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Transformers ROTF Scalpel Gets Animated

Transformers News: Transformers ROTF Scalpel Gets Animated
Date: Monday, July 13th 2009 3:24am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Live Action Movie News, Toy News, People News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Derrick Wyatt, sunlink, and Jenus

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Derrick Wyatt, designer for the recently completed fan favorite Cartoon Network program 'Transformers Animated', takes design inspiration from the movie to create ROTF Animated Scalpel.

Does this mean that TF Animated is returning for a 4th season? Well, of course not, but Mr. Wyatt is known for really enjoying the creation of his favorite characters, and people, in the TF Animated style whether they would ever be seen in the show or not.

You can see Derrick Wyatt's blog here to read his post and comments.

Transformers ROTF Scalpel Gets Animated

And on the 'More Scalpel News is good Scalpel news front'... member Jenus has informed us that TFW member sunlink has identified and photographed a variant in the ROTF Scalpel toy. Not much is known about which version is rarer, but you can get your Scalpel toy with long antenna, or short, it would appear. You can find the original post on TFW by clicking here.

You can comment on this in Jenus thread here.

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More Guido Guidi Art- Season 2 Volume 1 Shout! Factory DVD Cover Clean Version

Transformers News: More Guido Guidi Art-  Season 2 Volume 1 Shout! Factory DVD Cover Clean Version
Date: Thursday, July 9th 2009 11:59am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, People News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Guido Guidi, deviantart

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Deviantart- Two versions of Guido Guidi's art for the cover of The 25th Anniversary Edition of Shout! Factory's Season 2 DVD.

The first is from showing the boxart as it will appear on the DVD, which has been known for a few weeks now.

More Guido Guidi Art-  Season 2 Shout! Factory DVD Clean Version

And then Guido also just recently posted the clean version of this art, and a description of expectations about the characters to include and how they were to be arranged.

More Guido Guidi Art-  Season 2 Shout! Factory DVD Clean Version

"Since this has been public for a few weeks now I thought I'd go ahead and post this.

This is the cover for Season 2 Volume 1 of the Transformers G1 cartoon series being released by Shout Factory this September.

This was another fun project to work on. I was given very specific direction on this one. Everyone involved knew exactly what they wanted from me including the scene, the characters involved and the integration of the cover from Season 1.

I just hope everyone is pleased with what I produced."

Season 2 Volume 1 Will be available to purchase on DVD from Shout! Factory 0n September 15th, 28 episodes, $29.99 MSRP. for all of your Transformers news and resource needs.

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Shout Factory G1 Complete Series Box Sets Arriving

Transformers News: Shout Factory G1 Complete Series Box Sets Arriving
Date: Wednesday, July 8th 2009 8:58am CDT
Category: Cartoon News
Posted by: Counterpunch | Credit(s): Counterpunch

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Our man Counterpunch has received his Shout Factory G1 Box Set today.

Rumor has it that he will be very productive at work today.

Shout Factory G1 Complete Series Box Sets Arriving!

Let the marathon viewing events commence!

Did you know you can find out info on the individual G1 episodes here at the Vector Sigma Database? High Quality screen captures are on their way soon courtesy of

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Madman Headmasters DVD Cover Art By Guido Guidi

Transformers News: Madman Headmasters DVD Cover Art By Guido Guidi
Date: Tuesday, July 7th 2009 7:47pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, People News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Guido Guidi, deviantart

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The title says it all. Check out Guido's deviantart page for the full size image of the 4 warriors, Fortress Maximus, MegaZarak, and the Decepticon Headmasters.

Please note, this is for the Madman DVD release, not for a release by Shout! Factory. Thanks to Guido for sharing this awesome image.

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Ark Addendum: 'MegaZarak Transforms' (Base Mode)

Transformers News: Ark Addendum:  'MegaZarak Transforms' (Base Mode)
Date: Tuesday, July 7th 2009 1:04pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News, People News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Jim Sorenson

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Jim Sorenson has updated his blog with an addendum to his Ark and Ark II Compendiums.

This time Jim shares the MegaZarak (U.S. Scorponok) transformation designs, from Scorpion to city/battle station.

"One thing that's interesting is how certain models get lost over the years. For instance, Marvel didn't have the front of Optimus Prime's truck mode, which caused the back to be used in his Transformers Universe profile. I think MegaZarak was a lesser case of that. Most of the collections of models for him over the years, including the contemporaneously published Headmasters Encyclopedia, the Headmasters Laserdisk, and the fairly thorough Transformers: Generations, were only able to find his back."

Ark Addendum:  'MegaZarak Transformers' (Base Mode)

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The Complete Ark & The Allspark Almanac finished!

Transformers News: The Complete Ark & The Allspark Almanac finished!
Date: Tuesday, June 30th 2009 1:21pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News, People News, Collectables
Posted by: Dead Metal | Credit(s): Jim Sorenson

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Jim Sorenson has updated his blog Disciples of Boltax with news of just finishing work on the two books Transformers: The Complete Ark and Transformers Animated: Allspark Almanac. These two books will be published by idw and are resource books with background information like character models on both The G1 Transformers cartoon show and animes and Transforemrs Animated respectively.

He even posted links to pre-orders on amazon.

The Complete Ark
The Allspark Almanac

In the shadow of the biggest Transformers event since ... well, since the last huge Transformers movie, I finished dotting the jays and crossing the cues on these two books and uploaded the final image files to IDW over the weekend. Obviously, the vast bulk of the work was done months and months ago, but last week I got the copy edits back and had to go in and make sure that all my quotation marks faced the right way and that I never used a dash when I meant to use a hyphen. I have to say, I'm really impressed with how IDW's stepped up its editorial process. They've always been good, now they're hitting excellence. At BotCon, we shared some pages that will be appearing in the book - I figured I'd post a few of them here, along with some impressions of each book.

The Complete Ark is a fun book. Character models remain one of my strong loves, and this book is chock-a-block with them. If you have either volume, you've got a pretty good idea what this will be like. If you have both volumes, well, I like to think that the more compact size and the extra material I managed to cram in makes it worth your while. This is probably old news by now, but by removing material that was duplicated across both volumes, I had enough space to expand on the Masterforce section of the book. Now the Godmasters get just as much love as the Headmasters and Pretenders before them, something that always bothered me about The Ark II. I also added in a few other pages here and there, like the Decepticon's underwater headquarters as shown off at BotCon this year. Finally, there were quite a lot of pages where I had some extra model appropriate to a character, like say Motormaster's heads, so I added those in when I could. I even got the chance to speak to a few of the original series designers and get their input. But extras aside, I think that a combined volume is the ideal way to consume this material. This book puts models together from every Generation One Transformers season and show, and is as comprehensive as I could make it. I hope you enjoy it.

As fun as The Ark is, my magnum opus (that sounds vaguely like a Transformers name, doesn't it?) is definitely The AllSpark Almanac. So many things made that book fun to put together. Just getting the chance to work with people like Derrick Wyatt and Marty Isenberg was an amazing experience. We were also fortunate enough that other stakeholders in the Animated universe, like Hasbro, Takara-Tomy, Titan Magazines, even the writers of Bee in the City, were willing to lend us their time to make sure that every aspect of this amazing universe got its due.

But the big difference was the availability of material. With The Ark, I had to hunt down old models, most of which required restoration. Even today, many models from G1 have eluded me, like the episode-specific fembots or the main characters from 1989 and 1990. With the Almanac, I had access to the entire Cartoon Network archives. Color or black&white, characters or props, background paintings, scripts and storyboards .... having this much material to work with was a sheer delight. It shifted the focus of the book from the acquisition of material to the disposition of material. As much as I love the b&w designs, getting to lay out color models and write up bios and character histories is much more creatively satisfying. Some of the pages we got quite experimental with, but given the whimsy that is Animated I think it all works. The decision to do the whole book from an in-universe perspective, while challenging in some spots (I'm looking at you, episode guides!), helped make this an absolute joy to write. I hope you find it as entertaining to read.

Big couple of weeks for Transformers in general and me in particular. Next week, once it's calmed down a bit, the blog will most likely return to its regularly scheduled program of Ark Addendums on Tuesdays. See you there!

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Transformers: The Complete First Season, IDW Comics, And TF Cybertoy Available on iTunes

Transformers News: Transformers: The Complete First Season, IDW Comics, And TF Cybertoy Available on iTunes
Date: Saturday, June 20th 2009 12:54pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): iTunes

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iTunes- For those who like digital versions to watch on their computer without clunky DVD's, or to be able to use their MP3/Portable media players to watch their movies and TV shows, iTunes just answered the Transformers G1 fans dream.

Cutting to the chase, like the title of the story says, for $19.99 you can download the 25th Anniversary Edition of Transformers: The Complete First Season.

Also available for iphone users are applications for IDW's Transformers Movie Prequels Alliance #'s 1, 2, 3, and 4 (sold separately for $.99 each), as well as, the official movie adaptation comic, in 4 parts, and the other Transformers prequel comic, IDW's, Defiance.

And finally GLU mobile has created an iPhone app that you can purchase for $.99 that allows you to have a Transformers digital action figure on your phone. This application is called Transformers Cybertoy.

In ACTION FIGURE MODE, You can take Movie Bumblebee from vehicle to robot mode, pose him, and fire weapons.

Also you can play Bbee in PUZZLE MODE, and TECH SPECS MODE. Other Transformers like Optimus Prime, Megatron, and Starscream are said to be COMING SOON as application updates!

Check out all the goodies in the iTunes store by using the key word search, TRANSFORMERS.

Madman Complete Transformers DVD Releases

Transformers News: Madman Complete Transformers DVD Releases
Date: Thursday, June 18th 2009 5:36pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Sponsor News, Company News
Posted by: i_amtrunks | Credit(s): Madman Entertainment

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If Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is leaving you wanting more Transformers goodness, head on over to and pre-order their soon-to-be-released complete Transformers Collections.

Due for release from June 24th 2009 are three complete collections:

The Complete Generation 1 collection
The Complete Japanese G1 collection and
The Complete Beast Wars collection

Each complete collection comes with all episodes for each series (98 for the G1 collection, 110 for the Japanese G1 collection, and 52 for the Beast Wars collection), as well as being jam packed full of extras such as television commercials, interviews with voice cast and crew, and toy galleries from

Each set will retail for AU$99.95. Be warned that those living outside of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region will need a multi-region or unlocked DVD player in order to watch both the Beast Wars and G1 sets, as both are encoded in region 4 PAL, while the Japanese G1 complete collection is region free.

Also due for release on June 24th is the original 1986 Transformers feature film on Bluray, with extra including "The Touch" music video clip, a Q&A with Peter Cullen, the Scramble City movie tie-in episode and more.

For more information regarding all of Madman's June 24th releases please click here.

YTV to air Animated Transformers Movie This Weekend

Transformers News: YTV to air Animated Transformers Movie This Weekend
Date: Wednesday, June 17th 2009 11:29pm CDT
Category: Cartoon News
Posted by: Darth Bombshell | Credit(s):

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While many Transfans are looking ahead to next week's release of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen", YTV will be taking us back to August 1986, as they will air the original Animated Movie during their Moovi Bot block on Saturday, June 20th. This follows an all morning Transformers: Animated marathon where, from 7am to 12pm, you will be able to view the majority of Season 3, from "Three's a Crowd" to "Endgame".

To view the full schedule for that day, click here.

Review of Shout Factory's Transformers - Complete 1st Season

Transformers News: Review of Shout Factory's Transformers - Complete 1st Season
Date: Monday, June 15th 2009 10:28pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Reviews, Digital Media News, Collectables
Posted by: Seibertron

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Shout Factory's highly anticipated set of The Transformers - The Complete First Season will be released at various retail stores tomorrow on June 16th, 2009. I received a copy of it a few weeks ago and was very pleased with this set, even though we all know it's just a teaser product until the complete series is released on DVD next month. This is the first time that Season 1 has been available in the States since Rhino released it back in 2002. For those of you who are fans of the original series, I'd highly recommend that you look into the products coming from Shout Factory. I think you'll be pleased with their efforts.

Review of Shout Factory's Transformers - Complete 1st Season

The packaging for this set is nicer than it appears in various images online. The Transformers title, Optimus Prime and Megatron are embossed on the front of the packaging which are printed on a foil slip cover box. The case for discs one and two feature artwork of Megatron, Optimus Prime and Starscream on the front and Jazz on the back. The case for the third disc features artwork of Optimus Prime and Megatron battling with their energy weapons on the front and artwork of Soundwave on the back.

This set also includes some additional items in the package such as a black-and-white Autobot symbol magnet, a flyer for the Transformers Collector's Club, a flyer for Shout Factory's GI Joe season 1.1 DVD set which has an ad for IDW's Transformers graphic novels on the back. It also includes a sharp looking booklet that list details for each episode.

The animated menus feature various characters from this season such as Jazz, Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Megatron, Ravage, 3 Seekers, Laserbeak, and Starscream. The music from the closing credits play while watching the menus. The Autobot character animations are separated from the Decepticons by the Autobot/Decepticon scene change animation.

If you choose to play a specific episode, you do not have the ability to select a specific chapter for that episode. However, each episode is divided into 6 to 8 chapters which will allow you to skip easily through an episode. The opening sequence and ending credits are each their own chapter which is nice for those of you who do not like watching those parts over and over again.

If you choose to play all episodes, you are presented with the option to play multi-part episodes seamlessly. This function allows you to watch the multi-part episodes without seeing the opening and closing sequences between each episode. This feature is great for watching the 3 part "More Than Meets The Eye" pilot as well as the 3 part "Ultimate Doom" episodes.

The bumpers are in place before and after "commercial breaks", which I enjoy seeing. It appears that the bumpers are at the end of each chapter (excluding the opening and closing sequences of each episode).

Unlike the Australian Madman release from a couple of years ago, these episodes all have the correct season one opening sequence whereas the Madman release in 2007 had the incorrect season 2 sequence.

The colors are beautiful in this version from Shout Factory. The colors just look "right"! So much so that I busted out the Australian Madman version which has really plain colors though the scene I compared in the Rhino version looks about the same so I wouldn't say it's a drastic improvement over that version. Perhaps the colors are more saturated? The episode booklet includes a special note which explains what Shout Factory did to "restore" these episodes.

Shout Factory wrote:
Transformers DVDs released prior to our 25th Anniversary Edition were missing animation seen in the original broadcast. We did extensive research, found the discrepancies between the original broadcast masters and the restored masters used for the last DVD release, reinserted the correct animation, and color corrected it as best we could to match the shots before and after. But because a one-inch master tape simply can't hold up to the quality of the restored masters, you may notice occasional shots - or even scenes - in some episodes that seem slightly softer than others. Just take comfort in knowing that laser blasts have been reinserted, backgrounds have been corrected and Starscream is Starscream once again.

The entire 16 episodes from Season One are included in this box set. The episodes appear on the disks in production order. The contents of this 3 disc set are as follows:

1. More Than Meets the Eye (Part 1)
2. More Than Meets the Eye (Part 2)
3. More Than Meets the Eye (Part 3)
4. Transport to Oblivion
5. Roll for It
6. Divide and Conquer
7. Fire in the Sky
8. S.O.S. Dinobots

9. Fire on the Mountain
10. War of the Dinobots
11. The Ultimate Doom: Brainwash (Part 1)
12. The Ultimate Doom: Search (Part 2)
13. The Ultimate Doom: Revival (Part 3)
14. Countdown to Extinction
15. A Plague of Insecticons
16. Heavy Metal War

1. Triple Changer: From Toy To Comic To Screen - The Origins Of The Transformers: An in-depth and insightful look at the many lives of The Transformers, from action figures to comic books, animated series and blockbuster feature films. Includes brand-new interviews with those most responsible for the success of The Transformers.
2. A Printable Script of "Transport to Oblivion"
3. Rare PSA (featuring Bumblebee) NOTE: This was included with the other four PSAs on a previous set from Rhino
4. Archival Hasbro Toy Commercials

My favorite part of this set is the new documentary on the 3rd disc, "Triple Changer". There were a few tidbits of new information that I learned from watching this documentary ... which really says a lot coming from a fan such as myself who knows The Transformers inside and out and who has been watching Transformers cartoons since the first pilot episode aired about 25 years ago. The documentary, to say the least, wasn't boring. I've seen some really shoddy documentaries and interviews done on previous Transformers box sets in the past and I have to say that this one from Shout Factory was really well done. It was nice seeing some of the folks we've all grown to love from Hasbro as well as some old time favorites like Bacal (from Sunbow) and Budiansky (from Marvel).

B Ward from Shout Factory summed up what they did to make this version of The Transformers special. Here's what he had to say on Shout Factory's web site:

B Ward from Shout Factory wrote

Okay, so since Garson has officially launched information about the recent Hasbro deal, I have been authorized to come in and discuss all things Transformers and G.I. Joe (another thread) with only a couple of exceptions. Until the official press release about the complete series sets come out, I cannot go into detail about the dates or what will be different from the season sets. All I can say about that is that they will be out this year and there WILL be bonus material on the complete series sets that will NOT be included in the individual sets. And if you know me, you know I've tried to make it worth it.


There is something you should know, regarding this thread. It is the ONLY thread I'll read on the topic of Transformers and, most certainly, the only thread to which I'll respond. You guys really like to create new threads for every single question and, frankly, I don't have the time within my REALLY BUSY schedule to go through and answer multiple threads. So read this one. Post any questions you have into this one. And you should get my responses within a reasonably timely fashion.

Here goes...

I am currently working on 40-ish DVDs worth of material for Shout! Factory. Sixteen of those discs are Transformers, the original animated series from Sunbow. This is an absolute dream come true for me. I'm 31 years old and grew up watching the series, as well as collecting the toys and comics. So I know my stuff. Long before I was producing DVDs, I was buying them. And, yes, I bought the original releases from Rhino. I know what was good about them and I know what was bad about them, not because I did extensive research (which I still did), but because I was also a fan praising what deserved praise and criticizing what deserved criticism. That being said...

The S1 Packaging
I've seen some divided opinions regarding the cover art for Season One online. A lot of people really seem to like it. Some don't. But in many cases of the more dissenting opinions, people complain that it doesn't look "special" enough. I agree that what you see online doesn't adequately reflect the special treatment Shout! Factory is giving the series. However, I will argue that you haven't seen the art in person. What can't be displayed in a .JPG online is the type of treatment the slipcase is getting. The title treatment and characters will be fully embossed and the background will be BEAUTIFULLY printed on a shiny foil board that really makes those background colors POP. Unfortunately, you can't see the effect in a photo, but I will say that there will be no doubt (or, at least, there shouldn't be) that the set is "special" when it hits store shelves.

The Masters
Hasbro provided us with the same masters Rhino used for their releases. HOWEVER... There have been changes made. I, personally, went to New York, where the original broadcast one-inch masters are housed, and found each of the problem areas, in regards to animation. Before the question is asked, I'll answer it now. The one-inch masters have not physically held up well over the years. In some cases, they're nearly unwatchable. Therefore, instead of simply transferring and using masters of the one-inches, we found every instance of faulty animation demonstrated on a YouTube video or mentioned in a rundown we could find online (and even found some of our own) and corrected them, replacing the faulty digibeta master material with the best-quality one-inch source material. Finally, we color corrected everything to match--as best we could--the shots before and after. Surprisingly, unless you know specifically what you're looking for, you won't even notice many of the instances of slightly softer picture. It looks REALLY good.

The Audio
We chucked the Rhino audio. You will no longer hear additional sound effects or music, not previously heard in the broadcasts. We went back to the original source mono and created a nice stereo track to even out the audio. It sounds really nice.

The Bonus Features
There are very few bonus materials from the original releases that are specifically related to G1 and what interviews are there tend to be long, relatively drawn out and have no cutaways. In short, they're kinda boring. I've spent the last month or so traveling to Rhode Island, New York and back interviewing as many people as possible that had something to do with this incarnation of the series. In some cases, I talk to original Hasbro toy designers. In others, I'm talking to original comic writers and editors. And in even others, I'm talking to the gang behind the series, itself. And, yes, that includes the voice talent.

I will also have commercials from the appropriate seasons. In other words, you won't see a commercial for the Sharkticons on the season one release. Something you should know about the commercials is this: the quality of what you're accustomed to seeing on YouTube and other DVDs is pretty much what you're going to get here. And it's for one simple reason. No one ever anticipated the future lives of commercials, when they were first being broadcast. So Hasbro never kept high-quality masters. They kept VHS screeners of their commercials, strictly for reference later. So when you say, "why couldn't they get the original copies from Hasbro?", we actually did. Still, there are some pretty cool commercials here and I'm looking forward to having them included.

There's a bunch of other stuff that will be included. I don't really want to get too detailed and bogged down here and now. But I do want you to know that this property is being handled with care by folks that loved the franchise far prior to its acquisition at Shout! Factory. Now, with all of that said, let the comments, concerns and questions begin.


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