If you were one of the ones that thought Hasbro would reveal a secret third tier for HasLab Deathsaurus then give yourself a pat on the back! Though not explicitly called a "tier", Hasbro, via email, has let backers know that as a thank you they will be including Micromasters Pīpō and Boater with every order to complete the Rescue Patrol that started with the Victory Saber campaign. These are entirely new molds that will almost certainly never see release outside of here.
Pictures of the new figures can be seen below along with the email from Hasbro. Deathsaurus blew away expectations by ending with over 27,000 figures backed (currently 27,442), more than that of Victory Saber's 26,211. But the final number wont be known for a little longer as they've given backers until January 6, 2023 to cancel if they choose, as well as unresolved payment issues.
Congratulations! We're happy to announce that the Transformers Generations Deathsaurus HasLab project has met its backing goal and will officially go into production!
We just learned that the evil Deathsaurus has kidnapped Pīpō and Boater! Good news, Transformers fans! Your overwhelming support of this HasLab saved the two members of the Autobot Rescue Patrol Team from the clutches of the Decepticons!
As a THANK YOU for your support in making the Transformers Generations Deathsaurus campaign our most successful Transformers HasLab to date, each product will include Pīpō and Boater figures seen here:
It's with a heavy heart that we report the passing of Ichiro Mizuki on December 6. He was 74. He'll be remember by Transformers fans as the singer of the opening and ending theme songs for Transformers: Zone. He revealed in July that he had been diagnosed with lung cancer that had metastasized to his lymph nodes and brain, this followed partial vocal chord paralysis he had been receiving therapy for since 2021.
Mizuki had the nickname "the Emperor of Anime Songs" due to his 50+ year career singing songs for many well known anime titles as recently as 2021, many of which were based on giant robots and heroes. His credits include several Kamen Rider and Super Sentai titles, Getter Robo Go, Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger, Lupin III: Part II, Space Pirate Captain Harlock, Combattler V, Star Blazers 2199, Go-Lion, Voltes V and Tiger Mask II to name only a few.
As an appropriate way to close out a bumper year of G1 cartoon production material being uncovered and brought to the public, including the entirety of Five Faces Of Darkness and 19 season 2 scripts. The Sunbow Marvel Archive is now able to add one more full storyboard set before 2022 comes to an end.
David Wise' debut episode - Attack Of The Autobots - now joins S.O.S Dinobots, Heavy Metal War, City Of Steel, Atlantis Arise!, Sea Change and Cosmic Rust as the seventh storyboard set available online.
Drawn by six artists, including Peter "Aeon Flux" Chung, this set appears to be working off the first draft script instead of the finalised one. As the majority of dialogue is completely different to what was broadcast. Also, Act II includes a vastly different look and approach to the episode's central plot device: the recharging chamber
Towards the end of the latest Deathsaurus promotional stream on YouTube last Monday it was mentioned that the hand painted model they were showing off was going directly to the photographer after the stream. And now we have those photos all over the HasLab order page replacing the colored CG models revealed nearly two weeks ago. The new gallery brightens up the colors considerably and likely represent our closest look to the final figure. Enjoy the new photos and let us know what you think in the Energon Pub Forums.
The entirety of Season 1 of Transformers Eartrhspark was put up on Paramount Plus 2 days ago. Since then the show has been found across different channels internationally, with Spanish dubs on Youtube and even a marathon on Pluto TV's Transformers channel. For anyone curious, here is a review of the first two episodes, Secret Legacy Parts 1 and 2, which serve as the pilot to the show (and is even aired as a 40 minute episode in some places).
Review of Transformers: EarthSpark Episode 1-2 Secret Legacy
The show wastes no time getting the ball rolling. Within just a few minutes, we are introduced to the main characters and their bond to this strange new breed of Transformers which were formed in a cave thanks to the Emberstone from Quintus Prime. Now, yes, that is one hell of a deep cut, but what I like best is that since the show is clearly aimed at kids and not fans, this reference is not meant for fans but rather the writers using elements from the lore of the past 35 years and introducing it to a new generation of fans.
While many elements of the show will feel familiar, the take presented here is a new one. All the Transformers media we have experienced in the real world are in this show as well BUT in that world they are fictional retellings of what really happened. So you will get nods to the G1 show, IDW comics and loads of Transformers merchandise. This puts a new dymanic here that we haven't seen for years where it's not about robots in disguise but robots living among us and Transformers being seen like the Avengers in the MCU. This media is referenced when showing the new Transformers what they are. We soon get an idea of the conflict at hand where you have a human threat, Mandroid, capturing Cybertronians (specifically Decepticons) to experiment and learn more about their technology and how he can use it. The two parter ends with a showdown against Mandroid and his brainwashed Decepticons.
This leads me to talk about the action: it is excellent. While I am not a fan of some of the human characterizations, the action is what really impressed me. The fights among the bots feels fluid and dynamic, more so than anything I've ever seen in a live action film. We see lots of transformations too and it's incorporated into the fighting. We get to see Megatron in action and I am happy to report that while he is working with humans here, he still felt very much like Megatron to me, not neutered. His personality will feel very familiar to anyone who read the IDW comics, but of course remember that this is within a kids' show so the tone is levelled to that effect.
As for voice work, everything felt fine. I am impressed with Alan Tudyk's Optimus Prime since he aces that difficult balance of having a familiar Optimus Prime voice without it being an imitation of Peter Cullen. Also, regarding Optimus, it seemed at first like they were reusing the Evergreen design but seeing the character model in action it is a new take on it. I especially like how we can see he is a long nose truck in bot mode, with the nose adding a tapered effect to his abdomen where the grill is. Incorporations of the alt mode like that is found across the character models, which is always welcome from me, like seeing the car doors on Elita's shins and all the Transformations look well thought out.
Overall, I like everything concerning the bots in terms of action, designs, personality and story. I am not a fan of the characterizations for some of the human characters (especially the older kid) but it wasn't enough to be a turnoff from the show as a whole. I am glad the show is around and I see it creating new young fans.
We got a fun surprise from the UK. Episode 1 of the new Transformers show, Earthspark, has been officially uploaded to YouTube early by Nickelodeon UK.
Unfortunately, it is geolocked. Not even those in the U.S. can view it. BUT, the video has been mirrored on Facebook and we have that below for you as well, so everyone can see it. Here is a description of the show for those unaware:
- The show skews slightly older than Rescue Bots
- It takes place after a war between Decepticons and Autobots similar to what happened in G1
- Transformers are now a part of the culture, as it is in ours, but in this case the comic books and shows are based on real events that previously within their world.
- This episode does have some new G1 styled animation to recount the events of the war
- The show so far is serialized, so you do not get a complete story/adventure in this one episode.
We thank Sabrblade for letting us know of a new trailer for the upcoming Earthspark show. This show will be on Paramount Plus first, and then on Nickelodeon (both owned by the same company). This trailer gives us a lot more Megatron. There seems to be some confusion regarding this character switching sides, but he still retains his Decepticon symbol, is himself a Decepticon, and still sounds very much like Megatron. The "change" here though is that after his war against the Autobots, he allies himself with humans to take down the new enemy Mandroid. The trailer also shows us Swindle and Hardtop and we get to hear Nolan North, who voices them.
Hot off the PulseCon announcements last week we've got a new batch of stock photos direct from Takara Tomy's next round of pre-orders. While there's no real revelations here we do get a better idea of Hot Shot's knee articulation and Leo Prime's colors are a little darker under the less harsh studio lights. And we get a good look at Menasor in all his completed glory! Take a look at the phots and let us know what you think in the Energon Pub forums!
The short clip below promoting Transformers Earthspark gives us a lot of info in just a few seconds. We get to see the main cast of bots this season along with their transformations into alt mode. So that shows us alt modes we had not seen yet, like Skullcruncher's, and several new bots like Arcee, Wheeljack and Soundwave. Both Arcee and Soundwave have really nice designs for alt modes which I am sure several fans will hope to see get made as toys.
We finally have an official release date for Transformers Earthspark. A post from Nickelodeon and Paramount on Instagram give us a new poster stating the release date to be November 11. So 2 month away. It will be interesting to see how close to that date the toys will be readily available at retail. The show will be available on Paramount +.
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