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Transformers DOTM Reviewed (Update: No Twins)

Transformers News: Transformers DOTM Reviewed (Update: No Twins)
Date: Saturday, May 14th 2011 12:30pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, Rumors
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Ain't it Cool News, rich prime, Connor A

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Capone of Ain't it Cool News had the opportunity to view Transformers DOTM in it's entirety and has posted the film's first review. While the version that was screened was in 2-D the reviewer states the movie's 3-D potential is "very clear". He also states the movie looks surprisingly complete considering it doesn't come out until July 1st. He has tried to keep his review free of major spoilers, but naturally there are some spoiler-ish details so read on at your own risk. We'll hit some of the high points below, to read his full review click here!

Update: After the Ain't it Cool News review started making waves in the Transformers community regarding the twins director Michael Bay posted the following in his Shoot for the Edit forum:

After the internet posting of a nice review by someone who saw Transformers Dark of the Moon, the writer had not been clear on one thing. He misstated that the Twins are in the film. They are not.

So I am offering a $25,000 REWARD to anyone who can find them performing in Transformers 3, on July 1, when the movie opens.

Michael


Capone has subsequently updated his review with the following regarding the twins:

[Hey, everyone. Just to be 100 percent clear, I'm not referring about the "The Twins" here; they are most definitely not in this film. I'm talking about Wheelie (Tom Kenny, who also voiced Skids in REVENGE OF THE FALLEN) and other similar smaller robots, who act like streetwise teenagers.]



The Chicago battle:
  • over an hour long
  • intense
  • lots of civilian deaths

The Twins:
  • they are in the film
  • they've been toned down from ROTF

Megatron:
  • very creepy
  • still has is disfigurements from ROTF
  • little spider-like robots crawl in and out of his head wound that he casually picks away
  • in surprisingly good spirits

Sentinel Prime:
  • left Cybertron in the Ark filled with technology he thought would eventually save their planet
  • voiced to "perfection" by Nimoy
  • retrieved and revived by Optimus Prime

Sam Witwicky:
  • has graduated college and is now living with new girlfriend Carly
  • not happy that he is not employed by the government
  • his boss is played by Malkovich
  • Ken Jeong is co-worker
  • his parents are in the film, but minimally

Carly:
  • Sam's new girlfriend (obviously)
  • often in the tightest of cloths
  • often filmed as though she is in a Victoria's Secret show
  • better than Megan Fox in the reviewer,s opinion

Dylan (Patrick Dempsey):
  • Carly's boss and possible competition for her attentions
  • has a penchant for world domination

Agent Simmons;
  • has written a book about the Transformers on Earth
  • now a rich eccentric
  • trying to not get pulled back in to the game

Moon landings/alien technology:
  • the first and every Moon landing since has been in response to the Ark crash landing
  • Autobots are not amused that technology meant to save their race has been sitting on the Moon all this time without their knowledge
  • Chernobyl accident was caused by experimentation on retrieved alien technology

Bottom line: Best of the three!

Wheeljack's Alt Mode Confirmed And Other DOTM Plot Spoilers

Transformers News: Wheeljack's Alt Mode Confirmed And Other DOTM Plot Spoilers
Date: Friday, May 13th 2011 10:31am CDT
Categories: Movie News, Rumors
Posted by: DevastaTTor | Credit(s): TFW2005, Cth, LB Kids Publishing

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As the TF3 movie release date draws closer, more plot spoilers have potential be revealed-read at you own risk. Over at fellow fansite TFW2005, member Cth (Cthilhu) has posted a number of pages from several upcoming TF3:Dark of the Moon children's books, one called The Lost Autobot and the other called Optimus Prime's Friends and Foes. While both books are not yet available for sale (like the toys, their street date is also Monday, May 16th, 2011), apparently a few have popped up on bookstore shelves for fan review. In one of the books, Wheeljack's alt mode is confirmed as the blue Mercedes Mercedes E550 we saw in the filming spyshots and galleries last summers. Also included are images of Mirage as well as several scenes from the movie.

Additional unconfirmed but presumed plot spoilers include:

  • Optimus Prime's trailer can transform into a shield
  • The Wreckers are Autobot mechanics who will assist in rebuilding an Autobot spaceship, possibly the Ark
  • Sentinel Prime's primary weapon is a rust cannon
  • Laserbeak can/will transform into several common alt modes including a computer, stereo, and TV.
  • Megatron will use a spacebridge will be used to transport a Decepticon army from the Moon to Earth.

Both of these books will be available in stores on May 17th and can also be found on Amazon.com HERE and HERE.

(Editor's note: images removed per the request of Hachette Book Group, Inc. Please do not repost the images.)

MP-09 Masterpiece Rodimus Second Version

Transformers News: MP-09 Masterpiece Rodimus Second Version
Date: Wednesday, May 11th 2011 2:20pm CDT
Categories: Rumors, Toy News
Posted by: Razorclaw0000 | Credit(s): BigBadToyStore.com

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Site sponsor BigBadToyStore.com has just listed MP-09 Masterpiece Rodimus Prime Version 02, stating:

BBTS wrote:This second release is to have corrected the flaws of the original version.

Please Note: We cannot accept returns or exchanges (from Pile of Loot or shipping returns) on the original version of the MP-09 for the updated version of the MP-09, we apologize for any inconvenience.


Why do not have additional details at this time, but it appears the controversial figure may be tweaked to address some of fans' biggest problems, like paint wear.

In the meantime, you can check out our MP-09 Rodimus Prime Gallery, one of the most comprehensive galleries of the figure so far!

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Could a U.K. Retailer Be Getting a DOTM Exclusive Leadfoot?

Transformers News: Could a U.K. Retailer Be Getting a DOTM Exclusive Leadfoot?
Date: Saturday, April 30th 2011 8:56pm CDT
Categories: Rumors, Toy News
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian | Credit(s): Full Metal Hero

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Here is some possible good news for the U.K. members of Seibertron. Red Leader of Kapow Toys has posted on Full Metal Hero that a well known U.K. wholesaler has indicated that the U.K. may be getting a "Leadfoot figure in a limited capacity." No details about the figure is known except that the order quantity must be 5000 for the exclusivity and it "may possibly be stocked by a high street chain well known for serving the UK with sci fi products, it is still an open offer so anyone can still bite." What we do know is that this is not the Cyberverse figure.

Leadfoot is the red Target sponsored wrecker. Fans have speculated that Leadfoot would be a Target exclusive in the U.S. due to the sponsor details. Perhaps Leadfoot will be a Target exclusive in the U.S. while an unknown retailer will get the exclusive in the U.K. We will update you with new information as it becomes available but for now we are treating this as a rumor.

Masterpiece -10 Optimus Prime

Transformers News: Masterpiece -10 Optimus Prime
Date: Thursday, April 21st 2011 2:11pm CDT
Categories: Rumors, Toy News
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): Anonymous

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Anticipation is building as to just who and what the recently announced Masterpiece MP-10 is.

Anonymous sources (and a little bit of reasoned guess work) reveal this upcoming MP figure to be none other than Optimus Prime with an improved trailer (ala MP-04). Details as we know to be rumored:

  • All new mold
  • Robot-mode size close to the i-Gear Faith Leader KO
  • Improved overall robot-mode and design
  • Better looking, more cartoon accurate head
  • Die-cast parts
  • Trailer
  • Truck-mode more convincing and realistic than MP 01
  • Truck-mode windscreen and grill better aligned than on previous G1 Optimus Prime toys
  • Accessories have not been decided upon yet

This is of course as of yet not 100% confirmed, our source may be mistaken as to some of the key details, but then again the same source has delivered reliable information about DOTM Leader Class Ironhide, Sentinel Prime, etc...

So yea, we're pretty sure this is true, but take it with a grain of salt - and watch that blood pressure...

New Takara Tomy DOTM Product Listings

Transformers News: New Takara Tomy DOTM Product Listings
Date: Sunday, April 17th 2011 1:39pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, Rumors, Toy News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Full Metal Hero

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Red Leader of Kapow Toys has posted two new Takara Tomy DOTM product lists on Full Metal Hero that reveal some previously unheard of figures.

The first list includes DA-16 ULTIMATE IRONHIDE, DD-09 DECEPTICON A, and DD-12 F1 CAR.

Keep in mind that DA-16 Ultimate Ironhide is listed as a Leader class figure. It may just be the Japanese release of Hasbro's Leader Ironhide, but then again it could be something new.

1) DA-15 JETWINGS OPTIMUS PRIME - 4 PER CASE - JULY RELEASE - JAPAN EXCL

2) DA- 16 ULTIMATE IRONHIDE - 6 PER CASE - JULY RELEASE - LEADER CLASS - JULY

3) DA-17 SPACE OPTIMUS - 6 PER CASE - JULY - VOYAGER CLASS

4) DA-18 NITRO BUMBLEBEE - 12 PER CASE - JULY - DELUXE CLASS

5) DA-19 MADFLAP - 12 PER CASE - JULY RELEASE - DELUXE CLASS

6) DD-07 BAZARD - 12 PER CASE - JULY RELEASE - SCOUT CLASS

7) DD-08 THUNDERCRACKER - JULY RELEASE - DELUXE CLASS

8 ) DA-20 SENTINEL PRIME - AUGUST RELEASE - VOYAGER CLASS

9) DA-21 GUNFIRE AND SPIKE - HUMAN ALLIANCE BASIC - JULY

10) DA-22 GUNFIRE AND TANGUSTEIN - HUMAN ALLIANCE BASIC - JULY

11) DA-23 SANDSTORM AND DEADCLIFF - HUMAN ALLIANCE BASIC - JULY

12) DD-09 DECEPTICON A - DELUXE CLASS - AUGUST

13) DD-10 STARSCREAM REDECO - DELUXE CLASS - AUGUST

14) DD-11 ICEPEAK AND CHAOS - HUMAN ALLIANCE BASIC - AUGUST

15) DA-24 OPTIMUS PRIME REDECO - VOYAGER CLASS - AUGUST

16) DA-25 MOTORCYCLE AND NEST - HUMAN ALLIANCE BASIC - AUGUST

17) DA-26 HELICOPTOR AND NEST - HUMAN ALLIANCE BASIC - AUGUST

18) DA-27 OVERBIKE AND NEST - HUMAN ALLIANCE BASIC - AUGUST

19) DD-12 F1 CAR - DELUXE CLASS - 12 PER CASE



The second list reveals five new Cyberverse entries:

  • CV-18 RATCHET AND SPACE UNIT
  • CV-19 NEWBRAIN AND TANK
  • CV-20 ENERGY BLADE OPTIMUS PRIME
  • CV-21 DECEPTICON ENFORCER 3
  • CV-22 SPONSORED CAR 1

1) CV-01 SPACE SHIP ARK - 6 PER CASE - JULY

2) CV-02 BUMBLEBEE AND MOBILE BATTLE HUNGER - 6 PER CASE - JULY

3) CV-03 STARSCREAM AND MOBILE ASPHALT CARRIER - 6 PER CASE - JULY

4) CV-04 OPTIMUS PRIME - 6 PER CASE - JULY

5) CV-05 SENTINEL PRIME - 6 PER CASE - JULY

6) CV-06 IRONHIDE - 6 PER CASE - JULY

7) CV-07 MEGATRON - 6 PER CASE - JULY

8 ) CV-08 BUMBLEBEE - 12 PER CASE - JULY

9) CV-09 SIDESWIPE - 12 PER CASE - JULY

10) CV-10 TOPSPIN - 12 PER CASE - JULY

11) CV-11 CRANKCASE - 12 PER CASE - JULY

13) CV-12 OPTIMUS PRIME & MECH SUIT - 6 PER CASE - AUGUST

14) CV-13 MEGATRON & TBD - 6 PER CASE - AUGUST

15) CV-14 POWER GRIDE - 12 PER CASE - AUGUST

16) CV-15 BLACKOUT & SCORPONOK - 12 PER CASE - AUGUST

17) CV-16 RATCHET - 12 PER CASE - AUGUST

18) CV-17 SPONSORED CAR 3 - 12 PER CASE - AUGUST

19) CV-18 RATCHET AND SPACE UNIT - AUGUST - 6 PER CASE

20) CV-19 NEWBRAIN AND TANK - 6 PER CASE - AUGUST

21) CV-20 ENERGY BLADE OPTIMUS PRIME - 12 PER CASE - AUGUST

22) CV-21 DECEPTICON ENFORCER 3 - 12 PER CASE - SEPTEMBER

23) CV-22 SPONSORED CAR 1 - 12 PER CASE - SEPTEMBER

24) CV-23 ???????????????????? 12 PER CASE SEPTMBER (SHOCKWAVE MAYBE?)

Is Iridescent DOTM Linkin Park song?

Transformers News: Is Iridescent DOTM Linkin Park song?
Date: Wednesday, April 13th 2011 6:56am CDT
Categories: Movie News, Rumors
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian | Credit(s): Linkin Park.com

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The Linkin Park website has been slightly updated. It features a moon on which you can click to hear a small modified snippet of Linkin Park's Iridescent which is on their album "A Thousand suns'. An image on the website also features the Autobot symbol in "A Thousand Suns art style". Is this the new Linkin Park Dark Of The Moon Song?

Joe Hahn of Linkin Park has dropped a little hint on his Twitter account about a new video and asking "Do robots and leather look good together?"

It has been previously reported that "Burning In The Skies" would be the featured song in the third movie. If this is true, then it is an unexpected turn of events.

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Michael Bay on the Identity of the Silver Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Transformers News: Michael Bay on the Identity of the Silver Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Date: Sunday, April 10th 2011 11:13pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, Rumors
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Shoot for the Edit

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Director Michael Bay recently dropped by his own Shoot for the Edit forums and chimed in on a discussion about the possible identity of the silver Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Some fans have speculated this may be Soundwave's earth mode based on clues from the game trailers and comics. This is what he had to say:

Originally Posted by michaelbay
Mercedes would never let us make their car into a bad Decepticon. Car company's really frown on that - I can't say what the game company and comics do that's their own thing. They don't have the same constraints movies do. It's Carly's car.


As you can see Bay indicates the Mercedes isn't a Transformer at all, but just a regular car driven by Carly. Shoot for the Edit site admin nelson then had this to say on the matter:

Originally Posted by nelson
That's what I've been saying since day one.


Truth from the source of misinformation campaign? Discuss here!

Leaked Images from EA's Mobile Transformers DOTM Game

Transformers News: Leaked Images from EA's Mobile Transformers DOTM Game
Date: Saturday, April 9th 2011 11:50am CDT
Categories: Game News, Movie News, Rumors
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): ProjectNext

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Leaked screen shots have surfaced on the mobile gaming site ProjectNext of what is said to be EA's Transformers DOTM mobile game. The original poster states these images are from the fist two levels, and also mentions "War in Chernobyl". Take a look at the mirrored images below.

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Looks like Optimus Prime is up to his old tricks! "Any last words Crankcase?"
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Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger?

Transformers News: Where In The World Is Reveal The Shield Windcharger?
Date: Friday, April 8th 2011 9:48pm CDT
Category: Rumors
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian

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Where in the world is Reveal The Shield Windcharger? If you live in Canada or the United Kingdom, then you already know the answer to this question. If you live in the United States or anywhere else with a shortage of the aforementioned bot, then you know the frustration this question has brought to many collectors. The latest RTS Scout assortment has been spotted all over Canada and the U.K.

Why haven't we seen hide nor hair of these figures in the U.S.? The answer to this question is purely speculation at this point. There are rumors that Hasbro has decided to cancel the scout assortment in the U.S. There could be many possible reasons why Hasbro would choose to do this if it is true. One reason might be that over seas currencies are doing better than the U.S. Dollar. Other companies have done this before. Here are a couple of interesting articles about this practice.

http://www.wiiblog.net/struggling-us-dollar-effects-wii-fit-release-805/

The other aspect of the shortage sounds more believable than the first. The US economy has been struggling for the past few months. We’ve seen food and gas prices rise as the dollar has lost its’ power. The euro has actually become more valuable than the dollar, and for this reason accounts for some of the shortage. It’s been estimated that Europe received over 2 million Wii Fit units, while America only received 500,000.


Here is a quote from Michael Pachter, a professional analyst, “The shortage demonstrates one consequence of the weak dollar. We’re seeing companies ignore their largest market simply because they can make a greater profit elsewhere”
When it comes down to any business, it’s all about maximizing your profit. I don’t blame Nintendo for increasing units to Europe, nor do I hold any ill-will towards the decision. For people who are left wanting a Wii Fit, should just blame the shortage to bad economical timing. The dollar will eventually strengthen, barring any un-forseen disaster. Hopefully the next shipment of Wii Fits will see a stronger dollar, therefore a better ratio for Wii Fit units shipped.


http://www.vgzero.com/thread-15007-post-291648.html

According to Victor Godinez of dallasnews.com, the real culprit behind the shortage of Wii consoles in the Americas is the weak US Dollar. With realistic fears of an economic recession looming in the USA, Nintendo are currently making much higher profits from selling Wii in Europe. In the last year, the value of €1 (Euro Currency) has rocketed from $1.35 all the way to $1.51.

In an interview with GameStop analyst Michael Pachter, Godinez asked how an economic slowdown might affect the availability of the Wii. Pachter claims that Nintendo are behaving "perfectly rationally" in their marketing strategy, that is, sending extra numbers of Wii consoles to Europe in order to "satisfy the more profitable consumers there". But as the demand for Nintendo products in Europe is now reaching a plateau stage, surplus systems should find themselves steadily filtering into the American market.

An explanation on the source website explains all these economics rather well:

With a weak dollar, foreign companies that sell their goods in the U.S. for dollars and then convert those dollars to their native currencies get a smaller profit than if they sell their products in countries with strong currencies of their own (such as Europe with the Euro). In other words, Nintendo makes a bigger profit on Wiis sold in Europe than on Wiis sold in the U.S.
It is a reasonable assumption that Nintendo may be waiting furthermore for the US Dollar to stabilize itself once again; which may just happen as European demand for Wii starts its levelling-out phase. Opinions as always in the forum.


Also in the same predicament are the RTS G1 legends assortment. Whether or not these will hit the shelves in the U.S. is up for debate. This is the exact same mix of ingredients that happened to the Transformers Universe G1 legends assortment the came out before the first Transformers movie in 2006. Many collectors reported never seeing them at retail. Will this happen again?

This is purely speculation based on the availble facts.

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