Transformers 4: Lost Age is out in Japan, and TakaraTomy is supporting the movie with both toy commercials, and a themesong for the kids' line of figures: "Kakkoeasy!" It's one of those difficult to translate Japanese wordplays that combines the words "Kakkoii" ("handsome" or "cool-looking") and "Easy" (which is written "i-ji-" in Japanese.) Definitely a song for little kids, but one with the sinister potential to bore into your head and never leave. Keep reading to hear it for yourself and see the toy commericial too!
Autobase Aichi has posted a link to a YouTube video from the Japanese premiere events for Lost Age/Age of Extinction. It features both a crazy lightshow focused on the Optimus Prime and Bumblebee statues we've seen so much of since June, and Jack Reynor (Shane Dyson) and Nicola Peltz (Tessa Yeager) answering questions in English which were asked in Japanese and looking appropriately confused. Keep reading to see the video! UPDATE: Just added images from the event.
Robot Kingdom has posted a video of X2Toys' upcoming Firing Pin figure (based on onetime Wreckers leader Impactor) which features a working springloaded pellet cannon, complete with loading system and hopper for semi-automatic fire. The hopper is detachable, and the loading system is disguised as one of Impactor's other
weapons- simply fill it, slide it over the hopper, and the gun is loaded. Keep reading to see the video, plus renders and in-progress photos!
BaCon got a chance to talk with Jerry Jivoin of Hasbro and talk about their plans and design work for 2015's Combiner Wars theme for Generations. Jivoin talked with fans at SDCC for about fifteen minutes, and talked about not just the combiners, but Windblade, IDW, and lots more. Thanks to Jerry and Hasbro for their time, and you can see the video by clicking on the title!
BaCon's gotten video footage of the preview of Robots In Disguise 2015! The new animation style is looking good, and we get good looks at Bumblebee, Sideswipe, and the Elite Guard and Dinobot members of the team who are as-yet unnamed. Keep reading to see!
Fansproject has rendered transformation demonstration videos of upcoming entries into their Function-X series meant to represent Headmasters Hardhead, Apeface and Highbrow. They're all looking pretty good, and it's noteworthy that Hardhead seems to have two different face configurations. Click through to see all three videos!
Thanks to Autobase Aichi, we know that TakaraTomy has produced a 'Diorama Story' video for their Lost Age toyline that very much resembles their older toy commericials. If you want to check out an entertainingly cheesy video that shows off some of the One-Step figures and Power Battlers and their gimmicks, keep reading!
Composer Steve Jablonsky has sit down for a brief interview about his work scoring Age of Extinction, how it compares to his previous scores for the first three films, and the contributions of Imagine Dragons and Skrillex to the film. The score is now available through iTunes. Click through to see the video!
Singapore fangroup Planet Iacon has posted a link to the Japanese dubbed version of the Transformers: Lost Age (AKA Age of Extinction) trailer, and it does lend a certain charm to the whole thing. Click through to see the video and find out what Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Stanley Tucci sound like dubbed into Japanese!
Thanks to Starblight.de on YouTube who have published a video of Transformers 4 Age of Extinction Europe press conference that was held in Berlin, Germany last week.
Following the images we posted, we have video of the actual press event with direct or Michael Bay, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Li Bingbing and Ian Bryce who take questions from the crowd.
The video begins in-language, but the press conference is in English so hang in there for the details.
Paramount has posted a short featurette highlighting Age of Extinction's scenes shot in China. Everyone seems to have had a good time there, Mark Wahlberg sounding particularly impressed and expressing a desire to see Hong Kong again in the future. Click the title to see the video!
A Malaysian animator by the name of Harris Loureiro has animated an epic stop-motion battle between Laser Optimus Prime (AKA Reveal The Shield Laser Prime with MakeToys' Battle Tanker upgrade kit) and Devastator (AKA MakeToys' Giant). It's an impressive piece of work complete with G1 sound effects and, of course, "The Touch." Click to watch it, then drop by Harris' YouTube page and leave him a like- he earned it!
The website SoundWorks Collection has posted a video about the sound of Age of Extinction, how it was created and the efforts made to one-up the sounds of the previous films. They also talk about using sound to homage Star Wars' Darth Vader and his trademark respiratory problems, as well as some G1 easter eggs to hunt for. Click through to view!
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
This Age of Extinction "viral video," entitled in part VIRAL VIDEO, shows a newscaster reporting on the Pentagon's current policy on Transformers (Essentially, "We will kill them all." ...hey, that sounds familiar!) But then the broadcast is interrupted with a very important message. Click the title to see the video!
Radio Free Cybertron interviews Andrew Franks and David Proctor from Boss Fight Studios about their Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. project and, of course, their work on Transformers. Most recently they worked on the Transformers Collector's club exclusives including TFSS 3.0.
Lucky Number 30! CBM Trailers has posted a TV spot touting how much critics love Age of Extinction. Using the numbers on Rotten Tomatoes
to extrapolate, they probably had to throw away something like twelve
negative quotes to find those three positive ones. And two of them are from the same reviewer! Click through to see the spin.
Coming into the homestretch on Age of Extinction, we've got four new TV Spots for you today! They feature some new footage including more exchanges between Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) and Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci), Bumblebee attacking Lockdown, and... possibly the ultimate fate of one of the characters of the film. If you're sensitive about minor SPOILERS
you may want to skip #29, but otherwise click through to see all four spots!