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The Importance of International Markets for Transformers, Plus Four More Allegedly Incoming

Transformers News: The Importance of International Markets for Transformers, Plus Four More Allegedly Incoming
Date: Saturday, May 27th 2017 12:22pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Rumors
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): CNBC

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Discovering the wetness of water in economics terms, CNBC has published a short article / interview with Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, discussing the international impact and importance for US-based productions. Specifically, Pirates of the Caribbean and Transformers, which are both much bigger since their first release abroad than they are in domestic markets.

In addition, they also add that the Transformers franchise will be adding four more movies at least after The Last Knight - three (ish) of which we know about: Bumblebee, Cybertron, and potentially Ancient Rome. But we personally think the article is just speculating. What do you think? Let us know in the Energon Pub!

Dergarabedian said that international audiences, particularly in China, India and South America, still embrace these films because they grew up on big American blockbusters and enjoy the action-packed adventures.

"Action is the international language and that's what audiences really respond to," he said.

"The Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise isn't the only one that gets an international boost. The "Transformers" films have also been met by lackluster reviews and U.S. audience fatigue.

The fourth "Transformers" film, "Age of Extinction," which was released in 2014, garnered more than $858.6 million in international tickets. Domestically, its ticket sales for the full run of the film were about $245 million.

Dergarabedian attributed the film's international success not only to the action sequences, but the cast of Mark Wahlberg, an action movie star, and the fact that much of the film took place in a city in China. He said that international audiences like to see films set on a global stage

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

If you've looked at the movie listings this weekend, and asked yourself "Why is Disney making another 'Pirates of the Caribbean film?" you're not alone.

The fifth installment "Dead Men Tell No Tales" opens Friday in the U.S. With each new addition to the Pirates' franchise, the reviews have gotten worse and the U.S. audiences have shrunk. But overseas, fans are still enamored with Johnny Depp's swashbuckling portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow.

International markets have driven the majority of box office revenue for the "Pirates" franchise since the first film was released in 2003. At the box office "Curse of the Black Pearl" saw a pretty even split between U.S. and international ticket sales, but with each additional release, that gap has widened.

By the fourth film, "On Stranger Tides," more than 75 percent of box office revenue was earned overseas, a whopping $804.8 million.

For comparison, the film garnered $241 million in the U.S., less than the opening weekend gross of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

"U.S. audiences have been subjected to so many sequels over the decades that it is hard to maintain the excitement," Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, told CNBC.

Despite the lackluster performances in the United States, two of the "Pirates" films have garnered more than $1 billion in total global ticket sales and one fell just shy of the mark with $962 million.

Dergarabedian said that international audiences, particularly in China, India and South America, still embrace these films because they grew up on big American blockbusters and enjoy the action-packed adventures.

"Action is the international language and that's what audiences really respond to," he said.

"The Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise isn't the only one that gets an international boost. The "Transformers" films have also been met by lackluster reviews and U.S. audience fatigue.

The fourth "Transformers" film, "Age of Extinction," which was released in 2014, garnered more than $858.6 million in international tickets. Domestically, its ticket sales for the full run of the film were about $245 million.

Dergarabedian attributed the film's international success not only to the action sequences, but the cast of Mark Wahlberg, an action movie star, and the fact that much of the film took place in a city in China. He said that international audiences like to see films set on a global stage.

"If you look at the numbers, international has to be at the forefront," Dergarabedian said. "Appealing to global audiences is the driving force."

That's why this summer a fifth "Transformers" film, "The Last Knight," will hit theaters.

While several cast members of the "Pirates" franchise have hinted that there could be more films in the future, the studio does not currently have any plans for a sixth installment.

"Transformers," on the other hand, is slated to release at least four more films after "The Last Knight," one of which will be a standalone "Bumblebee" movie set for release in 2018.


Transformers News: The Importance of International Markets for Transformers, Plus Four More Allegedly Incoming

Debunked: No Takara Tomy Masterpiece Jazz Yet

Transformers News: Debunked: No Takara Tomy Masterpiece Jazz Yet
Date: Thursday, May 25th 2017 2:46pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Event News, Rumors
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Jun Hasui,Cheem

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After the sudden reveal of MP-39 Sunstreaker from Takara Tomy Transformers, we now have a cautious rumour about an upcoming figure in the same line. Transformers fan Jun Hasui on Facebook has shared with us an image of promotional material for the upcoming Tokyo Toy Show (more info on the event here), which appears to show the silhouette of both robot and car mode for what looks decidedly very much like Jazz.

Check out the image below, let us know what you think, and stay tuned for updates as the story develops in the next couple of weeks!

UPDATE: Thanks to Italian fan Andrea Cheem Stefanelli, among others, we have confirmation that this was a modified image showing a composite teaser. Thanks for playing!

Transformers News: Debunked: No Takara Tomy Masterpiece Jazz Yet


Transformers News: Debunked: No Takara Tomy Masterpiece Jazz Yet

Transformers Titans Return Quake Sighted at Australian Retail and Wave 4 Rumors

Transformers News: Transformers Titans Return Quake Sighted at Australian Retail and Wave 4 Rumors
Date: Saturday, May 20th 2017 4:52am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Rumors, Sightings
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Rainmaker, Burn, Ozformers

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Thanks to fellow Seibertronians Rainmaker and Burn, we have some Transformers Titans Return updates from Australia, in the form of wave 4 - and possible repercussions. Rainmaker has sighted Quake, the Hardhead repaint with new Titan Master Chasm, at a Kmart in Canberra, but Burn's notification of the Ozformers page brings some bad news with the good... Read on below for more!

And as always, make sure to use our Sightings Database tool to update fellow collectors on figure availability across the globe.

A follow up to the recent sightings of Titans Return Deluxe Krok and Quake in Australia.

UNFORTUNATELY.... it looks like the delay of getting Wave 4 here (three months after America and Asia) has meant that we might have missed out on the regular wave 4 assortment, and have instead received a REVISION wave 4, as only Quake and Krok have been found at a number of stores. (the full assortment of this revision case is not yet known, but it could be wave 3 toys filling out the rest of the case)

So, what about Topspin, Perceptor and Kup?
There are no details (yet) about future case assortments beyond the regular wave 4 on the usual sites that list case assortments, so there is no information at this time about if these three toys will see a return in future waves... so we just have to hope they will.
Wave 5 has an odd number of new toys (Twintwist, Misfire, new Windblade), and hopefully Topspin will at least be re-released with Twintwist.

Until we know more (and update fans here), if you desperately want Perceptor, Kup and Topspin, perhaps look online for a reliable, affordable source.
Or... if you find the three Autobot toys at a major retailer in Australia, let us know about it, in case we did actually get some of the regular Wave 4 cases here.


Transformers News: Transformers Titans Return Quake Sighted at Australian Retail and Wave 4 Rumors

Possible New Logo for Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie

Transformers News: Possible New Logo for Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie
Date: Sunday, May 14th 2017 9:06am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Rumors, Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): USPTO

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Here's some buzzworthy news for a Sunday: Hasbro has applied for a new symbol with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) this past week, to be used with ' Toy action figures, toy vehicles and toy robots convertible into other visual toy forms ' and featuring the description: 'The mark consists of A stylized design of a bee.'

With 2018 bringing us the Bumblebee spin-off movie, directed by Travis Knight and written by Christina Hodson, there is sufficient ground to speculate that this symbol may indeed have something to do with the Cybertronian yellow scout. Check it out below, and let us know what you think!

Transformers News: Possible New Logo for Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie

Possible 2-Pack Art for Transformers: The Last Knight, Featuring Hot Rod

Transformers News: Possible 2-Pack Art for Transformers: The Last Knight, Featuring Hot Rod
Date: Sunday, April 23rd 2017 12:54pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Rumors
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Weibo

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Some further leaks for our regular friends on Weibo bring us some more artwork for the Transformers: The Last Knight packaging - and we get a new look at Hot Rod, plus Bumblebee, and an expanded version of the Megatron vs Optimus Prime we saw here.

Two characters per mock-up may very well indicate two packs, as teased in the Cybertron 2 Pack Deluxe listings seen back here, in combination with the Mission to Cybertron news from earlier today. In any case, take a look below, and join the conversation in the Energon Pub!


Transformers News: Possible 2-Pack Art for Transformers: The Last Knight, Featuring Hot Rod

Transformers News: Possible 2-Pack Art for Transformers: The Last Knight, Featuring Hot Rod

Transformers: The Last Knight - Mission to Cybertron Details

Transformers News: Transformers: The Last Knight - Mission to Cybertron Details
Date: Sunday, April 23rd 2017 4:22am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Rumors, Store News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): TFW2005

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Our friends over at TFW2005 have been able to find out more information about the glyphs we've been seeing on figures and instructions sheets across the Transformers: The Last Knight toyline, and may have confirmed a retailer exclusive (probably Toys'R'Us again, which is not good news internationally) sub-line for the movie toys: Mission to Cybertron.

The site was able to screencap instructions of a Glyph Decoder, then immediately taken down by Hasbro, then more 'decodable glyphs' appeared on the likes of Skullitron, Nitro and Megatron, and Infernocus and Quintessa. Now, fallen-revenge has found a promotional banner for Mission to Cybertron at a Toys'R'Us store in the US, making the speculation just that little more concrete! Check it out below, and let us know what you think in the Energon Pub.

Transformers News: Transformers: The Last Knight - Mission to Cybertron Details

Possible Transformers: The Last Knight Package Art featuring Optimus Prime

Transformers News: Possible Transformers: The Last Knight Package Art featuring Optimus Prime
Date: Friday, April 21st 2017 8:45am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Rumors
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Weibo

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Once again via Weibo, we have a look at what may or may not be packaging art - but art nonetheless - featuring Optimus Prime and Megatron in battle, with the hive pattern behind them as a blue planet takes over the background. We don't want to speculate too much, but we are still waiting to find out more about a certain Cybertron Planet listing we saw a long while back.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

Transformers News: Possible Transformers: The Last Knight Package Art featuring Optimus Prime

Possible Takara Tomy AD 31 Optimus Prime Re-issue as Part of TLK Line

Transformers News: Possible Takara Tomy AD 31 Optimus Prime Re-issue as Part of TLK Line
Date: Monday, April 10th 2017 11:41pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Rumors
Posted by: WreckerJack | Credit(s): catz from TFW2005.com

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TFW2005 user catz has shared an order form which claims that a new item will be similar to AD 31 Armor Knight Optimus Prime from the Takara version of the Age of Etinction Line called Movie Advanced. AD 31 is Takara's retool of the AOE Leader Optimus. We already know hat Hasbro is re-releasing AOE Leader Optimus Prime in the Transformers The Last Knight movie line with a new deco. We can guess that Takara would be doing the same with their toyline but using their retool instead. The price matches up as well since the MSRP shown here is 8,000 yen, around the same MSRP as AD 31 Armor Knight Optimus Prime. Stay tuned!

Transformers News: Possible Takara Tomy AD 31 Optimus Prime

Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Confirmed to be a Prequel Story

Transformers News: Transformers Bumblebee 2018 Movie Confirmed to be a Prequel Story
Date: Thursday, April 6th 2017 2:00pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Rumors
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): MTV

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We've heard a couple of things about the 2018 Bumblebee solo project from Paramount, written by Christina Hodson and directed by Travis Knight, but it seems we finally have confirmation that the movie will indeed be a prequel story of sorts, according to Michael Bay himself. In an interview with MTV, which you can watch below, he states among other things that:
"It'll go a little younger, and it will deal more with his character and it's just about him."


While Bumblebee may not be the sole character in the movie it might be the case that he's the only Cybertronian around. But he may also meet a character we will discover in The Last Knight, if the reports and rumours from the Super Fan footage are to be believed... Let us know what you think in the Energon Pub!


Potential New Trailers for Transformers: The Last Knight at CinemaCon 2017

Transformers News: Potential New Trailers for Transformers: The Last Knight at CinemaCon 2017
Date: Sunday, March 12th 2017 10:34am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Event News, Rumors
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): RedCarpetRefs

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CinemaCon is one of the biggest events for the movie industry - or rather, the distribution and theater/cinema showings side of it - and it looks like the 2017 edition might bring some more Paramount live-action Transformers footage with it, later this month. According to RedCarpetRefs, the company might have plans to show some footage, though we do not know if this will differ from the two new spots we just saw (here and here). Check out more info below!

On March 28th, events include a presentation highlighting the 2017 release schedule of STX Entertainment, the studio behind The Gift, Bad Moms and the upcoming The Circle. Later that day, Paramount Pictures will host a panel detailing their summer and beyond, with likely appearances by Baywatch and Transformers: The Last Knight.

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