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Summary of Transformers Prime episode #1: "Darkness Rising" Part 1

Transformers News: Summary of Transformers Prime episode #1: "Darkness Rising" Part 1
Date: Monday, November 22nd 2010 4:18pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Site Articles, Site News
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This is a Seibertron.com World Premiere Exclusive! You read it here 1st!

Earlier today, Seibertron.com received an advance copy from The Hub of the first two episodes of "Transformers Prime" for screen purposes. I am in the middle of doing the summary for the second episode as well as putting together my review for these episodes. I will be posting my actual review later today after the episode summaries. My one line review in the meantime ... "'Transformers Prime' is the darker toned love child of Beast Wars and the live action Transformers films without the cheesy humor." Stay tuned for more! In the meantime, here's our detailed summary of the first episode of Transformers Prime (after the spoiler space below). DO NOT CONTINUE UNLESS YOU WANT TO READ SPOILERS!

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"Transformers Prime" - Part 1 of "Darkness Rising" (premiere: Friday, November 26, 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Optimus Prime and the Autobots investigate the return of the Decepticons while forced to account for a group of young humans who have unwittingly become involved in their centuries-old conflict.

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TRANSFORMERS PRIME EPISODE #1 SUMMARY
"DARKNESS RISING" PART 1
Running Time: 21:54 minutes

We start out with Cliffjumper and Arcee chatting over an intercom while cruising different landscapes, patrolling for Energon. Cliffjumper soon picks up a signal and finds a pit of Energon. He is quickly attacked by Decepticons. About a half dozen drones get ready to attack him.

Breaks to opening credits. No theme song. Just the primary "Transformers Prime" logo. Developed for television by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Duane Capizzi & Jeff Kline. Kurtzman, Orci, and Kline are all listed as Executive Producers as well. This intro makes the intro to Scrubs look long.

Back to the action, Cliffjumper attacks the Decepticons. Scene jumps to Optimus Prime in vehicle form receiving a message from Arcee. Optimus contacts the other Autobots to head to Cliffjumper's location for backup. Cliffjumper's battle with the Decepticon Drones doesn't last long. After an Energon explosion, the Drones take the fallen Cliffjumper aboard their ship where Starscream awaits. Cliffjumper and Starscream share some brief dialogue before Starscream kills Cliffjumper by stabbing him through the left side of his chest.



The Autobots arrive at the Energon field. They find one of Cliffjumper's horns that fell off during his battle. Ratchet's monitor of Autobot positions shows Cliffjumper's "life signal" go offline.

Onboard the Decepticon shuttle, Soundwave reports to Starscream. I initially thought Soundwave had a rather unique somewhat melodized computer voice, but after listening to it several times and catching some of what he says, it sounds like he's repeating back lines from Arcee. Starscream's line afterwards is about Arcee as well so I'm not sure if that was a highly computerized playback of Arcee's voice or Soundwave actually talking.

The Autobots have a round table discussion near the edge of a cliff with a beautiful sunset in the background. Optimus talks about not letting the loss of Cliffjumper to impair their judgement. He also mentions that they are the only Autobots on Earth, they owe it to Cybertron, to Humankind and to their fallen comrade. Arcee sulks off as she transforms and leaves to "protect humankind".

Meanwhile, at a burger joint in a city, we meet the 16 year old human teenager Jack who's working at the drive-thru. His day doesn't seem to be going well. Arcee is en route to the city with her hologram "Sadie". She notices two Decepticon drone "twins" in her rear view mirrors. Jack has a conversation with his mother on his cell phone when he sees Arcee in motorcycle form sitting in the parking lot outside of the restaurant. He's mocked by two girls after they hear him talking to the Arcee motorcycle, proclaiming his desire to own a bike like her.



The two Decepticon drones race toward Arcee and Jack. Given no choice, Arcee must take off with Jack as her passenger with the Decepticon Drones in hot pursuit. The street battle continues through the city. Arcee loses the Drones for a moment so she lets Jack off in an alley after telling him that she doesn't exist. As she leaves him, she sees the Drones again in her rear view mirror. One of the Drones turns to chase after Jack. Move over "slag", the new slang on Transformers Prime is first heard when Arcee says "Oh, scrap!" as she turns around to take on the Drones in order to save Jack who is running for the Drone down an alley. Arcee comes to his rescue, Jack hops on her motorcycle form, and the battle/chase takes to the highway.



Bumblebee soon comes to the rescue by attacking the Drones. Jack and Arcee end up at the end of an unfinished highway. Arcee leaps to the underpass we saw in the 1st Transformers Prime trailer. Another young boy, Raf, is at the bottom of the underpass playing with his remote control car. Raf asks Jack what's going on right. The Drones, having knocked out Bumblebee moments earlier back on the highway, transform and attack Arcee. They battle. The action's pretty good. The Drones take out Arcee with a fire blast to the head. Bumblebee then reappears as he jumps off the highway overpass. This is the scene we saw from the first teaser trailer.



The Drones almost get the best of Bumblebee until Raf shouts out for the Decepticons to leave Bumblebee alone. The Drones then turn their attention from Bumblebee to Jack and Raf. They run down a large sewer pipe until the Drone can't reach them. Bumblebee and Arcee seem to be getting the "scrap" kicked out of them until Bulkhead arrives. With the tide turned against the Decepticons, the Drones transform and retreat. One of the few bits of humor is shown here when Arcee asks Bulkhead what took him so long. Bulkhead replies "traffic". Subtle humor ... not over-the-top like Animated was.

The scene cuts to Arcee and Bumblebee back at Autobot base giving Optimus Prime a briefing on what happened. Optimus states that anyone seen as one of their allies will be at great risk.

Jack walks out of his high school, past a Japanese exchange student, a girl named Miko, who is drawing the "awesome" motorcycle parked in the high school's parking lot. Jack sees Raf. Bumblebee honks his horn, pulls up alongside the boys, and has Raf get in. Arcee takes off in pursuit of Jack. She talks to him about understanding the situation. Arcee tells him that his safety is why Optimus Prime has requested his presence. Miko makes her presence known as she overhears their conversation. Arcee takes both Jack and Miko back to Autobot base to meet with Optimus Prime. The arrival at the Autobot mountain base is fairly epic. You truly get a sense of how large their base is.

The music when Optimus Prime walks into the main room is very reminiscent of the music that played when he first appeared in the first live action Transformers film. He announces that they are "autonomous robots from the planet Cybertron, also known as Autobots". The scene feels very similar to when Optimus introduced himself to Sam Witwicky. Apparently Cybertron is uninhabitable because of the Autobot civil war against the Decepticons. We get to see a stylized flashback to war ravaged Cybertron. This scene looks similar to an animated comic book, but it seems appropriate since it's a flashback scene. Optimus states that he fought alongside one he might consider a "brother", but in war ideals can be corrupted, then Megatron lost his way (awesome screen shot right here of Megatron's head). Optimus tells the human teenagers that he fears Megatron's return is imminent.

Back at the Decepticon base, Starscream states that the transmissions emanating from deep space would be a waste of Energon to intercept unless Soundwave is certain of its source. Soundwave nods, so the Decepticons activate their space bridge to retrieve ... MEGATRON!

To be continued ...

Seibertron.com answers Seibertron.com's Q&A

Transformers News: Seibertron.com answers Seibertron.com's Q&A
Date: Friday, November 5th 2010 12:12am CDT
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After partaking in the Hasbro Q&A program for the past two years, we decided to try something a little different. As some of you know, the restrictions imposed upon the websites can make for some lame questions being sent and for lame answers to be received. This time around, Seibertron.com answers each and every one of the questions that our fellow Seibertronians asked. We did our best to answer the questions as truthfully and straightforward as possible. Please understand when reading the following answers that these were provided by Seibertron.com, and not by Hasbro or any entity associated with Hasbro. The answers were not approved by Hasbro either. The answers are simply from Seibertron.com as we do our best to answer your questions.

It is our hope, that by taking the time to answer the questions you intended to be answered by Hasbro (of which we could only submit two), that many of the more casual fans who visit this site (which far outnumber the die-hard fans) will be able to sit back for the next few minutes and enjoy our attempt at answering your questions to the best of our ability. I'm sure that there are many answers below to which the more casual fans did not know the answer.

All of the answers were provided to the best of our ability. Some of the questions required the use of a magic 8 ball. Some of you might know more than us. Some of you might know better answers; if you do, let us know so that we can be informed as well. By all means, please feel free to discuss the questions and answers on our forums.

Without further ado, here is our attempt at answering the questions you sent us to send to Hasbro. Enjoy!


Leviathan wrote:Hey Hasbro just wondering if the Cycle Sisters (Arcee, Chromia, and Elita-1) do combine and if they do, are you going to post the way to combine them?


nemesis primus wrote:Considering that at Toyfair 2010 your representative announced that arcee combination instructions will be online, with elita-1's recent release when can we expect to see these instructions?


It appears Hasbro dropped the official transformation because it was either too complex or was never really planned out from the get-go with the toys we ended up with at retail. If you check out YouTube, there are several fans who've attempted to come up with some very creative ways to combine these 3 figures. Here are a few examples for you to view:





If there is an official transformation, we may never know. Hasbro has yet to reveal an official transformation despite being asked by fans many times.

Leviathan wrote:Another question is What is it that you plan on doing with transformers as a toyline after the third movie and TF: Prime?


Hasbro has yet to reveal what their plans are for 2012. Hasbro generally only lets us in on what they're through the next 6 to 12 months out.

The Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon toys will most likely start showing up on store shelves in late May about five or six weeks prior to the release of DOTM on July 1st, 2011. Hasbro's Toy Fair 2011 event is most likely on February 12th, the Saturday prior to the official Toy Fair. At this Toy Fair event, Hasbro will most likely reveal their DOTM toy line. It is possible that some of the toys from DOTM might start leaking as early as December 2010 as we've seen in the months leading up to the release of the previous Transformers films.

Is has been stated in several places that we will definitely get a Transformers: Prime toyline. I'd expect to see them on the shelves by the fall of 2011 if not sooner. If I can find some sources stating this again, I'll post them.


GEEWUN wrote:Dear Hasbro,

Will we be seeing any new (unannounced) War for Cybertron Figures in the near future?


Cliffjumper will be released in the next month. After that, it is unknown what their plans are. I've heard rumors of a WFC Starscream toy. I hope they can release this prior to DOTM so that we can get Thundercracker and Skywarp as well. If a Starscream toy is not released by the time DOTM toys hit the shelves, I wouldn't count on one until the next iteration of the Classics Universe is released ("Classics 4.0" if you will). If we don't see one by then, I wouldn't count on ever getting one.


nemesis primus wrote:Would you ever consider creating autobot/decepticon drones based on the create-a-character in war for cybertron that will allow two alt modes?


It would be awesome to have these drones made, but I'm sure these would be way down the list long after well known established characters like Jetfire, Starscream, Jazz, and Shockwave ever get toys of their own. As for the Decepticon drones in the upcoming Transformers: Prime cartoon series, that could be a possibility depending on how large the toy line is fleshed out.

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dkreed7 wrote:Are we getting war for cybertron starscream any time soon?
And are the any plans to make more war for cybertron figures?


nemesis primus wrote:Are there any plans to create figures of war for cybertron omega supreme and trypticon?


Hasbro doesn't seem to like the big guys any more. Not sure how Star Wars keeps getting $150 Millennium Falcons and $100 AT-AT and GiJoe keeps getting large playsets, yet they don't think that a $100 or $150 Omega Supreme or Trypticon would sell. Hasbro has stated in the past that large Transformers playsets don't sell or something along those lines. Considering that there hasn't been a Hasbro released Transformers "playset" since 1987 (or 1990 if you want to count the Micromaster bases), I've never been sure where this statement comes from unless it comes from their market-researchers research (best guess?).

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Tristar wrote:Are Liege Maximo and The Fallen the same being? If not How did Liege Maximo become corrupt? Why did, if Alpha Trion is one the orignal 13, he Attack Nexus Prime(maximus) In the Transtech Universe? Will any of my questions be answered in fiction in the forseeable future IE in the next year?


The Liege Maximo and The Fallen are two separate characters. In the Transformers: Exodus novel, Megatron references Liege Maximo and his "treacherous" brother The Fallen.

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As for the evil Alpha Trion, he is derived from the Shattered Glass alternate universe where the Autobots are evil and the Decepticons are good. It is unknown where the Shattered Glass universe splintered from the mainstream Transformers realities.

Hasbro revealed at BotCon 2010 that they're working on the very details about the "original 13". The artwork they showed for some of those characters at BotCon 2010 was stunning. Hopefully more will be revealed at BotCon 2011. If I recall correctly, Hasbro stated that this part of the mythology will be explored further in 2013.

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earltheyeti wrote:I've noticed that the Classics and Generations lines (the nastalgia ones that follow the Generation 1 styling) have stayed confined to the smaller scales (i.e. deluxe and voyager class.) Why is this? Are there plans to produce some figures in the Ultra or Leader class size?
(I, for one, would really go for a G1 style leader class Optimus Prime or voyager class Starscream.)


Kingpun wrote:Would carrying over a Leader class toy from a previous toyline allow for more new Leader class characters to be produced for a new toyline? Like how certain deluxe and voyage characters from Transformers '07 found their way into the Revenge of the Fallen toyline. Or is the marketability and demand for characters in the Leader size scale still too small to allow for one subline alone to carry what would be around 3 or 4 new unique Leader molds, in addition to 2 or 3 reused molds? Allowing for around 6 or 7 unique characters in one line?


Regarding a "Generations" Leader class toy, I think without a cartoon to appeal to the kiddies, it most likely comes down to profits. The deluxe class is the best selling size class of Transformers toys. I'm not sure where the other size classes rank, but I'm sure profitability is a factor as well. I imagine the profit margin is greater on a deluxe class figure versus a leader class figure. Without the cartoon pushing the larger products, I think they'd have a harder time selling the Leader class figures in the Classics line once the fans bought them up.

This is mostly pure speculation on my behalf. I welcome all of you to share your thoughts and feel free to debate this with your fellow Seibertronians.

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Bumblevivisector wrote:I have a few related questions about the just-released Generations Darkmount figure. Specifically the fact that his being a Decepticon who'd only appeared in Marvel's Transformers comics meant they had the rights to his proper name of Straxus, and therefore Hasbro couldn't use it. I'd like to know if this will hamper any future efforts to do figures of toyless TF characters created for Marvel continuity, or if some deal has been worked out since then. I'm no legal expert, but considering Hasbro also currently produces Marvel Comics figures, and even a Marvel/Transformers Crossover line, this issue being a stumbling block sounds extremely silly to me.

But if it will continue to be an issue, will it make producing characters from the Marvel U.S. books (ex: Scrounge, Wipe-Out) tougher than ones from the Marvel U.K. series (ex: Impactor, Flame, Macabre)? And will Disney's recent buyout of Marvel Comics add further complications? (I know we'll never see a Transformer actually called Darkwing again)

You released a K.B. Toys exclusive figure called Jhiaxus last decade, despite that being a character created for the Marvel Transformers: Generation 2 series. Was that not a rights issue because the toy was just a random repaint and not a stab at an actual likeness of the character, or did Marvel just happen to not bother copyrighting that particular name?


Hasbro stated something about his name not being able to be used at BotCon 2010. I thought they said something about "Straxus" being the name for another product or company but I can't find anything on Google to back up what I remember. After doing a few other searches, I came up with Straxis.com which is the name of a website development company in Oklahoma. Could this be why Darkmount wasn't called Straxus in the US (similar to Outback being called Fallback due to Outback Steakhouse and Hasbro siding with extreme caution).

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My understanding is that Hasbro can make any Transformer based off the Transformers robot characters that appeared in Marvel Comics. Unless Marvel started their own transforming robots comic line, I can't foresee them ever having a use for Spanner, Straxus, Impactor, Emirate Xaaron and other Marvel created Transformers robot characters. However, they cannot use the human characters that Marvel created such as Circuit Breaker, G.B. Blackrock, and Death's Head. Though I wonder about Buster Witwicky.

Fellow Seibertronian staff member Dead Metal had this comment to add to our answer:

Dead Metal wrote:Straxus was called Darkmount due to the Straxus toy Trademark being already taken. Marvel does not own the name or the character, that is part of the deal between Hasbro and the companies that provide fiction. All characters that are created for and first show up in Transformers movies, comics, books and cartoons are the property of Hasbro, and that includes their name and likeness. The only way Marvel could claim ownership to Straxus is if he showed up in a non-Transformers comic before his first TF fiction appearance. Jhiaxus was a Marvel comic Transformer and he's still part of TF fiction and even has a toy. Somewhere out there is a toy with the name Straxus making it impossible for Hasbro to use the name for their own products.


For those of you who don't know, Circuit Breaker (as Circuit Breaker, not Josie Beller) and Death's Head both appeared (albeit extremely briefly) in other Marvel comic books prior to their debut in Transformers comics which is how Marvel retains the rights to those characters.

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I am not a lawyer and I do not claim to have legal expertise in the field of copyrights and trademarks. If someone who has more familiarity with situations such as this or can point out examples from other similar situations, please feel free to add your thoughts and comments to this thread to share your knowledge with us.

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adamassc wrote:Is hftd Sunspot's coloration a homage or an original design?


To the best of my knowledge, it is an original design. Whether fans like it or not is still up for debate.


adamassc wrote:Can we expect the Powercore Combiner line's five packs to continue being based on previous combiner teams?


My magic 8 ball says "Concentrate and ask again". Joking aside, I'm sure Hasbro will continue to look at past themes used amongst combiners during the brand's 26 year history to see how those themes could be worked into the current Power Core Combiners brand. I'm also sure they'll take a lot of creative liberties that are best suited to this line. "Concentrate and ask again" indeed.

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adamassc wrote:Where do the powercore combiners fit in storywise? Are they movieverse, Generations, or a standalone continuity?


This is a damn good question! Magic 8 ball -- what do you think? "Signs point to yes". ;)

Hasbro answered this question for ASMzine.com recently: "While the Power Core Combiners have been seen in the movie-verse continuity, established in a Cyber Mission web episode, they basically exist on their own. For reference, the episode is currently available on http://www.transformers.com and http://www.hubworld.com. The concept of Power Core Combiners can also translate to other continuities similar to Mini-Cons."


EdgeAsus wrote:What other Human Alliance toys are going to be coming out other then the Black Sideswipe? Also How many more Generation ones are going to be coming out other then the obvious?


I'm pretty sure the black Sideswipe is the last in the Human Alliance line for the time being. I wouldn't be surprised to see the concept revisited with the Dark of the Moon line next summer, but nothing has been announced officially yet pertaining to this. Stay tuned!

Depends on your definition of the obvious. We've seen images of the figures through an early spring release. What we haven't seen yet is what's going to come out March through May -- if anything at all. Perhaps Hasbro has a few more tricks up their sleeves before Dark of the Moon hits store shelves in late spring / early summer 2011.

noodles2go wrote:Are you going to continue with the Power Core Combiners line?


Have we seen anything past the end of this year? I think all of the new PCC toys that we are aware of are scheduled to be released by January 2011. I'm not sure if this is a good sign or a bad sign for the Power Core Combiners line.

After doing a little bit of homework on Google, I found that Hasbro recently answered this question for ActionFigurePics.com: "Currently the plan is to continue the Power-Core Combiners line up until the release of the Movie 3 line with new teams and figures."

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noodles2go wrote:Is the quality control in the Power Core Combiner figures going to be better? Many people have complained of loose ball joints, too tight or too loose power link joints, as well as drones not properly automorphing as they should. I have experience this on many occasions myself, and have had to return a couple items due to this.


Quaternion wrote:Hasbro,
How do you plan to improve quality control?

For example, I've returned MP Grimlock twice now for different QC issues and others have QC issues with this $70 figure as well: /energonpub/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=68503. If I pay $70, I expect acceptable quality.


Cheetron wrote:Across every line of Transformers product we've seen a multitude of Quailty control failures. From paint aps, to poor designs, to the wrong parts in the wrong position and even your products have broken due to the very thin plastic they're made of. My question is: Are you planning to improve on this and make you toys better?


It's early for me and my mind is foggy. If anyone want to improve on this, please make it sound better. lol.


I'll answer this with Hasbro's own quote from October 2008.

"Yes we are aware that there has been a rise in collector complaints about certain Transformers products. We can assure you that all products are quality tested to strict controls and it is something that Hasbro prides itself on. Given the huge increase in volume we have experienced in the Transformers range the likelihood of certain products sometimes not meeting consumer expectations slightly increases, however we always try to service our customers needs when a problem arises."

Anyone else care to share their thoughts on quality control issues? What have your experiences been with Transformers quality control?

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backpack wrote:Are there any plans to release drone packs for PCC so that we can mix/match create our own teams?


I would safely say the answer to this is "no".


joeformer wrote:Ive asked this a million times with no luck but id like to try again lol. With the addition of the new little mini human figures that come with the screen battles. any chance of making some in scale figures for the generations and movie line with articulation?


backpack wrote:Generations Human Alliance? Yes/No/Maybe So?


I would safely say the answer to this is "no" as well, however, I'm pretty sure this question was asked at BotCon 2010 and we were given the typical "no plans at this time, but is something to consider" answer. I can't seem to find this via Google though. Can anyone else find this quote online?

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It Is Him wrote:Re: Generation Red Alert's deco. Why did Hasbro choose toy colors over TV show colors?


Most likely simply to make their product slightly different than Takara Tomy's product. In this case, Takara Tomy's product for the Asian market resembled Red Alert's cartoon colors whereas Hasbro's version resembled the original toy from 1985. I think this was especially important for Hasbro to do since Takara Tomy's version of this toy preceded the Hasbro version by over a year. Many die-hard fans already purchased the Japanese version so by making the Hasbro product different, it gives fans a reason to purchase the new version even if they already own the original version.

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Rated X wrote:My question is a follow up to a question asked at the Botcon 2010 Hasbro pannel. The question asked at Botcon was "Why cant the USA get the repaints or redeco's that Takara makes in Japan ?" Hasbro answered the question by stating "The USA has its market and Japan has its market and the two were not meant to combine." A good example in reference to this question is Henkei Classics Deluxe Thundercracker not getting a USA version like his 2 counterparts.

My question is:

Who decides what the "USA market" or "Japan market" should be and what is the process for doing it ???

Sombody ultimitly has to make decisions. Tell us who and how these decisions are made.


This is an interesting question. The first comment I want to make pertains to Thundercracker. I'm almost certain we'll get him at some point. It should just be a matter of time. And patience.

I'm sure a lot of decisions about what products should carry over from country to country depend upon a core group of people at each company. I'm sure profitability plays a large factor in this as well as how to capitalize on each unique market. Profitability isn't a bad word folks. You want these companies to make money. The more money they make, the more Transformers we'll get. And the better Transformers designs we can get because more money can be dumped into research and development.

I also think some of it has to do with when a certain product can be brought to the market. What might be a good time for a product to be released in Japan might not be a good time for a product to be released in the US. I'm sure both companies are very wise to fans such as us using the Internet to import toys from other countries. Why release the identical figure in both countries when you can delay the release and come up with an alternate (or better) paint scheme on the latter release to capitalize on profits? The Red Alert toy mentioned above is a great example of this.

When one thinks of this less from a fan or collector's perspective and more from a business perspective, these types of decisions start to make more sense. Making more sense doesn't necessarily parallel making fans happy so take this for what you will.

Anyone else care to share their thoughts on Rated X's question(s)?


Gandalf wrote:At BotCon this year, someone on the Hasbro panel stated that you were unable to get Generations Thunderwing's "drone" to transform. Why couldn't it have been a Minicon/Targetmaster like with Universe Cyclonus? Would you consider making this drone into a Scout class figure in the future, under a different name if needed?


I think this all comes down to cost and getting this toy/mold to fit within the confines of the deluxe class price range. The more complex the tooling, the more expensive the toy (or the less profitable a toy depending on how the toy is sold or marketed). I think the upcoming Scourge toy is victim of this as well. Someone at Hasbro or Takara Tomy surely had to say "Hey, why aren't we making Fracas to go with this?" I will be the first to point out that my argument here can quickly be flawed simply by pointing out that Nightstick got made with Cyclonus. Maybe this has to do with the changing markets, or the cost of plastic or not enough time to design Thunderwing's drone and Scourge's partner Fracas.

From my personal opinion, I think Thunderwing having a drone would've been confusing in today's market and for many fans unfamiliar with the Pretender concept. It is my belief that the Thunderwing toy, as are any Pretenders homages going forward, are an amalgamation of the Pretender shell and inner robot since the Pretender concept isn't being used.

I wouldn't count on Thunderwing's drone ever being released separately. No need for this.

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omega666 wrote:I see custom Transformer figures that improve on the original figures. Does Hasbro ever see these custom figures and try to use the ideas to make newer figures better? (I don't have a specific example)


This would be interesting to know, but I would think legal issues would prevent Hasbro's ability to disclose this answer in a straightforward answer.

What do you think Magic 8 ball?





emeraldbeacon wrote:Many recently-released figures seem to be, either clearly or obscurely, homages to others released in the past. In general, what is your approach towards creating figure assortments, in terms of new and unique designs versus homages to older figures or ideas?

Some recent toys have clear, yet undocumented, interaction capabilities (such as Skystalker/Mindwipe, Seaspray/Breacher, and Lockdown/Ratchet). Are there any other such pairings, either on the market now or coming soon, that the fandom has yet to 'discover'?


These are actually a great set of questions for which I do not have an answer. Does anyone have some light they could shed on these?


dkreed7 wrote:Are we getting war for cybertron starscream any time soon?
And are the any plans to make more war for cybertron figures?


Galvatrondestroyer wrote:will we see anymore WFC figures in Generations? the two i have and the other two ive seen reviews on are really great figures

Please bring on some more!


WFC Cliffjumper, a WFC Bumblebee repaint with a new head, is the last of the WFC figures for the time being. Hasbro hasn't mentioned anything other than (if I recall correctly) a possible WFC Starscream figure but I have a feeling that might have fallen off the radar as they gear up for the Dark of the Moon toyline. It is possible they could be saving other WFC toys for a later date or a possible "Classics 4.0" line after DOTM. Cliffjumper is scheduled to begin appearing in early 2011, which means he should start popping up around the beginning of December at some stores or online retail outlets such as BigBadToyStore.com and tfsource.com.

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autobot-jolt wrote:I've got one that's really different, but I'm just curious to know, where did Hasbro get the idea for RPM's?


Hmm ... I can't imagine this has anything to do with giving Mattel some good old fashioned competition at long last? Kind of makes you wonder, if RPMs / Speed Stars is successful, how long it will take for Mattel to come up with a line of transforming robot toys to compete against Hasbro's Transformers to return the favor.

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-L- wrote:Any Chance we'll be seing more of the Masters concept (i.e. Head Masters Target Masters or Power Masters) especially after seeing the Success of Generations Cyclonus w/ Nightstick?


It doesn't appear that this trend will be happening any time soon. The most obvious choice would've been Scourge with Fracas, but poor Fracas won't be seeing the light of day any time soon -- at least not in an official capacity from Hasbro. This was such an obvious choice that it almost makes us wonder if they're counting on one of the 3rd part companies to make a Fracas figure for us. Guess ol' Nightstick will have to go play with Scraplets all by himself.


Rodimus723 wrote:Are there be any planes to go back to the original combiner concept, but with modern sculpting techniques?


-L- wrote:Also is there going to be any modern application of the G1 Combiner (using 5ish ACTUAL characters instead of 1 character and 4 drones)?


Hasbro answered this question for tformers.com back in May 2010. Here's what they said to them:

"While we understand your passion for the traditional combination figures from G1, Energon, etc., however, the great part about Transformers is that things can change over time. So it is not a question of difficulty or costs, but more about how can a great concept like combination be re-imagined and re-invented.

For example, in creating the new Power Core Combiner line, we wanted to establish a "system" of play that allowed kids the opportunity to not only play with the teams of figures, but also have the ability to create their own teams by collecting more and more figures.

Additionally, we also wanted to expand the story line of Combiners, thus the reason and rationale for drones, mini-cons and certain characters all working together as a team."


The Power Core Combiners concept appears to be it for now. Hopefully one day Hasbro will give us Combiners done right in the style of FansProject Munitioner and Explorer and their incredible Bruticus.

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More recently, Hasbro answered a similar question but pertaining to G1 combiner reissues in lieu of the Seacons/Piranacon reissue. This answer was originally posted on KittysPryde.com: "We do not have any plans to be re-releasing any of the other classic combiners at this time."

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-L- wrote:And Do you think we will be getting a New Fortress Maximus even if it's just the IDW Maximus?


I'm sure Fort Max, and his Decepticon counterpart Scorponok, both have to be on Hasbro's radar to tackle at some point. Hasbro's been working their way through updated versions of our favorite classic 80s Transformers so I'm sure these two have to be in the works or at least an idea on the table.

Would anyone else like to see them use the Energon Scorponok mold but done in his original Headmasters colors as part of the continued "Classics" line?

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StarscreamLeader815 wrote:Do you have any plans to release Transformers Animated Wingblade Optimus? It would fit good under the Generations line.


Hasbro provided answers for this to ActionFigurePics.com and KittysPryde.com.

"Unfortunately, we do not have any plans to release these figures in the near future."

"Unfortunately, we do not have plans to release them at this point in time."

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Optimus5678 wrote:Are they going to reissue generation one favaroties like Hound, blaster, blitzwing, that takara has done? Would they consider reissues based on japanese characters such as Twin Cast Soundblaster Raiden, Minerva, overlord, go shooter, Artfire, Star Saber, Victory Leo cause these would make some awesome addtions to anyone's collection


Questions similar to this have circulated since the reissues began about ten years ago (hard to believe, huh?). It's a good question, one to which we'd all drool at a real answer, but Hasbro and Takara Tomy have kept the lid shut on this answer. For whatever reason, the Japanese exclusive characters don't seem to do real well as reissues (Ricochet, God Ginrai, and Star Convoy come to mind) so it'll probably take a while for some new ones to get reissued from Takara Tomy.

As for Soundblaster and Twincast I don't foresee Hasbro releasing these ever. I think this is one of those instances where Hasbro knows that die-hard collectors of these characters would've already bought the Japanese version so there's little need to release those Japanese exclusive characters here in the states.

As for Blitzwing and Hound, I'm surprised these didn't get released about 4 or 5 years back when the reissues were real popular as well. I can't help but wonder if the small pieces that are included with both of those figures might be considered a choking hazard and possibly don't meet American safety standards. Or maybe they just never got around to them.

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Chupacabra Convoy wrote:1: Will the Classic Three pack that has Rodimus, Cyclonus, and Galvatron ever make it to state side retail stores? Or at the very least, can we see a Generations Armada to go with Cyclonus?

2: Given the popularity of Last Stand of the Wreckers, are any of the "new" characters (Overlord, Ironfist, Impactor, Pyro, Guzzle, and Rotorstorm) are being considered for a toy design? (Not sure if this is against the rules. If it is, I apologize in advance.)

3: Will Thunderwing get repainted as Black Shadow?

4: Can Drift's Toy head be swapped with Blurr's for a Deadshot release?

5: Is the Generations Scourge's alternate head mold Devcon?

6: Do any of the War for Cybertron toys have alternate head molds like the rest of the newer Generations molds?


I'll do my best to answer these but some of these are bordering on the "can't ask about future products" restriction Hasbro has in place on Q&A.

1. The "Challenge at Cybertron" Cyclonus and Rodimus will be coming out in an exclusive two-pack later this year, called "Battle in Space", with a Matrix of Leadership accessory and an exclusive comic book. Galvatron will not be included in this set.

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2. We haven't heard anything yet. Considering the lack of Transformers characters that have made it to the comic scene recently yet haven't been translated to toy form, I think we can safely say that the answer to this question is most likely "no", unfortunately. It sure would be nice to get an updated Overlord though, wouldn't it?

3. Thunderwing repainted as Black Shadow would be truly awesome. I doubt Hasbro would do this, though it is possible. I could certainly see Takara Tomy doing this. At a minimum, I could see this as a future BotCon exclusive since Black Shadow falls within the obscure character realm on which the BotCon folks have been focusing. Time will tell. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

4. While it is possible since they could just repaint the Blurr figure white, I doubt Hasbro would do this simple to avoid confusion about the Drift character.

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5. Scourge with a new head to become Devcon would be interesting. Not my first pick, but an interesting option nonetheless. I'm hoping for some minor repaints as Sweeps ala Jetstorm and his drones in Beast Machines.

6. Just Bumblebee and Cliffjumper. See one of the above answers for an image of Cliffjumper if you haven't seen him yet. He should be on shelves in about two months or less.


Arlekkin wrote:I saw the picture of Skullgrin on Darkmount (Straxus)'s instruction, and so far I wasn't that impressed, and I was wondering if Hasbro had thought about of doing any of the Pretender's shells in figures like the Battle Beasts, reminiscent of Takara's Masterforce animated series?


Hasbro seems to want to stay away from the Pretenders concept, which is evident from them releasing several homages of Pretenders characters as regular Transformers minus Pretender shells. I'd love to see the Pretenders concept revisited with today's toy technologies as well though. Speaking of Pretenders ... where's Alice from ROTF?

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Arlekkin wrote:Another thing which is really annoying me is this. Some characters which in the original series had a cybertronian/futuristic form are getting earth alt modesin Transformers Universe/Generations. Are we gonna see any Cybertronian form in the Generations lines (apart from the War for Cybertron figures)?

Same thing goes for characters like Blaster whose alt forms are tools/appliances. Are we gonna see any transformers in the generations line with such alt forms rather than vehicles?


Hasbro recently answered this question for RavingToyManiac.com: "For the Transformers brand, we are always looking forward to finding new ways to re-imagine our favorite characters. We have not re-released all of the 1980's figures as we believe this would be a stale treatment of our beloved characters. Instead, we look at Transformers as being the most up-to-date technologically advanced sentient beings. Based on this, we feel that they would continually update themselves so that they would remain "Robots in Disguise" versus staying in their 1984 vehicle form and sticking out like a sore thumb!"

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Arlekkin wrote:In an interview I've read that someone from Hasbro would like to see a new Rhinox and a new soundwave.... Are we gonna see any new figure from the Beast Wars series in the Generations line?


Hasbro recently answered this question for us in our most recent Q&A: "We're thrilled that fans chose to honor Dinobot during the first Transformers Hall of Fame induction however there are no plans for Beast Wars figures at this time."

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Arlekkin wrote:Are we going to get any other repaint or retool of the starscream mold? A nice Sunstorm or a revamped Predator Talon wouldn't look bad in my collection. :P


There is at least one more planned release of the Starscream mold which is next year's TCC exclusive G2 Ramjet figure. While Hasbro hasn't announced a Thundercracker figure yet, I can't imagine that they'll leave fans hanging for too much longer. I'd expect a Thundercracker release in the next year or two. I'm sure there are a lot of fans that would also like to see someone make a Sunstorm repaint from this mold as well. Keep your fingers crossed!

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emeraldbeacon wrote:Some recent toys have clear, yet undocumented, interaction capabilities (such as Skystalker/Mindwipe, Seaspray/Breacher, and Lockdown/Ratchet). Are there any other such pairings, either on the market now or coming soon, that the fandom has yet to 'discover'?


This is all that has been discovered so far. Stay tuned to the news at Seibertron.com to see if other special interactions are uncovered!

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Featured Seibertron.com eBay Items: Costco Metallic Bumblebee, Dirge, Red Alert, Megatron, and more!

Transformers News: Featured Seibertron.com eBay Items: Costco Metallic Bumblebee, Dirge, Red Alert, Megatron, and more!
Date: Saturday, October 30th 2010 1:43pm CDT
Categories: Auctions, Site News, Toy News
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Every few days we'll be bringing you some cool Transformers eBay auctions that are worth taking a look at. If you have eBay Transformers auctions, please post them here in our Carbombya Buy/Sell/Trade forum. We'll take a look there first to see if you've got something cool posted that should be featured on Seibertron.com. Check back in 2 to 3 days for some more featured Transformers items from eBay

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Featured Seibertron.com eBay Auction #1
METALLIC Transformer Battle Ops Bumblebee US COSTCO new

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Seibertron.com's Transformers and more wrote:This auction is for a MISB Transformers BATTLE OPS BUMBLEBEE with Metallic finish -- also includes Legends Class MUDFLAP and Legends Class PREMIUM BUMBLEBEE

Welcome to one of Seibertron's auctions from eBay seller chicagorhinox. It's time to start selling some extra items to cover some wedding expenses from earlier this year ... and to make room for all of the upcoming Transformers figures that are coming out later this year.

This Costco exclusive version of Battle Ops Bumblebee sports a new Metallic finish. It also includes two Legends class figures as an added bonus. One is Legends Class Mudflap and the other is a pretty awesome looking gold chromed Premium Bumblebee, perfect for any Bumblebee completist.

This brand-new just-released MISB item is in-hand and will ship once the auction has been completed. The item is sealed and has never been opened. Make it yours by bidding on it now!

If you have questions or concerns, please send me a question via eBay so that I may resolve your inquiry correctly. I am not responsible for any assumptions you make about this item. The photos in this auction are of the actual item on which you are bidding. Please refer to the pictures for further information.


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Featured Seibertron.com eBay Auction #2
RD-21 RAMPAGE DESERT COMBAT Japanese Takara Transformer

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Seibertron.com's Transformers and more wrote:This auction is for a MOSC Transformers Revenge of the Fallen (ROTF) movie RAMPAGE DESERT COMBAT deluxe class figure

Welcome to one of Seibertron's auctions from eBay seller chicagorhinox. This case fresh MOSC Japanese item, RD-21 RAMPAGE DESERT COMBAT, is from Takara Tomy's Transformers Revenge of the Fallen (ROTF) toyline was exclusive to Japan. This is the REAL DEAL ... this is NOT the American version. This is indeed the Japanese version which is sold out at many online stores and is rare to come across

If you have questions or concerns, please send me a question via eBay so that I may resolve your inquiry correctly. I am not responsible for any assumptions you make about this item. I am selling multiple identical items to multiple buyers. The pictures in this auction are for reference only. This auction is for a quantity of ONE toy.


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Featured Seibertron.com eBay Auction #3
DIRGE Transformers Generations MOSC SUPER FAST SHIPPING

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Seibertron.com's Transformers and more wrote:This auction is for a MOSC Transformers Generations Deluxe Class DIRGE

This brand-new just-released MOSC item is in-hand and will ship once the auction has been completed. The item is sealed and has never been opened. Make it yours by bidding on it now!


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Featured Seibertron.com eBay Auction #4
MEGATRON Transformers Generations MOSC fast shipping

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Seibertron.com's Transformers and more wrote:This auction is for a MOSC Transformers Generations Deluxe Class CYBERTRONIAN MEGATRON

This brand-new just-released MOSC item is in-hand and will ship once the auction has been completed. The item is sealed and has never been opened. Make it yours by bidding on it now!

If you have questions or concerns, please send me a question via eBay so that I may resolve your inquiry correctly. I am not responsible for any assumptions you make about this item. I am selling multiple identical items to multiple buyers. The pictures in this auction are for reference only.


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Featured Seibertron.com eBay Auction #5
RED ALERT Transformers Generations MOSC fast shipping!!

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Seibertron.com's Transformers and more wrote:This auction is for a MOSC Transformers Generations Deluxe Class RED ALERT

This brand-new just-released MOSC item is in-hand and will ship once the auction has been completed. The item is sealed and has never been opened.


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Featured Seibertron.com eBay Auction #6
Transformer RAVAGE BUMBLEBEE RAMPAGE among ruin 3pk TRU

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Seibertron.com's Transformers and more wrote:This auction is for a Transformers Hunt for the Decepticons RAMPAGE AMONG THE RUINS set

Welcome to one of Seibertron's auctions from eBay seller chicagorhinox (aka Ryan Yzquierdo, the owner of Seibertron). This MISB Toys R Us exclusive item is in-hand and will ship once the auction has been completed. This item has never been opened before. It includes the deluxe class versions of Decepticon RAMPAGE, Decepticon RAVAGE, and Autobot BUMBLEBEE. All 3 figures have different paint decos than their regular versions. Bumblebee is a repaint of Battlefield Bumblebee which was from the 2 pack released earlier this year. Make this set yours by bidding on it now!

If you have questions or concerns, please send me a question via eBay so that I may resolve your inquiry correctly. I am not responsible for any assumptions you make about this item. I am selling multiple identical items to multiple buyers. The pictures in this auction are for reference only.


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Featured Seibertron.com eBay Auction #7
Transformers ROTF movie deluxe RAMPAGE MOSC revenge

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Seibertron.com's Transformers and more wrote:This auction is for a MOSC Transformers Revenge of the Fallen (ROTF) movie RAMPAGE deluxe class figure

The photos in this auction are of the actual item that you are bidding on. Please refer to the pictures for further information.

If you have questions or concerns, please send me a question via eBay so that I may resolve your inquiry correctly. I am not responsible for any assumptions you make about this item. I am selling multiple identical items to multiple buyers. The pictures in this auction are for reference only. Please note that the packaging for the items in this auction have minor damage/shelf wear. The figure itself is sealed and in excellent condition.


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Featured Seibertron.com eBay Auction #8
Transformers Energon OPTIMUS PRIME + MEGATRON TRU misb!

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Seibertron.com's Transformers and more wrote:This auction is for a MISB Transformers Energon OPTIMUS PRIME and MEGATRON 2 pack

This mint-in-sealed-box (MISB) item was exclusive to Toys R Us. It includes the deluxe class version of Optimus Prime and the voyager class version of Megatron. The photos in this auction are of the actual item on which you are bidding on. Please refer to the pictures for further information.


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Featured Seibertron.com eBay Auction #9
Transformers Titanium War Within OPTIMUS PRIME MEGATRON

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Seibertron.com's Transformers and more wrote:This auction is for a MISB Transformers TITANIUM Optimus Prime and Megatron 2 pack

This mint-in-sealed-box (MISB) item was exclusive to Toys R Us. It includes the War Within version of Optimus Prime and Megatron as well as a variant cover War Within comic book. The photos in this auction are of the actual item on which you are bidding on. Please refer to the pictures for further information.


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Featured Seibertron.com eBay Auction #10
THRUST Transformer Generation G1 mosc SAME DAY SHIPPING

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Seibertron.com's Transformers and more wrote:This auction is for a Transformers Generations Deluxe Class THRUST

This MOSC item is in-hand and will ship once the auction has been completed. This item has never been opened before. Make it yours by bidding on it now!

Generations THRUST is a repainted version of the Japanese Henkei version from Takara Tomy, which is a remolded/modified version of the rare BotCon Thrust from 2007.

If you have questions or concerns, please send me a question via eBay so that I may resolve your inquiry correctly. I am not responsible for any assumptions you make about this item. I am selling multiple identical items to multiple buyers. The pictures in this auction are for reference only.


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IDW Publishing - January 2011 Transformers Comic Solicitations

Transformers News: IDW Publishing - January 2011 Transformers Comic Solicitations
Date: Thursday, October 21st 2010 11:41pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Press Releases
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Infestation! Transformers 3! All will be found in IDW's Transformers comics for the month of January in 2011. The crossover begins with Infestation #1. We are getting a four series Transformers 3 prequel - two issues will be released in this month - Rising Storm and Foundation. Sector 07 closes out this month with it's fifth issue, while Transformers: Ongoing continues with its 15th. Transformers: Prime gets broken up and reprinted into its own weekly series, while we get trade paperbacks Transformers: Drift and Transformers: The IDW Collection, Vol. 3. Check out the solicitations and spoilers below!

Infestation #1 (of 2)
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Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning (w) • David Messina (a) • Gabriel Rodriguez, J.K. Snyder III (c)
It begins here! The first-ever IDW event, which affects the Transformers, G.I. Joe, Ghostbusters, and Star Trek universes! This dimensions-spanning storyline begins with a specially priced 40-page story by Abnett & Lanning (The Thanos Imperative) and David Messina (True Blood). Something goes horribly awry in the Zombies vs Robots universe, threatening to tear many of IDW’s biggest realities asunder! Don’t miss the IDW event ten years in the making!
*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.
FC • 40 pages • $3.99

TRANSFORMERS: Rising Storm #1 (of 4)
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John Barber (w) • Carlos Magno (a) • Brian Rood (c)
Megatron has been on the run since Optimus Prime defeated the Fallen... But now a new player has arrived on Earth, and he's not taking prisoners! Fan-favorite SHOCKWAVE enters the scene in a major way, just in time for his role in TRANSFORMERS 3!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

TRANSFORMERS: Foundation #2 (of 4)
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John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith (a) • Brian Rood (c)
War rages on Cybertron, and Optimus Prime has one goal—kill Megatron at any cost! But how far will the Autobot leader go—and what led these two former friends down the road of hate? Secrets are revealed and clues are unearthed in the run-up to this summer's blockbuster TRANSFORMERS 3!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers: Drift
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Shane McCarthy (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Guido Guidi (c)
What was it that caused one of the DECEPTICON’s most ruthless soldiers to turn his back on them? And what ancient secret lies hidden deep within an alien planet? All this and more as the origin of the newest AUTOBOT, DRIFT, is finally revealed!
Expected in-store date: 1/19/11
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 Pages • ISBN: 978-1-60010-855-6

Transformers: Sector 7 #5 (of 5)
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John Barber (w) • Joe Suitor (a) • Brian Rood (c)
Jetfire makes his final judgment against humanity, as he comes face to face with Sector 7 founder Walter Simmons! Meanwhile, in Sector 7's Arctic Command, still housing the frozen frame of Megatron, someone has turned traitor... or is there a Decepticon in their midst? All the answers are here, as the lead-up to TRANSFORMERS III heats up!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers #15
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Mike Costa (w) • Don Figueroa (a) • Figueroa, Nick Roche (c)
The most dangerous Decepticon in the universe is back... but not in a way anyone expected. What has happened to Megatron in his years away, and what is his plan for his enemies? Costa and Figueroa reveal all, as the darkest chapter since ALL HAIL MEGATRON continues!
*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Transformers: Prime #1 (of 4)
Mike Johnson (w) • EJ Su (a) • Jose Lopez and Augusto Barranco (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers: Prime #2 (of 4)
Mike Johnson (w) • Atilio Martin and Allan Jefferson (a) • TBD (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers: Prime #3 (of 4)
Mike Johnson (w) • David Daza (a) • TBD (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers: Prime #4 (of 4)
Mike Johnson (w) • Joe St. Pierre (a) • TBD (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Based on the all-new animated series! Join CLIFFJUMPER and ARCEE as they battle their way through DECEPTICON forces in a desperate adventure to learn the secrets of Space Bridge Technology! STARSCREAM, the DECEPTICON enforcer stands in their way, not just from the mission, but to rejoin OPTIMUS PRIME and his AUTOBOTS as well! This is the PREQUEL to the new hit TV Show! (*Note – Previously offered as a collection, TRANSFORMERS: PRIME TP in the August 2010 catalog)

The Transformers: The IDW Collection, Vol. 3
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Simon Furman and Stuart Moore (w) • E.J. Su, Guido Guidi, Emiliano Santalucia, Alex Milne, Marcelo Matere, Klaus Scherwinski, and Tyler Kirkham (a) • E.J. Su (c)
The re-presentation of IDW's TRANSFORMERS Universe continues in volume 3! This volume includes the TRANSFORMERS series Devastation, as well as Spotlights: Galvatron, Ramjet, Wheelie, Blaster, Arcee, and Grimlock as well as the first-ever crossover with Marvel, Avengers/Transformers!
Expected in-store date: 1/26/11
HC • FC • $49.99 • 330 Pages • 7” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-60010-856-3


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Exclusive Seibertron.com interview with Stan Bush

Transformers News: Exclusive Seibertron.com interview with Stan Bush
Date: Monday, October 11th 2010 8:56am CDT
Categories: Interviews, People News
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Recently we got a chance to catch up with Stan Bush, the singer/songwriter most known to Transformers fans as the man responsible for the iconic song "The Touch" which first appeared in the 1986 Transformers cartoon movie.

Stan has recently released a brand new CD entitled "Dream the Dream" and has a lot of other things going on right now, and he was more than happy to take the time to fill us in with all his latest news, as well as giving us a look back at his career.

Seibertron.com: You've been recording albums for decades now. Has there ever been a time where you've felt like stepping away from the business and have
you ever thought ahead to how long you'd like to keep performing?

Stan: Well, although I’ve had a fair amount of success, it’s a tough business and can at times be overwhelming. I love songwriting and performing, and the artistic aspect is certainly very fulfilling. I kind of had my ‘break’ from the business during the nineties, when rock went sideways with the grunge thing. I kept making records mainly for my fans in Europe and Japan, where eighties rock was still happening. Looking ahead, I plan to keep trying to create music. I don’t really have a timeline in mind, but touring will probably make less sense after a point.

Seibertron.com: You've become a mainstay at BotCon having been a special guest at 3 of the last 4 BotCons and have also made appearances at a variety ofsci-fi and anime conventions and even the world famous San Diego Comic
Con. Do you have any upcoming convention appearances over the next few months?

Stan Bush: I’ve been talking with a European promoter about doing some shows after the holidays. I don’t have any definite info right now, but fans can check the website stanbush.com to see what’s happening. I’ve been asked to appear in Australia next summer, and I plan to keep appearing in the U.S. as well.

Seibertron.com: Since you mentioned Europe, you have become a bit of a "Hasslehoff" over there, meaning your European fanbase is astoundingly large. Do you have any thoughts as to why?

Stan: I’m not sure why, but it kind of took off during the late eighties when I did the "Stan Bush & Barrage” album with “The Touch”. I did tours in Germany and surrounding countries, and kept making albums. It was cool to have such devoted fans.

Seibertron.com: Speaking of "The Touch," it has become your signature song. When you first recorded it, did you have any inkling that would be the case?

Stan: No, it took us completely by surprise. Lenny Macaluso and I originally wrote “The Touch” for the Stallone movie “Cobra” and then found out it was going to be in a cartoon movie about robots. We were like, ‘what’? Anyway, it turned out to be quite a phenomenon!

Seibertron.com: "The Touch" has been re-released multiple times on some of your more recent albums. Your other big song from The Transformers soundtrack
was "Dare," and some TF fans enjoy that song just as much as "The Touch." Do you have any plans on doing a remake of "Dare" and including it on a future album?

Stan: “Dare” is also a great song, although I didn’t actually write it. It’s been suggested that we put “Dare” on Rock Band. “The Touch” will be coming out on Rock Band fairly soon. I think you know this but my other song “Til All Are One” is featured in the new Activision game “Transformers: War for Cybertron”. I’m working on a couple of new ‘action’ songs as well.

Seibertron.com: You mentioned your website earlier. For those who have not visited it, or at least not visited it recently, what kinds of cool things can they expect to find at Stanbush.com?

Stan: Well, the new website is set up to be more easily updated, and I’m also now on Facebook and Twitter, and we have a YouTube account. We’ve had a lot of positive feedback on the new site.

Seibertron.com: What are the biggest differences in the music industry now and how it was when you first started?

Stan: Well, the industry used to be controlled by the major record labels and radio syndication. Now it’s anything and everything on the Internet. The overall quality of music perhaps is a bit lower, but people have more choices than ever.

Seibertron.com: For someone who has never heard your music before, how would you describe it and who are some of your influences?

Stan: I’m still an eighties guy. Early influences would include Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and I also liked the Motown stuff, and later, bands like Foreigner.

Seibertron.com: Having said that, If you could play on stage with any one musician or group living or
dead, who would it be and why?

Stan: I think Jimmy Page (back in the day) was probably one of the most creative musicians ever! I’ve always been a huge Paul McCartney fan.

Seibertron.com: What are the biggest differences in the music industry now and how it was when you first started?


Stan:
Well, the industry used to be controlled by the major record labels and radio syndication. Now it’s anything and everything on the Internet. The overall quality of music perhaps is a bit lower, but people have more choices than ever.

Seibertron.com: What do you consider the biggest honor or achievement of your career?

Stan:
Winning an Emmy Award was definitely one of the biggest moments in my career. It was for best original song for television.

Seibertron.com: I'm sure your fans have been vocal to you as to what some of their favorite Stan Bush songs are, but what's your personal favorite?

Stan: I really like “I’ll Never Fall” from the “In This Life” album. From the new album I like “Dream the Dream” and “Never Hold Back”.

Seibertron.com: How much do your own personal experiences factor into your song lyrics?

Stan:
Many of my ‘go for it’ ‘believe in yourself’ songs have an uplifting message that resonates with my outlook on life. Each of us makes our own reality. Some of the loves songs are true and some are fictional, but have situations that happen to most of us.

Seibertron.com: Stan, thanks so much for your time today. We have time for one more question. You mentioned your new album "Dream the Dream." How does it compare to past albums you have made?

Stan: I think the “Dream the Dream” album has reached a new level of sophistication of songwriting and production. My producer Holger Fath really does a great job with arrangements, guitars and keyboards. As a writer I think I’m still learning though. I guess we all keep learning in life. Anyway, I really appreciate the support! Please visit stanbush.com!

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Universe Blaster Upgrades By Renderform- Painted Samples

Transformers News: Universe Blaster Upgrades By Renderform- Painted Samples
Date: Monday, September 27th 2010 8:09pm CDT
Category: 3rd Party News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Blurrz, Venksta @ Renderform.com

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Garage Kit guru, Renderform, have added a little something new to the website as of last week.

This up and coming kit making fan first hit it big with the visor, helmet, and rifle upgrades for Universe Skyfall to make him look even more like his inspiration, Skyjack of G2 fame. Called the RF-002 Empyrean Espionage Upgrade Kit, Mkall reviewed the early offering here.

Now RENDERFORM looks to hit one out of the park with this new set which will add some shine to your Universe Blaster. Shine, and Pazzaz!

The RF-003 Kit will upgrade your Universe Blaster in a few ways: a new original head based on his more Classic look (no Soundwave head repaint here), amd a rifle that should leave no one guessing as to the only bot it could belong to, the perfect weapon to battle Soundwave's smooth grooves with.

Check out some teaser images below, and even more pics at Venksta's website, Renderform.com.

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This is a closeup pf Universe Blaster with the additional head piece, and the GUITAR (sold separately).

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Generations Wreck-Gar is Coming! More Revealed via Wal*Mart Listings

Transformers News: Generations Wreck-Gar is Coming! More Revealed via Wal*Mart Listings
Date: Monday, September 20th 2010 8:05pm CDT
Categories: Rumors, Store News, Toy News
Posted by: Blurrz | Credit(s): Allspark.com, alt.toys.transformers

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T.V. We talk T.V. You talk some T.V.?

If you thought Generation One cartoon characters were being neglected in Generations, think again. While the line has been dominated so far by War For Cybertron toys, comic book characters and seeker repaints, we found out at BotCon/Cybertron Convention that we were getting more. Now thanks to alt.toy.transformers and the Allspark, we can add some more names to the list. Wreck-Gar is new, and it is possible that G1 Optimus Prime and G1 Bumblebee will get new deluxe figures too.

TRA DLX PERCEPTOR UPC 6-53569-56571
TRA DLX OPTIMUS PRM UPC 6-53569-56572
TRA DLX BUMBLEBEE UPC 6-53569-57672
TRA DLX FALLBACK UPC 6-53569-55797
TRA DLX MINDSET UPC 6-53569-55799
TRA DLX SPL OPS JAZ UPC 6-53569-5580
TRA DLX TURBO TRACK UPC 6-53569-55801
TRA DLX WRECKGAR UPC 6-53569-56573


Perceptor, Special Ops Jazz, and Turbo Tracks are all new figures in the Generations line. Among Movie Deluxes will be Mindset, a repaint of Hailstorm, and Fallback, a repaint of Brawn.

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IDW Publishing - December 2010 Transformers Comic Solicitations

Transformers News: IDW Publishing - December 2010 Transformers Comic Solicitations
Date: Monday, September 20th 2010 3:05am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Press Releases
Posted by: Blurrz | Credit(s): ComicsContinuum

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The month of giving and celebration is jam packed with Transformers Comic fun. The first Transformers 3 Movie Prequel comic will be released in December, called Foundation. The monthly series continue, as we've got Transformers: Ongoing #14, and Sector 7 #4. To top it all off we've got a trio of paperbacks - Transformers Ongoing Vol.2: International Incident, Transformers: Ironhide, and Transformers: Best of Starscream. Check out the covers and spoilers below, thanks to ComicsContinuum.

TRANSFORMERS 3 MOVIE PREQUEL: FOUNDATION #1
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Written by John Barber, art by Andrew Griffith, cover by Brian Rood.
The first Transformers 3 movie prequel begins here! The origin of the bitter rivalry between Optimus Prime and Megatron starts here! But what is the secret connection that will forever bind them? And how will it affect the future of all Transformers?
32 pages, $3.99.

TRANSFORMERS #14
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Written by Mike Costa, art by Nick Roche, covers by Don Figueroa and Roche.
Two Autobots felled in the past two issues and the punishment is only beginning! A shocking revelation and an unexpected attack begins the "Revenge of the Decepticons," the storyline that leaves a lot more Autobots on the operating table, and their entire future on Earth in question.
32 pages, $3.99.

TRANSFORMERS, VOL. 2: INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT
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Written by Mike Costa, art by Don Figueroa, Javier Salteres and Guido Guidi, cover by Figueroa.
As the Autobots and Skywatch come together against a common enemy, the Decepticons choose to forge their own alliance. However, their involvement with a powerful leader could escalate two countries into war! Can the Autobots prevent an international incident, while avoiding exposure?
144 pages, $19.99.

TRANSFORMERS: SECTOR 7 #4
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Written by John Barber, art by Joe Suitor, cover by Brian Rood.
In the midst of the darkest days of World War II, Sector Seven's greatest fear has come true -- the Nazis have captured a Transformer! The group's seven deadliest soldiers -- a rag-tag group of screw-ups and cast-offs in any other context -- go on what's surely a suicide mission into the heart of Nazi Germany!
32 pages, $3.99.

TRANSFORMERS: IRONHIDE
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Written by Mike Costa, art and by Casey Coller.
During the Great War on Cybertron, one of the Autobots' fallen heroes was Optimus Prime's best friend -- Ironhide. Now, with Cybertron and Ironhide both fallen, their fates become intertwined in unexpected ways. Ironhide presents the tale of a hero's return that may bring new hope to their home planet.
104 pages, $17.99.

TRANSFORMERS: BEST OF STARSCREAM
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Written by Bob Budiansky and Simon Furman, art by Alex Milne, Don Figueroa, EJ Su and more, cover by Klaus Scherwinski.
He's Megatron's second-in-command, but he's number one in his own mind. This is Starscream, fierce Decepticon warrior and full-time schemer. When he's not doing the bidding of his leader, Starscream is plotting his ascension to the Decepticon throne. These stories collect his darkest and most telling moments.
144 pages, $19.99.

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Botcon 2010 Transformers Timelines Comic Diamond Release

Transformers News: Botcon 2010 Transformers Timelines Comic Diamond Release
Date: Wednesday, August 25th 2010 3:12pm CDT
Categories: Collector's Club News, Comic Book News
Posted by: RodimusConvoy13 | Credit(s): Pete Sinclair

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Pete Sinclair of Fun Publications sent us this notification about the Botcon 2010 Timelines Comic being solicited by Diamond in the September Previews catalog.

The following Transformers comic solicitation is in the current issue of
Previews. Walk, Run, Drive to or Call your local comic shop and make
sure to ask them to order TRANSFORMERS TIMELINES FALL SPECIAL:
GENERATION 2 REDUX! Spotlighted with order number on Page 277 of the
September Previews.

Transformers Timelines Fall Special: Generation 2 Redux
Fun Publications, Inc.

After the Rebirth of Cybertron it seemed the galaxy would finally be at
peace, but a new battle has begun! A "second" generation of
Transformers, born on Earth and considering this planet to be their true
home, find themselves fighting to prevent the outlaw Decepticon Clench
and his rebels from putting the lives of both Autobots and Humans at
risk. Though the confrontations have been relatively contained, a new
player has entered the game: Sky-Byte, a Predacon from Quintessa who has
apparently unlocked the secret of Transformer superpowers! Get ready for
all the mayhem as the Transformers from Generation 2: Redux go toe to
toe in an all out super-powered battle!

Robby Musso is behind the amazing art in this issue of Timelines, based
on the amazing convention set first seen at BotCon 2010! Featuring
exclusive character Profiles and other bonus content. Diamond edition
cover by Alex Milne.

Price: $4.95 Pages 32


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IDW Publishing - November 2010 Transformers Comic Solicitations

Transformers News: IDW Publishing - November 2010 Transformers Comic Solicitations
Date: Wednesday, August 18th 2010 11:37pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Press Releases
Posted by: Blurrz | Credit(s): IDW Publishing

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What's in store for Transformers comic fans in November? Only four releases in the second last month of the year. Transformers (Ongoing) continues with the 13th issue in the series, and movie-verse series set far in the past - Sector 07 has it's 3rd issue. Optimus and Megatron had their fun, and now it's Grimlock's time in his own collection with Transformers: Best of Grimlock. Finally there's a paperback for Transformers: Nefarious. You can check out the rest of IDW's solicitations at their website!

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TRANSFORMERS #13
Mike Costa (w) • Nick Roche (a) • Don Figueroa, Roche (c)
RODIMUS might be impulsive, but he’s not stupid. The last anyone saw of him, he was rocketing off Earth in disgrace and a stolen ship. In this issue we finally see where he went, what his plan was, and which long-absent DECEPTICONS he came up against. Mike Costa and fan-favorite artist Nick Roche deliver a stand-alone issue that sets up the entire second year of the hit ongoing series.
*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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TRANSFORMERS: Best of Grimlock
Simon Furman, Bob Budiansky (w) • Don Figueroa, more (a) • Klaus Scherwinski (c)
When it comes to the DINOBOTS, GRIMLOCK is the boss. Maybe not the brightest 'bot from CYBERTRON, he could very well be the strongest, and most committed to whatever offensive he’s been directed to complete. To his team, he is a stalwart leader, unknowing of fear. Now read more about GRIMLOCK in this collection of his greatest stories.
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 144 Pages • ISBN: 978-1-60010-786-3

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TRANSFORMERS: Sector 7 #3 (of 5)
John Barber (w) • Joe Suitor (a) • Brian Rood (c)
Let us tell you a story of two bank robbers named Bonnie and Clyde--and their transforming death car! When young Margo Simmons helps her estranged father investigate mysterious rumors in Texas, she finds herself caught up in jailbreaks, Tommy-guns, and nonstop action as she tracks down the legendary outlaws and comes face to face with the most vicious Transformer ever made!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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TRANSFORMERS: Nefarious
Simon Furman (w) • Carlos Magno (a & c)
The sequel to TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN starts here! What is The Initiative? More to the point, why doesn’t the all-seeing SOUNDWAVE know anything about it? How did they come to reanimate/control RAVAGE? SOUNDWAVE must find the answers, and he’ll destroy anything in his path to get them! The big screen adventures of the TRANSFORMERS continue.
TPB • FC • $19.99 • 148 Pages • ISBN: 978-1-60010-787-0

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