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New Toy Galleries: Takara Animated Blackout and Arcee

Transformers News: New Toy Galleries: Takara Animated Blackout and Arcee
Date: Saturday, June 5th 2010 6:38pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Site Articles, Toy News
Posted by: Anonymous.

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Move aside Hasbro, there's a new Transformers Animated distributor in town. With Transformers Animated in full swing in the Land of the Rising Sun, it was simply time until Takara would be releasing superior Transformers toys. Takara's version of Animated Blackout is released before Hasbro's, and their version of Arcee quickly follows the release of Hasbro's counterpart, who has been nothing more than scarce in North America.

For your viewing pleasure, both Takara Animated Blackout and Takara Animated Arcee have made their way into the world renowned toy galleries of Blackout's first appearance was in the first few episodes of Season 3, wrecking havoc on Rodimus Minor's team of Autobots. His design was based off a Decepticon of the same name, the 2007 Movie Villian and fellow Military Helicopter, Blackout. This version of Blackout differs from Hasbro's, as it has a purple colored Decepticon logo and slightly lighter color scheme. Arcee was Transformers Animated main Autobot fembot, making appearances in several episodes. This version of Arcee differs from Hasbro's, featuring a red colored Autobot logo, and a different finish. Feel free to check each figure's galleries in the links below!

Takara Blackout

Takara Arcee

In addition to the Transformers Animated madness, the toy galleries of Voyager Optimus Prime, Grimlock, Starscream, and Deluxe Prowl now feature new box, robot and alternate mode comparison images!

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Transtopia Masterclass - Leader Class Scourge

Transformers News: Transtopia Masterclass - Leader Class Scourge
Date: Saturday, June 5th 2010 1:57am CDT
Categories: Movie News, Site Articles, Toy News, Transtopia
Posted by: Anonymous. | Credit(s): Toyphilia

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With the recent licensing in Transformers lines, any use of an Optimus Prime figure as a character other than Optimus Prime has been prevented. The last time an Optimus Prime figure was remade into a Decepticon was Classics Nemesis Prime, and we've been through several toy lines since then! Energon Pub member and customizer Toyphilia decided that the leader of the Autobots needed to be back in black, and what better way to do it than by using ROTF Leader Class Optimus Prime. The figure is tainted with a little evil, the black hues and lighting decals signifying the essence of the Decepticon called Scourge. To top it all off, Scourge comes with his trademark sword and trailer. Check out toyphilia's masterpiece below!


If you have any Transformers related work, whether it be simple repaints, hardcore customs, or fan art, feel free to post in our Transtopia boards!

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An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon

Transformers News: An Unofficial Comprehensive Guide to BotCon
Date: Wednesday, May 26th 2010 12:40am CDT
Categories: Event News, Site Articles, Site News
Posted by: Savage | Credit(s): Savage

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Okay, so you've decided to attend BotCon, but you probably have a lot of questions. Hopefully this article can put a few of your fears to rest and answer some of those questions. There are many elements to BotCon, including Hotels, Registration Packages, Exclusive Figures, Sales Room, Panels, etc., and we are going to examine each one in some detail.

First up, Hotels and Travel:

Depending on the location, many people choose to fly to BotCon each year, others turn it into a roadtrip. If multiple collectors from your area are planning to attend, a carpool roadtrip can save everyone some money on gasoline. If flying is your preferred mode of travel, it is a wise idea to buy plane tickets early (often before BotCon Registration opens) to get the best price.

Every year, there are several hotels (2-3) that are within a block or two (or attached to) the convention center where BotCon is held. These hotels usually offer reduced prices for the convention. usually provides this information after the dates and location are announced. Bear in mind, however, that these are generally 4 or 5 star hotels. Even with the BotCon discount, you are looking at approximately $150 per night. Many people choose to stay at a cheaper hotel within a short driving distance. This can save you some money on hotel costs. However, you will also have to pay for parking at the convention center each day, and that can add up. Or you could take a taxi from your hotel to the convention. The major downside to an offsite hotel is that you miss out on a lot of the room-to-room trading and general hanging out that happens during the evening and nights in various hotel rooms. It's a lot easier to stay up until three am talking TransFormers if your bed is right down the hall.

Registration Packages:

Primus Package- This package generally costs about $300 (for club members. Also, prices vary slightly from year to year) and includes the following:
Full admittance to the convention, sales room, panels, and autograph lines
Admittance to the Saturday Night Awards Dinner
Five-Figure Boxed Set
One Free Attendee Figure

Minicon Package- Can only be purchased as an add-on to a Primus Package. This package ranges in price from $80-$105, depending on the year and whether or not the person is a club member. Minicon Package includes:
Full admittance to the convention, sales room, panels, and autograph lines
Admittance to the Saturday Night Awards Dinner
No figures

Protoform Package- This package generally costs between $180-200, and includes:
Full admittance to the convention, sales room, panels, and autograph lines
No figures, no Awards Dinner

Iacon Package- This package is for NON-attendees who wish to purchase a boxed set and have it shipped to their home.

General Admission- General Admission is available for walk-ins on Saturday and Sunday ONLY. Inludes admittance to sales room, autograph lines, and panels.

Picking Up Your Package:
If you are enrolled in one of the Customizing Classes, you will receive your Package on Wednesday for Early Pickup. Otherwise, you may pick up your Package (name badge, boxed set, convention comic book, etc) on Thursday evening. Times will be assigned by FunPub prior to the convention, so you will know when it is your turn to get into the first of many long lines.

Customizing Classes:

There is usually one class on Wednesday and one on Thursday. They are not included in the cost of any of the above Packages. They cost extra. You will be given one figure and the instructor will walk the class through customizing it. These classes are very small and fill up quickly. If you want to get into the class, you need to register within the first hour of Registration coming online. If you are lucky enough to get into one of these classes, you will receive your name badge, boxed set, etc, on Wednesday instead of the normal Package Pickup on Thursday night.

Exclusive Figures:

The Boxed Set- five figures in a box with certificate of authenticity. These are limited in number and available only to those who buy a Primus or Iacon Package. Primus Package holders receive them at Package Pickup along with their name badge, club comic, etc.

Loose Set- Primus and Iacon Package holders have the option to purchase an additional loose set of the figures from the boxed set. Many Primus Package holders choose to buy these to turn around and sell them to other convention goers to recoup some of the cost of their trip.

Free Attendee Figure- Each Primus Package holder receives one free figure at Package Pickup. This figure is usually a repaint of a mold used in the boxed set.

Souvenir Sets- Each year, the club provides two or three "Souvenir Sets" these are additional pairs (or trios) of exclusive figures. They usually complement the boxed set and/or a previous year's set. Souvenir Sets may be purchased from the Club Store after Package Pickup on Thursday night, or anytime throughout the convention until they sell out. If they do not sell out by the end of the con, the remainder will be sold in the Collectors' Club online store.

Speaking of the Club Store:

The Club Store opens Thursday evening after Package Pickup. Once you pick up your name badge, etc, you are free to get into the Club Store line. There is usually one line for cash and one for credit. The cash line has moved slightly faster in previous years. At the Club Store, you may purchase the Souvenir Sets, t-shirts, other TF memorabilia, other Club exclusive figures (like Astrotrain, Airrazor, Nightbeat, Punch/Counterpunch if he wasn't sold out, you get the idea). Friday evening, the Club Store booth will be dismantled and rebuilt inside the Sales Room on Saturday morning, where it will remain for the duration of the show.

The Sales Room / Dealer Room:

Primus, Minicons, and Protoforms gain admittance to the dealer room for a few hours Friday evening, and Saturday morning before General Admission opens. The dealer room usually closes at 5pm on Friday and Saturday, and at 3:30pm on Sunday (when the entire convention officially ends).


Many Panels are conducted on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. These generally include a Hasbro Panel (which includes sneak peeks at future figures, you do NOT want to miss this!), an IDW panel where they talk about recent and upcoming TF comics, a videogame panel to promote and discuss the latest TF videogame.

Your convention name badge will have a complete schedule of the weekend's events on the back of it. This will become your best friend.


Many guests will sign autographs. These are done at certain times (see the back of your name badge for times), and it is wise to get in line early, ESPECIALLY for guests such as Peter Cullen whose line will be exceptionally lengthy. Be prepared to sit in line for an hour or two. In previous years, people have been allowed to have two items signed and a quick picture taken.

Saturday Night Awards Dinner:

For Primus and Minicons only. This is the only time that food will be provided. The type of food varies from year to year. There will be food, socializing, and a small presentation that varies from year to year. For 2010, we are being treated to the induction of the first of the TransFormers Hall of Fame. 2009 was a Stan Bush concert and sneak peek at a few scenes from "Revenge of the Fallen."

The show officially ends on Sunday afternoon at 3:30pm. Of course, many people tend to mingle, say their goodbyes, grab dinner on their way out of town, etc. BotCon is an amazing experience. Despite the exclusive figures, awesome guests, huge sales room, it is the people you meet at BotCon each year that will make it worth the trip time and time again.

Well, that's all for now. I hope this guide has answered a few questions for you.

Transtopia Masterclass - Custom Botcon Spark

Transformers News: Transtopia Masterclass - Custom Botcon Spark
Date: Friday, May 7th 2010 3:59am CDT
Categories: Event News, Site Articles, Toy News
Posted by: Anonymous. | Credit(s): Mach, HK-TF member adun

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We're less than two months away until the general public receives 2010 Botcon Exclusive Autobot Spark. Of course with us Transformers toy collectors, two months is sometimes too long. With that in mind, we'd like to share a custom Botcon Autobot Spark. HK-TF member adun has acquired the figure through other means. He's gone to town with it in terms of Spark's weaponry, arming the figure with weapons more fit for an Autobot Leader. Not only that, but adun has also made the figure more Generation Two accurate, replacing the figure with a brand new head. Check out the custom below!


If you have any customs, light or heavy, feel free to post them within the designated Transtopia boards!
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"Leave No Autobot Uncrushed!"- TRANSFORMERS #6 Review

Transformers News: "Leave No Autobot Uncrushed!"- TRANSFORMERS #6 Review
Date: Tuesday, April 27th 2010 8:49am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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The final issue in the first story arc of IDW’s Transformers Ongoing comic series does pretty much what you would hope it would do. Motivations are revealed, and we have an ultimate climax of situations as we follow up last issue’s cliffhanger of good ol’ Swindle ready to have Menasor... CRUSH ALL THE AUTOBOTS!

Credits for this issue's creation go to:

Written by: Mike Costa
Art: Don Figueroa
Colors by: J. Brown with Andrew Dalhouse
Letters by: Chris Mowry
Editor: Andy Schmidt
Associate Editor: Denton J. Tipton

Last Issue:

The stunticons were reunited, Ultra Magnus confronts the Autobot/Decepticon group, and Spike has a heart to heart with Optimus Prime about why the giant robot surrendered to Skywatch.

This Issue:

The relationships and growth of characters that has happened in the IDW books seem to really become evident as recent events in Spotlight Prowl, TRANSFORMERS Bumblebee, and of course, TRANSFORMERS Ongoing have finally come to fruition.

What I liked:

The action is fun. Pure and simple, metal-mashing robots. Lots of gunplay, and some nifty dialogue make this, if nothing else a fun read. If that’s why you like Transformers, pick this issue up to see some ‘SMASHING’ being done.

...But there is more...

Thundercracker makes an important step that I think many will find helps his character to grow even further toward what IDW has set up for him. But does it seem a step too far? Will he be allowed to be a Decepticon anymore? Does he even want to be?


Bumblebee goes Goldbug and grows up...Bumblebee Prime??? The BUMBLEBEE miniseries dragged us through a painful four issue process of Bumblebee becoming more confident, and better able to lead the Autobots. He steps even further into this role thanks to Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, and Rodimus, but now seems to embrace it.


Optimus Prime, even though confused himself, still uses his reputation to inspire and build confidence in the other Autobots.


The humans finally wise up. Well, Spike as a leader wises up. I actually like the human element realized in this issue. Spike comes down from his pedestal a moment to reflect upon his actions and how his immaturity has cost others. The idea that not everything is black and white finally hits him, and he also grows from it, realizing that he perhaps has a greater duty than he has been taking responsibility for previously.

And FINALLY they realize that there are good Transformers and bad Transformers, and they might be able to work with good ones to help them in their efforts to stop the BAD ones.


The art was very well rendered and images were excellent in quality and detail. Great movement and emotion shown in the figures in the pages, Don really shows his stuff with fantastic detail.

What I didn’t like:

SPOILER!!!!Optimus Prime has to save the day SPOILER!!!
(Even though he gets the ideas from another person who gets them from someone else). It seems to come about too easily. But you know, it’s fiction, so things like that can happen. It also seems just too easy of a choice for Spike to make to get Optimus back in the mix.


Rodimus the cry baby. Okay it’s harsh to say that, but of the characters who have grown and changed the most over this story arc, I think his character has taken the biggest step backwards. It seems inconsistent with where he was in TRANSFORMERS SPOTLIGHT HOT ROD, the -ation series, and even in MAX DINOBOTS...what happened? Why ignore the treatment that you had set up for a character to totally change him into another? What purpose do the writers have for him? Some will like how Hot Rod has been written, and others won’t.

Some would also say the same thing for Optimus Prime. His character perhaps has taken a step backwards as to what he started out portrayed as in the IDW-verse. But is it to show just how complicated this new situation is, and just how much it DOES effect even the 'great' leaders? That answer is coming, hopefully.


Thundercracker seems a bit too goody-goody. Again, is it a change for the better, or worse? Will readers be happy with it, or not?

The art style still has me wondering. It is beautifully rendered most of the time, but the faces still are at times hard to accept, read, or recognize. The humans seem to be to me, the opposite...not very detailed or realistic looking in their features, most of the time.


I also wonder what in the world they are going to do with such a large cast of robots now that the rosters of Bumblebee and Ongoing have merged. Will the Season 1 robots still tend to take the spotlight as they usually do, or will we see others stepping up and being used and explored more?

Pick this issue up for yourself as it wraps up the first TRANSFORMERS story arc, and sets the table for what will be happening next in the series. Check out the five-page preview here!

TRANSFORMERS #6 hits comic stores tomorrow!'s Transformers Hall of Fame Nominees!

Transformers News:'s Transformers Hall of Fame Nominees!
Date: Friday, April 23rd 2010 6:11pm CDT
Categories: Company News, Site Articles, Site News
Posted by: Anonymous. | Credit(s): Blurrz

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We'd like to thank everyone for voting for their nominees for the fifth inductee into the Transformers Hall of Fame. The ballot has been stopped, the votes have been tallied, and we've got our results. Without further ado,'s selections are....

G1 Jazz with 10%....

Beast Wars Dinobot with 11%....

G1 Shockwave with 14% ....

G1 Grimlock with 18%....

and G1 Soundwave with 23%!


For now, all that is left to be done is to wait for other Transformers fan websites. Then we shall wait for Hasbro, who will then take all the fan website choices (including ours) and tally up the robot points. We will then be able to vote from the top five robot points receivers at to add one robot to the already elite group of bots - Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee and Starscream!

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POLL: Transformers Hall of Fame...Time For You To Cast Your Vote!

Transformers News: POLL: Transformers Hall of Fame...Time For You To Cast Your Vote!
Date: Thursday, April 15th 2010 4:02pm CDT
Categories: Company News, Site Articles, Site News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): HASBRO PR, Seibertron

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Cast your vote!

HASBRO wants to know what we think. Nope, this is not a joke. They really want to know what characters have been thrown around as HOF worthy? You can check out the original discussion thread here to see some people's thoughts when they heard about the hall of fame being proposed.

The really cool thing though is that each website gets to submit their top five character choices to HASBRO as voted on by their community members. So you now have 7 days to get your vote in by clicking your top three choices in the poll that goes along with this post.

TRANSFORMERS Fans Will Participate in Selecting One Robot for the Class of 2010

Pawtucket, R.I. (March 26, 2010) — After more than 25 years of “MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE” action, Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is announcing the TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame that will honor both “ROBOTS IN DISGUISE” and those influential in creating and building this iconic entertainment brand.

Heroic AUTOBOTS OPTIMUS PRIME and BUMBLEBEE, as well as evil DECEPTICONS MEGATRON and STARSCREAM, will be the first robots honored with admission as chosen by Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame internal panel of judges. TRANSFORMERS fans around the world will determine a fifth robot to join the inaugural class via voting on the website starting on Monday, May 10, 2010. The winning robot will be revealed Saturday night, June 26, 2010 in Orlando, FL at the annual TRANSFORMERS convention known as “BotCon” when the entire Class of 2010 will be officially inducted.

“The TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame celebrates a global entertainment property that has sparked the imagination of millions of kids over the past 26 years and remains one of the world’s most iconic brands,” said Greg Lombardo, senior director of marketing for TRANSFORMERS. “Starting in 2010, Hasbro will annually honor fans’ most-loved characters from the world of CYBERTRON as well as those individuals who have helped shape a brand that has spawned an army of popular action figures, multiple animated series and two blockbuster live action movies that set worldwide box office records.”

Next Friday when we send in's top five choices, HASBRO will then take all the fan website choices (including ours) and tally up the robot points. We will then be able to vote from the top five robot points receivers at to add one robot to the already elite group of bots that has been admitted to the TRANSFORMERS HALL OF FAME already.

TRANSFORMERS HALL OF FAME MEMBERS (Introductory Class of 2010)

-Optimus Prime Image

-Bumblebee Image

-Megatron Image

-Starscream Image

- ??????? -

Need a forum sig to get people to support your candidate? Samsonator has offered to custom make some. Check out this thread here.

Want a sig that was already created? Check 'em out below.









Cast your vote for the TRANSFORMERS HALL OF FAME today!

Blast from the past: 71 old articles found and added to news section

Transformers News: Blast from the past: 71 old articles found and added to news section
Date: Saturday, April 10th 2010 6:39pm CDT
Categories: People News, Press Releases, Site Articles, Toy News
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Seibertron

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Earlier today, fellow Seibertronian Giga Zarak contacted us to inform us that our old site articles section was missing. Truth be told, I think it's been M.I.A. for at least a few years now. Fortunately, I had the old articles in a database table still so I imported them into our news section for all of you to enjoy. Some of these articles are press releases, old newspaper articles from the 80s, or articles that I wrote for's predecessor "Trans-Forum" (which was a Transformers fanzine I ran from 1996 to 1999).

Comments will be unavailable for these topics at this time. If someone can help by creating forum topics for them in the appropriate forums and by sending a list of the titles and URLs for these articles, I'll hook up these old articles with the new forum topics.

In the meantime, here's some fun reading from to bring back some memories this fine spring weekend.

Date: November 18th, 1984
Source: Unknown
Author: Sharon Young

Santa's orders launch invasion of robots
Date: November 25th, 1984
Source: Arizona Republic (Phoenix)
Author: Judy Hille

Milton Bradley purchase, hot toys put Pawtucket firm near industry's top
Date: December 23rd, 1984
Source: Providence Journal
Author: Hamilton Allen

Hottest toy sells out before it's delivered
Date: December 24th, 1984
Source: Unknown
Author: Jane A. Smith

Hasbro Can't Toy with Optimus Prime
Date: March 28th, 1987
Source: Unknown
Author: Lane Crockett

Poor Sales May Deal Toy Robots Fatal Blow
Date: December 16th, 1990
Source: Associated Press
Author: Karen Schwartz

Beast Wars Series Premieres With Winning Ratings In U.S.
Date: May 27th, 1996
Source: Mainframe

Hop in your Deceptive Automobile to BotCon '96!
Date: June 6th, 1996
Source: Trans-Forum

The Beast Within!
Date: June 6th, 1996
Source: Trans-Forum

And From Headquarters (July 1996) ...
Date: July 5th, 1996
Source: Trans-Forum

Botcon '96 Takes Over The Windy City
Date: July 5th, 1996
Source: Trans-Forum

Only Time Will Tell
Date: July 5th, 1996
Source: Trans-Forum

Dave's World
Date: July 5th, 1996
Source: Trans-Forum

New Beasts begin shipping in November!
Date: August 24th, 1996
Source: Trans-Forum

A Prime Mistake
Date: August 24th, 1996
Source: Trans-Forum

Arcee, Starscream Hot Rod and others to arrive in Toy Stores!
Date: October 1st, 1996
Source: Trans-Forum

The Beast Wars UNFOLD!
Date: October 1st, 1996
Source: Trans-Forum

Arcee Mania!
Date: October 1st, 1996
Source: Trans-Forum

Japanese Variations
Date: October 1st, 1996
Source: Trans-Forum

Date: December 9th, 1996
Source: Trans-Forum

Transformers Entertainment News
Date: April 7th, 1997
Source: Trans-Forum

Two new garage kits to be released in 1997
Date: April 7th, 1997
Source: Trans-Forum

Machine Wars are HOT!!!
Date: April 7th, 1997
Source: Trans-Forum

Beast Wars Season 2 Is In Works
Date: April 7th, 1997
Source: Trans-Forum

Men-In-Black's TransCon2
Date: May 5th, 1997
Source: Trans-Forum

The Convention Battles: Botcon '97 vs TransCon2
Date: June 13th, 1997
Source: Trans-Forum

The Real Heroes Of The Story
Date: June 13th, 1997
Source: Trans-Forum

Technology aids in production of Trans-Forum
Date: July 1st, 1997
Source: Trans-Forum

The Transformers Homepages
Date: July 1st, 1997
Source: Trans-Forum

Life Expectancy: the Future and Mortality
Date: July 7th, 1997
Source: Trans-Forum

Beast Wars Creative Team to change after Season 3
Date: October 21st, 1998
Source: Trans-Forum

Transformers Comic Scheduled to be published summer 1999?!?
Date: January 11th, 1999
Source: Trans-Forum

Transformers: Year 16
Date: January 11th, 1999
Source: Trans-Forum

Transmetal 2: Second Arrival
Date: March 1st, 1999
Source: Trans-Forum

Beast Hunters Transformers
Date: March 1st, 1999
Source: Trans-Forum

The Next Phase: NEO
Date: March 1st, 1999
Source: Trans-Forum

Trans-Forum International's "SEIBERTRON"
Date: March 1st, 1999
Source: Trans-Forum

What are the Animorphs?
Date: May 1st, 1999
Source: Trans-Forum

The Heroes of Cybertron: Fifteenth Anniversary Toys
Date: May 10th, 1999
Source: Trans-Forum

The BEAST WARS are over!!!
Date: July 1st, 1999
Source: Trans-Forum

A special Beast Wars edition of TRANS-FORUM
Date: July 1st, 1999
Source: Trans-Forum

The Beast Wars Comic Books
Date: July 1st, 1999
Source: Trans-Forum

Hasbro Announces Licensing Agreement With Dreamwave
Date: December 13th, 2001
Source: Hasbro

Interview with Dreamwave Productions (Part 1)
Date: December 18th, 2001

Interview with Dreamwave Productions (Part 2)
Date: January 4th, 2002

Comparisons of Pat Lee's artwork
Date: January 6th, 2002

Hasbro Arrives at 2002 Toy Fair with Some of the Hottest Toys
Date: February 2nd, 2002

Transformers Armada rant by JHall
Date: February 8th, 2002

Return of 'Transformers' the latest craze
Date: April 29th, 2002

Exclusive Interview with Don Figueroa!!!
Date: September 20th, 2002

Hasbro Arrives at 2003 Toy Fair with Some of the Hottest Toys
Date: February 10th, 2003

Hasbro Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2002 Results
Date: February 13th, 2003

GO-GO-GO-BOTS! (Hasbro Press Release)
Date: February 16th, 2003

Transformers Armada By Hasbro Is A Big Success With Kids
Date: February 16th, 2003

Interview with Devil's Due
Date: April 7th, 2003

Hasbro's All-Star Brands Showcased at Licensing 2003 International
Date: June 9th, 2003

Hasbro's San Diego Comicon Transformers Press Release
Date: July 17th, 2003

Were Megatron and Galvatron 2 separate characters in Japan?
Date: September 14th, 2003

A Prime Problem
Date: September 15th, 2003

The Mystery of Ultra Magnus
Date: September 22nd, 2003

The Transformers and Religion
Date: September 29th, 2003
Author: Dr Spengler

Figuring out Don Figueroa
Date: January 18th, 2004

Dropbox Helps Celebrate Transformers 20th Anniversary with Atari
Date: April 2nd, 2004

Atari and Universal Motown Records Group Announce Joint Marketing Relationship
Date: April 12th, 2004

Atari Begins the "Ultimate Conflict" with Worldwide Release of 'TRANSFORMERS' Video Game
Date: May 12th, 2004

Hasbro Properties Group Brings Global Toy and Game Brands to Licensing 2004 International
Date: June 7th, 2004

"Tanuki": Animal Tracker, Raccoon Dog
Date: June 29th, 2004
Source: The Japan Times
Author: Rowan Hooper

Legendary TRANSFORMERS Property from Hasbro Will Come to Life with Live Action Film from DreamWorks and Paramount; Steven Spielberg to Executive Produce
Date: July 23rd, 2004

Hasbro Celebrates 20 Years of the TRANSFORMERS Brand at the Official TRANSFORMERS Collectors' Convention in Chicago
Date: July 26th, 2004

The end of Dreamwave - A crushing blow to the fan community ...
Date: January 4th, 2005

Hasbro Transformers CYBERTRON Press Release
Date: February 18th, 2005 List and Discussion- The 26 Best Toy Alt Modes Ever!

Transformers News: List and Discussion- The 26 Best Toy Alt Modes Ever!
Date: Saturday, April 10th 2010 11:53am CDT
Categories: Reviews, Site Articles, Toy News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Diem

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Clickity-clack-clickity-clack-clickity-clack...Is that Astrotrain choo-choo-ing his way up the track? Or is that Rail Racer protecting planet Earth from the evil Predacons? In this case, it’s neither. That noise is community member Diem tickling his computer keys as he waxes poetic with his unique style of fact, intertwined with humor (lots of humor), as he shares his ideas on the 26 greatest Transformers toy alt modes of all time. Oh yeah, and he uses a 'boat' load of the images from the galleries here on, reminding you of just what toys you may be missing, or under-appreciating in your collection. Diem covers toys from G1 to the current Revenge of the Fallen storyline, a bit for everyone!

Does your favorite alt mode make Diem’s cut? Check out the list, which nears completion soon! Only 4 alt modes left to reveal!

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PC Plus Magazine Analyzes Transformers Message Board Phenomenon

Transformers News: PC Plus Magazine Analyzes Transformers Message Board Phenomenon
Date: Friday, April 2nd 2010 7:59am CDT
Categories: People News, Site Articles, Site News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): PC Plus Magazine

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There is no doubt that the popularity of Transformers has grown 100-fold since the live action movie debuted in 2007, and even more with the blockbuster success of last year’s sequel, Transformers Revenge of the Fallen.

But what has kept this 25+ year toy line alive between it’s heyday, and now? Pure and simple, the love of things that remind us of our childhood. In an effort to re-collect memories, adults have gone seeking their childhood loves, and created a new collection movement.

But, all collectors need to be able to have avenues of communication, ways to share, reflect, purchase, and discuss the hobby. Thus, with the advent of the internet, and the desire to communicate about so many things, also came the advent of the message board.

And you good community members of are members of one of the original boards created to discuss the love of Transformers toys, and share the amazement, wonder, and fun of the brand.

PC Plus magazine, a technology and computer related magazine, took notice of this trend and recently posted an article about Transformers message boards, and the phenomenom of their influence on pop culture.

Cool right? Even cooler is that they used images from, and interviewed Seibertron’s owner, and Transformers toy enthusiast, Ryan Yzquierdo (Seibertron) using some of his insights in the article...and of course, some of his spectacular toy gallery pics.

You can see the online version of the article here at PC Plus’s online site, and read a small excerpt from the article below.

”Many of these enthusiasts also proved to be early adopters of internet discussion, creating a raft of fansites and bulletin boards in the mid-to-late 90s that finally allowed the global Transformers community to get together. Today, that's grown into a clutch of professional, commercial sites that provide a growing army of fans with up-to-the-minute news about new figures or movie rumours, and extensive photo galleries of the rare toys they yearn to own. " The fan websites themselves are very competitive in nature and we all strive to make the best sites available," says Ryan Yzquierdo, owner of the enormous and award-winning US fansite "The online community consumes the information we provide as fast as possible and is extremely active." From the outside looking in, it's a bizarre phenomenon - so why did it happen?

”The blocky vehicles of the 80s became the more complicated but controversial bio-mechanical animals of the mid-90s Beast Wars, then a welcome return to vehicles with R.I.D., Armada and beyond, and now the hyper-realistic, hyper-detailed movie line toys. There isn't any other action figure line that's been as consistently successful, or that has drawn the attention of so many adults as well as children.”

Having been a part of this ‘phenomenon’ for so long myself (back to at least 2003--I was mostly a ‘lurker’ previously), it has been quite an interesting community to be a part of. It certainly changed my life. I’ve met people I would never meet. I chat daily with people in other countries, and I get to present news to a large community of fans who love the toys as much as I do.

What have Transformers message boards, or other message boards done for you? Do you think we really have that much influence over pop culture as the article insinuates?

It is certainly interesting to know that in a collective manner, our individual voices are being heard world wide, and in some cases effecting small change in what children and adults now are entertained by, and enjoy.

Want to make a comment? Feel free to check out the article at PC


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