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Dengenki Hobby Magazine - Updates

Transformers News: Dengenki Hobby Magazine - Updates
Date: Sunday, March 25th 2007 8:06am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Company News, Media, Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): Dengenki Hobby

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The May edition of the Japanese magazine, Dengenki Hobby, is now on newsstands. It is filled with lots of exciting information regarding upcoming Transformers. Read below for translated text and pictures. (All translations were done at

Masterpiece Megatron The great tyrant has arrived. Will be released at the end of March.

Transformers Sports Label
The Transformers Sports Label will be released at the end of April. The first sets of shoes were a collaborated effort with Nike. Nike was their first wave partner; however, partnerships with other sport brands will be done in the future. The shoes are 1:2 scale of the Nike Free 7.0 shoe. The shoes are not wearable. To transform them, you must first unlace them. The soles form the backs of the robots. And in robot mode- Optimus Prime & Megatron both wear the Nike 7.0 shoes themselves. The toys will be boxed in Nike style shoe boxes.

Transformers Movie & Movie Toys
The movie will be released in Japan on August 4, 2007. Advanced movie tickets are now on sale in Japan. For a limited time, if you purchase an advanced ticket you will receive a transforming pen (see photo). Details about the movie characters will be released soon.

The Transformers movie toy products will be available in Japan. This month, the Optimus Prime movie toy is featured. He is modeled after a W900 vehicle. Takara had difficulty designing the movie toys. Typically the designers start from scratch with ideas, transformations, and various modes. But in this case the process was different. The Takara designers were given the movie designs first and then had to engineer the transformations to fit the designs. A different movie toy will be featured in Dengenki Hobby next month.

Transformers Music Label
Soundwave, Frenzy, and Rumble will be released in the middle of July. A miniSD card can be placed is Soundwave’s chest to listen to music.

Rumble and Frenzy will appear white when in their alternate modes; but when they transform into their robot modes – they will retain their G1 color schemes. Rumble & Frenzy can also play music while in their robot.

Binaltech Black Convoy BT-17
The Binaltech eHobby Exclusive, Black Convoy, sold out quickly, early in the morning at the
Tokyo Winter Wonderfest, in February. Also showcased at the conference- KISS Players Cassettes and Masterpiece Megatron.

Beast Wars
Beast Wars first wave has now been released, which includes TM-01 to TM-08. The Beast Wars figures were repainted to closely match their animated counterparts. A greater variety of colors were used and more brush strokes were applied. Takara originally marketed the repainted figures towards children. But now it has become evident that collectors are interested in these particular repaints as well.

Each figure includes a DVD with one Beast Wars episode. The episodes vary. See below for details.

TM-01 Episode #2 “Knock out Destron”
TM-02 Episode #4
TM-03 Episode #5
TM-04 Episode #6
TM-05 Episode #9
TM-06 Episode #10
TM-07 Episode #11
TM-08 Episode #20

Next month TM-09 Rhino, will be released. It will be released at the end of April and will include a DVD with the Episode #3.

Takara Website
Takara has updated its Transformers website. A new feature allows you to access the website through your mobile phone. Use your cellphone to read one of the codes below to directly link to Takara Transformers website.

KISS Players Comic
Each month a KISS Players comic strip is featured in Dengenki Hobby. The short strip often reveals new characters that sometimes get marketed as toys. (The following translations have been summarized and paraphrased in order to make sense.) *Note- Japanese comics read right to left.

Click here to see the comic strip (Note it may not be appropriate for young viewers).

Last episode – The KISS Players Melissa, Syao Syao, and Atari were greeted by the mysterious Sparkbots, who transported them back in time.

This Episode: 15 Go Go

Brave Maximus got caught in the time vortex left behind by the Sparkbots. The girls decided to split up in order to help Brave Maximus. Each girl went with a separate Sparkbot. Brave Maximus finally erupted from the time warp 400 million years later. The robots on the planet saw Brave Maximus erupt from the time warp and replied – “I hope he brought us something good”.

Elsewhere, Syao Syao and the Sparkbot, Angela, come face to face with another time traveling robot. Syao Syao screams – “who are you with the scary face!” The mysterious robot replies “I am not scary.” - Stay tuned for next episode.

Sony to Release Beast Machines DVD Sets in Finland

Transformers News: Sony to Release Beast Machines DVD Sets in Finland
Date: Wednesday, March 14th 2007 7:01pm CDT
Category: Cartoon News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Inkku of NTFA and Osku of

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We have some good news for Transformers Beast Machines fans who live in Finland. Sony will be releasing Beast Machines on DVD in Finland. The series will be released in two sets. The sets are set to be released in July 2007. Here are listings for each set:

Beast Machines 1
Beast Machines 2

"TV Magazine" - Beast Wars DVD and Transformer History

Transformers News: "TV Magazine" - Beast Wars DVD and Transformer History
Date: Sunday, March 11th 2007 10:15am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Media
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): TV Magazine, Fan to Fan, Grifter Prime

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Fan to Fan has updated their site with information regarding Beast Wars from the March edition of TV Magazine (Japan). The magazine included a 40 minute DVD with the first episode of Beast Wars along with a brief history of Transformers and the major characters of the Beast Wars series. The Transformer movie teaser trailer is also featured on the DVD.

Check out the entire story at Fan to Fan.

And to see images of the Takara Beast War repaints click here.

Rattrap Extract from the Beast Wars Bible

Transformers News: Rattrap Extract from the Beast Wars Bible
Date: Friday, March 9th 2007 6:24pm CST
Category: Cartoon News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s):

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As most people know all show have their own bible. Beast Wars was no different. has received some extracts from the Beast Wars "Bible". They have posted an extract about Rattrap. The excerpt is from the official Beast Wars Story Bible, written by Bob Forward and Larry DiTillio. Click here to check it out.

Beast Wars Neo FDP #10 Released!

Transformers News: Beast Wars Neo FDP #10 Released!
Date: Thursday, March 8th 2007 6:24pm CST
Category: Cartoon News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): New Brandon

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New Brandon has dropped by with some news. Beast Wars Neo FDP #10 has now been released! Here is what New Brandon had to say about this release:

"Whoa! He Got Eaten!" is finished! Yes, that's the real episode title. You can't make this stuff up... unless you're a Japanese anime writer, of course. No, you didn't miss anything. This is the first new episode of Beast Wars Neo in quite some time. Not the easiest episode to finish in its development, but I think the finished product came out quite well. Most of the delays were due to starting Beast Wars Second and finishing up on Robotmasters, which are both available at TFCog.

The Maximals find themselves searching for a capsule on something which they don't know what to make of -- something which plans to make them into its next meal. To make matters worse, the Predacons can't miss out on a capsule hunt, so they're in the picture as well. Not only is this creature really large and really hungry, there's also all sorts of crazy hazards inside his stomach.

To download this episode, all you have to do is visit our site at Currently, the only version available is 141 MB zipped up, but we will get a smaller version for you soon.


Karen Castello as NAVI
Kris Stemmer as Longrack
Peter Tagtstrom as Stampy
Brandon Williams as Big Convoy & Cohrada
Eric Williams as Break
Scott Williams as Countdown

Karen Castello as D-NAVI
Andrew Short as Saberback
Kris Stemmer as Magmatron & Dead End
Peter Tagtstrom as Ramhorn
Scott Williams as Sling

Kenny McCoy as Narrator

Fanatical "Transformers" Episode up on YouTube

Transformers News: Fanatical "Transformers" Episode up on YouTube
Date: Thursday, February 22nd 2007 4:24pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Interviews, Media
Posted by: AutobotJazz | Credit(s): Joey Wagh

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The Canadian series Fanatical talks Transformers in one of their latest episodes. The episode can be seen on YouTube. The episode has been broken down and uploaded in three parts.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Transformers The movie - The Ultimate Edition UK DVD Update

Transformers News: Transformers The movie - The Ultimate Edition UK DVD Update
Date: Tuesday, February 20th 2007 4:52pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Media
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): Chris McFeely

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Metrodome's consultant on their Transformers title and renowned Transformers fan, Chris McFeely, was gracious enough to give an update on the progress of the 20th anniversary DVD title of Transformers: The Movie - The Ultimate Edition, which is scheduled to be released in the UK this summer.

"After a lot of quiet rumblings, it’s finally time for some solid news on the upcoming “Transformers: The Movie Ultimate Edition” DVD being released by Metrodome in the UK this summer!

The movie will be available in a two-disc set – while disc two will contain the original unaltered fullscreen movie, the real show is on disc one, where the movie is presented in a brand-new re-mastered widescreen format - a progressive PAL to PAL transfer made directly from the original film negative. As well as a 2.0 audio soundtrack, a carefully constructed 5.1 audio track has been created to accompany the movie – after the “Prime’s pop-gun” fiasco perpetrated by Magno Sound on Metrodome’s earlier “Transformers: The Movie Reconstructed” release, this track has been picked apart and put back together for the optimized 5.1 audio experience, sans unintrusive whipcracks and other crazy added sounds.

And how does the video image itself look? Well, first let’s compare it to “Reconstructed,” which peeled back the edges of the video to expose more animation, but suffered in the process. Here’s Devastator doing his thing, and Galvatron piloting his ship.

Looking hot, yes? But I think what more people want to know is, how does it compare to the recent 20th Anniversary offering by Sony available in Region 1? Well, let’s set Kup and Optimus Prime side-by-side to show it off (with some caps shamelessly borrowed from IGN.Com)…

Positively bursting with colour in comparison! And to finish it off, here’s Hot Rod in a four-way compare and contrast:

That's all for now, but there's lots more in the works!

Tom Kenny To Voice Starscream In Transformers Heroes

Transformers News: Tom Kenny To Voice Starscream In Transformers Heroes
Date: Tuesday, February 20th 2007 3:56pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, People News
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s):

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The Movie Reporter has reported that Tom Kenny will voice Starscream in the upcoming Transformers cartoon show, which as far as we know is to be named; Transformers Heroes. Originally the article reported that it was rumored that the voice actor, best known for his portrail of Spongebob Squarepants, was given the part of Starscream on the upcoming Transformers Movie. However, this was soon corrected and confirmed that Kenny would be part of the new show's cast.

New Transformers DVD Listing

Transformers News: New Transformers DVD Listing
Date: Thursday, February 8th 2007 4:39pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Media
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): and

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A new listing for a new Transformers DVD has appeared on the United Kingdom based website The DVD is titled Transformers: The Classic Episodes. The release date is set for April 30, 2007. No other information about the DVD is known at this time. Check the listing by clicking here.

Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes?

Transformers News: Frank Welker Not in the Transformers Movie and Corey Burton to Play Megatron in Transformers Heroes?
Date: Tuesday, January 30th 2007 6:18pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Media, Movie News, Rumors
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): and Shaun_C of TFW2005

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Ever since fans learned that the upcoming Transformers Movie would be a reality, they agreed on two things. They wanted Peter Cullen back as Optimus Prime and Frank Welker back as Megatron. Well it looks like fans will only get part of their wish. It looks like Welker will not be backj as Megatron. Welker posted the following on his own website back on December 12, 2006:

"I am not really sure what's happening with the "Transformer" movie other than my talented friend Peter Cullen has been cast. Presently, I have not been offered any roles. They are doing a new series based on our old shows which neither Peter nor I were cast. I think Corey Burton is playing the new Megatron. He is a wonderful voice talent and a great guy, so it's nice to be replaced by folks you like at any rate."

Also notice that Welker mentions that Corey Burton will be playing the part of Megatron in a new Transformers series.

Keep in mind none of this has yet to be confirmed and it is only rumor at this time. The main reason being that Welker made these comments back on December 12, 2007 and on January 8, 2007 IESB reported that Welker was days away from signing on as Megatron.

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #113 - Signal To Noise
Twincast / Podcast #113:
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Posted: Tuesday, March 24th, 2015