Once again this year, I had the opportunity to chat with John Warden and Ben Montano from the Hasbro Transformers team and pick their brains about both the newly revealed things this weekend, but also burning questions that we've been saving up for just such an occasion! We'd like to extend a huge thanks to the guys from Hasbro for taking time to talk with us both on-and-off camera this weekend at Botcon! And you can click the title link now to check out our interview video embedded below.
International Business Times reports that Robert Kirkman, creator of popular zombie-encrusted soap opera The Walking Dead
, has opened up on the reasons why he was only in the Transformers Cinematic Universe's Writers' Room for a single day. It's related to the health issues that kept him out of last year's San Diego Comic-Con for the first time in 10 years. Keep reading for further details and a video of Kirkman responding to the question.
Transformers 5 director Michael Bay recently sat down with Collider to talk about his latest movie, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi that will be coming to theaters next weekend. The interview is pretty much focused on the new movie, but we do get some comments from Bay on what's in the works for Transformers 5 and the recent developments with the Writers Room. According to Bay, we may be seeing some historical elements and or smaller productions.
After the pre-Toy Fair 2016 preview, the Hasbro design team for Transformers was kind enough as to answer some questions for us! RAC was there to ask questions of Jerry Jivoin, John Warden, Sean C. Isabella, and Ben Montano, and we've got all the answers here! Click through to see it all!
Comic Book Resources has interviewed Mairghread Scott & Corin Howell about the post-Combiner Wars IDW universe, Windblade, the Combiner Hunters one-shot, and much more! Scott also talks about how she used the Combiner Wars setup as a way to introduce characters from all the other TF continuities into IDW's comics- something she's been wanting to do for a long time. Click through for excerpts from the interview and character designs for Moonracer & Knock Out by Corin Howell!
TFW2005 forum member Deruji has posted a translation of the interview with Devastator designer Shogo Hasui in this month's Figure-Oh
(Figure King) magazine! Within, we learn a lot in interesting things - the most notable of them being that the modern vehicle types like Mixmaster's were Hasbro's idea, and that the differences between Combiner Wars and Unite Warriors Devastator are, as we all guessed, a result of making the US figure fit a certain price point. Read on for an excerpt and a link to the full interview!
Just up on the new HasbroPulse site is a Transformers Combiner Wars Break-Neck and Quickslinger Behind the Scenes article with John Warden. Get the insights on what brought the toys to the Combiner Wars linke as John hard details on their design, images of the models and some of the back ground on the Transformers Combiner Wars line.
On the third episode of RFC's new Transformers comics review podcast Fanboy Vs Transformers
, I had the opportunity to sit down and talked with James Roberts, who you might know as the writer of More Than Meets The Eye
. Talking about topics related to Elegant Chaos, the way the Transformers world works, obscure British sci-fi and more, this hour-long interview covers some very interesting ground! Click through to the full article for a link to the episode post, or click here
to check out all the episodes so far.
TFW2005 user SidneyY has posted a translated interview with TakaraTomy designer Hisashi Yuki, who talks at length about the decisions that went into Superion and why Takara's version has different deco and has reintroduced Slingshot to the team. He also talks about the Japanese Legends line and his hope to create new products for it now that all of Generations will be shunted into Unite Warriors. And of course he talks about MP-24 Masterpiece Star Saber, and how it was engineered to use as little paint as possible to avoid chipping on the complex toy. Keep reading for an excerpt and then check out the full interview at 2005!
Ben Yee of BWTF got the opportunity to sit down with Transformers Senior Brand Director Jerry Jivoin at Toy Fair, and they talked about Combiner Wars, how it came about, and how the decisions were made. Jivoin says that beginning with Wave 3, each wave will be dedicated to a single combiner, in this case Defensor! Also, did you know that Devastator was almost six LEADER class toys? Keep reading for an excerpt and a link!
ComicsAlliance has just posted an interview with Mairghread Scott, writer of Windblade, about the upcoming Combiner Wars crossover! Revealed is the length of the crossover- six issues over the course of three months - and the fact that Windblade is going to continue on as a book after its conclusion and that Scott has longterm plans for the series and character. Scott also drops hints about a character she's wanted to write for ages making an appearance... Keep reading for excerpts and a link to the full interview!
Thanks to our old friend Sean Long, who's posted a video from the SacAnime 2015 festival held in , Sacramento, CA last weekend. Perter Cullen, the voice of Optimus Prime made an appearance. It is way too early to know for sure, but he did say that Transformers 5 and 6 may be going back to the roots when asked about the concern about the darkness of the series so far. Read on for more on Transformers 5 is to released June 24, 2016.
Check out the Rik Alvarez interview about his upcoming Play With This Too toys at RetroRobotRadio. Includes the slides of his figures shown at TFcon Chicago 2014.
Tom Scioli sat down with Max Robinson of Deadshirt.net at the Small Press Expo to talk about his work on The Transformers vs. GI Joe
, his influences, his goals, and how success has put more eyes on his work at both Hasbro and IDW. Scioli is a smart guy with a good eye for comics and their history -and as usual, it shows in this interview. Keep reading for excerpts and a link to the full conversation!
Newsarama has posted an interview with John Barber and Mairghread Scott about the upcoming Combiner Wars crossover, a 2015 event which will happen in both Robots In Disguise
and the ongoing Windblade series
that- prior to five minutes ago, none of us had the slightest idea existed. Keep reading for quotes and info!
The Japan Times has published an article about Age of Extinction, its Japanese connections, and the samurai-inspired changes to the character designs. Bay also reveals that despite vowing that Dark of the Moon was his last Transformers film he was "prevailed upon, expertly" by a group or person he does not name to direct TF4. Will the same be true of TF5? We'll see. Keep reading for a link and selected quotes!
The 2005 forums have posted a translation of the interview featured in the Transformers Masterpiece Official Guide. Designer Hironori Kobayashi talks about his design work on MP-1 Optimus Prime, MP-08 Grimlock (The head/tail mechanism is inspired by Beast Machines Rattrap!), MP-09 Rodimus Prime/Hot Rod, and the upcoming MP-22 Ultra Magnus. Keep reading for an excerpt and a link!
The Huffington Post have posted an interview with three time Transformers movie writer Ehren Kruger who penned the latest "Transformers: Are of Extinction" movie that swept box offices last weekend. In the article the writer shares a number of insights about how the so-called new trilogy was decided on as well as many of the aspects be brings to the table. We learn about director Michael Bay's idea to make this new forray a "Father-Daughter" story as well as the origins of Lockdown and the one character Bay will never do (which means he will, at some point).