It is with sadness that we bring reports of the passing of anime director and storyboarder Hidehito Ueda, who worked on Transformers: Armada (among many other well-received anime series and movies, such as A.D. Police, Cybuster, Gantz to name a few) - the first part of what has come to be known as the Unicron Trilogy. The news comes from fellow Seibertron.com member Emerje, and the site animenewsnetwork, who state that Ueda, aged 61, had been battling with cancer for over a year.
Armada still holds an ambiguous status in its reception in the fandom, though recent developments in the franchise have been paying homage to the series in the comics and toys.
Seibertron.com would like to extend our warmest condolences to Ueda's family and loved ones.
Welcome to our annual post-BotCon episode, recapping all the reveals from Hasbro, Fun Publications, and even a quick sneak in from Takara Tomy at Tokyo Toy Show! Who won the weekend? Find out with host ScottyP, and guests Counterpunch, Megatronus, TigerTrack24, and Razorclaw0000.
Finally, we flip back to BotCon and talk about the leaked Titan Wars concept art.
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Another multifaceted Transformers artist present at SDCC 2015 this year is Marcelo Matere, the hands behind several recent box art pieces such as Titan class Devastator - and he also has a pre-con commission list opening via his Facebook page! Find out more below and head over to the page to book your original art now.
I’ll be at Comic Con International, San Diego, CA. July 8-12.
Come to see me at Artist Alley Table EE-03.
I will have new prints, a new Sketchbook, original artwork for sale and taking sketch commissions!
Here are my convention commission sketch prices/options during the weekend. I will be taking a new commission sketch list at the beginning of each day of the con.
Due some time and space the larger size ( 11 X17) commissions options will be available only on the PRE-LIST, with limited number.
You might or might not be attending the 2015 edition of San Diego Comic Con on July 8-12, but in either case, a fan of the Transformers franchise in its various incarnation will not want to miss a number of sessions taking place over the course of the event! Take a look below as we've sifted through the full programme to pick out the transforming robot-related panels, featuring IDW Publishing, Robots in Disguise, Activision and more.
Transformers Generations: More Than Meets the Eye
Come see what the Transformers characters are up to as you are entertained with sneak peeks of the all new Activision video game trailers, IDW comic prints, and other special surprises. Then get your collector action on as you get an exclusive glimpse at the latest and greatest Transformers generations combiner wars toys that have yet to hit toy shelves. The Transformers team members will also host a Q&A session to answer your burning questions.
Thursday July 9, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Transformers: Robots in Disguise
Roll out with the cast and creatives behind Transformers: Robots in Disguise as they share details of the making of the popular animated series and give a sneak peek into the rest of Season 1, now airing on Cartoon Network. Followed by a Q&A.
Thursday July 9, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Women of Transformers
From Windblade and Arcee to Strongarm and the brand-new Combiner making her debut at SDCC, female Transformers characters have finally gotten their due; but behind the page and in fandom, even bigger changes have been happening. Panelists include Transformers comics writers Mairghread Scott and Georgia Ball, artists Corin Howell and Sara Pitre-Durocher, Hasbro's Sarah Carroll, and special guests.
Friday July 10, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
IDW: The Best Panel in Recorded History
This is the big one! Join IDW chief creative officer/editor-in-chief Chris Ryall and VP of marketing Dirk Wood lay waste to a room of shocked comic fans. Panelists include Gabriel Rodriguez, John Layman, James Tynion IV, Ulises Farinas, and special guests. Shocking announcements, amazing prizes, and a Q&A.
Friday July 10, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Transformers artist and Seibertron.com friend James Raiz has finally completed the first of two TFCon prints he asked you, the readers, to help him out with, featuring characters from Transformers and G.I. Joe - and you can check out some very cool work in progress videos embedded below for Ironhide, DOTM Bumblebee, Dino (whom we know is actually a version of Mirage), Grimlock from Age of Extinction and Jazz!
Remember to cast your vote for which Decepticon and Cobra character to include in the second print, too.
The official Transformers YouTube channel brings us a commercial for the Land Down Under, featuring the Mega Optimus Prime toy from the Transformers: Robots in Disguise line! The big blue/red three-step himself already features in the Seibertron.com galleries, so feel free to compare the multiple angles and shots we offered to the commercial's animation, with the embedded video below.
Fellow Seibertronian Sabrblade has contacted us with some information about the remaining episodes of the first season of Transformers: Robots in Disguise, as they appear to have reached the Australian version of iTunes - reaching the conclusion of the season with episodes 21 to 16! Find out the English synopses below, and be warned for spoilers overall, especially towards the tail end of the post...
21. "Lockout" After Steeljaw and his Pack commandeer the Scrapyard and its defenses, our heroes must find a way to take back their base – or face an army of freed Decepticon prisoners.
"Similarly Different" A restless Grimlock ponders returning to old habits when another Dinobot goes on a rampage.
"The Buzz on Windblade" The Bee Team encounters a new Autobot, sent to Earth long ago.
"Ghosts and Impostors" An educational trip turns into a Decepticon hunt as Bee and the Bots stumble upon a chameleon-like Fugitive in a western ghost town.
"Battlegrounds, Part 1" As Optimus prepares to return to Earth to face the mysterious “Evil” he’s prophesized, the Bee Team must prevent Steeljaw’s Pack from teleporting that same threat onto Earth.
"Battlegrounds, Part 2" Reunited with Optimus Prime, Bee and his Team must use everything they’ve learned to stop the annihilation of both Earth and Cybertron.
We've already seen the full preview for this week's IDW Transformers comic, out on Wednesday, here - but how about a double treat, with an iTunes three page preview (via the always on the ball Mariel Romero) of the next issue of Windblade? Check it out mirrored below, with Mairghread Scott on writing and Corin Howell on art!
MORE WORLDS-MORE PROBLEMS! After the events of COMBINERS WARS, WINDBLADE and STARSCREAM race to recruit the lost CYBERTRONIAN colonies to the Council of Worlds-but which of them will control the fate of Cybertron?
Following a previously established trend of advertising Kre-O products via stop-motion animation, the official Transformers Facebook page has shared another short clip featuring everyone's favourite grumpy dinobot [url]Grimlock[/url] from the Battle Changers line (check out a pictorial review here)! Could this be another indication that maybe these will eventually be found at wider release..? In the meantime, check out the embedded clip below.
Nothing gets Grimlock all riled up and his oil boiling like that impossible, unbeatable level in a videogame.