The Children's Museum of Indianapolis have update their future events schedule, and our favourite transforming robots are taking over the exhibition space again! In honour of the arrival of animated series Transformers: Robots in Disguise, the Museum is hosting a collection showcasing different characters and their evolution from 1984 to the present day. It also seems to coincide with the currently expected air date of the series in the US - could this give us a more precise estimate? Check out their information below!
TRANSFORMERS: Robots in Disguise™
March 7–July 26, 2015
As Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS franchise celebrates its 30th Anniversary, get ready for a museum exhibit that shows the fun and innovation that has gone into the creation of the iconic robots. This exhibit will showcase the heroic Autobots and villainous Decepticons, including favorites like Bumblebee, Optimus Prime and Grimlock. Since their introduction in 1984, TRANSFORMERS characters have converted from robots to vehicles, jets, dinosaurs, and animals. The excitement and fast-paced action of a brand new animated series, Robots in Disguise from Hasbro Studios will debut in 2015 and the exhibit will feature new characters that will be sure to inspire families to create even more new stories. What are the secrets to creating something that can move and twist and contort itself into an entirely different being? TRANSFORMERS fans of all generations can use their own imaginations and explore the design and engineering that goes into crafting these beloved characters.
It’s that time of year again, where Va’al enters the UK Toy Fair and reports back on all of the Tranformers goodness he can find. While there isn’t quite as much news out of the UK Toy Fair this year as last, there are still a few exciting products to tell you about.
From the Toy Fair 2015: Hasbro Press release:
Beginning in March, the newest animated series, TRANSFORMERS: Robots in Disguise will begin a brand new chapter for the TRANSFORMERS brand with all new storytelling and gameplay. The new series, airing on Cartoon Network, is filled with humour, fun, adventure, and animated ina cooler, lighter, brighter style that kids are going to love.
Transformers: Robots in Disguise Optimus Prime One Step
This isn’t just a one-step changer, it’s a huge one-step changer. Standing at over 11 inches tall, this Optimus Prime figure converts from robot to truck mode and back again, in one motion. The transformation is simple; just pull the trailer apart to go from vehicle to robot, then push the chest and swing the cab down to convert back. In addition, with the Transformers: Robots in Disguise app downloaded to your mobile device, you can scan the shield to unlock a character, weapons, etc. The Optimus Prime One Step is expected to be available from Autumn 2015.
Transformers: Rescue Bots High Tide Rescue Rig
High Tide, a new Rescue Bot recruit in the Transformers: Rescue Bots programming, is introduced here in toy form. The High Tide Rescue Rig includes a mini-sub that converts automatically from vehicle mode to bot mode. High Tide can also command his Rescue Rig ship by placing the figure inside of the center hatch, then raising the levers to reveal him in the commander’s seat. To convert him to vehicle mode, press the levers down and twist the hull – now High Tide is converted to mini-sub mode. The playset also includes a crane with rescue equipment, front storage hatch, and capture cage with trap door. The Rescue Rig is compatible with the Rescue Bots Rescan figures and mini-figures to ignite the imagination.
Also spotted were the super Bumblebee one step changer (similar in size to Stomp & Chomp Grimlock), a Bumblebee blaster gun that looks like a car, and a Decepticon Hunter sword.
That’s all we’ve got for confirmed news for now, but read on for rumors and speculation from an anonymous, but reliable, source.
**The following is rumor and should not be considered speculation until officially confirmed.**
Rumor has it that besides the already much-speculated upcoming releases of Takara Masterpiece Tracks and Masterpiece Ironhide, that we could see Tank Megatron, Ratchet, Shockwave, Blitzwing, and Galvatron.
That’s it for now… but if more news breaks at the UK Toy Fair, you’ll read it here first!
Were you unable to make the SacAnime convention at the beginning of January, or did you miss your chance to hear from Peter Cullen, the voice of Optimus Prime (and many many more?). Fear not, as YouTube reviewer Sean Long was not only present, but has also shared recordings of the two panels featuring the veteran voice actor (around 50 minutes each), and an interview with the man himself! They touched upon personal stories, his opinion on Transformers toys past and present, favourite Optimus lines, potential successors, and future projects, from Rescue Bots, Robots in Disguise, and NASA. Find them below for the full viewing.
To refresh your memory about Cullen and his importance to the franchise, check out fellow Seibertronian and voice actor jON3.0's introduction to the man behind the mask, also mirrored below, highlighting the life, career and achievements of one of the human Transformers icons alive.
For those in the Sacramento, CA and surrounding areas, PETER CULLEN along with John DiMaggio, Kyle Hebert and a dozen or so other voice actors/actors from various anime will be at SacAnime 2015 this coming weekend - January 2-4 at the Sacramento Convention and Sheraton Grand Hotel!
VIP tickets include a Meet & Greet with Peter Cullen along with an autograph, exclusive IDW Transformers comic and a reserved seat up front for the Peter Cullen Q & A panel hosted by Attack of the Show's Chris Gore!
Curious about what BotCon's Cybertron Most Wanted set theme is actually all about? Wondering just how much Guardians of the Galaxy has influenced every piece of scifi fanfiction out there? Read on below to find another tweet with added information about it all, and a way to preview the accompanying 2015 comic!
In the city of Axiom Nexus, in a Universe where Autobots and Decepticons from across the Multiverse co-exist peacefully, a group of renegades operate off the grid, using deception, schemingand a hint of thievery to both survive and to further their own ambitions. However after the Transtech, the guardians of Axiom Nexus, are unable to stop an extra-dimensional threat, these outlaws will soon find themselves as Cybertron's last hope of survival!
With a peculiar choice of timing, as a lot of people not in the US are probably still/already celebrating the arrival of the New Year, the official BotCon Twitter account and the official website have 'revealed' this year's theme for the convention exclusive set. It looks like you'll be hunting for Cybertron's Most Wanted in 2015 - a set of supposedly five figures nicknamed The Thief, The Muscle, the Loose Cannon, The Bounty Hunter and The Boss!
Windbreaker has never met a joke he didn't like, and of course, fart jokes are his favorite of all. Nicknamed "SBD" (Silent But Deadly), Windbreaker is very popular among his allies. His jokes keep his comrades loose on the battlefield, and entertained when off duty. Windbreaker is a lover of anything that can be called retro, so much so that he upgraded his alt mode to a classic 1970's Trans Am and installed a record player and a mini disco ball. Can often be seen speeding down the highway at night, his disco ball shining through his windows. Tends to overuse some classic words and phrases, especially exotic terms for, and relating to, flatulence; "Barn-Burner," "Booty-bomb," "Fire in the hole," etc.
In robot mode Windbreaker carries an incendiary acid rifle whose explosive blasts can dissolve the strongest materials on contact. In vehicle mode, the noxious fumes given off by his malfunctioning catalytic converter can interfere with other bots targeting systems and incapacitate most organic life forms. Windbreaker is among the fastest of all Dairycons. On flat terrain his speed can even create a sonic boom...of sorts...disorienting his enemies and occasionally his allies.
Human allies have been known to faint or feel lightheaded in close proximity to Windbreaker. His robotic brethren often disable their olfactory sensors around him due to his catalytic converter problem, leaving them vulnerable to certain types of chemical attacks that they would otherwise detect. His disco ball occasionally gives away his position during battle. Calling out different code names for his 'lethal weapon' don't always win him friends. "Hey! I got yer Target-Moo-ster right here!"
WOW! This is definitely a toy 15 years in the making! Only DAIRYCON could have brought you this!
Something that somehow passed unobserved by a lot of us - a chance to meet and get an autograph by Peter Cullen, the legendary voice of Optimus Prime, recently awarded the Walk of Fame handprint recognition. If you're in the Sacramento area, on the weekend of 2nd-4th January, head along to SacAnime, but don't forget to pre-book your signing session right here.
SacAnime welcomes Peter Cullen (The voice of the Transformers’ Optimus Prime and Winnie the Pooh’s Eeyore) to our SacAnime Winter 2015 show. He will be participating in several panels and doing a VERY LIMITED number of autographs.
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We wish you and your family happy and safe Holidays as well as a Happy New Year. Remember, please don't drink and drive! If you have a moment in between holiday festivities, please swing by the Energon Pub to say hi and have a few Energon drinks with us!!!
As always, here's a special annual treat for all of you ... check out several different old school Marvel UK Transformers Christmas-related comic stories here to put you in a little bit more of the holiday spirit.
At the Toy Soul 2014 convention, WIP Department Facebook has taken some images from the Kids Logic figures currently on display. While most of the figures displayed we have seen before like both G1 and AoE Optimus Prime, Gold Megatron and Starscream, there were a couple new prototypes on display. The images reveal both G1 Devastator and Age of Extinction Grimlock prototypes.
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