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Michael Bay to guest star in The Neighbors, Transformers Animated Cameos in Ben 10 Omniverse
Posted by News Fetcher on November 14 '12 at 11:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Here's a spot of news for you as far as spotting Transformers alumnus in other projects. There is word that Transformers live-action movie series director Michael Bay will be guest starring as himself in ABC's sci-fi comedy sitcom The Neighbors. Given the show is about a human family who move to a secluded community populated exclusively by aliens living in secret among humanity, maybe Michael Bay will be revealed as an alien? News and a little bit more information on SpoilerTV.

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Hasbro Delivers Innovative & "Must Have" Toys For The Holidays
Posted by News Fetcher on November 14 '12 at 07:30 AM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Christmas is just around the corner... well sort of. And Hasbro has sent us a Press Release showing off what they call as "Must Have" Toys For The Holidays.

Transformers is on the list, thankfully. The same cannot be said for the Joes, sadly.

KRE-O TRANSFORMERS DESTRUCTION SITE DEVASTATOR Set
Builders can take control of the most feared DECEPTICON weapon on Earth with the KRE-O DESTRUCTION SITE DEVASTATOR set. A simple construction site becomes the scene of the ultimate Transformers face-off between AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICON's secret weapon of destruction, DEVASTATOR. Offering multiple builds in one, fans can create four construction vehicles including a crane and bulldozer, deconstruct the vehicles to create four different robot figures, or combine all vehicle builds together to form one of the largest and most epic enemies of the AUTOBOT world, the CONSTRUCTICON DEVASTATOR character, complete with wrecking ball and spinning auger accessories. Set includes 590 KRE-O bricks and six unique KREON figures. Ages 8 years & up; Approximate Retail Price: $79.99; Available: Fall 2012.

TRANFORMERS PRIME WEAPONIZERS Assortment
The TRANSFORMERS PRIME WEAPONIZERS Assortment contains all new TRANSFORMERS PRIME-styled figures from Hasbro Studio's hit TV Series in a larger scale. With a huge weapon reveal in both robot and vehicle mode as well as lights, TRANSFORMERS PRIME WEAPONIZERS is the ultimate Prime figure. With four modes including robot, vehicle, robot with pop-up weapons and vehicle with pop-up weapons, TRANSFORMERS PRIME WEAPONIZERS are the ultimate in TRANSFORMERS conversions. Complete with lights, each action figure, including BUMBLEBEE and OPTIMUS PRIME, is sold separately. Ages: 5 & up; Approximate retail price: $29.99.


Check out the full PR, after the jump.

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Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Weaponizers and Cyberverse Commander Optimus Prime
Posted by News Fetcher on November 13 '12 at 12:30 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
By way of some online store listings and an early image posted on our fellow fansite Fullmetalhero, we've got some more news of new toys coming your way next year as a part of the Transformers Prime Beast Hunters series. First things first, that early look image - what you're looking at is the first picture of an all-new Beast Hunters Cyberverse Commander Optimus Prime. The new Optimus design is a bulkier, brawnier look with elements of the War / Fall of Cybertron design worked in, particularly the "wings" on the back with the wheels on.

Secondly, by way of new solicits at online store Kapow Toys, we can confirm that the "Ultra" scaled Weaponizers will be returning for Beast Hunters. Moreover, three Weaponizers are listed - Optimus Prime and Bumblebee are there, presumably remolds / redecos of the existing Weaponizers, and making his debut in this size class is Ultra Magnus. With the big guy getting his third toy in the Prime line, what do you think his odds of showing up in the series are?

Of course, new toys are no confirmation of the direction the fiction might take - but it's a good gauge of what we might want to start saving some money up for once these start hitting! Those Beast Hunters Weaponizers are due in February 2013 according to the listings, so we hopefully will not need to wait long to see more of them.

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Polygon Pictures Joins With Silver Ant For Transformers: Prime - Beast Hunters
Posted by News Fetcher on November 13 '12 at 07:30 AM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Polygon Pictures, who delivers you the outstanding animation of Day Time Emmy Award winning series; Transformers: Prime is joining hands with Malaysian based animation studio Silver Ant to bring you the third season, titled Beast Hunters.

Polygon Pictures has provided computer-generated graphics for feature films and videogames, with the "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" animated series being one of its representative works. It also operates a licensing business for its original works.

Silver Ant is one of leading animation studios in Malaysia. Its original 3-D animated feature "SeeFooD" was theatrically released in more than 90 countries and regions.

The joint company, Silver Ant PPI, will work with local universities, develop creative capabilities through staff members from Polygon Pictures and establish a coordinated production management system to serve as a speedy, high-quality content production base in the country, the Japanese company said.


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Headrobots Drone Final Product Images
Posted by News Fetcher on November 13 '12 at 06:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Headrobots has shared with us some images of their next release. Drone is a customization kit that can be used to customize your Hunt for the Decepticons Tomahawk or Dark of the Moon Vortex into a Classics Whirl! It features a new head, new weapons modelled after Generation Whirl's guns, alternate "classics" style feet and optional ski parts for the full Generation 1 style. Read on and check them out, along with a tease of another upcoming project.

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Dr Wu Prime Swords Broken Blade, Dark Energy and Ultimate
Posted by News Fetcher on November 13 '12 at 05:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
2005 Boards member uranusdd has shared with us pictures of three more sword accessories from Dr Wu. Shown here are three "Prime Sword" recolors - based on the sword design for Prima in the Transformers Vault book. The first is the previously-revealed Broken Blade, an item exclusive to online store Captured Prey, with a purple blade and a gold hilt. Second there is a "Dark Energon" varient, with a purple blade and a black hilt. Lastly there is an Ultimate version, with a silver blade and a blue hilt. All three feature a chromed finish and are sized for standard 5mm hand grips.

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Transformers GT GT Optimus Prime and GT Star Saber New Images
Posted by News Fetcher on November 12 '12 at 11:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Toys R Us Japan have updated their website with new images of the two upcoming releases in the Transformers GT series, GT Prime (Optimus Prime) and GT Saber (Transformers Victory's Star Saber). The new listings show more pictures of the resin prototypes, this time showing both of the releases on their respective pages. The base body is a heavy remold of Alternity Convoy, basically replacing the Nissan GT-R alternate mode with the Super GT rally version. Comparing the pictures lets you take in the differences between the molds (the head molds are very similar, yet different - check out Saber's ear antennae). There's also art pieces attached to each listing showing the robots and the "race queen" figures that come with them, and our first proper look at the new weapons for both toys.

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Nike Air Max Flyposite Megatron Sneakers
Posted by News Fetcher on November 12 '12 at 11:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Website Kicks on Fire has updated with some pictures of a special edition release for the Nike Air Max Flyposite sneakers. Pictured are some "special edition" Megatron sneakers - it's a double reference, both to Calvin "Megatron" Johnson of the Detroit Lions and also to Megatron himself, as the sneakers feature a lawyer-friendly not-quite Decepticon logo (still looks a bit like Soundwave's head, though) and a gridlined, gradient detail that partially resembles the background grid / gradient used on the Generation 1 Transformers packaging.

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iGear Miniwarriors Bushwacker, Cogz and Duneraker Prototypes
Posted by News Fetcher on November 12 '12 at 10:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
iGear have updated their Facebook page with pictures of the next three Miniwarriors. Coming up next are Cogz (aka Gears), Bushwacker (aka Outback) and Duneraker (aka Beachcomber). All three are still at an early stage, shown here as grey prototypes. Some features are visible such as second heads for Cogz and Bushwacker.

Please be aware, these are unofficial items neither licensed or endorsed by Hasbro or Takara-Tomy

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Transformers United EX Story Chapters 5 and 6 Translated
Posted by News Fetcher on November 12 '12 at 05:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Our fellow fans at The Allspark have shared translations of the next two chapters of the Transformers United EX story. Chapter 5, The Dragon pays his dues and Chapter 6, Destruction and Regeneration. Story chapter 5, published on the box for Grim Master, introduces the character of Grim Master into the story. His chapter reveals that he's an ex-Decepticon who was once saved by an Autobot commander, and eventually joined the Autobot side to protect the Earth that is precious to him and repay his debt. He's a reformed version of the Dinoforce member Kakuryu from Transformers Victory - his chapter also features references to another former Decepticon ally, Clouder aka Doubleclouder from Masterforce!

Story chapter 6, Destruction and Regeneration, throws Road Master into the mix. A powerful mercenery hired by the Decepticon's new leader referred to only as "the High Regent", it is revealed that he is also a Junkion who betrayed his home world - he is a new form of the E-Hobby character, Detritus!

Open the links above to check out both story chapters.

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TFC Toys F-4 Phantom Box Image
Posted by News Fetcher on November 11 '12 at 01:30 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
TFC Toys have released a picture of the packaging of their Uranos F-4 Phantom (aka not-Aerialbot Fireflight) via their Weibo blog. The packaging is in a similar vein to that of their Hercules - the gestalt name in one corner, artwork in the other, and a large window showing off the occupant of the box. There's also a return of the lineart style for the inner box tray artwork. Click on the thumbnail at left to check it out.

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TFW Transformers Prime Arms Micron Ironhide Gallery
Posted by News Fetcher on November 11 '12 at 07:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
We're back with another Transformers toy gallery. Today we are sharing with you a gallery of Transformers Prime Arms Micron Ironhide.

Ironhide was released back at the end of September in Japan. He's a recolored version of Prime Sergeant Kup - unlike a lot of other Arms micron releases, Ironhide did not get any remolding to add extra ports for Arms Microns. He looks fantastic in the red and black - I would go as far as to say this is the deco that Kup should always have been released in, because it fits the design so much better than Kup's green. Ironhide like all Arms Micron releases comes with a sheet of stickers in lieu of paint apps, but he barely needs them because he looks good with or without the stickers. A cute touch is the inclusion of a "bullet hole" sticker if you want to customize the look of your Ironhide (or indeed any Transformer) with a war-wound.

Ironhide's partner Micron is I.R., a well-built orange Micron who turns into Ironhide's signature cannon. He's a fun little robot and looks equally good attached to Ironhide's arm or hand-held, but his true strength comes out when you combine him with other Arms Microns, like B.H. and C.L., and he forms some suitably oversized heavy weapons for the Autobot weapons specialist.

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Clean up your act with Transformers Prime Bath Products
Posted by News Fetcher on November 11 '12 at 06:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
There's a whole range of non-toy Transformers Prime merchandise popping up at retail at the moment - a large chunk of it in the form of bathtime sets! 2005 Boards member moreprimeland reports that among the other items released, there is a Soak and Slam set of Transformers-themed shower, bodywash and suction cup basketball (Spike, compute quickly!). There's also a Great Smile set of toothbrush, holder and cup, plus a Transformers Prime bubblebath set. At $10 this one includes Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Megatron bubblebaths - the Optimus Prime one has also been found sold individually for $2.99 by 2005 Boards member Shark Jumper.

Last but by no means least there's also an Optimus Prime plush pillow - a pillow done in the style of Optimus' truck mode. That one is reportedly going for $20 at Target.

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Michael Bay Talks Transformers 4 Plot, Mark Wahlberg And Shia
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '12 at 08:45 AM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Despite mixed reaction from fans, the entertainment industry is praising director Michael Bay on selecting actor Mark Wahlberg for Transformers 4. According to MTV:

"It's an absolutely brilliant move," MTV Geek editor Valerie Gallaher tells MTV News of Wahlberg's casting. "It'll keep this franchise fresh."

"The guy can act - as anyone who has seen 'Boogie Nights' or 'The Departed' can attest to," agrees Brian Truitt with USA Today. "And he brings sort of an exasperated 'Come on, alien robots, are you kidding me?!' vibe that would make for a great and different dynamic."


Meanwhile TMZ contacted the director via phone. Find out what Mr. Bay had to say about Transformers 4 Plot, Mark Wahlberg's Character And Shia's Comments, after the jump.

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Masterpiece Soundwave and Encore Fortress Maximus Delayed
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '12 at 02:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Cybergundam Blog has updated with news of a delay to two of the most anticipated upcoming releases from Takara-Tomy. Encore Fortress Maximus has now been delayed to a late March release, and Masterpiece Soundwave has been delayed until the end of January.

While this is bad news for those impatient to add these two releases to their collection, we encourage you to look at the bright side - it's another little while to save up some money to afford these two high-end releases before they arrive next year.

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American Greetings 2012 Transformers Movie Megatron Ornament
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '12 at 02:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Following on from the American Greetings Transformers Movie themed ornaments from the last few years, this year American Greetings is offering up a movie Megatron Christmas ornament. The Decepticon leader's head, as depicted in Dark of the Moon with its scarring on the right side of the face, can glare down at you from your Christmas tree as you exchange gifts with your family this holiday season if you pick up this ornament.

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X2 Toys Power Beak and Power Bat Final Colors Photos
Posted by News Fetcher on November 10 '12 at 02:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Online store Ali Express has uploaded some pictures of the final versions of the X2 Toys Power Beak and Power Bat. The new pictures show off the various options for using these unlicensed minions for Prime Soundwave, including arm blades. The colors do not exactly match with the main Soundwave though - check the pictures out to see for yourself.

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Canadian Action Figure Expo 2012 is THIS SUNDAY
Posted by News Fetcher on November 09 '12 at 07:30 AM
By Super_Megatron from TFW2005:
The 9th Annual Action Figure Expo will be November 11th at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel - 600 Highway 7 East, Richmond Hill, Ontario with free underground parking.

Featuring:

Bring an unopened toy donation to help underprivileged children during the holidays and get into the dealer room 15 minutes earlier than your ticket time.

The Ontario Ghostbusters will be attending in Ghostbusters costume to entertain the fans with photo opportunities.

The TFcon 10th anniversary party and message board meetup the Saturday night before the show.

The 501st Canadian Garrison attending as Stormtroopers, Sith Lords, Bounty Hunters and Royal Guards will join us for photo ops with attendees.

Smith Hart, former professional wrestler, the eldest child of Stu Hart and brother of Bret "The Hitman" Hart is scheduled to attend.

Trading boards for you to post the toys you are looking to trade.

Limited numbers of the "Dirty Shafter" bio card will be available from TFcon.

The show features a huge selection of vintage 80s toys and all the latest releases from today such as Transformers (vintage and Japanese imports), Star Wars (new and vintage), GIJoe (vintage and modern), Masters of the Universe (vintage and modern), Super Heroes (Marvel Universe/Legends, DCUC etc), Wrestling, and tons of other Action Figures and collectibles.

You can RSVP to the 2012 Facebook event here.

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Mark Wahlberg Confirmed for Transformers 4, First Teaser Logo Revealed
Posted by News Fetcher on November 08 '12 at 06:45 PM
By Secretcode from TFW2005:
After much speculation regarding who would be cast in the upcoming fourth live-action Transformers movie, Micheal Bay has confirmed on his website that Mark Wahlberg has been signed on for Transformers 4.

HOLLYWOOD, CA (November 8, 2012) – After an exceptionally successful collaboration on the upcoming “Pain and Gain,” Michael Bay has cast Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg in the highly anticipated “TRANSFORMERS 4.” The film will hit theaters June 27th, 2014.

“Mark is awesome. We had a blast working on “Pain and Gain” and I’m so fired up to be back working with him. An actor of his caliber is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the Transformers’ legacy,” said Bay.
Bay will direct the next installment in the “TRANSFORMERS” series, which begins shooting next spring. From Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., in association with Hasbro, the film will be produced by Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce, and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian.

Bay’s first “TRANSFORMERS” film was a box office sensation in 2007, opening at #1 and earning more than $700 million worldwide. His second installment “TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN” in 2009 grossed more than $830 million worldwide. In 2011, “TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON” was an even bigger hit worldwide, grossing more than a billion dollars to become the 5th highest grossing film of all time. To date, the franchise has earned more than $2.6 billion worldwide.


On the same story, we also have our first look at a logo for Transformers 4, which has been attached to this news story for your viewing pleasure. Don't forget to stay tuned here to TFW2005, as we bring you the latest Transformers Movie news as it happens.

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TFW Transformers Prime Cyberverse Ultra Magnus, Skyquake & Nightwatch Optimus Prime Galleries
Posted by News Fetcher on November 08 '12 at 02:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
We've got three more galleries to share with you now! We are rounding out our gallery coverage of the Transformers Prime Cyberverse Commanders with a look at three of the four releases in Prime Cyberverse Commander Wave 3 and 4 - Nightwatch Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus and Skyquake!

All three are pretty cool little toys. Nightwatch Optimus Prime is a redeco of the initial Commander Optimus Prime release, and were it not for his faceplateless head would actually make a decent representation of Nemesis Prime with his overall more dull deco and yellow eyes. Ultra Magnus is a cool little robot, complete with his Magnus hammer, and an unfortunately exposure of his thighs in vehicle mode. Lastly Skyquake is an awesome redeco of Dreadwing, with new weapons, just like the character in the show. He's the first representation of the one-shot villain to get a toy, and he's a worthy addition.

Check out the galleries of the three by opening the links below:

Transformers Prime Cyberverse Nightwatch Optimus Prime Gallery
Transformers Prime Cyberverse Ultra Magnus Gallery
Transformers Prime Cyberverse Skyquake Gallery

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