The Czech news site expats.cz reports that Michael Bay may be considering shooting locations within the Czech Republic for the upcoming Transformers 5. This comes shortly after prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka made a journey to Los Angeles to court Hollywood producers for filming in his home country. Producers for TF5 were allegedly seen scouting locations in the country, so I guess it worked! Keep reading for more details.
The TFWiki has tweeted an image and link to a new trademark filing with the US Patent Office. The trademark? "HasCon" - which of course would be a useful name for a convention dedicated to all
Hasbro products, not just Transformers. The trademark was filed just 6 days ago, right after BotCon, which also amounts to some interesting timing? What does it all mean, and does this mean that the CybertronCon name is no longer in consideration? No way to tell yet, but keep reading to see the details of the filing.
Screen Daily reports that Michael Bay's production company is considering shooting locations in the United Kingdom and in Iceland for the next round of Transformers movies. Both countries offer tempting tax breaks and financial incentives for productions that choose to film there, so Bay may be adding those to Transformers 5 and its sequels in addition to US locations. Keep reading for the details!
Maz of TFSquareOne has posted photos sent to him of a test shot of MP-25 Tracks. This in and of itself isn't too noteworthy - except that it has a new head with an unproduced toy-style faceplate! What does it mean? Is this toy of the unproduced past or the yet
to be produced future? Well, Maz has a few ideas about that - keep reading for an excerpt from his post, photos, and a link to the full article!
Seibertron has posted a note from the Transformer Collector's Club's Brian Savage, wishing everyone a happy holiday and announcing that BotCon 2016 registration will begin in January. So if you've been holding back that money just in case the registration went live around the holidays, go get your kids a couple more presents and keep reading to see the announcement!
TFW2005 user Novabeam10 has posted a set of SKUs and prices found in the computers of a Canadian ToysRUs! We have (Canadian) prices for Fan-Built Combiner Victorion, plus the G2 Superion and Menasor boxset! There's also something listed as the "Planet of Junk" Platinum Edition set - it'll be interesting to find out what that is! For now, click through to see what we do know.
An image purporting to be a Hasbro internal image detailing Titans Return Fortress Maximus was posted to Autobase Aichi this morning, giving full release information and data on a number of "exclusives" to a specific release of the figure. The date given - February 19th - is too early for any particular convention (except perhaps Toy Fair) - but the price of 179.99 seems in line with what we have expected. It does, however, refer to the line as "Titan Wars" still, so take this with a grain of salt until we have further confirmation. Keep reading to see it!
The trademark-watchers over at Transformers@The Moon have posted a curious piece of news this morning: Hasbro has filed a trademark with the US Patent Office for the name "Cybertron Con," which is the name of the official Transformers convention in Asia. It's far too early to tell whether this means a name change for BotCon, a new convention, or simply a "defensive" trademark so no fan group can take it in the US, but at any rate, it's an interesting development! Keep reading for a link to the original story.
Transformers @ The Moon's coverage of the TF Trademarks beat continues, and we've got one that looks promising today: "Titans Return"! The trademark application was filed just this past Friday. The "Titan Wars" name itself was revealed accidentally and prematurely at BotCon 2015 - could this be the final name for that, or just a tagline? Either way, Hasbro's reserving it for Transformers use. Keep reading for more details!
The Transformers Writers' Room is closed, and the website Deadline
reports that the results are... two definite movies, one of which is an animated feature about the history of Cybertron, and the other is Transformers 5. Except for the script by Akiva Goldsman, Transformers 5 is shaping up as you'd expect: Michael Bay directs in his third -possibly fourth
- final turn in the Transformers director's chair, and Mark Wahlberg returns as Cade Yeager. Keep reading for specifics!
Site sponsor Robotkingdom has reported that Masterpiece Tracks, due for release this month, has been delayed. No more information is currently available, but Robotkingdom has promised the new release date as soon as they have it. Keep reading to see the post!
Transformers At The Moon has posted links to two new trademark filings from Hasbro: Backtrack, and Autobot Wheelie. The latter's pretty well known, and the name Backtrack was previously used in the live-action and Armada toylines. As to what they'll be used for,
we've got some speculation on that in regards to Wheelie. Read on to see!
Olivus Prime of the TFW2005 Forums was able to sit down with Mark Ryan recently and talk Transformers movies. Ryan is the voice behind Revenge of the Fallen
's Jetfire and Age of Extinction
's Lockdown, and spoke of his inspiration for Jetfire, the amount of his own acting that was put into Lockdown... and perhaps most interestingly, a hint at the direction of Transformers 5 and the Transformers Cinematic Universe at large. Read on to see what he had to say!
A new character design from Transformers: Devastation
was revealed last night, both spoiling a character's appearance in the game and drawing some interesting comparisons to Combiner Wars Wave 4's new Voyager class figure Battle Core Optimus Prime. Was this the original plan in Battle Core Prime's development? There's no way to know, but keep reading to see some comparison shots and light SPOILERS
An image has surfaced on the Chinese auction site Taobao showing a silhouetted image marked with the TakaraTomy logo and identified as MP-28 Hound. The numbering makes some sense, with Ironhide revealed at Tokyo Toy Show as MP-27 - though the natural impulse would be to assume Ratchet would be MP-28. It remains to be seen if this is true, and we'll keep you posted on whatever news comes our way. For now, keep reading to see the image!
Autobase Aichi has posted a rumored list of upcoming Transformers Adventure products which features a few surprises! One is a Rumble and Frenzy 2-pack, and another is Black Shadow. What are these? Or at least, what do we think
they are? Keep reading for the listings and some thoughts on what they mean!
According the Deadline, some of the new writers for the Transformers Cinematic Universe are already sharpening their pencils. Word is coming down that get guys behind Marvel's "Ant-Man" script are packing their bags for a trip back to Cybertron to lift the lid on the origins of our beloved robots. Read for more details.
Cinematic Universes are a Thing right now, with Marvel and Star Wars leading the way. Now, according to Deadline, Paramount is looking at their biggest movie property with an eye towards more varied (and frequent) releases. To that end they're enlisting writer Akiva Goldsman, whose credits range from the drama A Beautiful Mind
to the well-received TV series Fringe
...to Batman Forever
and Batman and Robin.
This should be interesting. The story also hints that Michael Bay may unsurprisingly be returning for Transformers 5 after his current movie project - or at least that TF5 won't go ahead until that project is complete. Keep reading for more details!