Thanks to fellow Seibertron staffer jON3.0 we get a small glimpse behind the curtain where we get to see a bit of the magic that helps bring our favorite characters to life. In this video it shows Optimus Prime himself, Peter Cullen, recording lines for both toys and what seems to be some possible dialogue snippets for a video game, or perhaps another Optimus Prime toy helmet.
Helping to process and finalize Mr. Cullen's work is Rick Sellers, whom we've reported on twice before, which you can read here and here. Along with him this time is Wes McCraw of Creekside Audio in Norton Ohio, where Mr. Sellers does most of his voice work for Hasbro products.
We will soon see what this recording session will create once Age Of Extinction toys and tie-ins hit retail on May 17th.
Let us know what you think! Speculate and comment in the thread by clicking the discussion link above.
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The BotCon 2014 team have updated their website with information about the first three guests for this year's event, namely: Susan Blu (G1 Arcee), Hal Rayle (G1 Dinobot Snarl) and Michael McConnohie (G1 Tracks). Read their full profiles here!
02/28/2014 - This year’s show is going to be on amazing event and you will find everything you need to know about the show here at BotCon.com! Over the next few weeks we will be releasing all the info you need pertaining to this 30th anniversary celebration that you won’t want to miss! First up, we are pleased to announce our first three guests: Susan Blu (G1 Arcee), Hal Rayle (G1 Dinobot Snarl) and Michael McConnohie (G1 Tracks). For a complete look at ALL of their Transformers character credits, be sure to click the GUESTS link along the left side of the page! Stay tuned. So much more news, toy reveals and show information to be announced!
Takara designer Shogo Hasui has once again taken to Twitter, this time to tease the upcoming Masterpiece figure MP-21 Bumblebee! It's only a silhouette of the prototype, but Hasui has stated that more information will be revealed shortly, as the 'ban on imformation will be lifted'. Check out the image below, and Hasui's comments (via adapted machine translation)!
As the launch of the MP-20 Wheeljack is confirmed, the whole picture will be gradually revealed! The people in charge of development will be lifting the ban on information soon. The photograph is a silhouette of the prototype. Please forward to the follow-up of this place by all means. # TT_TF
Thanks yet again to voice actor DC Douglas, we now know that the third season, confirmed by Hasbro at Toy Fair 2014 to feature the new dinosaur modes for the main cast, including Optimus Primal, is currently recording - and Levar Burton is part of it! Check out the Vine here. The season should air towards the end of 2014, still according to Hasbro.
Quick update to last week's statement from Titus Welliver. In an interview with Nerdist he stated that Transformers: Age of Extinction was, "not a kids movie". We have received and statement from Paramount Pictures Publicity Department to clarify Mr. Welliver's previous comments. See below:
Titus misspoke and released the following statement to clarify his comments: “I misspoke in my last interview when I said that Transformers 4 was not a kids movie…what I meant was that this film, will in fact expand their target audience and bring in a bigger fan base. Following the huge success of Transformers and their toy line, it is certainly a kids movie and with the addition of Mark Wahlberg, Transformers 4 will be the coolest in the franchise.”
Artists on Robots in Disguise and Dark Cybertron, and a lot more, Andrew Griffith has popped by to let us know he will be attending the Emerald City Comicon, March 28-39, Seattle. He'll be there all three days, signing autographs, selling sketches, prints, and published work he has worked on! Joining him is also concept artist Ken Christiansen, contributor to the Covenant of Primus and Transformers: Legends. Check out the convention site here!
WELCOME TO EMERALD CITY COMICON
We are the premier comic book and pop culture convention in the pacific northwest! Check out the site to find the latest on everything ECCC, including lists of guests, exhibitors, artists, schedules, gaming and events! While you're here, don't forget to check out our original webcomic, Tales From The Con, all the photo galleries from years past and much, much more!
A while back, we posted some unofficial personal sketches by Ken Christiansen, one of the artists on the Covenant of Primus. With a couple of days between then and now, see below for some more work by Ken, this time with his own personal notes on Nexus Prime and final pencilwork for both Micronus Prime and Alpha Trion. Check out his Facebook page for your chance to own one of the original pieces, too!
It may look ridiculous, but this is how I keep notes on art. But, it's pretty effective for me. I must have sketched out the Alpha Trion and Micronus in early 2010 - on my own, after I learned Takara was going to do them - but the idea stuck with me for almost four years, before I got around to it.
And I forgot that I promised to post the 'notes' for Nexus Prime. Well, there it is...wanting to showcase the alt forms, though they would be alien versions.
Incredibly sloppy and simple, but it works for me.
Alpha Trion and Micronus Pencils - NOT actually in the Covenant of Primus
Again, this is just my personal interpretation of the characters I did NOT get to do - I did nearly all, and it's bugged me that I didn't get to complete the set. I'm sure some completionist collectors can relate.
And this isn't a dig at the Takara designs, they did a wonderful job, and their work is the official versions of these characters.
It took me nearly 4 years to get around to drawing them, let's see how long it takes for me to render them out like the rest...
Continuing in the build-up of teases for the new run of IDW Publishing's More Than Meets the Eye, with issue #28 hitting stores in April, regular series artist Alex Milne has tweeted his concept image for the new Autobot Megatron! Check out the mirrored image below.
The ever-teasing James Roberts, writer for More than Meets the Eye and currently Dark Cybertron along with John Barber, has tweeted a couple of teasers about the upcoming 'second season' of MTMTE.. as well as a cast addition to the Lost Light. The teaser includes the tagline to the overall arc starting with issue #28 (due April) - Let's Make this Precious - and the song to accompany it, embedded below. As for the character, keep on reading..
The tagline for MTMTE Season 2 (from April, w/#28) is: Let's Make This Precious
Courtesy of the Snakas blog from Autobase Aichi, we are able to get a glimpse of a feature from issue 193 of Figure King, in which Takara Designer Shogo Hasui reveals some elements of the upcoming Transformers Masterpiece Wheeljack figure. Read on below for an attempted translation of the original, found here.
(The article also lists other highlights from the magazine, including a special Tomy licensed Transformers iPhone 5 case).
* The interpretation of Wheeljack's transformation was rather 'arcane' (new? innovative?).
* "Structure of the head and waist became great way stuffing"
* The removable shoulder cannon can be installed in the vehicle mode roof.
* The hand gun can be stored in the figure's 'underbody' (?).
* The wings on the robot's back are transformable, and do not need to be removed.
* Thansk to the Tomica branch of the company (model cars), the licensing was a lot easier to negotiate with car manufacturers.
* Color of the car mode is faithful to the actual vehicle. On the other hand, the robot mode colors are closer to the cartoon.
* Thanks to the sale numbers for MP- Lambor to Streak, they were able to add new parts to Smokescreen, and Wheeljack was developed without having to consider repurposing.
* The first three realistic cars of the Masterpiece line were supposed to become 'super cars'.
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