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David Cian to write Transformers Movie prequel novel

Date: Friday, October 13th 2006 10:45pm CDT
Categories: Movie Related News, People News
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Raymond T.

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Transformers novelist David Cian (pseudonym for David Russel) announced on Don Murphy's forums that he'll be writing the upcoming Transformers Movie Prequel novel that will be released sometime in the 2nd quarter of 2007 before the movie's release on July 4th, 2007.

When asked about the premise of this novel, David Cian responded: "I guess I get to own this idea. The storyline is essentially mine, though plenty of input was provided by the various parties involved. Hints... well, let's see now... how about this: you'll get to learn a lot more about the history of a certain secret government agency; a significant part of the story occurs in the far reaches of our galaxy; oh, yes, and there will be a surprise at the end for fans of the film."

Click here to read David Cian's full post about this novel on Don Murphy's forums.

You can find the novels written by David Cian at Amazon.com by clicking here. On a personal note, I really enjoyed the 4 existing Transformers novels that came out a couple of years ago. They're certainly not without flaws but they're some pretty dark and interesting Transformers stories that you won't see in comic book form anytime soon. If you haven't read these novels yet, I would highly recommend them.

Transformers Novel - Legends - Edited by David Cian

Stan Bush working on possible new song for Transformers Movie

Transformers News: Stan Bush working on possible new song for Transformers Movie
Date: Monday, October 9th 2006 10:21pm CDT
Categories: Movie Related News, People News
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Stan Bush

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Good evening my fellow Seibertronians,

I received an exciting message from our friend Stan Bush, who many of you might remember as the original performer of the infamous "The Touch" from the original animated Transformers Movie (1986). Here's what Stan wrote to the staff of SEIBERTRON.com earlier today ...

Stan Bush wrote:
Hi Ryan,

I wanted to let the legions of Transfans know that my Producer and I are in the studio mixing a new track for a certain upcoming live-action movie directed by Michael Bay ... I think you know the one!

It's a BIG song, with 70+ tracks at this point!

We hope to submit this track in the next couple weeks.

Also, you can give your readers the link to my new website/MySpace page: www.stanbush.com.

All The Best,
Stan Bush


I think it would be really great if we could rally behind Stan Bush to support him in his efforts to make another kick ass song for the upcoming Transformers Movie. Thanks for contacting us, Stan. I think I speak for many fans when I say I can't wait to see what you've got in store for us. I'm sure it will be great!

If you missed SEIBERTRON.com's "remastering" of Stan Bush's "The Touch" music video, make sure you check it out here.





www.stanbush.com

Designer Shoji Kawamori interview: MP-03 design decisions and the secret of Kiss Players revealed!

Transformers News: Designer Shoji Kawamori interview: MP-03 design decisions and the secret of Kiss Players revealed!
Date: Monday, October 9th 2006 3:36am CDT
Categories: Toy News, People News
Posted by: Air Commander Starscream | Credit(s): stormrider

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Fellow Seibertronian stormrider has gone above the call of duty to bring us an very nice translation from the current editon of Hobby Magazine, that contains an interview with Shoji Kawamori (designer of MP-03). Also translated is the true story behind the brand new KISS Players line! Check out all of the goodies stormrider has below!




The November edition of Hobby Magazine, Japan contains an interview with the Shoji Kawamori, the designer of MP-03 Starscream. I recently got the interview translated.

Some of the highlights reveal information regarding questions that many Siebertron fans have been asking and sometimes debating about.




Highlights:

As you may already know - Shoji Kawamori was the chief designer of MP-03 Starscream. He is also well-known for his mecha designs and anime designs for Macross, Diaclone (which later became Transformers), and also Convoy Hybrid (THS-01 & THS-02).

Shoji Kawamori's Vision
When Takara came to Shoji with the Masterpiece Starscream project they gave him lots of free range in the design. Shoji was adamant from the beginning that he wanted to design a realistic looking jet, and the robot mode would be secondary.

His visions and adamancy led to a perfect looking F-15 Eagle which included intricate details on the fuselage, nosecone radar, wing flaps, and airbrakes.

Shoji was also insistent about Starscream's color. Again, he wanted a real looking jet, which is why he chose the gray. In Shoji's opinion, he feels that Starscream's robot mode contains enough red and blue to recognize him as the character. It was not asked if an Anime colored version of Starscream would be released in the future.

Mold Changes


Takara pretty much gave Shoji the reigns to make changes where he saw fit. The mold changes were made (as you can guess) to make the jet mode more complete. Some of these include (as you know) part of the fuselage on Starscream's arms, shoulders, and hips.

The tail stabilizers were moved from his legs to his hips to create the appearance of a samurai wearing two swords.


Ideas that were dropped.

Shoji originally wanted to make the robot parts completely hidden on the undercarriage of the jet. He was not happy that the forearms and chest were visible during the alt mode. He also was not satisfied with the head. He played around with designs to cover these parts up but then scrapped the idea because it would have sacrificed the robot mode too much.


The purpose of KISS revealed

I don't know if you have been like me and wondering - Why do the KISS toys include sexy young girls? And who is Takara marketing their campaign towards?

The sexy girls from KISS are not meant for girls; and they are not meant for boys; they are meant for the older male collector. Takara recently explained this in the November edition of Hobby Magazine.




Tomy-Takara plans to market Transformers to adults for a while and not to children. We've been witnessing this already as Takara created the Binaltechs, Binaltech Astericks, Masterpieces, and now KISS Players.

Female figurines are popular in Japan among male adults. Tomy-Takara jumped on the bandwagon and included them in their KISS products. A radio show of KISS now airs in Japan.

Takara did not mention how long they will continue this campaign, but hinted that we will see other KISS Transformers released in the near future. Takara revealed that both the KISS and Masterpiece series are doing very well.

It is not known whether Tomy-Takara plans to release additional series in the near future.

Alex Milne Will Be at Canada's 80's Toy Expo 2006

Transformers News: Alex Milne Will Be at Canada's 80's Toy Expo 2006
Date: Saturday, October 7th 2006 6:04pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): TFW2005 and 80stoyexpo.com

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TFW2005 is reportings some news regarding Canadian 80's Toy Expo 2006. The news is Alex Milne will be at the event signing and sketching for those who attend. Fans may remeber that Milne worked on the art for Devil's Due's G.I. Joe vs. Transformers Volume III: The Art of War. According to TFW2005, Milne has been hired by IDW to work on the official comic adaptation of the upcoming Transformers Movie. For more about Canada's 80's Toy Expo 2006 go to their website, 80stoyexpo.com.

New Interview with Voice Actor Michael Bell

Transformers News: New Interview with Voice Actor Michael Bell
Date: Tuesday, October 3rd 2006 6:39pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, People News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Raymond T. and youtube.com

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Our own Raymond T has let us know about a new interview with voice actor Michael Bell is now online. For those who do not know who Bell is, he was a voice actor for the orginal Transformers series. Bell was the voice behind Prowl, Swoop, Sideswipe, and others. For a list of all the voices Bell did for Transformers check out our Vector Sigma Database. To watch the interview click here.

News From BotCon 2006 Voicing the Beast Wars Panel

Transformers News: News From BotCon 2006 Voicing the Beast Wars Panel
Date: Friday, September 29th 2006 8:15pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): TFormers.com and Allspark.com

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Among the many intersting panels at BotCon 2006 was the Voicing the Beast Wars Panel. This panel featured Blu Mankuma, Scott McNeil, Richard Newman, and Pauline Newstone. The panel proved to be rather interesting.

TFormers.com and Allspark.com have posted reported on this, click on the links above tp read the full reports.

Summary

- Mankuma spoke about how enjoyable playing contrasting characters in “War Planets” and “Beast Wars” was. He enjoyed playing such a beautifull character as Tigatron.

- Newman mentioned that the powes that be decided his voice was to reconizablle to do Tankorr.

- McNeil said Beast Wars was his favorite project because of the deep and complex character writing, and "never since" has another North American animated show come close.

- Newman siad he was 'more drawn to the shows weve worked on (Beast Wars/Machines), We don’t really get to see the finished product when were working. Just animated mouths'.

- Newman recalled the recording sessions for Beast Wars/Machines as having the feel of a radio drama - contrasted with the solo studio dub for Cybertron, on which he admits not even knowing all of his co-stars.

- Both said they haven’t been contacted about voicing for the movie.

- All four will be back for another "Voicing the Beast Wars" panel Saturday afternoon

BotCon's Creating History Panel with Simon Furman and Don Figueroa

Transformers News: BotCon's Creating History Panel with Simon Furman and Don Figueroa
Date: Friday, September 29th 2006 7:49pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Allspark.com and TFormers.com

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As we all know BotCon is just not a place to get news about upcoming Transformers toys, but it is also a place where new information about the comics can be found. Both Simon Furman and Don Figueroa participated in the Creating History Panel. They revealed information about upcoming comics and toys! Here are some reports about what was revealed.

Allspark.com and TFormers.com has posted reports on this click on the links above to read the full reports


Summary

Simon Furman

- There are plans to bring Galvatron into the IDW comic universe but nothing specific. Although he mentioned 'Other dimension stuff' that will appear in the Nightbeat spotlight.

- In the Ultra Magnus Spotlight he wants to see him step over the line a little bit. Possibly more like Grimlock.

-There may be "some Headmasters stuff" in the IDW Universe.

- Furman doesn't want to overuse Grimlock. He was in the Shockwave spotlight and won't show up again. for a while.

- he wants to do a Soundwave Spotlight which we might see more Ratbat in.

- He approached Bludgeon in the IDW series the same way he did before. Don made some design changes to make him more scary.

- Something that happens to one of the human characters in the 1st issue of Escalation which will have big repercussions. However he is aware Transformers is all about the robots.

+ Furman's thoughts on Female Transformers: There has to be a rational for any character he uses. Females never worked for him. Why are there female robots? Until he has a reason why, he won't use them.

- Furman "would love to do more with" Marvels new Death's Head.

- Furman has a love for Marvel comics because he grew up reading them. Working in the Marvel universe is just fabulous.

- Furman's influence would be Stan Lee.

- Furman will be working on some movie-related non-comic projects.

More specifics will be coming from Furman on Sunday.

Don Figueroa

- Don spoke of a reworked, 'less floppy' Titanium War Within Optimus Prime. Possibly as part of a two-pack with a reworked Megatron.

- Don also metioned a new non-repaint Titanium G1 Ultra Magnus toy that will transform without having to remove his armor.

- Don does not own the copywrites ti the Transformers art he does, once submitted to the companies they own it. Sometimes he sells originals which he gets to keep. But he cannot print them and sell them.

- Don Influence: Old school type. Jim Lee stuff, doesn't want to try and compete with other TF artists.


For all your BotCon 2006 news, stay tuned to Seibertron.com, because the news crew will keep you posted on everthing you need to know!

New Interview with Frank Welker

Transformers News: New Interview with Frank Welker
Date: Friday, September 22nd 2006 6:35pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, People News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Allspark.com

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Transformers fans everywhere are hoping that Frank Welker will be brought in to reprise his role as the voice of Megatron in the upcoming Transformers Movie. Well, this is not the announcement that Welker will be in the movie, but a new interview with the fan favorite voice actor is online. Allspark.com has posted the interview. You can check it out here.

New Interview with Bob Budiansky Online

Transformers News: New Interview with Bob Budiansky Online
Date: Tuesday, September 19th 2006 6:26pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, People News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Denyer and Transfans.net

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Our own Denyer has informed us about a new interview. with Transformers writer Bob Budiansky!

Bob Budiansky was responsible for naming many of the original G1 Transformers including Megatron and wrote a large part of the original US Marvel comic book series. Recently Bob has returned to Transformers writing IDWs forthcoming Transformers the Animated Movie Adaptation.

The interview can be found at Transfans.net. To check out what Budiansky had to say click here.

Both Don Figueroa and Alex Milne Will be at BotCon 2006

Transformers News: Both Don Figueroa and Alex Milne Will be at BotCon 2006
Date: Wednesday, September 13th 2006 6:42pm CDT
Categories: Event News, People News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Botcon.com

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The BotCon website has been updated. The latest updates includes the launch of a BotCon 2006 Artists! Section. In this new section it was announced that both Don Figueroa and Alex Milne will be attending BotCon 2006. For more information click here.

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