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Paramount Press Junket Part 4: Transformers ROTF and G.I. Joe ROC special effects

Transformers News: Paramount Press Junket Part 4:  Transformers ROTF and G.I. Joe ROC special effects
Date: Monday, November 2nd 2009 6:56pm CST
Categories: Movie Related News, Event News, Company News
Posted by: Delicon | Credit(s): allspark.com

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The Allspark.com has posted the fourth installment of their coverage of the Paramount Press Junket. This time around, we are treated to (among other things) some insight from Scott Benza, Industrial Lights and Magic Animation Supervisor and Shane Mahan of Legacy Effects.

Here are some excerpts, the first is from Benza.

Following Hasbro’s panel, ILM animation supervisor Scott Benza and visual effects supervisor Russell Earl took center stage, with Benza going first on both Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Earl would later be covering Star Trek’s visual effects, although he did work on Transformers). Benza starts off that ROTF was his fourth film working with director Michael Bay, having also worked on Pearl Harbor (2001) and The Island (2005), Bay was a very collaborative director and was open to many ideas, and his feedback helps improve some of the shots.

Benza starts off with how Bay understood some of the criticisms from the first movie in regards to the Autobots and the Decepticons, and how the Transformers got a make-over for ROTF, such as Megatron having fully functional tank treads (which was difficult for the animators). Spinning models of the Fallen and Sideswipe followed, as well pointing out on how lighting played about. He noted that Bay believed “the more messed up the robots, the more realistic they look”, hence the various scratches and dings. A lot of the concept designs were the basis for the robots, such as Ben Proctor, and feedback was exchanged between animation and art standpoints. Jetfire gaining a mouth compared to his early model is one such example, allowing them to animate him with more emotion which wouldn’t be as effective if it just his beard, followed by a short clip of Jetfire talking to Sam (Shia LaBeouf) that showed the mouth pieces in motion. One robot can be composed up to 52,000 pieces, Devastator alone the largest they ever dealt with, and several levels of resolution had to be created in order for the animation team to work with the Autobots and Decepticons fast and efficiently. Benza showed off four levels of Bumblebee, ranging from the most simplistic model to the most detailed one.


Here is an excerpt from Mahan's presentation.

Following the ILM presentation, a ride up to San Fernando so as to check out the special effects workshop that worked with Paramount on creating the Accelerator Suits for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Legacy Effects, successor to Stan Winston Studios. Shane Mahan, co-owner of the shop, showed several of the suits used in Marvel’s Iron Man in 2008, from the Mark I to the enormous Iron Monger, as well several battle-damage pieces of the Mark III. Next up was two of the six Accelerator Suits used in Rise of Cobra, weighing almost 45 pounds, requiring 4 months to build and milled, and composing of over 30 pieces as well additional replacement if anything got broken. Legacy Effects originally laser-scanned Marlon Wayans (Ripcord) and from his measurements they built the first suit; Channing Tatum’s (Duke) suit had to be retrofitted later, even though it’s not the most ideal way but there’s no beating around it. The suits were designed in mind so that it’ll take at least 15 minutes to be fitted on with 2 to 3 people assisting, although the crew spared no expense on the padded cases when it came to shipping them overseas.

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Club Exclusive Punch / Counterpunch Full Head Design Revealed

Transformers News: Club Exclusive Punch / Counterpunch Full Head Design Revealed
Date: Wednesday, October 28th 2009 7:49pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Company News, Collector's Club News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): TFCC website

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As an update to yesterday's news, the Transformers Collector's Club now updates the designs for their upcoming member exclusive toy, Classics Punch/Counterpunch, due out sometime in the upcoming new year.

Punch/Counterpunch is created from the Classics Sunstreaker/Sideswipe mold, and features at the very least, a new head sculpt.

Check out the club's page here, and the image of the head designs below.

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Transformers: Recession Proof?

Transformers News: Transformers: Recession Proof?
Date: Friday, October 23rd 2009 2:16pm CDT
Categories: Company News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Delicon | Credit(s): Yahoo! Finance

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With the recession now approaching the 2 year mark, it's hard to find many companies, products, services and fields that haven't been negatively affected in some form. However, there are always going to be a few things that not only survive in a poor economy but actually find a way to thrive.

Yahoo! Finance recently compiled their top 10 list of products that boomed during the recession and our beloved Transformers actually made that list. Here is an excerpt.

Transformers. Good and evil are still doing battle, which makes toy maker Hasbro a winner. The company's Transformers action figures have morphed into a franchise that includes two movies, a TV series, video games, comic books, and a wide range of spinoff toys that seem to be recessionproof. A sharp boost in entertainment licensing revenue from Transformers and a related stalwart, G.I. Joe, have helped offset reductions in other parts of Hasbro's earnings statement. Expect the bots to keep battling.

Other items included tupperware, private label salad dressing and universal remotes. Yes, seriously.

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Hasbro's 3rd Quarter Profit Rises 8.8 Percent

Transformers News: Hasbro's 3rd Quarter Profit Rises 8.8 Percent
Date: Monday, October 19th 2009 6:32am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Company News, Digital Media News
Posted by: DevastaTTor | Credit(s): Hasbro, AP

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US Toy Manufacturer Hasbro saw a boost in their Q3 profits in part from sales of Transformers and GI Joe figures in support of the films. See the following article from the Associated Press for the complete details:

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hasbro Inc, the nation's second biggest toymaker, said Monday its profit rose 8.8 percent in the third quarter, helped by lower costs and slightly higher sales of Transformers and G.I. Joe toys.

Hasbro said its earnings rose to $150.4 million, or 99 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 27, up from $138.2 million, or 89 cents a share, a year ago.

The latest results top the average analyst estimate of 93 cents a share, as measured by a survey by Thomson Reuters.

The Pawtucket, R.I.-based company said its joint venture with Discovery Communications hurt earnings per share by 3 cents.

Revenue fell 1.7 percent to $1.28 billion from $1.20 billion a year ago and missing analysts' estimates of $1.32 billion.

Hasbro said North American sales reflect stronger sales of toys for boys, but revenue was weighed down by weakness in girls, preschool and the games and puzzles categories.

Last week, the nation's biggest toymaker, Mattel Inc., reported a profit decline of 3.5 percent as sales fell 8 percent. Mattel makes Hot Wheels and American Girl dolls.


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This weekend's NASCAR battle featuring Optimus Prime vs Megatron!!!

Transformers News: This weekend's NASCAR battle featuring Optimus Prime vs Megatron!!!
Date: Thursday, October 15th 2009 2:06pm CDT
Categories: Movie Related News, Event News, Press Releases, Company News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Paramount

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START YOUR ENGINES AND ROLL OUT!

The Stars Of The Biggest Movie Of The Year Face Off On The Track With Legendary Director Michael Bay Driving The Pace Car!

OPTIMUS PRIME vs. MEGATRON
At the NASCAR Banking 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina

In a first-ever stunt for a film property, rising star and 2008 Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman, undercover as OPTIMUS PRIME, the heroic leader of the peace-loving AUTOBOTS, goes head to head with four-time Sprint Cup Series Champion Jeff Gordon, aka MEGATRON, the malevolent leader of the DECEPTICONS.

Ryan Newman’s car, uniform and pit crew will be branded with images of OPTIMUS PRIME, while Jeff Gordon’s car, uniform and crew will sport graphics of MEGATRON. In addition, Michael Bay, the renowned director of the TRANSFORMERS megahits, will be the official pace car driver for the 50th running of the NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen will make its highly-anticipated DVD and Blu-ray debut on October 20, 2009 in immersive, two-disc Special Editions, as well as on a single disc DVD, from DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures in association with Hasbro; distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment.

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Hasbro Studios hires two more executives

Transformers News: Hasbro Studios hires two more executives
Date: Wednesday, October 14th 2009 5:17pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Press Releases, People News, Company News
Posted by: Delicon | Credit(s): Yahoo Finance

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Back in August, we reported that Stephen Davis had been appointed the new President of Hasbro Studios, which will create programming for the new Hasbro-Discovery joint venture network.

Today, thanks to Yahoo Finance's business wire we have news that two more senior executives have also been hired by Hasbro Studios.

PAWTUCKET, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS - News) announced today the appointment of two senior executives at the company’s newly formed Hasbro Studios, which is based in Los Angeles. Well regarded entertainment industry executives, Lisa Licht and Linda Steiner will be stepping into leading roles at the Studio, working closely with Studio President Stephen J. Davis.

Linda Steiner, a veteran of Warner Bros., Cartoon Network and ABC Entertainment, has been named head of girls and preschool programming. Lisa Licht, who has served for two years as general manager of entertainment and licensing at Hasbro, has been promoted to general manager, Hasbro Studios.

Steiner joins Hasbro Studios from Warner Bros. Animation where she was senior vice president of creative affairs. While at Warner’s, Linda was responsible for overseeing development and production of some of the most high profile and highly rated animation programming on television including, The Batman, for which she won an Emmy Award, Legion of Super Heroes and Teen Titans. Steiner joined Warner Bros. in 1998 as vice president, development. Previously she held senior positions at ABC Entertainment in the network’s Children’s Entertainment division.

Prior to joining Hasbro, Lisa Licht held several senior-level posts at Twentieth Century Fox including executive vice president, global marketing, and senior vice president, feature film promotions and field operations. She was senior vice president of marketing at Mattel where she managed the worldwide BARBIE brand. Licht has spent the past two years growing Hasbro’s licensing business and helped play an integral role in developing the company’s TV strategy. Recently, she has been a member of the executive team responsible for the integration efforts for the Hasbro-Discovery Joint Venture. Moving to the studio, Licht will have broad responsibilities within the Studio which will include working along side Davis on strategy, operations, and coordinating the activities between the Studio and the new television network created by the joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA - News, DISCB - News, DISCK - News), that is planned to debut Fall 2010.

Stephen Davis commented, “Lisa and Linda represent very significant additions to the executive team at Hasbro Studios. Both have held key positions at some of the most successful companies in the children’s entertainment arena and are well respected for their leadership and accomplishments. They will make substantial contributions as we shape the iconic Hasbro brands along with other emerging and existing properties into new forms of visual entertainment.”

Hasbro Studios’ productions will feed all platforms, domestically and globally, including television, the Internet and mobile. New programming is planned based on brands such as ROMPER ROOM, TRIVIAL PURSUIT, SCRABBLE, CRANIUM, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, GAME OF LIFE, TONKA and TRANSFORMERS, among many others.

In addition, the “virtual” studio will produce programs from top third party content creators. Many of these shows will run on the new Hasbro/Discovery JV television network as well as on multiple channels in international markets.


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Official Images of Takara N.E.S.T. Global Alliance Figures

Transformers News: Official Images of Takara N.E.S.T. Global Alliance Figures
Date: Wednesday, October 14th 2009 2:56am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Company News
Posted by: Mach | Credit(s): Takara Tomy

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We have just received the official images of upcoming Takara Tomy version ROTF N.E.S.T Global Alliance toys.
The list of figures include:
- TF2 RD20 NEST Bludgeon
- TF2 RD22 NEST Dirge
- TF2 RD23 NEST Scout Breakdown
- TF2 RD26 NEST Jungle Attack Ironhide
- TF2 RD27 NEST Alliance Bumble Bee

Official Images of Takara N.E.S.T. Global Alliance Figures
Official Images of Takara N.E.S.T. Global Alliance Figures
Official Images of Takara N.E.S.T. Global Alliance Figures
Official Images of Takara N.E.S.T. Global Alliance Figures
Official Images of Takara N.E.S.T. Global Alliance Figures
Official Images of Takara N.E.S.T. Global Alliance Figures
Official Images of Takara N.E.S.T. Global Alliance Figures
Official Images of Takara N.E.S.T. Global Alliance Figures
Official Images of Takara N.E.S.T. Global Alliance Figures
Official Images of Takara N.E.S.T. Global Alliance Figures

From the above images, these new figures should not be much differences compare to Hasbro version.
The official release date is 23th January 2010.

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IDW's 'Last Stand of the Wreckers' #1 Variant Cover Art, and Interior Spoilers

Transformers News: IDW's 'Last Stand of the Wreckers' #1 Variant Cover Art, and Interior Spoilers
Date: Tuesday, October 13th 2009 8:39am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News, Company News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): oilspill, Chris Ryall's blog, and Trevor Hutchison

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In a bit of news that slipped under the radar, Trevor Hutchison posted his cover version to the new IDW Transformers series 'The Last Stand of the Wreckers' and Chris Ryall shared two pages of the interior art, depicting none other than fan-favorite Masterforce baddie, Overlord!

You can see Trevor Hutchison's art at his deviantart page, and you can see more at Chris Ryall's blog. Yes, this is older news, but looking back, it did get missed, and is of interest to us in the Transformers comic book community.

'Last Stand of the Wreckers' is due out in Jaunary 2010 by Nick Roche.

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Takara Tomy Transformers Website Update

Transformers News: Takara Tomy Transformers Website Update
Date: Tuesday, October 13th 2009 6:55am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Company News, Collectables
Posted by: Mach | Credit(s): Takara Tomy

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Takara Tomy has updated the Transformers website.
The new information uploaded including the upcoming Device Label - Operating USB Memory Sticks as well as Operating Optical Mouse.
The USB Memory Sticks come with 2 version - Device Jaguar & Tigatron.
As for Optical Mouse - Device Grimlock & Dinosaurer.

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On the other development, Takara Tomy also updated their ROTF toys Web Manual.
The new additions are ROTF Voyager Stratosphere & ROTF Deluxe Autobot Skids & Mudflap (Ice Cream truck).

Takara Tomy Transformers Website Update

Check out the Takara website by clicking Device Label & Web Manual.

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Enjoy dinner and a movie with Papa John's and ROTF!

Transformers News: Enjoy dinner and a movie with Papa John's and ROTF!
Date: Thursday, October 8th 2009 3:07pm CDT
Categories: Movie Related News, Company News
Posted by: Delicon | Credit(s): Yahoo Finance, Papa John's

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Courtesy of Yahoo Finance's business wire, we have news of yet another special promotion featuring the Blu-ray and DVD releases of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Through November 1, Papa John’s will offer customers its Mega XL Pizza – delivered in a specially designed TRANSFORMERS pizza box while supplies last – with up to three toppings for only $11.99, along with a coupon worth $3 off the purchase of the TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen DVD (available in stores on Tuesday, Oct. 20).

“As the temperatures cool down, there’s nothing better than a night at home with dinner and a movie, which is why Papa John’s is making it easier for our customers to purchase the hottest DVD on the shelves,” said Jim Ensign, Papa John’s vice president of marketing communications. “Our Mega XL Pizza will feed the whole family while the coupon to purchase TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen ensures a great evening of entertainment.”


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