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Empire Online Transformers Age of Extinction Coverage
Posted by News Fetcher on November 28 '13 at 03:15 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Empire have added an article to their website with higher-res versions of the new Transformers Age of Extinction stills we saw earlier today. Their article also fills out some character names and fills in just a few more story details.

Of particular note, Mark Wahlberg's character is now named as Cade Yeager. Nicola Peltz is confirmed as Tessa Yeager, with Jack Reynor playing her secret racer boyfriend Shane (full name given as Shane Dyson in Yahoo's coverage of the same stills). Stanley Tucci is playing Joshua, and Sophia Myles is playing a geologist named Darcy. These names were all previously listed on a leaked call sheet, though the second names were not given at that time - this leads one to assume that some of the other details given might also be true.

The cast is rounded out by Li Bingbing, who is described as (spoiler, highlight to read) "the CEO of the Chinese Transformers" and Kelsey Grammar as Harold Attinger, who is being called (spoiler again!) the film's non-robot big bad.

The article also sheds new light on what the plot of the movie involves - this one is another spoiler, highlight the text below to read:

Earth is scarred by the events of the past three movies, but is moving on after all the giant robots disappeared. Cade Yeager, an inventor, discovers a buried Transformer (we're guessing a fossilized Dinobot?) which sets the stage for the return of the rest of the Transformers

The article ends with director Michael Bay's thoughts. He has a good feeling about this movie and says it has a huge soul. And he's not ruling out staying on to make more Transformers live action movies. "Well, it's a director's world... It's a franchise world at the moment," he says in the article. "You know, Peter Jackson is still in Middle-earth..."

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WTF @ TFW - Supplemental - BMOGgin'
Posted by News Fetcher on November 28 '13 at 03:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Trent Troop, who previously worked with Hasbro and Botcon license holders Fun Publications, recently sat down with TFW's own Vangelus for a special WTF@TFW supplemental podcast to discuss Trent's latest venture BMOG - Bio-Mechanical Ordinance Gestalts - and the crowdsource process, the development process, and the horrible horrible duck idea process. Be sure to check out this special podcast right here to find out more about this line and the process that brings it from concept to reality.

But that's not all, because BMOG has unveiled their next set of potential releases, Featherblight and the Non-Dino Squad. Featherblight is a bird in a similar style to Ursenal, who breaks down into 5mm pegged weapons including scimitars, a shield, blasters, rocket boosters and a gatling barrel. The Non-Dino squad are made up of three prehistoric animals frequently mistaken for dinosaurs. The trio are standalone weapons and include such a Dimetroden axe! You can discuss these latest designs on our 2005 Boards here.

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Transformers 4 Age of Extinction Stills from Empire Magazine
Posted by News Fetcher on November 27 '13 at 11:45 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Comic Book Movie has posted some scans from the new edition of Empire Magazine, which has a Transformers Age of Extinction feature. The stills in the feature include Nicola Peltz being menaced by a big green prop claw that will be a stand in for a robot in the final film, the Autobot cars Drift and Crosshairs flanking Optimus Prime driving towards a scrapped automobile, Jack Reynor and Mark Wahlberg having what looks like a tense conversation with the old-style Bumblebee between them, and some more general shots of the cast and crew on set, including Michael Bay on location in China.

Check them all out here.

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Transformers Figure Subscription Service Treadshot with Catgut New Image
Posted by News Fetcher on November 27 '13 at 02:15 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The Transformers Collectors Club have tweeted a new image of their Figure Subscription Service Year 2 Treadshot with Catgut. Treadshot, a homage to the late Generation 1 Action Master of the same name, is a Warpath redeco. Catgut is a homage to the original Treadshot's partner Catgut, and is a reuse of the Arms Micron Jida, who originally came with the Japanese version of Terrorcon Cliffjumper.

The new image shows the Subscription Service Treadshot side by side with the original, giving a good sense of how much the new deco has been carefully tuned to make the Warpath mold look as close as it can to the original Treadshot. This fan thinks it is look pretty spot on, and cannot wait to get him in hand next year!

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Transformers More than Meets the Eye #24 iBooks Preview
Posted by News Fetcher on November 27 '13 at 02:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Following directly on from our previous story, Apple's iBooks has updated with a three page preview of next week's More than Meets the Eye #24. The crew of the Lost Light find themselves trapped and surrounded on a strange world in part 4 of Dark Cybertron. Check out this three page preview then hit up your local comic shop to pick up the full issue when it arrives next Wednesday!

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Diamond Comics Shipping List for December 4th
Posted by News Fetcher on November 27 '13 at 02:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
2005 Boards member D-Drive has sent us the Diamond Comics Shipping list for next Wednesday, December 4th. Next Wednesday brings us More than Meets the Eye #24 - part 4 of Dark Cybertron! Next week also brings us Volume 5 of Robots in Disguise, which collects issues 17-22 of the ongoing series - a great volume to pick up if you missed out on these issues that pave the way to Dark Cybertron.

Be sure to check them out hitting stores next week - and read on for the full solicits.

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Beast Hunters Deluxe Value 2-Packs At Walmart
Posted by News Fetcher on November 27 '13 at 01:45 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
2005 Boards member Neo Tallgeese dropped us a line to let us know that Walmart have some Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Deluxe Class Value packs. These two packs cost only $9.99 and bundle together two different Deluxe class toys from the Beast Hunters line, so they are a good way to inexpensively fill out the ranks of your Beast Hunters. Reported two pack combinations include:

Bulkhead & Prowl
Night Shadow Bumblebee & Skystalker
Smokescreen & Laserback
Ratchet & Soundwave

They come shrink-wrapped together on their individual blister cards, no packaging variants here folks!

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Transformers: Human Alliance Arcade Game At IAAPA 2013
Posted by News Fetcher on November 27 '13 at 10:00 AM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Thanks to Sega Amusements, we have with us some images from Transformers: Human Alliance Arcade Game at the recently concluded IAAPA 2013 (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo).

Also, the official website has been updated with more in game footage and information.

The arcade machine will be available in 2 sizes:

42" Deluxe - Assembled

55" Theater - Assembled

Check out the images from IAAPA 2013, after the jump.

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Takara-Tomy Transformers Go! Black Leo Prime Official Images
Posted by News Fetcher on November 27 '13 at 05:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Takara-Tomy have updated their website with new images of their upcoming Transformers Go! Black Leo Prime aka Go Prime. A straight-up redeco of Thundertron, this lion Prime sports a white, black and gold look, with some clear green on the forearms. He also comes equipped with a pair of crimson swords which were originally included with Kenzan.

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Year Of The Horse Optimus Prime Revealed
Posted by News Fetcher on November 27 '13 at 02:30 AM
By Shin Densetsu from TFW2005:
By way of an eBay auction from kit11670, we have new stock images of the upcoming Year Of The Horse Optimus Prime. The new image confirms the Year Of The Horse Optimus Prime information leaked earlier this month. The image isn't the clearest but you can see the following:

Gold grill, smokestacks and windows

Translucent trailer

Altered Autobot faction logo
Read on to check out the new image.

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TFW's Generations Dreadwing Gallery Now Online
Posted by News Fetcher on November 26 '13 at 02:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Next up in our advance looks at the next assortment of Transformers Generations Deluxe class toys we have a look at Dreadwing! Dreadwing is the other redeco / remold in the third wave of Transformers Generations IDW Comics pack-ins. He is a redeco of the stealth bomber Megatron, done to homage the Generation 2 Dreadwing ATB (which was itself to have been redecoed as a version of Megatron, so there is a nice bit of parallelism there).

As a homage to a Generation 2 era toy, Dreadwing is bright and vibrant, though fortunately the gaudiest elements of Generation 2 have been toned down for this release. You've got a nice contrast of the dark blue armor on the vehicle mode, and the lighter blue on the limbs of the robot, with some clear red plastic on the eyes and the gun to break things up. Dreadwing works really well as a reuse of the Megatron mold, and is an excellent homage to the Generation 2 toy he is based on. The broad-shouldered feel of Megatron's mold lends itself to Dreadwing, whose toy was fairly substantial and bulky, and the new head helps to distance this toy from Megatron somewhat, although there is no escaping that this is a Megatron remold, particularly with that arm cannon (which can double up as a hand weapon, so there are display options to give Dreadwing more individuality).

Overall Dreadwing is a very nice homage to the Generation 2 toy, and I have to praise Hasbro for going ahead and putting the Generation 2 Decepticon logo on the toy and on the packaging. The toy remains an excellent mold and the new head together with the vibrant deco breathes new life into the design. Very much recommended - and if the fact it is a Megatron redeco has put you off Dreadwing, I would invite you to look again.

Check out our gallery at the link below:

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Transformers Armada The Complete Series from Shout! Confirmed
Posted by News Fetcher on November 26 '13 at 10:00 AM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:
A couple of days ago a pre-order listing popped up on Amazon for Transformers Armada The Complete Series with no other major info, and a non-Shout! Factory distributor listed. Today we get official word from Shout! that it is in fact them putting out the discs with a full press release and box art. Check out the official PR after the break, and check the pre-orders here: Transformers Armada-Complete Series

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Transformers Regeneration One #96 Preview
Posted by News Fetcher on November 26 '13 at 07:15 AM
By Shin Densetsu from TFW2005:
Ready for another issue of IDW's Transformers Regeneration One? Not too long ago we showed you the iBooks preview of Transformers Regeneration One #96 and now we've got the full preview!

Transformers Regeneration One #96
ZERO INITIATIVE! As RODIMUS PRIME urgently struggles to comprehend the what, why, and wherefore of SPIKE WITWICKY, GALVATRON, JHIAXUS, and a DARK MATRIX creature, and specifically how they contribute to the final dissolution of time, space and everything in between! Unless NIGHTBEAT and BUMBLEBEE can shake loose some answers, the future-is cancelled.

Read on to preview this issue!

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Transformers Robots In Disguise #23 Preview
Posted by News Fetcher on November 26 '13 at 07:15 AM
By Shin Densetsu from TFW2005:
The next issue of Transformers Robots In Disguise is out tomorrow and we've got the preview! We posted the iBooks preview for Transformers Robots In Disguise #23 before but it was brief, this one is the full preview!

Transformers Robots In Disguise #23
STARSCREAM UNDER FIRE! The all-new, all-redesigned, all-leader-of-the-planet STARSCREAM makes his move! Will he stand up for CYBERTRON, or fall under SHOCKWAVE's onslaught? Meanwhile-the Lost Light receives a desperate call from help from an old friend!

Read on to preview this issue!

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This week in Transformers history - 1983
Posted by News Fetcher on November 25 '13 at 01:31 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
As many of you are no doubt aware, next year is the 30th anniversary of Transformers, with May 8 2014 being the official date of the 30th anniversary. But did you know that a very important event which would shape Transformers as we know it took place 30 years ago this week?

The year was 1983. Hasbro had approached Marvel comics to write the backstories for a new toyline they were bringing to the US market - The Transformers. However, the initial names and bios written by Dennis O'Neil were rejected by Hasbro, leaving Marvel editor Jim Shooter to look to one of his other editors / writers. Jim Shooter ultimately asked Bob Budiansky to take up the task. Bob was given a very short timescale to provide names and bios to many of the initial 28 Transformers - a single week, with the deadline falling in Thanksgiving!

But Bob Budiansky rose to the challenge, and through him many characters including Megatron were named and given the bios that have helped shape their personalities for the past 30 years.

So in this week of Thanksgiving, I would invite you all to raise a glass to Bob Budiansky, who 30 years ago created much of the Transformers mythos as we know it. I would also invite you to celebrate the work of all the other creators since, who have taken on the task of writing and shaping the world of the Robots in Disguise and given us 30 years worth of toys, cartoons, comics and so much more.

It all began in that week leading up to Thanksgiving, 1983.

The true countdown to the 30th anniversary of Transformers begins here.

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Keith's Fantasy Club EAVI Metal Surgeon
Posted by News Fetcher on November 25 '13 at 12:45 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Keith's Fantasy club have announced the next release in their EAVI Metal Phase 1 series, Surgeon. Surgeon is another reuse of the not-Perceptor design, although in this case, he is very much reworked with a new head and a very creepy new chestplate with legs reminiscent of the Transformer that inspired this design, Revenge of the Fallen Scalpel. Check out this crazy new release from Keith's Fantasy Club, which comes to you via Big Bad Toy Store.

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TFC Toys Ares Not Predaking Combined Mode Image
Posted by News Fetcher on November 25 '13 at 11:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
TFC Toys have revealed the combined mode of their Ares not Predaking via a posting on ACToys. Ares is the third unlicensed Predaking to come to market, along with War Lord and Feral Rex. This is the first time we have seen all five of the TFC Toys Ares team fully assembled, albeit with some of them still in very early prototype stages, so this design might change by the time all is said and done. With that said, check out this new image.

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Transformers Age of Extinction Optimus Prime CGI Model on Empire Magazine Cover!
Posted by News Fetcher on November 25 '13 at 04:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Empire Magazine's latest issue has Transformers 4: Age of Extinction as its front page cover story! The front cover features the main human cast of Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz standing in front of a very impressive CGI render of the new look Optimus Prime. This cover gives us our first official look at the new Movie Optimus design, who is shown wielding the sword and shield that the upcoming Leader Class toy will come with. Empire's coverage also includes a new on set still of Michael Bay and crew filming an action sequence involving an Audi. Check it all out at Empire Online, or mirrored attached to this news post.

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Unique Toys War Leo / Sharpclaw Final Product Images
Posted by News Fetcher on November 25 '13 at 03:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Unique Toys have released the final product images for the fifth and final of their Beasticons, Sharpclaw. Sharpclaw is an unofficial version of Generation 1 Razorclaw and is very much an articulated version of the Generation 1 toy. With his upcoming release, the five Beasticons will be able to combine into the mighty War Lord unofficial Predaking - there are some images of him in this news post too.

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Transformers Go! Optimus EX Prime Debuts in Transformers Go Animation
Posted by News Fetcher on November 25 '13 at 03:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The latest Transformers Go! straight-to-DVD animation has featured the debut of an all-new Optimus Prime. Optimus EX Prime is a powered up version of the Autobot commander capable of transforming into either a bullet train or a dragon. He has arrived on Earth in the nick of time to save Gogekiso from the leader of the fearsome Predacon Oni, Guren Dragotron. Read on to check out some screen caps from Optimus EX Prime's debut, which come to us via Planet Iacon.

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