Wednesday, April 12th 2006 10:10pm CDT
Category: Site Articles
Posted by: Hotrod
The Transformers franchise has been involved with cross-promotions in the last year with more to come. The cross-over most fans are familiar with are the Transformers and G.I. Joe cross-overs since there have been so many. In the West (the United States, Canada, South America, Australia, and Europe) G.I. Joe is not the only franchise to have a tie in with the Transformers. A few other properties have joined forces in with our favorite robots in disguise in the past. Meanwhile, there are still some joint ventures in the present that appear will be being carried on into the future.
Marvel Comics - Part One
The first ever cross-over or team up with the Transformers occurred early when the Transformers franchise was just beginning when Marvel Comics began publishing the Transformer in 1984. In the third issue of the Transformers, "Prisoner of War", one of Marvel’s most popular characters web slung his way into the Transformers comic book. Spiderman only appeared in the one issue. The appearance of Spiderman would later seem odd since the Transformer Universe would get separated from the rest of the Marvel Universe. However, the introduction of everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spiderman in the third issue would start a trend that is continuing today, Transformers and cross-overs. Spiderman and the Transformer though have never crossed paths since.
The next franchise to team up with the Transformers would be the most famous cross-over to date, and one that has been done many times since. The G.I. Joe franchise was the next brand that joined with the Transformers franchise. This move made a lot of sense at the time of its conception. Hasbro owned the rights to both Transformers and G.I. Joe. Another factor that helped bring both Transformers and G.I. Joe together was the fact that Marvel was publishing comics for both franchises. Also at the time both were wildly popular.
The first comic book team up of the Transformers and G.I. Joe occurred in 1987 when Marvel comics released a four part mini-series. This series was important for many reasons. It placed both Transformers and G.I. Joe squarely in the same Universe. What took place in the mini-series had an effect on what happened in later issues of both G.I. Joe and the Transformers.
Later in 1987 Marvel UK launched their own five part series entitled "Ancient Relics" witch had the Transformers join forces with the United Kingdom’s G.I. Joe counterpart at the time, Action Force. Action Force, led by Flint, would team up with Centurion, and the Autobots Blades and Grimlock to take on a crazed Megatron who had suddenly returned. (It is later revealed that it was not the real Megatron but a clone Megatron inhabited by Straxus.)
The next time Transformers and G.I. Joe would combine forces would be in 1993. In 1993 Marvel began to publish a new Transformers comic titled Transformers: Generation 2, G2 that would pick up where the previous run left off. Before the new comic started the reintroduction of the Transformers would take place in the G.I. Joe comics 138 through 142. During this run Megatron made a deal with Cobra Commander. Cobra would rebuild and upgrade Megatron, in return Megatron would provide Cobra with Cybertronian technology. The result ended with Megatron having a new body, his G2 form. A small group of Autobots would team up with G.I. Joe to try and stop Megatron. These events would lead directly into the Transformers: Generation 2 comic with some members of G.I. Joe appearing.
Transformers Meets A Real American Hero. Again.
The next cross-over would not occur for another ten years. In 2003 both the Transformers and G.I. Joe comics were no longer published by Marvel comics. G.I. Joe was and is currently published by Devil’s Due. In 2002 the Transformers started to be published by Dreamwave Comics. In 2003 both companies would take their own shot at doing a cross-over involving the two brands.
The first to publish the cross-over was Devil’s Due. Devil’s Due put together a six issue series that started in June of 2003 and ended in December of 2003. The series was titled simply "G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers". The series rewrote the entire history for both G.I. Joe and the Transformers. Both of the continuities were merged from the beginning with this mini-series.
Not to be out done Dreamwave released their own mini-series. In September of 2003 Dreamwave launched a six issue run call "Transformers/G.I. Joe". The saga would end in March of 2004. Dreamwave took a different approach then Devil’s Due. "Transformers/G.I. Joe" took place during World War II. The story took place in its own continuity and did not have any impact on the existing continuities.
In 2004 both Devil’s Due and Dreamwave would publish follow ups to their earlier Transformers and G.I. Joe team ups. Devil’s Due started to publish "G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers II". This was a direct follow up to "G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers". The series lasted for four issues.
In September of 2004 Dreamwave was planning to publish their last Transformers and G.I. Joe cross-over. The mini-series was titled "Transformers/G.I. Joe Volume 2: Divided Front". The "Transformers/G.I. Joe Volume 2: Divided Front" story was set to be told in a total of five issues. Like "G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers II" was a follow up to "G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers", "Transformers/G.I. Joe Volume 2: Divided Front" was a follow up to "Transformers/G.I. Joe". Dreamwave’s take on the Transformers and G.I. Joe was scheduled to end in February 2005 but, only one issue was ever published before Dreamwave went out of business.
In March 2006, Devil’s Due started to publish their third and latest installment of their G.I. Joe and Transformers saga. It is titled "G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers III: The Art of War" and is a direct follow up to G.I. Joe vs. the Transformers II". The series is set to span five issues.
G.I.Bots The Cartoon
G.I. Joe has had an influence on Transformers outside of the realm of comic books. In season three of the original Transformers cartoon a couple of G.I. Joe related characters made appearances. The first to do so was Marissa Fairborn. Marissa Fairborn is the daughter of Dashiell Fairborn. Dashiell is a member of G.I. Joe and has the code name Flint. Marissa appeared in seven episodes in Transformers season three. She first appeared in "Five Faces of Darkness" parts 3, 4, and 5, episodes 68-70. Marissa Fairborn then showed up in episodes 71, "The Killing Jar", 76, "Forever is a Long Time Coming", and 90, "Money is Everything". Her last appearance was in episode 92, "The Burden Hardest to Bear".
The other G.I. Joe character to appear in the Transformers cartoon in season three was none other then Cobra Commander. He appeared in episode 88, "Only Human". In this episode Cobra Commander helped capture Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Springer, and Arcee and removed their minds from their bodies and placing them in human bodies. He would then try to use the Autobots' robot bodies to attack Autobot City and destroy the other Autobots. Ultimately the plot was foiled.
Transformers and G.I. Joe have never had any official toy cross-overs with the exception of one prototype from the early 1990s
. In 2004, however, G.I. Joe would have an impact on the Transformers toy line at the time, Transformers Energon. The first figure inspired by G.I. Joe was the Decepticon Snowcat. The G.I. Joe Snowcat was the inspiration for both his alternate mode and name. Energon Snowcat was released in different colors in 2005 as Transformers Universe Snowcat. Energon Kicker is another figure inspired by G.I. Joe. He was made in the same fashion as the 3 ¾ inches G.I. Joe figures of the time.
Marvel Comics - Part Two: Other Characters
Another popular character who had a cross-over with the Transformers was Death’s Head. He appeared in over thirty-one issues of Marvel UK Transformers. His first appearance was Marvel UK’s Transformers 113- "Wanted Galvatron Dead or Alive (part 1). Death’s Head would play a role in helping defeat Galvatron when he went back in time and later Unicron in the story arch "Legacy of Unicron".
There has even been a case when a character from the Transformers has made an appearance in another comic. A lesser known Transformer character Circuit Breaker, Josie Beller, is one such character. Even though she was not an Autobot or Decepticon, Circuit Breaker was an important character in Marvel’s Transformers. Her origins began in the Transformers issue 5-"The New Order". She would end up playing an important role in the Marvel Universe which was odd because by this time Marvel’s Transformer Universe was supposed to be separate from the rest of the Marvel Universe. Circuit Breaker would convince the Beyonder, who was taking control of all the multiple Earths down to their molecular level, to relinquish control in Secret Wars II issue 3. She was able to do so when she met the Beyonder and praised him for his rule. While doing so, she told him she did not like robots because they had no free will. This caused the Beyonder to rethink his actions and release control of the Earths.
Star Wars Transformers - A New Hope
The newest franchise to intermingle with the Transformers is the very popular Star Wars brand. This was unexpected by many fans. Hasbro has combined the two franchises in a sense in a toy line called Star Wars Transformers. The line is base on Star Wars vehicles that transform into characters from the Star Wars Universe. Thus far the line has been popular and there are more releases planned.
Both brands will soon be doing battle with one another in Hasbro’s Attacktix series. Starting in August 2006 Transformers Attacktix figures will be available to go along with the currently available Star Wars Attacktix figures. Hasbro will also be releasing special Attacktix Star Wars vs. Transformers Intergalactic Showdown Pack that will include six figures including both Darth Vader and Optimus Prime.
The Future Of Transformers Crossovers
What the future holds as far as cross-overs and Transformers goes no one knows for sure. One thing is for sure, there are bound to be some more down the line and as long as they are successful. Hasbro will continue to pair the Transformers with other brands as long as there is an audience to be reached. So keep your eyes open, you never know who the Transformers will cross paths with next.
I would like to thank the following sources:
SEIBERTRON.com Vector Sigma Database, Hasbro, and www.Marvunapp.com
Wednesday, April 12th 2006 8:02pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Hotrod
has updated their website with some news. They have posted news about G.I.Joe vs. Transformers: the Art of War #2. Devil's Due
has posted a five page preview of the upcoming G.I.Joe vs. Transformers: the Art of War #2.
"G.I.Joe vs. Transformers: the Art of War #2
by: Tim Seeley, Joe Ng & UDON Studios
The interstellar war continues!
With casualties on both sides, and two worlds teetering on the brink of destruction, the stakes get higher as a new life-form steps forward to conquer all! Can even the combined forces of G.I.Joe and the Transformers hope to stop this force of nature and technology?"
Go over to Devil's Due's website
to get a sneak peak of G.I.Joe vs. Transformers: the Art of War #2.
Wednesday, April 12th 2006 2:26pm CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: JelZe GoldRabbit
The Cybertron line slowly keeps expanding in the UK, our very own Nac has spotted Cybertron Megatron in a Toys 'R Us:
I just spied a single Cybertron Megatron at the Rochester Toys R Us. Stood on top of a load of Mudflaps. No price indicated but I reckon its the same as Optimus Prime.
Should you find one, or any other Transformer in your area, don't forget to post your finding in the Sightings Section
Wednesday, April 12th 2006 12:20pm CDT
Categories: Toy News
Posted by: Calenatarion
member S250 has acquired a listing from a toystore concerning the new Transformers Classic line.
Transformers Classics Voyager asst / Optimus Prime
Transformers Classics Voyager asst / Megatron
1 case = 4 pcs (2pcs optimus + 2pcs Megatron)
Transformers Classics Deluxe Asst Bumblebee
Transformers Classics Deluxe Asst Astrotrain (3 in 1)
Transformers Classics Deluxe Asst Starscream
Transformers Classics Deluxe Asst Hot Rod
1 case = 8pcs ( each 2pcs )
The new Decepticon Astrotrain prototype
has been listed here before
Tuesday, April 11th 2006 11:44pm CDT
Categories: Toy News
, Store News
Posted by: Hotrod
Our own Collector Maximus has brought some interesting news to our attention. Collector Maximus reports that a local Wal-Mart in Roswell, Georgia is having a sale on Transformers Cybertron ultra class figures. Instead of the usual $26.47 the ultra class figures only cost $13.47! Collector Maximus has provided a picture of the receipt to varify the report. There is no word if this is just a local sale or a national one or if it extends to other figure classes, so check out your local Wal-Mart!
Collector Maximus' original post:
"My brother picked up a Wing Saber earlier today, (4/11/06), at Wal Mart for Just $13 plus tax! He doesn't usually buy TFs but wanted a Wing Saber since he saw my mine. I don't know if it's just the ultra class or what but I am probably gonna pick up any that I don't have. Her's a pic of the receipt.
Tuesday, April 11th 2006 10:39pm CDT
Category: Comic Book News
Posted by: Hotrod
Comic News International
Comic News International
has posted the latest Transformes solicitation from IDW. This solicitation is about the upcomig 5-part mini-series, "Hearts of Steel". Here is what the solicitation said:
"The TRANSFORMERS characters have arrived in a new era-an era from yesteryear. IDW’s new TRANSFORMERS: Evolutions series features special out-of-continuity tales that focus on the ROBOTS IN DISGUISE in various eras throughout history. The property is under license from the Hasbro Properties Group, the intellectual property development arm of Hasbro, Inc.
In issue one of the 5-part debut mini-series, "Hearts of Steel," writer Chuck Dixon and artist Guido Guidi introduce the robots to the Industrial Revolution, where a charismatic hammer-man named John Henry discovers that a steam-drill is really an alien robot named BUMBLEBEE. Before Henry can process this information the DECEPTICONS attack-disguised as tanks, trains and walking engines. Is this all part of a larger scheme by STARSCREAM? And if so, will the other AUTOBOTS arrive in time to stop his nefarious plans?
"The TRANSFORMERS are such a unique brand of characters that it would just seem unfair not to be able to play with them in different and new sandboxes," states IDW Publishing Editor Dan Taylor. "TRANSFORMERS: Evolutions gives readers the opportunity to explore new possibilities with some of their favorite AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS in out-of-continuity events that have never been explored."
TRANSFORMERS: Evolutions "Hearts of Steel" #1, the first issue of an all-new TRANSFORMERS 5-issue miniseries, premieres in June 2006 with a 32-page full-color comic book with a suggested cover price of $2.99."
Included in the solicitation is a new image from "Hearts of Steel" which features Bumblebee! View the image here
Tuesday, April 11th 2006 8:52pm CDT
Categories: Site News
, People News
Posted by: Seibertron
While surfing around on Don Murphy's website
looking for a publicity photo of him, I stumbled into a page on his site that really seemed to strike home to me. Hopefully, it'll strike home with the rest of the Transformers fan-base as well.
Don Murphy has a Want List
on his website of items he's personally searching for. Some of it sounds like Memorobilia, some of it sounds like things that might be dear to him. Either way, with such a massive fanbase (many of whom are constantly hunting down various items to complete collections), it seems like there's got to be a few of us who know somebody who can help track some of this stuff down for him. Maybe one of your parents has a collection of old Los Angeles Times newspapers or maybe one of you works in a music store that still has records (there's plenty here in Chicago) ... if I don't ask, we'll never know.
I think Don Murphy has done a tremendous amount for our fandom since he became involved with the Transformers Movie and I think we should show him a round of thanks by seeing if we can help him out. Are you guys up for the challenge? I feel like we're going on a scavenger hunt of sorts.
So from one collector to another, let's see what we can do to help out Don Murphy. If you think you know someone or if you have a way to contribute somehow, please drop me a line using the contact form here
or if you want to contact Don Murphy, you can send him a message on his message board
. If you're a news moderator on another Transformers website, please feel free to repost all of this information on your website to see if we can collectively spread the word. If nothing else, at least we can bring some more attention to his "want list
" to help him out however we can.
Let the "Don Murphy Scavenger Hunt" begin!
Here's Don Murphy's want list:
The following are all items that I would like to have, but cannot find for some reason.
If you have them and want to part with them, I can send cash, scripts, promotional things. Hookers and Gin. Whatever you want. You help me I can make you happy.
If you have anything here to part with email me details like what it is and what you want to MrDonMurphy@hotmail.com. And thanks for doing so.
- Brooks and Jane LPs- there's one called LIVE AND OTHERWISE and one called THEN AND NOW. They used to play live in Venice California in the 70s. Nobody has this but if you do...
- Los Angeles Times- The Main section in any condition as long as the front page is included. JUNE 18, 1952.
- Los Angeles Times- Sunday Edition- August 17th, 1969. Must include Section B- Local News. In fact that's the only section I need if you have it.
- Barnaby- regular sized paperbacks from Crockett Johnson reprinting comic strips. These books came from Ballantine in the 1980s. I think there are 6. Or 7. I have 1, 2 and 3.
- The Zone Box. This was a little box about the size of a scotch tape dispenser. You hit it. It played the Twilight Zone theme song. You ordered it by mail through the Zone magazine like in 1984. I have one someone. Or not. Can I have yours?.
- Doug Henning did a lot of Television Specials in the 1970s. The first Doug Henning's World of Magic show aired in December, 1975. I think there are 8 total. Please give generously. Note- this is not the Broadway show THE MAGIC SHOW which any retard could buy off Amazon.com and I did already. NOTE TWO- I have the first one on dvd- thanks Baxt!
- Any Muscular Dystrophy Telethon copy hosted by Dennis James in the late 70s. Must have the "Look at us we're walking" section.
- A video copy of Jack and the Beanstalk as performed by the Prince Street Players. Like ages ago.
So none of this stuff is gonna be easy to find. If it was I would have it already. Get it? Those video copies will be HELL to find. But I appreciate your hard work.
This is what YOU can do for ME!
Tuesday, April 11th 2006 6:21pm CDT
Category: Store News
Posted by: Hotrod
Air Commander Starscream
Thanks to our own Air Commander Starscream for giving us the heads up about some important news. Toys "R" Us will be changing their return policy starting June 12, 2006. It will now be more important then ever to keep those dated sales or gift receipts. The following will be the new return policy for Toys "R" Us:
|Toys "R" Us Flier : |
New Return Policy.
Please Save Your Receipts
Effective Monday, June 12, 2006 A dated sales or gift receipt will be required for ALL refunds and exchanges.
We will not be able to accomodate requests for refunds or exchanges without a dates sales or gift reciept as of Monday, June 12, 2006.
Please note our 90 day/45 day return period (depending upon product) remains in effect for returns and exchanges accompanied by a dated sales or gift receipt.
A merchandise credit will be given for all gift receipt and internet receipt returns.
We reserve the right to limit or decline refunds.
Air Commander Starscream's original post:
"Just an FYI to you guys. So keep those receipts incase you get an headless (Longrack), armless (Thunderblast)or just a broken Transformer!"