While many have been looking for what TakaraTomy might do with a use of the retooled parts coming soon in Combiner Wars Liokaiser, it seems we have at least one more stop to make first. TakaraTomy Mall has a new graphic up advertising a new preorder opening for an exclusive Unite Warriors set, with the familiar silhouette of Bruticus. Though one can readily guess anyway, the filename for the graphic confirms the next UW-EX release to be Baldigus - otherwise known as Ruination! The Car Robots/Robots In Disguise combiner has no actual photos yet, but as orders open October 25, we haven't long to wait to actually see it!
With the toy packaging favoring brevity, to put it mildly, the old days of character bios seem to be behind us. But where the packages are unable to provide, Hasbro is still filling in some extra info via their Transformers website. The various product pages for the first two waves of Titans Return carry generally at least somewhat enhanced character blurbs that offer a little more detail. Some of these have been seen previously, but for most of wave 2 we're getting first looks at things like Titan Master powers, plus some nice touches of flavor in the character writing. Keep reading for a collection of all the bios to date!
Transformers: The Last Knight
has played an indirect part in delaying the US debut of the LeSEE Pro, a "driverless" car from LeEco. The unveiling event in San Francisco served to confirm earlier belief that the new car would be involved in the filming of the fifth Transformers movie. And in fact part of the LeEco presentation involved a video featuring Michael Bay who reportedly joked that he would be keeping the unit that was seen on set. The Verge reported on the event, and you can see the relevant excerpt below. Keep reading!
The Wall Street Journal has posted an article taking a look at Hasbro's writers room projects for both the Transformers movie series, and the in-development Hasbro Cinematic Universe project. While largely a recap of what the writers rooms were and were supposed to do, some interesting details did find their way in to the story that give some new information of both The Last Knight
and perhaps changes to come in movies afterward. Keep reading for more!
With various cast and crew hitting social media over the last several months referencing their ongoing work behind the scenes on Robots in Disguise, it's hardly a surprise to have official word today that the show is most definitely getting a third season. Comicbook.com was given the reveal of the details for what will be called Robots in Disguise: Combiner Force
. The release copy mentions a five unit Decepticon combiner team, and otherwise does as expected and indicated the season will be based around the play patterns revealed to us last night. There's a few stills for a preview, so click through for that and to read the story blurb!
Hasbro's "Twas The Night Before" NYCC event certainly did not disappoint this year. While it can be hard to compare with the debut of an entirely new product line, Hasbro brought their best to wow the invited guests as well as the much larger audience watching from home. There was a lot of material to take in, though, so we're going to run through what we saw and try to fill in some details where possible. Keep reading to find out more!
Steve Jablonsky, the man behind the score for the previous installments of the Transformers movie franchise has tweeted an image today that should please fans of his work! Claimed as a "secret folder", the image shows a directory titled "TF5 Theme Ideas," strong indicating that Jablonsky will be returning to provide music once again for The Last Knight
. You can keep reading to see the picture and the original tweet below!
Following some strong reactions after it was revealed the production of The Last Knight
would redress Blenheim Palace as a Nazi stronghold. Many saw this as an affront to Winston Churchill, who was born in the palace and to whose family it still belongs. Michael Bay spoke to the BBC yesterday on the matter. Bay, who is well known for his respect towards veterans and service people, indicated that no one had the full context of the situation, and that Churchill was to be portrayed heroically in the film. You can find a link to the report with video below!
So, uh, we kind of found out today that a scene in Transformers: The Last Knight
will likely take place during World War II. We found this out because Michael Bay got permission to use Blenheim Palace for filming, and redressed it as Adolf Hitler's headquarters. That's kind of awkward since it was once Winston Churchill's home. Keep reading for details!
In a bit of a blast from the past, The Allspark has today released a copy they've obtained of an early iteration of the series bible for Transformers Animated
. The document is dated to late March of 2006, almost two years before the series debuted on Cartoon Network. Cntaining a lot of development notes, plus some episode outlines and various stages of character concept art, it's a very interesting read. It's available to download as a PDF, and you can find the link to that below!
The DailyMail is reporting on the filming of The Last Knight
with a small selection of photos from the current shooting location. Besides the chance to see Hopkins leading a dog around and Wahlberg in a singed shirt that's clearly seen some Bayhem
, there's also a motion capture performer in the photos. It seems that something will be involved in these scenes that has to be added in post, and judging by the performer's posture in one image, it might be a bit robotic! Click through to see more!
If you spent the year so far undecided on the Combiner Wars boxsets, this may be your time to act! Hasbro Toy Shop's Ebay page currently features an extreme price reduction on the first two sets - G2 Superion and G2 Menasor. For customers in the United States, either of these can be had right now for just $29.99, shipping included. We expect this price won't last long as they're obviously trying to clear old stock, so act fast if you want to add these toys to your collection at probably the best non-secondhand price you'll find! Links are below, so keep reading. UPDATE:
They keep going in and out of stock, so check back regularly if you miss out on one attempt!
Hasbro wrapped up their final Botcon product preview panel this year with a tease of the long-awaited Overlord. Now thanks to frequent source Mr. Chaos
who has relayed more store computer info, we have confirmation of that figure and its status as a Leader Class figure! Overlord's assortment is to come after Sixshot, which should mean wave 4. More interesting is the other figure in the assortment, listed as Sky Shadow. Could this be the name for Sixshot's recolor/retool? Or might this be an all new mold? With luck, New York Comic Con may tell the tale in another month's time!
ComicBookMovie.com is reporting that Stanley Tucci will be reprising his role from Transformers: Age of Extinction
in next year's The Last Knight
. Tucci was in France recently to receive a tribute for his career, and in the process announced his return for the new movie. So far only he and Mark Wahlberg are known to be returning from the cast of Age of Extinction
, though there's still plenty of time for others to reveal a return as Tucci has done. You can find a link to the original article below.
Website Acting Auditions has a new post up regarding a casting call in London for Transformers: The Last Knight
. While certain behind the scenes images and other rumors have given some hints as to what the movie might include, the casting call is making very strong statements about what the movie's plot may revolve around. Add to this, Actress Laura Haddock has posted a photo to Instagram featuring her holding a skull impaled by a knife with rather specific period styling. Spoilers are possible and likely, so click through to find out details!
Having recently moved to the UK, production on Transformers: The Last Knight
soldiers ahead. Via Twitter we have word of a new face joining the movie, British actress Elizabeth Croft. Croft has tweeted in August 31st that she was getting ready to begin her first day of shooting, though sadly no further details have been related so far. Croft has had a number of roles over the years, including Syfy's Deadly Descent: The Abominable Snowman
. You can see the original tweet below!
On their Weibo page, KFCToys has posted a teaser for a new project in their EAVI Metal series. Simba is an iteration of Victory Leo, and though there are no direct looks at a prototype or even design art, they have provided a character "bio card". The figure is strongly hinted to combine with Masterpiece Star Saber, which fans long since identified as having extra hardware to make a future combination possible. It seems like KFC may have decided to take advantage of that first and fulfill the idea of a Masterpiece Victory Saber. You can see the images below.