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!
While preorders for Masterpiece Exhaust have been cancelled previously, restricting the figure's release to Japan only, it now seems possible that MP-23 may be well and truly cancelled according to an email sent from a retailer to Radio Free Cybertron's diecast. Citing communication with Hasbro Asia, the retailer says that the official cancellation will be coming shortly. Whether that's a cancellation from Hasbro Asia only or if Takara has decided it's not worth the trouble to make Exhaust is unknown, but keep reading for the tweet, and for more details on the Exhaust situation.
Thanks to @GeneralTekno on Twitter for this one! The story is that artist Livio Ramondelli, responsible for the The Transformers
side of the Combiner Wars crossover, has confirmed that Cyclonus will not
be appearing, thus there will be no impetus to redesign or move the character from his More Than Meets The Eye
appearance in order to have him conform to the Combiner Wars crossover. And frankly, that's a relief. We'll update this story if we get a more direct confirmation of this but for now, keep reading to see the tweet!
Ozformers member Bidoofdude
put 2 and 2 together concerning two previously-rumored Generations Legends, and got a promising response from Hasbro! The known Combiner Wars Legends-class figures skip numbers 11-17, and so an email was sent to Hasbro asking if the previous Walmart leaks Gnaw with Gnash and Brawn with Mudslinger might be among their numbers. The answer is less than concrete, but more than maybe - keep reading to see!
A member of the 2005 forums has posted a rumor about the eagerly anticipated Combiner Wars Devastator, one which dovetails neatly with the idea of it being a Titan Class figure. The rumor suggests that the body will be a Leader and the limbs will be Voyagers, which would indeed suggest a massive figure that requires a Metroplex-sized box. The rumor also suggests we'll see a yellow G2 version at SDCC this year. Keep reading to see all the rumored details!
An eagle-eyed member of the 2005 forums has posted an image of Combiner Wars Legends Bombshell's instructions that seems to show linework for a new Masterpiece Megatron. The other toys whose art is used are MP-10 Optimus Prime and MP-21 Bumblebee, so the Megatron that we can see in bits and pieces is possibly
the first glimpse we're getting of the rumored new Masterpiece Megatron. Keep reading to see and decide for yourself!
CNBC raises an excellent point about the potential purchase of Dreamworks that we reported on earlier in the day. One of the reasons that people have felt a Hasbro/Disney merger was sensible and likely is how much of Hasbro's business is tied up with Disney's. Piper Jaffray Analyst Steph Wissink estimates that amount at between a quarter and a third of Hasbro's business... so how would that affect a potential purchase of Disney's chief competitor in the animated film trade? Keep reading for an excerpt of the article and a link to the article itself!
Entertainment Earth has posted a listing for Rescue Bots Rescan Wave 5, and it includes a new name- Rescan Salvage. One of the interesting things about this is that the "Rescan" label was created for characters taking on new alt-modes, which since this is the first Salvage figure seems kind of like a stretch. Also of note is that it lists Optimus Prime twice-
two Prime variants in one case? More information as it becomes available, but keep reading to see the case breakdown and a link to the original page!
The Anime-Export website has posted images and preorder listings of TakaraTomy's Robots In Disguise 2015 toyline. ...well, sort of.
Most of the images look like they were taken with a poor quality webcam through a sheet of wet gauze and then blown up by 200%. So yeah, pretty bad. But there's some interesting things to be seen, such as the first look at Fixit! Also, placeholder images that seem to show Transformers Prime's Knock Out and Dreadwing... and also Generations Scoop? It seems like a good bet that we're going to see some non-show characters in the line. Keep reading to see a summary of the listings, photos, and a link to the preorder page!
This news just in via TheAgabyss on Twitter we have what may be possible news about Takara's plasn to show the new Transformers: Robots in Disguise Cartoon in Japan. What's more is there are details about toys that will be offered as well as some possible spoilers of character names. As always, this is unconfirmed news that should be considered a rumor until an official announcement.
Artist Marcelo Matere posted on Twitter today that he's "working on Transformers Animated again," followed by a semicolon-bracket winky emoticon. He said that news would be coming soon, but the prospect of new TF Animated work is certainly welcome. Matere has worked on Animated package art for Hasbro as well as comic art and book covers for IDW, so there's no real way to narrow down what this new project will be just yet. For now, keep reading to see the original Tweet!
We've been here before, back after Dark of the Moon wrapped - but Michael Bay has again said that he wants to move on to different kinds of movies and possibly not direct Transformers 5. He recently renewed his contract with Paramount so presumably there will be great pressure for him to continue- but it's very likely that both Bay and Transformers could benefit from a fresh perspective on the property. Keep reading for a link to the article and details.
Less than 24 hours after the LioConvoy reveal, GI Joe fansite GeneralsJoes has brought to our attention a recent Transformers Collectors' Club tweet that promises their next figure reveal will "send shockwaves across fandoms!!!" Both collectors clubs managed by FunPub, GI Joe and Transformers, contain characters named Shockwave... Keep reading for the original tweet and a link to further analysis at GeneralsJoes!
Time reports that there is some doubt as to whether Age of Extinction really cracked the hundred million dollar barrier this weekend. The more conservative estimate is $97.5 million, still ever so slightly more than Captain America: The Winter Soldier
but a significantly lower amount than Dark of the Moon. What does this mean for the film, the franchise, and Hollywood's disappointing year in general? Click for a quote and a link to the full artlicle!
Many fans were more than a little disappointed to hear that High Moon Studios would not be working on the third game in the War For Cybertron/Fall of Cybertron series. But if not Transformers, what are
they working on? Recent job postings on Activision Blizzard's website may provide some insight.
Korean pop entertainment news site, Kopstarz, is reporting on the Transformers 4: Age of Extinction movie trailer that will Premier on Feburary 2 at the Super Bowl XLVIII. According to the article the trailer is rumored to feature the Dinobots leader Grimlock along with the Autobot leader Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. As always, these claims are not confirmed so take them with a grain of salt as anything can happen between now and then.
Following the concept cars sighting by kingmyreee, we find there is a mention in the comments by the instragram membter that Mark Wahlberg and Tryrese Gibson were spotted on the set. The comment follows from kingmyreee: "Shooting some scene. They don't got the cars out yet but Mark Walhberg and Tyrese is here" Gibson has mentioned
he may be back for Transformers 4, but this could be a confirmation he is. Surely, more sightings will be made soon if that IS him. Watch the second June 26th video clip
for the comments on the sighting.
Thanks to a post on the Allspark, we have news of solicitations going around Malaysia that lists many Takara Tomy Transformers items under series names that we have not seen for a long time. Could these be repacks of Transformers Prime Beast Hunters toys or new releases with different decos under the Platinum Edition heading? Its hard to tell right now, but the listing includes exciting names like Ultra Magnus, Classic Predaking, Grimlock Vs Bruticus and more of what appear to be Asia exlusive releases that you can see below.