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New Gallery: Masterpiece Movie Series MPM-4 Optimus Prime

Transformers News: New Gallery: Masterpiece Movie Series MPM-4 Optimus Prime
Date: Friday, August 11th 2017 4:15pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Live Action Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime

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Seibertron.com is once again proud to bring to you our latest gallery! This time around we are featuring the brand new toy of Masterpiece Movie Series MPM-4 Optimus Prime! This toy is a brand new mold based on his original 2007 Movie design. This Optimus Prime features an intricate transformation that makes him the most movie accurate figure to date of the Autobot Leader. The figure is currently available for the price of $99.99 US dollars in Toys R Us stores across the United States.

Special thanks goes out to YouTube reviewer emgo316 for showing how to get pretty close to transforming this figure properly. We figured out an easier method after watching his video by squeezing the front side barrels upward while pressing downward on the roof top and making sure other panels along the way pegged in and lined up properly so that the smokestacks also plugged in correctly. Overall, it took about 2 hours to get this figure properly transformed correctly in truck mode. I'm sure many of you can beat it once you figure out how to do it correctly. His video can be found below the sample images from the gallery of Masterpiece Movie Series MPM-4 Optimus Prime below.

After you check out the images and emgo316's video, please let us know what you think of this amazing toy in the comments section below!

Masterpiece Movie Series Optimus Prime (270 images) - Masterpieces

Transformers News: New Gallery: Masterpiece Movie Series MPM-4 Optimus Prime

Transformers News: New Gallery: Masterpiece Movie Series MPM-4 Optimus Prime

Transformers News: New Gallery: Masterpiece Movie Series MPM-4 Optimus Prime

Transformers News: New Gallery: Masterpiece Movie Series MPM-4 Optimus Prime

Transformers News: New Gallery: Masterpiece Movie Series MPM-4 Optimus Prime

Transformers News: New Gallery: Masterpiece Movie Series MPM-4 Optimus Prime

Transformers News: New Gallery: Masterpiece Movie Series MPM-4 Optimus Prime

Transformers News: New Gallery: Masterpiece Movie Series MPM-4 Optimus Prime

Transformers News: New Gallery: Masterpiece Movie Series MPM-4 Optimus Prime

Transformers News: New Gallery: Masterpiece Movie Series MPM-4 Optimus Prime

Transformers News: New Gallery: Masterpiece Movie Series MPM-4 Optimus Prime

Transformers News: New Gallery: Masterpiece Movie Series MPM-4 Optimus Prime


Here's the YouTube video from emgo316 that shows you how to get MPM-4 Optimus Prime transformed fairly closely in truck mode.


Hasbro Answers How Transformers: The Last Knight Affected Sales and Revenue

Transformers News: Hasbro Answers How Transformers: The Last Knight Affected Sales and Revenue
Date: Monday, July 24th 2017 4:05pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Hasbro

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Not many people read through the Earnings release that Hasbro sends our way every quarter, and not everyone can attend the freely available conference calls either. To help us out this time, Hasbro has also offered a full transcript and presentation to anyone - rather than having news sites transcribe things themselves - and we've copied below the more salient and relevant parts to the Transformers brand.

But first, along with the slides that were used during the call, we've also listened to the call again to make sure we noted down a number of questions related to Transformers: The Last Knight and the brand in general, toys in particular, affected the way that the company will be directing its efforts in the coming quarter and future development of the 'brand blueprint', courtesy of Debbie Hancock and Brian Goldner (who calls the Generations line Universe, but hey). The UK and Brazil have not ideally impacted the company either, but the overall Latin American and European markets have remained positive, and most noteworthy of all: despite the not ideal performance of the movie in general, everything seems to be much better in toy and merchandise perspectives compared to 2014 with Age of Extinction.

Read more below, and note that actual revenue from licensed material for The Last Knight will only appear in the fourth quarter!

Question 1: There seems to be a narrative that movie properties did not perform to expectations during this quarter, which seems to be at odds with your commentary on the Transformers franchise. Could you address how you see the company position for the second half in terms of inventory level, shelf space and retailers dedicate to your brand?

Brian Goldner: Of course, Drew. Entertainment continues to drive our business through and if you look at Transformers, we now have entertainment across multiple screens and in fact we are targeting and presenting stories to an infinite number of demographics around the brand. Certainly Transformers: The Last Knight products sold very well and point of sales was very strong. The brand is up considerably. And then of course we also have Robots In Disguise products that’s around the television. We also have Universe product that’s focused on our fans.

That is also selling incredibly well and then there is of course preschool product Rescue Bots which is also selling quite well. So we are seeing a great sell-through around the brand, recognize that this is a brand that’s becoming Increasingly Global, Increasingly International. We’re seeing great growth in places like China around the brand and around our international market.

Question 2: Can we go back to Transformers for a moment Brian because you mentioned the strength of Global POS and that is up significantly and against the last movie (2014). Would it be fair to assume that The Last Knight could generate revenue higher than the 2014 movie, which you said at the time was kind of in-line with the 2011 movie?

Brian Goldner: Yeah, I think Transformers is in fact emblematic of what we’re doing across the company over the last three years; we have developed digital capabilities for stream content and putting content on a multitude of screens. That capability is really being born out in the Transformers business. So the overall brand is performing at a much higher level than it was in 2014, and in part that’s because the movie product is performing at a higher level than the prior year but also because we are seeing great growth in the Transformers: Generations products for the fan-economy. The Robots In Disguise product that’s been around the television. Television viewership is strong, our streaming on Netflix is very strong, and then of course the fan-oriented stream product that goes, our on content that streams with Machinima and MCM. That’s how I look at it as an expansion of storytelling. The brand did perform quite strongly in ’14 but also performed strongly in ’15 and ’16. This is clearly more in line with the movie year performance being up for the brand.

So to understand: movie-to-movie it seems like this movie is better and then you layer on kind of everything you do with your brand blueprint and how you kind of expand brands and then kind of putting it all together. The franchise in general has grown but the movie also seems better?

Brian Goldner: Yeah, it is. The performance is good. Remember that that movie has continued to perform incredibly well globally outside the US. We just surpassed 225 million dollars in China, the movie’s done more than 550 million dollars so far. And also with all of our entertainment globally, yes we are over POS compared to the last movie year. It’s coming from a number of new areas of our capabilities that we’ve developed over the last three years.


Brian Goldner: Royalty expense increased 14% to 8.1% of revenue. Higher royalty expense was the result of higher Partner Brand revenues, but also a strong contribution from Transformers: The Last Knight movie product which carries some external royalties. Our investment in product development remained flat year-over-year but declined as a percentage of revenues. We continue to invest in innovation at an industry-leading level.


Transformers News: Hasbro Answers How Transformers: The Last Knight Affected Sales and Revenue

Transformers News: Hasbro Answers How Transformers: The Last Knight Affected Sales and Revenue

Transformers News: Hasbro Answers How Transformers: The Last Knight Affected Sales and Revenue

Transformers News: Hasbro Answers How Transformers: The Last Knight Affected Sales and Revenue

Transformers News: Hasbro Answers How Transformers: The Last Knight Affected Sales and Revenue

Transformers News: Hasbro Answers How Transformers: The Last Knight Affected Sales and Revenue

Images of Transformers: The Last Knight Universal Studio Exclusive Snarl

Transformers News: Images of Transformers: The Last Knight Universal Studio Exclusive Snarl
Date: Sunday, July 23rd 2017 11:16am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Snakas

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Via the Snakas blog and fellow Seibertronian MaverickPrime, we have images of an apparently exclusive deco of Age of Extinction Snarl - probably for Transformers: The Last Knight - appearing at the Universal Studios The Ride 3D! The images are blurry and fairly small, but you can see the silver, grey, black and red palette similar to the Grimlock redeco for the Premier Edition line on the deluxe figure - check them out below, and let us know if you find more information about this toy!

Transformers News: Images of Transformers: The Last Knight Universal Studio Exclusive Snarl

Transformers News: Images of Transformers: The Last Knight Universal Studio Exclusive Snarl

Hasbro's 2017 Transformers Hall of Fame Fans' Choice Voting

Transformers News: Hasbro's 2017 Transformers Hall of Fame Fans' Choice Voting
Date: Monday, July 10th 2017 3:02pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Event News, Contests
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Hasbro

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It's that time again to make your voice heard in the Transformers Hall of Fame vote for 2017! Hasbro is asking fans to help nominate inductees into the Transformers Hall of Fame within three categories. The categories are:


Click on each of the three links above to cast your nominations from our lists.

Transformers News: Hasbro's 2017 Transformers Hall of Fame Fans' Choice Voting

As you know, no characters who have already been inducted within the 'Favorite Character' category will be considered for nomination. In a fun twist this year, in celebration of the release of Transformers: The Last Knight and the 10 year anniversary of the film franchise, any character that appears in the films is eligible for nomination in the 'Favorite Movie Character' category regardless of their nomination or induction previously (if Megatron can win for G1 and Beast Wars, it is only fair!). A list of inducted characters can be found at the bottom of this post.

The new category '2017 Transformers Toy of the Year' is being introduced to provide fans an opportunity to share their passion for the figures that have been the heartbeat of the brand for over 30 years. This new category is meant to celebrate the new product within the calendar year and the ongoing efforts of the Hasbro Transformers team to fulfill the desires of our many fans around the world with innovative and exciting toys. All nominations for this category must be toys newly released by Hasbro in 2017 and can include figures that are yet to hit shelves in the calendar year, but have been announced.

Participate in EACH poll so that we can determine the characters Seibertron.com's citizens wants considered for each category of the Transformers Hall of Fame. We'll share the Top 3 nominees for each category (nine nominees total) including the number of votes with Hasbro by 5pm on Sunday July 16th.

We will rank all of your polling results list in order of who received the most votes for each category. All polling result lists will be combined together, each Transformers fansite outlet getting an equal voice. Hasbro will use the combined values to generate the final ballot of three choices for each category. Details will follow regarding the official voting process in the coming weeks.

Winners of the final polling will be announced at HASCON, the official Hasbro Fanmily Event (September 8-10th in Providence, RI), during the Transformers Hall of Fame Dinner Event on Friday the 8th!

As a reminder, below are the characters and people who have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame. If you see a notable character missing from one of our lists, please let us know so that we might consider adding it.

Fictional Character Inductees:
  • Arcee* (Class of 2014)
  • Bumblebee (Class of 2010)
  • Dinobot* (Class of 2010)
  • Grimlock (Class of 2012)
  • Ironhide (Class of 2011)
  • Jazz (Class of 2012)
  • Megatron (Class of 2010)
  • Megatron – Beast Wars* (Class of 2013)
  • Optimus Prime (Class of 2010)
  • Predaking (Class of 2015)
  • Prowl (Class of 2015)
  • Ratchet (Class of 2011)
  • Rodimus* (Class of 2014)
  • Shockwave (Class of 2012)
  • Soundwave (Class of 2011)
  • Starscream (Class of 2010)
  • Ultra Magnus* (Class of 2013)
  • Waspinator* (Class of 2011)
  • Wheeljack* (Class of 2012)
  • Optimus Primal (Class of 2016)
  • Cosmos (Class of 2016)
*indicates fan-voted inductee

Human Inductees:
  • Michael Bay (Class of 2011)
  • Bob Budiansky (Class of 2010)
  • Stan Bush (Class of 2014)
  • Peter Cullen (Class of 2010)
  • Vince DiCola (Class of 2015)
  • Simon Furman (Class of 2012)
  • Yoke Hideaki (Class of 2010)
  • Chris Latta (Class of 2012)
  • Kojin Ohno (Class of 2010)
  • Steven Spielberg (Class of 2011)
  • Frank Welker (Class of 2015)
  • Weird Al Yankovic (Class of 2016)
  • David Kaye (Class of 2016)
  • Judd Nelson (Class of 2016)

Smyths UK Listings for Transformers Titans Return Overlord, Octone, Blitzwing; The Last Knight Dragonstorm, AllSpark, Nitro

Transformers News: Smyths UK Listings for Transformers Titans Return Overlord, Octone, Blitzwing; The Last Knight Dragonstorm, AllSpark, Nitro
Date: Monday, July 3rd 2017 7:40pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Store News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Smyths UK

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Fellow UK Seibertronians blackeyedprime and Rodimus277 have taken a look at the Smyths website - a regular source of Transformers news for us - and spotted some new listings for soon to be released figures!

Though not available for delivery yet, and probably only shortly arriving in actual stock, these include Titans Return Octane and Blitzwing, plus a brief glimpse of Overlord at the time of writing (but not fast enough to include a screenshot, sorry!), and a number of Transformers: The Last Knight figures, such as Voyagers Nitro and Scorn, Leader Dragonstorm, and the AllSpark Tech line's Optimus, Hound, Barricade, and Bumblebee - and a fair few price reductions on Voyagers, Deluxes and more from the Premier Edition line! Check them out here.

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Valvoline Transformers: The Last Knight Valvotron Figure Now Arriving

Transformers News: Valvoline Transformers: The Last Knight Valvotron Figure Now Arriving
Date: Thursday, June 29th 2017 7:08pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Collectables, Contests
Posted by: Va'al

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A number of Seibertronians, including Ravage2031 below, have been notifying us about the Valvoline tie-in product for Transformers: The Last Knight - the mighty, non-transforming Valvotron - arriving in the post! The delivery seems fairly erratic though, as there were many ways to apply for one, and multiple appear to show up per household even where the limit was one. Check it out below!

Ravage2031 wrote: Came home Tuesday to find Valvotron waiting for me and was like cool I got one. Came home today and there was another one. Did this happen to anyone else? Maybe they didn't get enough entries?

Didn't get one 3 days in a row. Entered using the 3 × 5 index card. One per household.


Transformers News: Valvoline Transformers: The Last Knight Valvotron Figure Now Arriving

Full Review of Transformers: The Last Knight, with Spoilers

Transformers News: Full Review of Transformers: The Last Knight, with Spoilers
Date: Wednesday, June 21st 2017 7:52pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Reviews
Posted by: Va'al

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Fellow Seibertronian ZhGingaah was able to attend the London premiere for Transformers: The Last Knight, meaning that we now have a full review for the movie! The spoilers are clearly marked out in the piece, and there is a buffer zone in this news write-up, but if you'd rather avoid them altogether, we have a separate discussion thread for non-spoiler movie discussion right here in the Energon Pub!

Also included below is a recording of the initial Michael Bay comments at the event, some images of the crowd, cast and set-up - in addition the ones already seen here - and at the very end, some spoilerrific listicles of likes, dislikes and WTF moments. Check it all out below, and let us now what you think once you've seen the movie for yourselves!



Transformers News: Full Review of Transformers: The Last Knight, with Spoilers

Transformers News: Full Review of Transformers: The Last Knight, with Spoilers

Transformers News: Full Review of Transformers: The Last Knight, with Spoilers


Well, that's (not) just Prime...

'Transformers: The Last Knight', then; Michael Bay's (really-this-time-honest) last hurrah, Mark Wahlberg's (self-professed) last instalment, possibly (please Primus, let it be) the last time we need to stage one of these interventions.
Yeah, this movie is 'that guy' - they 'am what they am', they're not afraid to make a song and dance about it, they simply will not be ignored and they're not changing (transforming?) for anyone. So every few years when they put on a big number, all of us long-term friends jump in and try to sort this guy out, calm 'em down a little...

Having started off with the best of intentions in 2007, two years later we're telling them to knock it off with the hyperactive humans whose contribution to plot forwarding is inversely proportional to their screen-time; we're also having to tell them to not say 'scrotum' in front of the children.

Another couple of years and once again, we're trying to get them to ease off on the vacuous humans taking up valuable minutes. We convince them to take their time with their next big production, have another year at it, 'work that rich thirty year old mythology, baby, yeah'! Oh. Underage sex references, transformium and Chinese product placement... Right. That's it. You're on your...

Oh. Okay. Big Imax 3D screen - great balls of fire over the Paramount logo. Dark Ages England. Indistinguishable from magic... Right, okay this isn't bad, this is... is that really Stanley Tucci?! I'm not sur.....HOLY FRIGGIN' NORA, IS THE CINEMA MOVING?! THIS IS INTENSE!! WOOOOOOH!!
And we're suck(er)ed in... again.

To be fair though, what TLK gets absolutely right is getting the Transformers on screen (at the same time as the core human cast) pretty much right from the get-go. Whilst clearly set in 'The Bayverse', the first 40 minutes or so kinda have the feel of an extended G1 cartoon episode... and I mean that in the best possible way.

While previous movies gave us a tease and then put most of the bots back in their playbox for half an hour or more, here we're quickly introduced to our 'character of the week', Isabela Moner's Izabella, and within minutes we see (and hear!) from all these new toys (er, 'important characters') including Sqweeks (who isn't annoying and if kids find him cute, fine), Barricade, Megatron, Steelbane (not name-checked), Drift and Hound. Oh and Bumblebee; yes, of course everyone's favourite peg-warmer is there...
And just like a G1 episode, Megatron's got a kerrrazy plan for some McGuffin or other, he's taking advantage of our human pals Morshower and Lennox (or is he? - *wink wink*) and... did... did you just see that? Did Megatron just do Suicide Squad? Is this film taking the proverbial? (The answer to that, given that one of Vivian Wembley's family is apparently played by the actress who brought Martha Wayne to life in another DCU 'classic', is yes. Yes it is!)

Like it or not, Bay's movies pretty much always have a 'humorous' element to them. It's a coping mechanism for the audience, I guess - a counterbalance to all the death and destruction and MORE ASPLOSIONS!! And we can all do the bitching and moaning thing or we can accept that, for better or worse, this is what you're gonna get in a Transformers movie. Except this time, it's ever so subtly different; your mileage may vary, but I genuinely found this movie to be quite self-deprecating!
The Suicide Squad 'thing' - you could write it off as a rip-off, or crap homage. But the Martha thing makes me think that someone's poking fun here. We all love Steve Jablonsky's incredible scores on these films, right? But haven't we heard 'Arrival To Earth' more than enough by now? Oh, not like this, we haven't! (Properly funny meta-gag!) There's so much tongue in cheek - Vivian shouting from inside Hot Rod 'at least tell me I've been abducted by one of the famous ones' (because who'd want to be kidnapped by Drench, amirite?)! Cogman doing... well, pretty much anything! You and I already know it - a 'British' accent (aka an erudite English form of Received Pronunciation) lets you get away with blue bloody murder...

...which Anthony Hopkins and Jim 'Downton Abbey' Carter do. Apparently part-scripted, part-improv, these two are just nuts. They can deliver all these ridiculous lines and still give it 'the Shakespeare' bit and make it sound like the end of days is upon us, all hope is lost but by jingo we're going to have a jolly good time while we stiff upper lip it out, what what! Cogman is the standout new character in this film - loyal servant and sociopathic crazybot in equal measure, he's as much of a split personality as TLK is itself.

And that's the rub - when it's being silly, TLK is good fun. When it (finally!) embraces the deep mythos of Transformers and attempts to induct all these 'popcorn-blockbuster-watchers' ever deeper into the world of Cybertron and all that, things become little more than perfunctory. Full disclosure - I love Peter Cullen as Optimus, even as Bayverse Optimus, but Dark of The Moon remains the only Transformers movie where he's been around for the whole thing (faked death aside - ooh, hashtag spoilers from 2011 there), and annoyingly he's not had any 'decent' dialogue since the first half of DOTM - most of AOE was expositional or 'out of character' (a debate for another time) and despite being in SOOO many trailers, he really doesn't figure until the last half, maybe third, of TLK.

Frank Welker gets possibly the better deal - Megatron gets to swan around being a nasty piece of work, the 'Izy rescuing Sqweeks' scene from the trailers shows his disdain for 'lower' forms of life, we even get a 'Decepticons, retreat!' for the fanboys. But his time playing off against Cullen's Prime is limited again, sadly. That said, there's one interaction between the pair that's hugely reminiscent of TF:TM (1986)... but no, not what you're thinking. It's a nice nod and if you're anything like me, you'll be cursing (even more of) the choices made by the writers of AOE. What could / should have been...
So by now you're thinking 'I've read a thousand words and I can't tell if you really liked it or not, lad'! To be brutally honest, I'm not sure either... no, that's not quite fair. As an 'Imax 3D experience', this was f-bomb-ing epic. Say what you want about Michael Bay and some of his choices, edits (there was a lot filmed and then cut for this film apparently) and sense of humour, but (ready the stock phrase for launch) his action sequences are absolutely phenomenal.

And as has generally been the case with each film, the scope of the effects have gotten bigger each time but Bay's also learned / chosen to reign the camerawork in as time's gone on - there's less crazy-breakneck panning and swivelling, there's some really nice occasional use of slo-mo to let you really see everything in all that glorious ultra high definition glory - it's why I can't quite remember all the nerdy bits you want to know (even though I wouldn't tell you all of them even if I could), you're just too busy taking in the spectacle. Is that style over substance? I guess, but if you can do style over substance in the best possible way, this 'film' does. Did I say film? Meh... I suppose it is, just about. It's really a thrill ride with some substance.

The 'substance' that is there is presented in time honoured fashion - Event brings McGuffin to Earth, heroes and villains battle for McGuffin leading to further McGuffin leading to final showdown. So far, so formulaic. Now for the science part - pay attention... and here we be getting spoilery a bit, so brace yourselves...

BIGGER SPOILERS FROM HERE

...right, you with me?
Transformers: Prime then. You watched it didn't you? Whaddaya mean, no?! It's the best TF series there's been (TF:A and BW fans can save that row for another day). Anyway, if you're not familiar with it, this'll all be new to you. If you are a Prime aficionado, and particularly if you're enough of an 'Aligned' continuity fan to have a copy of 'The Covenant of Primus' book / bible / massive insignia thing, then some of what's glimpsed in TLK will make sense. I say some, because to quote Optimus from G1's 'The Rebirth', 'every answer lead to a bigger question'.
We meet Quintessa, who I'm almost certain (three days time might prove me a liar here) refers to herself as 'the Prime of Life'. Now, that chimes very much with what we know of Quintus, one of the fabled Thirteen Primes, the first Transformers directly descended from Primus. The Thirteen were always meant to be 'omniversal' in TF fiction so that raises questions when Quintessa claims to be 'Optimus' creator'. I mean, you can interpret that in a few ways - literally (she might be, if Optimus isn't a 'Thirteen' Prime here), metaphorically (as the 'life-giving' portion of Primus, perhaps Quintus is responsible for all the Primes coming into being), or in a 'Hey, the writers just smacked out any old tosh' way again.

There's lots of other unanswered questions too - how and why did the Knights end up stuck on Earth? Sure, when you know what you know at film's end, you can start trying to hypothesise myriad reasons for the scenario we find our bots in, but it's not fully explained. Given how much expositional dialogue there is and how it (as per usual) starts to feel far too quickly rattled off by the end, that's not a great thing for those of trying to reconcile this series into something approaching a salient narrative - to be fair, if this writers’ room really is trying as hard as I think they are (but they don't want to overload and already bat-shit mental mainstream blockbuster), I think these spin-off movies and animated prequels and what not could actually be a lot of fun. But that doesn't help us in the here and now...
And where do the Dinobots disappear to again? And what's the point of Jerrod Carmichael's Jimmy? I mean, he's not terrible by any means, he's just kinda there, you wouldn't really miss him if he wasn't. Same can almost be said for Izzy, but she at least gives Mark Wahlberg the surrogate dad thing to do and they can both riff on the 'no sacrifice, no victory' thing that is very much back front and centre here.
Whilst I'm talking about fleshlings, I'd say this core cast is probably the tightest and most entertaining we've had in the series - Wahlberg, Haddock, Hopkins and Carter are all very good, Moner is perfectly cute in her scenes without going full Wesley Crusher to give the young'uns in the crowd their one to root for, Lennox and Morshower getting the best of the supporting roles, even if it's mostly exposition. For British TV fans, there's cameos from the likes of Rebecca Front (The Thick of it, Lewis) and IMDB swears Mrs Doyle from Father Ted was in there (one for the 2D re-watch or Bluray there) but Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Veep, Chuck) was hugely irritating as the NASA JPL guy - the (thankfully) brief scenes there are really quite irritating when they pop up and are pretty pointless in the grand scheme of things.

John Turturro is there as Seymour Simmons again too. On a payphone. From Cuba. Because. Because... John Turturro. I think. I mean, it's kinda cute that they recognise that Simmons had this all semi-sussed (somehow) from right back in the day... equally, I think they just wanted him to say scrotum again. Twice. Don't worry, it's not Devastator's. Or his. No, I think in a film that graphically destroys the star harvester pyramid from ROTF, crunches the ark from DOTM and describes the remains of Chicago and wherever else got trashed by the Decepticons as a 'no go area', it's a less than subtle suggestion that for the most part, the writers room want to wipe the slate clean, say 'bollocks' to much of what has gone before and go on to tell new stories off the back of this one. Yes, it unequivocally sets up a sequel. Yes, it's pretty obvious what they're going to have to deal with. And oh yes, there is a mid-credits sequence, so don't move too soon...

That's a lot of not a lot there isn't it? My 'review'. The film too, if you're being harsh. To be honest, this is the film AOE should have been - if you could somehow have had Cade save Optimus at the end of DOTM instead of taking a whole film over it, Lockdown appear and disappear at the start of this one with Optimus immediately setting off to find his creator, we wouldn't be missing much really.
The performances by the majority of the on-screen and voice over casts lift this to a higher level than the other sequels - if you concede that they all do pretty much the same thing in terms of story construction, this one (world-building issues and foibles notwithstanding) probably does it with the most style and panache. You know Bay makes shit blow up good, the car chases are fun, the scenery’s beautiful, the final set pieces are stupidly grand as they have to be.

The one possibly controversial conceit at the heart of this story, concerning Optimus... I enjoyed the pay off. For my money, it was a(nother) nice G1 Season 3 nod. Equally, knowing how some have bitched about a certain element of these movies for ten years now, I can understand if more than a few people really don't care for it - you'll know when you see it. For my money, it was preferable to (yet another) McGuffin.


Summary

In summary then, for those of you who perhaps wisely just scrolled down here and ignored all the ramblings - for better or worse, it's a Michael Bay Transformers movie, what the frigg were you expecting?! It is perhaps the best since the original. It is certainly the most spectacular to look at and the IMAX 3D thing certainly is not just marketing bollocks (there's that scrotum again), it really was astonishing. It is NOT (on its own) a jump forward in storytelling and mythology for this series - it DOES lay some massive groundwork but that NEEDS to built upon for this to have been truly worth all the hullaballoo. Harsh but fair, I'd have liked a bit more to love but there's less to hate than in previous outings. Go see it and don't think about it too hard til you've had time to rest your weary senses!


Transformers News: Full Review of Transformers: The Last Knight, with Spoilers

Transformers News: Full Review of Transformers: The Last Knight, with Spoilers

Transformers News: Full Review of Transformers: The Last Knight, with Spoilers


THINGS I LIKED:
  • The Autobot crew hiding out together - some nice character moments there. I love Crosshairs! And Wheelie's still kicking!
  • The opening Autobot+Human v Decepticon fight in the abandoned town. Sweet transformations and some fun ass-kickings.
  • Barricade getting a bit of chat! The con chat fizzles out quickly, but it's fun while it lasts.
  • The 'water fight' is stunnining. Opening scene in Arthurian times is also staggeringly good.
  • Cogman is a top lil bastard and I want to see him again. And his organ. ;)

THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE:
  • Some of Quintessa's CGI looked a bit off - most of the film is AAA+, so that's annoying.
  • Too many dangly threads that need to be sussed 'next time'.
  • Why the Knights Temenos pretty much appeared outta nowhere - how hard could it be to find and keep stashed prior to now?!
  • The apparently simplicity with which Quintessa is dealt with. Sure, we don't need more McGuffins but it was all a little 'yeah, okay then'.
  • 'Infernocus' who I think had a different name pretty much comes and goes. Meh. But the fact Quintessa has a combiner? Maybe Nexus Prime is about too...
  • No mention of Solus Prime, The Forge, Well of All Sparks etc.

SUPER SPOILERS:
  • Quintessa calls herself 'The Prime of Life', hitherto known in other continuities as Quintus Prime.
    But is she really?! The Knights denounce her as Quintessa The Deceiver!
  • For being taken in by Quintessa, The Knights pass judgemnt on Optimus - "The sentence is death!" A nice nod to the Quintesson scenes in TFTM!
  • Christened 'Nemesis Prime', Quintessa's sway over Optimus is broken by Bumblebee finally activating his own voice after all these years, just as Nemesis is about to execute him.
  • The encroaching doom seen in the trailers is indeed Cybertron, under the control of Quintessa.
  • The horn you see on Earth in the trailers... not the Knights Temenos. *wink*
  • Yeah, you do see more than one horn... *wink*
  • Stonehenge is the access point to the power at the Earth's core... and what is down there. *wink*
  • That's not the Forge of Solus Prime we see Bumblebee waving about... at least, it isn't named as such and although it appears after the Knights scene, I don't know for sure if that's where he acquired it.
  • Cade is indeed The Last Knight... for what that's worth. It is in fact Vivian who is the most important character here.
  • Yes, wink wink, Prime fans, Earth is Unicron. Named and everything. And very much a thing going forward...
  • Gemma Chan who voices Quintessa also appears on screen. *Big Wink* (Get your Covenant of Primus out!)

SUPER SPOILERY WTFS:
  • If Vivian hadn't retrieved 'the staff' - then what? Maybe a 'Prime' like Optimus can get round that problem if he was one of The Thirteen / A knight (there's definitely a statue of a 'knight' that looks very like him... Like I said, they could start to create a satisfying story with this, but it could all be so much ROTF nonsense if they're not careful...
  • I like the whole 'Witwiccan' thing... but does this mean Shia / Sam and the clan are dead if Vivian is the last surviving descendant of Merlin? Maybe I misheard some of that bit...
  • Would Cybertron have become Unicron if the transfer had completed? Is Quintessa a Prime, an agent of Unicron, actually The Creator or what?
  • We don't see the techno-organic 'Quintessons' from AOE. But if Quintessa did create them, maybe they will be coming in TF6?



First Look Finished Product of New Deluxe Bumblebee Coming out in Transformers: The Last Knight

Transformers News: First Look Finished Product of New Deluxe Bumblebee Coming out in Transformers: The Last Knight
Date: Wednesday, May 31st 2017 9:45pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): entreprise

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As a few Seibertronians nicely pointed out, the Entreprise commercial we posted earlier featured our very first look at the actual finished new Bumblebee toy in robot mode. While the first wave of Premier Edition The Last Knight toys had a redeco of an old mold, there will be a new mold for Bumblebee for this movie and this is our best look at it yet. We previously had CG renders, which don't always give us the best idea of what to expect, and we only saw the car mode at Toyfair (which was painted and not the finished toy). While it is mistransformed, we do get to see how the paint applications will be in robot mode. As you can tell, it is a very different looking robot mode than the deluxe we got in wave one, whos chest was not made of the toy
Transformers News: First Look Finished Product of New Deluxe Bumblebee Coming out in Transformers: The Last Knight

Transformers News: First Look Finished Product of New Deluxe Bumblebee Coming out in Transformers: The Last Knight

Here is an image of the CG render:

Transformers News: First Look Finished Product of New Deluxe Bumblebee Coming out in Transformers: The Last Knight

JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed
Date: Saturday, May 27th 2017 2:00pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): paulmartstore

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While some of these were at toyfair, only Optimus Prime could be officially revealed due to the wait for licencing to be finalized. Well, the wait is over, at least for Bumblebee, Crosshairs and Barricade. These are non transforming 1:24 scale cars, in diecast, part of the same Metals Die Cast series you may have seen for other blockbuster films, like Batman V Superman. So, unlike the Simba Smoby diecast products, these should see distribution in North America. These are currently available for ordering at paulmartstore, where they retail for $28.99.


Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed



Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

Transformers News: JADA Diecast 1:24 Scale Cars from Transformers: The Last Knight Revealed

First Official Images of Armor Knight Turbo Changer Hound from Transformers: The Last Knight Toys Discussion Thread

Transformers News: First Official Images of Armor Knight Turbo Changer Hound from Transformers: The Last Knight Toys Discussion Thread
Date: Tuesday, May 16th 2017 10:02am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): Toysrus France

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We have seen Armor Knight Turbo Changer Hound with all the other Transformers: the Last Knight toys at Toyfair, but we had yet to get any official images. Well, thanks to a tip from Seibertronian Scotty P, we now have images from Toysrus France. It is an early listing and no stock is available yet. What is fun to see here is that this simplified Hound has a totally different transformation scheme than the other new simplified Hound molds for this line where instead of his missile racks becoming his arms, they become his legs. While Megatron is getting a lot of love with new molds in this film, it seems the runner up would be Hound.


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