Following a tease in the hobby magazine earlier this week, TakaraTomy has revealed full details on Micron Carnivac. Recolored (yet again) from one of the Transformers: Cybertron Mini-Cons, Carnivac would likely be intended as a stand in for Lockdown's wolf-like cyborgs that menaced the human props in Age of Extinction. The Micron will be available at Toys R Us locations in Japan with the purchase of 3000 Yen or more worth of Transformers products during the campaign period. Keep reading to check out the up close image!
TakaraTomy's website has been updated with an image and information about the upcoming release of Black Knight Strafe. Following on from Grimlock, Slug, and Scorn before, Strafe is being redecoed in a black-heavy look and will be available via Cybertron Satellite locations throughout Japan. Starting in December, this figure will be available for 3200 Yen, but of course will cost quite a bit more for those of us who must rely on middlemen and secondary retailers! Click through to see the full image.
The official Transformers Facebook page has posted a selection of concept art images for various Age of Extinction characters. Representing about half of the main characters of the movie plus a Vehicon body design, this gives a detailed look at several of the character models that would go through additional refinements before being fully produced for visual effects in the movie. To check out all the images, click through and keep reading!
Just in via the Variety youtube channel is a new behind the scenes video from the Transformers Age of Extinction. Here we a look at what goes into the sound design on this movies. Not only does Michael Bay like everything to look and sound cool. He pushed the edge on it creating BIG sounds for GIANT robots. Watch the video with sound re-recording mixers Greg P. Russell and Scott Millan who talk about what is like working on the Transformers Age of Extinction film.
Hasbro held their quarterly earnings call where they reporting positive sales accross the board with the big push from the summer's Transformers: Age of Extinction movie success and support from other properties focused on Marvel and My Little Pony. Hasbro also used this event to announce the new relationships they have with Discovery after the demise of The Hub network and have announced their new division Allspark Pictures that will focus on the production their top brands for of Movies and Television.
Our thanks to Blacklai who has shared more than one hundred photos of the Platinum Edition Dinobots Unleashed set. This set renders Grimlock, Scorn, Slug, Strafe and Slog in decos more in line with the movie's depiction of mostly colorless robot dinosaurs. These figures all feature plenty of chrome and silver paint with hints here and there of other colors in the individual decos. We've mirrored a small sample of this gallery, so click through to check them out. And if you want to see more be sure to hit up Blacklai's full gallery!
The Twitter of Japanese collector Alfes2010 has posted images of the Legendary Weapons that Takara is giving away this month. If you spend 3000 Yen or more at a given Japanese store during the month of October, you can get the Prime Axe or the Tricera Mace! Alfes has both but is having a lot more fun with the Prime Axe, showing it off with a Movie Prime as well as with both War For and Fall Of Cybertron Optimus Primes. Keep reading to see the photos!
Good news from our sponsor Big Bad Toy Store! They've just listed a new preorder
for an additional run of the Bumblebee Dual Model Kit. Representing Bumblebee in his pre-AOE body style, this non-transforming model is a highly articulated frame that you build the armor on in order to complete the figure. The preorder listing has an expected arrival date of March 2015.
CinemaSins has posted the latest installment in their "Everything Wrong With) series, covering Transformers: Age of Extinction... and it's a two-part video clocking in at a total of 32 minutes. For comparison, the first Amazing Spider-Man film took them all of two minutes.
Somehow Toy Story took them ten, so we may be looking at some editorial bloat as time goes on, but still... 32 minutes. Keep reading to see!
The official Transformers Facebook have posted a new video that takes a behind-the-scenes look at Jack Reynor’s stunt driving in Transformers: Age of Extinction. Get a look at what the actor did to prepare for the movie by spending hours and hours behind the wheel learning to drive fast, skid, drift and all kinds of moves that were used in the movie.
Amazon Japan has posted a product page for a limited edition version of the Japanese 2D/3D Blu Ray release of Age of Extinction. Included in the set is a limited edition Army Camo version of Generations Voyager Hound, generally considered to be one of the best figures from the TF4 Generations toyline. It's a pretty nice paintjob for a nice figure, and it'll set you back about $130 for the set when it's released on December 10th of this year. Keep reading for photos!
TakaraTomy has updated their Cybertron Satellite contest page with details on this month's sticker and drawings. Customers spending more than 3,000 yen at select Japanese brick-and-mortar retailers during October will get a limited edition sticker of Lost Age/Age of Extinction Drift! Those who collect three stickers can affix them to a special postcard and be entered into a drawing for valuable Transformers prizes. It appears that 10 Masterpiece Ultra Magnuses and 20 Lost Age Advanced Series Nemesis Primes are to be given away. Keep reading for the images and machine-translated details!
Amazon Japan has posted high resolution official photos of Knight Armor Optimus Prime, an extensive retool of the Advanced Series (Generations) Leader Optimus Prime. This figure features changes to the torso, lower legs and forearms, as well as a new design head that allows the figure to be displayed with mask on or mask off. Knight Armor Optimus is scheduled for release on November 15th, and is listed at ¥8000 (plus 8% tax inside Japan), so expect this to easily top $100 from your usual import sources. Keep reading to check out all the images!
I said yesterday that we love good stop motion, and it didn't take long before another found its way to us. In Prime's Rage, Optimus faces off against mostly human military forces trying to block his escape from a city of cardboard. Stop motion is a time consuming art, and it's always a treat to see a finished work realized this well. Click through and check out the embedded video!
The Japanese website for Toys R Us has made an update to its listing for their exclusive recolor of Evasion Mode Optimus Prime. "Rusty" Optimus Prime was originally released on August 10th, but the latest version of the product page now shows a shipment date of December 8th. If you've been considering this version as your choice of screen-accurate editions of the Voyager Optimus mold, it looks like an additional supply is getting ready to become available. Just remember you'll still have to go through an extra party to order it!
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