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The Ark: another new TF book from IDW featuring animation models

Transformers News: The Ark: another new TF book from IDW featuring animation models
Date: Wednesday, December 13th 2006 1:16pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Media
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Jim Sorenson

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We just received a message from Jim Sorenson about an upcoming book that he's working on for IDW called "The Ark".

From: Jim Sorenson
Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2006 1:14 PM
To: News Staff
Cc: Seibertron
Subject: News & Rumors: New TF book coming out

Thought you'd be interested - I've signed a deal with IDW to produce a book of Transformers animation models. It's called The Ark and will be shipping in late May 07. ISBN: 1600100805. The scope is the US cartoon, 1984 - 1987 with a possible 2nd volume covering Japanese material and US commercials from 1988 - 1990. Don Figueroa has done the cover.

The News Staff will be sure sure to provide you with more details as information becomes available.

Victory UK DVD Release Update

Transformers News: Victory UK DVD Release Update
Date: Monday, December 11th 2006 5:22am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Media
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s):, Metrodome

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Metrodome has posted the following update on their message board regarding their upcoming UK DVD release later this month of the thirds Japanese G1 cartoon arc Transformers: Victory.

"Welcome to the Transformers AV podcast of the opening episode to Transformers Takara Collection Vol 3 – Victory, presented in its original Japanese language with all new subtitles from Jordan Derber.

To download the episode you’ll need a pc or mac and itunes (free to download from

We’ll be posting the episodes in five segments over five days – with the first going live on Monday 11th December, and the next four parts going live day by day.

A broadband connection is highly recommended, unless you’ve got the patience to let 20mb files download through a dial-up connection.

It’s very simple to get the podcast – once you’ve downloaded itunes you can just click on this link: t?id=208000532

Alternately you can click on the iTunes Store section of the itunes and search for Transformers. Our podcast is listed as being available from Metrodome.

The podcast is of course just a taster to the full 4 disc Victory boxset released in full on December 26th!

Happy downloading!


Earlier, Metrodome also posted pictures of the packaging of the Victory box on their message board, which you can find here

New York Supreme Court: TF composer sues Sunbow and BMI

Transformers News: New York Supreme Court: TF composer sues Sunbow and BMI
Date: Friday, December 8th 2006 12:04pm CST
Categories: Movie News, Press Releases, Media
Posted by: Seibertron

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December 7, 2006, Carmel, NY

After six years of grueling litigation and four appeals which were won by her in 2006, the composer of the well-known Transformers Theme, The JEM Theme and feature songs from the JEM TV SHOW, and several other American, pop culture musical themes and songs originally composed in the 80’s for HASBRO Toys and Entertainment Properties, is finally getting her days in Court at trial in a tiny courtroom in New York Supreme Court in Carmel, NY. Anne Bryant, the composer, is seeking to recover an accounting of and payment of both performance and publishing royalties she claims should be paid to her from the producer-publisher, SUNBOW PRODUCTIONS, NY [which is now owned by its parent company LOONLAND AG, Germany] for millions of CD, VHS and DVD sales and licenses which she says use her music without paying her the royalties she says she is owed. On the eve of the December 4th trial, Bryant says she suddenly received a small check from TV Loonland for "music royalties" but Bryant says, although it is an admission of responsibility, it is a mere drop in the bucket.

The composer is also suing her performing rights society BMI claiming among other things that it allowed changes to be made to her song catalog without her authorization.

According to Bryant, the long road to trial began when she discovered that her 100% composer’s share of the hugely valuable Transformers Theme music had been reduced to a small fraction in her BMI writer’s catalogue. BMI’s counsel, Judith Saffer argues that it is not possible for BMI to police the catalogues of its many affiliated writers because they have no way of knowing if the new registrations they accept for the same title are accurate. In Saffer’ view, it’s up to the BMI writer to bring a court action against another writer if there is an infringement. Bryant says that BMI’s stated position is to remain neutral but then asks why BMI would not protect its writers by at least checking with the original registrant when a song with the same title is later presented for registration. "Others are being unjustly enriched by my music," says the composer. "It appears to me that BMI writers cannot expect their works to be safeguarded by BMI"- a performance rights organization that represents more than 300,000 affiliated songwriters, composers and publishers. The composer also claims that because of BMI’s laissez faire position, these corrupted registrations have diminished her writer’s royalties across the board, finding their way into her SONY ATV catalogue, after Sunbow passed on the altered publishing catalogues to the mega-publisher. Bryant also claims that she is not given credit for her songs in three newlyproduced Transformers television series airing on The Cartoon Network.

The composer hopes to be made whole for the millions of dollars in back royalties due to her since 1994 for her many valuable themes. And with the DreamWorks TRANSFORMERS LIVE ACTION MOVIE [#1] scheduled for release on July 4, 2007, she also seeks to secure her professional screen credits, in the event that the Dreamworks movie uses her theme.

Bryant has been represented by Patrick J. Monaghan of Monaghan, Monaghan, Lamb & Marchisio a small New Jersey and New York firm. Monaghan has represented and won settlements in the past on behalf of the former managers of the artists Meat Loaf and Billy Joel in separate cases. Sunbow is represented by Gloria Phares, Esq. a partner in the New York law firm of Patterson, Belknap, & Webb. BMI is represented by its in-house counsel Judith Saffer, Esq. Bryant says she will sue anyone who is using her music without authority. "The Transformers best days are yet to come," she says. "I look to the Court to achieve justice and secure accurate royalty accountings and payments to me in the future." I have faith in the American judicial system and I am not going to be cowed into submission by a huge corporation with millions to spend on lawyers.


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  • Sony Gives Thanks to the Fans

    Transformers News: Sony Gives Thanks to the Fans
    Date: Wednesday, December 6th 2006 4:47pm CST
    Categories: Company News, Media
    Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s):

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    SONY BMG Music Entertainment has thanked the fans who contributed to the recent Transformers: The Movie - 20th Anniversary Special DVD release in their latest news letter. The following has been taken directly from their news letter.

    "December 6, 2006

    Happy Wednesday!

    We wanted to take the opportunity to thank every fan who contributed to the success of this DVD - on December 2nd, we debuted on the Billboard DVD Charts at #10!

    Don't forget to download your bonus TRANSFORMERS cell phone wallpaper, accessible through the DVD exclusive site! There are also three additional cell phone wallpaper designs that you can purchase - get Optimus Prime, Hot Rod and Unicron for your phones!"

    Teletraan-1 Makes the Top 10 Movie Servers List

    Transformers News: Teletraan-1 Makes the Top 10 Movie Servers List
    Date: Friday, December 1st 2006 7:17pm CST
    Categories: Cartoon News, Media
    Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): diablien, Vibrant Technologies, and

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    Our own diablien has brought some interesting news to our attention. Vibrant Technologies, a company that sells computer servers, has made a list of the Top Ten computer servers that have appeared in Movie. Teletraan-1 is on the list with the likes of MCP from Tron and The Source from The Matrix. To see the entire top ten list click here.

    UK DVD updates from Metrodome

    Transformers News: UK DVD updates from Metrodome
    Date: Monday, November 27th 2006 5:53pm CST
    Categories: Company News, Media
    Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s):

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    In a communication from Metrodome to several Transformers sites, the following updates were revealed to us. The third Takara box of the series Transformers: Victory is on course to be released on December 26th. A podcast of the first episode of Victory is expected to be put online on their TransformersDVD Board late December.

    The release of the UK version of the 20th Anniversary special of Transformers: The Movie has been pushed back to a May 2007 release date. This version will be remastered straight from the negatives to a PAL conversion. The movie will be presented in a widescreen format and will not use the same soundtrack on the movie that was used in their previous 2005 release of Transformers: The Movie - Reconstructed, which contained several errors. Chris McFeely, who has done commentary on the HeadMasters, MasterForce and Victory boxes, will be consulting in all the material to make sure this DVD release will be the best release to date.

    According to the TransformersDVD site will also be updated and relaunched next year.

    Transformers Movie Shoot Leaves Positive Mark on Alamogordo

    Transformers News: Transformers Movie Shoot Leaves Positive Mark on Alamogordo
    Date: Saturday, November 25th 2006 4:34pm CST
    Categories: Movie News, Media
    Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s):

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    Alamogordo Daily News has posted an article on their site in regards to the positive result the movie crew left on the town while they were shooting the Transformers Movie. According to the article $1 million dollars of the budget was spend on the shoot. But the presence of the crew invested a total of $5.5 million of extra income to the town.

    "Carr said the "Transformers" people spent money at a variety of venues. They ate out at local restaurants, stayed in Alamogordo hotels and bought set construction materials locally. Additionally, the crew rented equipment and hired local companies to build sets.

    "You name it. There is a whole litany of things they need," Carr said."

    Detailed Images of MP Megatron, Kiss Cassettes and Revoltech Convoy

    Transformers News: Detailed Images of MP Megatron, Kiss Cassettes and Revoltech Convoy
    Date: Friday, November 24th 2006 12:56pm CST
    Categories: Toy News, Media
    Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): stormrider

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    stormrider of our Energon Pub forums has posted many new and more detailed images from the latest Japanese Dengeki Hobby Magazine. Check them out below:

    Alt Mode Schematic
    MP Meg1

    Detailed pictures of Megatron
    MP Meg2

    MP Meg3

    MP Meg4
    MP Meg5

    MP Meg6

    MP Meg7

    MP Meg7

    MP Meg8

    MP Meg9

    New KISS Images




    Many new images of Optimus Prime Revoltech.






    Recent Masterpiece Megatron Articles translated!

    Transformers News: Recent Masterpiece Megatron Articles translated!
    Date: Friday, November 24th 2006 12:27am CST
    Categories: Toy News, Media
    Posted by: Alex Kingdom | Credit(s): stormrider

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    Thanks to stormrider of our Energon Pub forums for translating the three Masterpiece Megatron articles that appeared in the latest Japanese Hobby Magazines. Thw translation reveals the folloewing inforation about this much anticipated figure:

    The first image:The Headline roughly translates: The true king has returned

    As you know Megatron will be an oversized Walter-38 (no surprise there).
    He will be due out at the end of March, 2007. His suggested retail price is Y1,0290.
    His transformation will be explained in next month's issue of this magazine. (Unfortunately, I don't know the magazine's name, sorry :cry: ).
    At the very top, "Takara Land" is referenced.

    MP Megatron

    The second image:

    He will contain die-cast and plastic.
    He will stand 30 cm tall.
    (The other information is pretty much the same as above.)

    MP Megatron 1

    The third image:

    Gives background information about Megatron. For instance: Who is he? What is his history?

    MP Megatron 2

    Things that the articles do not discuss:
    Modification ideas
    The designers

    Update from Dengeki Hobby magazine

    In particular, Megatron will have a LED inside his fusion cannon. Also, Megatron's head is based on the Transformers "The Movie"

    Star Wars Transformers in top 5 of Must-Have Toys for Christmas

    Transformers News: Star Wars Transformers in top 5 of Must-Have Toys for Christmas
    Date: Tuesday, November 21st 2006 6:59pm CST
    Categories: Toy News, Media
    Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s):

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    It is that time of year again. K-Eye TV has done an expose on Family Fun Magazine's toy award for the Top 10 Must-Have Toys for Christmas, for kids aged 3 to 7. At the fifth place for this year the spot was taken by Star Wars Transformers. The video clip of this article in particular mentions the Chewbacca/Han Solo duo set.

    "And Star Wars is still hot with the kids. The Star Wars Transformers also made the top ten list. They're made by Hasbro and sell for $40. The Family Fun toy testers took Han Solo and Chewbacca and then transformed them into the spaceship, the Millennium Falcon. It has flashing lights and sound effects and lots of bending, folding, twisting and snapping that the young builders loved".

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