By way of Zone Base
proprietor and RFC alum Rob Springer,
we've got a video posted by L.C.A.Studios
, the promotional arm of Universal Studios Japan!
The "Universal Spectacle Night Parade" featured an Optimus Prime-themed float, a massive animatronic Bumblebee, some extremely neon (in the lighting sense of the word, not toy-collector slang for `90s colors) NEST troopers.
The full video runs about 23 minutes, but we've got the embed set to pick up right about when Bumblebee makes his entrance - keep reading to check it out!
Even quicker than expected, we have first looks at the transformation processes for both Megatron and Brawl from Voyager wave 2 of the Studio Series line. Megatron has a quick process from tank-thing to robot, taking under two minutes, and using some classic Lockdown tricks to expand the robot out of the fairly compact alternate form. Brawl similarly finished in about two minutes, though appeared rather more of a fiddly process to go from tank to robot than Megatron. Both are part of longer videos that include other toys, but the videos open on the new Voyagers, so you can check them out easily - find the videos embedded below!
has interviewed director Travis Knight
and talked about his experience directing Bumblebee: The Movie!
Knight talks about his first time directing a live action film and how it compares to animation, his first time recalibrating a film in the wake of test screenings, the number of other Transformers in the film, and his experience with Hasbro. Keep reading to see the interview video, embedded here for your convenience!
So it's generally accepted that Transformers: The Last Knight
One-step Changers (known as Speed Change Transformers
in Japan) aren't the most impressive of figures. But, what about one that is made from the ground up by one person, entirely out of cardboard?
Thanks to DIY Japan
on YouTube, we can now answer this question: it is much, much cooler. Click through to see the video!
New up on Hasbro's Youtube channel is a 15 second TV spot for the Studio Series lineup. The short ad focused less on the toys themselves, instead pushing the diorama background elements and the idea of recapturing moments from the movies. Representatives from each price point made appearances even if not really called out. This release coincides with Hasbro Toy Shop stocking the remainder of wave 1 this afternoon, including some restocks of the Deluxe figures. However as of time of writing, Voyagers and Leaders were all sold through. Click through to watch the video clip!
One more video from our Hascon VIP Dinner Event reporter, Eric Crownover. He captured the special presentation videos shown before the Hall of Fame inductions of Susan Blu and movie series producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. One was a minutes-long collection of congratulations and well wishes from celebrities and notable individuals in the world of movies, the other was 30 seconds of Arcee clips. We'll let you sort out which presentation went with which person, and then you can click through to watch the video embedded below!
Eric Crownover covered the VIP Dinner Event at Hascon this past weekend for us, and along with the panel reports and toy reveal images, he also brought us some quick video clips from presentations during the event. First up we have a tribute to the tenth anniversary of the Transformers movie series, acting as a quick retrospective of the movies - which also probably served as a decent warm-up for the Hall of Fame induction of movie producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura! You can find the video embedded in the post below.
Stunts are dangerous. Very frequently, the stars of the movie are not let anywhere near the most difficult and life-threatening of them all. But this doesn't seem to be the case for Optimus Prime and Dragonstorm, who charge face-first into a volley of flying rocks. Megatron, though? He has a better idea... keep reading to see the short!
Autobase Aichi has posted a pair of new TV spots for Transformers: The Last Knight
's more kid-oriented products! They've got ads for the Allspark Tech line, showing the electronic cube in action, as well as Mega Turbo Changer Dragonstorm, or as the announcer says it, "Megaturbochangerdragon Storm"
. Keep reading to see part of what will likely be the last push for TF5 merchandise as we head up to the home video release!
Facebook page has posted videos from ACGHK, one of the major Hong Kong shows! The videos below show off the Hasbro booth among other things, which details most of this year's Titans Return offerings up through wave 5 along with Transformers: The Last Knight
and a look at this year's SDCC exclusives. And a lot more Transformers-related videos from the show, so keep reading to see!
CBS station B96 has interviewed actress Hailee Steinfeld about her part in the upcoming Bumblebee movie as part of an interview held at their station's Pepsi Summer Bash. Steinfeld revealed that she's watching all the existing movies so she has a point of reference for the role, among other things. Our best guess is that, like the rest of us, she's going to be extremely confused after trying to binge-watch all five films. We've embedded the video below, so keep reading to see!
ToysRUs Japan has posted a new promo video for the TakaraTomy Transformers: The Last Knight
toyline! The first few minutes are some great stop-motion animation involving the toys, followed by a rundown of the toyline and a trailer for the film that you've probably already seen by now. Keep reading to see!
Right behind Movie Masterpiece Bumblebee, it appears MPM-4 Optimus is now becoming available at retail in Asia as well. On Youtube, hirohitokusanagi
has posted three videos featuring the new Masterpiece figure. First up is a demo of the transformation. It's compared repeatedly to Revenge of The Fallen Leader Class Optimus Prime in the way it works, but none of the numerous steps look particularly difficult. The next two videos show the weapons, plus comparisons alongside other figures. You can find all three embedded below!
YouTube channel HeyUGuys
has interviewed British voice actor Jim Carter, the voice of Cogman! He talks about how he was actually on-set for the production - which is unusual for a voice actor - and had a great time working with Sir Anthony Hopkins and Michael Bay. Carter says he hadn't seen any of the Transformers films previously and he was about to go watch Transformers: The Last Knight
after the interview - that had to be an interesting experience. Keep reading for the clip!
ONE MORE FINAL(?) - The official Transformers Facebook page has posted a new trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight
featuring the movie's spotlight song, "Torches" by X Ambassadors. There's a fair number of new clips in this one... perhaps signaling the last of the major new TF5 trailers? We'll know soon, but with the movie actually out it's natural that its promotional cycle begin winding down. Keep reading to see the video!
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