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MP Grimlock's Scale

Transformers News: MP Grimlock's Scale
Date: Thursday, March 19th 2009 4:42am CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): AC Toys

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We finally have a picture with Grimlock's exact scale. 23 cm means he will be slightly taller than the MP Seekers. See the original post on AC Toys. http://www.actoys.net/bbs/read.php?tid-345040.html

MP Grimlock's Scale

New Images of ROTF Deluxe "Chromia" Bike

Transformers News: New Images of ROTF Deluxe "Chromia" Bike
Date: Wednesday, March 18th 2009 8:33pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Yizhi521, TF08.net

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Yizhi521 of TF08.net has posted some new images of the blue Autobot motorcycle figure from the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen toyline.

Unlike previous photos of this figure, these seem to be complete with a stand for keeping the figure upright in robot mode, as the "wheel-foot" would likely lead to balance issues.

The toy is currently being referred to as "Chromia" due to a listing on Amazon.jp.

See the images by clicking here.

New Images of ROTF Deluxe "Chromia" Bike

New Images of ROTF Deluxe "Chromia" Bike

New Images of ROTF Deluxe "Chromia" Bike

New Images of ROTF Deluxe "Chromia" Bike

Seibertron.com looking for official Hasbro images of TF products

Transformers News: Seibertron.com looking for official Hasbro images of TF products
Date: Wednesday, March 18th 2009 2:39pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Toy News
Posted by: Seibertron

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Hey guys,

I'm working on a massive redesign of the site's design as well as the overall structure. One of the new features I've programmed for the new site is an archive for all sorts of images (such as the G1 tech specs, the Japanese bio cards, box artwork, instruction books, etc.) One of the new sections I've built is an archive for the official Hasbro product images. Do any of you save the product images to your computers? I've got the product images from toy fair 2008 and 2009 but lost all of the ones I had been saving a couple of years ago when my computer crashed.

If you've been saving the product images, I'd love to add them to the Seibertron gallery archives. Please let me know what you've got and I'll be happy to add them to the archives here on Seibertron. I am looking for ANY product images that you might have as far back as you've got them. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

I'll also be needing some help with the other areas in the future, but right now my focus is with the product images since that ties into the toy sightings section as well.

If you are able to help in some way, please reply to this news post here or send an email to ryan@seibertron.com.

Please note that I am unable to use Box Artwork that was scanned by other websites (such as BotchTheCrab.com - a great resource by the way). I would also like to use official images that do NOT have watermarks from Seibertron.com's competitors (such as TFW, Tformers, etc). Hasbro, Botcon and Transformers Collector's Club watermarks are OK.

BigBadToyStore Newsletter Update

Transformers News: BigBadToyStore Newsletter Update
Date: Wednesday, March 18th 2009 11:22am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Sponsor News, Collectables, Store News
Posted by: DavidT | Credit(s): BigBadToyStore.com

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BigBadToyStore.com has sent out their latest newsletter update. The complete update is listed below. All the Transformer related items have been moved to the top of the list for those of you only interested in Transformers.


TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED LEADER SINGLES RESTOCK - ULTRA MAGNUS, BULKHEAD,
EARTH-MODE MEGATRON
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu ... egory=4711

TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED VOYAGER - SET OF SHOCKWAVE & SKYWARP
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail

TRANSFORMERS ACCESSORY BOTCON SALE
Impossibletoys.com has just offered us closeout pricing on their TF
accessory lineup. The first four Quintessons, Spike & Sparkplug, Energon
cubes, and Kremzeek figures are now only $9.99 to $19.99. Original
pricing was $24.99 to $44.99
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... letoys.com

JAPANESE HENKEI STRAFE EXCLUSIVE REVEALED
We now have images of the 'Credit Card' exclusive Strafe figure that will
be released in Japan this summer. Take a look here - limited preorders
remain:
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail

BBTS EXCLUSIVE UNICRON.COM ACCESSORY PACK #6 - ANIMATED
We are proud to present our latest exclusive - an awesome new accessory
pack created by Unicron.com for use with TF Animated figures! This set
contains 2 sets of Stasis Cuffs, 2 Magnet accessories for Ratchet, 1 TF
Animated Key, 1x Animated All-spark with Crystal Orb, and a sticker sheet.
This set will come packaged in a collector-worthy black box with pre-cut
foam inserts to cradle all the cool parts. Preorders are available at
$29.99, we will be shipping these out before Botcon and also will sell
them at the show for $30 + tax.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail




Hi - Here is a quick update from http://www.bigbadtoystore.com about a
variety of new preorders and more new arrivals:

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NEW PREORDERS:
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NEW BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT MOVIE MASTERS
We've just listed Mattel's next entries into the 6" scale Movie Masters
line. Several different case assortments as well as singles have been
listed for Jail Cell Joker, Proto-suit Batman, Harvey Dent (which may be
a slightly varied version from the first release. The link below shows
the most favorable assortment, a few other cases and singles are also
listed on the next menu level up.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail



GI JOE - BIG NEWS
We should have the green light to list some highly anticipated new GI Joe
items in the near future - stay tuned!!!


HOT TOYS MOVIE MASTERPIECE JOKER - POLICEMAN VERSION
A third version of the Joker will be produced by Hot Toys - the Policeman
Joker will feature a clean scar-faced joker with policeman disguise. This
figure is up for preorder at $149.99 - take a look here:
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail



HOT TOYS MOVIE MASTERPIECE 12" JOHN CONNOR
Another great looking entry in the Terminator Salvation line. They look
to have captured Christian Bale's likeness quite well and he comes with a
ton of weapons and gear. Sorry, F-bomb laden sound-chip not included.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail



BBTS IS NOW HOT WHEELS ELITE DEALER - FERRARIS, FERRIS BUELLER & MORE!
We now have access to the entire Hot Wheels Elite lineup - which includes
a huge variety of Ferrari and Lamborghini licensed cars. On top of all
the 'normal' amazing cars, they also have a variety of 'Star' Ferraris
used in movies including: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Italian Job, Bad
Boys 2 and more.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu ... &company=0


CLOAK & DAGGER 17" COMIQUETTE
Another beautiful comiquette from Sideshow - she stands around 17" tall
and is up for preorder at $164.99. Take a look at the statue here - its
worth consideration for any Marvel Statue collection:
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail



DC UNIVERSE INFINITE HEROES - NEW THREE-PACKS
We don't have any images yet, but a variety of new 3-packs and also many
singles have just been listed - take a look at the menus here for info:
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu ... 674&page=2



NEW TRIAD TOYS:
A variety of new items from Triad including Dead or Alive Josh Randall,
Gunn 4 Hire Tyrus Ebs, and a variety of 1/6 scale clothing and
accessories. Take a look at the full Triad lineup here:
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/comp ... 3&browse=1


EVANGELION - COOL GIRL KATSURAGI MISATO
Another nice new offering from Takara - the Cool Girl Katsuragi Misato is
a bit spendy at $224.99, but she's supposedly limited to only 700 pieces
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail



MOTU CLASSICS ZODAC
The Four Horsemen have done an amazing job with this entire line, and the
latest figure is now up for preorder at $34.99 - check out Zodac here:
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail



12" DAY OF THE DEAD - BUB
The 7" version of Bub has proven so popular that its a natural choice to
expand the line into 12" versions as well. Amok Time has done a very
nice job with the line so far, take a look at the new Bub figure here at
$57.99
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail



TOPPS MOVIE TARDING CARDS _ TRANSFORMERS II, STAR TREK
Topps will be releasing commemorative trading cards for the new
Transformers and Star Trek movies coming out this summer. We have
individual packs at $2.49 to $3.49 each as well as display boxes
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... ding+Cards


ADMIRAL ACKBAR LIFE-SIZED BUST
This is going to be one large bust - Ackbar always had a fairly beefy
head, and Sideshow is sure to do it justice with their new 1:1 scale bust.
Preorders are listed $30 below MSRP at $469.99
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail



HOT WHEELS 1:50 BATMOBILE CASES - G, H, J
Three new Batmobile assortments have just been listed at $52.99 each for
the case of 8 figures. Figures in these waves include: 1966 Batmobile,
1966 TV Series Batcycle, The Dark Knight Batmobile, 1989 Movie Batmobile,
Batman Begins Batmobile, Super Friends Batmobile and more.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... obile+Case



GARGOYLES GOLIATH STATUE
Another awesome statue from Bowen - the Gargoyles Disney statue stands
nearly 24" tall and is priced at $259.99
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail



NEW FLEXIDISPLAY STANDS
Flexidisplay has revamped their product and the new & improved stands are
now up for preorder. These stands work great for Macross Valkyries,
winged Transformers in robot mode, or any other ship in that size range
that you'd like to display suspended in air. Three sizes are available
here:
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu ... egory=3756


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NEW ARRIVALS:
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HALO 3 SERIES 4 SINGLES
McFarlane's latest line of figures looks great - single figures are in
stock for $11.99 - choose from Master Chief, Spartan EOD Red, Elite Combat
Tan, Spartan Soldier Security - Olive. Sets of 5 are currently on
backorder, but will fill very soon - $59.99 for the set.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu ... egory=4975


MARVEL SELECT ANTI-VENOM
The latest figure from Diamond Select is now in stock for $17.99. They
did a great job with this figure and its proven to be very popular so far
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail



MICROMAN SUPERMAN FIGURES
These figures were released much earlier in the decade and now they are
back! Superman, Supergirl and Cyborg Superman are in stock now between
$12.99 and $15.99
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... n+Superman


BLACK & WHITE JOKER STATUE
This new statue based on Jim Lee's Joker is now in stock at $62.99 - a
great classic looking Joker - take a look here:
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail



STAR WARS CLONE WARS TITANIUM 2009 WAVE 3 CASE, SINGLES
Another new assortment of Titanium figures from Hasbro has just arrived.
Check out cases & singles here:
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu ... egory=4936


ULTIMATE QUARTER SCALE HAN SOLO IN HOTH GEAR
Diamond Selects popular 1/4 scale series continues with the arrival of Han
Hoth. Han comes complete with fuzzy parka and all the other gear you'll
need to barely survive a night away from base.
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail



1/6 SCALE SUPERGIRL
DC Direct's latest 12" figure is in stock now for $74.99 - take a look
here:
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail



HASBRO RESTOCKS - GI JOE, TRANSFORMERS, INDY AND MORE:
Below is a list of Hasbro items that have recently been restocked - take a
look:



MARVEL MIGHTY MUGGS WAVE 5 CASE RESTOCK
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


MARVEL SUPERHERO SQUAD WAVE 12 SET RESTOCK
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail


INDIANA JONES WAVE 4 CASE, SET
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... es+Wave+04


GI JOE COMIC TWO-PACKS WAVE 8 SET, CASE
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/menu ... egory=4197


GI JOE VEHICLES WAVE 4
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/sear ... +Series+04



Thanks for your interest in http://www.bigbadtoystore.com and be sure to check
out some of the many new items mentioned above.

Thanks!

Joel & The BBTS Crew
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com


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G1 Optimus, 1 Meter Speaker Tower w/ USB Head

Transformers News: G1 Optimus, 1 Meter Speaker Tower w/ USB Head
Date: Wednesday, March 18th 2009 11:10am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Sponsor News, Collectables, Store News
Posted by: DavidT | Credit(s): BigBadToyStore.com

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BigBadToyStore.com now has pre-orders for G1 Optimus Prime 1 Meter Speaker Tower with USB Head created bvy a company call "Most Wanted". The description says:

Optimus Prime Head with Built-In USB-Powered Speakers mounted on 1 Meter Body Statue.

This is scheduled for release sometime in July 2009 and is priced at $424.99. Check it out by clicking the link below:

http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/prod ... ode=retail
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More Images of TItanium Hot Zone

Transformers News: More Images of TItanium Hot Zone
Date: Wednesday, March 18th 2009 10:08am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Auctions
Posted by: Nekoman | Credit(s): eBay

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An eBay auction has surfaced featuring two more images of the upcoming Target Exclusive Titanium Hot Zone, who we first saw here. These new images feature the back of the box, but unfortunately the image is too small to read his bio. To view the auction, click here.

More Images of TItanium Hot Zone

More Images of TItanium Hot Zone

In case you are unfamiliar with the Titanium line, why not check out our own Titanium galleries in the Gallery Section. There you'll also find Titanium Optimus Prime, who this figure is an redeco of.

In Package Images of Marvel Crossover Combiner of Spider Man / Iron Man

Transformers News: In Package Images of Marvel Crossover Combiner of Spider Man / Iron Man
Date: Wednesday, March 18th 2009 7:37am CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Arlin

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More in package images have appeared on TheArker.com of the Marvel Crossover super bomber figures of Spider Man and Iron Man we reported here.. The mini gallery includes a good pic of the character bios located on the back of the packaging.

[TF Crossover]Giant Super Bomber of Spider Man & Iron Man

To have a look at more images along with a good look at the character bios, you can go here.

New Images of FAB Ratchet,Jetfire,Sideways and Long Haul

Transformers News: New Images of FAB Ratchet,Jetfire,Sideways and Long Haul
Date: Wednesday, March 18th 2009 7:26am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Arlin

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Seibertron.com member Arlin has just informed us that The-Arker.com has posted box images of FAB Ratchet,Jetfire,Sideways and Long Haul.

New Images of FAB Ratchet,Jetfire,Sideways and Long Haul

New Images of FAB Ratchet,Jetfire,Sideways and Long Haul

New Images of FAB Ratchet,Jetfire,Sideways and Long Haul

New Images of FAB Ratchet,Jetfire,Sideways and Long Haul

More pics to see also. To view them ,please click here.

Transtopia Newsletter - March

Transformers News: Transtopia Newsletter - March
Date: Wednesday, March 18th 2009 4:17am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Reviews, Site Articles, People News, Interviews
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): Seibertron

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Transtopia Newsletter - March

Welcome to the March edition of the Transtopia newsletter. This month features Repaints, Customs, Scratchbuilds, Featured Art, and an Artist Interview. Shattered Glass characters are very popular this edition. Remember, to check out the Transtopia forum for the latest action.


How to Showcase Your Work
The newsletter is your opportunity to show off your work and talent. We rely on your articles, artwork, and customs to make it interesting. Entries will be reviewed on a monthly basis. You can submit your work here:
Repaints, Kitbashes, Scratchbuilds
Fan Art
Fan Fiction
Guides


Make a Difference, Join the Newsletter Team!
Want to contribute to help out with the Transtopia newsletter? Join our team. We have a couple roles to fill. Duties require a few hours each month. PM Dead Metal if interested.


Newsletter Credits:
Design - Flix
Formatting - Stormrider
Fan Art - Mykltron
Editing - Stormrider


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Universe Starscream Omega666
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TFA Kup Brychanus
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Scorponoks Mylktron
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War Within Ironhide Zero-Kaiser
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Movie Megatron – Flix
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Blackout Flix
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Brawl Leobreaker1977
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Classics G1 Waspinator grimlockprime108
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Shattered Glass Kup - Trikeboy
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Do you have modeling or art tips to share with other members? Why not write a guide? Feature tips from - repainting, kitbashing, drawing, sculpting, and even computer graphics: Send an email to Transtopia.Guide@gmx.de for details.



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This month I would like to draw your attention (pun not intended) to sketch by HOWEE74 of TFA Prowl flying TFA Prowl Transforming through the air as he transforms from bike to bot.


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This picture impressed me as soon as I saw it due to the skill involved in drawing it so accurately and the effectiveness of the shading. Originally it was drawn in pencil then overdrawn with a fine pen before being darkened in Photoshop. If you look closely you'll see that some parts (like the windshield) have been edited using Illustrator to create a smooth and shiny effect. You may also notice that the beginning and end pictures are darker than the mid-stages of the transformation.

He seems to have caught these stages beautifully and really conveys a sense of motion. Although each image is so clear and lacking motion, blurring it suggests a slow-motion scene.

It probably took many hours of fiddling and experimenting to find the right poses for each individual picture so please leave him your comments and praise here, I am sure h will appreciate it. Also take some time to look at his other works on his Deviant Art page, there are other great thingsthere.


A round of applause goes out to all of our other art entries from February.


Movie Shockwave


Siren Prime's Femme Fancharacter


TFA Style Alpha Trion


TFA/Movie X-Over Prime


Send us your artwork!
Art entries are reviewed on a monthly basis for the newsletter. Send your entries here.



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Do you often think up Transformers stories in your head? It is time you put it to paper and submit it to the Fan Fiction page. Entries will be reviewed monthly.

Remember we have a theme for the month - "Transformers Go To The Movies." What does that mean? Whatever you want. Transformers starring in films, TFs watching films, TFs covered in a pile of DVDs, whatever that topic suggests to you is what I want to see. Funny, serious, romantic, tragic, anything. If that topic immediately makes you think "Oh, that would be a story about..." start writing it down.

A quick recap of the rules (don't worry, there's not many):
1) 10,000 word limit. Rough guideline to start with, I won't be automatically disqualifying anything that comes in over.
2) Decent spelling, grammar and punctuation. Run a spell check over your story, and maybe get a friend to read it before submitting.
3) Be specific as to where/when the story is set. So what continuity is it in (G1 comic, G1 cartoon, Armada comic, etc) and where is it set? Before the events of the show/comic, after, during? If during, where does it fit?
4) Fan characters are fine, but please avoid making them those annoying "I am more powerful than any other Transformer!!!" types. Also, consider if there's an under-used existing TF who'd fit the needs of the story just as well as someone new. Existing characters are almost always more interesting to everyone else.


Send your entries here.


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This month's Artist Interview comes from our friends at TF.SG, who recently interviewed the Transformers artist, Altitron. Many of you know Altitron because he is an active member in Transtopia. Altitron has won several Transformers art contests in the past, including some on Seibertron. One of his current projects has been the box art for Hearts of Steel Optimus Prime, which was presented last month, here.

1. Ok dude, tell us more about yourself like which country are you from, your age and occupation, and maybe attached a photo of you too! Give us more info, the more the merrier!

Well, lets start off with a proper introduction. My name is Brett Wolff, I am 25 years of age, married to one beautiful woman, Lisa, and we are expecting our first child in April, Blake.
I am an American, but do not claim any state in particular as I was a Navy brat, and moved around quite a bit. I myself have been in the Navy going on eight years now, and currently serve my country on a military installation in the prefecture of Kanagawa, on the mainland of Japan.



2. We all know about your fan art and how you have the uncanny ability to mesmerize us. Care to share you how did you get started?
I started drawing when I was about three years old, with crayons and any surface I could get my hands on, be it paper, walls, tables, whatever.

The thing is, my parents never punished me for what I was attempting to do, they just wanted me to keep it on the paper. Once they got that message across (with maybe a spanking or two), they never did anything but help to promote my imagination and desire to create something.

They always encouraged my artwork from the very beginning, even when it was only artwork to them. Twenty years later, and here we are today.



3. So which are your favourite works?

My favorite work of all time is The Coronation of Napoleon and Josephine, by Jacques-Louis David, seen below:

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I have been fortunate enough to have seen this masterpiece in person, at the Louvre in Paris. It is a massive painting, spanning 30 feet high and 50 feet long. It is a truly awe-inspiring work that leaves you breathless.

I am also a fan of anything painted or sculpted by Michaelangelo, and Raphael School of Athens is another of my favorites.
Some of my more modern favorites are the works of the legendary Frank Frazetta. He is best known for Death Dealer, a Black Knight-esque character whose depictions have been used by many bands for their album covers. Frazetta also did many illustrations of Tarzan, from Edgar Rice Burroughs novels. He is the father of modern day pop-sci/fantasy artwork, and I have always drawn inspiration from him.

On the other side of the world, Sesshu Toyo is a favorite Japanese master of mine. His suibokuga, or ink paintings, are beautiful. 6 of his works are regarded as national treasures in Japan.

Growing up with comic books, I always imitated Joe Kubert, Chris Bacchalo, Joe Madureira, and more recently, Adam Hughes.

My first taste of Japanese art came when Chrono Trigger landed on American shores, and I fell in love with Akira Toriyamas character designs. My interest grew in the art I could not find at my local comic shop, and when I was old enough to afford my own comics, I started importing the masters of Japanese manga.

My favorite work from Japan is the 6-tome Akira masterpiece by Katsuhiro Otomo. I am also a huge fan of anything done by Masamune Shirow, like Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed. Kaneda, the Major, and Briareos are some of my favorite characters.

I will also admit that I am a huge fan of the Dinotopia books by James Gurney. The first things that I drew that someone else could identify when I was young were dinosaurs, so when these books came out back when I was 12 or so, they were the greatest things I had ever seen. I still read and flip through them today, and they still bring out that child-like wonder.



4. Any works in progress from your side? If you allow us a little sneak preview that is!

Well, by now I am sure you have all seen the Hearts of Steel Optimus Prime box art that I am working on for Griffiths custom-made resin kit. And if you have not, here it is

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I plan to have that finished shortly, so you can expect to see color teasers rolling out very soon.

I have been working on a series of Transformers pinups that I have titled Civil War.

This is a collection of works depicting desperate battles between some of the brands most notorious rivals. The first of these planned pieces was Shockwave VS Grimlock, which I believe I have shared on the forums, and is included in my artwork collection on the sites photo gallery. I am currently working on Soundwave VS Blaster, so expect to see a teaser of that on the boards pretty soon.



5. We all know you as a TF fan-artist, any plans to cross over to say, fan fiction or customs?

I have been doing customs work for quite some time now. My website has a small section dedicated to it. I got into customizing by way of wanting to repair some of my old and busted G1-era figures. The first of these were Shockwave and Sky Lynx. They were bought in a non-functioning status, and I did what I had to do to get all the electronics and sounds working as they were intended. It only got worse from there.

I've done a Dawn of Future Past Terrorsaur, made from a Beast Machines Obsidian, and I am currently working on what I call Predaking 2.0. I believe that monster has his own thread in the customs forums. I do what I can, off and on in between work, the wife, my addiction to Warcrack, and commissioned artwork, so it is much more slow going than anything else that I get to work on.
I do have the rest of the Decepticon combiners planned for my 2.0 series. I just got my hands on the Classics Special Edition Dragstrip, so I can finally begin my Menasor project. Look out for it!

As for fan fiction, I never really wrote any myself, outside of MU roleplaying back in the day, but if I were to read something that really inspired me, I would not hesitate to bring it to visual life (I am looking at you, TwilightStorm).



6. So do you see yourself as a fan or a collector?

How can you not be both? I love Transformers. I collect Transformers. Everyone in my family knows it. They look out for me. I have toys sprawled all over my room, from G1 to movie,
I am into about anything and everything Transformers-related. My in-laws have been buying our baby silly little Transformers items, so they have not only accepted the madness, they are contributing to it.



7. Having interacted with the folks of TF.SG in the forum section, in your opinion, are there any differences between us and other members in the international TF community?

Everyone seems extremely nice and well-intentioned. I have yet to read through a single thread that devolved into a mud-slinging argument, or any post that contained less than complimentary remarks. There are arguments, but they have always been kept civil and respectable. That is something that is extremely rare these days.

Things sometimes get out of hand on the OTFCCs boards, and I have to pay to post there.

The folks at TF.SG are extremely friendly, and it is very refreshing. Everyone seems much more tight-knit and familiar, as well. I suppose that comes from the majority of the members being able to meet one another in Singapore. Maybe one of these days I will drop by.



8. Oh, by the way, do you have a blog or a website? Care to tell us how they come about?

I have no blog, but I do have a website. Well, two - sort of.
My personal, professional website can be found at the following address: [url">http://www.thepimpsled.com/

I also run a gallery through Deviant Art, simply because it is just so easy to update and keep that way. It is often more up to date than my own website, which takes a bit of time and effort to maintain the polished, business look.

You can check it out by following this link: [url">http://altitron.deviantart.com/



9. Have you won any awards or accolades for your masterpieces?

I won a sweet polo shirt from TF.SG for one of the contest!

I won a monthly art contest at Seibertron.com with my Shockwave VS Grimlock piece.

I won Most Outstanding StudentĀ¢ in my 7th grade art class. And at BotCon, I won a Participant ribbon!

In high school, I won a design contest for my towns annual founders Day Parade, a weekend celebration they hold every year to celebrate the towns founding. I got my picture in the paper, alongside my art teacher and the sponsor of the event. I think that is when my parents first realized that my artwork may actually be worth a damn.

A few years later in high school, when I was a Junior, I entered a few of my watercolor paintings that I had done as a Freshman into a very large competition in central Texas. There were something like 250+ schools represented, and over 3,000 works were entered from all over the state. The gallery only had room for about 500 works, so just to have your art shown was an accomplishment in itself.
Of the three that I entered, all three were shown. One of my works won Honorable Mention honors in a small field of 25 or so, and another placed in the top 6. So I feel I did fairly well in such a large field of competing artists, and with works that were at that time two years old. It was something to be proud of, to say the least.



10. What do you wish to see most eagerly in ROTF?

Transformer dialogue! After the euphoria and wonder of seeing a new Transformers movie in the theatre wore off, I was very disappointed in the first movies lack of character development and screen time for the guys the movie was named after.

All collected, the Transformers had about 5 lines of meaningful dialogue, and 90% of it came from Prime. I really want to see the movie focused on the Transformers. They have eons of history, and each of them has no doubt lived for centuries. I would like the movie to get down and show you who these guys really are.



11. Yes, we know it a cliched type of question, but we would like to know who is your favourite TF character of all time!

Shockwave! I just love the guy, his personality (or lack thereof).
I am a very rational person myself, as my wife would attest. I do not do anything without there being an explicit reason for it. I do not enjoy being wasteful, and I am very prudent in what I do. I see a lot of myself in Shockwave, although I have to admit that I am not /that/ dedicated.



12. What is your favourite TF series by the way? Do you have any favourite toy?

My favorite series to watch would be Beast Wars. G1, while I adore the toys more than any other, had a very kiddy, campy show. Now that I am 25, I laugh at what I see.

Beast Wars, while degrading to slapstick humor at times, still manages to be very gritty towards the later seasons. It gets SERIUS Beast Wars Megatron is probably the best-written villain of any Transformers series we have had. I mean, the guy conquered Cybertron. Who else has done that? Nuff said.

My favorite toy (thus far) is Masterpiece Megatron. I've broken him in two spots (inner lower leg red hinge clip on the first day I owned him, and about a year or so later I cracked some small black piece attached to the die cast 'spine' trying to remember how to transform him, LOL), but I'm still awe-struck today when I look at him.

The only thing wrong with him is that not everything really sits flush and perfect as it is depicted in images on the box and instructions in gun mode.

But it is still a marvelous piece of engineering. Although I do wish that he was packaged with the extended scope and stock as found in the add-on set from... TFSource? Not sure, but I wish he came with that stuff anyway. Mine's got a bit of cosmic rust on the feet, but I actually like it. Gives him some shit-stompin' character, in my opinion. I just think he's the best looking figure in my entire collection. G1 had a great alternate mode - the pistol fit in your hand perfectly - but the robot mode looked nothing like the cartoon.

The Masterpiece version... especially when stood next to Prime... it's like /finally/, everything you imagined as a kid, and in the flesh - or plastic and die cast, as it were. :> I could have stopped collecting Transformers entirely after purchasing MP-05, and I would still be happy today.



13. Given a choice of a massive project which is rather ambitious, what would you chose to do? Any person or people whom you want to work with in particular?

I have a few graphic novels that I would like to write and illustrate in the future, when I finally get around to putting all of my ideas on paper. I sketch characters and locations from time to time, but nothing more than what I would call R&D work for the moment.

I also want to make a full conversion mod for Warcraft 3, turning it into a Transformers RTS. I do not have any experience with 3D modeling at present, but that will change when I get my collegiate schooling nailed down.

As for my most ambitious goal, I have wanted to do a retelling of Dantes Divine Comedy as a series of graphic novels for quite sometime now. I even went so far as to call Penguin Publishing in New York and ask them about rights licensing. Someday, I will get it done.


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Images of MP08 Grimlock in package

Transformers News: Images of MP08 Grimlock in package
Date: Tuesday, March 17th 2009 7:16pm CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): s250

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Seibertron.com member s250 has done it again bringing us the first images of the next Masterpiece figure: Grimlock!

These images come courtesy of HK-TF.com and our are first look at the packaging and representation for one of the most anticipated Masterpiece figures to date.

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