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Michael Bay Talks Transformers 4 - Previous Robot Cast Redesigned, New Robots & Quitting
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '13 at 07:45 PM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Director Michael Bay was interviewed by Moviefone regarding his upcoming movies; Ninja Turtles and Transformers 4. Mr. Bay had lots to say; specifically how he got into the Transformers Franchise in the first place, how he’s leaving it and redesigning old and introducing new robot characters for Transformers 4.

Well it’s more about how you approach these films, like for example, on “Tranformers,” you already have the built in audience.

See, I was not a fan of Transformers [at first]. Hasbro was talking about giving me a whole Transformers story, and I’m like, “If I can do this really real. If I can make them believable, I think I could have something here.” I’m not a Hollywood guy. My friends are normal guys. I’ve got this guy from Texas. He’s like, “Mike, that “Transformers” [movie] seems like a dumb idea.” And I’m like, “Yeah, I know, but just give it a second.” And then I showed him the shot of the Scorponoks jumping out of the sand with Tyrese [Gibson] running. He saw that image and he went, “I see what you’re doing.” You’ll always have haters, but the last movie? One-hundred-twenty million people saw that movie. There’s still a lot of fans of that franchise. And I’m a huge Transformers fan now, and I protect that brand.

Yeah, because then you’re limited in what you can do and what you can show.

Yeah. You know there are a couple of historians of Transformers. I would do my designs of the robots and they’re like, “What if you just add a little bit more ears to Optimus?” But they’re really hands off. We’ve redesigned them in “Transformers 4,” and there’s some really cool sh*t in it. I’m literally redesigning every character, top to bottom. There’s a reason why they’re redesigned, but it’s also to keep it new and fresh to me. I think the fans will appreciate some of this new stuff we have in the movie and some of the new characters.

I know when you did “Transformers 3,” you were kind of done...

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was offered Mark Wahlberg's Role in Transformers 4
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '13 at 03:30 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
In a recent Twitter Q&A, Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock, also known for voicing Cliffjumper in Transformers Prime and starred in GI Joe Retaliation) revealed that he was offered a role in Transformers 4. But not any role - he was offered one of the lead roles, specifically the role that was eventually filled by Mark Wahlberg. The Rock was offered the role first, but had to turn it down due to working on Hercules. This led the way to Mark Wahlberg eventually being cast.

Would you have liked Megatron to smell what The Rock is cooking? Sound off on our 2005 Boards!

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Beast Hunters Issue #1 Teaser Panels
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '13 at 03:30 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Mairghread Scott's Twitter and IDW's Tumblr page have updated with more sneak peak panels from the upcoming Beast Hunters issue #1. In this series of panels - someone barely makes a scratch in Sludge, Grimlock's angry, and someone needs to speak to him! Beast Hunters Issue #1 hits comic stores next month - be sure to check it out!

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Transfomers Go! DVD Story Plot Revealed
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '13 at 03:15 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Hydra of the Allspark has posted up some more information on the plot of Transformers Go! The series is being set up as a sequel to Beast Hunters' main plotline (though how much it will reflect the actual ending is anyone's guess). The base premise is that Predaking / Dragotron has been defeated and the majority of the bad guys have fled into space, prompting Team Prime to pursue - but there are still some scattered enemies on Earth, so Optimus Prime entrusts the mission of hunting them down to six Autobots...

It very much reflects many "sequel / side story" plots told over the years, both in Transformers and elsewhere. How much it will fit with established continuity is anyone's guess.

Hydra's full post can be viewed at the link above, or reproduced after the jump for convenience. Caution - the post references how Predaking is defeated in the backstory which may in turn spoil part of the ending of the series.

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Transformers Go! April Releases In-Hand Images
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '13 at 12:15 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
By way of Alfes2000 we have a look at the newly released Transformers Go! toys. The first assortment consists of most of the first and second wave Beast Hunters Autobots and Decepticons, as well as a new EZ Collection assortment. These images showcase the new Go! series toys alongside their Hasbro counterparts.

Alfes has also posted a gallery of Shockwave - part 1 here and part 2 here - as well as one for Optimus Prime.

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Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Season 3 Episode 6 Chain of Command
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '13 at 12:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
By way of Zap2it, we can share with you some information about the next all-new episode of Transformers Prime Beast Hunters. The sixth episode of the Beast Hunters season is to be titled "Chain of Command" and will air on 24 May 2013. Highlight the text below for the accompanying synopsis.

Tension builds within the Autobot team as they face the return of the Predacon.

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Gizmode Inside Hasbro Part Three - Why Transformers are so Complicated
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '13 at 11:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Gizmodo have updated their site with another behind the scenes video, this time tackling a subject with which many fans will be familiar - the complexity of the designs of our beloved Robots in Disguise. They talk through the evolution of Transformers designs and the impact that the Movie series has had on designs, both with the push toward more complex designs and then the subsequent push in the other direction toward less complicated and more intuitive designs. Check out the article on Gizmodo here.

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Transformers Go In Package Images
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '13 at 04:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Online retailer Red Mercury has posted some images of the Transformers Go! Deluxe and Voyager series in package. They are all packaged in robot mode, which draws attention to the robots themselves given how well they contrast against the blue packaging background. Check out the images attached to this post.

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Prime Beast Hunters Sharkticon Megatron Official Image
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '13 at 04:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
We've had a few looks at this image already so please excuse this third post about the official imagery of Beast Hunters Sharkticon Megatron. Here for you now is a clear, good resolution official image of the new Megatron, showing off his look most clearly. Of interest is that he seems to have a unique faction symbol - possibly something or nothing, but worth mentioning for those curious.

Check out the official image, released by Hasbro, at the left of this story.

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Transformers Go! Toy Promotion Video
Posted by News Fetcher on April 26 '13 at 04:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The Takara-Tomy Youtube Channel has updated with a video showcasing the Transformers Go! toyline. The initial eight releases in the series, out shortly in Japan, are all showcased along with the new, Japan only backstory which seems to involve Predacons (five silhouettes are shown) being sealed inside objects reminiscent of the Fall of Cybertron Data Disks. It is a quirky alternate story for the line, and seems to play into the super-robot direction that the Japan exclusive releases such as the Samurai and Ninja teams are moving in.

Check it out embedded below:



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Generations Springer And Blitzwing Sighted At Retail
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '13 at 05:15 PM
By optimusfan from TFW2005:
Highly anticipated Generations Voyager Wave 3 was spotted earlier today at a Target in Oregon. This wave features updates to two classic triple changers, Springer and Blitzwing! Springer is inspired by Nick Roche's design from IDW's popular Last Stand of the Wreckers! Also included is Blitzwing, who finally provides collectors with an updated counterpart to the original Classics release of Astrotrain.

As always, feel free to share sightings with your fellow local fans in our Transformers Sightings section. Happy hunting!

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Beast Hunters Sharkticon Megatron Higher Res Image
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '13 at 02:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
A new scan from Previews gives us a closer look at the Beast Hunters "Sharkticon" Megatron. The new image uses the typical Hasbro "photoshop" images that aren't the best gauge of the final product, but it looks like this Megatron will be an interesting blend of black, blue and pinkish-purple. The alternate mode sports a look that resembles some kind of hellish sea creature, with the arm fins sticking up at the rear and a toothy maw up front. Interestingly Megatron sports a blue face rather than his usual silver one - your mileage may vary on if this is plain awesome or unappealing.

Check out the image attached to this story to decide what you think of this new iteration of Megatron.

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Platinum Series Transformers Prime Ultra Magnus Official Image Montage
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '13 at 01:45 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Via Snakas we can share with you a low-res composite of official images of the Platinum Series Transformers Prime Ultra Magnus. Optimus Prime's right-hand bot is here a redeco of the Weaponizer Optimus Prime with a new Forge of Solus Prime accessory. What this image shows off are both the modes - seen at Toy Fair 2013 - along with the inside of the packaging flap, which we have not seen previously.

Check it out and see what you think.

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Masterpiece Prowl and Bluestreak Release Delay
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '13 at 10:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Word has reached us that several retailers on both sides of the Pacific are reporting delays to the next releases in the Transformers Masterpiece line. Masterpiece Prowl and Masterpiece Streak (aka Bluestreak / Silverstreak) have each been delayed, Prowl to September and Streak to October.

There is no word on Smokescreen, the third of the Datsun trio. He was intended to release after Prowl and Streak though so we'd expect him to be delayed as well.

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First Look at Generations Sandstorm
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '13 at 10:15 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
First teased at Toyfair on the box of Titan Class Metroplex, we now have our first look of the figure for Generations Sandstorm thanks to Autobase Aichi. This triple changer will be a reuse of the new Generations Springer mold. While the picture is somewhat small, there are a few differences from Metroplex's boxart. Mainly, the vtol looking wings are not present. At the moment, it's also to hard to make out if the figure will get a new head.

For now, check out the image and enjoy! We'll update this spot as soon as better pictures surface.

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Transformers: Legends Is Now Available For iOS
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '13 at 10:15 AM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Hasbro has sent out the word that mobile game Transformers: Legends is now available for iOS supported devices. Previously it was only available for Android devices.



Description:

The Battle for Earth has come to your mobile device! Build your Ultimate Team of TRANSFORMERS characters and battle your friends!

-Customize and power up your TRANSFORMERS team with credits, cards and battles
-Defend the world with the AUTOBOTS or destroy it with the DECEPTICONS
-Engage friends and foes in 9 v 9 multiplayer battles with bonus attacks
-Hundreds of TRANSFORMERS characters and items to discover, recruit and collect
-Regular events to win limited-edition TRANSFORMERS characters!


You can download the game from the following locations:
iOS
Android

In addition to the release you can also download Wallpapers as well.

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Transformers GO! Anime series, Combiners Revealed, Promo Images
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '13 at 10:00 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Lots of news reaches us today regarding the new Transformers GO! line in Japan. Not only will this line feature the Japanese versions of the Beast Hunters characters but will also feature new three man combining teams. Samurai team gattai robo, Gokenzan will fight for the Autobots while Ninja team gattai robo, Gogekisou will destroy for the Decepticons. Both of which, are revealed now in full color. This image also confirms that Transformers GO! won't be a new television show, but will be a direct to DVD series supplement to the TV Magazine. No release date is given just yet, but stay tuned to TFW as we get more news.

Also revealed are some new promotional prints for the new toyline.

This information comes to us from TFYuki's twitter account and game.watch.impress. Check out all of the new images after the break!

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Transformers 4 Filming To Take Place In The Streets Of Sham Shui Po
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '13 at 06:30 AM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Director Michael Bay has shown an interest to film in the streets of Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong for his upcoming movie; Transformers 4. According to Twitch Film, The producers have already approached local government officials and businesses to propose the closure of sections of roads for filming.

According to the article, Transformers 4 will start shooting in the US in June. The plan is for filming to continue in Hong Kong in September and then China from October. They have also auditioned a number of Chinese actors, reportedly with Huang Xiaoming being the front-runner to get a role in the film.

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NJCC 2013 Announces New Transformers Guest Artist Andrew Griffith
Posted by News Fetcher on April 25 '13 at 04:15 AM
By DESTRO from TFW2005:
NJCC 2013 is proud to announces our new Transformers guest artist Andrew Griffith! Best known for his work on IDW's Robots in Disguise or the "RID" as we like to call it, Andrew will have prints, comics, original pages for sale, and will be doing sketches as well.

Check out hiss full gallery of work over at DeviantART

New Jersey Collectors Con Spring Show Date April 28th 2013

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2175 West Marlton Pike (Rt. 70), Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Sunday, April 28th, 2013

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More Than Meets The Eye #16 Creator Commentary with James Roberts
Posted by News Fetcher on April 24 '13 at 10:45 PM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
The official Transformers Facebook page has posted the creative commentary for IDW Publishing's new issue of Transformers More Than Meets the Eye. Issue 16 hit the shelves today and featured the aftermath of the Lost Light's encounter with Overlord. Truly an emotional issue if you haven't read it yet. If you have, take a look at the creative commentary from writer James Roberts to enhance what you've read today!

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