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The Science and Madness Behind Transformers Power Core Combiners

Transformers News: The Science and Madness Behind Transformers Power Core Combiners
Date: Saturday, September 18th 2010 7:10pm CDT
Categories: Editorials, Reviews, Site Articles, Toy News
Posted by: Anonymous. | Credit(s): Blurrz

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It's been a long day. You're sipping a cold beverage at BotCon 2011 in Pasadena, California. It's one of your favorite times of the year. Not only are you in Transformers heaven, but you've made your trip to the dealer room and unleashed your wallet to buy your holy grail. Now you're hanging with all your buddies from You make sure everyone's listening, when you ask the question 'What do you think of the Power Core Combiners? I love those guys!" Everyone around you halts what they're doing. Half of your friends start to scream, while the other half shake their heads in shame. Peter Cullen is even facepalming. The bartender kicks you out for causing the mess, and then... Woah. Let's hold on for a minute here. I'm here to make sure than none of this happens at BotCon 2011, to the person who asked the question, to the friends of that person. and especially Peter Cullen.

The line itself has caused a lot of anguish among Transformers fans the past few months. I've watched forum topics pass by and by. I've tried my best to get a grasp of the situation, and understand the opinions of my fellow collectors. Ultimately I land at the question - How has it come to this? We're in the 21st century, and we've got an entire toyline that's seemingly worse than Armada Side Swipe.


While I originally planned to do a review of the first wave of Power Core Combiners for, that's something that no collector needs. An essay formed from my single opinion is nothing compared to you going around, looking at photos of the figures or asking the general community of their opinion on a figure. It's really simple, toys are attractive to people because of their aesthetics. No one should be detered from buying a toy that they like from photos, because of one person's opinion. Especially not from a guy with hairy hands, playing around with a Transformers figure for 10:00 on Youtube with a low quality camera.

So what am I here to do? I'm here to convey the idea of Power Core Combiners. To let you know that it's more than just the toy, but also a movement. If you're not liking the sentence you just read, you probably might not want to read the rest of this article. You likely know me well already - I'm a crazed collector of Transformers: Armada, a Blurr fan, and I'm not exactly one to go along with popular trends. But no, this is not blind love for Power Core Combiners, it's a bit more like tough love. Whether you're laying the smackdown on these toys, or you love them to death, they're still just toys. And that brings us to the start of my discussion.


Toy. Toys. [toi]. Looking it up in the dictionary, obviously you'll find a definition. A bunch of English nonsense, but there's a key phrase - "for children or others to play with". I'm sure you've heard of this all before, but for those who haven't, Hasbro's target audiences are within the definition. The children, and others, which are us Transformers fans. While I wish that us Transformers fans were pushing Transformers in the direction we wanted to, it's just not there. Even if Jon Doe dishes out one grand on Transformers every month, a kid and their ever affectionate parents outnumber us. We humans just can't stop making babies. Then there's Live Action. The 2007 Transformers Movie did not only include explosions from Michael Bay, no, it exploded the Transformers into the stratosphere, and it's a fair guess to assume that alot of kids jumped on the bandwagon.

To the movie toyline in particular. Leading up to the years before it, Transformers was always a singular toy line. Everyone had to go through the disco colors of Generation 2, the clashy colors of Universe, and the cool to me, but probably not very cool to you, Transformers Armada. Now in recent years we've had collective lines sharing the Transformers name under Hasbro's brand. In 2008, there were Movie toys, Universe/Classics 2.0 and Transformers Animated. Respectively we designated the figures under the different sections of the Transformers fanbase, for the movie fans, for the faithful Generation One fans, and for the kids. But there's a big problem here. In no way should Transformers Animated should have been designated towards the children population. Yes, it was a morning cartoon, but the toys were intricate puzzles. They require a force and memory, things that some young children have yet to develop sufficiently. To top it all off, Transformers Animated probably had the worst quality control in the history of Transformers. Loose hands, sloppy paint application, basically the works. Not only is that a huge turn off for us Transformers collectors, but when a kid doesn't like, or can't even play with the Transformers toy, that opens a huge can of warms. The parent's likely going to deem Transformers for being too difficult for their son or daughter. And while the majority of some Animated figures were completely shoddy, it still was successful because of it being part of a cartoon! Fans had to complete the 'cast' or get the toy of their favorite characters. Even to this day, people are demanding figures for Animated characters that have yet to receive one!


Fast forward to 2010. It's the same as 2008 - Hunt for the Decepticons for movie fans, Generations for the G1 fans, and Power Core Combiners for the kids. I ultimately feel that Hasbro deemed that the Animated toyline was a failure, and in order for a 'kid toyline' to be successful, Power Core Combiners had to simplified. There's alot of playability, the line is really aimed for children...

..And just like Transformers: Animated and everything before it, the line has it's own cartoon! Hasbro's got the business down pact, a kid watches Huffer and his best buddy Caliburst blast down Smolder and Chopster. Then after the show's over, the young boy kindly asks his mother to take him to the toy store. Both figures are purchased so he can re-enact their battles all over the carpet floor. Wait.. something's not right there. Ah yes, I got it wrong. The kid buys a comic book, and sees Bombshock with the Combaticons, shooting down Skyburst and the Aerialbots.. Wait that's not right either.

Utterly Dumbfounded. It's been 3 months and I still can't get over the fact that Power Core Combiners has no connecting media. Not only is having no related cartoon for a major toy line breaking the trend, but having a toyline by itself is just silly to me. A single appearance in in Cyber Missions doesn't count either. Even reading Transformers Ongoing #11 got me interested in buying Generations Red Alert, Movie Firetrap (Brawn) and 2010 Takara Predaking. But for the PCCs - No toyline, no comics, no nothing. There's nothing to save this line if it's ratings fall. Compound this entire situation with the fact that the year 2010 yields no Transformers movie and no Transformers cartoon till Quarter 4 - I just see it's more likely for a child to be interested in Star Wars, Ben 10, or Iron Man. Even if a kid is a Transformers fan, I personally believe that the Movie line and Generations are alot more appealing than PCCs.

The last nine paragraphs have led to my conclusion of this situation - Transformers Power Core Combiners have purely been marketed out for children. Personally I believe that Hasbro is using this to test out if a kid-only toy line can suffice. I just don't see that this project is going to work well. An entire toyline made out of Activators wouldn't work either. Yes, maybe Power Core Combiners could work, but not at this time. Maybe in December, when it's Christmas time and toys are bought up more than fast food. Maybe next year, when Transformers 3 comes out and the Transformers buzz is back. But in the Summer of 2010, competing externally against Star Wars, Iron Man, GIJoe, and internally against Generations and Hunt For the Decepticons - PCC's at the bottom of the league, and they traded away their first round draft pick. I just don't see that there's any hope for this line.

Power Core Combiners have been engineered for younger fans, I just don't see how 21st Transformers Technology can make PCC 5-Packs look like antiques compared to their superior Generation One brothers. Is that wrong? Certainly not, I'm sure younger fans and children will enjoy these toys due to their low cost and for the reasons stated above. But to us, to the older fans, to the experienced, Seriously Hasbro? I can't even consider myself as old, but this line is a complete turn off to me - an Armada collector. These Mini-cons are a shadow compared to Targetmasters, Headmasters, and Armada Mini-cons. My fellow staff member Counterpunch, a man who collects almost everything, is flabbergasted at this line.

I can put words as to why this line was created, to how we got to this point, but I've got nothing in the English dictionary to describe these toys. So, Mamma Mia! I did say that with this article, I would make sure that no one would talk bad about Power Core Combiners at BotCon 2011. I'm sorry if I came off with the intention of making your opinion of these guys to be positive. No, just let your anger and hate out now.

~Blurrz News Crew reviews Stan Bush's new album "Dream the Dream"

Transformers News: reviews Stan Bush's new album "Dream the Dream"
Date: Wednesday, September 15th 2010 7:29am CDT
Categories: Media, People News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Delicon | Credit(s): Stan Bush

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Here at, Transformers is always going to be our main focus because frankly, that's what our site has always been and always will be mainly about. However, from time to time we're more than happy to venture "outside the box" so to speak and this is definitely one of those times. With that, here's our review of the latest album from Stan Bush, an artist who is well known to the majority of Transformers fans, but who is also someone whose music goes far beyond the world of Transformers.

Melodic Rock, a musical genre that defined much of the 70's and 80's has become an afterthought to some in today's society. Still, fans of bands like Foreigner, Kansas, Survivor, Journey and more continue to admire and appreciate that style to this day. Beyond the classic material, there are actually even some musicians who continue to keep pumping out fresh melodic rock. Stan Bush is one such example. While his name might not be quite as nationally recognized as some, Stan has been recording albums for decades now and his latest offering "Dream the Dream" might well be his best ever. For those of you not familiar with him, Stan is an Emmy award-winning singer-songwriter who is probably most known for his work on several 1980's soundtracks including the 1986 Transformers animated movie, Bloodsport and Kickboxer. One of his songs, "The Touch" has become a major cult hit over the years, having been written for Transformers but later also featured in the film Boogie Nights, on television in episodes of Chuck and American Dad and also as a downloadable track for the Guitar Hero: World Tour video game.

However, Stan's musical talents go far beyond one song, as "Dream the Dream" proves. I actually already own Stan's previous 2 albums, 2004's "Shine" and 2007's "In this Life" so I'm not exactly a stranger to his music. As I've said before, this may well be his best album yet. While I enjoy it, it's simply not going to be for everyone. If your cup of tea is Eminem or Beyonce, well this might not be the best choice for you. For pure melodic rock fans, it doesn't get much better than this. Before you get started, I'd advise cranking up the volume a bit as these songs tend to sound their best when they are played loud. Stan as usual sings his heart out on each and every song and the level of raw emotion that comes through with his vocals can't be understated. Being that they're mixed in with some hard driving guitar, outstanding keyboard work and extremely catchy drumbeats doesn't hurt, either.

I think what strikes me the most about this particular mix of songs though is the overwhelming optimism contained in so many of the lyrics. Too many songs these days seem to either be about shock value or life gone wrong, and it's very seldom you hear music these days with positive messages. The album title "Dream the Dream" is actually very fitting as most of Stan's messages in his lyrics center around things like love and hope and happiness. The title track itself is a great example of this but it's hardly the only one worth checking out. Other personal favorites include "I'm still here," "More than a miracle" and "The Touch: Sam's Theme."

I guess I should give everyone some background on "The Touch - Sam's theme." The original version of "The Touch" is always going to be Stan's signature song. Stan had re-recorded it for "In This Life" but had kept everything intact. However, in 2009 he went in a different direction with another version of "The Touch" that he released to coincide with the release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. It was entitled "The Touch: Sam's Theme" and was quite a departure from the original song. The whole feel of the song had been altered to the point where it now had more of a Linkin Park style. Well, not entirely Linkin Park because Stan had decided to have a rapper accompany him on this song. If you haven't heard it, I'd probably just advise not doing so. So, when I saw "The Touch: Sam's Theme" listed as the final track on this album, I have to admit I sort of groaned to myself. However, this time the rapper has been removed and Stan's lyrics and signing take center stage, and the end result is one of the best tracks not only on this album, but of Stan's career.

Overall I'd highly recommend this album to any Stan Bush fan, as well as fans of melodic rock or just those who enjoy positive and uplifting music. The best place to get "Dream the Dream" and many of Stan's other great albums is at his official website, The website has just undergone a major overhaul, also so it's definitely worth checking out. Also, sometime in the near future will be conducting an interview with Stan himself so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for that as well.

Congratulations Seibertron!

Transformers News: Congratulations Seibertron!
Date: Saturday, September 4th 2010 3:02am CDT
Category: Site Articles
Posted by: Anonymous.

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We are about to listen to some beautiful tunes, that of the holy matrimony variety. For over 10 years, has recieved millions upon millions of hits, all thanks to hundreds of thousands of Transformers fans. Of course none of this would be possible without Mr. Seibertron himself, Ryan. Today, September 4, 2010, marks a historic day for Ryan will tie the knot with his long time fiancée, Lori!

The staff of would like to thank Ryan for his contributions to the community, his never-ending maintenance of the website, and those beautiful galleries that we've all drooled over. While Ryan's accolades are astounding, we also can't forget to thank Lori. For keeping Ryan sane, and for supporting him all of these years, we salute you.

To both Ryan and Lori, congratulations! We wish you a wonderful wedding day, an ever better honeymoon, and as cliche as it is, a happy ever after.

Transformers Mosaic: "Remembrances."

Transformers News: Transformers Mosaic: "Remembrances."
Date: Tuesday, August 10th 2010 2:49am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Site Articles
Posted by: Mach | Credit(s): Richter

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The Universe of the Transformers is vast, and populated by many characters. Their universe is a large tapestry, made up of the stories and points of view of countless experiences that serve the larger whole.

These are some of those stories. This is:

It should be noted that while this project has been recognized by IDW Publishing and Hasbro, none of the works presented have been commissioned or solicited by either company. The stories are not official canon, except where noted. These stories are the result of Transformers enthusiasts taking the time out of their busy days to contribute to a universe they love. No one has been paid for the production of these stories.

For all Transformers news / updates / information, click here

Transformers Mosaic FAQ, click here

Franco Villa


Zac DeBoard

Special thanks to:
Peter Istyle
Gianluca Gamba
Davide "Red Alert" of


War For Cybertron PS3 DLC CONTEST - Which WFC Character Deserves a Figure?

Transformers News: War For Cybertron PS3 DLC CONTEST - Which WFC Character Deserves a Figure?
Date: Saturday, July 31st 2010 1:02pm CDT
Categories: Game News, Site Articles, Toy News
Posted by: Anonymous.

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Is it Arcee? Is it Slipstream? Activision/Step-3 were kind enough to send us five downloadable content codes for War For Cybertron, that we'll be giving away in a little contest. Sorry, PS3 owners only! The downloadable content contains five new characters, Scattorshot, Jazz, Demolishor, Shockwave and Onslaught, as well as two new Escalation maps and two new Multiplayer maps.

How is this contest going to work? As of now, we only have five War For Cybertron toys, two of them are already out - Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, while three have yet to hit retail - Megatron, Soundwave and Cliffjumper. We're asking you, Which of the following War For Cybertron characters deserves to have a figure in the Generations toyline? We're looking for a minimum three sentence paragraph, creatively explaining why your one chosen character should be in Generations. Simply post your paragraph in this thread, and you'll be entered into the contest. We'll be picking the best five responses! The characters eligible in this contest are ones that are playable in the game. They are listed below for your own convenience.

Air Raid


The staff of is looking forward to reading some interesting responses! - The Ultimate Transformers Resource!

New Toys From San Diego Comic Con 2010

Transformers News: New Toys From San Diego Comic Con 2010
Date: Thursday, July 22nd 2010 5:18pm CDT
Categories: Event News, Site Articles, Toy News
Posted by: Anonymous. | Credit(s): Supreme Convoy

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Views: 93,276's Coverage from the San Diego Comic Con 2010 starts with a little photo gallery from Hasbro's Display Area. These photos are from Forum Moderator Supreme Convoy, so give him your thanks the next time you see him!

To start the gallery off, there's an image of Transformers: Prime Optimus Prime if you have yet to see him. Following that are images of Transformers RPMs and related products, as well as Transformers memorabilia; backpacks, caps, etc.

We get a look at Masterpiece Grimlock and the Seacons, a handful of Hunt for the Decepticons box sets, and something new, a five figure box set named 'Megatron Rising'. It's composed of a repaint of the very movie-inaccurate ROTF Voyager Megatron, and four Constructicon Legends Class figures. We get a nice glimpse at Toys'R'Us second wave of Animated Exclusives, Ironhide and Rodimus Minor. These two are due in the Fall this year.

Next up is Transformers Generations and Movie Activators. Lastly the galleries are closed off with Power Core Combiners. We get a nice glimpse at the Wave 2 2-Packs, and the first glimpse at Wave 3 5-Pack, Stakeout with Protectobots.

Check out the gallery by clicking the photos below!


Keep it at for the latest Transformers news on the net! Reviews - Renderform's RF-002 Empyrean Espionage Upgrade Kit

Transformers News: Reviews - Renderform's  RF-002 Empyrean Espionage Upgrade Kit
Date: Sunday, July 18th 2010 12:18pm CDT
Categories: Site Articles, Toy News
Posted by: Mkall | Credit(s): Venksta,

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First off, who the heck is Renderform? Renderform is an operation that is run by one person,'s Venksta. Whether you know it or not, you've seen his work. He's done some stunning pieces of artwork that have been featured on some 3rd party sets such as BTSToy's Classics Prime Trailer. There probably isn't an upcoming 3rd party set that he doesn't know something about, but he's not divulging that inforation.

He's recently taken his artwork to a new level, making resin molds and casting parts and pieces for some iconic figures. Renderform features several in-progress images, such as weapons for Classics/Henkei Optimus Prime and Megatron, and a set that would turn Universe Blaseter into something slightly more desirable. Make no mistake though; he's got some neat stuff coming out, but he's a one-man operation; which means that sets will be very limited compared to stuff put out by the likes of FansProject and Impossible Toys.

Now that we've gotten the introductions out of the way, let's take a looksee at the kit itself. RF-002 is a kit that is meant to give Universe Skyfall a new head similar to G2 Skyjack. It also comes with some new weapons to beef up his firepower both in plane and robot mode. The kit is resin-based, not plastic so it has a slight rubbery feeling to it, but overall it feels very sturdy. Please note that any picture I could take would not be of good quality, thus I shall use the promo pictures from Renderform to spice this review up.

Contents: RF-002 contains two black rifles (or one or none depending on the set you want to buy), a new head which comes in two parts, and 2 visor colours; one is yellow that homages G2 Skyjack quite well and the other is a deep red colour, which adds a very sinister visage to Skyfall. If you are lucky enough, Venksta might have included an extra rifle, molded from clear red plastic. This weapon is of Lucky Draw rarity, so if you get one; cherish it.


Packaging: Venksta is a wonderful artist, however it is very pricy to get your art put on a box, for then you would have to put a plastic insert into the box that would hold all the items snugly and securely. All of that costs money, which is not a luxury a one-man operation has. Thus the packaging is a simple cardboard sleeve taped shut at the end. The items are all inside, further contained in a plastic sleeve. The head and visors are rolled up in bubblewrap to protect them. Everything is very snug and quite secure. There should be no damage caused by shipping unless your postal carrier is feeling nostalgic of the World Cup.

The Weapons: The kit comes with 2 long rifles. These rifles fit very smoothly into and out of Skyfall's hands. They also can attach into the hand-holes left visible in the jet mode so that Skyfall has side-mounted cannons. This method of attachment is very loose, at least it is on mine. One would have better results folding the hands out and attaching the rifles into the exposed fists, but it would lose some of the sleekness of the altmode. The guns have a hefty feel to them, and it's oddly satisfying holding a weapon of this size that doesn't fire a projectile. Its length is about the same as Skyfall's original weapon. As the kit is made of resin, there is a mold line that runs all around the weapon, however it's only really visible if you were to look at it in proper light, and even then it's not that bad at all. There are some very well-casted detailling, for examble the stock of the gun is seperated from the rest. The scope is probably my favourite part, but I've always had a soft spot for hunting rifles and sniper rifles. They just look cool. That isn't to say there aren't flaws. I was Lucky enough to get one of the red rifled, and I can tell that there was a small error in the resin casting aroun the stock of it, causing a shallow inverted bubble. It's noticible, but only if I care to look for it. It's a small imperfetion that I have no problems with whatsoever.


The Head: Someone once said that the face makes the man. I don't know if that's true or not, but it certainly makes the robot. The assembly process is very easy; remove screw, remove head, attach visor, attach head, insert same screw into new head. I'm not a mechanical genius by any stretch of the imagination, but if I can do it, then so can you. After looking at the yellow vs the red visor on the robot, I decided to use the red one. It's much darker and leaves a more sinister appearance. The back of the head is solid, so no ambiant light can illuminate the face; so if your collection room is darker, perhaps the yellow may be a better choice. In the end of course it's your choice. The head looks cool with detailing that shows some stubby antenne on the side and a nice crest and fine detailing around the "mouth" for lacok of a better term. Being resin however it's not a perfect fit. I had some initial trouble in getting everything to line up just right, and there's still a little seperation, but it's hidden behind an antenna, so it's fine. It also doesn't turn as smoothly as the previous head. It's a little loose to turn the 60 degrees around the front, and then tightens up if you want him to look over either shoulder. Possibly assembly error, possible molding error, I can't say 100% either way. The head looks nice, but I get the feeling that if I turn it too far either way, it may break. I also get the feeling that it may be the first thing to go should Skyfall take a spill. But it is resin, so it really should be left for display as much as possible. Overall the character change is very noticable and in my oppinion, this is quite an improvemnt.


The Other Thing: I've been asked not to talk about this until people start receiving it en-masse. But it is pretty neat.

Overall: It's simple and a very effective upgrade. It brings new life to a character that many collectors bought, admired, and then put on a shelf in the back. Is it perfect? certainly not. I'm sure if I looked over everything very closely I could find further miniscule flaws, but that can be done with any transformer that Hasbro and TomyTakara put out too, so that's moot. My final recommendation is that this is a very cool set, and should be purchased if you display your collection. If you play with it on a constant basis though, don't get it as I feel the head will not survive too much attention.

I think Venksta is going to do very well with this enterprise, he's going after small things that are his own design, and not large characters or obvious upgrades. He's going after a niche market of collectors and I get the feeling he doesn't want to get too popular, regardless of how cool we may think his designs are. That said everyone who wants that little extra flash in their collection should check out his site now.

Now to figure out who to give that red rifle too...

Transtopia Masterclass - Rolling Thunder Prime

Transformers News: Transtopia Masterclass - Rolling Thunder Prime
Date: Thursday, July 8th 2010 1:19pm CDT
Categories: Site Articles, Toy News, Transtopia
Posted by: Anonymous. | Credit(s): EnclineDesigns

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For Transformers customizers, it's about turning dreams into reality. From pencil to plastic, customizer Encline Designs has transformed Don Figueroa's defunct Rolling Thunder Optimus Prime art into a Transformers behemoth. From a non-transforming GI Joe figure to a 27" tall transforming masterpiece, we've watched Encline's project from it's very start. Now it's finally finished and he presents to us, perhaps the biggest Transformer ever made. If you have yet to see this, feast your eyes on Rolling Thunder Prime!


This baby ain't staying with Encline, so check out the figure's auction on Ebay!

Keep it at - The Ultimate Transformers Resource! interview with Jim Sorenson and Bill Forster, co-authors of the AllSpark Almanac II

Transformers News: interview with Jim Sorenson and Bill Forster, co-authors of the AllSpark Almanac II
Date: Thursday, July 1st 2010 4:30pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News, Interviews, People News, Site Articles
Posted by: Delicon | Credit(s): Jim Sorenson, Bill Forster, Savage

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Saturday at BotCon, Delicon and Savage of got the chance to sit down with Jim Sorenson and Bill Forster, the guys behind The Complete Ark and AllSpark Almanac books. Read the interview below to get the latest scoop on their upcoming book, the AllSpark Almanac II! How did you guys first get into Transformers?

Bill: I'd been into it as a kid, but I got out of it and more into comic books. I've known Jim since about 1990. He went to Japan for a while, comes back, and says "I got you a gift” it was Transmetal 2 Blackarachnia. It just completely sucked me in.

Bill's a big fan of sexy women. I knew that if I got him a Transformer that was hitting the sort of things he's into, removable cyberbras, that he'd come around. [laughs} I got in in 1984. I really liked Star Wars, Voltron, I'd been into that sort of show. Every year on my birthday, dad would take me into New York City and let me pick out robots. When I was 8, Transformers started coming out. The advertisements looked like the coolest thing. From there, I just never got out of Transformers. What made you think this might be something you could be involved with on a professional level?

Jim: I've always been interested in the character models, so I had a pretty large collection of character models going into 2005. I had a lot of them, so I decided to make a book out of it. I had no artistic talents, so I found Bill, and we made this pitch to IDW and eventually they bought it and we got to make the book. A little bit of passion and too much time on your hands. What books have the two of you done together?

Bill: First Ark, second Ark, and of course the Almanac books--the second one will be out Wednesday.

(Editor's note: "Wednesday" was yesterday, and the AllSpark Almanac II is now available!) What things are you most excited about in the new book?

Bill: We've expanded the universe a great deal, lots of new characters.

Jim: I'm most excited about expanding the scope of the book. The first book was basically just animation models. The second one is more textual, trivia, and information. In the third book, we basically embrace the fiction. The fourth book includes every character model from season three, and the last quarter of the book is a behind-the-scenes on how the cartoon and toyline are made, who the people are behind them.

Bill: It's a nice balance, we're being very creative and putting some journalistic skills to work. It has a very large scope.

Image Obviously, this book centers around the Transformers: Animated universe. As fans, what were your initial impressions of Animated?

Bill: Very Bruce Timm. It reflected his style. I was leery to see if Transformers would work in his style, but clearly it did.

Jim: It was similar for me, but the difference was that I thought “How are they gonna make toys that look like this?” But they managed, and they really captured the feel of this dynamic, unique, superheroey silhouette. I think a lot of the guys deserve the credit, guys like Eric Seibenaler. Animated was the first Transformers series designed initially for the US market, with no real plans for a Japanese release. Now that it's coming out in Japan, how successful do you think it will be?

Jim: I would imagine they would really embrace it. It embodies some of the heart and underlying spirit, or spark, of anime. There is a lot of movement and dynamic elements to it that I think they'll like. Jim, your blog, Disciples of Boltax has really developed a following amongst the fandom. What inspired you to start?

Bill: Jim's a workaholic, the blog gives him a daily project.

Jim: I usually find 27-28 hours a day, it helps that my other car is a TARDIS. I have lots of energy, so I need multiple outlets, and the blog is one of them. I also have great contributors, folks like David Bishop, Iván Mas, Monzo, Zobovor, and of course Bill Forster. Oh, Kurisama, the guy who did the Steelhaven cutaway in the book, just let me post some of his stuff to the blog. You should check it out! Well, we'll wrap this up and let you guys get rolling, but is there anything else you'd like to tell people about your book? Sell away, fellas!

Jim: You'd be hard-pressed to find a guidebook that has more love and more passion than Allspark Almanac II. So if you love Transformers, I think you'll find the book full of fun, humor, and of course great artwork from Bill, Matere, and lots of other artists. If you want to know how the cartoon and toyline came about, this book will tell you.

Bill: If you're familiar with the first book, this one is ten times better! would like to thank Jim and Bill for their time and wish them the best of luck with the sales of this book. As a reminder, it is now available on

Also, they will be having a book signing in Burbank, California on Saturday, July 3rd at 1:00 PM. Jim, Bill, Derrick Wyatt and Marty Isenberg will be signing autographs and giving out sketches at Emerald Knights, 4116 West Burbank Boulevard, Burbank, CA 91505, (818) 588-3631.

Full Version Of Fan-Made "TFA Spotlight: Rodimus Minor" Available For Download

Transformers News: Full Version Of Fan-Made "TFA Spotlight: Rodimus Minor" Available For Download
Date: Wednesday, June 23rd 2010 8:26am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News, Site Articles
Posted by: Mach | Credit(s): TFA Spotlight

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Recently we have brought you the 4-page preview of the fan made online comic "Transformers Animated Spotlight - Rodimus Minor".

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #126 - False Finish
Twincast / Podcast #126:
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Posted: Sunday, September 27th, 2015