Have you ever wanted to act in a Transformers movie? Well you potentially can since Parmount has now called for auditions in both the Detroit (Michigan) and London (England) area. The audition are for new lead and supporting roles as well as doubles, stand ins and extras. You do not need to be currently represented to participate, you only need to be legally allowed to work in these filming areas.
This casting call features links to tips and guides if you are new to auditions.
As far as casting news for this new movie, the only returning actors confirmed so far are Mark Wahlberg and Peter Cullen.
Welcome to the latest edition of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This episode features your host, ScottyP along with Counterpunch, Megatronus, Rotorstorm, and Tigertrack! Sit down, tune in, and enjoy as we discuss all the latest news, toys, comics and more.
Episode #137 "The St. Valentine's Day Toy Fair" is available directly and in our RSS Feed and should appear on iTunes, and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.
Even though it's Valentine's Day weekend, we are excited that Toy Fair is finally here! (P.S. thank you to all our significant others for taking a little time away to talk about Transformers for 2 hours )
Our very own Seibertron is in the thick of the excitement in New York City and will be updating us throughout the night with new photos and videos. Even though over the last few months we have seen many images leaked for the upcoming Titans Return line, we are still keeping our fingers crossed for some new and exciting figures.
So many pictures, so little time! As we take a moment to paruse the amazing photos coming in to the Seibertron Galleries, the Twincast discusses some figures that were teased prior to Toy Fair but left us feeling unsatisfied, until now. Powermaster Prime, Wheelie, Blurr and Scourge made their "in the plastic" appearance and you'll have to tune in to hear what we think of these updated characters.
It wouldn't be Toy Fair without the reveal of a new Platinum Edition set, right? Well this time, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of The Transformers: The Movie, this year's (K*Mart exclusive ) is Cyclonus, Scourge, and a Sweep! Do we need another Cyclonus? Oh wow, is that Devcon from Botcon? Listen in as we get this early impression a bit wrong.
Of course, we can forget about this lovely ray of sunshine, Sentinel "Not Ginrai" Prime:
(Ouch, my eyes!)
We decide to step away from the Titans Return line and focus on another line with some pretty neat reveals, Robots in Disguise. With 2016 being the anniversary of Beast Wars, and no official announcement from Hasbro that they are planning new figures - does the newly revealed Scorponok toy show that they might just be teasing us?
Another interesting Platinum set has also been revealed, a Robots in Disguise Grimlock and Bumblebee set. We're excited to have another opportunity at Takara's Battle Grimlock retooling, and of course, another Bumblebee "Supreme Mode" deco for our swarms.
Then the conversation just gets depressing, in terms of sports anyway. Panthers, you had one job.
After that short off-topic interlude, we try and figure out what is up with Windblade all of a sudden?
This girl had some work done.
Thanks to Toy Fair, we've finally been shown a more accurate version of the fan built bot Victorion. Does this new image change our minds on her? Guess you'll have to tune in to find out.
This one did too, and she looks a bit better.
In celebrate of the 20th Anniversary of Beast Wars, we continue on with our special segment on rewatching the television show. In this episode, we'll discuss our thoughts on episode 2, the simply titled "Beast Wars: Part 2".
Prepare to see this image in our posts a lot this year!
We finish up tonight's episode, in celebration (man another celebration? Geez) of Valentine's Day, with a question that we are sure everyone has had to deal with.
I can feel my heart beat fast-errrrrrrrr
Well, that wraps things up for another episode! We really hope you enjoyed listening.
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After the US, with Chicago in particular, and China, it appears that Transformers will also come to the UK. According to a number of sources, including Screen Daily, Michael Bay and Paramount might be set to head to the UK for their casting and part of the shooting of the next instalment in the live-action movie series for the Transformers. Read more here and below!
a franchise first UK shoot could bring with it significant benefits in the shape of the UK tax credit should the production hit the minimum spend threshold.
Iceland also offers an enticing incentive for inward investment productions.
Some UK studio work on the film is a possibility, but the production is not yet booked into one of the major facilities, according to sources.
Paramount has its sights set on a summer shoot for the Michael Bay-directed film, having already announced a US release date of June 23, 2017.
The studio may also be lining up repeat visits to the UK, according to sources, with additional Transformers films due to be released in 2018 - a Bumblebee spinoff - and 2019.
The official YouTube channel for the Transformers has uploaded a new teaser clip aimed at Australian fans, focusing on returning Autobot leader Optimus Prime, in time for the new season starting this week (in the US at least) - check it out embedded below, as we find out some of the big bot's new abilities and toy potentialities!
Thanks to Twincaster podcaster ScottyP, we have an update on season 2 of Transformers: Robots in Disguise - which was just announced at Toy Fair as airing on February 20th - with a trailer on the LA Times Hero Complex that replaces the teaser from a while back. The video can only be viewed here, for now, but we've included screenshots of some of the new characters (mainly Decepticons) shown in the trailer!
Check out this exclusive look at the new season, "Transformers: Robots in Disguise," the Transformers cartoon series.
The new season from Hasbro Productions puts Autobot against Autobot as Optimus Prime's authority. The Decepticons and Steeljaw are back. For those of you unaware of who or what Steeljaw is, he's the Transformer who also sort of looks like a wolf puppy.
Now, Bumblebee has to form his own group of hero robot aliens (called Team Bee) made up of Grimlock, Sideswipe, Strongarm, Fixit, Windblade and Drift.
Also in the mix is a Dinobot. The new season will premiere Feb. 20.
While Seibertron.com was on its way to New York and the Javits Centre (and something slipped in the internet cracks), Toy Fair 2016 has already started for Hasbro and the Transformers brand! Tuning in to the investors webcast, we have collated below all of the relevant information for fans of the giant robot franchise, including all the relevant images from the presentation shown during the event.
Note: Opinions and statements expressed during webcast may not result in actual results. Photography not allowed.
Hasbro is intent on building on digital gaming - venturing for the first time into mobile gaming with Backflip’s Transformers: Earth Wars. More below.
Paramount: Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg are confirmed as returning for Transformers 5, which is set to be released on June 23rd 2017. No images, but more on all this below.
Multi-brand universe with Allspark Pictures: Micronauts, G.I. Joe, ROM the SpaceKnight, M.A.S.K., Visionaries.
Deb Thomas CFO - General investor and economy information.
John Frascotti - Hasbro Brands
The biggest share is among 12-17 year olds, but Hasbro also dedicated to special collections in the form of Star Wars Black Series, Marvel Legends, Transformers Generations, with the intention of connecting multiple generations of fans.
China Transformers Live show mentioned (more later)
Big focus was placed on the ‘modern fan survey’: identifying consumers from casual fan to superfan. Entertainment and storytelling are recognised as being crucial to the brands, fandom is not just about collecting the action figures.
Fans want to meaningfully participate - they feel a sense of ownership, loyalty, willingness to co-create, give feedback, participate in fan votes Machinima Combiner Wars series mentioned, ‘short form entertainment’.
Digital Gaming - As above, big focus for future Hasbro strategies.
Social Reward trend driving gaming (2bn gamers in the world!)
Gaming, competing, sharing - particularly excited for the new Backflip partnership: Transformers Earth Wars.
Transformers - Tom Warner and Jared Wade
Rich history of the brand, ‘but we’re just getting started’.
Fans are acknowledged and recognised as crucial to the brand (30% of all consumers), and they make no distinction between movie year or non-movie year: 2015 proved that.
Trypticon, the fan-vote poll winner, will be featuring in comic series, digital series, and of course, as a toy.
Transformers are expanding online presence to Instagram, Snapchat, Weibo - and we can expect more convention presence from Hasbro around the world.
Entertainment expansion: Live show in Las Vegas, Roll Out album, IDW Publishing (150+ stories planned for 2016 already).
A brief segment on trend and licensed apparel, fashion week, more clothing and accessories to be seen.
Hasbro is meaning to expand global reach, with a specific focus on China in 2016, as they establish a new blueprint - which includes the CybertronCon presence and the live show.
Entertainment focusing on multiple age brackets (yet somehow still insisting on it being all just for male fans):
Rescue Bots: Season 4 (longest running animated show for Transformers!), new theme (Race to the Rescue), new Rescue Bot Quickshadow.
Robots in Disguise: Season 2 airs in March on Cartoon Network - re-introducing the Mini-COn Weaponizers theme and gimmick. They show Power Surge Optimus Prime and NAME, which has four modes of play, automorph with minicon interaction.
Older fans: Machinima animated series, 8 episodes, 7 minutes each - Windblade’s perspective, Starscream has Enigma of Combination, fan-built first female combiner Victorion (as overwhelmingly requested by fans) will also appear in series. It sounds like the story is very close to the IDW version.
Backflip - Transformers: Earth Wars is the first part of Prime Wars trilogy.
In Fall 2016, we will have Titans Return, the second part of Prime Wars trilogy, that starts where the story of Earth Wars ends, but with a specific toy line. They point out that Titan Masters figures are compatible across entire line, and Fort Max is in showroom at Toy Fair.
[Video shown in room, not via link]
As for the cinematic universe, they reiterate the importance of the writers’ room at Paramount, and confirm Transformers 5 release on 23rd June 2017. They also revealed a Bumblebee spin-off movie for 2018, and the next movie in the main series to appear in 2019. Deadline seem to be confused about this. I’d rather trust Hasbro on that matter.
That’s all for now! Stay tuned to Seibertron.com as we bring you updates throughout the whole weekend, including in person galleries, thoughts and more!
To go along with all the Earth Wars mobile game updates, we now have tons of new images of the characters this game will include. The whole collection can be found Here in our Seibertron.com gallery. The characters included in this gallery are: Bludgeon, Bumblebee, Skydive, Grimlock, Ironhide, Jetfire, Kickback, Megatron, Mirage, Optimus, Prowl, Ratchet, Razorclaw, Shockwave, Shrapnel, Skywarp, Soundwave, Starscream, Swindle, and Thundercracker. Some of the images have been mirrored below for your enjoyment:
There is also a video gallery uploaded as well:
And finally, here is the pre-registration link for the game:
So do these guys look cool? Excited for further developments in the game? Ready to Pre-register? Let us know what your opinion is in the comments section and stay tuned for all the latest news and galleries.
While Instagram might be a place filled with pictures of meals and duckface selfies, it will now finally have some awesome stuff in terms of official Transformers Images from Hasbro. Fellow Seibertronian AZT found this interesting announcement on the official Transformers Facebook page:
It’s high time the Transformers team gets on Instagram. So Bumblebee is packing up the crew and snapping pics in New York to kick it off. @TransformersOfficial goes live this week with a big announcement and an up-close look at a certain Titan scale figure.
So keep a lookout for when the official Transformers Instagram account goes live since it seems this is how they will reveal toy images of Titan Fortress Maximus, who is without a doubt the "titan scale figure" they are referring to.
As USA Today is once again used to launch a new Transformers media feature, the lovely folk over at Space Ape Games have followed it up with the full press release and a number of tasty treats in the form of art and more for new mobile game Transformers: Earth Wars! Keep your optics tuned here at Seibertron.com for some more game-related goodies soon, too...
Hasbro, Backflip Studios and Space Ape Games Bring The Fight Home with TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS; Game Coming To iOS And Android in Select Markets Spring 2016
Battle as AUTOBOTS or DECEPTICONS and Fight Against Live Opponents Around the World In First TRANSFORMERS Real Time Combat Strategy Game
Boulder, CO (February 10th, 2016)– This spring, fans of the beloved TRANSFORMERS brand from Hasbro, Inc. will have the opportunity to harness legendary characters, including OPTIMUS PRIME, MEGATRON, BUMBLEBEE and STARSCREAM, in the palm of their hands with TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS – the latest real‐time combat strategy mobile app. Published by Backflip Studios (DragonVale, Ninjump, Paper Toss) and developed by Space Ape Games (Rival Kingdoms, Samurai Siege), TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS brings the excitement of the battle between AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS to supported mobile devices with fast‐paced gameplay and beautiful 3D animation, allowing the characters to attack, battle, and change form right before a player’s eyes.
With this game, players can choose to fight with OPTIMUS PRIME and the AUTOBOTS or join forces with MEGATRON and the DECEPTICONS in a battle for the fate of planet Earth. Players can join their favorite TRANSFORMERS faction, assemble a powerful team of playable characters, raid enemy bases for ENERGON stockpiles, and construct the Space Bridge to add reinforcements from CYBERTRON , all while playing in real‐time against other players around the globe.
“The TRANSFORMERS franchise is like no other. The story that has carried on through generations has drawn millions of fans who can’t wait for what’s next,” said Julian Farrior, CEO of Backflip Studios. “Working in conjunction with Hasbro, we’re bringing the TRANSFORMERS franchise to life in one of the most popular game genres.” Using authentic TRANSFORMERS storytellers and voice actors from the original franchise, TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS extends the GENERATIONS PRIME WARS TRILOGY story across new platforms, enabling players to interact with other TRANSFORMERS fans, as well as millions of people around the world who enjoy real‐time combat strategy games. Fans of real‐time combat strategy mobile games will appreciate a game play experience wherein players are solely in control of converting their characters and engaging in TRANSFORMERS versus TRANSFORMERS battles. The game also features artwork inspired by the TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS PRIME WARS TRILOGY series, dialogue written by TRANSFORMERS comic legend Simon Furman and voice acting from Peter Cullen, the original voice of OPTIMUS PRIME, as well as Frank Welker, the original voice of MEGATRON.
“We are excited to join forces with Backflip Studios and Space Ape to bring our iconic TRANSFORMERS brand to life in a new way through the launch of TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS,” said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President, Digital Gaming and Corporate Development at Hasbro. “TRANSFORMERS fans and fans of combat strategy games will love the explosive action as they join the fight to control the fate of Earth. “We’re delighted to bring one of the world’s most popular entertainment franchises to mobile devices in an explosive new gameplay experience,” said John Earner, Co‐Founder and CEO, Space Ape Games. “We’re focused on making hand crafted games that fans will enjoy, and can’t wait to share what we’ve been working on with mobile gamers.”
TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS will be free to download but will feature in‐game purchases, and will be released worldwide excluding Japan and China on Android and iOS in Spring 2016. Please note that a WiFi connection is required to play.
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About Backflip Studios
Backflip Studios develops and publishes absurdly fun mobile games for iOS and Android devices. The company’s portfolio of top ranked games, which include hit franchises such as DragonVale, Paper Toss, NinJump, Spellfall, PlunderNauts, and Army of Darkness Defense, have been downloaded over 350 million times and are played by more than 33 million active users per month. The company is based in Boulder, Colorado. Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) has a majority ownership stake in Backflip Studios.
About Space Ape Games
Founded in 2012, Space Ape Games is a mobile games studio based in Central London made up of games veterans and key people behind the biggest gaming companies and the biggest social games on the web, including a #1 game on Facebook, two #2 games on Facebook and one of the largest virtual worlds for kids on the planet. Space Ape’s hit strategy games Rival Kingdoms and Samurai Siege are available on iOS and Android devices. Space Ape Games won the 2015 TIGA Award for Best Independent Studio and for Game of the Year for Rival Kingdoms, plus the 2014 Develop Award for Best New Studio and the 2015 Develop Award for Best Independent Studio. For more information, visit http://www.spaceapegames.com.
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Reaching out today to share some exciting news from Hasbro Studios, who just announced the first-ever album inspired by the Transformers franchise. Transformers Roll Out was made available for digital pre-order this morning, with two singles off the compilation (Mount Holly’s “Roll Out” and Crash Kings’ “Gigantik”) available for purchase and on streaming services. On April 15th the full album will be available on all major digital providers, with a limited edition CD and vinyl will be offered exclusively through FYE stores.
We’ve provided more details and a download link for the album’s cover art for you below, but please let us know if you have any questions!
Transformers Roll Out heralds the global pop-culture Transformers phenomenon, featuring a collection of hit original songs inspired by the Hasbro Transformers franchise from leading established and up-and-coming alternative, rock and alt-pop artists, morphing together to create an epic portfolio of hard-hitting tunes that truly embodies the soul of the Hasbro Transformers brand. The album will include tracks from chart topping rock band 'Bush' and front man Gavin Rossdale, lending powerhouse vocals in "This House is on Fire" and will also feature up-and-coming alt-rock group Mount Holly on the album's lead title track "Roll Out." Transformers Roll Out is being released on Sony Music's RED Associated labels and is available for digital pre-order on Feb 9th at iTunes: http://smarturl.it/Trans4mersRollOut_AM
Artists contributing to Transformers Roll Out (with track titles) include:
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