Thanks again to Australian Twitter user Sean Fewster, we get a nice look at some of the ConstructBot sets from the Age of Extinction line, reported earlier to have appeared in the Land of Oz. Check out the mirrored images of Optimus Prime and Grimlock below!
At the official Transformers Facebook page, they've updated their cover photo to a picture of Optimus Prime riding Grimlock. It's a different picture than we've seen of Grimlock's face and Optimus Prime's design. Check it out below, and tell us what you think in the Energon Pub.
Courtesy of news site USA Today, we get a look at some official pictures of upcoming Age of Extinction toys, from Deluxe to Leader class. The line, also confusingly named Robots in Disguise, includes Grimlock, Optimus, Bumblebee, Drift, Lockdown, Hound, Crosshairs, finally named Stinger and Slash! Check out the images below and remember - this line is intended for quick, easy transformations for a younger audience, as pointed out in the presentation earlier.
Coming later this year, the Transformers: Robots in Disguise line from Hasbro is built with the younger set (ages 5-and-up) in mind and features a variety of characters from director Michael Bay's upcoming fourth Transformers film, in theaters June 27. Many of the toys will be on display Sunday through Wednesday in New York City as part of Toy Fair 2014.
Eighteen Autobot, Decepticon and Dinobot personalities roll out in the One-Step Changers assortment ($9.99 each, available in May). Youngsters can convert heroic Autobots such as their leader Optimus, loyal soldier Hound, the new Dinobot named Slash and former Decepticon tactician Drift — as well as bad guys like ace Decepticon bounty hunter Lockdown — from robot to secondary vehicle or dinosaur form in one move.
Fans of Optimus' trusted Autobot confidante Bumblebee get a treat with his Mega One-Step figure ($29.99, August). Not only can he switch from robot to sports car quickly, but he also comes with a disc launcher. Just avoid shooting the family dog with flying discs, kids.
Children of the 1980s grew up loving Grimlock, and the ancient warrior returns for a new generation with Chomp and Stomp Grimlock ($79.99, August). The Dinobot boasts a chomping jaw and light-up in eyes in beast mode, and has an easy transformation to sword-swinging robot, too. Grimlock also interacts with his fellow toys — he comes with a nonconverting Optimus so kids can relive the extremely nerdy moment from the trailer where the Autobot rides Grimlock into battle, plus unlock sounds and pop-out weapons. Plus, he can be used with other One-Step Changer figures and has different lights and sounds whether you pair him with an Autobot or Decepticon.
Toy Fair 2014 has yet to officially start in New York City, but we're already getting into the swing of things with some preliminary reveals! Today Hasbro were presenting their wares to their investors, and the slideshow was made available to Seibertron.com. They touched upon the following:
- The new film, talking about its theme of 'a truck looking for a friend', and the inclusion of the Dinobots.
- The subdivision of the franchise with Rescue Bots, Age of Extinction and Generations lines for three types of fans, from younger to older.
- CyberTRON Monday: online midnight madness event in May and various launches around the world leading to Age of Extinction premiere June 27.
- The redesign of the brand with new packaging, logos and digital platforms; several new games coming in 2014.
- Demonstrated the new simplified transformation for toys on stage (for younger fans and Age of Extinction), though no footage available. Products included: Stomp and Chomp Grimlock one-step transformation; Mega one-step Bumblebee.
- Rescue Bots taking on new dinobot forms, Optimus becomes Primal - Season 3 announced.
- For the committed fan: Generations and Platinum Edition lines (popular in Asian and North American markets). Products included in presentation are Leader Jetfire, Deluxe Windblade and Masterpiece Soundwave.
- Battle Masters Transformers, previously revealed.
If you wish to listen to the presentation yourself, take a look at the embedded video below, courtesy of Seibertron himself.
Check out below for an overview of what 2014 will bring in terms of transforming robots, including the previously announced Jetfire and Windblade.
Seibertron.com staffer and talented voice over professional, jON3.0 conducted an interview with fellow voice actor Richard Sellers. Mr. Sellers made an appearance on our news page just the other day, which you can read about here: /transformers/ ... toy/29404/
In the included embed below, Jon discusses his various work with Hasbro and in doing so we find out that Mr. Sellers is the voice of Optimus Prime in the Rescue Bots toyline, Transformers greeting cards and ornaments, plus he's recording material for the Age Of Extinction toy line. Grimlock, as we found out in his previous news bit, is one of his toy projects, with 7 others he can't name at this time.
Also of note, Mr. Sellers had the chance to work with Peter Cullen and found out that Mr. Cullen will be doing all the voice work for the AoE line.
Keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates, plus the best galleries around!
Courtesy of Seibertron member jON3.0 via YouTube, we’ve got a sneak peek at what Grimlock’s voice will sound like on the lights and sounds toy. Check out the video below to hear some of the sounds of the new Grimlock lights and sounds toy.
Keep your optics here for more Age of Extinction news, as we hear of it. What do you think of Grimlock’s toy voice? Tell us in the Energon Pub!
Colin Covert of the Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote a rather sizable article going through the history of cinematic robots and the reasons why we love them. In the article, he tries to cover everything and everyone from Sonny (I, Robot) to Johnny 5 (Short Circuit) and even our beloved Transformers.
We'll provide you a small tidbit to get the ball rolling:
But the biggest, baddest mecha-villain of all must be “Transformers’ ” Megatron, supreme leader of the Decepticons. Not only has he tried to enslave humanity in three Transformers movies, but he’s inspired eruptions of incoherent storytelling, furthered the career of Shia LaBeouf, and lined the pockets of heinous film director Michael Bay. And he’s due back on our screens June 27 in “Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.” Let’s hope he finishes the job this time, or we’ll be in for a slew of Sequel-bots.
And that's not all! The Star Tribune also created a slide show of our favorite movie robots, also by Mr. Covert, entitled "A Short History Of Movie Robots", ranging from Fritz Lang's Metropolis, all the way to Optimus Prime! Also worthy of your time, the gallery can be found here: http://www.startribune.com/entertainmen ... 26621.html
News continues to trickle in from Wonderfest! Just this morning we posted final product images from Prime 1 Studios of their MMTFM-02 Dark of the Moon Optimus Prime, and now we have images of their next upcoming movie universe statue, Bumblebee. Not just a teaser, they're showing off a full prototype. Their first offering was a very impressive, though cost prohibitive, Revenge of the Fallen Megatron.
Check out the image below courtesy of our friends over at Autobase Aichi.
TagHobby has a listing up for the Takara Tomy Transformers Movie Advance Series AD01 Optimus Prime Premium Edition showing a price of 7,500 Yen. The picture shown on the listing appears to the be the figure that we first spotted last year, at the New York Comic-Con. This is a separate listing from the first edition Optimus Prime.
See the picture below, and discuss in the Energon Pub.
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