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Steve Jablonsky is back for ROTF Score

Transformers News: Steve Jablonsky is back for ROTF Score
Date: Thursday, April 23rd 2009 5:46pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, People News
Posted by: i_amtrunks | Credit(s): Nelson of shoot for the edit

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The man responsible for the Official Movie Score for the first live action Transformers film; Steve Jablonsky will be once again responsible for the Official Movie Score for the upcoming Transformers sequel: Revenge of the Fallen.

According to Nelson from Michael Bay's blog Shoot for the Edit Jablonsky will not be alone, with the band Linkin Park also working on the score. Linkin Park have previously worked on the first Transformers live action film Official Soundtrack

Nelson also mentions that a limited edition signed movie tie-in book may be in the works for a holiday season release. This book would be a behind the scenes style book showcasing the work of the designers and effects teams.

To read Nelson's full update, please click here.

Ark Addendum: "Master Builders"

Transformers News: Ark Addendum:  "Master Builders"
Date: Tuesday, April 21st 2009 1:04pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, People News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Jim Sorenson

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Jim Sorenson updates again with set images from the episode "Master Builders" involving two under-appreciated Autobots, Grapple and Hoist, and their duping by the Constructicons. Don't worry the baddies get theirs in the end...

The artwork is not about the robot designs here, but as stated they are the designs for the setting elements: the solar collector, Grapple's studio, and more.

Check it out if you are into the Generation One show designs. Jim Sorenson keeps sharing more and more cool items that were cut from his great informational resource books, THE ARK COMPENDIUM, and THE ARK COMPENDIUM II.

You can see the image and previous add-ons at Jim's blog at the Disciples of Boltax.

Thanks for sharing Jim!

Lucas And Rodriguez Sound Off About Transformers Sequel

Transformers News: Lucas And Rodriguez Sound Off About Transformers Sequel
Date: Tuesday, April 21st 2009 8:10am CDT
Categories: Movie News, People News
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Views: 13,666 The two newest members to the Transformers movie franchise, Ramon Rodriguez and Isabel Lucas, discuss pieces of their experiences with, and try to convince us all that their sequel will be, 'Bigger, Badder, and Better' than the first.

"It's bigger, it's badder, it's better," said Rodriguez, who plays Leo Spitz, Witwicky's roommate at Princeton University and the proprietor of a Web site about conspiracy theories, from aliens to robots.

Quickly, though, Leo finds out that all this conspiracy mumbo-jumbo isn't just the stuff of paranoid fantasy. "I end up getting sucked into [Sam's] crazy world with real robots and finding out he's involved in the real thing," Rodriguez said. "My complete world is flipped.""

"Lucas plays Alice, another Princeton student who takes an immediate liking to Sam, even though he's still in a relationship with his hometown girlfriend Mikaela (Megan Fox). "The character of Alice is more the seductress," Lucas said. "She's got mysterious intentions that we don't really know about.""

The rest of the interview describes some of the physical difficulties Rodriguez faced while filming his parts of the movie.

"e ended up dislocating his shoulder and needed to have his eyes flushed out for 45 minutes. Another time he had to sit perfectly still as a huge metal spike pierced the roof of his car, perilously close to his head. In those moments, he was not so much acting as reacting to a very real sense of fear.

"It's really borderline getting hurt, but you're still safe," he said with a laugh. "But you could get hurt.""

Read the full interview at

Shia's Injury In The Movie- Possible Plot Piece Spoiler

Transformers News: Shia's Injury In The Movie- Possible Plot Piece Spoiler
Date: Monday, April 20th 2009 1:45pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, Rumors, People News
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Views: 16,833 According to this source, Shia's automobile injury was worked into the movie and NOT covered up using CG technology, as many people were theorizing after seeing Shia in the recently released clips on Michael Bay's website.

We all figured based on news from last summer that no CG cover would be the case. Since the film was only 1/3 shot at the time of his accident we reported many different ways they were dealing with this injury issue (he returned soon after to filming), but the biggest part we learned at that time was that the film's writers, Orci and Kurtzman, had somehow written the injury into the movie. What we didn't know was how they had included it.


According to, a plot device Transformers fans are all too familiar with was added to the story to cause Sam injury and make his real life injury work in the movie, so they did not have to cover it up.

This would also jive with what Shia has shared about getting hurt on set, with a piece of something from a 'spacebridge' scene just about poking him in the eye causing temporary blindness.

Is there enough support for this new spacebridge theory? Is that what Sam has in his head that causes the other problems, including the Decepticons apparently wanting to abduct Sam? Or is it something else entirely? Speculate on the possible plot, and the inclusion of a spacebridge (and how it is included) based on this new information. Movie News...revenge will happen soon.

Espen Grundetjern will attend TFCon 09

Transformers News: Espen Grundetjern will attend TFCon 09
Date: Sunday, April 19th 2009 10:12am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Metroplex79

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Thanks to member Metroplex79, we have the most recent update on the guests that will be attending the fast approaching TFCon. Here's the scoop:

April 18th - Comic artist and colourist Espen Grundetjern joins us once more for TFcon 2009. He has worked on numerous Transformers titles for Dreamwave, Udon and IDW and will be setup in the TFcon dealer room along with Alex Milne and Matt Moylan.

Its gonna be a comic artist eutopia at the Canadian Transformers event. Get all the details by visiting TFCon.

Transtopia Newsletter - April

Transformers News: Transtopia Newsletter - April
Date: Thursday, April 16th 2009 11:43am CDT
Categories: Site News, Toy News, Site Articles, People News, Transtopia
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Dead Metal

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Transtopia Newsletter - April

Hello and welcome to the April edition of the Transtopia Newsletter. Sadly Stormrider who's usually in charge of the Newsletter is not with us for this issue, he is currently moving home from one country to another and has left it in my hands to take over till he comes back.

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

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: Dead Metal

Newsletter Credits:
Design - Flix
Formatting - Stormrider
Fan Art/ Guide - Mykltron
Interview - Burn
Editing - Stormrider, Dead Metal, hellkitty

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They're the curse of every TF collector's life. I often keep things, just in case I can find a use for them one day, and boy am I glad I do this! Here are three uses I've found so far for these troublesome little blighters:


My washing line was sagging under the weight of bed linen and trailing on the grass so I took a garden rake that has a hole at the end of the handle. Using a twisty-tie I secured the middle of the washing line to the handle so the line could be held high enough to keep the laundry clean without danger of the line slipping off.


If the part has a convenient hole it helps keeps fingers clean and paint finish smooth.

And now the one I'm particularly chuffed with:


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Using a 1/100 gundam hand and twisty-ties I have made a new hand for Universe Sunstreaker. This size is also suitable for Prowl, Cliffjumper, Voyager Megatron and Ultra Powerglide, maybe others too! This is my first attempt and I have an idea that will make it look slightly better and easier to pose.

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As can be seen, this hand can make a pretty good fist:

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It still fits inside his car mode:

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Of course, it can still hold a gun but I forgot to take a photo of that.

So, anyone got any other ideas of how to use those horrible twisty-ties?

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 for details.

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This months repaints section brings us some more great work from resident Transtopian omega666. Here he treats us with his versions of Classics 2.0 Shockwave and Soundwave:

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omega666's version of Soundwave holds a very sweet third alt mode G1 enthusiasts will definately get a kick out of:

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Our next Transtopian repainter flix brings us a custom Movie Soundwave:

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Flix also gives us a good look at his take on Movie Swindle too:

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What would custom work be without Kitbashes?! This month features some amazing work by Transtopian L_K, the same kitbasher that brought us the custom Unicron of Lightfigure. Here he gives us his take on Arcee of the Transformer Movie, both of them that is:

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Newsletter contributor Mykltron also added to the mix with a more movie accurate version of Barricade:

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Even Frenzy got the treatment:

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Sitting down with us and breaking his interview virginity is zero-kaiser, who, for the record, volunteered willingly for this and I didn't have to stalk or harass him for it. (In fact he was so enthusiastic he was bordering on harassing me!)

Burn - So tell us a bit about yourself.

zero-kaiser - Well, as of the 15th of February I'm 24 years old. Originally I'm from the south of England but I've lived in the northwest since I was about 4... yet I've somehow managed to keep the 'posh' southern accent--make of that what you will.

When I'm not wandering around or looking for a job, I can usually be found playing either my Wii or DS lite; reading; painting either Warhammer 40K models or Transformers; shooting TF video reviews for my YouTube channel; or spending time with my wonderful fiancee

...good to keep yourself busy right?

B - I'm finding myself too busy to work on my own kitbashes, unfortunately! Now tell us how you got into Transformers and a little about your own collection.

z-k - Like most fans I had some of the older toys when I was a child and foolishly gave them away.

Back when I was in college I stumbled across and saw photos for some of the Robots In Disguise toys. The designs and detail on the Autobot Brothers alone are probably the main reason I got (back) into Transformers. That summer I picked up the Super (blue) repaint of Prowl and I was hooked. It took some time for my collecting to really take off though, mostly due to only working part time whilst I was at college.

As it stands my collection stands at just over 100 TF's ranging from RiD right through to the current Universe and Animated lines.

(Photos of my collection are here if you're interested)

I can honestly say there isnt really one single character I go for above all others…it depends on the mold and the line. Classics 2.0/Universe/Henkei is really impressing me at the moment; there’s very few characters from that line that I wouldn’t pick up. That said there’s a couple of TF's from past lines that I wouldn’t mind hunting down someday...mostly from the Cybertron range and a handful from RiD.

B - So give me at least five toys and characters you like the most.

z-k - In no particular order what so ever....


1• TF Cybertron Leader Class Optimus Prime
2• Primus
3• Henkei Convoy
4• Movie Leader Class Optimus Prime
5• Masterpiece Optimus Prime


1• If it wasn’t obvious from the above list: Optimus/Convoy. Which continuity? Probably Cybertron, I'd say.
2• Galaxy Force Starscream: his Japanese voice is brilliant and he goes toe-to-toe with Primus—if that isn’t cool I don’t know what is!!
3• Kup: I had a newfound love for that character after reading his IDW Spotlight.
4• Grimlock: him king, got it?
5• IDW Galvatron: it’s as if that’s the way he should have been all along—a brooding badass .

B - What would you consider to be "holy grail" for you to obtain for your collection? Aside from Fortress Maximus, because everybody wants a Fortress Maximus.

z-k - Ha! Besides Fort Max? If I had to pick just one...RiD Omega Prime. That thing is awesome beyond words.

Besides him? RiD Rail Racer and the Classics Devastator Giftset. I'd be pretty chuffed if I could find any of those without killing my wallet

B - Moving onto your creative side, when did you first start churning out your creations and where did you learn to do what you do?

z-k - I suppose it was about 12 years ago now. When I started high school I made friends with someone who got me into the Games Workshop Warhammer 40,000 range. It took me a long time to get any good at painting but one thing I did a lot were conversions—think of them as kitbashes for 40K. Twelve years later and I still have a lot of the miniatures I have made from various bits and pieces I had lying around.

As for where I learnt to do the things I do? Trial, error, practise and patience. Even if I did something 'wrong' or it didn’t come out the way I wanted it to, I learnt from the experience. I like to think that something is only a mistake if you don’t learn from it.

Band-Aids/Plasters have proven invaluable over the years, too, but that’s just me occasionally being a bit ham-fisted.

B - You mention band-aids/plasters: tell me more about your injuries you've sustained kitbashing over the years! I have a lovely bump on one of my fingers where I kinda missed the plastic and found finger instead….

z-k - Well…there’s a nice deep scar on the tip of my left index finger. I got that from trying to cut a Space Marine arm in half. The blade snapped and plunged straight into the side of my finger. I didn’t realise how deep it was until I ran it under a tap to wash it and saw the bone…yeah, that needed stitches. Still don’t have all the feeling back in it either.

On another occasion I managed to saw the skin on the knuckle of my thumb off…which was pretty stupid of me.

Most of my other injuries are minor cuts or burns where I've tried to pull freshly dremeled plastic off, forgetting that it’s red hot.

I guess you could say I suffer for my art.

B - With the amount of TF-related artists there are out there, who has influenced/inspired you the most?

z-k - I guess my inspirations come from a lot of places really. E.J Su is amazing. I picked up Infiltration issue 0 a while back and was fascinated by the interview in the back, especially the technical drawings he had done.

I was equally blown away after reading Stormbringer and seeing Don Figueroa's amazing artwork. Same goes for Alex Milne and Nick Roche; I love their styles and can spend hours looking over their work.

Yoji Shinkawa is name that definitely springs to mind, too. He did the concept artwork and designs for the Metal Gear Solid series of games, as well as Zone of the Enders. With the exception of Metal Gear Rex, his blending of organic and mechanical is really quite awesome.

One other thing I will mention when it comes to inspirations, is my fellow Seibertronians who submit their work to the Transtopia section. If I named names I would be here all day, but suffice to say there are some extremely talented people out there and the caliber of their work is something I kind of aspire to.

B - When looking at the creations of others, do you prefer to see their takes on a canon character or a fan-made character?

z-k - I'd honestly say it’s half and half. Seeing people’s takes on a well-established character is always fun and can sometimes take more planning and thought than some might think! On the other hand I have a lot of respect for people who create their own characters. With such a diverse and rich roster of existing characters, it’s hard not to come up with something that’s not similar to an existing TF.

B - You draw, but you seem more inclined to kitbash a figure. If you could do this sort of thing for a job, what genre (kitbashing, drawing, scratch-building) would you prefer?

z-k - Man, that’s a tough one to answer, Burn. To be honest I love creating things in many mediums, but given the choice of the three I would probably say scratch-building. Over the years I've had so many ideas that so far I've only been able to commit to paper. Some day I'll hopefully have the skills, funds, and parts to give them form.

A job where I spent all day in a workshop building things? That would be awesome! (More so if it was building TF's!!)

B - And what would be your dream design if you could pull it off?

z-k - Thats easy: a scratchbuilt combiner. I love combiner teams and I don’t so much as have a problem with Hasbro's efforts, but I have always wanted to try my hand at it. Truth be told I've been wanting to get my hands on the ROTF Constructicons that have individual robot modes so I can see if there’s a way of getting them to combine.

Failing that I wouldn’t mind trying my hand at making a Headmaster from scratch. I drew up some designs a couple of years ago that I might revise and have a go at.

B - So the one question that everyone is dying to have you answer: how did you stumble across

z-k - Believe it or not, kitbashes and repaints. Doing a Google image search for them one afternoon kept leading me back here. After that, I came to the site to look at what is now the Transtopia section on a regular basis. Eventually I registered and started posting. Almost two years have fallen off the calender and here we are.

B - So out of all your creations, which one would you consider your favourite?

z-k - I would have to say one of my recent pieces, a Rodimus Major custom...

He's been a headache to work on in places -coughlegscough- but as soon as the whole thing was together and working I felt very very proud of myself

His rifle looks wicked, too. lol..

B - So let's wrap this up with a couple of games, first up: Word Association!

B - Machine Men/GoBots - z-k - That annoying scooter thing.
B - Starscream Fangirls - z-k - caution.
B - Unicron - z-k - "Hunger" - Spectre General
B - Machine Wars - z-k - Tiny Megatron..
B - Action Masters - z-k - 'They're alive ALIVE ALIVE!!'
B - Michael Bay - z-k - Lolsplosions!!!
B - Simon Furman - z-k - ..likes ending things with -tion.
B - Stalker - z-k - Loud.

B - And now for something a little different: VERSUS!

B - Megatron -vs- Optimus Prime - z-k - Optimus.
B - Starscream Fangirls -vs- Jazz Fangirls - z-k - Ack!! Damnit, Burn. Er,…Jazz Fangirls? (Hell my mum’s one after the first movie.)
B - Mini-Cons -vs- Micromasters - z-k - Mini-Cons.
B - Animated -vs- Generation 1 -vs- Beast Wars - z-k - Man, that’s a tough one.. I'd probably have to say Beast Wars..

B - Well, I just have to say a big thank you to zero-kaiser for a great interview. I hope you all enjoyed it. For those of you who haven't seen z-k's work, here's a sampling!

Animated Galvatron
Classics Nightbeat (WIP)
War Within Ironhide (WIP)
Scourge/Nemesis Prime Fan Art
Un-named Female Cyborg (WIP - non-tf)

And if YOU are interested in being interviewed, just drop me a pm, otherwise, I'll just have to start stalking people!

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Michael Bay On ROTF's New Characters

Transformers News: Michael Bay On ROTF's New Characters
Date: Wednesday, April 15th 2009 7:54pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, People News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s):

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Views: 28,679 Michael Bay seems to be just busting at the seams to start revealing information about his new movie.

After telling us about Arcee's unfortunate future, and other tidbits to try to get us excited about the movie (like Steven Spielberg loving it, saying it's Bay's best movie, etc.).

Well, the next bit of information he reveals may, or may not endear the movie to you more. You be the judge. Here's Bay talking about the movie characters, most specifically Mudflap, and Skids...

""The twins are quite fun," Bay said of the comedy-relief duo, remembering his inspiration for including them. "I just kept thinking, 'What if we have two dumb Transformers that are young and dumb?' ... They are just irreverent, dumb Transformers.""

And then he goes on to talk about the tackling of Devastator and how challenging it was for ILM...

"And then, of course, there's Devastator — the massive Decepticon who Bay recently revealed would be getting his own IMAX scene and consists of several Contructicon robots banded together for maximum destruction. "It's the most complicated model that George Lucas' company has done in 30 years," Bay marveled. "In all the 30 years of [Industrial Light and Magic] making movies, it's the most complicated digital model — and it's tenfold in terms of the most complicated. It's taken a long time to do."

You can read the rest of Bay's comments about some of the movie's new characters by going to

Alex Milne TFCON Exclusive Litho

Transformers News: Alex Milne TFCON Exclusive Litho
Date: Wednesday, April 15th 2009 12:31pm CDT
Categories: Event News, People News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): TFCon, and deviantART

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deviantART- Alex Milne has revealed at that he will be having a few exclusive litho available TFCON, the convention in Toronto April 25th, and 26th.

On his DA page you can see the lineart for this fantastic battle scene in which he has rendered many of the Classics/Universe toy designs into a stunning display of Autobots Vs. Decepticons.

"so here is the lineart for a poster i did for the upcoming TFcon.
its a combo of both the classics and universe 2 toyline. not all the characters are there, but most of them.
there were a few tweaks i made just to give the poster a different feel to it.
i changed devastators face and hand to give it a more g1 feel. also the hand just fit better for the grabbing look i wanted.
i changed the arms on rumble to give him his classic piledrivers.
i added a few weapons that some of the characters had from the original toyline, and added lazerbeak. i mean, whats soundwave without lazerbeak?
just figured i'd show this off to create some buzz for the show.
hope to have the colors for this up next week or so.
hope to see you at the show
here is a link to the show to find out all the info about it."

You can visit Alex's deviantART page here to see all of his works, and see his line work for the litho by clicking on the smaller version below.

Alex Milne TFCON Exclusive Litho

New ROTF Trailer to debut with X-MEN: Origins

Transformers News: New ROTF Trailer to debut with X-MEN: Origins
Date: Wednesday, April 15th 2009 6:23am CDT
Categories: Movie News, Press Releases, People News, Media, Editorials
Posted by: DavidT | Credit(s): Michael Bay

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Michael Bay has posted on his forums that the new "Revenge of the Fallen" trailer will be released with X-men Origins: Wolverine. Michael & Steven Spielberg sat down for a screening of a rough cut of the new Transformer movie and Spielberg said, "It's Awesome" and felt it was better than the 1st movie. The new Wolverine movie is scheduled to hit theaters May 1st. Check out what Michael had to say below or click the link to see his original post at ... #post75561

Steven Spielberg sat next to me in a big 100 person theater at Sony today. There were 98 empty seats. The lights came up after we just watched my cut of Revenge of the Fallen. He turned to me and said
"It's awesome". He felt this movie was better then the first - and probably my best, who knows - at this point in a movie you start to lose your objectivity. I just hope the fans like it. I'm going to start putting it in front of audiences in a few weeks - no you are not invited, yet.

We have 60 days left. Let me tell you it will be a race to finish. It's 12 at night and we are still working here in the edit room. Everyone at ILM and DD are killing themselves right now, they are doing a stellar job on the effects. We also just finished our trailer which is coming out with Wolverine. Talk to you soon.


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Shia Shares More About His Hand Injury with Entertainment Weekly

Transformers News: Shia Shares More About His Hand Injury with Entertainment Weekly
Date: Tuesday, April 14th 2009 1:52pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, People News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Entertainment Weekly

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hollywood insider/entertainment Star of this summer's Transformers sequel, actor Shia LaBeouf --who plays Sam in the movie-- has opened up a little more to ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY about what his injury entailed, but doesn't talk much about the movie.

Shia was involved in a car accident last July and his hand has never been the same since. He continued shooting the sequel, and now updates Entertainment Weekly...

"ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What's been going on with your hand since the first surgery?

SHIA LABEOUF: I've had screws and plates put in. They put a screw in one of my knuckles. And they shaved a piece of bone off my hip and made a [bone for my] finger out of it.

Was your hand out the window of the vehicle when it got injured?


How is the hand now?

I'm on my third surgery. That's coming up in a week or two [from April 2]. My middle finger is still crooked as a f---ing noodle, so they've gotta straighten it out and put a screw in it.
How long will it take to recover from this third surgery?
I imagine like two months and I'll be back on my feet.

How much usage will you get back of your left hand?

Probably about 80-something percent. I'll be able to make a fist again. There's a knuckle I'll never be able to move again, but that's probably the only permanent damage, other than the scarring..."

You can read the rest of Shia's interview here at

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