Generation 1 Videos
It's an interesting time we live in where a mix of Youtube, consumer-accessible 3D printing, and people who are good at building things who also still love the toys from their childhood can all come together and show us something really cool. In today's example, we have a 15 minute video showing the design and construction of a giant replica of Optimus Prime's rifle, estimated by the builder to be about 50% of its "real" size. And it has lights and sounds! At four feet long it looks more like an Optimus Prime bazooka, but it's a cool process to see take place. We've got the video embedded below, and you'll definitely want to check this one out!
Transformers At The Moon
is continuing to release their collection of original G1 audio recordings, this time moving onto the episode "A Plague of Insecticons"! As is typical of these tapes, you've got the late Wally Burr providing voice direction - and a number of lines that didn't end up in the final episode. Keep reading for the video and a transcript!
It's been a little while, but the TF @ The Moon team has once again released some lost studio recording audio from the G1 cartoon for everyone to enjoy. The latest samples come from The Ultimate Doom part 3, and the followup episode Countdown to Extinction. Of special note, Countdown to Extinction features a few Optimus Prime lines done by a fill-in in place of Peter Cullen, who sounds a lot like Chris Latta to us. These lines were obviously never meant for broadcast, and are another rare inside look at some of the technical side of the making of the old cartoon. Both videos are embedded below and are definitely worth a listen!
If you ever wanted to see just how talented scratch-builders and prop and model makers were, we have an example that's both impressive and Transformers-relevant for you today. Odin Makes on Youtube has a new episode featuring the classic Matrix of Leadership, showing (more or less) each step along the way in going from basic materials to finished, painted, light-up Autobot Plot Device - and it takes less than 15 minutes to get there! ...Unless you're Odin and then it probably actually took many labor-hours. Check out the video embedded below to see the process and results!
Rather than episode content, Transformers At The Moon has posted a rather ...unique... entry from their collection of studio recording tapes from the production of the G1 cartoon. "Laserbeak Library Sounds" is much as the name would imply, a collection of various Laserbeak vocalizations which presumably can be dropped in for any occasion in a given episode. In the meantime, you get to hear around 4 minutes of Chris Latta sounding like he's getting tortured, at the direction of Wally Burr! The video is embedded below, so check it out!
"Holy Halogen Luminators!"
Transformers@TheMoon has posted another in their collection of audio recordings from the original Transformers cartoon! After starting off with some more Ravage snarls, we move into crowd noises and proceed into the episode until we find Spike, Brawn, and Bumblebee in a super-heated deathtrap with dialogue not aired... keep reading to hear!
Just in from Ruptly TV, we have news of a father and son team inspired by the 'Transformers' film have created their own car-robot, built from a Russian-made 'Lada' vehicle. The Russian version of the Optimus Prime Transformer was demonstrated at a stunt show in Oryol, Thursday.
Thanks agian to TF@Moon - This video contains cut & altered audio from the Transformers Generation One episode The Ultimate Doom Part 1. The audio is from an original cassette tape of session that took place when Dan Gilvezan was not present and so Wally Burr read his lines. The video ends with the full audio recording from the "human horde" session that would ultimate be spliced into place during final editing.
If your answer is "yes," then Transformers@The Moon has come through for you again! On the tail-end of their recently-released tape for War of the Dinobots,
TF@TM have discovered a session of generic robot kitty sounds recorded by Frank Welker, with voice direction by the one and only Wally Burr! Keep reading to hear.
Transformers at the Moon is back with another upload of lost G1 cartoon audio. In a little bit shorter entry, this installment features War Of The Dinobots, with a few instances of extended scenes, and one marked as having been missing from the episode as broadcast. Fun things to listen for here are unfiltered Dinobot voices, more of Laserbeak clearly being Chris Latta pretending to be falling down some stairs, and Trailbreaker laughing an absolutely inappropriate amount at his own joke. Catch it all in the embedded video below!
Transformers At The Moon have put together another installment from the dialogue recordings they've obtained, featuring cut scenes, and in recent cases, some different names in use. Fire on The Mountain, the second Skyfire episode is the latest offering, and much of the presented dialogue continues to refer to Skyfire as Jetfire. Later revisions would correct that before broadcast, but as it tends to be with these tapes, it's interesting to see how far a given element could have gotten before a change was required! The Youtube video is embedded below, click through and have a listen.
I'll admit I might be a little bit biased since I have what I'd call a greater than average love for G2, but even among the generally high quality of early Transformers toy commercials, G2's have always stood out in particular to me. Discovering that The Spacebridge, purveyors of rare and unusual supplemental Transformers material, had a compilation of these commercials on their Youtube channel gave me cause to revisit them - and share that with you. Said to be sourced from original tape masters, these are likely the highest quality we'll ever see these. Click through to see!
Transformers @ The Moon has posted yet another tape of G1 dialogue! This one is a special treat, because it's from the episode that would come to be known as "Fire In The Sky," in which the character of Skyfire was introduced... but here, in the original unmodulated recording sessions, the name is given as Jetfire throughout! Keep reading to hear a lot of unused G1 dialogue!
Transformers At The Moon has returned to posting their recently-acquired tapes of G1 cartoon audio! For the most part this video is "SOS Dinobots," featuring some great unmodulated growls and snarls from Gregg Berger, Neil Ross, and Frank Welker. But also, the video opens with a clip from "Fire In The Sky" with Starscream referring to his old friend as Jet
fire! Keep reading for the video, plus a link to the transcript of the dialogue and voice director Wally Burr's instructions!
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CNN is reporting on a new real-live robot designed for use in disasters from a company in Korea. The video show what are some of the most striking features we have seen yet, for giant robot technology.
While this one is more Mech-like with a control station in the robot torso for the human pilot. The rest of the robot bears an uncanny resemblance to the classic Transfromers design. This is most evident in the arms and hands where we generally don't see very good articulation.
Watch the video below for the full look at the shape of robots to come
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