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New Optimus Prime head USB Hub up for preorder

Transformers News: New Optimus Prime head USB Hub up for preorder
Date: Monday, May 5th 2008 4:48pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Sponsor News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): BBTS.com

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As previously reported here, Seibertron.com posted information regarding a USB Hub made to look like the Allspark that will be available in August 2008.

We've now found a preorder listing for both this and an Optimus Prime Head sculpt USB Hub as well on BBTS.com.



Product description is as follows:

This 9” tall USB hub in the form of Optimus Prime's head, includes the phrases: “Autobots, transform and roll out!”, “This is Optimus Prime – do you read me?” and “It’s time to stomp some Decepticons!” When connecting hardware or memory sticks to the hub the sound and lights (in the eyes) are activated. An on/off switch included so the sound doesn't have to go off. Controls 4 devices, no mains plug/power cord is required.

Retail price listed for this preorder is set at $34.99 USD.

You can view the preorder for both the Allspark Cube and Optimus Prime Head USB Hubs here.

Chris Ryall posts Retailer Exclusive All Hail #1 Cover

Transformers News: Chris Ryall posts Retailer Exclusive All Hail #1 Cover
Date: Monday, May 5th 2008 3:15pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Chris Ryall

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IDW Publishing's editor Chris Ryall has updated his blog Ryall Time with a picture of the retailer exclusive All Hail Megatron #1 cover. The inked covered shows the Decepticon Leader taking a snapshot with camera/espionage expert Reflector.



Ryall states that Reflector is not a character in the All Hail series, but was created as a special "fun" shot for a UK based comic shop.

The art is done by new TF artist Casey Coller, a winner of one of the IDW Publishing's fan-run art contests held recently.

To view the full blog entry, click here.

TF MOSAIC: "Any Landing You Can Walk Away From"

Transformers News: TF MOSAIC: "Any Landing You Can Walk Away From"
Date: Monday, May 5th 2008 12:55pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Comic Book News, Site Articles
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): WhiteRabbit

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The Universe of the Transformers is vast, and populated by many characters. Their universe is a large tapestry, made up of the stories and points of view of countless experiences that serve the larger whole.

These are some of those stories. This is:


[size=75">It should be noted that while this project has been recognized by IDW Publishing and Hasbro, none of the works presented have been commissioned or solicited by either company. The stories are not official canon, except where noted.
These stories are the result of Transformers enthusiasts taking the time out of their busy days to contribute to a universe they love.
No one has been paid for the production of these stories.

"Any Landing You Can Walk Away From" Story: Matt Bramdemberg | Art, Colors & Letters: Dusan M



http://grimbot.deviantart.com

TRANSFORMERS MOSAIC: "Broken Circle"

Transformers News: TRANSFORMERS MOSAIC: "Broken Circle"
Date: Monday, May 5th 2008 12:54pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Comic Book News, Site Articles
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): WhiteRabbit

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The Universe of the Transformers is vast, and populated by many characters. Their universe is a large tapestry, made up of the stories and points of view of countless experiences that serve the larger whole.

These are some of those stories. This is:


[size=75">It should be noted that while this project has been recognized by IDW Publishing and Hasbro, none of the works presented have been commissioned or solicited by either company. The stories are not official canon, except where noted.
These stories are the result of Transformers enthusiasts taking the time out of their busy days to contribute to a universe they love.
No one has been paid for the production of these stories.

"Broken Circle" Story, Art & Letters: Andy Turnbull | Colors: John-Paul "Word Mongerer" Bove



http://andyturnbull.deviantart.com
http://wordmongerer.deviantart.com

Accurate G1 KO's: How to identify them, and the list!

Transformers News: Accurate G1 KO's:  How to identify them, and the list!
Date: Sunday, May 4th 2008 10:34pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Site Articles
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): tigertracks 24

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The Knockoffs: Who wants one anyway ("I do I do," some say.) The very tempting toys...
I know that the thought of a KO 'transformer' making it in to someone's collection would turn them ill. Others buy them to have as part of their collection to kitbash, fill a void until an
original can be found, or (insert reason here).

I have to say, I am guilty of buying some of the newest G1 accurate KO's (sorry HASBRO, I promise never to do it again). I did this because I knew there would never be a NEMESIS MIRAGE made, and also because I knew getting my hands on the red version of the G1 Mirage mold was as likely to happen as me winning the lottery to be able to afford it. So I justified the purchases to myself. However you justify buying or not buying them though, the fact is these are out there, and they are taking the money of loyal TF brand buyers and in some cases deceiving them into believing they are buying an officially licensed re-issue (Deceptive seller title to avoid the HASBRO hammer of truth). Or in some other cases, buying a vintage piece (outrageous seller claim!). HASBRO has taken notice, and seem to be slowly but surely attempting to take action, but based on their blanket statement made at Botcon it seems they are more concerned with warning their purchasing public, and less worried about stopping this (and the lunchtime specials).

KO Transformers have been out forever. As long as there have been toys, there have been cheaply made KO's sold and bought (just ask ol' Spidey), and since Transformers are very popular, well, cash called and asked if you wanted to make some...but none have been this accurate, this spot on, which is what makes them so tempting.

Spotting A G1 'Vintage' Re-issue KO:
Yes, I know the title seems obvious, but some people may not know that sellers often replace 'Knock Off' with 'Re-Issue' because well, they are smart and want to sell product. Which sounds like a nicer, friendlier name to you, KNOCK OFF, or RE-ISSUE?

#1) So be leery when you see the name 'Re-issue!' in an auction title. You may be purchasing a product that you are not intending.

#2) [size=150">Price-- It seems obvious to collectors that have been around the block that getting a MINT IN SEALED BOX VINTAGE G1 Optimus Prime for $80.00 is outrageously cheap, and will never happen these days. But to the naive grandmother shopping for her grandson/daughter that may seem about right--even too much. Poor HASBRO, you lost another, and worse, you may have lost a potential money maker because this mistake was made. Poor quality in the KO, it breaks, "I'm not buying any more of those for my grandchildren" and BAM! a customer may be lost to the market or brand. I know this is extreme, and I also know seniors are not the only naive buyers out there, it was simply to make a point. The poor quality will win out, and may cause some to change their favorites because there was no reliability in a supposedly quality product (Mattel is feeling this wrath right now). HASBRO gets screwed but really had nothing to do with it. Let's not forget also that Prime is also tripley caution worthy because he has been re-issued a few times, and his ENCORE version is worth about $80 in some places.

The List of Vintage G1 Knock Offs that 'Look' and 'Feel' just like 1984-1989:

Yes, it's true they do, and they do. My Mirages feel and look just like my original--minus the dirtiness (of course, my new ones have the variant colors...).

How can one avoid them? The best way, be armed with knowledge, and ask questions. To help with the knowledge part, I am attempting to create a list of these accurate phonies with their respective repaints in hopes that it will help someone along the way make an informed choice whether to buy or not. I don't care either way, but you need to know what you are getting, or what you are not getting. There are a lot of good people on this site that can give you their thoughts about the item, thus, there is no reason for you to get taken out of your hard earned money, use it on what you intend to, not on something that was a mistake!

This is the list of Transformers marketed as possible re-issues that are not licensed re-issues that have boxart, box, specs, bubble, weapons--everything accurate to the original--even the quality [size=150">SOMETIMES.


Beachcomber
Bombshell
Brawn
Bumblebee
Buzzsaw/Lazerbeak (Normal, clear, clear orange, clear blue, white, and black)
Cliffjumper
Constructicon Boxed Set
Cosmos
Frenzy/Rumble (Normal, clear, clear orange, clear blue, white, black)
Gnaw (Sharkticon)
Grimlock (Normal, Clear)
Hubcap
Kickback
Lazerbeak/Buzzsaw (Normal, clear, clear orange, clear blue, white, and black)
Metroplex (Normal, Metrotitan variant colors)
Mirage (Normal, Black, Clear, Red)
Optimus Prime (Normal, Normal/gold chrome**, Black***, Clear, Tan)
Outback
Powerglide*
Ratbat
Ravage
Rumble/Frenzy (Normal, clear, clear orange, clear blue, white, and black)
Seaspray
Shrapnel
Slag (Normal, Clear)
Sludge (Normal, Clear)
Snarl
Sunstreaker
Swoop
Warpath
Windcharger

*



I hope someone finds this useful and makes an informed decision because of it. If there are missing TF's on the KO list let me know and I will add them. If there are more ways/tricks to spotting them, I will be glad to add them in.

Remember, be forewarned, and go shopping with knowledge!


*nope not mine, but a cool picture, nonetheless

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***

The saying goes "If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it must be a duck!" does not apply to Transformers. Transformers is a brand name that applies to a product owned by HASBRO and TAKARA/TOMY. If it has the name TRANSFORMERS it is an approved product--until now, at least--. But just because it is a transforming toy, does not put it in the category of being the official TRANSFORMERS that HASBRO and TAKARA/TOMY intend and approve to put on the market. Be careful in your shopping, be cautious, be wise, and know what you are buying.

Orange Tips- The First Step: What's Next For Megatron?

Transformers News: Orange Tips- The First Step:  What's Next For Megatron?
Date: Sunday, May 4th 2008 7:32pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Yahoo news.com

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According to a recent article on Yahoo News, there are a number of new bills in Congress to work on making the toy gun laws in the United States even more strict in many states:

"Among those 15 states, seven bills limiting fake guns are pending this year and 21 have been enacted since 1990, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Some states have enacted or are considering multiple measures. They range from prohibiting imitation firearms in vehicles to banning the toys from convenience stores.

Tennessee lawmakers are considering a proposal by state Rep. John Deberry to make it a misdemeanor to intentionally display or expose "an imitation firearm in a public place in a threatening manner." Exceptions include justifiable self defense, lawful hunting, and displays such as a museum collection."


So will these bills become law? Will this have even more of an ill effect on the state of Re-Issue and Masterpiece Megatrons being bought and sold within the United States? Will your state be one that adopts these new proposals? Will you have to keep your Megatrons locked in a gun cabinet and have a permit to own one?

You can read the whole article here.

However, if you live in the United States and are having trouble swallowing these new toy gun law possibilities, ask any of our Australian members about their troubles with the recent Masterpiece Megatrons seized at customs --some destroyed--, and gun safety permits needed to own one. Yes, that's right ask them about having to get a weapons permit to own a Re-issue or Masterpiece Megatron.

Oh to have the innocence of the 80's back...




Transformers Animated Constructicon Images

Transformers News: Transformers Animated Constructicon Images
Date: Sunday, May 4th 2008 4:19pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Rumors, Digital Media News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Magmatron

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Please stop, please stop, please stop!

I am formally requesting CARTOON NETWORK, YTV, and any other cartoon companies worldwide to get back on the same page...

That being said, here are the newest images of characters to come, or that have come in some places, to join the cast of Animated.

Please note spoilers, etc., and enjoy these in advance, if you have not been one of the lucky few to already preview this new episode, "Rise of the Constructicons". Supposedly, we are looking at Constructicons Scrapper, and Mixmaster, as you probably never pictured them before.







Transformer Animated discussion is likewise disjointed. Some folks are discussing 'Garbage in, Garbage Out' already and some of us are stuck still posting our thoughts about "Mission Accomplished". Thus, the reason for my plea. But in the age of instant information gratification, this is to be expected, right? Ignore the thread if you are waiting until next week to watch 'Garbage In, Garbage Out' on CARTOON NETWORK. 8-}

Cartoon Netork TFA "Mission Accomplished" Airs At 10:30AM EST

Transformers News: Cartoon Netork TFA "Mission Accomplished" Airs At 10:30AM EST
Date: Saturday, May 3rd 2008 6:58am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Cartoon Network

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So for the two other people besides me, who have not had the time to check this out, here's the updated Cartoon Network schedule...

Today at 10:30 AM EST and tomorrow at 11:00 you can view "Mission Accomplished" and then you can join in the spolier filled discussion going on in this thread.

And of course, YTVers as previously reported, get to see "Garbage In, Garbage Out" guest starring Weird Al Yankovic, and those watching Cartoon Network get to see this one next weekend, and then the following weekend "Velocity" is scheduled to be shown.

You can also view the Cartoon Network schedule, or find other TFA links of interest.

Whatever your network, check these episodes out and then discuss them in any number of threads in the Cartoon and Comics Forum, including The Official Transformers Animated Discussion Thread!

More BBTS News--Preorders--Universe Wave 1, Animated Activators And More!

Transformers News: More BBTS News--Preorders--Universe Wave 1, Animated Activators And More!
Date: Saturday, May 3rd 2008 6:29am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Sponsor News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Thinktank, Sean Long

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The ever reliable site sponsor, BIGBADTOYSTORE.com, has now listed more items of interest.

Most recenty reported, BBTS was having a 15% off sale, and also had the Classics Ultra Magnus Custom Trailer Armor, and the E-Hobby Guardian Robot for preorder.

Well, now it is time to add something to that cart when you've found some worthy sale items...

BBTS now offers Universe Wave 1 Preorders including ultras, deluxes, voyagers, and Robot Heroes, individually and in case assortments.

And not to be forgotten, more TF Animated Preorders including Animated Activators, Bumper Battlers, the leader class versions of Earth Megatron, and Headmaster possessed Bulkhead, and Roll Out Command Optimus Prime.

For those in the United States, can you think of a better place to spend your economic stimulus check'? Make your government proud! And please do not turn this into a political debate...




TF2 Filming At University of Pennsylvania?

Transformers News: TF2 Filming At University of Pennsylvania?
Date: Saturday, May 3rd 2008 6:12am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Rumors
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): /film.com

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This is a rumor to say the least, but Slashfilm.com(/film) has a member reporting this rumor.

While it is likely that they will use some university setting of some sort for Sam's college and dorm at 'Princeton', is this the one? Or is this rumor false? More information will be coming to be sure, but for now take this movie rumor like all others... with a cup of salt!

You can see the original posting here at '/film.com'.

Stay on top of all the latest film news rumors, and more in the Seibertron.com Movie News Section.




Image courtesy of /film.com

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