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!
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!