Transformers: Animated The Complete Series Set Press Release - Amazon Exclusive

Transformers News: Transformers: Animated The Complete Series Set Press Release - Amazon Exclusive

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Tvshowsondvd has released a new press release regarding Transformers Animated: The Complete Series. The set will be available June 10 and will be an Amazon Exlusive. Season 3 also release June 10 but will be wide release.

Tvshowsondvd wrote:
Transformers News: Transformers: Animated The Complete Series Set Press Release - Amazon Exclusive



Relive the Epic Adventures of This Classic
Animated TV Series in One Complete Set

TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED:
THE COMPLETE SERIES

OWN THIS COLLECTIBLE 6-DVD SET
AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT AMAZON.COM
JUNE 10, 2014 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY
TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED: SEASON THREE 2-DVD SET
DEBUTS IN STORES EVERYWHERE ON THE SAME DAY!




The long-awaited third season of TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED is finally available on DVD! Fans of the popular TRANSFORMERS classic animated adventures can relive the excitement and action of OPTIMUS PRIME and his team of AUTOBOTS through the complete TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED series, including the never-before-released Season Three DVD, in one exciting home entertainment collection. From 2007-2009, TRANSFORMERS fans and kids were introduced to this high-octane action adventure series, which chronicles the brave AUTOBOTS as they seek to protect the ALLSPARK, their new adopted home Earth and their human friends from the Earth-bound super villains.

On June 10, 2014, Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will release TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED: THE COMPLETE SERIES on home entertainment shelves. This highly anticipated complete series box set, featuring all 42 entertaining episodes with special bonus content, finally arrives exclusively to Amazon.com in a collectible 6-DVD box set. Whether reliving the childhood memory or discovering this series for the first time, this collectible DVD set is a must-have for collectors and fans to complete their TRANSFORMERS home entertainment library. TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED: THE COMPLETE SERIES 6-DVD box set is priced to own at $34.99 SRP.

Also available to own on the same day is TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED: SEASON THREE 2-DVD set, debuting on national retail stores shelves for the first time from Shout! Factory.


TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED: THE COMPLETE SERIES Synopsis:
Trapped on Earth, far from home and living in disguise, the brave AUTOBOTS must protect the ancient, all-powerful ALLSPARK from getting into the hands of the malevolent DECEPTICONS. As if their task weren't difficult enough, the team - led by the honor-bound OPTIMUS PRIME and including BULKHEAD, PROWL, RATCHET and BUMBLEBEE - must also protect Earth from its own nefarious super villains! Can this mere maintenance team live up to the highest standard of what it truly means to be AUTOBOTS?

TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED: THE COMPLETE SERIES Bonus Content:
Audio Commentaries with writer Marty Isenberg, director Matt Youngberg, voice director/voice of "ARCEE" Susan Blu, voice of "OPTIMUS PRIME" David Kaye, and character designer/art director Derrick Wyatt.


About Hasbro Studios
Hasbro Studios is the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS). The studio is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling for the company across television, film, commercial productions and short-form. It develops, produces and distributes TV shows based on Hasbro's world class brands, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and FAMILY GAME NIGHT. Many of these shows air on the Hub Network, a U.S. television network for kids and their families, that is a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Hasbro Studios shows can also be seen on networks in more than 180 territories globally. Since its formation in 2009, the studio has received seven Daytime Emmy wins and 16 nominations. On the film side, the studio is developing and producing a number of features based on Hasbro's brands, including TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (Paramount), G.I. JOE 3 (Paramount) and CANDY LAND (Sony). The studio team also oversees the production of commercials that feature Hasbro's brands as well production of short-form content that can be seen on all of the major digital and social media platforms globally.

About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory's DVD and Blu-Ray offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout's audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable "best of" compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com
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Re: Transformers: Animated The Complete Series Set Press Release - Amazon Exclusive (1576667)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on May 23rd, 2014 @ 6:20pm CDT
I didn't see anything about widescreen in there, but I'm guessing both sets will be, while the fate of the shorts still hasn't been stated?
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Posted by Nemesis Primal on May 23rd, 2014 @ 7:01pm CDT
Why os the full series boxset Amazon exclusive? And does it seem to anyone else like they're skimping on extras?
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Posted by Shockwave7 on May 23rd, 2014 @ 7:28pm CDT
Can't wait to get S3. I've been stonewalled at the end of S2 for ages. The series is still really good - I wish they'd kept at it for another season or two.
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Posted by TheMuffin on May 23rd, 2014 @ 7:53pm CDT
This makes me stupidly happy. I still haven't seen season 3. Glad they went ahead with this.
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Posted by Nemesis Primal on May 24th, 2014 @ 9:01pm CDT
Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled that it's finally possible to own the full series of Transformers Animated on DVD, I just wish they'd included better extras, maybe made a bit more hype. And I'm still confused at the whole-series set being an Amazon exclusive. Did nobody else want it, or does Amazon just do more business than everyone else put together?
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Posted by Sabrblade on May 24th, 2014 @ 9:04pm CDT
Has it been confirmed to be without any extras?

EDIT: Nevermind. Just gave the press release a full read. >:oP
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Posted by LOST Cybertronian on June 10th, 2014 @ 10:59pm CDT
Transformers Animated: The Complete Series hits DVD today and Seibertron.com is here to give you in-hand images of this long awaited set thanks to our friends at Shout! Factory. This set includes the elusive 3rd season which is available for the first time on DVD. The series also appears to be presented in widescreen. Transformers Animated: The Complete Series which is available exclusively here at Amazon. Enjoy these in-hand images.

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Posted by Sabrblade on June 10th, 2014 @ 11:06pm CDT
The only downside to this set is that it doesn't have any of the shorts that were made in addition to the episodes.
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Posted by Rodimus Prime on June 10th, 2014 @ 11:17pm CDT
Checked my Walmart for Season 3 today, and they didn't have it. :?

At least "Transform and Roll Out" is on there, and in episode format.
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Posted by spongedude93 on June 10th, 2014 @ 11:52pm CDT
I picked up the Complete Series not this past weekend but the one before at my local HMV for ~$30. Promptly canceled my Amazon order.

Saw today at my local Wal-mart for $27 and Season 3 for $13.
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Posted by Nemesis Primal on June 11th, 2014 @ 12:46am CDT
Had financial troubles, needed to cancel preorder. Am heartbroken.

Hopefully this set will stay in circulation for a while...
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Posted by Matrix_Holder on June 11th, 2014 @ 3:20am CDT
Season 3 and the entire series is available at Walmart s in Canada. 27.97 for the complete series and 12.97 for season 3. I saw them this morning at the Walmart in Burlington Ontario.
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Posted by rpetras on June 11th, 2014 @ 8:48am CDT
Just ordered from Amazon ... knowing them it will be there before I get home :-)
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Posted by triKlops on June 11th, 2014 @ 11:26am CDT
Just got my set yesterday from Amazon and couldn't be happier I have it. :D
I have to get through a few other shows I am marathoning right now then this will be on deck.
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Posted by shajaki on June 16th, 2014 @ 5:15pm CDT
i followed the news but not the thread... so when i just saw the complete series on a store shelf (walmart edmonton CA) i was all "buuuut... i thought it was an amazon exclusive?" and took a picture in case this was news and no one believed me...

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so... how is this on shelves after being told its an amazon exclusive?
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Posted by Bleak5170 on June 20th, 2014 @ 8:52am CDT
Matrix_Holder wrote:Season 3 and the entire series is available at Walmart s in Canada. 27.97 for the complete series and 12.97 for season 3. I saw them this morning at the Walmart in Burlington Ontario.
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I'm in Ottawa and the weirdest thing happened. Saw this set at Wal-mart but didn't have any cash on me so I decided to pick it up a couple of days later. In that time it seems to have completely disappeared from all stores. I have tried EVERYWHERE and have not seen one single copy. I just find it difficult to believe this would sell out in two days. Experience has taught me that this sort of stuff is not a real fast mover around these parts.
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Posted by Archanubis on June 20th, 2014 @ 2:54pm CDT
Hopefully they'll add the series to Netflix Instant play soon.
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Posted by Va'al on August 24th, 2014 @ 6:36am CDT
The boards have recently seen a return to Transformers: Animated discussions, and it seems someone out there heard us - Amazon.com has listed a pre-order for the collected Animated The Complete Allspark Almanac, by the usual suspects Jim Sorenson and Bill Forster. Currently priced at $28, the book is aimed to be released in February 2015 by IDW Publishing , has 440 pages and more info can be found below!

The Allspark Almanac is a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind atlas to the amazing 2008 animated series universe. Discover behind-the-scenes secrets directly from the show's creators. This volume is packed with over 400-pages of full-color bios, character models, episode summaries, interviews, and more. Collects both original volumes into one book!


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Posted by Bumblevivisector on August 24th, 2014 @ 10:10am CDT
Just checked Disciples of Boltax, and no mention of this yet. I need to know whether this will have any new content (maybe the mirror universe stuff and more of Derrick J. Wyatt's character designs?), because I'm still kicking myself for waiting too long on The Complete Ark due to having the two original volumes.

Much more concerned about that delayed package-art book though. Gotta' have that.
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Posted by Hyre on August 24th, 2014 @ 10:51am CDT
After seeing the article, I decided to try finding out whether the book truly would be 'Complete', asking Jim Sorenson about whether the magazine scans would be included. His reply:

"Howdy! I didn't come up with the title, which itself may change between now and publication. I'd love to be able to include the Fun Publications material in the collected volume. Right now that question isn't settled. My editors may want to keep it to just V1 and V2 to keep things simple. If you're interested in having everything in one place, you might write to IDW and let them know, either directly to their editorial staff or by a post on their forums.

Thank you for your warm wishes and I hope you're happy with the combined volume, whatever the final decision about contents is.

Cheers,
Jim"

I don't know if it's already set in stone one way or another, but I plan on doing my part to get those pages into the book!
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Posted by leokearon on August 24th, 2014 @ 12:07pm CDT
I hope the additional material isn't in this book, it would be completely unfair to the people who already have volumes 1 and 2. I don't want to buy the same book twice for new material (again)
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Posted by Nemesis Primal on August 24th, 2014 @ 6:28pm CDT
Missed the two Allspark Almanac volumes separately (not proud of that), so I'll be getting this even if I need to turn to petty crime to do so.
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Posted by Sabrblade on August 24th, 2014 @ 6:30pm CDT
If there's no new material that wasn't in either of the previous Almanacs or in any of the Addendums, I'm hesitant to double-dip on this.
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Posted by Va'al on January 26th, 2015 @ 6:26pm CST
Via Jim Sorenson's Disciples of Boltax blog, we finally get a look at the cover for his and Bill Forster's upcoming Complete Allspark Almanac! Artwork by Marcelo Matere and Josh Perez, showing off the main cast of Dinobots, Autobots, Decepticons, and some humans too, from Optimus Prime to Shockwave, Megatron and Captain Fanzone, Omega Supreme and Cheetor, Rodimus and G2 Sideswipe - make sure to check it out below.

It looks like The Complete AllSpark Almanac is just three short weeks away, with an ETA of February 18th at fine comic book stores everywhere. (Probably hitting Amazon shortly thereafter, available for preorder now.) Here's Marcelo Matere's beautiful cover for the book, with excellent Josh Perez colors. (Josh also lent his talents to some of the new bonus material inside the book.)

For those of you who missed our Radio Free Cybertron interview, this is going to be a massive, 472 page tome that combines The AllSpark Almanac, The AllSpark Almanac II, The AllSpark Almanac Addenda we put together for the Transformers Collectors' Club, and ten-ish pages of new content teasing more of what Season 3.5 might look like. We worked closely with Derrick Wyatt to ensure that the book was as close to 100% canon as possible, with all new material carefully vetted (and a bit of old material tweaked or recontextualized.) I hope that you all get a big kick out of this one. V1 and V2 are insanely hard to find and fetch ridiculous prices on the secondary market, so it's very nice to get this material back in print where everyone can get a copy.


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Posted by mirageandjazz1197 on January 26th, 2015 @ 7:07pm CST
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Posted by padfoo on January 26th, 2015 @ 7:45pm CST
I miss animated, one of the Transformers incarnations in my opinion.
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Posted by mirageandjazz1197 on January 26th, 2015 @ 7:53pm CST
padfoo wrote:I miss animated, one of the Transformers incarnations in my opinion.


Yup it was cool



I would of loved to see Sideswipe and Cheetor have some spin off episodes on cybertron while Ironhide and Jazz joined Earth's group.
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Posted by Sabrblade on January 26th, 2015 @ 10:47pm CST
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Posted by Duke of Luns on January 26th, 2015 @ 10:58pm CST
Forgot all about this. I definitely have to pick this one up, cause I want to see what would have happened in Season 4.
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Posted by Sabrblade on January 26th, 2015 @ 11:18pm CST
Duke of Luns wrote:Forgot all about this. I definitely have to pick this one up, cause I want to see what would have happened in Season 4.
If the second Almanac's coverage of season 4 is anything to go by, it'll predominately be text talking about the season's episodes with very few images of production art and concept sketches.

Still, the text in the second Almanac was very much worth a read, so any further text we get in this one should be great too. ;)^
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Posted by leokearon on January 27th, 2015 @ 1:18am CST
So it has new material that wasn't in the original versions that is unfair.
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Posted by Sabrblade on January 27th, 2015 @ 1:23am CST
leokearon wrote:So it has new material that wasn't in the original versions that is unfair.
How is it unfair? It both gives those who missed the first two another chance to get them, and gives those who did get the first two incentive to get this one, appealing to both audiences and enhancing the existing collection with a third book. 8)
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Posted by leokearon on January 27th, 2015 @ 2:48am CST
Sabrblade wrote:
leokearon wrote:So it has new material that wasn't in the original versions that is unfair.
How is it unfair? It both gives those who missed the first two another chance to get them, and gives those who did get the first two incentive to get this one, appealing to both audiences and enhancing the existing collection with a third book. 8)


It's unfair for the people who already bought the original books as it means they would have to buy the same books twice just to access the new material. They should have just released the original two books together and put the rest in a separate comic/book.
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Posted by Sabrblade on January 27th, 2015 @ 8:03am CST
leokearon wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
leokearon wrote:So it has new material that wasn't in the original versions that is unfair.
How is it unfair? It both gives those who missed the first two another chance to get them, and gives those who did get the first two incentive to get this one, appealing to both audiences and enhancing the existing collection with a third book. 8)


It's unfair for the people who already bought the original books as it means they would have to buy the same books twice just to access the new material. They should have just released the original two books together and put the rest in a separate comic/book.
This book is not "Book 1 + Book 2 + Addenda + extra pages of new material". It's an entire recreation of the first two books and addenda with all of their materials reorganized and reintegrated to create a new book. It's not like when they did the Ark books and then just combined the two, with a clear dividing point between them, into The Complete Ark. They literally took the material of the first two Almanacs and melded them into a single new entity, with the added bonus of the Addenda and all new stuff thrown into the mix. Even without the new stuff, this book would still have been made the way it was since that's what Jim Sorenson had wanted to do with it.

Besides, how would text and production materials that aren't in panel form work in a comic book? It's not like the new stuff is gonna be some sort of story.
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Posted by Shockwave7 on January 27th, 2015 @ 10:28am CST
Glad I waited to pick up the Almanac. Looks nice. I still like TFA the best of any recent transformers TV series (yes, even TF Prime). I wish they could have carried it on. Sigh...

Looking forward to reading up on what the next season WOULD have been like, if Cartoon Network and Hasbro had been smart enough to keep the series going...
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Posted by Bleak5170 on January 27th, 2015 @ 12:39pm CST
Where the heck are Bulkhead, Prowl, and Ratchet??
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Posted by Sabrblade on January 27th, 2015 @ 4:11pm CST
Bleak5170 wrote:Where the heck are Bulkhead, Prowl, and Ratchet??
Prowl's the motorcycle Fanzone's riding on.

Bulkhead already got his fair share of cover spotlight by having the whole cover of the first Almanac to himself (and Sari).

And Ratchet was never one for unwanted attention. :P
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Posted by Va'al on February 7th, 2015 @ 3:57am CST
With the arrival of the Complete Allspark Almanac hitting soon, co-writer Jim Sorenson has updated his blog Disciples of Boltax with an overview of the second volume in its first iteration, covering some of the behind the scenes of the book, page by page. They include references to TV shows, comics series, videogames, self-referential lines and more Transformers goodness - and you can read them all here!


A while back, Bill Forster and I did a series of posts called Secrets of the Almanac. We went behind-the-scenes on all of book 1 and about a quarter of book 2 and shared our thoughts. I figured, with The Complete AllSpark Almanac just a few weeks away, I'd pick up where we left off. I'll just ramble on about what I remember, and especially anything that Chris McFeely missed in is excellent (and flattering) Annotated Almanac II. By-the-by, here is Part One of Secret of the Almanac II, and here are parts one, two, three, and four of book 1.
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Posted by triKlops on February 7th, 2015 @ 10:41am CST
Very cool that this was done.
I am on the fence about getting the compiled book as I have the 2 individual books but if after reading the article i find out there is extra info contained within, it will be bought ASAP.
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Posted by Sabrblade on February 7th, 2015 @ 5:34pm CST
triKlops wrote:Very cool that this was done.
I am on the fence about getting the compiled book as I have the 2 individual books but if after reading the article i find out there is extra info contained within, it will be bought ASAP.

This article doesn't say either way.

But the main announcement article for the Complete book does.
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Posted by Va'al on February 8th, 2015 @ 1:52pm CST
It looks like Jim Sorenson took the weekend to update his Disciples of Boltax blog with another section of behind the scenes tips on the Allspark Almanac, adding to the post we reported on the other day! Check out the blog here - it includes parts of the Addenda, from the Transformers Club magazine and the Stunticon Job story.

Summer of 2011... Animated had come and gone, and then Fun Publications went and did an awesome BotCon set featuring the Stunticons and a few other new Animated goodies. I even got asked to write a few of the tech specs for the lithograph. Pete Sinclair and I got to talking and one thing led to another and soon Bill and I had been tasked to write a 16 page AllSpark Almanac Addendum, featuring the events and characters and places of The Stunti-Con Job and Moving Violations. The big constraint was that they wanted about half of the pages devoted to covering BotCon itself, which we did in the style of the Part II, out-of-universe material.

They were pleased with our work, and agreed to give us a few pages in the club magazine itself to continue the theme. We did six more pages the next year, though it never was quite the right time to revisit the format... until now, that is!
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Posted by Editor on February 8th, 2015 @ 3:47pm CST
have to say i'm looking foward to this release.

I have book one, but I missed out on book two, as i just wasn't paying attention when it was released.

Glad I pre-ordered this one a few weeks back.
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Posted by Va'al on March 2nd, 2015 @ 4:44pm CST
Jim Sorenson, co-author with Bill Forster of the Allspark Almanac and regular Seibertron.com presence, has updated the Disciples of Boltax blog with an eight-page preview of this week's Transormers: Animated release by IDW Publishing: The Complete Allspark Almanac! Check them out mirrored below, and head to the blog here to find out more about the small contest held for fans of both this and the original release of the same pages.

Then it hit me... there are numerous pages that aren't completely new but are a BIT new. New art, new context, new photos, integrated in with the existing material So, why not showcase them?

Then I thought, why not make it a game? The first person who replies in the comments who can correctly identify every difference will get a doodle of the character of their choice. 8 pages, (at least) 8 differences. Go for it!


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Posted by Sabrblade on March 2nd, 2015 @ 4:58pm CST
Those squirrels and SG Decepticons are definitely new. Image
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Posted by Darth Jumpy on March 2nd, 2015 @ 6:44pm CST
I know that Sunstreaker Animated use to be a guy in the original one.
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Posted by Nemesis Maximo on March 2nd, 2015 @ 6:54pm CST
I never had the originals, but congrats to whomever wins the contest!

BTW, that Cyclonus is Beautiful.
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Posted by Optimizzy on March 3rd, 2015 @ 8:56am CST
heh. street style. jeez.
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Posted by jogunwarrior on March 3rd, 2015 @ 9:35am CST
I'm not too familiar with Animated. I never saw the series and only have one of the figures, but this book looks really cool. I'd love to add this to my library.
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Posted by padfoo on March 3rd, 2015 @ 6:57pm CST
Animated was so awesome!
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Posted by Sabrblade on March 4th, 2015 @ 12:26am CST
http://www.allspark.com/content/2015/03 ... -sorenson/

ALLSPARK: We may as well start with this one - What were you most looking forward to with this chance to revisit the earlier separate volumes? Had there been this one thing that kept you awake at night all these years that you've finally got a chance to correct?

JIM SORENSON: Hmmmm... I was probably most looking forward to getting all of the material back in front of a mass audience. V1 and 2 sell out their print runs consistently and then soar in price on the secondary market. The Stunti-Con Job isn't the easiest book to come by and hasn't been collected in any kind of anthology. So it's gratifying to me that, at least for a while, anyone who wants to read the material will be able to do so.

In terms of things keeping me up at night, no one thing. I'm very proud of the work we've done on both volumes and the fanclub material, warts and all. When typos or continuity hiccups creep in, they niggle, but that's about it. I'm happy to have the chance to fix them or recontextualize bits that maybe didn't work 100%, but I wasn't fretting over them.

AS: And then the errors get documented on the TFWiki for everyone to see for the rest of time. Heh.

JS: Glibax/Gilbax. How did my spellcheck miss that one?

AS: Haha! You'll just have to feed your spellcheck an entire dictionary of Cybertronian words

JS: You think I haven't? I type in g..a.. and autocorrect pops up Galvatron.

AS: Heh. So you mentioned the Club materials. Would you care to give a rundown of what's in the Collected Almanac compared to the separate Volumes 1 and 2? What's in the Collected version that will make owners of the individual books have to spend their money all over again?

JS: 99.5% of volume 1. Missing only a bit of art that was updated or created specifically to match the cover of the book.

99% of volume 2. Missing only a bit of art that was updated.

95% of the fanclub material. Missing a bit of art created as title elements and some general material on BotCon. All of the Animated-specific BotCon content is still there.

And then we created about 10 pages of new material with help from Derrick J. Wyatt. Mostly new characters but there's also a new page of Transformations, and we added a cover gallery with some cool preliminary sketches.

Oh, and, as my preview shows, we did sprinkle in other new content here and there.

AS: SQUIRREL!

JS: Indeed.

AS: That's all sound quite interesting and I'm sure fans will love it! Were there any challenges getting all of that to fit and flow together into the one, single reference?

JS: I think that what you're describing was, in many ways, the crux of what I was doing. Trying to combine V1 at 220 pages and V2 at 224 pages and 22 pages of fanclub material into a coherent volume. Plus elements like the covers, the inside front and rear covers, and the new material Derrick had made in the three year interval between this volume and the last of the original material.

I'd say it was challenging, but a fun challenge. I live for structure, so finding the best structure for all of this material was enjoyable. I used excel to map out where everything goes. I made a four column document with page numbers on the far left and right and content in the middle two columns. That's so I can get all of the facing elements correct.4

One issue was with the episode guide pages. The guides from V1 had to end on the right (let's say) but then the guides for V2 had to START on the right. So I was short a page. I wound up using a poster from the fanclub as an element to plug that gap.

Another challenge was the way we used interstitial pages. We had one slotted between each chapter. But most chapters showed up in both V1 and V2, meaning we had extras. Some of them were combined. I had one interstitial block about shorts and another about the credits. Since both were from Studio 4°C I made that one new block. Some others were pulled together and made their own chapter in Part II. I combined the interstitial pages on BotCon, The Arrival, Titan, and Bee in the City into a chapter in Part II called Expanded Universe.

And, finally, consideration had to be paid to what page order to go with when combining chapters. Chapter 1: Autobots contained guys from V1, V2, the fanclub, and brand new characters. So I wanted to have a progression of characters that felt logical. Just like in V1 we started with the core cast, then moved on to the Elite Guard. And that presented the first obstacle. There were new Elite Guard guys in V2 and post-2011. Do I separate them?

I decided, no, keep the whole Elite Guard together. So after Magnus and Sentinel and Jazz and Blurr, we run the jet twins, and guys like Dai Atlas, along with newbies like Erector. The rest of the chapter (and, indeed, the chapters beyond) proceeded the same way. Ironhide felt he should be part of Rodimus' crew despite being introduced back in V1.

Dirtboss felt like he belonged with Mixmaster and Scrapper. Wasp's two Autobot entries felt like they needed to be run back-to-back, whereas Optimus got to both open AND close the first chapter. His Wingblade form felt like an ending, whereas his V1 entry was definitely designed to kick things off.

And some things got moved around. We didn't have a dedicated chapter for Detroit in V2, so things like the stadium and Fossil Fuel gas stations and refineries got moved to a more logical chapter. Likewise, Boot Camp and Trypticon Prison felt more at home in the Cybertron chapter.

Overall, it's the kind of puzzle I enjoy. Especially because there's no one right answer, just a spectrum of more-and-less logical solutions.

AS: Wow, so there is quite a bit of restructuring that went on rather than a straight compilation from the various sources.

JS: Quite a bit from my end, yes, but it should be fairly invisible from the reader's perspective. If you're not reading them side-by-side and taking notes, it'll just feel like one complete whole.

AS: Very nice.

JS: Thank you.

AS: You mentioned that a lot of the new material was new characters. Care to give any hints?

JS: I can say with certainty that all of the many fans of Skipjack will be thrilled.

AS: animated_new_charactersOr reignite the Skipjack is red, Rampage is yellow/Rampage is red, Skipjack is yellow debates!
Okay, those didn't really ever happen....


JS: I'll also say this: we made an implicit promise at the end of The Stunti-Con Job. (Referring to the image on the right.)

JS: And we only had a chance to examine 11 of those guys. This volume rectifies that.
Rectifies it AND showcases plenty of new designs.

AS: Oh. Now that is quite the tease!

AS: So we've been talking about Animated this whole while and avoiding the elephant in the room: it's a show that went off the air back in 2009. Six years ago. It's been kept alive through BotCon, the Club, a few much belated DVD releases and, of course, your Almanacs. But what do you see in the future for this world? Is this pretty much its last hurrah, so to speak, or will it continue to scratch a place for itself in publishers' or others' offerings?

JS: I'm not sure that's for me to say. I think that it's very likely this is MY last hurrah in the universe.

Thanks to the help of Derrick Wyatt and Pete Sinclair, this volume is forward-looking. It's very likely that, even if there is more Animated in the future, this volume will be able to remain comprehensive for a good long while.

7But I tend to think that, barring something unforeseen and unlikely, I'm not going to be penning
new pages.

AS: That's an unfortunate answer for a number of fans, I'm sure.

JS: I don't think it's an unfortunate answer really. I think getting to combine the Animated guidebooks Bill and I have made (with the invaluable assistance of folks like Matt Youngberg, Eric Seibenaler, Marty Isenberg, and of course Derrick Wyatt) has been an amazing experience.

If this is my swan song in the universe, it's because I've likely said all there is to say. Animated was an amazing expression of Transformers joy, and its impact continues to be felt in other lines. Characters like Bulkhead, Lugnut, and Lockdown have been forever defined by their Animated appearances. Echoes of the aesthetic can be seen in Robots in Disguise.

AS: That is very true. To the extent that Takara Tomy are adding Animated toys into their Transformers Adventure (The name for Robots in Disguise in Japan) offerings.

JS: I come not to bury Animated, but to praise it. The nature of Transformers is such that franchises come and go. It creates a rich tapestry.

Animated was 42 episodes, 7 comics, a few years of toys. That this could support a FOUR HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-TWO PAGE BOOK is pretty incredible. Saying I don't think I'll need to make more shouldn't be cause for sadness.

AS: That is all very true. Animated was a fantastic series and its impacts are certainly still being felt, whether directly or indirectly. And more then likely will be continued to be felt in the future either by design influence or character influence.

AS: Speaking of the future: what do you have planned next to which you will add your name as author? Transformers or otherwise.

JS: I'm having a blast working on the Beast Wars Uprising universe and am currently working on a space opera piece set there. I think the fans will really dig it.

Bill Forster and I have a number of art books we'd love to do with IDW, though there's nothing I can talk about specifically yet.

AS: I'm sure that whatever comes to pass, Transformers fans will be enthused. We here at the Allspark.com certainly will be keeping a watchful eye on what develops.

AS: As we come to a close, let's try to celebrate Animate and not mourn it. What is your best pitch to get fans excited by the Complete Almanac? And as an added, if somewhat cheesy, challenge, limit it to a Twitter's-length response.

JS: 472 pages of everything that makes Animated great. Amazing art, whimsical personalities, new characters, sheer unadulterated fun. Don’t miss it!

AS: Nice. Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. Best of luck to you and Bill Forster in your future endeavors!

JS: Thank you! Thanks for letting me ramble.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 18th, 2015