Paul Dini has tweeted that writer and producer Roger Slifer has died of injuries sustained in a hit-and-run accident in 2012. Slifer, credited as an associate producer on Seasons 2 and 3 of the G1 cartoon and associate story consultant, also wrote the live-action segments featuring Tommy Kennedy used for G1's stint as a Saturday-morning cartoon. Slifer's non-Transformers credits include co-creating Lobo at DC Comics, and being immortalized as the localization name for one of Yu-Gi-Oh!'s three Egyptian God Cards. The tweet can be viewed along with links for more information by continuing to the full story.
Hobby Brinquedos, the same source that brought us the new images of Cyber Battalion Optimus and Bumblebee has loaded new high-resolution stock photos for the Platinum two-pack of G1 triple changers Astrotrain and Blitzwing. While the decos for these - especially Astrotrain - defy analysis, the new looks should be a welcome sight to those who already have older reissues or simply enjoy seeing new ideas on old toys. Click through to check them out!
MP-18B MASTERPIECE BLUESTREAK
The new MP-18B Bluestreak lives up to his name! He transforms from robot to a Nissan Fairlady 280Z-T and stands nearly 6” tall in robot mode. Bluestreak is made of die-cast and plastic components, comes with his laser rifle and is listed for $79.99.
Hasbro's website has posted new images of the Platinum Edition Blitzwing & Astrotrain! Blitzwing looks just about as good in tank mode as he did as a robot or jet... and so does Astrotrain. These recolors really have been fascinating to see, and I can't want to see if I can ask more about them at BotCon this year. Keep reading to see!
MP-24 MASTERPIECE STAR SABER - Star Saber was the winner of the "Masterpiece Fan's Choice" contest that took place in 2013 and has just arrived to our warehouse! This Masterpiece version of a longtime fan favorite is sure to please with his signature sword and ability to transform into two different robot and vehicle modes. Grab your very own Star Saber today for $169.99.
Everyone's favorite Transformers rocker, Stan Bush. Just let us know he needs the fans help to him get on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon so be can perform "The Touch." We need fans all over the world to retweet this Twitter post. Read on for the details now.
Full Metal Hero has posted a story showing that Floro Dery, the character designer for much of the G1 cartoon including The Transformers: The Movie
, is selling a new print of Unicron on Etsy. Done in 2014, the print displays a colorful, highly-detailed version of Unicron ripping a planet - perhaps Cybertron? - in half. The print is one of a kind and the asking price is $500 US. Keep reading to see and for links!
Transformers: Windblade vol 2 #1 - Combiner Wars by Mairghread Scott and Others prview just up on iTunes. THE WAR BEGINS! The first strike in COMBINER WARS is against WINDBLADE’S homeworld—and she’s not happy about it! Her long- lost CYBERTRONIAN colony is found… and the only thing that can protect it is SUPERION.
The Tiny Titans minifigure line has solicited its third wave of blindbagged figures through Diamond Comics, and the PREVIEWSworld website has sample images! Revealed for this set are G1 Optimus Prime and Shockwave, but more surprisingly a Beast Wars Megatron! Most of the paint seems to have gone into the heads - robot and dinosaur - but even so it looks like fun. Keep reading to see!
The Solar Pool's Stuart Webb has interviewed the driving forces behind IDW's UK Transformers reprint series, James Roberts & Lloyd Young! Roberts talks about how his involvement in the project began with his dream of doing a book on the history of the UK comics, and Young recounts his quest to obtain pretty much every
Transformers comic - and how difficult and expensive that is to do in Australia - as well as the work that goes into scanning the comics for inclusion in Transformers Classics UK
. Keep reading for excerpts and a link!
GeeWun 4EVER! That's what The Cybertronic Spree might say to you when asked about their favorite Transformers series.
Sorry Michael Bay, but your TFs just are not very cool when it comes to real 80s goodness. And that's what The Cybertronic Spree is all about. Reliving 1986's animated film music with great Mech-style robots and hard driving rock n' roll.
Watch this clip from Nerd Noise Night 2014 to see the band performing in some of the best G1 costumes around.
The next 2 figures that create the enormous WB03 Combiner are up for preorder! WB03-B changes from a robot into a sports car and also becomes the right leg of the mighty WB03 Combiner; and WB03-C changes from a robot into a giant drilling machine and also becomes the left leg of the mighty WB03 Combiner. Both are listed for $95.99 each. Also look for the WB01-F X-Ray & Gun Set for the awesome WB01 Combiner. X-Ray transforms from a robot into a blaster and the gun can be broken down into several other weapons. This set is listed for $28.99 and no Warbotron WB01 will be complete without it!
Topless Robot has posted a series of interviews with the cast and crew of 1986's The Transformers: The Movie
that reveals interesting new information about the production of the film. Writer Flint Dille has the most to contribute, revealing that Howard The Duck creator and G1 Season Three story editor Steve Gerber was an uncredited collaborator on the script. And also that input from Frank Miller (300
) helped to shape the death of Optimus Prime. Also interviewed are voice director Wally Burr and actors Neil Ross and Michael Bell, who have their own stories to tell about Orson Welles. Keep reading for an except and link!
Thanks to Daniel Oon, we've heard about the first sighting of the next Platinum G1 reissue set. The Seeker Squadron consisting of Ramjet, Dirge and Thrust were found at retail in Singapore, and the reported price of $109.90 SGD - about $79 US - may come as a relief to some given the Insecticons before them were the equivalent of almost $100 US when found in Singapore. It doesn't guarantee a US price, but it offers hope for this set to be a bit more reasonable when it makes its way here. Click through to see the full size photo.
DX9-D06 CARRY - D06 Carry is a robot that also transforms into a futuristic truck and trailer. He is able to transform without detaching any parts and features metal feet and rubber tires. D06 Carry is listed for $164.99. OG-01 SPINOUT - Omnigonix is a brand new third party company and they have just rolled out their first figure, Spinout. We know this robot transforms into a racing vehicle and that he stands about 6.3” tall in robot mode. Spinout is listed for $94.99.
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