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Darth Bombshell's Thoughts on Dreamwave's Generation One More Than Meets The Eye Profile Series

Transformers News: Darth Bombshell's Thoughts on Dreamwave's Generation One More Than Meets The Eye Profile Series
Date: Saturday, January 20th 2007 6:05pm CST
Category: Site Articles
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Darth Bombshell

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Our latest installment in the Seibertron.com Articles Section comes from staff member Darth Bombshell. Darth Bombshell wrote this article awhile back, but has decided to share it with the rest of the Seibertron.com community. In this article Darth Bombshell shares his thoughts on Dreamwave's Generation One More Than Meets The Eye Profile Series. Without further delay here is the article:


Darth Bombshell's Thoughts on Dreamwave's Generation One More Than Meets The Eye Profile Series

In late 2002, Dreamwave announced plans for their most ambitious project yet: a series of profile book on the original Transformers that would appeal to both the current and older fans of the Generation One characters. The plan was not met with the best reviews, but I was cautiously intrigued. I felt that the series had the potential to be the most informative and enjoyable series that they had produced up until that time.

And then the problems began.

The first of these problems occurred when the first volume of their planned four issue series, set for a planned release on December 2002, was not released. Fans had thought that the project, due to the immense undertaking that it would take to produce, had fallen apart. The official word was that, in order to incorporate fan demand, the format had to be changed from a four issues bi monthly series to an eight issue monthly series. I don´t think that many fans bought this excuse. In fact, I am almost definitely sure that many fans thought that it was an excuse to explain the fact that they could not get the books out on time, a theory not at all helped by the fact that Dreamwave was, at the time, developing a history of not releasing their books on time. The last two issues of the first Generation One miniseries had arrived unacceptably late, an act most fans thought was an attempt to squeeze a second miniseries out of the various plot points left dangling at the first miniseries conclusion. This would become ironic in that none of these plots are expanded upon at all. In fact, it seemed that Brad Mick, the writer of the second miniseries, was going out of his way to ignore most of the events that had occurred in the first miniseries. In any event, most saw the restructuring of the whole project as little more than an excuse to try to attempt to construct an overall continuity to their Generation One projects.

This would inevitably lead to what would end up becoming the most well known problem that the series would be blamed for. It was decided somewhere during the series run that the final issue would include what would ultimately become something of a “bible’ for their various Generation One series. Many of the plot points described in this issue (the origin of the Triple Changers, Cybertron´s history, explanation of the various ‘Master technologies, etc.) would become the hard and fast rules for their Generation One storyline, in the War Within series, the two mini-series and the upcoming ongoing series. Unfortunately, continuity problems arose almost immediately, the most famous of which was the fact that Shockwave developed the Triple Changer technology shortly after coming back online following the events of the Great Shutdown, a plot point which would be contradicted by the first War Within series, which would show Blitzwing as part of Shcokwave´s attacking force transforming between his various three modes, supposedly before he gained the ability to do that. This would become even more convoluted by the events of War Within: The Dark Ages, which state that Shockwave was using Blitzwing as a test subject for various technologies. Granted, the former was released before a set continuity was established, but the fact that the latter attempts, and fails, to try to bring together all these seemingly confusing elements together show how restrictive setting down a straight path that all future projects must follow unerringly can get.

The quality of the writing would suffer, as well. This series was designed to give each and every Transformer character that was released in North America as a toy between 1984 and 1990 a profile. In order to do this, Adam Patyk and Brad Mick, writers of the series, had to draw from two different sources: the tech specs for these characters and the established bios written for the characters from Marvel´s “Transformers Universe’ series written almost twenty years ago. This would ultimately lead to the series having two different types of profiles: profiles that were nearly carbon copies of the original slightly rewritten to make them look different (for those characters who had previously written bios) and bios written using elements from the tech specs (for toy only characters) and bios written completely from scratch. (particularly the Micromasters)

But all of these problems seem very moot when one realized the main reason that the series was being produced: to showcase new and exciting art of the Generation One characters. All the art in the series was drawn either by Dreamwave talent (such as Pat Lee, Don Figueroa and Guido Guidi) or freelance talent hired on for the project. (such as Matt "Jackpot" Kuphaldt and Joe Ng, later to do work for Transformers Energon and the upcoming War Within: Age Of Wrath miniseries). The art, like much of the elements of the project, is a mismatch of good and bad, the most horrendous of which, unsurprisingly, comes from Pat Lee. One need look no further than his drawing of Starscream in the sixth issue to realize this fact.

The final problem that the series faced occurred, ironically, on the first page of the first issue. The whole series was based upon the fact that some unknown force was accessing this information from the Vector Sigma computer. Fan speculation ran unabated throughout the entire series run as to who this person was. The final issue revealed to us who this person was: Beast Wars Megatron. When people realized this fact, many mistakenly assumed that it would be a prelude to a Beast Wars miniseries. Although not likely at first, it was probably apparent that it was planned, the fact that a potential Beast Wars miniseries may occur (should enough fans vote for it on the upcoming Summer Special poll) confirming this fact.

In the end, despite the many problems that the series faced, it was considered one of the more popular projects undertaken by Dreamwave, and would be of use as both a encyclopedia for fans and guideline for fans. It´s popularity would lead to the creation of a “sequel’ series for Dreamwave´s other Transformers project: Transformers Armada.

It too would not be welcomed so easily, but unlike its predecessor, would not prove to be as popular.

New Movie "Battle Charger" Optimus Prime?

Transformers News: New Movie "Battle Charger" Optimus Prime?
Date: Saturday, January 20th 2007 9:37am CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Down_Shift | Credit(s): eptoys71

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Popular ebay seller eptoys71 has an auction up for what seems to be a toddlers version of The Transformers Movie Optimus Prime. It looks fairly simple in it's design, basic pull back and let it go functioning. Much like the Battle Chargers and Throttle bots of yester year, it seems this Optimus "flips up" when it is wound up and let loose.

Check out the auction here

Transformers Movie Starscream Movie Testshot gallery now online!

Transformers News: Transformers Movie Starscream Movie Testshot gallery now online!
Date: Saturday, January 20th 2007 1:16am CST
Category: Site News
Posted by: Air Commander Starscream | Credit(s): diablien

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SEIBERTRON.com is proud to present the first extensive gallery of the upcoming Transformers Movie Starscream Testshot. Fellow Seibertronian diablien has teamed up with Ryan to bring us this gallery. Recently diablien acquired a testshot for Starscream off of Ebay and decided to bring it over to Ryan’s house to get the famous Seibertron photo gallery treatment. So feast your optics on over 165 tantalizing picture preview of what’s to come!

New Images of Alternator Ravage

Transformers News: New Images of Alternator Ravage
Date: Friday, January 19th 2007 10:54pm CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Bed Bugs | Credit(s): SPXToys of eBay.com

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Ebay seller SPXToys has done it again and gotten a hold of another prototype.

This time he has set up an auction for Alternator Ravage. This is the second version of Alternator Ravage we know. The first one was Ravage in his 'robot-mode' and this new one is Ravage in his 'beast-mode'.

Click here to view the auction by spx_toys!

Also, keep an eye on SEIBERTRON.com for more pictures when they surface!

Shia Labeouf Talks Transformers in Total Film Magazine

Transformers News: Shia Labeouf Talks Transformers in Total Film Magazine
Date: Friday, January 19th 2007 10:17pm CST
Categories: Movie News, Media
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Wankerton of Don Murphy's Message Board

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The release date for the Transformers Movie is rapidly approaching. As we get closer to that date the number of interviews with the actors seem to increase. Recently Shia Labeouf, who plays Sam Witwicky in the film, has participated in another interview. This recent interview can be found in Total Film Magazine. Wankerton of Don Murphy's Message Board has posted some quotes from the interview. Here they are:

(Be warned these quotes do contain some foul language.)


"The Transformers can take any metal - your BBQ, your fax machine - and turn it into a fighting machine...."


"It's a coming of age story, with my character,Sam, becoming the hero in this chaos. Michael Bay just said to me 'You're going to get fucked up'.That was in wardrobe....."


"The movie takes place in a matter of hours, but it's on the run the whole time..."


"It's a 50-50 thing between CG and reality. When I saw Bumblebee built and standing, it's mind-boggling. It's like standing next to a moving building. Fucking insanity!"


"I've never seen anything like this shit. You can imagine a 50 foot robot, but you haven't seen them transforming on the freeway at 80mph in a fist fight. It's gonna be sick, man...."


"As far as the graphics goes, it's insane. Optimus Prime and Megatron are machines with faces, emotions. There's 150 components just to make the mouth smile. It's nuts!"

Toys "R" Us UK Website Updates With Transformers Energon Optimus Prime and Megatron Listing

Transformers News: Toys "R" Us UK Website Updates With Transformers Energon Optimus Prime and Megatron Listing
Date: Friday, January 19th 2007 6:58pm CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Toysrus.co.uk and Transformers @ The Moon

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Toys "R" Us UK has updated their webite with a new Transformers product listing, that is not so new. It is a listing for Transformers Energon Optimus Prime and Megatron 2 pack. This may be the set that was released in the United States and Japan during Energon's run. An image of Energon Optimus Prime is shown, but not Megatron. However, it could be something different based on the product description:

"Transform these cool robots to a vehicle and back or make mini robot figures. Contains Optimus and Megatron. Optimus breaks down into four figures while Megatron transforms to a cool truck. Colours and styles may vary."

Click here to check the listing out for yourself.

Article About the Transformers Movie in the Hollywood Reporter

Transformers News: Article About the Transformers Movie in the Hollywood Reporter
Date: Friday, January 19th 2007 6:45pm CST
Categories: Movie News, Media
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Hollywood Reporter and Allspark.com

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As we get closer to the release date for the Transformers Movie more and more articles about the movie will be printed and post around the internet. The latest article comes from the Hollywood Reporter. This article talks about Paramount Pictures International's global marketing strategy for the upcoming Transformers Movie. You can read the article at the Hollywood Reporter.

New Transformers Listings at Argos in the UK

Transformers News: New Transformers Listings at Argos in the UK
Date: Friday, January 19th 2007 6:22pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Store News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Kern

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Our own Kern has stopped by with some news about new Transformers listing for Argos stores in the United Kingdom. Kern managed to get a hold of the latest Argos catalouge. Here is what Kern posted:


"Just snagged the new catalouge, so I thought I'ld share the goodness :)

Page 1606 is where you'll find them. What we have is:

Classic Legends value pack
Great value bundle pack contains 4 Transformers figures. Each figure is a favourite Transformer character in a smaller scale that can be sneaked anywhere, perfect for secret missions.
081/3613 £9.79 (which seems to be a tad of a strange price)

Classic deluxe figures
Deluxe line features favourite characters from the first Transformer programming series. Vehicle mode is brought up to date with cool, current day styling.
369/4369 £9.99 (Rodimus used for picture)

Optimus v Megatron battle pack
'Battle in a Box' - includes the heroic Optimus Prime and villainous Megatron characters. Figures change from vehicle to robot and feature weapons and firing projectiles.
369/4571 £19.99 (Picture states 'includes DVD'. And whoever designed the graphics seems to think that Ops transforms into Meggsy...)

Movie 20th anniversary Optimus Prime figure
This die-cast collectable Optimus Prime, marks the 20th anniversary of the original Transformer movie. Highly detailed, features multiple articulation for limitless poses, includes electronic plinth with nostalgic phrases.
081/4571 £69.99

Classic Voyager figures
Voyager linen features characters from the original 'Robots in Disguise' series. Realistic vehicle mode and classic robot mode. Some figures feature firing projectiles, lights and sounds.
081/3297 £19.79 (Jetfire used for picture! Woo!)

Titanium 6" metal Cybertron heroes
Highly collectable and intricately detailed die-cast metal Transformers figures change from robot to vehicle and back! Includes display plinth.
369/5319 £14.99 (War Within Prime used for picture)

Alternator Ford Mustang
The Iconic car is brought up-to-date as Wheeljack. A 1:24 scale car with hidden weapon.
369/2006 £19.79

Alternator Dodge RAM SRT-1
In vehicle mode the legendary leader of the Autobots take the form of the Dodge RAM cult pick up truck. A must for Transformer fans and the perfect desk top toy.
369/2013 £19.79

Alternator Jaguar Ravage
Favourite character from the Transformers cartoon, Ravage retains Jaguar robot mode, and transforms to a Jaguar XK.
369/7788 £19.99
(uh... if you're in the Chesterfield area, don't bother trying to get ahold of him... there was only one in store. MINE!!!)
: stroke the kittycat :"

Title possibly announced for the Botcon '07 exclusives / story?

Transformers News: Title possibly announced for the Botcon '07 exclusives / story?
Date: Friday, January 19th 2007 4:35pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Event News
Posted by: Bed Bugs | Credit(s): Pete@Botcon of TFClub.com

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Pete@Botcon recently announced a winner of the guess the next club figure's name, but he also posted a little tidbit here that some of you may find interesting:

Pete@Botcon :
Victorysabre,

No, Skyfall, Landquake and Breakaway are not even a part of the Timeline's series. Unlike Universe, Timelines is purely a forum in which stories can be told from the different TF continuities. Timelines so far has 3 installments:

Descent into Evil - Gen 1 story
Dawn of Future's Past - BW story
The Dark Heart of Sandokan - Cybertron story (debuts very soon)

As more stories are told it will be even more clear the concept behind Timelines. However, we put out our own on-going regular fiction as well. The first 2 years of the club comic took place in the Dreamwave Post-Energon continuity and this years story takes place in the Post Marvel issue 80 continuity now known as "Classics." While they are an on-going story, connected by the club characters, each is its own series as well.


So with that in mind, let the speculation commense and we'll keep you updated with the most up-to-date information we can find regarding Botcon '07.

In package images of Transformers Real Gear figures!

Transformers News: In package images of Transformers Real Gear figures!
Date: Friday, January 19th 2007 2:41pm CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Down_Shift | Credit(s): Simpson of actoys.net

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Thanks to AcToys member Simpson for showing us all the first in carded imaged of Decepticon Power Up VT6 and Autobots, Longview, Spy Shot 6, and Speed Dial 800. These are all packaged in Movie style format and under the label Real Gear.

Check them out here

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