Something that somehow passed unobserved by a lot of us - a chance to meet and get an autograph by Peter Cullen, the legendary voice of Optimus Prime, recently awarded the Walk of Fame handprint recognition. If you're in the Sacramento area, on the weekend of 2nd-4th January, head along to SacAnime, but don't forget to pre-book your signing session right here.
SacAnime welcomes Peter Cullen (The voice of the Transformers’ Optimus Prime and Winnie the Pooh’s Eeyore) to our SacAnime Winter 2015 show. He will be participating in several panels and doing a VERY LIMITED number of autographs.
As the Age of Extinction slowly but surely lives up to its name, Transformers designer Gregory Titus has shared on his website some designs for package art for the latest movie line figures. The images mirrored below include various Optimus Prime toys, Hound, Crosshairs Bumblebee, the Dinobots, but also Vehicon and Junkheap and early versions of the characters - take a look below, and head to the site for more information!
This project was an absolute monster. Pilot was brought in about 18 months before the movie came out. Though well into the design phase of all the Transformers characters, none were completed. We were working with concepts, designs, information, and deadlines that were constantly changing. It was an amazing challenge that we all rose to in typical Pilot fashion. We were brought in for everything, a total overhaul and rebrand of a toy line plagued with different packaging styles for a decade. We were tasked with uniting them under a single, new, and simplified Transformers banner and provide all designs and illustrations to go with it.
Some of us were wondering when the traditional David Kaye seasonal greetings videowould show up, and it seems the voice actor behind Beast Wars Megatron had heard us! Check out the festive clip below as he joins Tara Strong in a Megatron/Powerpuff Girl Bubbles duet, and enjoy the rest of the holidays.
There is no preview as such for this week's IDW Publishing release - the first collected trade volume of Transformers vs G.I. Joe - but you can still get to find out more about it by reading an interview with creators John Barber and Tom Scioli, courtesy of ComicsAlliance. Find some snippets below, and click on the link to read the full story - and maybe come back to Seibertron.com, so we may finish reviewing the two issues we've left behind!
ComicsAlliance: The amazing thing about Transformers vs. G.I. Joe for me as a reader is that it doesn’t feel like it should exist, and I mean that in the best way possible. It has this feeling that there’s no way this book should’ve been approved, because it’s so wild, raw and energetic. How did you get that feeling to come across in this comic?
Tom Scioli: I don’t know how you would get to that point with any kind of comic. Just from my perspective, I’ve been doing comics for such a long time and in such a way that’s very different from the normal career path for comics, so I don’t know how you replicate that. I don’t know how many other people are out there that would be able to have that mix of discipline and self-destructive chaotic impulse to get that. I don’t know, John? Do you have any perspective?
John Barber: To one degree or another, when you’re working on something that’s company-owned, you have to forget about that when you’re working on it, and I think that degree varies. The whole idea was to make something kind of weird, that went out the window at some point. There was probably a minute early on where Michael Kelly, the guy we work with at Hasbro as their Director of Global Publishing, called and he was like, “This isn’t exactly what we talked about.” He loves the book, but at some point, the idea was going to be safer. It’s not like there’s anything unsafe about this, either, but you want to be able to point at it and say “here are these two things that we put together to make one thing,” and I don’t think you can do that with our book. I think that’s what makes it interesting.
TS: I didn’t really know how it was going to turn out either. It’s a project where it’s like “yeah, what would this thing be?” I know that when we first talked about in the beginning, we had that very basic idea of a Jack Kirby take on this sort of thing, but when you sit down to actually make it, all these other opportunities open up. All these other creative things take over, and it outgrows that initial idea. But then it sort of comes back to it. Early on, I thought I wanted to do something more serious than just a straight Jack Kirby rip-roaring adventure, but then it turned into that kind of rip-roaring adventure.
CA: Along those same lines, I’m a much bigger fan of Joe than Transformers, so most of the Transformers comics that I’ve read have been crossovers with G.I. Joe, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen one that was structured like this, with the Joes going to Cybertron. Was that just an obvious thing that you’d never seen?
JB: That was there from the beginning. 100% of this comic is Tom at this point, and I don’t know what I’m doing anymore. I expect that one day, Tom will just stop emailing me.
TS: [Laughs] I’ll just send you the finish comic.
JB: Right. But every other Transformers/G.I. Joe comic, at least every one that I read, tried to drag Transformers to a realistic level and throw that into the G.I. Joe world. I thought the idea of blowing up G.I. Joe and making them science-fiction, having them live in the Transformers’ world, was there. If anything, Cybertron was the one thing I really wanted to do. But it obviously came out much cooler in the comic than I would’ve thought of.
Mark Wahlberg is currently doing press junkets for his upcoming film, The Gambler, and he just recently sat down with MTV News to talk about that film (opening Christmas Day) and this year's biggest box office draw, Transformers Age Of Extinction.
You can read the full interview and story over at ComicBookMovie.com, but here's the most important snippet:
While promoting his upcoming release The Gambler, Wahlberg spoke with MTV about the future of the Transformers franchise and seemingly confirmed his involvement in the upcoming sequel as well as possibly another sequel or two: "Yeah, I committed to doing a couple more... you know I can’t speak for Mr. Bay, but something tells me we’ll be on the set soon."
There you have it, directly from the man himself, a man who doesn't do sequels will now be in next film of one of the largest moneymaking franchises ever. Transformers 5 (still untitled as of now) is expected to see release sometime in 2016, and as soon as we have more info, we'll share it with you.
In case you missed it with Transformers #36 last week, and are not able to get it with MTMTE #36 this week, IDW artist Alex Milne has shared his double-cover for the 30th Anniversary of the Transformers - and explained just how much time and effort went into it. Check it out below!
Here is my 30th Anniversary cover which was broken up between both issue 36 of MTMTE and (formally RID)
Originally when I created this image, it was for a totally different project that had something to do with the 30th anniversary, but wasn’t part of the homage covers that others had done. This is why the original date of the penciled image is 2013. I had planned to finish it on my own if it wasn’t going to get used and make a print out of it, but the time i needed wasn’t available, so it just sat in one of my portfolio’s. That was until I was asking if there were any 30th covers I could do and John Barber asked about using this image. This was perfect since I didn’t have to draw a new image up and I could finish this one I had already penciled.
looking back on it I might have changed a few characters for different ones, but this was before Windblade had come out.
There are 30 characters on this image. 30 for 30. I thought that would be nice. All of these characters are from the comics and are from comics IDW has printed. I guess I could have added in some Unicron Trilogy characters, but alas it did not happen.
The colours were done by the very talented Mr. Josh Perez who I enjoy working with and miss doing so on a more regular basis. Maybe one day we will work on a whole book together again
TF Yuki has posted new images of Legends Leader Class Jetfire, both in and out of packaging, and even some with his old frenemy Starscream! A news submission from Seibertron.com board member Cyberpath has pointed us in the direction of Yuki's Twitter, where these new pictures originate, and we've mirrored them here.
Takara Tomy's version of Jetfire has all of the chrome removed and has painted weapon barrels, which is great for those fans who didn't want the chrome on the US release. To compare the two figures, take a look at Yuki's images below and then check out the US Jetfire by clicking here to see our gallery of Hasbro's Leader Jetfire. (Might as well check out our gallery of Classics Starscream, while you're there.)
Package of "LG07 Jet Fire" will be released the end of the month, has been packaged in other items as well vehicle mode of series. The silhouette of jet mode that is visible from the package window, mind you dance it ♪
Legends jet Fire, you may this size ratio is quite happy.
When make put knee, like this ♪
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Catching up on some convention news, make sure to check out Europe's biggest Transformers event, taking place in Birmingham, UK, 21st-23rd August 2015 - Auto Assembly. The event already features an Artist Alley, Cosplay panel, new redesigned logo, dealer bookings, bigger venue and five confirmed guests: Sumalee Montano, James Horan, Nick Roche, JP Bove, and James Roberts, with more still to come!
Michael Bay has uploaded a new video called the Finishing Touch on his own Website michaelbay.com. The 22 minutes behind the scene video goes into details about the finishing touches of Transformers 4 Age of Extinction. Check out the video we've embedded below and remember keep your optics tuned to Seibertron.com for the latest in news and updates, plus the best galleries around!
To complement the Takara Tomy Transformers Legends Windblade figure image we reported yesterday, TFYuki has uploaded the other two line-mates, Arcee and Chromia. Seeing all three together, more or less, which on catches your fancy - Hasbro or Takara? Let us know in the Energon Pub!
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