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!
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!