Coinciding with and celebrating the release today of the Transformers: Age of Extinction DVD and Blu-Ray editions - and our exciting Seibertron.com/Paramount giveaway competition - entertainment website Comic Book Resources have taken the opportunity to have a chat with voice actor Peter Cullen, the voice of Optimus Prime in many of his incarnations. The clip can be found below, and more here.
To celebrate the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction on Blu-ray, Paramount Studios held a special “Behind the Wheel” press event in Las Vegas, where CBR’s Steve Sunu was able to get behind the wheel of some of the types of cars used in the summer blockbuster.
After tearing through a 7-turn track in an Audi R8 and Lamborghini Gallardo Ip560-4, which he opened up to over 100 mph, Sunu sat down with Peter Cullen, the iconic voice of Optimus Prime, to discuss his legacy over the last 30 years of Transformers and how grateful he is for having the opportunity to bring to life a character who has had a positive influence over several generations of fans.
Sunu also spoke with driver Sli Lewis, who was responsible for some of the film’s dangerous stunts, about his earliest experience behind the wheel, and his father’s immediate pride at his son’s driving prowess.
During a recent podcast episode, we spoke to Jim Sorenson, who along will Bill Forster, is editing and compiling the Transformers: Legacy celebration of packaging art book. It seems his prediction of having it in time for the holidays is correct: via Forster and IDW, the release of the book will happen next week - check out the mirrored image below!
The magnanimous people over at IDW Limited, the collector oriented branch of IDW Publishing, are having an amazing sale all week on all Transformers titles! Loads of Transformers sketch covers at 50% off, and you get one free item per order - which could be as much as a free $450 book! Head here to check out their offerings.
From September 30 to October 3rd, each time you shop on www.idwlimited.com one item of equal or lower value of the lowest-priced item in your cart will be free at checkout!
This deal applies to everything on the site, so whether you're buying Red, Black, or Blue Label books you'll be in for some serious savings!
A select handful of special items will be offered at an additional discount, with a new daily deal going live each morning at 10am pacific time, so make sure to keep checking the site throughout the week.
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This is your chance to win a FREE copy of Transformers Age of Extinction on Blu-Ray in this exciting contest from Paramount Home Entertainment and Seibertron.com. The grand prize winner will receive a copy of Age of Extinction on Blu-ray signed by Mark Wahlberg, as well as a Transformers Age of Extinction themed mouse, keyboard, speaker and a shopping bag. The 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive a copy of Age of Extinction on Blu-Ray.
In order to enter this contest, all you have to do is be a registered member of Seibertron.com, enter the contest on this page, and keep your fingers crossed! Not a member yet? Click here to join. Already a member? Click here to sign in. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014.
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The following text is the official press release from Paramount Home Entertainment regarding Transformers Age of Extinction's release on Blu-Ray and DVD.
THE YEAR’S #1 MOVIE IN THE WORLD ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY 3D™ & BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACKS WITH OVER THREE HOURS OF EXPLOSIVE SPECIAL FEATURES
$1 Billion Global Smash Hit Debuts on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD & VOD September 30, 2014
Own the Must-See Blockbuster of the Year Two Weeks Early on Digital HD September 16
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. - From director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg and in association with Hasbro, Inc., Paramount Pictures’ $1 billion worldwide blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction makes its highly-anticipated debut September 30, 2014 on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and VOD. The film will be available to own two weeks earlier on Digital HD September 16, 2014.
The Transformers: Age of Extinction four-disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and three-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack feature more than three hours of illuminating bonus content. From selecting fierce new cars and designing new TRANSFORMERS characters to constructing elaborately detailed sets, this comprehensive footage truly takes viewers inside the fun, hard work and excitement of making an electrifying global blockbuster film.
The spectacular Combo Packs also include an in-depth interview with Michael Bay about his approach to the film’s jaw-dropping action sequences, a crash course on the “Bayhem” of being on set for the massive, global production, a revealing look at the design process inside Hasbro Headquarters, and more. Plus there’s even more than meets the eye with the hilarious TRANSFORMERS KREON trailer where KREON figures take you through all of the blockbuster TRANSFORMERS movies. In addition, the Combo Packs include a brand new Angry Bird TRANSFORMERS trailer where birds and pigs turn into Autobots and Deceptihogs, creating havoc on Piggy Island. The Blu-ray 3D includes expanded images as seen in IMAX™ theaters.
Blu-ray Combo Pack
The Transformers: Age of Extinction Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos (7.1 Dolby TrueHD compatible), English 5.1 Discrete Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Discrete Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The English 5.1 and English 2.0 tracks were each individually mastered to ensure optimal sound for the home entertainment experience.
The DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Discrete Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The disc breakdown is as follows:
Disc 1 (Blu-ray):
* Feature film in high definition
Disc 2 (Blu-ray):
* Bay On Action - In-depth interview with Michael Bay about his vision and approach to the film’s mind-blowing action sequences.
* Evolution Within Extinction:
--Generation 2 - A look at where the fourth film picks up as we meet new faces - both man and machine - and a Transformers world after the Battle of Chicago.
--Drive Like Hell - Two entirely re-envisioned models of OPTIMUS PRIME and BUMBLEBEE appear in the film, along with an intimidating new nemesis, LOCKDOWN, as a Lamborghini Aventador plus other incredibly cool cars including a sophisticated Bugatti Veyron and a sleek Pagani Huayra. Check them out and see how actor Jack Reynor learned how to drive his Sonic rally car for the intense chase sequences.
--Small Town, Big Movie - When Transformers rolls into some small Texas towns, the normally quiet and picturesque countryside is suddenly alight with explosive action. Explore the different locations with members of the show's art department and hear from robotics students whose designs appear as part of Cade’s lab.
--Shadow Protocol Activated - Follow the production to Detroit with unprecedented access to GM's Lansing plant and Milford Proving Grounds test track; watch an impressive indoor car chase created in an auto parts factory; return to Chicago where location managers discovered a historical movie theater that served as the backdrop for Cade’s fateful first encounter with OPTIMUS PRIME; and finally travel to Washington state and the unlikely site of a never-used nuclear power plant.
--The Last Stand - A vacant lot in downtown Detroit is turned into a square block of Hong Kong. Watch as it literally takes shape from the ground up - then marvel as the crew blows it up piece by piece.
--The People’s Republic - China plays an extremely prominent role in the film both on-screen and behind-the-scenes; in fact, four Chinese actors were chosen from thousands of applicants on a reality TV show to appear in the movie. In addition, the production traveled to Hong Kong, the beautiful valley of Wulong Karst National Park in Chongqing and the Great Wall in Beijing to capture breathtaking footage.
--Rise of the DINOBOTS - Several new TRANSFORMERS characters make their live-action debut in this film. Get a brief history of the new recruits and then go inside Industrial Light & Magic to see how they were designed and conceptualized for the film.
--The Finishing Touch - Watch Michael Bay work like you’ve never seen him before. The director connects virtually with his Santa Monica headquarters, visits the editing bay and then checks in on the visual effects house in San Francisco - all from the comfort of his Miami home office. Also, get an in-depth look at the music contributions of Imagine Dragons as they collaborate with the film's composer Steve Jablonsky. Finally, get exclusive red carpet access to the film's world premiere in Hong Kong.
* Just Another Giant Effin’ Movie - Discover the fun, frenetic and amazing way a movie like Transformers: Age of Extinction gets made.
* A Spark of Design - Enjoy an exclusive look inside Hasbro's creation of TRANSFORMERS: Age of Extinction Stomp and Chomp Grimlock action figure from concept and development to sculpting and painting, and then ultimately to the assembly line.
* T.J. Miller: Farm Hippie - Actor/comedian T.J. Miller never imagined he’d be part of a massively successful franchise like Transformers so he sets off to personally thank the people who made it possible. Come along as he visits Bay Films, gets some pointers from Kelsey Grammer, and even stops by
Mark Wahlberg’s house in this funny piece.
* KRE-O TRANSFORMERS: Take Us Through the Movies! - OPTIMUS PRIME will bring you up to speed on all of the TRANSFORMERS movies one by one in this hilarious, animated short where the TRANSFORMERS KREON figures act out the movies while building and rebuilding each scene…brick by brick.
* The Angry Birds TRANSFORMERS: Origin Story - Bonus content tells the origin story of how the EggSpark has landed on Piggy Island causing the eggs on the island to turn into evil Egg-bots, wreaking havoc across the whole island. The EggSpark has also caused the Birds and Pigs to turn into Autobots and Deceptihogs, who must team up in order to stop the Egg-bots before it's too late!
Disc 3 (DVD):
* Feature film in standard definition
Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack
The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack includes all of the above, as well as a Blu-ray 3D with expanded images as seen in IMAX theaters presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos (7.1 Dolby TrueHD compatible), English 5.1 Discrete Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Discrete Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The English 5.1 and English 2.0 tracks were each individually mastered to ensure optimal sound for the home entertainment experience.
The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack available for purchase include a Digital Version of the film that can be accessed through UltraViolet™, a new way to collect, access and enjoy movies. With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them - reliably and securely - to a variety of devices.
The Transformers: Age of Extinction DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Discrete Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The disc includes the feature film in standard definition.
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company dedicated to fulfilling the fundamental need for play for children and families through the creative expression of the Company’s world class brand portfolio, including TRANSFORMERS, MONOPOLY, PLAY-DOH, MY LITTLE PONY, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, NERF and LITTLEST PET SHOP. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 180 territories around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." Learn more at http://www.hasbro.com
About Paramount Home Media Distribution
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment, digital and television distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles. PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and distribution across worldwide digital and television distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.
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TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Street date: September 30, 2014 (Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, VOD)
September 16, 2014 (Digital HD) Runtime: 164 minutes SRP: $52.99 (Blu-ray 3D Combo)
$42.99 (Blu-ray Combo)
$29.99 (DVD) U.S. Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language and brief innuendo Canadian Rating: PG for violence and language that may offend; not recommended for young children
The Transformers Collectors' Club has posted a round-up of all the exclusive figures available in the Subscription Service 3.0, and included a reminder of the closing time for new sign ups: October 2nd 2014. So check out the mock-ups in both modes, including a revised G2 Starscream, below, and head over to the Club's page to order them!
Thanks to a tip from fellow Seibertron.com member Powered Convoy, we've mirrored below The AllSpark's scans of the latest Figure King and Dengeki Hobby magazines. The two batches of images show off the upcoming Transformers Masterpiece figures by Takara Tomy, MP-23 Exhaust and MP-24 Star Saber, the Legends line, Cloud figures, Lost Age, the MegaDrive Megatron and more! Check them out below.
How many of you are still enjoying the ConstructBots line? Fellow Seibertronian chuckdawg1999 has another review to keep you going, looking at Hound with his dino partner/armour Wideload - though he doesn't seem as positive this time round. Check it out below!
Sharing the same basic build as Lockdown, Hound in vehicle mode has more of a car look than I like and feel a military vehicle should have. I do like the build although I think younger hands will have a hard time snapping the pieces on and off the frame without stressing the plastic or pinching their fingers. Wide Load is missing something from making it an interesting partner and the armor mode is rather uninspired. I can recommend the kit only for a Constructbot die hard.
Seibertron.com is proud to present our two newest galleries: New Galleries: Manga Compilation Lucky Draw Black Tracks and Transformers Collection Tracks
First up, Manga Complilation Lucky Draw Black Tracks. This gorgeous redeco of the G1 favorite just stands out amongst the collection and draws your attention. (Guess that's why they call them Lucky Draws? )
And the second of our galleries is the original, the one and only, G1 Tracks. Flame hood deco and all, this classy blue Corvette turns into the classy Autobot with the voice so ritzy, you'd swear he was wearing an ascot!
You can see the full galleries for each figure by clicking their respective images below:
It's official, after nearly two decades, Disney is taking their toy license from Mattel and heading to their biggest rival, Hasbro. This is big news because it's the end of a rather lucrative partnership between arguably the largest multimedia juggernaut, and one of the biggest and longest running toy manufacturers in history. This will be a big win for Hasbro, however, because now Hasbro will produce toys for all of Disney's properties and acquired entities, including Marvel and Star Wars and now Frozen!
Hopefully this will lead to more collectibles such as Takara's Disney Label, where you get a bit of both worlds, all in a rather neat package. With this new partnership, it would be fair to assume that this will be just as lucrative for Hasbro, which in turn works for us, because the better Hasbro does, the better Transformers will do, the happier we'll be.
You can read the full article here at CNN Money, and when you're done reading, come back and leave your thoughts on this.
Keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates, plus the best galleries around!
Now available for preorder - MP-23 - MASTERPIECE EXHAUST - WITH COLLECTORS COIN and MP-24 - MASTERPIECE STAR SABER - WITH COLLECTORS COIN! TFsource is happy to announce the availability of the MP-23 Masterpiece Exhaust with collector's coin at $85.95 and MP-24 Masterpiece Star Saber with collector's coin at $184.99! If you would like to substitute this version of the figure in an existing preorder, please email us at CustomerCare@TFsource.com, including your Order Number; requesting the change! If you've Stacked the figure, you can add this version to your Stack & remove the regular MP-23 Masterpiece Exhaust at your leisure!
Also up for preorder - MP-23 Masterpiece Exhaust! This piece homages the legendary Diaclone Lancia/Marlboor Wheeljack. He features an all new head sculpt, sports a diaclone color scheme, and is supposed to include his Immobilizer as a bonus part. Preorder yours at TFSource here:
_____________________________________________ 2. Now up for preorder - Hot Toys - G1 Optimus Prime (Starscream Version)!
Now up for preorder - Hot Toys - G1 Optimus Prime (Starscream Version)! Preorder yours at TFSource and get FREE US and reduced international shipping! The Optimus Prime (Starscream Version) Collectible Figure stands approximately 30cm tall, featuring a highly detailed mechanical structure and remarkable painting applications with distress effect, a pair of Starscream’s wings, weapons, and a rocky ground diorama base with Autobots’ logo. Preorder yours at TFSource here:
New preorder up - Terminus Hexatron Continuum Version! This is the final release of Hexatron - last chance to get this amazing piece! The continuum piece features:
1. New head sculpt, new blasters, new chest wings
2. Metallic finish: 70% body paint coated, wheelcaps and weapons chromed
3. New box art design
*Shuriken, Katana & comic NOT inclusive in this version
Preorder yours here:
New preorder up - Reformatted - R-07 - Felisaber the Surveillant! Combines with the other 5 Feral Cons to form the awesome Feral Rex ULTIMATE Mode! Preorder by October 5th to lock in early bird pricing and save $20 off the MSRP! Preorder yours at TFSource here:
_____________________________________________ 9. New preorder up - Unique toys New Combiner Ordine's first figure - Troll!
When fully combined Ordine will stand ~37CM/15" tall and is scaled to be a similar size with MMC's Feral Rex as shown. Preorder Troll today - set for an October release date! Preorder yours at TFSource here:
Now Instock - both of Before and After's Six Sigma figures, available in either Red or Black Armed versions! Six Sigma can break down into weapons & add-ons usable by your Metroplex figure! Order your preferred figure today at TFsource: Search for six sigma
Now Up for Preorder - Professor Heisenberg Royal Arsenal Add On Weapons! Professor Heisenberg, new to the third party world, conjures up his second offering, another add-on kit to go with Feral Rex. This set includes G1-inspired weaponry designed to increase the fire power of Feral Rex! Preorder yours today at TFsource:
_____________________________________________ 12. Now Available For Preorder - GCreation Shuraking SRK-01!
Enter Shuraking - one of the largest combiners ever created! This figure is 10.3" long and stands an impressive 8.6" tall in robot mode! SRK-01 is approximately Voyager size and scale. When all five dinos combine together Shuraking will tower over all opponents! Preorder yours from TFsource:
_____________________________________________ 13. Now available for Preorder - Toyworld's TW-D01 Roar!
Toyworld's Roar should be released next week and instock about a week afterwards! Preorders still up at TFSource and this guy will combine with the other robots to form a massive dino combiner! Order yours today at TFsource:
NEW SOURCE REVIEW! Check out TFSource sponsored reviewer Peaugh's review of Bullsfire Air Strike here on TFSource: Bullsfire - DB-01 Air Strike
_____________________________________________ 15. Newest Preorder items at TFsource
_____________________________________________ 16. Newest Instock items at TFsource
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