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New Auctions For Universe Prowl And Tankor With More In Pack Pics

Transformers News: New Auctions For Universe Prowl And Tankor With More In Pack Pics
Date: Tuesday, April 8th 2008 11:03am CDT
Categories: Auctions, Collectables, Toy News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): First Gen

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Ebay seller jennyni1984 has listings posted for both TF's with in package pics. You can see them here:

Tankor (Octane)


Don't forget to check out the Seibertron galleries of Toy Fair '08 which show many of these new Universe and Classics toys in their packaging as well as loose. Toy Fair '08 Seibertron Galleries include TFs, Star Wars, GI Joe, Indiana Jones, and other items displayed at the recent Toy Fair!

BigBadToyStore Update: Trans Scanning Prime In Stock!

Transformers News: BigBadToyStore Update: Trans Scanning Prime In Stock!
Date: Friday, April 4th 2008 6:54pm CDT
Categories: Sponsor News, Toy News
Posted by: Air Commander Starscream | Credit(s): Joel of

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Joel has sent out another update to

Hi - Here is a quick update from about
another awesome round of new preorders, many more new arrivals, and a new
feature from our Vintage Department.


GI JOE 25TH - VEHICLES: We've just listed preorders for some extremely
exciting new Hasbro figures. The first wave of 3.75" scale vehicles
features the HISS Tank, Vamp, Armadillo & Serpentor's Chariot, and Ram &
Trouble Bubble. Each of these sets not only brings back the 80's in a
big way, but also includes an action figure as well. We have all 4
vehicle & figure sets available as a set for $64.99. We can't wait to see
the other vehicles they will be adding to this line, wave 1 looks
fantastic - check them out here: ... ode=retail

GI JOE 25TH - DVD BATTLE PACKS: Hasbro will be applying the 'Battle Pack'
formula so popular in the Star Wars series to the GI Joe line as well.
Each battle pack contains 4 figures and a DVD. There will be 5 total
Battle Packs, each containing a part needed to build the Cobra MASS
Device! The first two sets, based on classic cartoon episodes, are 'The
Mass Device' and 'Weather Dominator / Revenge of Cobra'. These are $44.99
for the set, or $23.99 individually. ... egory=4592

NECA'S TMNT - BLACK & WHITE FIGURES: We have received initial
confirmation that the Turtles will be released in black and white, to
honor their true comic book roots. These will be individually packaged
and we assume they also come with the display bases. The set of 4 pieces
is up for preorder at $54.99: ... ode=retail

STAR WARS - CLONE WARS: The first products available to preorder for the
highly anticipated fall blockbuster are 7 new Bobble Heads from Funko.
Each figure is available at $9.99, and the lineup includes: Captain Rex,
Anakin, Grievous, Obi-Wan, Asajj Ventress, Battle Droid, and Ahsoka Tano.
Check them all out here:

INDIANA JONES - MEDICOM RAH: The masters at Medicom have been hard at
work creating cool 1/6 figures for Indiana Jones. Indy and his father
Henry are each up for preorder at $139.99 - $10 under MSRP. There will
be a limited supply of these, so be sure to get orders in quickly: ... =jones+rah

HULK MOVIE - HASBRO: The first wave of product for the upcoming Hulk
movie starring Edward Norton have just been added to our site. Items
include a wave of Basic sized figures, Superhero Squad, vehicles, and a
variety of Role-Play items.

GUNDAM ACTION FIGURES: Five cool new figures have just gone up for
preorder. The GFF Metal Composite Psycho Gundam is up for preorder at
$129.99, and it promises to be a complex and high detail / high quality
piece. Four new HCM Pro figures, #53 through #56: Tieren Space Type,
Fundam Deathscythe, Gundam Wing, and Gundam Heavyarms are also available:

HOT TOYS MILTARY: Hot Toys and Sideshow have teamed up for a US Domestic
Exclusive US Army Special Forces Sniper. Preorders have just been listed
at $114.99 and this figure comes with all the gear you expect from Hot
Toys. ... ode=retail

SERENITY FRUITY OATY BAR LITHO: Quantum Mechanix rolls out more Serenity
collectibles with this limited edition full color lithograph. This one
measures 36" x 24", and be sure to read the interesting background story
on the link below: ... ode=retail

DOCTOR WHO FIGURES & ELECTRONICS: Another big batch of Doctor Who items
has just been listed including: Voyage of the Damned Gift Set,
Screwdriver LED Flashlight, Wall Clock, Cookie Jar, Topper Alarm Clock,
Micro Fridge, Key Chain, and the full sized - very cool - Dalek Voice
Changer Helmet. The complete list is near the top of this link:

MANY MORE PREORDERS: A variety of other preorders have also just gone
live, including: Hot Toys Marlon Brando, Horton Hears a Who, Apocalypse
Legendary Scale Bust, Shooting Game Historika, Nintendo Light Mascots,
Giants NFL Sports Picks 3-Pack, 1:1 Vampyre, Magical Girl, Pia Carrot, To
Heart, Lucky Star, Kimi ga Aruji, Littlest Pet Shop, Rocky, Rambo, Moetan,
and much more. Check out all the latest preorders here:


We've just started a new feature that will allow you to view ALL the new
packaged items the Vintage Department lists each day. There are hundreds
of items added per week, many in single quantities. The link below will
show you what has been added each day, and we plan to update this link
every afternoon around 2:30 to 3:00 Central Time on weekdays.
You'll also notice that there are some links to a Warehouse Buy. We
purchased a truck-full of inventory from a store that has closed down,
most of it a bit older and previously sold out on our site. We
apologize in advance if the item you are looking for has already sold,
this will happen quite often since there are so few pieces of each, but
with up to 1000 items a week being run through, you'll have many choices:


NECA'S TMNT - BOX SET: The Box set has just arrived and the individualy
carded sets should be here in 4 - 5 days. These look good in the pictures
you see online, but in person they are even more impressive. We have
figures and gift set pictured here - in stock now at $44.99 ... ode=retail

MEZCO'S CINEMA OF FEAR: The second wave of Cinema figures have just
arrived as well as the very cool 9" Stylized Jason figure. The 9" Jason
is priced at just $19.99, and set of 4 figures is in stock at $59.99

TRANSFORMERS I-POD CONVOY: The G1 color version of the iPod Convoy is now
in stock at $149.99. This fully functional docking bay comes with a power
cord, and it will recharge your iPod as well as put out fairly good sound
for what is primarily a toy.

MARVEL LEGENDS - HYDRA SOLDIERS: A great troop-building set is now in
stock at $27.99 for the regular and variant versions of the Hydra Soldier.
Give all your heroes some cannon fodder: ... ode=retail

GREEN ARROW - 13" DELUXE FIGURE: Another cool figure from DC Direct,
Green Arrow is in stock now at $69.99. He features a collapsible bow and
quiver of arrows, not to mention stylish green tights ... ode=retail

STAR WARS FX LIGHTSABERS: The Vader, Luke, and Yoda FX Sabers are now
back in stock at between $97.99 and $109.99. ... egory=1417

SAINT SEIYA: More Saint Myth Cloth figures have arrived, including Zeta
Robe, Libra Myth Cloth, and Siren Sorrento. We also have a vareity of
other Myth Cloth figures available: ... egory=2804

POWER RANGERS GO-ON RANGERS: The first wave of Go-On Ranger items has
just arrived from Japan. Choose from DX Engine Oh and a variety of role
play style toys. ... egory=4278

TRANS SCANNING OPTIMUS PRIME: This cool import item features a skeltal
Optimus Prime that you can attach bits and pieces to - to form either the
protoform prime, or prime in truck mode. These are selling out in Japan
and we have limited stock available at $49.99 ... ode=retail

STAR WARS KOTO - YODA VS PALPATINE: The latest Koto Statue is another big
one. The box is huge on this item, and the figures look to be nicely
sculpted. In stock now at $35 off MSRP @ $139.99 ... ode=retail

TRANSFORMERS MOVIE DELUXE: Stealth Bumblebee, Premium Barricade, Premium
Jazz, Jungle Crusher, Overcast, Salvage, Stockade and more are now in
stock. Check them all out here: ... egory=3761

TONS OF OTHER NEW ARRIVALS: Many more items have also just arrived
including: Revoltech Megatron, Cool Girl Batman, other Revoltech, Bible
Black, Marvel Magazine & Figure, 18" Robocop, Sideshow Premium Format
Speeder Bike, X-Men & Sentinel Statue #3, Cartamundi Star Wars, Superhero
Squad, GI Joe 25th Exclusives, Marvel Bearz, Dead or Alive Leifang, and
much more. Here is the list of the 75 most recent arrivals:

Thanks for your interest in and be sure to take a
look at some of the new items mentioned above.


Joel & The BBTS Crew

UPDATE: New In Box Pic of Universe Silverbolt and More!

Transformers News: UPDATE: New In Box Pic of Universe Silverbolt and More!
Date: Friday, April 4th 2008 7:55am CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Down_Shift | Credit(s): Griffin-of-oz, Burn

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This comes as a surprise to most, but Ozformers member Griffin-of-oz has posted some pictures of the Austrailian Toy Fair. He only has a few pictures, but what he has taken shows us alot!

This is our first look at Ultra Class Universe Silverbolt, as well as the new Marvel Crossovers. In the pictures we see Wolverine, Venom, Grey Hulk, Human Torch and Spider Man. We also get a small peek at what Universe Sideswipe may look like Transformed (Universe Sunstreaker)

Griffin-of-oz has been kind enough to share pictures with everyone over at TFW2005. To check them out, click here


Thanks to Burn for pointing out something of importance to our Australian fans that Griffon-of-oz has reported on:

- Target Australia will have a store exclusive in July. Masterpiece Convoy/Optimus, apparently in Japanese packaging like the release of MP Ultra Magnus to Target a few years back. It will NOT be the MP04 Trailer version, it will be the MP01 version. Apparently there will be about 2000 units, which should see quite a few at each store (probably 30-40).

Good news Australia! Update

Transformers News: Update
Date: Wednesday, April 2nd 2008 2:28pm CDT
Categories: Sponsor News, Toy News
Posted by: Air Commander Starscream | Credit(s): Joel of

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Joel has posted another news update for BigBadToyStore.

Hi - Here is a quick update from about a
more exciting new preorders and many more new arrivals:


INDIANA JONES - FULL HASBRO LINEUP: We've just added over 40 new Indiana
Jones preorders to the site. New items include: 12" Action Figures,
Deluxe 3.75" Figures, Basic 3.75" Figures - Wave 2, Mr. Potatohead Idaho
Jones, 3.75" Vehicles, Adventure Heroes waves 2 & 3, Indy's Sound FX
Whip, Mighty Muggs, and Titanium Vehicles. We have images of some of the
new items posted now, and more images will be posted later today or
tomorrow. Hasbro is doing a nice job of mixing in figures from the first
3 movies, as well as covering the upcoming 4th installment. ... &company=0

BANDAI MACROSS - REISSUE VALKYRIES: Its been quite a while since Bandai
has released any Macross Valkyries, but the wait comes to an end with the
25th Anniversary releases of the VF-1S Roy and VF-1J Hikaru. Each figure
is up for preorder at the competitive price of $89.99, these are retailing
at about 8000 yen in Japan. Take a look here: ... egory=1279

STAR TREK PROP REPLICAS: Two cool new Master Replicas prop replicas are
now up for preorder - the Assault Phaser and Science Tricorder are each
limited to only 2000 pieces, and they are priced roughly 10% below MSRP at
$409.99 and $319.99 respectively. M.R. has done a nice job with these,
take a look here: ... =trek+prop

TRANSFORMERS BINALTECH: Takara rolls out two more new figures - the BT-21
Arcee and BT-22 Convoy have each been listed at $59.99. Arcee uses the
Honda S2000 mold with a hard top, and Convoy uses the Dodge Ram SRT-10
mold, but may feature a new color scheme. The offer we received shows a
crazy bright green color, we are unsure what the final color will be. The
BT-16 Skids figure is up for preorder at $74.99, and will be arriving in
the next week or two. We have confirmed that this is authentic Takara
stock, and not a knockoff.

TRANSFORMERS BUSTS: We've just listed the exclusive Prowl, Smokescreen,
and Bluestreak busts at $54.99, $69.99, and $69.99 repspectively.
Smokescreen & Bluestreak are limited to only 250 pieces each, so a great
addition to any collection. ... company=17

Goku figure, we are now able to bring you the mail-away / coupon exclusive
- Super Saiya Jin Goku at $174.99. The regular version is priced at
$159.99. Both have been extremely popular so be sure to get your
preorders in: ... dragonball

SOUL OF CHOGOKIN - GX-42 KOTETSUSHIN JEEG: This one may be a mouthful to
pronounce, but it should be an easy choice to add to your Chogokin
collection. It appears to come with several alternate arms, and we have
it priced very competitively at only $99.99 - take a look at the initial
images here: ... ode=retail

IRON MAN 1/4 SCALE HELMS: Sideshow will be producing very cool small
scale Mark I and Mark III versions of the Iron Man Helm. These are great
substitutes if the 1:1 scale version won't fit on your desk, or into your
budget. They are priced at only $37.99 and listed here: ... egory=4571

HOT TOYS MILITARY - AIRMEN SECURITY: Another cool figure based on gear
currently used in Iraq, the Security Force figure contains more
accessories than you'll know what to do with. Preorders have been listed
at $109.99 and the figure arrives in June: ... ode=retail

STAR WARS JEDICON - GERMAN EXCLUSIVE: A pair of very cool Shadow Troopers
are now up for preorder at $27.99. They come packaged in the tube /
canister style packaging, and were originally released at the Jedicon
convention in Germany. ... ode=retail

MACHINE ROBO MUGENBINE: Many customers enjoyed the Mugenpharoah combining
gestault figure, we now have a second combiner up for preorder - the Mugen
Gokenju also looks very cool and boxes of 10 blind-boxed figures are up
for preorder at $49.99 ... ategory=66

SAINT SEIYA - MYTH CLOTH: Preorders have been opened for Mizar Syd, the
Zeta Star as well as the Siren Scale and Gold Libra figures. Check out
the full selection of Myth Cloth items here: ... egory=2804

SIDESHOW - PREMIUM FORMAT GALADRIEL: With hope for The Hobbit being
produced in the future, and the very low production runs of other LotR
Premium Format pieces, this might be a tough one to find in the future, so
be sure to get your orders in now - Preorders listed at $259.99 ... ode=retail

NECA - BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT: Neca has just announced a variety of
accessories and collectibles for The Dark Knight. We've listed their full
lineup including: Pennants, Wall Scrolls, Keychains, Clocks, Puzzles,
Headknockers & more - check it all out here: ... eca+batman

THE SMURFS: Jakks Pacific will be producing a variety of items in honor
of the 50th Anniversary of The Smurfs. The first items we'll be carrying
are 12" plush versions of Paps Smurf, Smurfette, and regular Smurf. Each
is priced at only $13.99 - quite a fair price for a decent sized plush. ... rch=smurfs

TERMINATOR 2 - PLASMA RIFLE: Hollywood Collectibles will be releasing a
1:2 scale replica of the devastating Plasma Rifle. We have these listed
$30 below MSRP at $149.99 - take a look here: ... ode=retail

MORE PREORDERS: Take a look at even more new preorders listed here:


NECA - TMNT SERIES 1: Neca Sold out of the first wave of carded TMNT
figures, we luckily have a slew of them on the way and they should be
arriving sometime next week. We have a limited number of sets left at
$54.99 - grab yours now before they are gone: ... ode=retail

HASBRO GI-JOE: Look for some highly anticipated new preorder to go live
in the next few days! Hasbro is doing awesome work with this line and
you'll definitely want to see what we list next...

IPOD CONVOY: Takara's Ipod Convoy Docking bay system will be arriving in
the next few days. This version features prime in his traditional colors
versus the all-white scheme of the initial release. Preorders available
now at $149.99 ... pod+convoy

TRANSFORMERS MOVIE DELUXE: All the remaining assortments we have ordered
from Hasbro are in transit and should be arriving any day now. Preorders
are available in limited quantities for the Premium Deluxe figures ... xe+premium


Our Vintage Department recently purchased a truckload of inventory from a
store that went out of business a few years back. We will be listing
many pallets worth of items - the link below shows a small portion of what
has just gone up on the site. Most of these items were previously sold
out. We'll be adding lists like this to the website for all the future
vintage department retail listings, usually hundreds of items a day - so
stay tuned for that!


SOUL OF CHOGOKIN GX-40 GOD MARS: One of the more highly anticipated
Chogokin releases in quite some time. The large and complex God Mars
figure is now in stock in limited quantities at $264.99.

E-HOBBY TRANSFORMERS TAPESTRY: This cool 30" x 24" wall scroll features a
tiled mosiac of 445 different transformers characters. As with all
E-Hobby items, this is a limited edition - in stock now at $64.99 ... ode=retail

STAR WARS TITANIUM WAVE 3: This new set of Titanium figures includes one
each of: -16 Skyhopper, Naboo Royal Cruiser, Jedi Starfighter (Ep III),
AT-ST, Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter & Baron Fel's TIE Interceptor. Sets
are available for $35.99, Cases at $69.99, and a variety of singles are
also in stock. ... ode=retail

HARRY POTTER - ORDER OF THE PHOENIX - WAVE 3: Harry, Lucius Malfoy, and
Bellatrix are included in the latest wave of figures from Neca. We have
sets of 3 in stock now at $41.99 - take a look here: ... ode=retail

MARVEL WACKY WOBBLERS: The first four releases in Funko's new Marvel line
of wobblers has just arrived. Captain America, Thor, Vision, and Iron Man
are each in stock now at $9.99. Eight others are available for preorder
as well: ... nko+marvel

SIDESHOW X-MEN VS SENTINEL #3 STATUE: Limited to only 1000 pieces, and
sold out from Sideshow, this cool statue features Wolverine, Shadowcat,
and Lockheed. In Stock now at $259.99 - take a look here: ... ode=retail

MCFARLANE SPORTS PICKS - NBA SERIES 14: Garnett, Boozer, Morrison, Nash
and Prince are all each in stock at $10.99. The Nash variant is available
at $19.99 as well. ... egory=4031

RESIDENT EVIL - HOT TOYS: The first releases of the Hot Toys Resident
Evil lineup have just arrived. Krauser and Krauser Transformed are each
available for $134.99 - stay tuned for the rest of the series. ... ch=krauser

STIKFAS: All of the preassembled Stikfas have now arrived - take a look
at the 15 different kits listed here - they are all $7.99 each: ... egory=3397

REVOLTECH - EVANGELION FRAULEIN ASUKA: The most popular Fraulein figure
so far has just arrived, only $19.99 for Asuka, dressed head to toe in her
red suit. ... ode=retail

JUSTICE LEAGUE SERIES 2: The new set featuring Hawkgirl, Batman, Amazo,
and Mr. Impossible is now in stock at $49.99. DC Direct continues to do
nice work. ... ode=retail

SPEED RACER: Mattel has recently delivered a variety of Speed Racer items
to us. The newest items include Speed Racer Barbie sets, and the Mattle
Morph Mach 6 vehicle - which is fairly good sized for the price. Check
out the full selection here:

MANY MORE NEW ARRIVALS: As always, there is a ton of stuff that has
arrived, but is not mentioned on the list above. Take a quick peek at the
most recent items here:

Thanks for your interest in and be sure to check
out some of the many new items listed above.


Joel & The BBTS Crew

Toy Rocket G1 Prowl, Smokescreen, And Bluestreak Busts Pre-Orders Available

Transformers News: Toy Rocket G1 Prowl, Smokescreen, And Bluestreak Busts Pre-Orders Available
Date: Saturday, March 29th 2008 8:51am CDT
Categories: Collectables, Store News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Sol Fury@TFW2005

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Online Store, Toyrocket has listed pre-orders for not only the set of three Autobot fairlady busts together, but now you can also order each individually. This is new because previously, only the set of three was available for pre-ordering, but now you don't have to buy the triplets to get the one you want!

Check out the listings here:

Set of Three--$179.99 Ships in May

Prowl--Limited to 500 pieces--$54.99

Bluestreak--Limited to 250 pieces--$69.99

Smokescreen--Limited to 250 pieces--$69.99

New Images of Animated Voyager-Class Lugnut Figure

Transformers News: New Images of Animated Voyager-Class Lugnut Figure
Date: Wednesday, March 5th 2008 2:27pm CST
Categories: Auctions, Cartoon News, Toy News
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): etoyshunter,

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Along with the auction for the '08 Botcon exclusive Optimus Prime, eBay seller etoyshunter has always posted an auction for the Voyager-class Lugnut figure from the new Transformers: Animated series. This is our first glance at the fully-painted Lugnut figure, that was strangely absent from this year's Toyfair.

See the images in the original auction page by clicking here.

BigBadToyStore Update 2 / 25 and 2 / 29

Transformers News: BigBadToyStore Update 2 / 25 and 2 / 29
Date: Saturday, March 1st 2008 9:11am CST
Categories: Collectables, Sponsor News, Store News, Toy News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Joel @ BigBadToyStore.Com

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Site sponsor BigBadToyStore has recently had a few updates that our Transformers community may be interested in. has updated twice this week.

ENCORE SKY LYNX is in stock and ready to ship!


The exclusive Megatron and Optimus Prime busts from
Diamond have just shipped to us and will be here within a week - $59.99
each on these new items:
Transformers Diamond Busts

Our Sixth exclusive Transformers
Bust is now up for preorder. Frenzy & Ravage are limited to 600 pieces
and were just listed at $49.99. Be sure to grab the rest of our
exclusivs as well including: Elita-One, Jazz, Ramjet, Thrust, and Dirge.
More Transformers Busts

BINALTECH BT-19 & BT-20 UPDATE: We've just received news from Japan that
Takara will resume manufacturing Binaltechs with die-cast metal parts!
Suppliers have confirmed that they expect these to have roughly the same
amount of metal as the early versions - hoods, body panels, doors, etc.
Preorders are available at $54.99 each here:
Binaltech Pre-Orders


The ultimate version of Prime will be available
this coming week - we have a fairly low number of preorders remaining at
$249.99 - reserve yours now here:
Masterpiece Convoy

One of the more popular Transformers Statues from
the new Diamond Select line, Omega will be arriving on Monday and
preorders are available at $149.99
Omega Supreme Statue

We have a small number of exclusive
Cybertron repaint figures: Jolt, Divebomb, Big Daddy, and Grindcore.
Check out all the TF Movie Exclusive items here:
TF Movie Deluxe Exclusives

With the new members of the vintage department
now trained in and listing products, there were over 1500 new items listed
this week including 1000+ packaged items released in the past 1 - 5 years.
Those items are spread throughout our menu system so be sure to take a
look through a few various menus to see search for new items. Over 400
loose & boxed vintage items have also been listed - the most recent of
those are found on the link below. Lots of GI Joe, MOTU, Star Wars, and
Transformers can be found here:
BBTS Vintage Recent Listings

Transformers Toys Eleventh Place in the TOTY Awards

Transformers News: Transformers Toys Eleventh Place in the TOTY Awards
Date: Thursday, February 21st 2008 6:46am CST
Categories: Event News, Toy News
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s):

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The 105th annual Toy Fair which was held in New York City handed their awards for best toy of 2008. Transformers Movie Toys made the list at spot number eleven for the Toy Of The Year awards. You can see the complete listing here.

More on Transformers 2 From Writer Roberto Orci

Transformers News: More on Transformers 2 From Writer Roberto Orci
Date: Monday, February 18th 2008 7:37pm CST
Categories: Interviews, Movie News
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): johndoe4880, Roberto Orci

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Transformers Movie writer Roberto Orci has dropped by Don Murphy's message boards to give a quick update on the story for the film's sequel, set for release on June 26th 2009.

Here's what he had to say in this thread:

Question: Will Starscream have more than 3 English lines in the sequel ?

Answer: Yes.

Question: If TF1 was Bumblebee and Primes movie (as far as robot stars go), who's movie would you say TF2 is going to be?

Answer: Too early to tell. Obviously, Prime will always be central, but our structure allows the freedom to have others step up. Will know more later.

Question: Will the Decepticons have any scenes to themselves like the Autobots had in the first one?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Also, Roberto, can you provide any hints as to the tone of TF2? Even with a short ouline, I'm sure there is much work to be done. I'm not horribly concerned that Mike went all Batshit-crazy during your hiatus. As egomaniacial as he seems, he also seems to know his place. Perhaps I'm wrong on that.

Answer: The tone will be similar to TF1, although I think the stakes will be higher. There will still be much humor, but I think many of the Transformers themselves will be more in line with fan expectation. More serious to some degree. Again, we're early in the process.

Bay's statements should be taken merely as confirmation of his enthusiasm and desire to make his date. He does not want anyone to lose confidence in the project.

Question: Bob, are you looking to strike the exact same tone as film 1 or will the sequel be more serious and thought-provoking? Will it be a smarter film, more science-fictionny?

Answer: More "science-fictionny." Yes.

Question: Any possibility of a TF arrivel scene similar to the first but with decepticons this time ?

And i take it there will be a mix of new and existing G1 characters for the next ?

Answer: New mix. Yes. No comment on Decepticon arrivals!

Question: Also Bob i would like to add, are we gonna see more of Cybertron in this one ?

Just in flashbacks or will it take place in present time ?

Anwer: No comment on Cybertron.

Question: My major problem with "Transformers" were the humans. Most of them acted like they were on a mix of speed, ecstacy and too much coffee. Their behaviour was IMO way over the top, almost like highly exaggerated comic-book caricatures. I think it wasn't so much due to the writing, but more due to the direction they were given by Michael Bay.

Was it your intention to write the human characters (Sam, Sam's parents, Simmons, the cop guy in the police station) in such an exaggerated, over-the-top way or did that evolve during filming and are there any plans to tone the humans down a little for the sequel to make them appear more ... normal and not so over-caffeinated?

Answer: We'll have to take some of the blame for that. We pitched Sam as "Marty McFly on crack." And Simmon's is pretty much the way he read on the page. But I agree that it went even further than it should've, and editing could've helped that a bit. As I've said before, tone on TF1 was the absolutely hardest thing to crack. Hopefully, we'll be better at modulating this time.

Question: Roberto could you tell us about the cooperation sofar? You know, you had a way to write with alex, how did it change with Ethan? Or was it he, who conformed himself to you?

Answer: We'd worked with Ehren before, so we knew his personality would be a good fit for "the band." We agreed to split up scenes and then pass them around to each other to make our own tweaks without anyone's feelings getting hurt -- one big jam session after which we'll hopefully have an album called TF2.

Question: Roberto, cheers for answering my first question. Predictably, I have another. Does Bumblebee talk all the time now, or does he still have issues with his voice box?

Answer: Minds not made up yet.

Question: Also about the humor and jokes in the next one, any chance of making them alittle "smarter" ?

Some of the jokes in the first is okay in a American Pie type movie but not in Transformers in my honest opinion.

Answer: Don't know how the humor will turn out yet. We have to find it. But we know it has to come from whatever situation Sam finds himself in. Any similarities to American Pie were the result of our character being in a similar situation (age, high school, etc.).

Question: Any idea what they're doing with those old S7 sites? They could be used in another viral game for TF2, or (more preferably) they could be taken offline.

Answer: No idea.

Question: Hey Roberto, Hasbro said at Toy Fair that they've been working with Paramount on designs for TF2 for weeks now, and Bay has indicated several times that they're well on their way with the robot designs. I'm just curious if you're getting kept in that loop, and if you get to comment along the way, or if they're keeping all of that amongst themselves. It doesn' so much matter for new characters, but for those based on past incarnations it'd be great if there were parties involved to assure they get "the Prime treatment", so to speak. Maybe Hasbro's more hands-on this go-around? Thanks!

Answer: As a result of the strike, we were not able to comment on anything that was going on within the production. As a result, Hasbro has been MUCH MORE involved. However, we had a ton of character and development conversations with them before the strike (going all the way back to before the movie's release). So we've had our input and Hasbro in general knew where we were going with the story. During the strike, some dates had to be met in order to assure all the designs would be ready for multiple purposes, and it now seems that is where Bay and Hasbro spent most of their efforts. Doesn't mean we can't lose or add characters, but it probably means our core group is somewhat locked.

Luckily, the folks at Hasbro are truly great people and their collaboration with Bay has probably kept this movie on track.

Question: Bay was quoted as saying that there would be some new/different "species" of Transformers. What do you think he meant by that?

Answer: No comment! But they're in the outline, so don't worry.

You can also probably guess what he means in his non-fan way.

Question: So when you guys are working on the you work on it from beginning to end? Or do the three of you figure out big spots that you want to have and go back and fill in the holes? What I mean by that are huge set peices, stunts or moments that you want to accent on screen. Im sure Bay has plenty of spots that he'd like to do and that would only add to the collaboration. How is that process completed?

Answer: Well, normally we don't hand over outlines. Normally we do those for ourselves and then hand in a script. Thanks to the strike, we felt it was only fair to give them a snap shot of where we were going so they could plan from a treatment. So naturally, a treatment is not a script, and there are many things that need to be filled in at script. Knowing where we were going, and what we intended the major set pieces to be, Bay could start to plan how he would attack some of the action.

Question: Is it safe to assume there are a bunch of new robots designed for the transformers movie, but have no name as of yet, or are subject to change?

Answer: Safe indeed.

Question: Roberto without going into details, how many parallel storylines do you think you might have running in this movie?

Answer: Story lines in this movie should be more organically interconnected in that TF1 had the structure of 3 story lines coming together at Hoover. TF2 will have a different structure.

Question: Roberto, I just wanted to know what comes first: The design of the Transformers then the names, or names first, then their design.

Answer: No hard and fast rules, and almost impossible to remember as it's a case by case basis.

Question: Will there be more emphasis on new transformer/s? Or will characters such as Bumblebee still be the main focus?

Answer: Just started playing around, but the short answer is both.

Question: So Roberto, what would the time estimate for the final script be? A couple weeks? A month? A couple months?

Answer: THE FINAL? The day before shooting.

A first draft? who knows -- everyone needed it last month, but we're contractually accorded 10-12 weeks or so for the first draft.

Question: can changes be made DURING shooting if Bay or someone else demands

Answer: Yes. We're usually the ones demanding it.

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