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Temporary Timeslot For TF: Animated?!? *Update*

Transformers News: Temporary Timeslot For TF: Animated?!? *Update*
Date: Thursday, April 10th 2008 11:26am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Rumors, Company News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Galvatron Prime, Lawson

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Get ready to set your DVR's to see TF ANIMATED now. Why you ask? Well, simply because it appears that Cartoon Network is again flirting with the disastrous timeslot of 6:00 AM for a fledgling Transformers show, something that experience should probably have taught them has been like bringing death to newer Transformers cartoon series.

Alright that's a little overzealous of a conclusion, but this same schedule was done to the entire A/E/C series after each premiered at a more friendly timeslot originally. Once moved these series seemed to quickly lose favor with many individuals who would not even try to watch them due to the very unfriendly time, and thus, they lost a lot of the working adult TF community's support, as well as, many TV viewing children's support. This is pure conjecture of course, the shows may also not have been good enough to keep the support and popularity no matter what time they were on, but this did not seem to help.

While it is true there are many legal and illegal options to seeing episodes after they have aired, will younger children have these resources available to them to keep interest in this show going, after all it is aimed at them?

According to the CN schedule "Elite Guard" will be the last new episode as well as the last episode on Saturday/Sunday mornings for the foreseeable future.

Starting Monday, April 14th Transformers Animated will start airing at 6:00 AM with "Home is where the Spark is" The schedule lists rerun episodes at this timeslot until at least April 24th where the listing ends with "Survival of the Fittest".

What happens after that? Will TF ANIMATED be returned to the original weekend timeslots when new episodes are to be presented? Will it stay at weekdays at 6:00 AM which has put off many viewers in the past?

You can view the Cartoon Network schedule yourself here, and keep watchful of it for more updates, as they fill it in for later dates.

What do you think? Is the schedule change permanent? Is it friendlier for children than the collector community? Is it a minor, or major inconvenience, or not inconvenience at all? Do you care?
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*UPDATE* Overcharge has found that TV.com states that TF ANIMATED will be returning on Satuday, April 26th with the new episode, "Return of the Headmaster".

So are they simply just replacing the worn Cybertron reruns with Animated reruns? It appears so. But we have our eye on you Cartoon Network, we have our eye on you...

Quantum Computers from Transformers Movie Plausible?

Transformers News: Quantum Computers from Transformers Movie Plausible?
Date: Thursday, April 10th 2008 10:37am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): www.sciencedaily.com

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People who thought the storyline in the Michael Bay Transformers Movie, where the Decepticons hacked the Pentagon computers using software that was based on Quantum Mechanics was too far fetched, might have to rethink that notion.

A news item has appeared on the website of The Science Daily, that claims that the premise of Quantum Computers is no longer the stuff of Science Fiction, but could soon become the stuff of Science Fact. Prem Kumar, the AT&T Professor of Information Technology in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the director of the Center for Photonic Communication and Computing, and his research group are one step closer to realizing that technology. The group recently demonstrated one of the basic building blocks for distributed quantum computing using entangled photons generated in optical fibers.

Read the article for more details.

Political Parody Music Video from Anne Bryant (composer of original Transformers theme song)

Transformers News: Political Parody Music Video from Anne Bryant (composer of original Transformers theme song)
Date: Thursday, April 10th 2008 10:16am CDT
Categories: Press Releases, People News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Anne Bryant

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Anne Bryant, composer of the original Transformers theme song, has sent us a fun political parody video that I thought I'd share with all of you. It's not really Transformers news, though I'm sure those of you who've been on Seibertron.com long enough know that I sometimes like to step outside the lines with the information that gets posted here. Anne has been an absolute joy to talk to over the past few years and I'm happy to help her out from time-to-time.

So, without further ado, put aside your political views and check out her video that she created alongside Ellen Bernfeld (the singing character of "Pizzazz" from Jem and the Holograms). Just for the record, this video does NOT express the views and opinions of Seibertron.com or Ryan Yzquierdo.


"HILLARY'S A LOVIN' MAMA, OBAMA"

YouTube.com LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdV6kaPAG-Q


PRESS RELEASE
04.10.2008
Longboat Key, FL

-Dems dreaming of a JOINT TICKET between "Hillary and Obamala" should listen to some advice from "NORMA HUMAN."

-A POLITICAL PARODY MUSIC VIDEO from TRANSFORMERS and JEM composer, ANNE BRYANT, and ELLEN BERNFELD, who created the singing character of PIZZAZZ, from the 80's TV show "JEM AND THE HOLLOGRAMS."

-From GLORYVISION, Ltd .Music/Entertainment.

CONTACT: gloryvision@mac.com

TF Animated: How to Draw listing on Amazon.com

Transformers News: TF Animated: How to Draw listing on Amazon.com
Date: Wednesday, April 9th 2008 7:45pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Auctions
Posted by: First Gen | Credit(s): Lawson, Amazon.com

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Seibertron.com's Lawson found a listing on Amazon.com for a Transformers Animated How to Draw book, including cover art for the book.

For all you TFA fanatics who would love to learn how to draw the most recent additions the Transformers lineage, you can see the preorder listing for the book here:

TFA How to Draw Book

The Counterpunch Articles: Why I love Transformers Part4: Cybertron

Transformers News: The Counterpunch Articles: Why I love Transformers Part4:  Cybertron
Date: Wednesday, April 9th 2008 6:54pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: i_amtrunks | Credit(s): Counterpunch

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This series of articles will focus on what was good about certain toy lines of figures, focusing on the positive, rather than the negative: Transformers Cybertron

I thought the Armada article would be hard to write. Convincing people that Armada was genuinely a good series of toys was set up to be a challenge. The cool thing about that one was that there were all these cool little aspects of Armada that were largely glossed over. So, in pointing them out, and establishing the ‘Ah-HA!’ type moments, it was relatively easy to explain why I thought the series was great. Now I get to Cybertron and quite frankly, don’t know what to say. It very nearly goes without saying, in fact, that the Cybertron line is outstanding. Cybertron is a refinement of Energon, a technological leap above Armada, and draws a line in the sand between the New School and Even Newer School of toys (Movie & Animated).

I know, whether or not you as a fandom out there admit it, that you guys love this toy line. I know this, because the spreadsheet I keep for my collection shows that the secondary market value of Cybertron shows an approximate 100% increase in the value of these toys when compared to the retail value. What has that happened in, like 2-3 years?

Somewhere along the way, Cybertron became the newest collector’s line. While we all marveled at how wonderfully full the shelves were during its tenure in stores, apparently we failed to notice that those shelves were sold out by the end of the wave. To top it off, there weren’t a whole lot of repeat performances of figures in later revision waves. One board-member said it best when they described the situation as resulting from a discrepancy between when the characters actually appeared ‘on-screen’ and when they were released in stores. See, the toys always made their store appearances long before their TV ones. By the time we as collectors had gotten our fill of Scourge and Leobreaker, kids were now seeing these guys on TV and making them permanently disappear from the shelves. Hence, Scourge will now run you between $60-80 new and Leobreaker $40-60. Shelf-warmers my ass.

I can’t say that high prices are what makes me like this line, but what I really do think is fun about Cybertron is the near universal acceptance we grant to it. (well, as universal as Transformers fans can get…) Due to the nature of the fiction, we’ve got 5 different planets by which character design can wrap around.

Like those Beasties? We’ve got mechanical ones, just like in G1.
Are you weird enough to have enjoyed the post 86’ movie? We’ve got futuristic designs, just like G1.
Like those City Bots? We went and got you some Metroplex. Remember him from G1?
Realistic Alt Modes? Oh, there’s a few. If you’re into that kind of thing, I’d check out some G1.
And of course, there’s Primus. Thank Primus. (He was shy in G1… but still there.)

It’s almost as if, well, it’s almost like someone, somewhere went and, I don’t know…listened to Transformers fans? If only these toys had loads of articulation and avoided being flimsy…

Right, right…yes, I suppose they do all that too.

Transformers Cybertron is literally the most expansive TF line since G1. It is essentially gimmick free in that Cyber Planet keys are about as non-offensive as you can get. Add into the mix that we got some of the very coolest TFs ever from Cybertron and it is little wonder why we have a modern day collector’s dream.

Why I like this line essentially boils down to one fact: Everything we as fans disliked about Armada and Energon was done away with while providing us with more detail, articulation, and variety than ever before. Everyone knows that Primus, Optimus Prime, and Starscream (Galaxy Force version here, sorry Hasbro…) are simply outstanding. These three epitomize excellence in the series. I’ll go over 5 toys you might have glanced over, just to show how expansive this line is.

5. Metroplex
The toy actually has two distinct robot modes, essentially a short and tall version. Both are quite excellent and help to scale him depending on the situation. Metroplex may be the best articulated toy for its size in all of Transformers displaying a Marvel Legends style range of movement. The biggest critique of Metroplex is his alt mode, as apparently, it looks like “nothing”.

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Metroplex would like an apology from many of you.


4. Ransack GTS
A neat little repaint here and counterpart to the very popular Dark Crumplezone. Ransack GTS sports a surprisingly cohesive black, gold, and green color scheme. The figure itself is no different than the original release, but is instead indicative of how great the Cybertron repaints were in bringing out the beauty of some otherwise hidden details in the original releases.



3. Scourge
Has there ever been a dragon Transformer you wanted to get in a fight with…less? Scourge is a big dragon and an even bigger robot. Sure, his force chip gimmick is weak, but his big ass axe sure isn’t. Lots of Transformers bring their energon swords and spears to a fight. Scourge brought a giant axe. That’s a pretty good trick right there…



2. Mudflap
Personal bias be damned, this is a good toy and it was an undeserving shelfwarmer. Mudflap retains that old school boxy style while still displaying a full range of motion. His transformation is nearly kibble free and neither mode suffers for the other. Mudflap’s crane sits firmly under his arm as a melee style weapon. If only he had been painted neon green, someone would have loved him…



1. Cannonball
Yar…I don’t think Pirates are particularly cool, but Cannonball is for a variety of reasons. Cybertron did something very creative with this figure. They gave him a deco and back-story that made everyone notice an otherwise vanilla release. For those that don’t know, Cannonball is a space-pirate who uses his proceeds from villainy to purchase expensive deco schemes. Why he doesn’t just steal those too is a mystery of piracy. Cool thing about him, is that like the Dread Pirate Roberts, he ain’t the first. Oh yea, Hasbro did it, they gave genuinely cool back story to a random repaint character. He even has fiction over at the TF CC site.



Cybertron was an outstanding close to the trilogy. Love or hate the last 6 years of Transformers, you’d be hard pressed to ignore the leaps that Cybertron made in every regard for TF toys. There is enough in Cybertron alone to create your own modern day G1-ish population of Transformers. I like that a lot. The series was huge and full of redecos. All the same, it was a fun ride and it seems that no matter which camp of TF collector you fall into, something in the mass of releases in Cybertron was meant for you.

TRANSFORMERS MOSAIC: "In for the Fight"

Transformers News: TRANSFORMERS MOSAIC: "In for the Fight"
Date: Wednesday, April 9th 2008 6:47pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Comic Book News, Site Articles
Posted by: i_amtrunks | 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.

"In for the Fight" | Story: Susan "Shiribot" Loweck | Art & Letters: Pietre A. "Pietrestran" Valbuena


TRANSFORMERS MOSAIC: "Cybertronian Rites"

Transformers News: TRANSFORMERS MOSAIC: "Cybertronian Rites"
Date: Wednesday, April 9th 2008 6:47pm CDT
Categories: Site News, Comic Book News, Site Articles
Posted by: i_amtrunks | 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.

"Cybertronian Rites" | Story: Damien Ghela | Art: Cory "JetstreamX" Holmes | Colors: Claudia "Plantman Exe" Barrales | Letters: Carlos "Synapse" Oliveros


All Hail Megatron: Shane McCarthy's Sales Pitch

Transformers News: All Hail Megatron: Shane McCarthy's Sales Pitch
Date: Wednesday, April 9th 2008 6:41pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News, Company News
Posted by: i_amtrunks | Credit(s): Denton Tipton

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IDW Publishing's new Transformers Comic Editor Denton Tipton has kept his blog updates flowing like the Guinness from an Irish Pub on St Patricks Day, with his latest update letting us go inside the mind of "All Hail Megatron" writer Shane McCarthy.

Denton has given us an excerpt of the sales pitch McCarthy used when selling the "All Hail Megatron" series to the head honchos of IDW...

Just how bad can it get?

The measure of any hero is the obstacles he faces or the villains he must vanquish. If a hero's villains are weak or ineffectual, then the hero, by the most rudimentary of logic, mustn't be all that powerful or indeed heroic. If we're going to see what our heroes are truly made of, we need to deliver a villain (or, in this case, villains) who push the heroes to the breaking point and beyond, that not only challenge them physically, but mentally and spiritually as well.

With the Transformers, we have at our disposal some of the greatest villains ever to grace modern-day pop culture. These guys are, apparently, the nastiest of the nasty; what is Megatron if not a 60-foot-tall metal tyrant with a nuclear cannon strapped to one arm? So, let's take the gloves off, unhook the leash and see just what the Decepticons are made of.

If we're going to understand the validity of the Autobots as protectors, it's about time we say what would happen if the Decepticons were left unchecked!

So what are we really trying to do here?

We'll be bringing a “real world” approach to the book to show the ramifications of the Transformers' civil war on our planet. It will also be the goal of the series to better explain, reveal and expose the characterization of the individual Transformers and their respective ideologies.

In the end, execution is everything, and we'll be achieving all of this by using a wild, widescreen-style approach. Each issue will slam the reader in the face with exciting visuals and continuing reasons to come running back each and every month. More than anything, we need to restore the awe and majesty to the Transformers and remind people not only of their continuing relevance as fictional characters, but of the very reason we fell in love with them to begin with.

Nothing can top the sheer spectacle of giant robots battling it out on our planet for the sake of the universe!


The teaser/prequel for "All Hail Megatron", "Focus on the Decepticons" will be available in comic stores around the globe from today Wednesday 9th of April 2008.

IDW's Chris Ryall up for Best Editor

Transformers News: IDW's Chris Ryall up for Best Editor
Date: Wednesday, April 9th 2008 6:30pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News, Company News
Posted by: i_amtrunks | Credit(s): Chris Ryall

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IDW Publishing's Editor in Chief Chris Ryall has found out himself that he has been nominated for "Best Editor" at the British Eagle Awards.

Unfortunately IDW was overlooked for a nomination in the "Best Publisher" Award, and it barely comes as a surprise that no Transformers Comics were nominated for an award either.

To see why Ryall believes you should vote for him as "Best Editor" over the other candidates, check out his blog, and you can head on over to the British Eagle Awards Voting Page to cast your vote.

Entertainment Rights Secure More Transformers Media Rights

Transformers News: Entertainment Rights Secure More Transformers Media Rights
Date: Wednesday, April 9th 2008 5:39pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Company News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Raymond T. | Credit(s): www.awn.com

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Animation World Network has reported on their site that UK Based Entertainment Rights has secured the media rights for broadcasting and sales for the Transformers Animated proporties (26 episodes of 22 minutes plus the 70 minute special) for over 80 territories. Including Italy, Australia, India, Israel, Belgium and the Netherlands. Entertainment Right already holds the media licences for the Transformers series Armada, Energon and Cybertron over various Countries.

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