Continuing the slew of video reviews from the first wave of Transformers: Age of Extinction toys, Seibertron.com user Fires_of_Inferno has alerted us to another one on YouTube. Check out below a new deluxe Autobot character, the seemingly trigger-happy Crosshairs, and his green 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7 alt mode, courtesy of reviewer allanmonster111.
In addition to last week's reveal about the biggest Transformers Collector's Club exclusive figure for the upcoming Pasadena BotCon, the official Twitter account for the event has revealed the jet mode for Scorponok and Olin Zarak - as was expected, given that the figure is a redeco of Energon Scorponok. The image is apparently an in-hand shot with tweaked colours, and it also reveals that the Olin figure cannot fit in the closed cockpit. They also posted a second image, showing Olin outside of the vehicle itself. Check them both out below!
Seibertron.com staff admin El Duque has spotted a very interesting article on his hounding travels, from the games section of VentureBeat, a tech and business news blog. The site had a chat with Jagex chief executive officer Mark Gerhard, and they talked about various topics, some of which have been previously reported, such as the Decepticon-Autobot disparity and the gameplay style - make sure you head to the official Seibertron.com thread for the game for more!
In other news, however, Gerhard has an intriguing point about their collaboration with Hasbro. Read on below!
Jagex has created all the original Transformers featured in the game — such as Duststorm, Firebreaker, and Showdown — from scratch, working closely with brand owner Hasbro.
“The IP [intellectual property] has been going for the last 30 years,” said art director Gerard Miley, pointing out that Jagex was free to draw on the entire range of Transformer generations for inspiration. “Universe is a key word,” he added, while also noting the key influence of the Transformers Prime animated television series. “The DNA of Prime is in our game,” he said.
Hasbro has no Transformers manual to use when creating a new bot, “so it’s really just studying the visual language of it,” said Miley. “Using clever shapes and a little bit of trickery to get the transformations working.”
Working so closely with Hasbro has yielded some great cross-promotion opportunities for Transformers Universe.
“It’s been a tremendous relationship,” said Gerhard. “They’ve been really blown away by how we’ve paid homage to the brand.”
With that in mind, Gerhard told me that Hasbro “has taken a number of bots we’ve created and turned them into a toy line.”
The toys won’t interact with the game, as we’ve seen with titles like Skylanders and Disney Infinity, but their presence on toy store shelves will be a great boost to the Transformers Universe brand as well as vindicating the quality of Jagex’s original Transformer designs.
While Hasbro itself is “superkeen” to promote the game on this toy line, Gerhard is wary that most of the people who buy the toys are quite young. He wants the game itself to be well received within the industry and with older gamers before leveraging the “extra footfall” that the toy line would create. “I think it’s a fantastic enhancer,” he said.
While this is the first official confirmation we have about a Universe game-based toyline, it does not come as that much of a surprise - after all, we've already seen some odd bolts cropping up in the Transformers: Prime (RID) line. Remember them?
As other members of staff have also pointed out, the game has been in development limbo for ages, and we've heard and seen from one of its concept artists previously too, with clear Prime-esque concept designs too. You can read the whole interview here - and make sure to leave your thoughts in the Energon Pub!
Courtesy of Ace's Weblog we have some in-hand images of the Transformers Generations Legends Class figures Skrapnel with Reflector and Tailgate with Groundbuster. The images include some nice comparison shots with their G1 counterparts. Click here to visit Ace's Weblog for additional images and written reviews of these highly anticipated figures.
Big thanks to our friend Captain N for letting us know that Shout! Factory has listed a new Transformers Generation DVD, Roar of the Dinobots. The DVD features six classics Dinobot adventures from Sunbow Productions original Transformers cartoon series. The DVD will release on July 8th with a $9.99 price point. Check out the product details and cover below:
“We Do As Told…For Now.” – Grimlock
Thirty years ago, audiences around the world were introduced to the ultimate anti-heroes, the mighty Grimlock and his Dinobots: Sludge, Slag, Swoop and Snarl! Together, they can fight for good against the evil Decepticons or revolt against their fellow Autobots. Either way, the Dinobots are guaranteed to be great fun! Find out for yourself with six of the greatest Dinobot adventures of all time, right here in one special single-disc collection!
Discs: 1 Format: NTSC
Video region: Region 1
Now up for preorder - Feral Rex's - Tigris! With early bird pricing save $15 up until May 1st! The latest creation from Mastermind Creations is R-06 Tigris! Combines with the other 4 FERAL CONS to form the awesome FERAL REX! Gestalt is 32cm (12.6") tall (roughly the same height as Hercules) from feet to head exclusive of kibble. Note: Pictures are of a prototype, final product will vary. Preorder yours at TFsource here:
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Now Up for Preorder - MP-18 - Masterpiece Bluestreak - Exclusive Edition! This is a limited edition MP-18 Bluestreak Exclusive figure. Colors are unknown at this time, but will be updated once revealed. Preorder here:
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Now up for preorder - MP-14 Masterpiece Red Alert - 2nd Production Run! No info if this piece will vary from the first at all, most likely it will be the same. Available late in 2014! Preorder yours at TFsource here:
After a bit of a delay we now have instock the Guilty Punishment add-on kit for MP-17 and MP-18! This kit includes a lot of cool bonus parts for your Masterpiece Prowl & Bluestreak including an antenna add-on for Prowl! We hope to have some in-hand pics of this set up shortly. Instock at TFsource here:
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New Preorders up - Dr. Wu Hammers - Blue & Black versions! These are limited to 300 pieces each. We hope this means Dr. Wu will finally release their Full Gear & Xmas specials soon! Preorder yours here:
Now up for Preorder - Before and After Six Sigma US & Japanese versions! Colored to go with either the US or Japanese TG 23 metroplex (sold separately) the US version features black arms, the Japanese red arms. Can be disassembled to form weapons and add-on parts for Generations Metroplex! Set for a March/April release date, preorder yours today! Preorders up here:
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We've recently posted scans of the instruction manual for Scoria on Facebook. Make sure to check it out on our Facebook page! We are nearing closer to the release of this highly anticipated figure, so preorder today:
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_____________________________________________ 8. Now up for preorder - Microblaze Creations - MBC002 Military Titans!
Special Early Bird Promo - Save $10! This great Bruticus upgrade kit includes parts for not only the combined Bruticus, but the individual bots as well. The first release will also include the replaceable mask for berserk mode, not included with any future releases. Be sure to check out all of the amazing pictures on the site of what all comes with this set! Great news - FREE Premium/SDCC color version foot replaceable parts will be included with all early bird preorders for Microblaze creations Military Titans! Preorder yours at TFsource here:
Now up for preorder - Unique Toys Soundmixer! Fully transformable, figure stands 17CM/6.7" tall, approximately the same height as MP-17. Soundmixer's weapon parts actually become a cassette! We've just received an early sample of Unique Toys Soundmixer in our warehouse! Check out the photos of this piece on our Facebook page and preorder this soon to be released figure on TFsource here:
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Now Instock! Fansproject - Causality M3 Crossfire Intimidator - Full Set of 5! This listing isn't for a giftset, but a complete set of all five figures! It's at a slight discount compared to the individual listings and get FREE US shipping/reduced international shipping in checkout! Order at TFsource here:
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Fellow Seibertron.com members Fires_of_Inferno and mooncake623 have kept their eyes peeled on Vangelus' YouTube channel, as two more reviews have been uploaded: Transformers Age of Extinction Dinobots Scorn and Slug. Scorn is a red Spinosaurus in dino mode, while Slug is a big purple Triceratops, and both feature fairly knightly looks in robot mode! Check out the embedded reviews below.
We have seen a lot of this information before, especially directly from the Seibertron.com reporting from Toy Fair 2014 in New York - but now fans in Brazil, thanks to fellow fansite Transformers Dioramas also get their share of the dino/robot cake! Check out below some of the images from the ABRIN/2014 event, featuring most of wave 1 (Deluxe, voyager and Leader class) of the Transformers: Age of Extinction figures and some pretty neat display art - and head here and here for more.
The Ragin Nation Facebook page has shared official photos of the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction Platinum Edition Optimus Prime & Grimlock set. The set features the Voyager Class Evasion Mode Optimus Prime and Voyager Class Grimlock. In addition to the snazzy collectors style packaging complete with opening display flap, each figure has chrome applications compared to their mass retail releases. Check 'em out below:
First Sunday of a new month! It looks like Spring is bringing some bigger works out of the soil, with the majority of Transformers customs in Seibertron.com's Transtopia section featuring combiners - including some papercraft stuff, too. Make sure to check out artwork, prose fiction and photocomics as well, everyone involved on our creative side works really hard. Read on!