Courtesy of Seibertron.com podcaster and member Razorclaw0000 and news website ABC Local, here's a piece on a Transformers fan taking his passion beyond the toys and media. Tom Rhoads, of Fresno, California, built an 18 foot tall G1 Bumblebee sculpture for his son's birthday, and it has now become a roadside attraction! Check out the article here, read some below and watch the embedded video for more.
This 18 foot tall giant is the creation of Tom Rhoads.
"I built it because I've always had a love for Transformers," said Tom. "When I was growing up four or five years old Transformers was huge, Transformers and GI Joe and I loved Transformers."
And when his first son Drew came along, Tom had a chance to share his childhood love with his son.
"I really wanted to have something special for my boy on his first birthday," said Tom. "And just kind of get a feeling to be what it would be to stand next to one of these guys and try to build one."
The original Bumblebee was based on a "Bug."
"The easiest character to make was the smallest one closest one to our size is the character Bumblebee and he's made out of a Volkswagen."
Tom got one just down the road from Ron Johnson, he restores and sells Volkswagen Bugs and didn't mind giving him a bug that was beyond restoring.
This week with IDW Publishing brings us closer to the end of a long-spanning story, started all the way back in the Marvel days of Transformers - ReGeneration One #99 hits comic book stores and digital platforms this Wednesday (mostly). Check out a full preview below, and head back here tomorrow for the Seibertron.com review! For more on the issue, take a look at Simon Furman's Script (W)Rap too, here.
Transformers Regeneration One #99
Simon Furman (w) • Guido Guidi (a) • Andrew Wildman, Guidi (c)
THE WAR TO END ALL WARS! Can the Autobots prevail against JHIAXUS’ New Cybertronian Empire? The disastrous invasion ends in dramatic and shocking fashion with twists, shocks and surprises galore, and STARSCREAM right in the thick of things. Dark forces are stirring for the final chapter of the original TRANSFORMERS epic!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
- The COUNTDOWN to the concluding #100 continues—only 1 issue remains!
- Variant Cover by Geoff Senior!
Seibertron.com user Mcluskyism has alerted us to an event taking place with the soon coming release of the final issue of IDW Publishing's ReGeneration One #100, the final episode in the once-Marvel G1 continuity! The signing will take place at Orbital Comics, London (UK), on Saturday 29th March, and will feature a full roster of creators: Furman, Wildman, Baskerville, Senior, Bove and Cardy! Check out below for more details.
To celebrate the conclusion of IDW’s Transformers Regeneration One series, we have a jam packed signing lined up! Writer Simon Furman, artists Andrew Wildman and Geoff Senior, inker Stephen Baskerville, colourist John-Paul Bove and cover colourist Jason Cardy will be in Orbital on Saturday 29th March from 2-4pm, where you can pick up a copy of The Transformers Regeneration One #100, get it signed and have a chat with the team behind the book!
Thanks to a tip from Seibertron.com fan Steve on Facebook, we bring you news of an event taking place at the Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University this Thursday 27th February, entirely dedicated to artist José Delbo! The event is promoting his career with focus on the Wonder Woman titles, but we all know he's a big name for robots too - look to ReGeneration One #0 or the Seibertron.com SDCC 2013 galleries for recent proof! To make sure you get a chance to visit Mr Delbo, we're also including upcoming appearances at conventions and events, below.
FEBRUARY 22-23 - ULTRACON - Fort Lauderdale
MARCH 28-30 - EMERALD CITY COMICON - Seattle, Washington
APRIL 19 - COMIC BOOKS DALLAS - Dallas, Texas
JULY 3-6 - FLORIDA SUPERCON - Miami, Florida
AUGUST 1-3 - TAMPA COMIC CON - Tampa Bay, Florida
OCTOBER 11-13 - LONDON FILM & COMIC CON - London, England
OCTOBER 31 - NOV. 2 - C4 CENTRAL CANADA COMIC CON - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
NOVEMBER 8 - AKRON COMICON - Akron, Ohio
Blogger Alfes 2010 presents two new new mini galleries of Takara Tomy's TG-31 Rhinox and TG-30 Waspinator. Both figures have a darker metallic coloring to their paint and plastic deco, and as always, Alfes provides comparison shots with the lighter US versions to show off the differences.
Both figures are seeing full release in Japan now, and should see US online retail (BBTS, TFSource) sometime late this week/beginning of next.
We first reported on this artwork a year ago, in a Hasbro catalog for Beast Hunters. Back then we were overwhelmed by the amazing figures that were soon to grace our shelves, such as Shockwave, the Predacons and Abominus!
You can see the original article and catalog scans by clicking this link here.
The artwork was said to be Shockwave's notes on the Predacon project and it looked like your usual Hasbro fare, with Autobot symbols adoring the pages. However, it turned out to be some rather high quality art and the artist has finally been revealed.
John Forcucci has posted a page on his blog, showing off his original works plus the finished Hasbro product, and it's an impressive mini gallery of fine work.
Thanks to fellow Seibertron.com user Cyberpath, we have some more images of the upcoming G2 styled Masterpiece Sideswipe, featuring new weapons, headsculpt and paintjob - both courtesy of designer Shogo Hasui, who shows how he used the comics for his work! Check them out below.
Transformers: Age of Extinction's Titus Welliver recently spoke to Nerdist about the upcoming film. According to Welliver this film is much darker than the previous trilogy and "not a kids movie". The full interview can be found by clicking here.
How was it for the actor, best known for his roles on The Good Wife and Argo, stepping into the huge Transformers summer movie franchise? “I’ve now won the hard earned respect of my children because I’m in a Transformers film, and I’ve always wanted to work with Michael Bay and certainly Mark Wahlberg and Kelsey Grammer.” And what can fans look forward to in this installment? “It’s a bit more of a darker vision of the Transformers world… It’s not a kids movie, I’ll tell you that much.”
BWTF was lucky enough to score an interview with Hasbro's Jerry Jivoin and Joshua Lamb over the weekend during Toy Fair. They discuss their current trend of providing simplified figures for the younger audience while retaining a more complex line for collectors, bringing the iconic Dinobots into the movie franchise, and they also touch on the recent rumor that the Transformers Generations Legends figures, which includes Cosmos, Swerve, and Tailgate, would not see a domestic retail release. The full interview can be found by clicking here.
Spinning off that question, because I don't think my readers will forgive me if I don't ask this, Swerve, Cosmos, Tailgate, Skrapnel - we're getting that right? My understanding is that they were underordered originally but more are being made...
JJ: They were underordered, we're going to make sure there are more releases. We've already informed our U.S. Sales team about that. As we do more orders, we'll make sure the waves that come out...that the mix within the case pack will include those characters along with the new characters in the waves three and four so that all those characters get out there in a healthy supply.
IDW Transformers writer Simon Furman has updated his blog with another Script (W)Rap, and it's for ReGeneration One #99 (out next week)! Whet your appetite on the Furminator's words about what's about to go down, and come back a week from now for a preview - or check out the iTunes sneak peek here.
UPDATE – Hi all, I’ve been advised that this ship date (which I’m pretty sure I saw reported as the 19th earlier) has slipped to the 26th of Feb. So you got your Script (W)rap a week early!
“And so, the end is near.” Uh-huh… the honest-to-gosh, accept no substitutes penultimate issue of Transformers: Regeneration One is upon us. This week (Wednesday 19th February) sees the release of Transformers: Regeneration One #99, and what is truly the beginning of the end. We’re almost at the last hurdle, the reveal of the true force behind… well, a ton of stuff, both in Regeneration One and a clutch of the 80 issues that preceded it. But first, there’s a pretty monumental obstacle to overcome in the shape of Senator Jhiaxus and his new Cybertronian Empire. At this point, if you want to avoid even the very vanilla spoilers herein, cease and desist reading immediately. Otherwise, prepare for a truly desperate last tilt against impossible odds, as Rodimus Prime (surrender or no surrender) looks to scupper Jhiaxus’s plans for universal conformity and order. Elements in the mix that could just give him the means and opportunity for such a counter-offensive (elements Rodimus is not even aware of himself as we join the action) are a somewhat clandestine rearguard action set in motion by Kup (last issue) and the enduring/looming presence of Underbase, the collective pool of Cybertronian knowledge and experience that appears to have transcended its apparent destruction/death (in issue #50). What (or who) exactly lives on in the very heart of Starscream? And what can even it do against a foe that is legion? Also, because even all that is never enough, we learn more about the fate of Spike Witwicky (and the phenomena known as Zero Space), the Primordials reach an… evolution(?)… and the surviving humans bring out the big guns. And the true enemy is revealed. PHEW! And just for good measure, CRIKEY! Even I can’t bear to watch… (Look out for a full preview of the issue soon… I’ll update as and when that’s live and viewable).
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