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Screenwriter Lindsey Beer has posted an image of herself along with her fellow writers and the producers who have been tasked with taking the Michael Bay Transformers films and parlaying them into a full-fledged cinematic universe! Keep reading to see.



It's Japanese Hobby Magazine time again! TAG Hobby has posted images of some new figures as seen in Figure-Oh (Figure King) magazine! Seen are Clash of the Transformers recolors of Optimus Prime, Sideswipe, and Bumblebee as well as "Big" Megatronus - the Mega 5-Step figure we posted a few days ago. Also, there's another look at the Nemesis Prime/Scourge/Black Convoy repaint of Leader-class Optimus Prime! We've got a new name for the black repaint Prime rotation: Black Knight Optimus Prime. Keep reading to see!



Also announced amongst the Tokyo Toy Show news today was TakaraTomyMall's limited-edition Nightmare Megatron! An intricate repaint of the Revenge of the Fallen Leader-Class Megatron mold, Nightmare Megatron will go up for sale on July 7th for a price of 14904 Yen. We believe that Autobase Aichi is saying that this is a limited edition of 2000 pieces as well. Keep reading to see!



In a recent interview with Collider, Mark Wahlberg was asked if he had any inside scoop on the next entry in the Transformers movie series. While he's apparently not any more in the loop than the rest of us, he's also with the majority of the fandom in a firm belief that Michael Bay will return to direct Transformers 5, despite Bay's own statements otherwise. A range of sources have all hinted at this being the case as well, including signs that the fifth movie is being delayed until Bay finishes his own current project. Keep reading for the interview excerpt.



If you're unable to visit St. Charles, IL and see Frank Welker and Peter Cullen at BotCon, you have a second chance! Rhode Island Comic Con has announced that Welker and Cullen will be making an appearance at their convention, which takes place November 6th-8th. Pricing for the special-ticket event is extremely comparable to BotCon, with $150 to get an autograph and photo op from one of them or $225 for the pair. Keep reading for the announcement and a link to buy tickets.



Thunder and lighting strikes in Hollywood as we speak. A dozen, or more, writers converge to take the Transformers into new and uncharted territories. Dateline is reporting the recruiting process continues with yet another new draft to the team. Takeing a page, literally, from Marvel's book. They have brought in Marvel's Daredevil Writer, Steven DeKnight, to add more flare to the Transformers Cinematic Universe. Read on for the full details.



Forbes has posted an in-depth article about the particulars of the Transformers Writers' Room, which meets for the first time today! The eleven writers plus head writer Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, Batman & Robin) will be surrounded by all aspects of the franchise in order to pitch their movies... and with each writer being encouraged to pitch their own movie, Goldsman included, we could be looking at an even dozen of Transformers films entering development as we speak. Keep reading for a selection from the article!



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.



Deadline is reporting that writers Ken Nolan and Geneva Robertson-Dworet have been added to the ranks of the growing writer's room that has been tasked with developing the expanded cinematic universe for the Transformers movies. Akiva Goldsman has stated that part of the intent was to borrow from the process TV has long used to develop great series - as some other movie studios have begun to do as well. Reportedly the first job before this group will be to develop the story of the next sequel so it can go in to production as soon as Michael Bay is ready for it. Keep reading for an excerpt and link back to the original article.



Were the live action Transformers movies directed by Michael Bay good or bad for Transformers? That’s the question that I put to a number of respected collectors and community members, and not just in regards to Transformers toys, but the general health of the brand and the people who now count themselves as fans.


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After taking China's movie boxoffice by storm this summer. It should be no surprise that Universal have announced they will be opening a new theme park in Beijing, as reported by the Seattle Times. The explosive success of Transformers: Age of Extinction all but ensures a place in the new Theme Park that is said to cost $3.3-billion for the 300-acre entertainment facility.


An official site for the Transformers Human Alliance Game has been launched by Sega Japan with what appears to be a game based on the characters from the first three Transformers movies. The trailer shows a Shia-like character by the name of Sam along with renderings of the Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Starscream and other characters like Shockwave lurking on the site page, in their pre-Age of Extinction forms. Read on to see the trailer for the full preview now.


The Age of Extinction mobile game is now available for free on iTunes! Described as a "Combat Runner," the game presumably entails running forward and avoiding obstacles while also shooting things. Check out the full article for the iTunes description and a link to the game!

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Screenwriter Lindsey Beer has posted an image of herself along with her fellow writers and the producers who have been tasked with taking the Michael Bay Transformers films and parlaying them into a full-fledged cinematic universe! Keep reading to see.


Also announced amongst the Tokyo Toy Show news today was TakaraTomyMall's limited-edition Nightmare Megatron! An intricate repaint of the Revenge of the Fallen Leader-Class Megatron mold, Nightmare Megatron will go up for sale on July 7th for a price of 14904 Yen. We believe that Autobase Aichi is saying that this is a limited edition of 2000 pieces as well. Keep reading to see!


Genetic of TFND has come through again with a huge gallery of photos of Optimus Prime Ultimate Edition, the most heavily equipped and painted version of Transformers 1-3 Optimus Prime you will ever see. It has a ridiculous amount of equipment, all storable in its Murder Truck mode. And even articulated fingers - keep reading to see it all!

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Thanks to our old friend Sean Long, who's posted a video from the SacAnime 2015 festival held in , Sacramento, CA last weekend. Perter Cullen, the voice of Optimus Prime made an appearance. It is way too early to know for sure, but he did say that Transformers 5 and 6 may be going back to the roots when asked about the concern about the darkness of the series so far. Read on for more on Transformers 5 is to released June 24, 2016.


The Japan Times has published an article about Age of Extinction, its Japanese connections, and the samurai-inspired changes to the character designs. Bay also reveals that despite vowing that Dark of the Moon was his last Transformers film he was "prevailed upon, expertly" by a group or person he does not name to direct TF4. Will the same be true of TF5? We'll see. Keep reading for a link and selected quotes!

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