '13 at 12:00 PM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Michigan Motion Picture Studios in Pontiac is preparing up for Transformers 4.

According to an article on MLive:

"Set building for "Transformers 4" - expected to get an official title soon - has already begun at the 535,000-square foot facility and has Michigan Motion Pictures Studios chief operating officer Tony Wenson excited.

"They are in the process of pre-production right now," Wenson told MLive Detroit, when asked if Bay's film crew is in town. "They are filming in several other states, too. The majority of their shooting, I believe, will be done in the state of Michigan.

“It speaks volumes about all Michigan has to offer that Transformers is returning once again to our state,” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office in a press release. “This project will shine another bright spotlight on Michigan and provide tremendous opportunities for our cast, crew and support services.

Transformers 4 was awarded an incentive of $20 million on $81,933,992 of projected in-state expenditures. The project is expected to hire 368 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of 339 jobs."


You can read the entire article at MLive.

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How Transformers Come to Life
Posted by News Fetcher on April 18 '13 at 10:45 AM
By Lumpy from TFW2005:
Have you ever wondered about how a Transformer ends up on the shelves in your collection? Gizmodo has a great article on this exact process, from start to finish.

Check out production designs & prototypes of Beast Hunters Predaking & Optimus Prime, learn how the process goes and maybe try your hand at designing Transformers. Maybe you'll be the next great Transformers designer?

GIZMODO - Designing a Transformer from Gizmodo on Vimeo.

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Featured Ebay Auctions - A Fool Named Starscream
Posted by News Fetcher on April 18 '13 at 10:45 AM
By Joe Moore from TFW2005:
Today's Featured Ebay Auctions compile together some of the assorted Starscream Toys we've been treated to (or subjected to in some cases). From G1, to the Unicron Trilogy to Masterpiece and even Revoltech, Starscream has been just about everywhere.

MISB Ehobby Clear Starscream | eBay
Vintage Transformers Action Masters Starscream 100 Complete Unused | eBay
Transformers Collection 9 Starscream Complete Boxed DVD | eBay
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Paramount Hosting a Reality TV Show to Cast Chinese Cast Members for Transformers 4
Posted by News Fetcher on April 18 '13 at 09:30 AM
By Secretcode from TFW2005:
...You read that right. Yahoo! reports that as part of a deal with a Chinese TV studio, Paramount is working on a show named Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search of which the four winners of the show (Two WITH acting experience and two without) will be given roles on the upcoming fourth film in the franchise.

HONG KONG – Having announced plans in early April for Transformers 4 to be a Chinese co-production involving the inclusion of some Chinese content, Paramount Pictures has now gone one step further in shaping the project along Chinese lines – by casting its Chinese roles through a reality television show, one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the country.
Launched at a press conference in Beijing on Thursday, the Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search will be a new talent competition television show in which the four winners – two with professional acting experience, two without – will be granted roles in the next entry of the franchise.

The show is set to commence broadcast in China in June 2013, with a panel of judges comprising Sid Ganis, the former head of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the current chairman of Jiaflix; the film’s producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura and casting director Denise Chamian; Paramount’s marketing and distribution chief Megan Colligan.

The film’s Chinese backers will be represented by Jia Qi, deputy director of the film’s Chinese co-producers China Movie Channel; and Liang Longfei, vice-president of m1905, the channel’s portal through which contestants (who need to be over 18) can register for the show.

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Fall of Cybertron Grimlock Released at Canadian Retail
Posted by News Fetcher on April 18 '13 at 09:15 AM
By Secretcode from TFW2005:
Are you Canadian? Are you looking forward to Fall of Cybertron Grimlock? Good news! Thanks to a sighting on sister site Cybertron.CA by user MitchPoer, it has been confirmed that the big bad dino of Transformers: Fall of Cybertron/Generations Voyagers has been released in Canada, sighted at a Toys R Us in Trois-Rivières, Quebec! While Grimlock is the ONLY confirmed release/sighting, please remember that as far as we know there are no revisions of the Second Wave of Transformers: Generations voyagers, so Blaster might ALSO be out at Canadian retail.

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Michael Bay Talks Transformers Movie Franchise
Posted by News Fetcher on April 18 '13 at 05:30 AM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Nope, he’s not talking about Transformers 4 on this interview. Instead, Director Michael Bay took his time to talk about the Transformers Live Action Movie Series as a whole when he spoke to New York Times during an interview about his upcoming movie Pain & Gain. But there is a small tidbit regarding Transformers 4 at the beginning of the article. It seems as though preliminary CGI Animation has begun and there is going to be a robot-to-robot battle in the middle of an unknown city.

“As Mr. Bay watched ILM’s preliminary animation for his latest“Transformers” movie, blocky images of giant robots trading blows in the middle of a city, his visceral reactions, often with variations on the word “cool” — “That’s pretty cool”; “We can do something cooler”; “Maybe you could get a nice slice through his face” — seemed to signal approval.

On the first “Transformers,” Mr. Bay said, he was chided by Steven Spielberg for allowing actors to improvise too much.

“Steven said to me, ‘Michael, I would like you to shoot something that’s in the script,’ ” he recalled. “And I was like, ‘Steven, this is how I work.’ ” Even if 80 percent of what he shot was terrible, Mr. Bay said, “You’re going to get 20 percent that’s gold.”

There is also the baseline level of scorn that greets Mr. Bay’s new releases, delivered with a hostility usually reserved for corrupt politicians or industrial polluters. For a not-at-all-random sampling, consult Roger Ebert’s takedown of the 2009 “Transformers” sequel “Revenge of the Fallen,” which he called “a horrible experience of unbearable length, briefly punctuated by three or four amusing moments.”

“Faust made a better deal” than Mr. Bay did, he added."


Check out the original article at New York Times. It’s a good read for Transformers Live Action Movie Fans and Michael Bay Fans alike.

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Takara-Tomy Generations Metroplex, Legends Optimus Prime & Bumblebee Set, GT Maximus Toy Image
Posted by News Fetcher on April 18 '13 at 04:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
By way of our sponsors TFSource, we can report on some new listings from Takara-Tomy including a second utterly gigantic Transformer coming out in Japan this September - that's right, one of the new listings is for Generations Japan Metroplex. Transformers GT Maximus is also confirmed for a release in September after what feels like months of waiting for news, and we have the first true promotional material for him - he comes with his Master Sword. Rounding it out there is a Japanese Generations four pack of Legends Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and their Mini-Con partners, which features metallic paint.

The full listings for September are as follows:

Generations Japan TG-23 Metroplex
Generations Japan TG-24 Optimus Prime & Bumblebee Set
Transformers GT GTR-04 GT Maximus

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Bot Shots 2013 Wave Three Official Images
Posted by News Fetcher on April 18 '13 at 04:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Hasbro has updated their Transformers website with listings for Bot Shots 2013 Wave 3 single packs! Wave 3 appears to be adding one more toy into the mix, back up to five toys per wave after a couple of four toy waves. This wave features:

Spin Shot Megatron
Flip Shot Twinstrike
Blitz Shot Inferno
Blitz Shot Autobot Hound
Flip Shot Skywarp - this assortment's chase "Super Bot" figure!

Of note is that the 2012 style Bot Shots are now being called "Blitz Shots". Inferno is a Sentinel Prime redeco, and Hound is a redeco of Ironhide. Check out the official images of them all attached to this story.

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Hasbro Fans Choice Transformers Poll
Posted by News Fetcher on April 17 '13 at 11:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Hasbro have made a major new addition to their website. Kicking off the 30th anniversary of Transformers - the "Thrilling 30" - Hasbro has for the first time added a "fan's choice" poll. The Fan Built Bot Poll, as it is called, polls fans on five different topics - faction, alternate mode, signature weapon, color scheme and personality - with a view to bringing the character to life with a toy and inclusion in the IDW Transformers comics. Moreover, in another first for Hasbro, we will be able to follow the design progress of the Fan Built Bot as throughout the process sketches, images and more will be posted on Transformers.com.

Click here to check out the poll and cast your vote - you may vote daily, so be sure to vote often!

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Excellent Toys CR-M01 Transformable SD Optimus Prime
Posted by News Fetcher on April 17 '13 at 10:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Third party group Excellent Toys have revealed a new unlicensed version of Optimus Prime. They are taking a different approach to the usual third party releases and going for a very cartoonish super-deformed style Optimus Prime - one that can actually transform, if these images are any indication. There are two versions shown, a classic style one with squared boxy arms and smokestacks, and one with a more modern IDW design. Box feature the IDW split chest design, though. Check out the preview image attached to this story.

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