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According the Deadline, some of the new writers for the Transformers Cinematic Universe are already sharpening their pencils. Word is coming down that get guys behind Marvel's "Ant-Man" script are packing their bags for a trip back to Cybertron to lift the lid on the origins of our beloved robots. Read for more details.



Deadline Hollywood report, following the new of Akiva Goldsman joining the fold to take Transformers into an Expanded Universe. We have news Paramount have just signed deals with "Walking Dead" Writer Robert Kirkman, "Iron Man" writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, "Pacific Rim 2" Zak Penn, and writer Jeff Pinkner of "Amazing Spider-Man 2" and "Lost" This is major news for the Transformers, as it will clearly open up the franchise to many new ideas from established writers. Read on for more details.



Prime 1 Studio have posted a teaser on their official page about new additions to their Transformers statues lines, Jazz! Keeping with their focus on the Transformers Movie characters, they will be introducing the new "Transformers Museum Masterline" series that draws from all four of the theatrical films. Read on to see the teaser and more details.



Hobbybase have posted an image of the Prime 1 Studio Premium Megatron & Optimus Prime Transformers Busts out of the box. The latest of their high-end statues are now shipping in Asia. Get a look at both of the Transformers: Dark of Moon character sculpts out of the box in all their super-detailed glory after the jump.



Perhaps emboldened by the amazing success of Marvel's take on a shared continuity for its increasingly numerous movies and now TV projects, Hasbro has made known their plans to try this approach with the Transformers movie series. But what can we expect from this direction, and how might it affect Transformers 5? Keep reading for some thoughts.



In what may be remembered as the least surprising news of 2015, it sounds like Michael Bay will be returning again for the next installment in the Transformers film series. At CinemaCon, Vice Chairman of Paramount Rob Moore was said to have "promised" theatre owners attending the event that Bay was already in the process of developing the next Transformers movie. It was previously reported that Bay had opted to take on a different project which would keep him from directing a fifth Transformers movie. Keep reading for more!



Entertainment Weekly confirms that Hasbro has hired writer Akiva Goldsman to head up the writing team that will work on expanding the Transformers movie world into a broader cinematic franchise. CEO Brian Goldner revealed this in Hasbro's quarterly earnings conference call yesterday, and added that Transformers 5 is expected in 2017. A director is not mentioned, and while Michael Bay was named in connection with the project in rumors it's entirely logical that the financially successful director would be consulted on what "his" franchise would do next. Keep reading for more info!



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!



Hasbro has just added five Spanish-language Transformers ads originally shown in Latin American markets to their YouTube channel. Ranging from Beast Hunters to Age of Extinction up to the present day with Robots In Disguise, several of these seem to be ads we've seen before, though some - the Construct-Bots and Titan Hero ads - are new to us. If you're curious about what the differences are or what Lockdown fighting Optimus Prime looks like in a lower polygon count, keep reading to see!



The TransformersAsia Facebook page has posted a wealth of images of the new Ultimate Optimus Prime, showing off what almost has to be the definitive version of Optimus as he appeared in Transformers (2007), Revenge Of The Fallen, and Dark Of the Moon. Featuring comparisons to the previous APS-01 release, Ultimate Prime features lots more paint and a tremendous loadout of weapons. The figure's due for release on April 24th but in the meantime you can keep reading to see the mirrored gallery of 43 images!


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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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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!


The TransformersAsia Facebook page has posted a wealth of images of the new Ultimate Optimus Prime, showing off what almost has to be the definitive version of Optimus as he appeared in Transformers (2007), Revenge Of The Fallen, and Dark Of the Moon. Featuring comparisons to the previous APS-01 release, Ultimate Prime features lots more paint and a tremendous loadout of weapons. The figure's due for release on April 24th but in the meantime you can keep reading to see the mirrored gallery of 43 images!


Site sponsor Robot Kingdom has posted images of the upcoming Hybrid Metal Figuration Age of Extinction Bumblebee from Herocross, a large figure featuring (as the name implies) diecast metal in its construction. It's due for July at a price of $130, and looks decently poseable and highly accessorized as far as SD figures go. Keep reading to see!

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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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