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Transformers Generation One Calendar Available For 2008

Transformers News: Transformers Generation One Calendar Available For 2008
Date: Sunday, September 2nd 2007 9:09am CDT
Categories: Sightings, Digital Media News, Collectables
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): TFW 2005

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Losing track of the days? Feeling uncertain about the future?

Maybe this can help. Trends International has a 2008 calendar ready for the needy transfan.

They also have other TF merchandise available too and Trends International products can be found in many U.S. retail stores, or are available online here.

There's no excuse for not knowing when important things are happening now.


Transformers Block Toys -- It Is Time!

Transformers News: Transformers Block Toys -- It Is Time!
Date: Sunday, September 2nd 2007 8:25am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Site Articles, Collectables, Editorials
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): An_de (video), wikipedia, youtube.com

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The purpose of this news blurb is to make awareness that locking brick Transformers is a popular idea, and a missed opportunity for the Transformers property.

There is a plethora of high quality fan made LEGO Transformers out there. The most recent version was shown yesterday (Movie Blackout), and today with this video of a transforming Movie Concept Camaro LEGO Bumblebee and others.

I believe that a large part of the collectible, and toy market is being missed because apparently there is no love for the merging of what seems like a match made in heaven...Transformers and LEGO blocks.

As a child I loved my LEGO sets almost as much as my GI Joes, Transformers, Star Wars, etc. Not true, I think I loved them more. They were a huge part of my childhood play. I used them in conjunction with and separately from all my other beloved toys. They are as much a part of my memory as those other beloved properties.

Fast forward to today, where we see a gap in the Transformers armor. Sure the movie has spawned so much TF merchandise, one would wonder just how there are any gaps at all. After all, there are bed sheets, lunchboxes, wrapping paper, toy lap tops, and so many versions of the characters in toy form that there should be no wanting for anything by any Transformers collector at all right? Wrong.

Why has the locking building blocks market been forsaken? Why are they skipping this style of play that was and is popular with children of many ages? I wish I knew. After all, you can see that many of the most popular movie franchises of late have made sure that they have their foot in that market: Spider-man and Marvel, Star Wars, and Harry Potter.

Perhaps because they are not sure how to go about doing it, especially with their first U.S. venture a few years back, Built To Rule Transformers. I can remember threads in the toy forum where all we did was come up with negative names that either rhymed with, or used the acronym, to create whatever negatives we could (many were quite vulgar). Doomed from the start some might say, because it was representing robots from the "as well loved" ARMADA television show, and not doing a very good job of it.

These Built To Rule configurations seemed like a great idea to try to get into the locking blocks market. Instead, they failed miserably. However, it was not the idea of tranforming block made robots that was bad, it was the design and execution of these robots that made people say, "Uggg..." The robots were flat, lacking in articulation, fairly fragile. And oh yeah, you had to take them apart to turn them into the more superior alternate modes. Oh and the blocks were not able to be used with LEGO bricks, so one could not modify the robots, and improve on them, unless they used another BTR set, which there were not many of at the time.

The popularity of Transformers at the time was also very low. The T.V. show was bouncing around time slots, the aisles were clogged with toys, which were actually pretty decent, but that lacked in comparison to previous lines due to the new gimmick, minicons. The BTR line was quickly cancelled after a handful of releases, although a small portion of the next round based on some Energon designs did make it into a very small number of retail stores, creating an interesting collector rarity. It could not compete in a market where LEGO was creating Star Wars based sets, highly popular, and able to fit with many other brick sets for modification, and increased play value.

One could argue that there is no better time than now for the HASBRO Transformers creative team to try this again. I don't have to tell you how hot Transformers Movie toys are, and just how popular the brand is at this time. Dia Block, a block company in Japan, released a "G1 Transforming Convoy" that met with mixed results here. Not because it was poorly designed, on the contrary it is very cool, very large, very detailed, and has the "perfect" transformation (for you Macross folks), meaning you do not have to disassemble any pieces to get it into an alternate mode. The box is G1 in design, making it a great collector's toy. The main problem, it was way too expensive for most to import. The money could easily be justified to be spent elsewhere, thus many folks do not own a very cool toy that should be available here, if marketing were thinking.

The japanese have seen the importance of locking building blocks since all the way back in Generation One when they included some smaller Transformers with environments created from locking blocks.

So why forsake this creative niche? Are the powers that be assuming that another such venture would fail miserably? Do they feel that the transforming gimmick alone is going to sell toys (Armada, Energon, and Cybertron are proof that they obviously do not)? Have they tested the market recently and found that children would rather play video games, and have other creative outlets, and that this line of toys would tank as badly as BTR Armada?

I can't argue with what I don't know. All I do know is that there are a lot of creative children and adults out there that feel that Transformers should delve back into this medium. Take time to generate 'good' quality, representative, and detailed designs. Make sure they have the "perfect" transformation, and don't be afraid to share some profits with LEGO, so that customization and creativity can occur.

Just some thoughts based on a fan's desire. Comments welcome.

Mountain Dew Custom Transformer on e-Bay

Transformers News: Mountain Dew Custom Transformer on e-Bay
Date: Sunday, September 2nd 2007 6:26am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Auctions
Posted by: Calenatarion | Credit(s): Zim-5000

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There has surfaced and custom made Transformer Movie toy on e-Bay. A lot of fans wanted to see a Mountain Dew vending machine, but Hasbro stated that they will not release this figure.

But now there is a nice chance to obtain the Mountain Dew Transformer! e-Bay member Zim-5000 has put up an auction for this interesting custom-made figure.

To see this nice figure click here!

Transformers Bumblebee Costume--Sorry Just For The Kiddies!

Transformers News: Transformers Bumblebee Costume--Sorry Just For The Kiddies!
Date: Saturday, September 1st 2007 8:39pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Collectables, Auctions
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): TFW 2005

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Halloween is fast approaching...sort of...so all of you ghosts, witches, and goblins beware, there is a new hero on the block for the kids to idolize and dress up as for Halloween.

More than likely soon to be released in stores everywhere that carry Halloween costumes, eBay gives us our first look at a Bumblebee child's costume.

Check out the auction here.

So if daddy (or mommy) has already nabbed himself/herself an Adult Sized Optimus Prime Costume then this is the perfect choice for the son or daughter (assuming they are young enough), so the pair of you can go 'Trick or Treating' dressed as this summer's hottest action team.

Just don't let your child do the 'ol oil leak as a trick. Your neighbors will not appreciate that one too much...

Transformable 'Sketcher' Shoe Toy Found At Subway

Transformers News: Transformable 'Sketcher' Shoe Toy Found At Subway
Date: Saturday, September 1st 2007 8:15pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Sightings, Collectables, Store News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Bug_Byte

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No, it's not a NIKE CONVOY or MEGATRON. It's not even an official Transformers toy, but it's a pretty cool toy nonetheless.

Seibertron member Bug_Byte found something interesting when he went out to grab a 'byte' to eat...

"It is a kids meal (Kid's Pack) toy from Subway restaurant and to purchase it seperately from the kids pack was 99 cents.

Hmm...I wonder where they got the idea from ;)"





I don't know about you guys, but for those collecting the shoeformers, this would fit in quite well.

Great find BB, I know I am going to go out to Subway tomorrow to see if I can grab a couple! Thanks for the heads up!

LEGO Blackout--A Brickfrenzy.com Creation

Transformers News: LEGO Blackout--A Brickfrenzy.com Creation
Date: Saturday, September 1st 2007 6:28pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): TFW 2005

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News has been kind of slow this weekend, so I thought I'd post this incredible block bot.

He's a creation of Brick Frenzy, who have a site of many different Lego creations.

Coming in at about 16 inches tall in robot mode, and approximately 2 feet in alt mode, Blackout is fully transformable, and modeled after the toy version.

You can see the Blackout gallery here.





I don't know about you, but it makes me want to pull out my LEGOs and start creating again.

Simon Furman Blog Update: And the title of the next IDW G1 Story Arc Is...

Transformers News: Simon Furman Blog Update: And the title of the next IDW G1 Story Arc Is...
Date: Saturday, September 1st 2007 9:01am CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Darth Bombshell | Credit(s): Neko, http://simonfurman.wordpress.com

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On his online blog, IDW writer Simon Furman has sneaked in a mention of the title of the next story arc in IDW's ongoing G1 storyline. Following "Devastation", the first issue of which will be released this mothn, there will be "Revelation." And following that...well, hear it from the man himself:

Simon Furman :

Let’s just clarify: though I call it an ongoing it will continue to be broken up into 6-issue chunks, which to an extent are complete entities in and of themselves. So there’ll still be a gap between Devastation and Revelation, and then a gap between Revelation and Expansion (and so on). Oops, did I just give something away there?


To see the full post, click here.

Vancouver Province Paper Mentions Transformers Movie In Summer Blockbuster Article

Transformers News: Vancouver Province Paper Mentions Transformers Movie In Summer Blockbuster Article
Date: Friday, August 31st 2007 10:38pm CDT
Category: Live Action Movie News
Posted by: Darth Bombshell | Credit(s): http://www.canada.com/theprovince/index.html

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Canadian Seibertronians were no doubt surprised to find in the E-Today section of today's newspaper an article by columnist Glen Schaefer about the Summer movie season. Naturally, included among the article was a mention of the Transformers Movie, in which he said the following:

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"I note that the real stars of the summer's biggest non-sequel were the General Motors product line featured in Transformers. That Camaro's agent is probably sunning himself in Aruba on the proceedings."


You can see the article online by clicking here, and a small piece about Transformers Movie star Shia LaBeouf here (a list of quotable movie quotes, which includes a line from the Transformers Movie, can be found here, as well)

Poster for Transformers IMAX Release Online

Transformers News: Poster for Transformers IMAX Release Online
Date: Friday, August 31st 2007 10:27pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Collectables
Posted by: Darth Bombshell | Credit(s): Robinson, SuperHeroHype

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Over very own Robinson has come across an incredible find at the Superhero Hype! website: the poster for the September 21st release of the Transformers Movie on IMAX screens. Click here to view it.

Rumor: First Look at Masterpiece Thundercracker?

Transformers News: Rumor:  First Look at Masterpiece Thundercracker?
Date: Friday, August 31st 2007 6:40pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Sponsor News, Rumors
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Hobby Link Japan

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First be clear the following is a only a rumor.

An interesting images has shown up on Hobby Link Japan under its MP-06 Skywarp listing. There is an images that shows Masterpiece Skywarp in the front along with the original Masterpiece Starscream in the back left and what looks to be a possible Masterpiece Thundercracker in the back right. We have mirrored the image here:


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