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Hasbro lays off employees

Transformers News: Hasbro lays off employees
Date: Thursday, December 9th 2004 10:45pm CST
Categories: People News, Company News
Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): TFW2005.com, Yahoo news

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Hasbro has laid off about 125 workers, 90 of which are from Rhode Island where the company is based. Hasbro spokesman Wayne Charness has said:

The cuts in the toys, games, international and corporate divisions will give the company more flexibility in developing new products,

See the news story here.

Don Figueroa sheds some light on G1 Scaling.

Transformers News: Don Figueroa sheds some light on G1 Scaling.
Date: Wednesday, December 8th 2004 8:50am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): TFW2005.com

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Don Figueroa, main artist on Dreamwaves Transformers G1 and forthcoming Beast Wars comic, has stopped by the 2005 borads to post HIS take on G1 scaling.


ok, MY scaling system goes like this:
-Minibots are two heads taller than Cassette bots which in turn is a head taller than a normal human
-Deluxe cars and Insecticons are a head or so taller than Minibots (obviously) but some are taller than most, like Inferno.. so they vary from a head above the minis to a few
-Prime and Megs are about three heads taller than Jazz, about a head taller than Inferno, Grapple, Soundwave..etc Gestalt leaders are also about a head smaller than Prime
-Seekers are also a head smaller than Prime/Megs, Smaller gestalt members are about deluxe car height
-Magnus is about a head taller than Prime when in Armor, Jetfire maybe a couple of heads taller
-Dinobots vary from a head taller than Prime (Swoop) to maybe 3 heads taller for the biggest (Sludge)
-combined Gestalts are 2x bigger than Sludge
-Sixshot is slightly taller than Sludge, but not as bulky
-Omega Supreme and Sky lynx are 50% bigger than a gestalt. to me, Devastator should be slightly bigger than most combiners since there are Six of them, then height wise, it goes Predaking then Superion, Bruticus, Menasor and Defensor
-Metroplex is about 5x the size of Omega Supreme, Trypticon will be slightly bigger
-Fortress Max and Scorponok WILL be bigger than Metro, though I'm not sure just how big yet


Read the original TFW2005 thread here.

War Within Competition opened

Transformers News: War Within Competition opened
Date: Monday, November 15th 2004 9:27am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, People News, Media, Transtopia
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): Transtopia, Wrecka

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Dutch based Transformers Kitbash site Transtopia has opened a rather interesting competition for the War Within fans.

As part of a special feature about Don Figueroa on their site, they have opened a competition where you can win a hand drawn version of a WW redesign made by Don Figueroa as well as a Galaxy Force/Cybertron Starscream figure when it comes out.

All you have to do is create a War Within type design for any existing non-G1 Transformer character. Entrees are accepted as Kitbash, 2D art or 3D art. The winner will be picked by the Don himself. For all the details go here.

Vince DiCola Speaks Out

Transformers News: Vince DiCola Speaks Out
Date: Tuesday, August 17th 2004 10:24am CDT
Categories: Movie News, People News, Media
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): Allspark.com, Blacknife

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Based on his recent appearance at the OTFCC, Vince DiCola, composer of the musical tracks on the original Transformers movie, has written a letter to the Transformers community, which was posted over at the allspark board by resident poster Tim Finn. In his letter he thanks the people who supported him in his past and recent endeavours, but he also shed some light on his personal views for the upcoming Transformers movie, in regard to the score of that one and recent heated debates that have been going on over at the don murphy board and its Transformers forum. The letter reads as followed:

To the TRANSFORMERS fan community,

First of all, I'd like to thank Glen Hallit and all the staff at 3H
Productions for inviting my family and me to this year's OTFCC
convention in Chicago. We had a great time once again and I appreciate all the hard work Glen and his staff put into the preparation for these events in order
to make them a memorable experience for all, fans and guests alike.

Secondly, I want to thank all those who purchased my new CD, "Falling
Off a Clef", at the convention. This is the first release of mine in quite a
while that doesn't feature any material directly related to
TRANSFORMERS, and truthfully I wondered how it would be received by those who are so familiar with my original TF score and other past works of mine. So
far I'm very pleased with the comments that have been coming in. Some have
even said the current material represents a "significant step forward", and
that's certainly music to my ears! So thanks to all who bought the new
CD and please spread the word. The disc should be available for purchase
online at vincedicola.com within a few weeks.

Even though the liner notes on my new CD mention this quite
prominently, I just want to thank my friend and fellow composer Kenny Meriedeth once again for allowing me to feature the music from the movie "Sci-Fighter" on
this new solo release. Kenny was actually offered the opportunity to score
this movie on his own and very generously invited me to collaborate with
him. So a big "thank you" to Kenny, both for bringing me in on this opportunity
and for allowing me to feature the product of our collaboration on my new
solo CD. I'm very proud of the music Kenny and I composed for
"Sci-Fighter", and as it makes up a good portion of my new CD, I just wanted to make sure proper credit is given where it's due. Thanks again, Kenny.

Last but not least, I thought it might be a good idea to share some of
my thoughts concerning the new live action TRANSFORMERS movie. Many
people were kind enough to come up to me at the convention and express their
support and enthusiasm for the idea of me being involved with the music
for the new movie. Also, I've seen some of the comments posted on the Don
Murphy forum and I'm grateful to those who thought to write in and
express their support there. Of course I realize that on any forum there will
always be mixed opinions, and I couldn't help seeing some of the
less-than-encouraging comments on the Murphy site, but I'm actually OK
with that. It HAS been a long time since I've released any new film music,
and I certainly can't blame anyone for questioning whether or not I'm up to
the task after so many years have passed since my original TRANSFORMERS
movie score and the ROCKY material were first released. It also must be said
that I truly admire and respect most of the other composers who have been
suggested on the forum. Certainly people like John Williams, Alan
Silvestri, Don Davis and others in that esteemed group of talented
composers have track records that speak for themselves, and I myself have enjoyed their work immensely on many occasions.

Some people have mentioned that they don't understand why it's not
simply a 'given' that I will be chosen as composer for the new movie. Let me
explain... Who is ultimately chosen to direct the movie, how much
influence the producers will have with the director, how much or how
little value will be placed on the fact that I scored the original movie, how
much additional fan support I'm able to drum up over the next year or so,
how much or how little emphasis the producers and director actually place
on fan support... These are just some of the factors that will ultimately
influence the decision as to who is chosen to score the new movie. If
I am fortunate enough to be considered for this opportunity, I will most
likely be competing with some major composers who have a considerable amount
of recent major credits. Do I desire this opportunity? Absolutely! Do I
feel I could do the new film justice from a musical standpoint? I have no
doubt at all. Do I feel I'm a better choice than any other composer? That's
a tricky one. I will say that a lot of movie scores have begun to sound
alike to my ears in recent years, and it seems to be getting more difficult
to differentiate one composer's style from another. I do feel I could
bring a unique slant to this particular project based on what I did for the
first movie and how I envision the music getting 'ramped up' for this next
one.

My plan is to collaborate with Kenny Meriedeth if I am offered this
opportunity, since the work we did for "Sci-Fighter" is an effective
demonstration of a musical direction that may be apropos for a movie of
this nature. For what it's worth, I'll just say the following regarding my
vision... Large orchestra and choir, but with an intense and
unrelenting rhythmic foundation. I feel that only a handful of composers have
effectively captured the marriage of these styles, and I can honestly
say we would passionately pursue a musical concept and energy that would
effectively support the type of movie we all hope this new one will be.

For those of you who haven't heard the new CD and may be interested in
checking out what I've been up to lately, please visit vincedicola.com.
As I mentioned earlier, the CD will be available there soon and we hope to
have some audio samples available there to listen to as well. Specifically
for the convention in Chicago, I prepared an updated version of the main TF
theme. Unfortunately this track wasn't completed in time to make the
new CD, but my performance of it in Chicago was extremely well received. I
put a lot of time into arranging and recording this piece and the
audience's reaction made my preparation worth all the time and effort. I may
decide to feature an excerpt from this track as well on the web site. Stay
posted.

Well, my wrists are getting tired from all this typing so I guess I
better sign off for now. Thanks again to all those who so whole-heartedly
continue to support my work. Thanks also to those who helped make our
experience in Chicago another enjoyable one. Here's hoping for good things in the
future.

Cordially,
Vince DiCola

vincedicola.com


Special thanks to Blacknife of the donmurphy.net board.

OTFCC Updates: A New Guest And Toyfare Correction

Transformers News: OTFCC Updates: A New Guest And Toyfare Correction
Date: Wednesday, July 21st 2004 2:50pm CDT
Categories: Event News, People News

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Two new updates have appeared on the OTFCC website, detailing a newly announced guest and correcting an article in Toyfare:

3H PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES FINAL VOICE ACTOR GUEST AT OTFCC 2004

It is with great pleasure that we announce the participation of veteran BEAST WARS alum, Scott McNeil, to this summer's 20th anniversary convention. Scott has provided numerous voices for the brand over the past 8 years, including fan favorites DINOBOT, WASPINATOR, RATTRAP, SILVERBOLT, JETFIRE, and STRONGARM. Having participated in previous TRANSFORMERS conventions, Scott is always a welcome sight on the floor and is a source of entertainment for young and old fans alike.

CORRECTION (TOYFARE MAGAZINE) - PALISADES ULTRA MAGNUS STATUE

We would like to clarify any confusion that may have arisen by an article in the recent issue of Wizard's ToyFare Magazine (issue 85, page 94), regarding the availability of the OTFCC/Palisades limited edition ULTRA MAGNUS statue.

The blurb states that the statue will be available at OTFCC 2004, through the Official Transformers Collectors' Club, and/or for pre registered attendees for OTFCC. To clarify, the statue is solicited and sold by Palisades Toys (www.palisadestoys.com) through their collectors' club, and at their booth at OTFCC 2004. You do NOT have to be a pre-registered convention attendee or a member of the Official Transformers Collectors' Club to purchase or pick up this statue from Palisades at OTFCC 2004.

OT: President Ronald Reagan passes away

Transformers News: OT: President Ronald Reagan passes away
Date: Saturday, June 5th 2004 4:01pm CDT
Categories: Site News, People News
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Fox News, CNN, Drudge Report

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After battling with Alzheimer's Disease for the past 10 years, former president Ronald Reagan (the 40th President of the United States) has passed away at the age of 93. For more information about this news event, please follow the story at CNN.com and Drudge Report.

3H Names New PR Liaison: Malin Huffman.

Transformers News: 3H Names New PR Liaison: Malin Huffman.
Date: Friday, June 4th 2004 2:46am CDT
Categories: Event News, Press Releases, People News
Posted by: Professor Smooth | Credit(s): 3H

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We've received this press release from 3H Productions:




3H PRODUCTIONS NAMES NEW PR LIAISON


June 3, 2004 - 3H Productions, Inc. today announced plans to enhance customer service and communication by bringing on board Malin Huffman as Public Relations Liaison. At 3H, Mr. Huffman will drive and facilitate effective communications between the Official Transformers Collectors' Club and Transformers fans.


"I'm excited to be on board at 3H as we celebrate the 20th anniversary and beyond!" said Huffman. "We are working hard to provide the best Transformers fan experience available, with the most accurate and up-to-date information possible."


Huffman has a long history of involvement with the TRANSFORMERS brand- a collector since 1984 and an active participant in past conventions, other fan events, and discussions in the collector community.


Additional information will be forthcoming regarding new 3H policies designed to provide more personalized and timely customer service.


For more information about the Official Transformers Collectors' Convention and Club and 3H Productions, please visit our web site at http://www.otfcc.com
And join us on July 31 and August 1 in Chicago, Illinois for OTFCC 2004, the official 20th anniversary celebration of the TRANSFORMERS!




Considering how the public has been talking about OTFCC, 3H, and Glen Hallit himself, you've got your work cut out for you, Mr. Huffman. We wish you the best of luck.

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