The official Transformers Facebook page has posted a new video showing off the Optimus Prime and Megatron Voice Changer Helmets! Voice actors Peter Cullen and Frank Welker appear brandishing their respective masks, encouraging Facebook users to "Reveal Your Shield" - declare your allegiance to the Autobots or Decepticons. It's a short but fun video, with Welker and Cullen enjoying each other's company as always. Keep reading to see!
As it turns out, several days ago Michael Bay stopped to have a quick chat with MTV in a video clip available on MTV's Facebook page. The questions focused mostly on next year's Bumblebee spinoff movie, with a bit of the conceptual angle of it revealed. There was also the ever-present question of whether Bay was truly leaving the franchise behind now. Whether he is or not (his response was decidedly non-committal) he did say he wants to direct one of the later spinoff movies, so he's likely to be back in some capacity or another no matter what. Keep reading to see more.
Director Michael Bay has appeared in a quick video clip on the official Weibo account for the Transformers movie series, in which he's putting it to the fans in China to help decide on the city in which a tenth anniversary event will be held. The voting period runs the first two weeks of this month, and it does not seem to be specified when the event itself will be held, as that will likely depend on specifics to be worked out with the chosen city. We've embedded the message below, which seems to be viewable even without a Weibo account. Check it out now!
TakaraTomy has released a second, commercial for their Transformers: Movie THE BEST Series
toyline! It features some of the same stop-motion animation from the first, longer TV spot... but isn't Japanese toy commercial stop-motion animation always worth a second look? Answer: yes. Yes, it is. Keep reading to see the video mirrored here!
Hasbro held a presentation in Hong Kong yesterday showing off a pair of figures from the Transformers: The Last Knight Premier Series
. The Premier Series seems to be the name for the Generations Series for the TF5 toyline, encompassing the collector-oriented figures. The two revealed were Shadow Spark Optimus Prime,
an eviled-up recolor of the Age of Extinction
Leader-class mold and Movie Masterpiece Bumblebee
, a high-end figure celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 2007 movie. Keep reading for video and photos of the reveals!
Paramount Pictures International has posted a new featurette highlighting the partnership between director Michael Bay and IMAX - leading up to Transformers: The Last Knight
being the first film to be shot in IMAX 3D. There's not a lot of new Last Knight
footage or info to be seen if you've been following preproduction, but the background on how much Bay has influenced IMAX technology is definitely fascinating. Keep reading to see!
Entertainment Tonight has posted a brief segment with actor Josh Duhamel on location in London for the shooting of Transformers: The Last Knight!
Duhamel has nothing but praise both for director Michael Bay and co-star Mark Wahlberg, who apparently gets up at 3AM every day for a morning workout and a round of speed golf. This is a celebrity news show, so don't expect too
much info on the film itself- but there are a few brief on-set shots to be had. Keep reading to see!
Shout! Factory has posted two new YouTube videos promoting their upcoming release of Transformers: The Movie 30th Anniversary Edition
! The Blu-Ray edition, due out September the 13th, is taken from a new 4K-grade restoration; the second video details the process of remastering which was done with high-quality film elements. Great care was taken to produce the highest-quality image, and special care was taken to make sure Hot Rod was properly magenta. Check out the videos after the jump!
The video series Super Power Beat Down
has pitted Optimus Prime (the movie version to be specific) against the most technologically advanced superhero on Earth: Iron Man! This unofficial video plays out a battle between the two titans, but leaves the end result up to the voting public. Who is the winner? You'll have to watch through to the end to find that out - keep reading to see the video!
While not Transformers movie news as such, it seems the Michael Bay-produced TMNT sequel may be giving a nod back to Bay's prior works. In some on-set video uploaded to Instagram, a small vehicle drives up to one of the Ninja Turtle actors, and then "transforms" in to Bumblebee. Or at least a guy wearing a motorized Bumblebee costume. This crossover of sorts is not very surprising - what's surprising is that it didn't happen in the first TMNT movie. Click through to check out the videos.
Hasbro has just added five Spanish-language Transformers ads originally shown in Latin American markets to their YouTube channel. Ranging from Beast Hunters to Age of Extinction up to the present day with Robots In Disguise, several of these seem to be ads we've seen before, though some - the Construct-Bots and Titan Hero ads - are new to us. If you're curious about what the differences are or what Lockdown fighting Optimus Prime looks like in a lower polygon count, keep reading to see!
This week's QTransformers is up on YouTube, and this week's special guest robot is Red Alert, who seems to be perpetually frightened and/or embarrassed. The topic between him, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Lockdown seems to be the minimum standards in video games, for all the good that does most of us. Keep reading to see the episode!
The ILMVisualFX Youtube channel has posted a new behind the scenes video talking about the development of Lockdown's ship, which they call the "Knightship" in this video. They discuss some of the early concepts Michael Bay brought to ILM that shaped the development and some of the goals they had in creating the major set piece for the movie. One fact represented in the description but not the video itself was that this took the record for highest complexity model previously held by Shockwave's worm-drillers in Dark of The Moon. Click through and check it out.
The latest episode of the QTransformers animation is up on YouTube! There's... not a lot to recommend this one to non-speakers of Japanese unless you like watching Autobots fantasize about a bird pooping on a person, and the person then being hit by a meteor. But if you want to puzzle over that
one, keep reading to see!
The second super-chatty episode of the QTransformers animation has hit YouTube! The episode is titled "Mystery of Reliable Kusoge" - "Kusoge" is a Japanese gaming term that is more or less shorthand for "crappy game," and Mystery of Convoy definitely applies. In the episode, Optimus Prime suggests the alternate designation of "Murige" - "Impossible game" - citing games like Ghosts N' Goblins/Ghouls N' Ghosts as (animated!) examples. Keep reading to see the episode!
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