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New Images of Allspark Stockade

Transformers News: New Images of Allspark Stockade
Date: Thursday, November 22nd 2007 5:50pm CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Nekoman and tfg2.com

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Our own Nekoman has brought us news about new photos of the upcoming Allspark power Stockade. New images of the previously reported Allspark power Stockade have surfaced at tfg2.com. These new images show Stockade in both alt and robot mode. View the newest images by clicking here.

Simon Furman Wants To Answer More of Your Questions

Transformers News: Simon Furman Wants To Answer More of Your Questions
Date: Thursday, November 22nd 2007 5:46pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, People News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): simonfurman.wordpress.com

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Transformers writer Simon Furman has put up yet another blog on his regular Blogspace. This time the popular writer lets us know that together with IDW, he plans to anwers more questions of the fans. The following has been taken directly from his latest blog.

"About six months (or more) back, I did a big ol’ Q&A session via the IDW website, with readers/posters submitting their burning questions and me (after a degree of paring down to a manageable 20) doing my level best to supply coherent (vaguely spoiler-free) responses. Well, six months (or so) on, and I’m doing it again. If there’s something (about Transformers, new or old, or my other comics/TV/books work) you’ve been bursting to ask me, now’s the time to speak… or forever(ish) hold your peace. In due course, once the questions are in and sorted and pared down to 20, the answers will be published on the IDW website/forums (answers 1-15) and here on my blog (16-20). So, if you want to get a question into mix, the IDW forum thread can be found here. Or, post your questions here in this topic’s responses space. Between us, myself, IDW’s Chris Ryall and forum moderator Denyer, we’ll shake ‘em all out into a sort of loose top 20, one that we feel has the widest, most interesting (generally) range and scope. I’ve posted some (loose) criteria for the questions over on the aforementioned IDW forum thread. So… what are you waiting for? Let the interrogation begin…".

Alan Dean Foster Interview

Transformers News: Alan Dean Foster Interview
Date: Wednesday, November 21st 2007 9:32am CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Interviews
Posted by: Darth Bombshell | Credit(s): Optimutt

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Board member Optimutt has posted an interview he has done with acclaimed science fiction author Alan Dean Foster, among whose works include both the novelization of the Transformers Movie and it's prequel "Ghosts of Yesterday." The relevant information pertaining to Transformers has been posted below:

O: Since we’ve opened the door to the real world of Science Fiction, let me ask you about your adaptation of the new Transformers movie. I loved the book. I loved the movie. What are your thoughts about it?

ADF: The success of the film was a big surprise to a lot of the people. Most were surprised that it was such a good movie. It was the biggest film of the year. A lot of people expected it to flop because they didn’t like Michael Bay – I don’t understand why people hate him. I never met the man; I don’t know him from Adam. He’s made some big budget movies, some have done well, others haven’t, but that can be said about just about any director. Why does this guy inspire such vitriol?

O: As a Transformers fan, I can tell you that many of my peers saw the designs for the Transformers and flipped out. They had nothing but gripes and complaints about the style Bay chose to use to design them, saying “This isn’t how it should be.” Surely you encountered some of this stuff. But hopefully not as much flak as Bay.

ADF: Not as much because people realized that I had to work with what they were doing and I couldn’t change it. If you can’t change it, there’s no point in dumping on you. This whole problem has a “Never spit in someone’s holy water” theme to it. What those fans don’t understand is that in making a big 100 to 200 million dollar budgeted film – which is more than some countries earn per year – you have to make money back. A general rule of thumb is that a film has to take in 2.5 times the cost to break even, so if you a 200 million dollar film, they have to make half a billion dollars. That’s through sales, DVD, but that’s still a lot of money. So when you make a film, one thing you have to do is figure out how to do this film so that it appeals to 20 other people without losing the other 20 people. This has nothing to do with story but everything to do with simply appealing to that other tiny fragment of the demographic. I thought, as I came into this project. I’m the last one to defend the Hollywood producers, but I thought they and Michael Bay were bending over backwards to listen to the fan websites, and yes, accommodating the people to whom, Transformers is canon. The fact that they took so much crap onto top of that, people in Hollywood, they take a look at that and say, “Look what DreamWorks did, and look what they took in response. Why should we bother to put that kind of effort into our picture? If people aren’t going to respect us for what we’re trying to do, why should we put up with it?” It’s something fans don’t’ realize. You have a 200, millions dollar movie, it’s always 2-3 years out of your life. If Joe from Des Moines writes in and says Optimus Prime shouldn’t have lips, that’s not a decision for him to make. That becomes an economic decision of the company.

O: As for the book, your adaptation of the movie, I was impressed by how true you stayed.

ADF: Thanks. I try to.

O: How did you get into adaptations?

ADF: In 1972, somebody in Ballentine bought the rights to a really horrific Italian movie about a female Tarzan. The character was on-screen for about 5 minutes, played by a diminutive Vietnamese girl that doesn’t look anything like your image of a female Tarzan. It was a horrible low-budget film, but, the guy in charge of promotion and advertising of the film, who got the rights, was a fan. The only smart thing they did was the advertising department got Frank Frazetta do two images, full oils, both of which have been reproduced many times in his various art books, but they don’t say “Rawanna” they say, “Girl With Cat”. Nobody saw the movie; to this day, I’ve never met anyone else that’s seen the movie. So Gena Lynne Del Ray, who had just taken over Ballantine, knew I had a master of fine arts and knew my way around a film script, asked me if I’d do the adaptation to this film about a female Tarzan, and I said, “Sounds great! When can I see a script?” She said, “There is no script. But I can arrange a screening in Los Angeles for you.” So I go down Hollywood Boulevard, into a typical schlock screening room, where they have a little 16mm projector, and run the film, which is all in Italian. So I have no script, and the film is all in Italian. I have no idea what anyone is saying and the film is just so awful. When I finished, I dedicated the book to Frank Frazetta who did the novelized cover. As you can imagine – this being Frank’s work – the cover is exactly what you want a female Tarzan to look like. After that, I did Dark Star, which was a John Carpenter film project. And from those two, I developed quite a reputation as an adaptation writer. I do two or three a year, if it’s something that seems interesting. And I turn some down, sometimes I do spin-off books, too. But don’t do those often because, I didn’t really want to write about Han Solo’s second cousin in Correlia. The Transformers? You know I wasn’t going to do that in the first place.

O: That’s an interesting piece of information. What got you to do it? What changed your mind?

ADF: I asked myself, “Do I really want to do a book about alien robots based on children’s’ toys. And what got me to do it finally was that I thought it would be a real challenge to take a story about giant fighting alien robots based on a line of children’s toys and turn it into a real novel. And that’s what got me into it. The other thing was I knew Spielberg was executive producing it. If there’s a magic word in Hollywood, it’s Spielberg. Even his bad – his not as good movies – like 1941 are worth watching. And he understands Science Fiction! He grew up with it, he loves it, just like Lucas and Cameron, and I knew that he would not do something just to make money, because he doesn’t need money. So I asked for a script and the script; which was much better than I thought it would be; in fact, it was pretty good. This whole sub-line about the teenage kid, there is some very funny dialogue, the characters were very interesting. I liked the fact that the girl was the car buff, and the boy wasn’t. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman wrote a really good screenplay that just happens to be about giant robots. And the way I remember it, the thing that got Spielberg involved was that it was not about giant fighting alien robots, it’s about a boy and his car – that human element that he has in all his movies, and sure enough that’s the basis of the movie: the relationship between Shia Lebouf and Bumblebee.
A lot of the fan criticism that I read, claimed that there’s too much teenagers and not enough robots. And I have to tell them, there may not be enough Transformers for you, but you’re going to go see the movie anyway. However much you complain and bitch, you’re going to go see it, and the producers know it too, so you’re not fooling anybody. The 10000 of you die-hard-live-for-transformers fans are not the ones that are going to make up the budget for this film, and the producers have that in mind. But these guys could have done some very standard things, like the conventional model girls, but they really worked on it. The other gal in the story was a big-time hacker: every nerd’s dream is someone who looks like Angelina Jolie who can sit down and talk about the latest Intel chip, and kick ass every once in a while. It was a very smart movie. But it also could very well be a disaster, too, special effects aside. I always tell people that no matter how good the special effects are, you will not have a successful film without the human element. People go to see Star Wars and they say the cities and battles are great, but they really want to see what happens to Luke and Vader and Leia. All the other stuff is window dressing. And I feel that way about books as well. You can write big ships, and space travel, and big battles, but if there’s not that human interest, whether it’s a human being or an alien or whatever, but if there’s not an emotion at the center, you have no story.

O: What projects are you working on now?

ADF: I have three books coming out by Del Ray. One is my 7th short story collection called “Exceptions to Reality”, and there is a book that resolves 35 years of loose ends about a character called Flinx. It’s not necessarily the last Flinx book, but it ties up all the loose story ends, called “Flinx Transcendent.” I’m also working on a fantasy trilogy that is currently in negotiations. And beyond that, including the adaptation to the Transformers movie sequel, we’ll see.

TRANSFORMERS MOSAIC: "Geared"

Transformers News: TRANSFORMERS MOSAIC: "Geared"
Date: Wednesday, November 21st 2007 8:27am CST
Categories: Site News, Comic Book News, Site Articles
Posted by: Darth Bombshell | 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:


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.


This piece is called “Geared”. Story by Martin (Tronprogram) Fisher, Art by Marcello (Ratrap587) Santa Roza, Letters by Bernie (Blee) Lee.


Next G1 KO to be Gnaw

Transformers News: Next G1 KO to be Gnaw
Date: Tuesday, November 20th 2007 11:22am CST
Categories: Toy News, Knock Offs
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Lapse Of Reason, and ebay seller doufaceb

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As of late, there have been a number of G1 knock offs being produced. It appears that the latest G1 KO to be produced will be G1 Gnaw. Our own Lapse Of Reason has posted a link to an ebay auction that gives us the first look at the KO.


Diamond Comics Shipping List For November 21st, 2007

Transformers News: Diamond Comics Shipping List For November 21st, 2007
Date: Tuesday, November 20th 2007 12:16am CST
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Darth Bombshell | Credit(s): Diamond Comics

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The products on the list(s) below from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. are expected to ship to comic book specialty stores on the indicated date(s) below. Note that this list is tentative and subject to change. Please check with your retailer for availability.


There are no Transformers or GI Joe products available this week on November 21st, 2007

There are no Transformers or GI Joe products available next week on November 29th, 2007

Product Codes

(O/A) offered again
(PI) please inquire at your store
(MR) mature readers
(RES) resolicited
(Note Price) new price increase

First Look at Transformers Movie Legends Ironhide and Desert Blackout

Transformers News: First Look at Transformers Movie Legends Ironhide and Desert Blackout
Date: Monday, November 19th 2007 10:19am CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Entertainmentearth.com

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Entertainment Earth has updated it's product page with a new image of the Allspark Power Legends figures from the Transformers Movie toyline, giving us our first look at the final version of the legends-class Ironhide (new mold) and Desert Blackout (Blackout repaint)

See the page by clicking here.


Simon Furman Blog Update: Devastation #6

Transformers News: Simon Furman Blog Update: Devastation #6
Date: Monday, November 19th 2007 8:10am CST
Categories: Comic Book News, People News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Darth Bombshell | Credit(s): simonfurman.wordpress.com

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Simon Furman has updated his Blog once again, this time providing some cryptic information about the final issue of the "Devastation" arc. The following is the exact text as written by Simon himself:

"This time up it’s the turn of Transformers Devastation #6, the wrap-up of this the third ‘-ion’ arc (and as ever, I’ll try and make this more of a tease than a spoiler). And boy what an arc this has been! Big stuff happening! That tired old phrase ‘things will never be the same again’ is wholly and justifiably applicable here. Stuff is revealed! Stuff is tied up! Other stuff kicks off! It’s a packed old end of arc issue, with Reapers versus Decepticons (to a shattering conclusion!), Hot Rod versus Headmasters (to a turbo-charged conclusion… of sorts) and Hunter/Sunstreaker versus the head of the Machination (to a point where we absolutely know who is who and what is what, but with a distinct ‘To be continued…’). Oh yeah! Plus, (much) more on the Dead Universe cast, with Galvatron making his first Earthbound moves, and first full appearances for Jhiaxus and ‘the Transformer formerly known as Nova Prime.’ The main focus, though, falls on our second fully fledged no-holds-barred (devastating) battle of this arc, this time between the catastrophic Reapers and the Ore-13 charged Decepticons. Expect casualties! Carnage! Shocks! Last issue saw Starscream back in the fray, strutting his stuff, but this issue has him fighting (once again) side-by-side with Megatron (who isn’t exactly chuffed to see him!). Fallout/repercussions for sure. Hot Rod makes a shocking decision (kind of prompted by Optimus Prime’s equally momentous decision last issue) and Skywatch prepare to kick back before things get even more out of hand. And if you think that maybe feeds into a certain upcoming Spotlight, well, you’d be right on the money. Oh, and don’t think I’ve forgotten about Sixshot. He too has a part to play. All I can say is… phew! This one has it all! Really. Devastation #6 hits stores in February 08. Art by EJ Su."

TRANSFORMERS MOSAIC: "One Mistake"

Transformers News: TRANSFORMERS MOSAIC: "One Mistake"
Date: Monday, November 19th 2007 8:05am CST
Categories: Site News, Comic Book News, Site Articles
Posted by: Darth Bombshell | Credit(s): WhiteRabbit

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Views: 19,895

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:


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.


Today we present ”One Mistake”. Story and Art by Shane (Andersonh1) Anderson.


Submit Your Questions for Transformerscon Toronto Hasbro Q&A Panel

Transformers News: Submit Your Questions for Transformerscon Toronto Hasbro Q&A Panel
Date: Sunday, November 18th 2007 9:54am CST
Category: Event News
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Transformerscon.com

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The Transformerscon Toronto website has been updated, and is now allowing fans to submit their questions for a Hasbro Transformers Q&A panel to be held during Transformerscon 2008 in Toronto.

You can submit your questions for the Hasbro panel by clicking here, just follow the links.

TransformersCon will be on June 21st at the Doubletree International Plaza Hotel Toronto Airport - 655 Dixon Road, Toronto, Ontario.

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