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Transformers News: Transtech to get new lease on life

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007 4:45PM CST

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... with a little help from the Official Transformers Club.

Seibertron's own waaaaghlord reports the following:

Pete from the TCC has announced on the club boards which direction the club comic is going to take following the current (post Marvel) Classics arc. While I can't quote directly from the club boards Pete has been kind enough to let members report in broad terms what's coming up to the wider community. And Transtech is it.

This will apparently be a different take to the original post Beast Machines concept, since the Universe comics have already covered the post BM era. Since the club comics have been focusing on the club combiner figures and hopping between realities it's fair to assume that this will in fact be a totally new TF continuity within the broader scope of Timelines. The Transtech name is apparently not being used for the project, what name they are going with is not known as yet.

It's been seven years coming but it looks like the TT designs are finally going to get their day in the sun.


Looks like interesting times ahead for Transformers fans, with Botcon adding a twist to next years toys, and now the TCC reviving Transtech in Comic form.
Credit(s): waaaaghlord
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Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478148)
Posted by Scaleface on November 27th, 2007 @ 4:49pm CST
The powers of the club would argue that Hasbro does what Hasbro does - marketing to kiddies, and it's the club who tries to make things the hardcore adult collector. I do agree though they overcharge for their material, but what can you do?
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478151)
Posted by i_amtrunks on November 27th, 2007 @ 4:51pm CST
Front Paged and Credited Waaaaghlord.

It'll be interesting to see what the TCC do with the line.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478152)
Posted by MaikeruSama on November 27th, 2007 @ 4:51pm CST
SO will these toys be for club members only. If it is THIS IS BULL FUCKING SHIT!!!!!! I dont like how only club members get the "hardcore fan" stuff mabey some of us dont have enough money to waste on these "memberships" and there over priced toys.(excuse the language but I am pissed)
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478159)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on November 27th, 2007 @ 4:56pm CST
I've heard of transtech but have never seen any thing from it. Can some one help me out and post some pics if any.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478161)
Posted by zemper on November 27th, 2007 @ 4:56pm CST
sucks to be an international TF fan. really interested in the Transtech concept, but if this is where Hasbro's leading this line, it seems we'll have to spend blood money to be members or get no possible Transtech at all. i'd hate to overpay for a comic that has a great concept but so-so storyline and bizarre characterization.

first BotCon, then HTCC. boo Hasblo, way to go. (yeah, let the BotConners and TCC members start the fire, apparently we deserve it for being born into the 3rd world instead of America.)



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Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478168)
Posted by Dark Ops on November 27th, 2007 @ 5:00pm CST
I'm probably going to draw a /lot/ of fire for this, but I just don't feel the same "ZOMG!" kind of vibe for Transtech that other fans do. It's a neat concept, but if you do side-by-side comparisons of the '07 movie designs that so many people were screaming bloody murder about, and the transtech designs... I don't see the difference. Movie Megatron could've been Transtech Megatron for all the difference I saw.

How is it that one set of character designs gathers mostly negative forum press, while another is hailed as some kind of long-lost holy grail?
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478175)
Posted by waaaaghlord on November 27th, 2007 @ 5:02pm CST
Woah guys, we're talking about comics here, not toys. The club have stated before that they won't be able to use moulds that havn't already seen a retail release (with the exception of remoulds to existing toys) so the only TT themed toys that may appear somewhere down the line would be existing toys done as TT characters. Given the unique look of the TT designs I can't see anything that would translate well in the way of existing toys in that context.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478187)
Posted by Liege Evilmus on November 27th, 2007 @ 5:06pm CST
I was hoping for toy news, but recycling unused images in a different manner than origionaly intended is just as nice.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478223)
Posted by MaikeruSama on November 27th, 2007 @ 5:20pm CST
waaaaghlord wrote:Woah guys, we're talking about comics here, not toys. The club have stated before that they won't be able to use moulds that havn't already seen a retail release (with the exception of remoulds to existing toys) so the only TT themed toys that may appear somewhere down the line would be existing toys done as TT characters. Given the unique look of the TT designs I can't see anything that would translate well in the way of existing toys in that context.


Movie+Animated= Trastech.
The movies complexity and the animated poseability and amazing prowl transformation technology.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478241)
Posted by BigBot on November 27th, 2007 @ 5:28pm CST
I think the club has dropped the ball on this one (not for the first time). Transtech (name and designs) was only interesting as it was going to bring G1 and the Beast Era together. It was to have the characters well had known over the past 5 years meet up with the legendary G1 characters of old. Why not ignore Universe and instead produce a full blown proper sequel to BM?

Overall this is another reason not to sign up for but wait for the TPB. I'll sign up when it costs a reasonable price for international members.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478248)
Posted by waaaaghlord on November 27th, 2007 @ 5:36pm CST
BigBot wrote:Why not ignore Universe and instead produce a full blown proper sequel to BM?


At least in part because they've already tied Timelines into Universe with the inclusion of Nemesis Prime, Ramjet, Sentinel Maximus and Omega Prime in Balancing Act in their post Universe incarnations. Since they're reality swapping with these stories there would be nothing to stop them having a couple of alternative post BM continuities going on, but it is cleaner to keep things somewhat seperate.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478265)
Posted by Down_Shift on November 27th, 2007 @ 5:49pm CST
I'm torn between opinions really. On one hand, I hate the Transtech designs. However, on the other hand, those designs have blossomed into some of the best figures made in the last 10 years.

I'll save my judgement for when we see all this new stuff at Botcon.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478290)
Posted by Sabrewing on November 27th, 2007 @ 6:12pm CST
Oh, I loved the Transtech concept (not to say I thought all the designs were perfect)... they are alien robots, let them look like alien robots.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478305)
Posted by DISCHARGE on November 27th, 2007 @ 6:22pm CST
Well I do have a membership and I like the comics
so I say: Yeah!
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478322)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on November 27th, 2007 @ 6:31pm CST
But, will there be toys?
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478341)
Posted by Briggs on November 27th, 2007 @ 6:44pm CST
OH my god if they make Transtech toys I'll pee myself with happiness!
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478356)
Posted by Skowl on November 27th, 2007 @ 6:52pm CST
Yeah, boo Hasbro for allowing SOME people to enjoy something that would otherwise be dead to EVERYBODY.
Why should they do things like give some people what everybody wants, when they could do the right thing and give NOBODY anything they want.

People have wanted to see the transtech designs come to life for years now. Hasbro and the Club are giving you what you guys want. Again. Now shut up.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478403)
Posted by Jaw Crusher on November 27th, 2007 @ 7:13pm CST
Awesomeness. Even if it's only in print form, I'm looking forward to this.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478404)
Posted by Optimus747 on November 27th, 2007 @ 7:13pm CST
Why are people complaining about club membership? It's what, $40 a year? That really isn't that expensive...
I'm looking forward to seeing this. Some of the comic concepts done by Draxhall Jump for Transtech look pretty cool.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478438)
Posted by Flashwave on November 27th, 2007 @ 7:38pm CST
Bleack. But we'll see what the storylines do.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478566)
Posted by King Starscream89 on November 27th, 2007 @ 9:02pm CST
oh praise the greatand merciful primus this is the dayi have long been waiting for when i finnaly get to see starscream beat the piss outof night scream
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478586)
Posted by the purifyer on November 27th, 2007 @ 9:27pm CST
Shit! Now I just HAVE to become a member. That's not gonna be cheap...

but if they did Transtech characters in new molds/original protos for club exclusives I would be the happiest little boy on Christmas...my wallet on the other hand...
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478607)
Posted by zemper on November 27th, 2007 @ 9:36pm CST
yeah, $90.00 USD for membership so i can get some interesting designs drawn on paper with a storyline that i don't even have an idea about. oh, forgive me because i don't live in the glorious US of A, but some 3rd world country that won't probably interest you aside from cheap labor and stuff.

yeah i need to SHUT UP. whatever happened to freedom to say my point of view anyway.



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Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478619)
Posted by Briggs on November 27th, 2007 @ 9:46pm CST
I think you get good discounts on their online store if you are a member.

I am not a member, yet, but I may become one depending on what this Transtech stuff ends up being. I think it's $60 a year for Canadians or something.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478627)
Posted by Briggs on November 27th, 2007 @ 9:52pm CST
Hmm, is this a photoshop of what a starscream toy would look like, or is this just a remold of a toy that was already released? Never saw this particular picture before.

http://tfarchive.com/fandom/transtech/? ... ream03.jpg

p.s i like how they took BM Optimus Primals bot form into consideratin for his Transtech form, looks good.

http://tfarchive.com/fandom/transtech/? ... al/tt1.jpg
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478636)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on November 27th, 2007 @ 9:59pm CST
Briggs wrote:Hmm, is this a photoshop of what a starscream toy would look like, or is this just a remold of a toy that was already released? Never saw this particular picture before.

http://tfarchive.com/fandom/transtech/? ... ream03.jpg

p.s i like how they took BM Optimus Primals bot form into consideratin for his Transtech form, looks good.

http://tfarchive.com/fandom/transtech/? ... al/tt1.jpg


It's a real prototype.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478674)
Posted by Dark Starscream on November 27th, 2007 @ 10:47pm CST
If there are Transtech prototypes, shouldn't Botcon be allowed to produce them if Hasbro isn't going to?
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478676)
Posted by Dclone Soundwave on November 27th, 2007 @ 10:49pm CST
I knew at some point there would be something that would make me want to join the TFCC, & this is it. I had always been curious as to what Transtech really could've been, & this might be the thing where I find out. We'll see....
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478694)
Posted by Predacon Rampage on November 27th, 2007 @ 11:08pm CST
The transtechs were ugly, like the Beast Machines Maximals. :/
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478724)
Posted by Counterpunch on November 27th, 2007 @ 11:33pm CST
I hate Transtech designs.

But if the whole concept is going to get people all kinds of pissy over the Club membership...I'll be 100% for it.

:grin:

(I can not for the life of me, understand why Transtech is popular. Especially considering that most people HATE Beast Machines designs and HATE futuristic alt modes. Whatever.)
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478741)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on November 27th, 2007 @ 11:43pm CST
Dark Starscream wrote:If there are Transtech prototypes, shouldn't Botcon be allowed to produce them if Hasbro isn't going to?


Because, as far as I understand, they never produced the actual full scale production molds for the Transtech line.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478801)
Posted by Predacon Rampage on November 28th, 2007 @ 12:29am CST
On the other hand Beast Machines had a terrible conclusion, so maybe these comics(I'll just buy on Ebay or Amazon) will better the story even through it isn't a direct connection.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478929)
Posted by Ravage XK on November 28th, 2007 @ 4:41am CST
Comics are OK but I'd rather have the Transtech figures. They look awesome.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (478935)
Posted by Silent_Magnus on November 28th, 2007 @ 5:04am CST
Briggs wrote:Hmm, is this a photoshop of what a starscream toy would look like, or is this just a remold of a toy that was already released? Never saw this particular picture before.

http://tfarchive.com/fandom/transtech/? ... ream03.jpg

p.s i like how they took BM Optimus Primals bot form into consideratin for his Transtech form, looks good.

http://tfarchive.com/fandom/transtech/? ... al/tt1.jpg


Yeah, that's a real prototype.

but if your talking about the first optimus in that picture, then that toy was released. You can see the gallery here on cybertron.

As for the bottom one on that page. That isn't Optimus Primal. It's meant to actually be Optimus Prime.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (479060)
Posted by Cyberstrike on November 28th, 2007 @ 7:50am CST
I honestly don't get what fans see in those stupid looking Transtech designs. They were just dumb looking sketches that would make Pat Lee's lame ass art look Da Vinchi.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (479068)
Posted by Briggs on November 28th, 2007 @ 7:56am CST
Silent_Magnus wrote:
Yeah, that's a real prototype.

but if your talking about the first optimus in that picture, then that toy was released. You can see the gallery here on cybertron.

As for the bottom one on that page. That isn't Optimus Primal. It's meant to actually be Optimus Prime.


Oh my, well at least we know they were seriously thinking about toys back then.

Haha yeah I know that's primal, i own him. I was just saying I thought it was interesting how they modeled Optimue Prime compared to Optimus Primal (BM), they are similar in the arms, etc, even the weapon capabilities.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (479078)
Posted by Briggs on November 28th, 2007 @ 8:01am CST
Transtech looks 07 moviesh, well I guess that should be opposite. That's why I like most of them. They feel like Big Boy Transformers. The only kiddie designs I like are G1 and the upcoming Animated (I think I'll enjoy those, not as much as G1 of course).

I feel Cybertron/RID/whatever was kiddie AND trying to have futuristic vehicles. I didn't care for that combination.

Beast Machines went a bit over board. I didn't like any Drone/Con designs as they were futuristic vehicles, but still had slick animation. Maximal alt modes were great, bot modes not so much BUT not to bad. These Transtech ones sit better with me.

ANyways I think for me it was about the type of animation and style in combination with futuristic alt modes that turns me off.

G1, Movie Style, Animated is my turn on.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (479136)
Posted by Superginraix on November 28th, 2007 @ 8:57am CST
Hmmm. Interesting. Not enough to get me interested in Club Membership, but this seems like a cool way to use something that would be otherwise unused... and seriously, complaining because you can't read a $40 dollar ($90 outside the US) annual fee to read a comic is just silly. You've just made a smart decision and there are certainly enough Transformers products out there that you CAN buy for a more reasonable price. I never really get too stressed out by missing botcon exclusives. While some of them are pretty cool (and I guess I would love a Classics Thrust), I don't really consider them "real" unless I can drive to Target or ToysRUs and buy them off the shelf.

I guess the lesson here is that if you aren't having fun collecting a toyline (and seriously, there's no reason to do this unless it's fun) and are getting as angry as some people get, then maybe it's time to look for a less stressful hobby. Just a friendly suggestion.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (479181)
Posted by fairplaythings on November 28th, 2007 @ 9:22am CST
Superginraix wrote:I guess the lesson here is that if you aren't having fun collecting a toyline (and seriously, there's no reason to do this unless it's fun) and are getting as angry as some people get, then maybe it's time to look for a less stressful hobby. Just a friendly suggestion.


Well said, my friend, well said.

I think Transtech was best skipped in favour of Robots in Disguise but I think it is neat that the Club has picked it up. I think the Club fills a void for some collectors, a void that wouldn't be filled otherwise. But really, some people should come down out of the clocktower and put away their rifles before someone gets hurt. They are just colourful toys after all...
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (479204)
Posted by Seibertron on November 28th, 2007 @ 9:33am CST
Damolisher wrote:OK, I'm getting PISSED OFF at Hasbro constantly doing good crap like this ONLY for the people who can afford Collectors Club membership, or who can attend Botcon.


Dude ... it's like $40 for a membership. It's not an arm and a leg. Cough up the $40, enjoy your "free" toy that comes with your membership and enjoy the gift that keeps on giving all year long.

Here's the link to register: http://www.transformersclub.com/membership.cfm
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (479235)
Posted by Jaw Crusher on November 28th, 2007 @ 9:53am CST
Y'know, I've been thinking...considering that the Transtech protos are in the hands of collectors now...
And the fact that several Armada/Energon/Cybertron molds that HAVE been released were inspired by Transtech...
AND given the Club's usual modus operandi of repainting and remolding heads...

I don't think it'd be too far out of their way to just remold heads on some of those A/E/C molds, repaint'em and VOILA! Transtech figures.

Granted, it wouldn't be quite the same as seeing the actual designs in three-dimensional form, but then they'd be no worse off for character-design accuracy than either G1 or the Movie toys were.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (479435)
Posted by Briggs on November 28th, 2007 @ 12:08pm CST
Jaw Crusher wrote:Y'know, I've been thinking...considering that the Transtech protos are in the hands of collectors now...
And the fact that several Armada/Energon/Cybertron molds that HAVE been released were inspired by Transtech...
AND given the Club's usual modus operandi of repainting and remolding heads...

I don't think it'd be too far out of their way to just remold heads on some of those A/E/C molds, repaint'em and VOILA! Transtech figures.

Granted, it wouldn't be quite the same as seeing the actual designs in three-dimensional form, but then they'd be no worse off for character-design accuracy than either G1 or the Movie toys were.


I didn't know that.

And, that makes me sad.

Booooo all those lines!
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (479572)
Posted by SoundMaster1 on November 28th, 2007 @ 1:27pm CST
"HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THANK PRIMUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
-SHOCKTICUS
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (480378)
Posted by The Chaos Bringer on November 28th, 2007 @ 7:56pm CST
So some people are complaining that they just shouldn't make a Transtech comic. No one's going to make you read them if you don't want to.
Some are complaining that they don't want to pay $40 for the membership that gives you a free freaking toy and discounts on a lot of other stuff. If you're that cheap, then just wait a week or two after they're released and read the inevitable free online scans of them.
Cry me a river.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (482062)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on November 29th, 2007 @ 9:24pm CST
Cyberstrike wrote:I honestly don't get what fans see in those stupid looking Transtech designs. They were just dumb looking sketches that would make Pat Lee's lame ass art look Da Vinchi.


It's "da Vinci".
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (482067)
Posted by Down_Shift on November 29th, 2007 @ 9:31pm CST
NuclearConvoy wrote:
Cyberstrike wrote:I honestly don't get what fans see in those stupid looking Transtech designs. They were just dumb looking sketches that would make Pat Lee's lame ass art look Da Vinchi.


It's "da Vinci".


Yes, and Pat Lees Prime is still the best. :P
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (482088)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on November 29th, 2007 @ 9:52pm CST
Down_Shift wrote:
NuclearConvoy wrote:
Cyberstrike wrote:I honestly don't get what fans see in those stupid looking Transtech designs. They were just dumb looking sketches that would make Pat Lee's lame ass art look Da Vinchi.


It's "da Vinci".


Yes, and Pat Lees Prime is still the best. :P


Always will be :P
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (482112)
Posted by Down_Shift on November 29th, 2007 @ 10:10pm CST
NuclearConvoy wrote:
Down_Shift wrote:
NuclearConvoy wrote:
Cyberstrike wrote:I honestly don't get what fans see in those stupid looking Transtech designs. They were just dumb looking sketches that would make Pat Lee's lame ass art look Da Vinchi.


It's "da Vinci".


Yes, and Pat Lees Prime is still the best. :P


Always will be :P


We should prolly hide, as it'a about to get real ugly, real fast.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (482212)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on November 29th, 2007 @ 11:20pm CST
Down_Shift wrote:
NuclearConvoy wrote:
Down_Shift wrote:
NuclearConvoy wrote:
Cyberstrike wrote:I honestly don't get what fans see in those stupid looking Transtech designs. They were just dumb looking sketches that would make Pat Lee's lame ass art look Da Vinchi.


It's "da Vinci".


Yes, and Pat Lees Prime is still the best. :P


Always will be :P


We should prolly hide, as it'a about to get real ugly, real fast.


In all, sincere, serious honesty, I actually don't hate Pat Lee's art.
Granted, some of it was assclowncars full of balloony baloney, but, for the life of me, some of it rocked hard.
Re: Transtech to get new lease on life (486111)
Posted by Autovolt127 on December 2nd, 2007 @ 11:44am CST
So these are Botcon 08's Exclsuives.

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