Get those fingers ready, because there's some faction symbols that need some revealing! The Transformers: Reveal The Shield toy line is in full force at retail, and Hasbro has updated their website with a little commercial. If you missed out on Seibertron.com's toy galleries of the first wave of the Reveal The Shield (Special Ops Jazz, Turbo Tracks, Fallback and Mindset) and RTS Two-Pack, you'll find them here. For the short commercial, click here!
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Older G1 fans may remember the Marvel Transformers Universe Series (Transformers A to Z in the UK) which showed Bob Budiansky's full bios for characters rather than the truncated versions seen on the Tech Specs. However a few characters slipped through the gap and never had their bios published. Over at Jim Sorenson's blog, Disciples of Boltax the full bios for Swerve, Roadbuster, Hubcap and the Deluxe Insecticons can finally be seen!
The two page manga featured in the Japanese Transformers Generations 2010 book has now been translated. While it doesn't do much to advance the plot it does showcase a number of new and forthcoming United figures.
The manga, written and illustrated by Naoto Tsushima was kindly scanned and translated by Powered Convoy, lonegamer8, DrSpengler, NightViper and Meister79.
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Episode Nine of the Seibertron.com Twincast Podcast is here to tease and please your audio receptors! For our final episode of the year, the Twincast team takes a look back at some of the best Transformers happenings of 2010.
One thing that's undeniable is all the amazing figures this year has brought us. The Twincast crew is here to give you the savage facts on some of the latest releases, including
The end of 2010 also brings us something to look forward to in the coming year, with the recent release of the Transformers: Dark of the Moon teaser trailer. Your friendly neighborhood hoodlums examine the TF3 Teaser in classic Twincast fashion, with punches and counterpunches, and speculate on what the third installment of the film franchise is bringing to the table.
If the live-action movies aren't your thing, have no fear! 2010 isn't over yet, and neither is our discussion of Transformers: Prime. In our first episode since the conclusion of the five-part miniseries premiere, the Twincast gang weighs in with a high flying, fiery analysis of the latest in Transformers animation.
So, the end of the year is all about looking back, right? Well, why stop with 2010? In our 'Ask the Twincast' segment, the gang rolls the clock all the way back to 1993!
Finally, we're waxing nostalgic, looking back at some of the most notable events of the past year:
Last week, we featured a story about one of the rare pieces of Transformers history posted to the Disciples of Boltax Blog; the Hasbro Briefing Binder for the 1986 animated, feature film. The binder, a collection of artwork, character bios, product images, and additional notes, was given to Ron Friedman, writer of the 1986 film, to assist him during the creation of the movie's storyline. On Thursday, Jim Sorenson updated the blog with two more downloadable PDFs, both installments coming from the same tab in the Binder. Some interesting bits of information from this latest update include:
- Jetfire was originally named Fireball and was originally going to be the Autobot Aerospace Commander.
- According to the document, Sludge was originally named Piledrive.
- The binder included images of Takara's Dinosaur Robo box art for four of the original Dinobots. Swoop was not included.
Jim has been gracious enough to let us mirror these latest updates to our Seibertron.com servers for easy access for our members and guests.
Part One can be accessed HERE.
Part Two can be accessed HERE.
The original post on the Disciples of Boltax site can be viewed by clicking HERE.
The other day, we shared a unique piece of Transformers history with you-a draft script written in 1985 for Transformers The Movie, the animated film released in 1986. This script was part of a collection of memorabilia that was purchased by Jim Sorenson, our friend at the Disciples of Boltax blog, and several other collectors. Now Jim shares with us another piece of movie history with us; the Hasbro Transformers Briefing Binder that was given to Ron Friedman, writer of the 1986 film, to introduce him to the current characters (at that time) in the Transformers universe to assist him in creating the storyline for the film. The original document is a huge collection of images, bios, comments, and even retail pricing for nearly all of the original Generation One characters, including some early design variations like Megatron's under-sized head and Rumble's rounded gun just to name a few.
Because of the size of the document, it's being uploaded to the Disciples of Boltax blog in several parts. Three of them are currently available and if more become available, we'll post a news update to let you know. You can download and view them at this link HERE.
And as with the Draft Script, the Briefing Binder will be auctioned off at a later date with the proceeds benefiting The Hasbro Children's Hospital.
Our friends at The Hub have let us know that they posted a new promo video of Transformers Prime on The Hub’s YouTube page for this week’s primetime encore presentation of “Transformers Prime.” You can check it out below!
The Hub wrote:The Hub presents an encore presentation of the recent successful five-part mini-series of the Hub Original Series, "Transformers Prime."
Begins Monday, December 13 - Thursday, December 16, 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET. The back-to-back episodes will have same-day repeats at midnight and 12:30 a.m. ET. Tune in!
New scanned images from the January 2011 issue of Hyper Hobby magazine have been posted to Thai fan site Modxtoy.com and mirrored at the UK's Transformers at the Moon. The scans highlight several of Takara Tomy's upcoming Transformers releases including Animated Black Rodimus, MP Rodimus Convoy, and the United versions of Straxus and Cybertron Megatron. We also get a look at the very shiny, very heavily armed United Cybertron Optimus Prime, packing an arsenal of the new Micron Targetmasters derived from the Power Core Combiners. The scans have been mirrored from Transformers At The Moon for your viewing enjoyment. Check them out and then share your thoughts below.
From our good friend Jim Sorenson over at the Disciples of Boltax Blog, a new post regarding a very intriguing piece of Transformers history that will be auctioned off for a great cause. Jim writes that a group of fans recently pooled their resources together to purchase an early, draft script from the 1986 animated film Transformers: The Movie. The script, dated April 27, 1985, reveals that while many of the key scenes in the movie were already set, many details in the story were envisioned quite differently.
Below is an excerpt of the script from the Disciples of Boltax post that highlight a grizzly Autobot death during the Battle of Autobot City
Disciples of Boltax wrote:
ON AUTOBOT BAND
as we see Blaster in command. With him are WINDCHARGER, MIRAGE and
GEARS and all are practically back to back, FIRING UP AT
Keep feed in , 'em fusion fritters
'n laser latkes! We ain't finished
But not far from it! Our energy
is running low.
Then throw somethin' at 'em, babe!
Man, there ain't nothin' no Decepticon's
gonna get from me but flame and shame!
ANOTHER ANGLE - GEARS
as Cyclonus swoops past and BOMBS GEARS TO PIECES, the force of
the blast THROWS WINDCHARGER UP and away from cover
Gears ! Oh, man ....
HIS P.O.V. - WINDCHARGER
as several of Cyclonus' planes JET THROUGH HIM, ~RING HIM TO
PIECES which rain down on Blaster's position
as arm, leg , torso of Windcharger rain down
I think the time has come to
hide my pride and .... run!
Blaster RUNS followed by Mirage and other in Autobot party as
they dodge behind rubble and duck as WALL OF CITY COMES FALLING
in the way of their pursuers and we
CUT TO HOT ROD, ARCEE AND DANIEL BEHIND COVER
What's incredibly cool is that the script is being offered up for free download via the Disciples of Boltax site. We've mirror a copy HERE at Seibertron.com with Jim's permission. The original script will be auctioned off at a later time with the proceeds set to go to the Hasbro Children's Hospital. As soon as we know more details about the auction, we'll let you know.