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Beast Hunters Voyager Optimus Prime and Predaking Released at US Retail
Posted by News Fetcher on February 05 '13 at 11:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Meanwhile back in the USA a different Optimus Prime has made his debut on store shelves. Down at a Walmart in Az, 2005 Boards member pscoop made the first sighting of the first assortment of Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Voyagers. Beast Hunters Voyager Wave 1 features Optimus Prime and Predaking, the leaders of their respective factions. The hunt is on!

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Masterpiece Optimus Prime Finally Available in the UK
Posted by News Fetcher on February 05 '13 at 11:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
It's been an awful long time coming - and there's been more than a few upsets along the way - but at long last, Masterpiece Optimus Prime, the Hasbro release of Takara-Tomy's MP-10 Convoy Version 2, is available in the UK at Toys R Us. 2005 Boards member Brum Bot picked up a pre-sale at the Solihull Toys R Us. The UK price, as expected, runs to £99.99 (about $156 USD, €115).

Happy hunting my UK brethren!

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TFW2005 Reviews More Than Meets the Eye #13
Posted by News Fetcher on February 05 '13 at 10:30 AM
By Tim Formas from TFW2005:
TFW2005's early Transformers comic reviews return! Today, we review More Than Meets the Eye #13! More Than Meets the Eye #13 is out tomorrow - Wednesday, February 6th - from IDW Publishing. Check out the review on our More Than Meets the Eye #13 page of our Comics Resource Section!

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TFW2005 Reviews Spotlight: Megatron
Posted by News Fetcher on February 05 '13 at 10:30 AM
By Tim Formas from TFW2005:
TFW2005's early Transformers comic reviews return! Today, we review Spotlight: Megatron! Spotlight: Megatron is out tomorrow - Wednesday, February 6th - from IDW Publishing. Check out the review on our Spotlight: Megatron page of our Comics Resource Section!

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Composer James Hannigan Talks Transformers Universe
Posted by News Fetcher on February 05 '13 at 10:15 AM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
We do hope that none of you have forgotten about Transformers Universe. Development for this upcoming MMO Game is happening quietly and some of our 2005 Boards members may even be eligible for Beta Testing.

Breaking the silence, the Music Composer for Transformers Universe; James Hannigan has told Forbes some tidbits about what he did and what the game is like:

More importantly, are you a Transformers fan, at all?
Giant, battling transforming alien robots… what’s not to like? Most recently, I watched the original animated movie again and caught ‘Robots in Disguise’ along with season one of ‘Prime’. Very enjoyable and interesting to see how things have evolved over the years in the world of Transformers.

How would you describe the sound of Transformers Universe?
Some of the music is not a million miles away from the stylistic framework established for Transformers in general, but there’s also a move towards being a little harsher and grittier at times. Steve Lord, the Audio Director on Transformers Universe, wanted some tracks to have a grinding, almost mechanistic and robotic feel to them. But there’s quite a bit of orchestral music in there, too. We recorded a 72-piece orchestra for some of the early music going into the game, and there’ll be more orchestral production in the near future as composing and recording for Transformers Universe is an ongoing process. One of the interesting and refreshing things about this game is how episodic it is with new content getting planned for it all the time.

If you had to pick one track to represent the soundtrack, which would it be and why?

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Hasbro Asia Marketing Director David Chua Interview
Posted by News Fetcher on February 05 '13 at 09:45 AM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
TransformersAsia has posted an interview with Hasbro Asia Regional Customer Strategy & Marketing Director David Chua. The interview explains the process for Asian Region Exclusives and hints "something big" is heading towards Asian Region Transformers Fans.

Below are some of the highlights:

Hi David , for the past several years, we have seen some spectacular Transformers items called " Asia Exclusive " , can you tell us what is this project all about? , and how did you come up with the plan ?
Our goal is fulfilling the dream of Transformers fans. Transformers fans are very professional and their taste is sophisticated. We always challenge ourselves to make the ultimate toys which they would want to own and proudly display. Our ideas always come from the feedback of fans, we would discuss and work closely with our partner at Takara Tomy to work out the plan.

How do you select on which series or character to be including in the project?
There is no exact formula on this topic. We would consider the popularity of series/character, also the room for product improvement.

Last but not least, can you share with us what is currently in planning, and what are we expecting to see?
We are not going to give it away for now, but we promise something big would happen in the near future. So stay tuned!


You can read the original article at TransformersAsia.

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Beast Hunters Cyberverse Abominus Combiner - Target Exclusive
Posted by News Fetcher on February 05 '13 at 08:00 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
TFg2.com has posted an image of an upcoming exclusive for Target stores. Beast Hunters Cyberverse Combiner Abominus. This five pack lines up with the info released last week from the UK Toyfair as well as a Japanese listing for Hun-Gurr. This five pack contains Cyberverse Twinstrike (from Cyberverse Legends wave 1) but he is also joined by Blight (Blot), Hun-Gurr, Rippersnapper and Windrazor. All five merge into the mighty Abominus!

Check out the image by clicking the title bar!

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More Than Meets The Eye #13, Rage Of The Dinobots #3 & Spotlight Megatron Previews
Posted by News Fetcher on February 05 '13 at 07:00 AM
By Shin Densetsu from TFW2005:
Itching for more Transformers Comics to read? IDW comes to the rescue with not 1, not 2, but 3 new comics tomorrow and we've got the previews!

Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #13
SHORE LEAVE! The AUTOBOTS visit the planet Hedonia-and get a chance to put recent events behind them, ingest some energon, and relax. Everyone, that is, except SWERVE, who faces the toughest challenge of his life: in just six hours, he has to teach ULTRA MAGNUS how to have fun.

Transformers Rage Of The Dinobots #3
SPAWNS OF SHOCKWAVE! The mind-blowing introduction of the DINOBOTS into the PRIME universe continues here! The Dinobots enter the belly of the beast in an attempt to save their comrades. But when SHOCKWAVE's minions turn the tables, GRIMLOCK will have to decide whether to beat them...or join them!

Transformers Spotlight Megatron
MEGATRON IS BACK!

Writer/artist Nick Roche (Last Stand of the Wreckers) takes us back to the last time MEGATRON returned-when he found his DECEPTICON forces in tatters under the control of STARSCREAM.

In this never-before-revealed tale, we learn exactly how Megatron reacted. . . and how Starscream survived!

Read on to preview these issues!

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Lorenzo di Bonaventura Talks Transformers 4 & New Trilogy
Posted by News Fetcher on February 04 '13 at 07:00 PM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Transformers Live Action Movie Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura recently spoke with MTV regarding Transformers 4 and the potential New Trilogy.

Talking about Transformers 4, the producer said "There's a lot of new elements. I wouldn't say we've completely changed this world, and yet it's completely different. There are new characters, new situations. I don't think we revisit a single location. Michael really has a great way of approaching this thing." He also said "The intention is this is new world, with new characters, with Mark Wahlberg leading us. It's a different movie, but a lot of the things that you love about the other ones are joining the ride."

Mr. di Bonaventura also mentioned that he would like to see Director Michael Bay sticking around for the next two Transformers Movies as well; hinting a potential New Trilogy with Transformers 5 and Transformers 6:

"I can't speak for Michael. I hope he would [direct the next two]. It would be great, but it's certainly something in our design of this," he said. "It's going to be an ongoing story, so the possibility, again, as long as the audience shows up for us, there's a lot of story still to be told."

You can read the original article at MTV and enjoy a video of the interview as well.

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TFW Transformers Prime Dark Guard Optimus Prime - Japan Exclusive - Gallery
Posted by News Fetcher on February 04 '13 at 02:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Something exclusive and Japanese for our next Transformers Toy Gallery update. Transformers Prime in Japan has had a few cool store exclusive releases, and among those is the Dark Guard Optimus Prime, a black and gold redeco of the First Edition Voyager Optimus Prime toy. The First Edition Voyager Optimus Prime is one of the best Transformers toys to be designed in the Voyager class, and a black redeco looks sharp on just about any toy - so what we have here is a nice redeco of a great toy. We've also got to give it props for not retreading the often-used to the point of overuse black, gray and teal "Scourge / Black Convoy" deco and instead doing something new.

Check out our gallery, graciously brought to us by 2005 Photo Staff member SydneyY, by opening the link below:

Transformers Prime Dark Guard Optimus Prime - Japan Exclusive

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Toyworld Update - Final Images of TW-H01 Hardbone and In Package Pics of TW-T02 Aurora
Posted by News Fetcher on February 04 '13 at 12:00 PM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Robot Kingdom has updated their Facebook with new images from 3rd Party group, Toyworld. First we have in package and final images of TW-HO1 Hardbone. This figure is a headmaster homage to Generation 1 Hardhead, and features a transformable headmaster figure, hidden missile pods and knives. Also shown from Toyworld are in package pictures of their next unofficial Throttlebot figure, TW-T02 Aurora (Aka Searchlight). While TW-T01 Grind Rod came packaged in a green colored box, Aurora's box will be blue to match the figure's color scheme.

Both figures are scheduled for release this month. Click the title bar to join in on the TW-HO2 Discussion. Or, continue on to TW-T02 Aurora's thread HERE.

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Keiths Fantasy Club Shattered Glass Ramhorn Prototype
Posted by News Fetcher on February 04 '13 at 05:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Third party group Keith's Fantasy Club, via Facebook group Meteor Operation, has revealed that their not-Ramhorn Rhinohorn will be getting an alternate colors "evil" version from the get-go, based on the Shattered Glass Ramhorn depicted in the fiction of the Transformers Collectors Club. Check out the images of Evil Rhinohorn by opening the link above.

Please remember this is an unofficial product not endorsed or licensed by Hasbro, Takara-Tomy or the Transformers Collectors Club.

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Toworld Update - Final Images of TW-H01 Hardbone and In Package Pics of TW-T02 Aurora
Posted by News Fetcher on February 03 '13 at 11:15 PM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Robot Kingdom has updated their Facebook with new images from 3rd Party group, Toyworld. First we have in package and final images of TW-HO1 Hardbone. This figure is a headmaster homage to Generation 1 Hardhead, and features a transformable headmaster figure, hidden missile pods and knives. Also shown from Toyworld are in package pictures of their next unofficial Throttlebot figure, TW-T02 Aurora (Aka Searchlight). While TW-T01 Grind Rod came packaged in a green colored box, Aurora's box will be blue to match the figure's color scheme.

Both figures are scheduled for release this month. Click the title bar to join in on the TW-HO2 Discussion. Or, continue on to TW-T02 Aurora's thread HERE.

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Generation 1 Milton-Bradley European Transformers Mini-Comic Translated
Posted by News Fetcher on February 03 '13 at 08:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
One of the mysteries that the most-dedicated of Transformers fans such as Monzo have been trying to solve for some time was a mysterious mini-comic issued in Europe during the Generation 1 era of Transformers toys. This mini-comic, published by Milton-Bradley who handled some of the toy distribution in the early days, featured Jetfire as the leader of the Autobots!

After an appeal for information by the TFWiki, a fan in Spain ("Un tal Iván" - @Ivanspeedy on Twitter) sent a copy of the comic to the TFWiki Twitter account, and now thanks to Spark (for translating) and ItsWalky (for re-lettering) the comic is available for fans worldwide to enjoy. It's another piece of Transformers history preserved friends - a bizarre retelling of events from Marvel's Transformers #1 and #4 featuring not only Jetfire filling in for Optimus Prime but Soundwave taking the role of Shockwave and fighting the four Dinobots (Swoop is absent, possibly because his toy was not readily available in Europe, even though the comic features Roadbuster and Whirl alongside a Diaclone colors Blitzwing)

This comic, a store promo giveaway, also featured an early toy catalog which features some early toys such as the Deluxe Insecticons in their Beetras colors with Ransack in a different deco to any previously seen, and an appearance by the so-called "bearded Warpath" minibot.

All in all, it's a fun and obscure bit of Transformers history that I personally am very delighted can now be shared with the fandom at large. Read on and check it out, and a big thanks to all involved for making it available.

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Masterpiece Soundwave Papercraft Display Screens
Posted by News Fetcher on February 03 '13 at 08:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
If like me you recently got Masterpiece Soundwave, you might be interested in this story. Masterpiece Soundwave features an attachment for his chest which lets you put slides in it to recreate the times he used his chest window as a monitor to display information for the Decepticons. On the released version of the toy, these screens are featured on the manual, meaning you have to cut up the back page of the instruction booklet to get this function.

Well, put down those scissors, because thanks to 2005 Boards Podcast Host Vangelus, we have something that will be useful to you. Vangelus has made a little edit to the papercraft Energon cubes that Takara-Tomy posted on their site to add the display screens to the printout. Click here to download it and check it out, and save yourself cutting up your instructions booklet!

Hit the discuss button below to jump to the thread for more information and tips on this little DIY bonus to MP-13.

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Perfect Effect ROTF Bludgeon Set
Posted by News Fetcher on February 02 '13 at 04:45 PM
By process from TFW2005:
Third party group Perfect Effect has uploaded a few new photos showing a prototype accessory set for the ROTF Bludgeon mold. It appears that the set will be released in three flavors for the different repaints of the mold: ROTF Bludgeon, Botcon 2012 Gigatron, and Generations Asia Exclusive Megatron. The photos show new swords, gun, and shoulder cannon, as well as replacement heads for Bludgeon and Gigatron.

Staff Note: These are 3rd party items not produced or endorsed by Hasbro or Takara Tomy.

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Unique Toys War Hawk (Not-Divebomb) In-Hand Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 02 '13 at 10:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Meteor Operation on Facebook has shared in-hand pictures of the Unique Toys War Hawk, aka the second third-party not-Divebomb. Unique Toy's version as evidenced in these images takes the original Generation 1 toy design and upgrades it with modern standards of articulation, for all the good or ill that may come with hanging on to that classic style. From these images there is also a size comparison with Classics Rodimus, indicating that the War Hawk is around the same size as your average Deluxe class toy - making this one a choice for those who like all their robots around a similar height.

A selection of the best images are attached to this story - check out the link above for the full gallery.

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Michael Bay Confirms Transformers 4 Is Not A Reboot
Posted by News Fetcher on February 02 '13 at 10:30 AM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Talking to Forbes, Director Michael Bay confirms that Transformers 4 is not a reboot.

Will that change the way you do anything on Transformers 4?
We’re going to start off smaller. There’s a brand new cast. To freshen the franchise we’ve redesigned everything from top to bottom. The history of the first three movies is still there, we start four years later and there’s a reason why we’re meeting a new cast.
Mark is really excited about it and it’s a great redesign. I said that 3 [which grossed $1.1 billion] was going to be my last one. Paramount was letting me do Pain & Gain and the Transformers ride was opening at Universal and it was bittersweet to think of passing it off. I wanted to set it up on a really sure footing and to bring someone else in on that, it would have been overwhelming.

So is 4 a reboot?
No, that’s wrong. We keep the Transformers the way they were, it’s just four years later. There’s a reason the Transformers are redesigned. We’re trying to broaden the franchise and give it more places to go.


Mr. Bay also confirms what the winner of Doritos Superbowl Commercial Contest will to at the set of TF4:

What will the winner actually get to do on the Transformers 4 set?
Replace me as director. No, we’ll see who the person is and depending on what he is interested in being, a producer or a director, we’ll try to tailor the job. It’s all hard work with you’re working on a movie.


Visit Forbes for the full article.

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FansProject Drag Strip and Dead End Revealed
Posted by News Fetcher on February 01 '13 at 03:15 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Via a new image posted by our sponsors TFSource we have our first look at the remaining two Stunticons from FansProject. CA-11 is Down Force, their take on Drag Strip, and CA-12 is Last Chance, their take on Dead End. The shot shows all four robots together as a group.

We're still waiting on our first peek at Motormaster and the combined giant Menasor, but this may tide you over in the mean time.

Furthermore the second member of the group, the not-Wildrider T-Bone, has gone up for preorder:

Big Bad Toy Store
TFSource

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Featured Ebay Auctions - Transformers Statues, Busts and Bobbleheads
Posted by News Fetcher on February 01 '13 at 12:30 PM
By Joe Moore from TFW2005:
For our Featured Ebay Auctions, we're seeking out some of the excellent Transformers Busts, Statues and Bobbleheads that are out there. Non-Transforming Transformers have always had a rocky road with collectors, but there's no denying that the right designs can make great additions and display pieces. So check out some of the items below, including a little statue that came as the result of a TFW2005 contest; the SD Ultra Magnus Statue.

RARE Transformers SD Ultra Magnus Resin Statue 500 AFX Exclusive | eBay
Transformers Megatron Mini Head Replica Bust Statue Diamond Select 127 2500 New | eBay
Transformers G1 Battlefield Optimus Prime vs Megatron Statue Bust | eBay
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