Perhaps emboldened by the amazing success of Marvel's take on a shared continuity for its increasingly numerous movies and now TV projects, Hasbro has made known their plans to try this approach with the Transformers movie series. But what can we expect from this direction, and how might it affect Transformers 5? Keep reading for some thoughts.
In what may be remembered as the least surprising news of 2015, it sounds like Michael Bay will be returning again for the next installment in the Transformers film series. At CinemaCon, Vice Chairman of Paramount Rob Moore was said to have "promised" theatre owners attending the event that Bay was already in the process of developing the next Transformers movie. It was previously reported that Bay had opted to take on a different project which would keep him from directing a fifth Transformers movie. Keep reading for more!
Entertainment Weekly confirms that Hasbro has hired writer Akiva Goldsman to head up the writing team that will work on expanding the Transformers movie world into a broader cinematic franchise. CEO Brian Goldner revealed this in Hasbro's quarterly earnings conference call yesterday, and added that Transformers 5 is expected in 2017. A director is not mentioned, and while Michael Bay was named in connection with the project in rumors it's entirely logical that the financially successful director would be consulted on what "his" franchise would do next. Keep reading for more info!
Genetic of TFND has come through again with a huge gallery of photos of Optimus Prime Ultimate Edition, the most heavily equipped and painted version of Transformers 1-3 Optimus Prime you will ever see. It has a ridiculous amount of equipment, all storable in its Murder Truck mode. And even articulated fingers - keep reading to see it all!
The TransformersAsia Facebook page has posted a wealth of images of the new Ultimate Optimus Prime, showing off what almost has to be the definitive version of Optimus as he appeared in Transformers (2007), Revenge Of The Fallen,
and Dark Of the Moon.
Featuring comparisons to the previous APS-01 release, Ultimate Prime features lots more paint and a tremendous loadout of weapons. The figure's due for release on April 24th but in the meantime you can keep reading to see the mirrored gallery of 43 images!
Cinematic Universes are a Thing right now, with Marvel and Star Wars leading the way. Now, according to Deadline, Paramount is looking at their biggest movie property with an eye towards more varied (and frequent) releases. To that end they're enlisting writer Akiva Goldsman, whose credits range from the drama A Beautiful Mind
to the well-received TV series Fringe
...to Batman Forever
and Batman and Robin.
This should be interesting. The story also hints that Michael Bay may unsurprisingly be returning for Transformers 5 after his current movie project - or at least that TF5 won't go ahead until that project is complete. Keep reading for more details!
Site sponsor Robot Kingdom has posted images of the upcoming Hybrid Metal Figuration Age of Extinction Bumblebee from Herocross, a large figure featuring (as the name implies) diecast metal in its construction. It's due for July at a price of $130, and looks decently poseable and highly accessorized as far as SD figures go. Keep reading to see!
ToysRUs Japan has posted new images of Black Knight Optimus Prime! Based on Armor Knight Optimus Prime, the heavily-reworked version of Generations Leader-class Optimus, Black Knight Prime is every bit as extensively painted as the Armor Knight version and looks great. The figure is due for release in August at a price of 8,638 Yen after tax. Keep reading for the photos!
Fans in America are quick to forget about those Bayformers robots. However, in Shanghai a Hunan father and son team have turned away from farming vegetables to the much more profitable endeavor of building Transformers robots statues out of car parts. According to a report on Shanghaist, they are taking in 1 million yuan ~ $160,00 usd each year.
Thanks to 2005 for pointing this out! Yexel's Toy Museum in Las Piñas, Phillipines houses an impressive life-size (1:1) scale bust of movie Optimus Prime! Housed in a NEST scaffolding, it's quite an impressive sight. Keep reading to see more photos, and check out their Facebook page to see their other life-sized exhibits like the Iron Monger armor from the first Iron Man film, and Baymax from Big Hero 6!
In what we presume to be a limited-time offer, Google is offering the 2007 Transformers movie - probably the best of the four - for free through its Google Play store. The catch is that you have to register a payment method such as a credit card with them, so if a free digital copy of Transformers
is your price for doing that, it's worth checking out! Keep reading for the link.
Transformers Asia posted some new photos of the upcoming Movie Optimus Prime figure today, as well as announcing that the premiums included with the first run! People who purchase the equipment-laden version of Movie Trilogy Optimus Prime once it's released on April 17th will receive a metal card with the toy's serial number as well as a diecast mini-Allspark Cube! Keep reading to see!
As is standard practice, the winners of the Razzies were announced the morning before the Oscars ceremony, and Age of Extinction was recognized! While it was nominated in nine categories, it only won two: Worst Director for Michael Bay, and Worst Supporting Actor for Kelsey Grammer. However, Grammer was cited for performance in four
movies - TF4, The Expendables 3, Think Like A Man Too, and Legends of Oz. Keep reading for a full list!
Shartimus Prime has dropped by with new a video review for the Transformers 4 Stinger Age of Extinction deluxe class figure. After a long wait, we are finally getting us some Stinger action. Get the scoop on this late addition him out of the package and in robot and alternate modes. Read on to watch the full video review and spy the details in the image gallery.
Radio Free Cybetron's Diecast is at New York Toy Fair 2015! Today he's touring the Metal Earth booth among others, and they've just announced that they'll be adding Transformers to their lineup! Metal Earth kits are laser-etched sheets of steel that are assembled to become starships, buildings... and now, G1 Optimus Prime as a robot and Revenge of the Fallen Jetfire as a jet! Keep reading to see the booth, the Transformers kits, and examples of their Star Wars and Star Trek models as well!
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