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The new release of 2007's Leader Class movie Optimus Prime under the Transformers Tribute subline is now available for purchase in the US via Amazon. Like the Orion/Optimus Evolution 2 pack before it, this is apparently an Amazon exclusive. But, unlike the very unexpectedly reasonable price point of the 2 pack, Leader Optimus is currently listed at $79.99. But of course that does mean it qualifies for free shipping whether or not you're an Amazon Prime member. Is the very first movie Optimus with a fancy updated deco worth that to you? If so, hit the link in the full post below, and keep reading for a set of new stock photos of the toy.




Hailee Steinfeld, the first confirmed cast member and lead character in the upcoming Transformers Universe: Bumblebee, has shared on social media a quick behind the scenes photo of herself in wardrobe. On the instagram post, the photo has the caption, "Meet Charlie Watson", revealing to us the name of her character. Bumblebee recently boasted the addition of John Cena in a starring role, on the same day it was made known the movie's debut had been pushed back to December of 2018 from its original June premiere. Click through for the full size photo!



Confirming a job listing by Boulder Media earlier this week and long-ago reports of plans stemming from the fables TFCU Writers' Room, Hasbro announced in today's investor meeting that a CGI Transformers movie is in the works! Set in the current film continuity but with no firm release date, it is part of a larger commitment by Hasbro to release one animated movie a year. Keep reading for details!



They say truth is stranger than fiction, and when word comes down the pipe from Variety that the "Bumblebee" movie will be going head to head with "Aquaman" in the theaters, it is not hard to hear the echo from Big Bang Theory: "Aquaman Sucks!" Sure, good for a laugh. But there's a certain irony here that is more than Meets the Eye. Arguably, these franchise characters both share a sort of disdain from the fandom, followed by an intense puzzlement as to why they are being forced into the spotlight, regardless of the uproar from fans.



WWE pro wrestler and occasional meme John Cena has been cast in a lead role in the Bumblebee movie, per Hollywood Reporter. Cena's part is unspecified, but we do have a synopsis of the film, which begins shooting today! So, are your hopes for the film increased, decreased or unchanged with this addition? Keep reading for more details and then let us know in the forums!



Twitter user @chromless, also known as くろさび ("Kurosabi") has posted a set of images of the Wonderfes-exclusive Movie The Best Laserbeak! Based on a specific scene in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, this pink recolor of Bumblebee is actually really nice looking. Keep reading to see for yourself!



Thanks to Oscar Fung's FB page we have a look at the Universal Studios exclusive Black Snarl figure. This figure's a redeco of the Age of Extinction mold in a very attractive mix of silver-gray and clear white plastic armor plating. No details on when, or even where this fellow will land but it appears to be a possible follow up to the new Bumblebee exclusive. Check out the full gallery mirrored below for more on the Universal Studios Black Snarl.



Boulder Media has posted a job listing a 3D CG Supervisor for an unspecified animated movie. A subsidiary of Hasbro Entertainment, up to now Boulder has largely worked in the television field. But it appears they're gearing up for a movie, which they say will be the first produced entirely in Ireland. So, what's the property? They don't say, but it's listed as a "very well-known Hasbro property." There's quite a few of those... but about two years ago we did get some news that may tie into this. Keep reading for details!



From the same round of leaks as the big Power of the Primes news comes a series of other miscellaneous leaks! First up seems to be a series of movie reissue toys which, given by the dates involved, seems to have been cancelled with the first wave to have occurred in April of this year. We also have some other movie-related figures on display as well as some budget-minded figures such as Cyber Battalion Sideswipe and Shockwave! Keep reading to see it all!



Deadline reports that actress Pamela Adlon - recent Emmy winner for her show Better Things, and voice of Bobby Hill on King Of The Hill among many others- is in talks to join the cast of Transformers Universe: Bumblebee. Adlon is presumed to be up for the role of the mother of the Hailee Steinfeld character, and hopefully we'll learn more about the film soon. Keep reading for an excerpt from the announcement.


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Tencent Games and Hasbro today officially announced a new Transformers Online shooter. The game is a competitive online action shooter powered by Unreal Engine 4, and in other words, it will be similar to Overwatch in gameplay style. Transformers will start closed beta in China on August 5 and the game will reveal more details at ChinaJoy 2016 later this week. Stay tuned for our following coverage.


Vending Times has reported on the third iteration of Sega's Transformers: Human Alliance arcade cabinet. An arcade-style lightgun shooter, this new "Super Deluxe" version of the cabinet sports an 80-inch screen and mounted lightguns with recoil action. Said to be "about the size of a kid's bedroom," it should be pretty easy to tell if the version you see is the Super Deluxe. Keep reading for more details and a link!


Sega has released a special version of their Transformers Human Alliance arcade game that has surfaced in the Tokyo Joypolis arcade! Titled Transformers: Human Alliance Special, the new version features a gyroscopic cockpit that can turn the player in any direction. Not a game we'd recommend playing on a full stomach, but a pretty interesting concept. Keep reading for video and details!

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Hailee Steinfeld, the first confirmed cast member and lead character in the upcoming Transformers Universe: Bumblebee, has shared on social media a quick behind the scenes photo of herself in wardrobe. On the instagram post, the photo has the caption, "Meet Charlie Watson", revealing to us the name of her character. Bumblebee recently boasted the addition of John Cena in a starring role, on the same day it was made known the movie's debut had been pushed back to December of 2018 from its original June premiere. Click through for the full size photo!


Twitter user @chromless, also known as くろさび ("Kurosabi") has posted a set of images of the Wonderfes-exclusive Movie The Best Laserbeak! Based on a specific scene in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, this pink recolor of Bumblebee is actually really nice looking. Keep reading to see for yourself!


Thanks to Oscar Fung's FB page we have a look at the Universal Studios exclusive Black Snarl figure. This figure's a redeco of the Age of Extinction mold in a very attractive mix of silver-gray and clear white plastic armor plating. No details on when, or even where this fellow will land but it appears to be a possible follow up to the new Bumblebee exclusive. Check out the full gallery mirrored below for more on the Universal Studios Black Snarl.

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Chevrolet Japan has published its company newsletter, and there's a fairly lengthy feature about MPM-3 Movie Masterpiece Bumblebee within. Lead designer Yuya Onishi talks about the figure, due out in Japan on July 15th, and the fact that it apparently uses a fair amount of diecast metal largely to the demands of overseas fans. Keep reading for a mechanically-translated transcript of the feature and a photo!


Collider has posted information from an interview they had with Lorenzo di Bonaventura, where the producer talked about some of the directions and details of next year's Bumblebee-focused prequel movie. Perhaps the most noteworthy is the suggestion of having only a couple of robot character, and spending a lot more time with them, a concept he seems to link to a "departure" from the movies thus far. We've highlighted certain passes below, and you can find a link to the original article as well - keep reading...

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