The official ILMVisualFX Youtube channel has posted a new video featuring ILMs visual effects work for Michael Bays Transformers: Age of Extinction. See a prevideo of what is said to represent a fraction of the work created by over 400 artists, scientists, and engineers working with a world-class production team. Including the films Visual Effects Supervisor, Scott Farrar, who was honored with the Hollywood Visual Effects Award on November 14, 2014.
This is a Transformers concept by Andrew Mercer who started working on this concept back in 2011. Knowing that 2014 was the 30th anniversary year, he thought this line would be a cool way to celebrate the rich history of the brand. Figures that could reformat between different Generations in the same way they could Transform from robot to vehicle. Transformat = Reformat + Transform.
Today we celebrate the birth of Combiners in Transformers, for on December 15th, 1984 heavy Metal War premiered, and with it came the debut of Devastator who would be just the first of many teams of combining Transformers. It's appropriate this occasion falls just as Combiner Wars is beginning to reach fans around the world. If you're still waiting to find the toys, then relive the episode that started it all with Radio Free Cybertron's Transformers Rewind segment featuring Heavy Metal War, embedded below!
Michael Bay's website has posted a video titled "The Finishing Touches," showing Bay and company going through their last pass on Age of Extinction. Among the sights to see are Bay's "Editorial Symposium," a collection of editors and others who discuss the scenes with Bay to see how to best trim unnecessary footage. Keep reading to see!
The Discovery Family website has uploaded two new clips for this weekend's episode of Rescue Bots, "Bugs in The System" which finds Dr Morocco taking control of a colony of exotic, robot-unfriendly ants to help him escape his imprisonment. This episode will air at 1:30pm Eastern Time on Discovery Family Channel this Saturday, December 6th. Click through for links to both preview videos!
Third party Transformers news for the week ending November 22nd, 2014.
Includes the latest news from Crazydevy, Mastermind Creations, Perfect Effect, Play With This Too and Wu Long Toys.
RocketPunchArmy has posted a new video review showcasing Masterpiece Bumblebee. This review finally includes the Exosuited Spike partner figure, allowing a complete look at what this Masterpiece package has to offer. While the toy-accurate option faceplate is not depicted, this is so far the best look we've gotten at this long awaited figure. Click through and watch the video now!
Peaugh has posted a video showing the recently revealed Titanium Saint figure, representing an Alpha Trion that transforms in to a space battleship. The video offers a basic overview of the toy which may give you a sense of what to expect from this figure - one point emphasized is the figure being smaller than anticipated, but the design simplicity is praised. Click through and check out the video!
Michael Bay's official account has posted a 10-minute outtake reel to Vimeo! Plenty of behind-the-scenes action to be seen, along with a couple of cameras falling victim to the master of explosions. Also notable: Kelsey Grammer covered in blood and ash, saying "I was this
close!" Keep reading to see it for yourself!
Third party Transformers news for the week ending November 15th, 2014.
Includes the latest news from Badcube, Fanstoys Iron Factory, Microblaze Creations, Play With This Too, Xovergen and X-Transbots.
The saga of the transformable SD Transformers toyline continues with animation! First we saw the Choro-Q inspired toys, then a new app
based on the classic (read that as "super-difficult" and also as "bad") Famicom game Mystery of Convoy. Now it seems we're getting an animated story of some type from DreamLink Entertainment, titled "Return of the Mystery of Convoy." Are we going to get animation of classic Transformers gaming icons such as Giant Decepticon Emblem Boss? Keep reading to see the teaser, with (Japanese) voice credits!
Members of the podcast TFYLP had the opportunity to sit down with Rik Alvarez and Aaron Archer following the announcement of his and Simon Furman's involvement with new independent toy company Play With This Too. Rik and Aaron both share tidbits of their histories at Hasbro, plus talk about PWTT and their views on the future of toys in general. Clocking in just under an hour, it's a very interesting piece to settle in and check out. Click through to watch the embedded video now!
Brave Robotics, a company formed by roboticist Kenji Ishida, has partnered with Tomy and Asratec Corp. to create Project J-deite (Pronounced "Jadeite" like the stone and/or the Sailor Moon
villain). The goal is to create a real, transforming car robot by the year 2020 - and in service of that goal they have released a video of their first prototype, the 1/4 scale robot named, appropriately enough, Quarter. While Ishida's inspiration was said to be the Transformers-inspired Brave Series, there's little denying Quarter looks a lot like Prowl and the other Datsun-mold Transformers. Keep reading for photos and video of Quarter!
Singapore fan group Planet Iacon posted a link to a Vine showing the transformation of Mega Drive Megatron, the figure that combines the Decepticon leader quite appropriately with the Sega Genesis' Blast Processing. It's a simple affair, just as you'd likely expect from a rectangle. But a really nice looking rectangle! Keep reading to see for yourself!
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 Reynors 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.
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!
Third party Transformers news for the week ending October 11th, 2014.
Includes the latest news from Dawgstar, Dr. Wu, DX9 Toys, Impossible Toys, Maketoys, Mastermind Creations, MasterShooter Collectibles, and Play With This Too.