The website Box Office Pro has posted its analysis of the impending Transformers: The Last Knight
. It's an interesting read, a fairly level-headed look at the internal and external forces that could determine whether TF5 is a success, and how much
of one. Our takeaway: ...there's another Planet of the Apes
film coming out in July? Why?
Anyway, click through for the full rundown.
One of the biggest TRANSFORMERS products of 2017 was just revealed at the Beijing and Guangzhou Midnight Sales Eventthe OPTIMUS PRIME MPM-4 figure, the latest figure from the MASTERPIECE MOVIE SERIES line! The figure is enclosed in a special glass window display, and fans are given the opportunity to take photos with it at this exclusive unveiling.
It's not unusual for the Transformers movies to have modified titles for their Japanese releases: Age of Extinction
was called Lost Age
, for example. But generally they aren't any more revelatory than the original English titles. So it might be for The Last Knight
, but we can't stay the change to its title for Japan isn't interesting at least, where it will be known as The Last Knight King
. "Knight King" as a rank or title is not unheard of in fiction, so is this giving away something extra of the plot, or is it just down to different preferences in terminology for the same idea? Summer will tell, most likely! Keep reading to see the Kanji form of the movie title.
Thanks to Prime135 we've got word that Toys R Us locations in the US are starting to put out Glyph Decoder cards with their stock of The Last Knight toys. These are free to take and depict the movie-use Cybertronian alphabet, with their associated real-world letters to allow translations. This ties in to the run of exclusive product Toys R Us is expected to carry, packaging snippets for some of which we have already likely seen. The use of the Cyber Glyphs looks like it will be a major part of this, on packaging or even the toys themselves. You can find Prime135's photo of the card below!
Ever since Toy Fair, Hasbro has been letting us know to look forward to April 24th, as that would be the launch day for Transformers The Last Knight toys. Also that we could expect merchandise from the other lines to hit shelves at about the same time. But as many of you probably know, while the major online toy retailers have gone live with listings for wave 1, more likely than not you were presented with a lot of nothing if you went looking at your local brick and mortar. What happened, and why aren't the toys out in stores for the launch day? Keep reading to find out more!
Entertainment Weekly featured an article about Hot Rod in one of their latest issues, and has this weekend also made that content available online. The article talks in some detail about Hot Rod and at least his initial role in the movie - explaining the context for the detailed image we saw recently.
A little comes out about Laura Haddock's character and her importance as well. All of this is a bit spoiler-leaning, but if you're okay with that, you can find select excerpts below!
Thanks to Driftx3, who's uploaded a pair of photos showing some in-store signs from Autozone featuring the Valvotron promotion. This shows that one way to get this figure will be with the purchase of five quarts of qualifying Valvoline oil, proof of which can be submitted to a special website which is currently not online, and a Valvotron will be mailed out. Unfortunately no other information, nor even a new image are provided here, leaving the question of if it possibly transforms. Though it does verify the size of the robot at 5.5 inches - a bit small for a bottle of oil. Keep reading to see the photos!
The 7th Beijing International Film Festival is underway in China, and Paramount was there to promote Transformers: The Last Knight
! In the process of doing so, China.org
reports, Paramount Chairman Jim Gianopulos and President of Worldwide Marketing Megan Colligan revealed the location for an upcoming 10th Anniversary Celebration as well as the Chinese street date for the TF5 toyline. Keep reading for more info!
We have some information about the European broadcast of the new season of Robots in Disguise, Combiner Force. RegularCapital has a summary of new shows coming to the European Cartoon Network and Boomerang channels starting in or near May. Among them is RID, which will have a start of May 27th, and is noted as running through Saturday, July the 8th on Saturdays and Sundays. That totals only 13 broadcast timeslots. This may not be indicative for other markets, but it does seem like the expected 26 episode Combiner Force season may be split at least for Europe. More info on US airing when available!
With only a few short months left before the event opens its doors, Hasbro has finally started sharing out some information for their HasCon convention, happening in Rhode Island this September. Along with a minute-long promo video, the official Transformers Facebook page had a short text post giving a basic summary of things to expect on the Transformers side of the show - one of which is "exclusive product". You can read the full post below for more details, and see the video promo!
On Facebook, Loopaza has shared a screen image said to list September's Legends Series releases. Seemingly thanks to the push of movie product, Legends have been extremely light so far this year. It looks like things will finally be cycling up starting in September, beginning with two figures that many fans have been eager to see the TakaraTomy take on. In addition to three Legends releases, three of the Movie The Best figures will be shipping again: MB-01 Optimus, MB-03 Megatron, and MB-07 Soundwave. Meanwhile, click through to find out about the new Legends!
Tonight was the night of the special IMAX preview event for The Last Knight
, showing nearly a half an hour of various clips from this summer's latest installment in the live action movie series. As reported by Yahoo Movies UK, Michael Bay had a special message attached to the beginning of the presentation, stating again that, no really, he means it this time, he's not doing anymore Transformers movies. But he also spoke about the future of the franchise a bit, both what's immediately upcoming, and a bit farther reaching. Read on for more details...
The patent-watches at Transformers@The Moon have reported that Hasbro has just filed a new trademark application for a familiar name: Metroplex
! The trademark is geared towards toys... so are we getting a new Metroplex toy of some sort soon? Keep reading for details of the filing at the US Patent Office and some idle speculation!
Artist Aaron Archer, former Hasbro toy designer and head of the Transformers brand, has posted to Instagram that he was recently present to celebrate the retirement of TakaraTomy's Hideaki Yoke. Yoke has been one of the guiding forces behind the Transformers brand since its inception, whose work goes as far back as Diaclone
. Keep reading for more info on this key figure in Transformers!
We've got a couple pieces of news about the return of the Robots in Disguise cartoon, which will adopt the Combiner Force branding to reflect this year's toy lineup. First we have a Hasbro Studios sales guide document that describes the Robots in Disguise series, including a total number of episodes to offer, which with a little digging gives us a likely number of episodes for the upcoming season. And along that line we also have a possible start date for the cartoon - at least in Canada. Keep reading to find out more!
With the temptation of new toys - as well as a good deal on a Toys R Us gift credit to take the edge off the price tag - I set out to a couple of the remaining Toys R Us locations in my general area in hopes of coming home with Chaos on Velocitron. I did not. But in the course of inquiring about possible availability and with a quick check of the UPC number, a Toys R Us manager did have some interesting info to share with me that will likely be relevant to others. Keep reading to find out more!
We've got more info in tonight from BaCon who's been spending the day on a special Paramount tour. A more thorough report will be coming soon, but for now we have some more tidbits to share that were revealed during the previews and other special happenings. At least some of this had been known previously, though the reveals were spread out quite a bit. Keep reading for recaps and new info, but beware of spoilers if you're worried about the plot!
Once again TFormers was privileged with an invitation to a fan event being held by Paramount to let various fansite representatives come and take tours and get some behind the scenes on The Last Knight
. Our own admin BaCon is in attendance, and has sent us back some early tidbits to share! We'll have a full report and photos from the event very soon, but in the meantime keep reading to find out some of what's been happening today!