Transformers Animated debuted in the US in late 2007 with the TV show on Cartoon Network. While we're several months from the exact anniversary of Animated, in Japan a new art book has been released, featuring works by various artists celebrating the series that still holds a special place to many fans. Masabon has shared a selection of interior pages from the book on his personal Photobucket account so that all those of us outside of Japan can have a taste of what's inside. Photobucket is less than user-friendly, so we've mirrored the pages in our gallery - keep reading to take a look and for a list of artists! UPDATED:
Masabon wanted us to be certain that it was understood that this is an unofficial fan work, created by fans and without participation from Hasbro or TakaraTomy. Thanks to him for the clarification!
Jim Sorenson has updated his blog Disciples of Boltax with some preview images from the newly updated The Complete AllSpark Almanac. Get a look at the 8 Page Preview that features updated pages with new art and other things that he turned into what he calls a "Silly Little Contest." As the first person to identify all the changes gets a neat prize of a a sketch card by Bill Forster.
Jim Sorenson has posted the art for the upcoming Complete Allspark Almanac to his blog, Disciples of Boltax! The book combines and expands the two individual Allspark Almanac releases into the single best reference book you will ever own for Transformers Animated. Sorenson estimates that the book will hit comic stores on February 18th, and Amazon.com shortly afterwards. Keep reading to see the art!
Thanks to the man behind Transformers Animated, Derrick J. Wyatt, who is keep the love alive for the fans of what is arguably the last good Transformers show. Derrick shows us there was a whole more than meets the eye in Animated with this reveal of the Transformers G2 inspired Animated Straxus character. He's looking funky fresh in his day-glo colors ala the G2 color-blinding themes the line is so well known for. Check out the image after the break to share your love for Animated.
Transformers Animated is gone, but not forgotten. So while this is nothing to get in the car and head out hunting for, it is neat to see some uber rare and unproduced action figures surface from time to time. Thanks to Ebay seller amoronline, we have some looks at the Electromagnetic Soundwave. This was a proposed redeco of Animated Activator Soundwave, first revealed through a set of instructions posted to the Hasbro website in August 2010. Check out the images after the jump and share your comments on the figure.
This could very well be the last set of updates to the Animated database, but we have images from the latest Toys R Us Exclusives. Click on the links for pics of Rodimus Minor
If you haven't checked out your local Toys R Us store yet, you might want to peek in. The Animated exclusives are starting to crop up on shelves as this is posted. Although Arcee has eluded us so far, we were able to snag Cybertronian Mode Ratchet and refresh his profile. You can check the updated profile, along with fresh images, by checking out the Animated Database.
Thanks to Collection Station who have posted official Hasbro images of the Transformers Animated Voyager class Mudbuster Bulkhead and Thundercracker action figures. These new images give us new looks at the robot modes, vehicle modes and the packaged images. The character bio summary has been posted for each figure as well.
A lot of news is better than no news on these guys, I suppose. A little after we told you that Transformers Animated Arcee
and Cybertron Ratchet
would be Toys R Us store exclusives
, GenZhao has provided us some out-of-package shots of the figures, too. Since up until now we have only seen official and random proto and test shots here and there, this is a welcome change. Devour the pics in the gallery.
Ebay seller TFctoy has posted a lot of new ebay auctions for upcoming and one prototype / test shot action figures. The first item of interest is a test shot colored version of the leader class Animated Megatron in silver, red and yellow color. Another Animated figure makes the grade with an auction for Voyager Mudbuster Bulkhead in and out of box. From ROTF we get a look at deluxe Strike Mission Sideswipe and Tuner Mudflap.
Thanks again to GenZhao
, we have images of the upcoming Transformers Animated Deluxe Electrostatic Soundwave
. The gallery finally shows off the Keytar Ratbat. GenZhao says that the wave (along with Freeway Jazz
) is due out next year, but BBTS
currently has a pre-order for November 2009 along with other previously-released figures.
We just received some high resolution official shots of Transformers Animated Deluxe figures Freeway Jazz
and Electrostatic Soundwave
. We have uploaded them to the respective figure's database entries. Take a look by clicking on each figure's name. As originally reported
, these figures are slated to ship together in Deluxe Wave 3 in November.
Thanks to "chenkofs
," we have new images the green and black Voyager Bulkhead repaint (previous images here
) as well as Deluxe Freeway Jazz. These images mark the first time we have seen Freeway Jazz since BotCon 2009
. Take a look at the shots in the gallery!
GenZhao has provided a gallery of a new Transformers Animated repaint of Voyager Bulkhead. The figure is painted with more of a puke-ish green, but now has a bolder grill, thanks to the bottom half of the vehicle being dominated by black (oddly enough, the front wheel wells are green like the upper body). The back-half of the vehicle now has more designs and an Autobot logo before it. Read more.
Thanks to GenZhao, we have our first in-depth gallery of the Transformers Animated Deluxe Electrostatic Soundwave figure. This figure is an homage to Soundblaster and is based off of the dream sequence in the series. The figure comes with Ratbat, but GenZhao did not receive that half of the figure, so he has put in Laserbeak as a substitute. Take a look at the gallery of the figure in the database entry.
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