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Universal and Dreamworks 2.0 strike a deal!

Transformers News: Universal and Dreamworks 2.0 strike a deal!
Date: Tuesday, October 14th 2008 7:05pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Company News
Posted by: TheMuffin | Credit(s): ENewsI

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ENewsI has a new article up reporting on the very recent deal struck between Dreamworks and Universal Studios.


Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks Pictures announced on Monday that they have inked a distribution deal with Universal Studios. The distributor will receive an eight percent fee for their work.

DreamWorks 2.0, as Mr. Spielberg dubbed it, will now have the greater flexibility of approving and producing the products of their choice, a change from when the company was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Viacom, Inc.'s Paramount Pictures.

The studio announced their new-found independence last week when they struck a deal with Reliance ADA's Reliance Big for $500 million in equity.

Mr. Spielberg will continue to produce the Transformers franchise for Paramount and will also collaborate on three other Paramount films including, "When Worlds Collide." Here is the official press release:


You can read the complete article by clicking the following LINK!

New Bios for Transformers Animated & Universe Figures.

Transformers News: New Bios for Transformers Animated & Universe Figures.
Date: Tuesday, October 14th 2008 6:50pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Store News
Posted by: TheMuffin | Credit(s): Entertainment Eartth

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Entertainment Earth has some new biographies on their site for upcoming Animated and Universe figures.

Atomic Lugnut

* Fancy evil colors!
* Bigtime action and excitement with these out-of-this-world figures!
* From the hit Cartoon Network series.

What Lugnut lacks in brains, he makes up for in strength and loyalty. His mega-punch can kill anything, plus he's able to get from anywhere to anywhere in seconds with his speedy bomber mode. This powerful plane transforms into Decepticon warrior and back again, and he'll crush anyone or anything in pursuit of the AllSpark for Megatron. Don't turn your back on this guy!

Roadbuster Ultra Magnus

* Now in minty green flavor!
* Bigtime action and excitement with these out-of-this-world figures!
* From the hit Cartoon Network series.

The supreme leader of all Autobots is here, now in a green and yellow color! What's more, now he's got the time to deal with your problems. As the head of the Cybertron Elite Guard, he's not afraid to get his hands dirty, even if some of his men won't touch these strange, fleshy creatures called "humans." Anything that crosses his path is going to have to face his incredible power and mighty hammer! In robot mode, Ultra Magnus measures over 10-inches tall and is ready to lay waste to any forces who dare oppose him. He features electronic lights and sounds, too!

Universe Inferno

* Big fire truck becomes an awesome robot!
* He's here to save the day!
* Hose shoots plastic "water" missile!

Make way for the Autobot fire department! One of Cybertron's finest, Inferno is here to help put a stop to fires caused by Decepticons. His cannon shoots out water (actually plastic) blasts, plus he's specially armored to be able to survive intense heat. (Just ask his girlfriend, Firestar.) Bring home this warrior for good today!

Universe Vector Prime

* An emissary of Primus!
* Includes Mini-Con partner!
* Awesome sword!

One of the heralds of Primus is here! Based on his numerous appearances in comics and cartoons, Vector Prime is one tough character. Transforming from an intergalactic space ship to a robot and back again, this 10-inch tall warrior doesn't go into battle alone. His companion Safeguard changes from a tiny starfighter to a robot, and can even become an arm-mounted weapon for Vector Prime! Relive the battle between good and evil with this awesome Autobot!

Seibertron.com Interview with Neil Kaplan

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Interview with Neil Kaplan
Date: Tuesday, October 14th 2008 5:34pm CDT
Categories: Site Articles, People News, Interviews
Posted by: i_amtrunks | Credit(s): Raymond T, Neil Kaplan

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Seibertron's own Raymond T recently had a chance to interview Neil Kaplan, who provided the voices for Optimus Prime and Ro-Tor in the Transformers R.I.D series.

In the interview Kaplan discusses his past, present and future work as a professional voice actor in both the animated and video game industries, goes into depth about portraying Optimus Prime in R.I.D, his impressions on the new Animated series, his involvement with "Audio Theatre for the Troops" and his work on "I, of the Wolf".

The following are excerpts from Raymond T's full interview, to check out the full interview, please click here.

ST: Hey Neil! Thanks for doing this interview for Seibertron.com
NK: My pleasure. Anything for you and your readers, Ray.

ST: It has come to our attention that not everyone knows you or your work. So would you mind telling us who you are and what you've done before becoming a voice actor?
NK: I do voice work. These days most of my work is heard on video games and Anime. I am, proudly, best known for providing the voice of Optimus Prime on Transformers: Robots in Disguise. Other credits include Hawkmon on "Digimon", Diabolico on "Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue", "Justice League: Heroes", "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic", "Star Craft II" and many, many others.

ST: What were the important traits for you doing the voice of Optimus Prime? How much did you want to remain true to the old Peter Cullen character and how much did you want your Optimus Prime to be Neil Kaplan?
NK: Well, everything I did on Robots in Disguise was based on the fabulous Peter Cullen. His work had stuck in my head for 15 years, so using that as a touchstone, I knew I'd be best served.

"R.i.D." was voice directed by TWO different directors, one of whom (The affable Michael McConnohie) had worked with Peter on G1, back in the 1980s. So, he would direct me to slow it down, play it more like John Wayne.

The other director, (The fantastic Steve Kramer) was the MAIN director on the show and he wanted to play Prime more as an action hero. So, you can hear the difference between their episodes.

Fortunately the character had a face shield, so we didn't have lip flaps to worry about. That alone made it incredibly easy to adjust. Oddly, neither director knew of that situation until the season had basically wrapped.


ST:Was there anyone or anything in particular you based your Optimus Prime on?
NK: Yes, I based it on Peter Cullen and then on my desire to portray a HERO in the post- 9/11 world.

ST: How is your Optimus Prime different than Primes of the past and future?
NK: Well it was the first time Optimus Prime was a Fire Truck, so this version was a FULL TIME hero. There was no down time, even when not in robot mode. Our first episode aired on September 8, 2001. Just a few days later, giving voice to a fire truck changed for me in ways I dared not to even imagine.


ST: Do you miss working on Transformers?
NK: Of course I do. But life moves on.

Would I like to do a guest role on Animated? Sure I would. Would I like to work on the live action movie? Certainly. But, I'm an actor, that is what I do and want to do.

I still am a voice actor, but I have also moved on to writing and creating.


ST: Have you had the chance to (really) meet any of the actors from other Transformers shows?
NK: Yes. David Kaye and I had a lovely chat at Comic Con a few years back. Jack Angel has become a good friend and mentor. and of course, meeting Dick (Rodimus Prime) Gauthier was HUGE thrill for me as both a professional and as a fanboy.

ST: Who does the best Prime? You (RiD), Peter Cullen (G1), Gary Chalk (Armada), or David Kaye (Animated)?
NK: Again another EASY question. Hands down, it's Peter Cullen.

ST: What has been your impression with Transformers fans, now some 7 years after doing Transformers?
NK: I my self am a fan of many, MANY things. They are basically the same as any other type of fan. Most of them are very, VERY nice people. Many are quite loyal and passionate about this universe that they LOVE! I am just happy to have been a part of it, if only for a little while.

ST: Can you tell us what you have been up to, since Robots In Disguise?
NK: WOW a LOT. I have voiced quite a few video games; Spider-Man Battle for New York (I was Green Goblin/Norman Osbourne), Spider-Man3 (Kraven the Hunter), John Woo's Stranglehold with Chow Yun Fat (Ty Lok), Conan the Barbarian (Bone Cleaver), Justice League: Heroes (Gorilla Grodd), Night at the Museum 2 (Ivan the Terrible), S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Command and Conquer 3, Bee Movie Game.

I�ve also worked on various anime series including Naruto, Tokyo Pig and Zatch Bell, among others.

Mostly though, I have been working on writing and creating my own material. Many fans had the chance to check out the pilot for the educational/sketch/history show I created called The Way it Wasn't which has found a home and is under development. I have a GREEN game show I am meeting with producers on so keep your fingers crossed.

On another note, based partially on meeting a firefighter named Mr. Optimus Prime. (Yes, THAT gentleman!) I have created an organization called "Audio Theater for the Troops". A not for profit organization, we use donated scripts, studio time and actors talents to (one day) create a huge library of entertainment for the brave men and women in uniform serving us.

After getting this organization up and running, I would love to spearhead the movement to do the same for the troops for our friends and allies. (Great Britain and Australia leap immediately to mind)


To check out Raymond T's full interview with Neil Kaplan, please click here.

For more information about Neil and his work, you can check out his following sites:
http://www.nekap.net/
http://www.myspace.com/neilkaplan
http://www.iofthewolf.com/

IDW's Transformers Releases for January 2009

Transformers News: IDW's Transformers Releases for January 2009
Date: Tuesday, October 14th 2008 5:03pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Company News
Posted by: i_amtrunks | Credit(s): comicnewsi

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Thanks to ComicNewsI, the comics set for release in January 2009 have been revealed.

IDW has made sure not to put all of its eggs into the one basket, with a little something for every Transformers fan to be released in the first month of 2009; Both the first and second Movie have comic releases, Animated, Dinobots, Marvel Generation 1 and Armada all get a release as well.

While particular dates have not been given, these comics should be available in January:

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Movie Prequel: Defiance #1
Chris Mowry (w) • Dan Khanna (a) • Milne, Josh Nizzi (c)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Movie Prequel: Alliance #2
Chris Mowry (w) • Alex Milne (a) • Milne, Josh Nizzi (c)

The Transformers: Maximum Dinobots #2
Simon Furman (w) • Nick Roche (a) • Roche, Marcelo Matere (c)

Transformers Animated: Arrival #6
Eric Siebenaler, Marty Isenberg (w) • Boo, Matthew Frank (a) • Boo (c)

The Transformers: All Hail Megatron #7
Shane McCarthy (w) • Guido Guidi (a) • Casey Coller, Trevor Hutchison (c)

Transformers Animated Vol. 7 TPB
Marty Isenberg (w)

Classic Transformers, Vol. 3
Bob Budiansky, Steve Parkhouse (w) • Don Perlin, John Ridgway, Mike Collins, Jose Delbo, Ralph Macchio (a)

Transformers: Armada, Vol. 2
Simon Furman (w) • Pat Lee, Guido Guidi (a)

Transformers Movie Prequel: Saga of the Allspark
Simon Furman (w) • Nick Roche, Marcelo Matere, more (a)

To check out the original article, and to read comic synopsis, please click here.

New Henkei For Pre-Order -- Guess Where?

Transformers News: New Henkei For Pre-Order -- Guess Where?
Date: Tuesday, October 14th 2008 3:52pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Sponsor News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): PorQPine, BBTS

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BigBadToyStore.com- Okay, lots of awesome news on the TF pre-order front today. Next in line is a pre-order for Henkei C-15 Inferno, C-16 Dinobot, and C-17 HotRoad (Smokescreen). There are no images to go with the pre-orders at this time. These pre-orders are coming out in January, and February 2009.

Thanks to PorQPine for the heads up on the pre-orders for this threesome!

FansProject Shadow Commander Set For Pre-Order At BBTS

Transformers News: FansProject Shadow Commander Set For Pre-Order At BBTS
Date: Tuesday, October 14th 2008 3:38pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Sponsor News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Prime Evil, Zen Prime, BBTS

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BigBadToyStore.com- Guess who? And Guess What?

If you guessed another pre-order by site sponsor BigBadToyStore.com then you would be correct.

A few weeks back we saw some nice pictures of a toy show where FansProject were showing off their Ultra Magnus City Commander armor, and also a couple of their own favorites, a dark NEMESIS version of the trailer, and a Diaclone Powered Convoy colored version.

I think FansProject was reading our thread here, because many of us wished they would produce one that we could order and looky at what shows up-- a pre-order for Shadow Commander Trailer Set!!! Shadow Commander is limited to 1/2 the number of sets they made of the regular City Commander Set, and is priced at $89.99 set for a late December arrival.

This set is meant to go with the SDCC exclusive Nemesis Prime, a black, grey, and teal repaint of the Classic Optimus Prime mold.

Thank you FansProject!!!

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Alternity Megatron- Nissan Fairlady Z Pre-Orders At BBTS

Transformers News: Alternity Megatron- Nissan Fairlady Z Pre-Orders At BBTS
Date: Tuesday, October 14th 2008 3:24pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Sponsor News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Optronix, BBTS

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BigBadToyStore.com- Alternity Megatron, available in the silver, and blue varieties of the Nissan Fairlady Z are also available for pre-order from site sponsor, BigBadToyStore.com

You can pre-order Megatron blue, or Megatron silver. There are not pictures available yet, but much like Masterpiece Grimlock, these are due out in March, so we can probably expect some images soon.

Transfans Interviews HASBRO's Global Brand Director

Transformers News: Transfans Interviews HASBRO's Global Brand Director
Date: Tuesday, October 14th 2008 12:04pm CDT
Categories: People News, Interviews
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): FighBird, Nordic Transfans Association

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Our friends over at the Nordic Transfans Association were fortunate enough to sit down and talk with HASBRO's Global Brand Marketing Director Michael Vibede Vanting recently.

Here's an excerpt from the interview:

NTFA: Was the Transformers brand a deliberate choice of yours, or were you assigned to that brand?

MVV: After a few months of being at Hasbro in the United State, I was asked to join the new Transformers global team. I was very pleased as, in my opinion, it is one of Hasbro’s “coolest” brands to work on. It is a pioneer for a lot of the things we are doing at Hasbro with re-vitalizing our brands via different modes of entertainment, I find that very exciting and a great opportunity. Finally the Transformers team of designers and marketing people are so talented that it is a privilege to work on the team.


The interview makes for a great read and lets us know that HASBRO worldwide cares about the faithful consumers that love the brands they bring to us. Getting a chance to talk to someone within the industry is an opportunity no News Crew member would pass up for any TF website. So HASBRO, if you're reading this, I'm ready when you are.

To read the full interview, please click here.

Masterpiece Grimlock Pre-order At BBTS!

Transformers News: Masterpiece Grimlock Pre-order At BBTS!
Date: Tuesday, October 14th 2008 11:40am CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): RodimusConvoy_13, JRX, wardamnpjm1, BBTS

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BigBadToyStore.com- Yes indeed, site sponsor, online store BBTS Has listed the newest Masterpiece figure for pre-order...MASTERPIECE GRIMLOCK. The news of his possible release, while rumored over a year back, just resurfaced recently, and now this, a pre-order for the toy which would confirm the earlier story

The Dinobot commander looks to be getting the ultimate toy creation joining the likes of Optimus Prime, Megatron, and Starscream before him.

You can pre-order him from BBTS by clicking here! The price is $149.99,and estimated to arrive in March.

After years of rumors, Takara has finally announced the Masterpiece Grimlock figure! Takara has increased the retail pricing on this item to 13,000 yen, so we would expect this figure to be slightly larger and bulkier than previous Masterpiece figures, which were in the 10,000 yen MSRP range. More details to be listed as they are released.



No actual toy images have surfaces yet, but it won't be long now, if this toy is due out in March 2009!

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TRANSFORMERS Nike shoes (Not Toys)--They're back!

Transformers News: TRANSFORMERS Nike shoes (Not Toys)--They're back!
Date: Monday, October 13th 2008 8:21pm CDT
Category: Collectables
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): ww.kicksaholic.com, theshoegame.com

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Last summer, around the time of the movie, athletic apparel giant NIKE introduced a line of collector's shoes (yes, there are folks who collect athletic shoes out there) whose color origins related to Generation 1 Transformers.

You may also remember the collaboration that were the NIKE Sports Label Transformers- shoes that transform in to robots-.

It appears that NIKE and TRANSFORMERS will be continuing their relationship, at least through the release of the next movie, as they share the release of a new set of collectible shoes.

You can see the new set here.

With the release of the sequel Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen in June 2009, Nike will launch another Transformer’s pack featuring an Air Max 95 CL, Dunk High, and a Air Max CB ‘94. However, this awesome pack will be only in GS sizes.


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These shoes' colors appear to be inpsired by Transformers Movie characters Bumblebee, Megatron, and Optimus Prime, but that is purely speculation.

They are also only be available in youth sizes at the time, but maybe they'll release adult size versions for those collectors who would love to get these into their athletic shoe collections.

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