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Robot Kingdom Newsletter #1241

Posted on 09-26-2014 at 05:33 PM by Sol Fury under Sponsor News

Transformers: Universe Autobot And Decepticon Introduction Videos

Posted on 09-26-2014 at 12:13 PM by SilverOptimus under Video Games
Transformers-Universe-Autobots-Decepticons More Transformers Game News. Jagex has released two videos showcasing the Autobot and Decepticon sides of the story for Transformers: Universe.

Will you side with Optimus Prime and the Autobots, or lust for power with Megatron and his Decepticon army? That choice is yours in Transformers Universe, the next evolution in MOBA gameplay. Now is the chance to enter the fray in this explosive PVP combat game packed with killer team combat.

Fight alongside your friends and go head to head with some of the best players in the universe

Choose your allegiance and prepare for war! Enter the frontlines at http://www.transformersuniverse.com/ for intense PVP action and killer team combat


Join the war against the Decepticons and ally with Optimus Prime to defeat the tyranny of Megatron!


Join the war against the Autobots and ally with Megatron to achieve Peace through Tyranny!

Views: 2,282 / Credit: Niv3k of the 2005 Boards!

Angry Birds: Transformers Released In New Zealand & Finland - 25 Minutes Of Gameplay Footage

Posted on 09-26-2014 at 10:20 AM by SilverOptimus under Video Games
fgtvangrybirdstransformers Forbes and mobile gaming related sites are reporting that Angry Birds: Transformers is now available for download in New Zealand and Finland with Canada and Australia set to follow soon afterwards.

This release is a "Soft Launch"; a growing trend where apps are released earlier than their worldwide release dates for publicity and testing purposes.
Currently, iOS users are the only users who can download it early, if they are living in the above mentioned countries. Download link: iTunes.

Forbes had this to say:
"The game starts with Optimus Prime (Red) and Bumblebee (Chuck) as they fight against the Eggbots created by Eggspark. During play, you tap the screen to shoot different targets and power up your transformation and special powers.

This builds on the kart racing of Angry Birds Go!, role-play action of Angry Birds Epic and the most recent projectile play in Angry Birds Stella. Adding this new mechanic may attract a new set of players to the franchise, as well as long in the tooth Transformers fans.


This is where Hasbro comes in:
"The game makes use of toys to unlock additional characters by placing them over the camera of the tablet or smartphone device. It’s the kind of approach popularized by Skylanders (and more recently Disney Infinity) and should make the game popular with children."

Family Game TV has released a video of the first 25 minutes of the game. The gameplay footage reveals that this game is more of a Rail Shooter than an Endless Runner. Check it out, after the jump.
Views: 2,791

WTF@TFW Podcast episode 322 now online

Posted on 09-25-2014 at 01:19 PM by Sol Fury under Site Updates
Headman01_zps18897c12 Television land will never be the same as Vangelus tunes into the Aaron and TJ Omega networks to learn about children and Colombia.

You can download and comment on it here: WTF @ TFW - Episode 322

And if you want to hear some lengthy Age of Extinction roundtable discussion, check out our long-delayed WTF @ Age of Extinction podcast!
WTF @ Age of Extinction - July 18 2014

If you use iTunes and regularly subscribe to podcasts, you can add us to your player and have the software download each episode automatically each time we update. To do that, and give us a reviews on iTunes, click here: Transformers Podcast on iTunes.
Views: 1,175

Play With This Too Astro Blast

Posted on 09-25-2014 at 12:49 PM by Sol Fury under 3rd Party Unlicensed
27469592d1411610146-play-too-astroblast-astro-web While not a true "third party" release, we thought this might interest you. Several former Hasbro staff have set up a new toy company to deliver a series of 6 inch action figures with interchangeable parts and weapons. The company, called "Play With This Too", will feature "intergalatic heroes vs ferocious monsters". Each figure will also come with a Tech Drone, which is a transforming sidekick figure.

You might recognize a few of the concepts at work here - spacemen vs monsters was ultimately the main paradigm of the 1988 Pretenders series of Transformers, which the Tech Drones might play into. On the other hand, the designs are original, so maybe we're seeing patterns where there are none.

Check out the Play With This Too homepage for more information.
Views: 6,988 / Credit: PWTToo of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers Ultimate Showdown Contest

Posted on 09-25-2014 at 12:09 PM by Tony_Bacala under Transformers Movie (Just Movie) (All Transformers Movie News)
tf-showdown The Transformers Age of Extinction home release hype is in full swing, and there is now an Ultimate Transforemers Showdown contest being sponsored by Paramount. You can vote for your favorite Transformer daily in a NCAA tournament style bracket, and if you pick the winner you could win a 64 Inch UHD TV. Check the official game site here and stop back daily to win!

Will your favorite ‘bot make it through the Ultimate Transformers Showdown? Autobot® or Decepticon®, Dinobot or Constructicon, YOU choose who will advance! Click on the daily match-up and vote on Facebook or Twitter to keep your favorites in the running! If you pick the winning Transformer, you could win* an Ultra HD TV!
Views: 1,782 / Credit: Ultrawave of the 2005 Boards!

EXCLUSIVE: Transformers Age of Extinction Concept Art

Posted on 09-25-2014 at 10:39 AM by Tony_Bacala under Transformers Movie (Just Movie) (All Transformers Movie News)
PG_004_Optimus_PowerUp_003 Transformers Age of Extinction is out now on Digital HD and is set for release on DVD and Blu Ray next Tuesday! To celebrate the release the fine folks at Paramount have exclusively shared some high res AoE concept art with us here at TFW2005. We get to see some pretty cool stuff in here, including:
  • Optimus Prime with sword and shield
  • Bumblebee sketches
  • Early Drift artwork in alternate colors
  • Galvatron
  • Slug with a hand sketched helmet
  • Man made Cyclebot concepts
  • Various environment and ship shots


Transformers Age of Extinction is out now on (Blu Ray), (DVD), and Digital HD (via iTunes and Amazon). Make sure to pick up your copy today!

Check out the official press release and exclusive shots after the break!
Views: 9,362 / Credit: Paramount

Hub Network Rebranding Official Info And New Hasbro Program Times

Posted on 09-25-2014 at 10:38 AM by SilverOptimus under Transformers Prime
Hasbro-Discovery-Hub-TV-Network-Discovery-Family-Channel Hasbro has officially announced the rebranding of the Hasbro-Discovery Hub Network to the new Discovery Family.

We received a press release from Hasbro and they have announced several changes to the program lineup.

The Hub Network will become Discovery Family Channel effective October 13, 2014. The network will broaden its programming focus to serve families in primetime and continue to showcase Hasbro Studios award-winning children's content in daytime.

During the daytime, Discovery Family Channel will offer a robust line up of brand new Hasbro Studios' series as well as beloved library programming, including MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS, while during primetime, the network will serve a growing family audience that began to develop under The Hub Network. Primetime programming will draw from Discovery's three decades of leadership in creating the highest-quality, real-world content that appeals to the entire family in the Natural History, Adventure, Animals and Science genres. Initial series will include SUPERHUMAN, TIME WARP, FLYING WILD ALASKA, AFRICA and EXTREME ENGINEERING: BIGGEST REVEALS.


Also, Hasbro’s ownership stake in the channel will drop from 50% to 40% as the programming focus shifts to Hasbro-produced children’s fare in the daytime hours and family-friendly fare in primetime.

Variety reports that Hasbro may turn towards Video-On-Demand or Digital Distribution of their shows in the future:
“Hasbro, meanwhile, gains more flexibility to sell new and existing shows to digital outlets such as Netflix and Amazon. Kidvid is a huge component of overall viewing for the SVOD heavyweights, even though it doesn’t get nearly as much attention in pop culture as original series aimed at adults.”

Hasbro also commented on their future activities for Movies and TV Shows:
“The toymaker is investing big in production through its Burbank-based Hasbro Studios arm. “We are continuing to develop partnerships with the big studios for some of our biggest brands,” [Hasbro CEO Brian] Goldner said. “And you’ll see us developing movies with smaller budgets and strong filmmakers.””

Read the entire Press Release, after the jump.
Views: 1,938 / Credit: excelhedge of the 2005 Boards!

Takara Legends Fembots Teased - Arcee, Chromia, and Windblade

Posted on 09-25-2014 at 07:56 AM by Mechafire under Japanese Transformers
sJF6omU TakaraTomy's Twitter account has tweeted out new a teaser of three figures many fans have been curious about - their upcoming Legends versions of Arcee, Chromia, and Windblade!

Unfortunately though, they've taken after the third parties with this one, in that the only thing we get to see are their silhouettes. So, how will these vary from their Hasbro Generations releases, if at all? Will Takara make Arcee more red-ish like she is currently in the comics? Will Windblade be done up in more comic-accurate colors? And how will Chromia differ?

Check it out and speculate away in the discussion thread!
Views: 3,560 / Credit: Type-R of the 2005 Boards!

Angry Birds: Transformers Gameplay Trailer

Posted on 09-25-2014 at 06:47 AM by SilverOptimus under Video Games
Rovio has posted a gameplay trailer for Angry Birds: Transformers. The game is a sidescrolling endless runner with heavy G1 elements. The trailer also let us know that even Team Gameplay is included.

Release Dates:
iOS - October 15, 2014
Android - October 30, 2014


Get a facefull of run-and-gun action from the upcoming Angry Birds Transformers game! Take out swarms of enemies and topple piggy towers with strategically placed shots – but leave the slingshot at home ‘cos these birds are packin’ some serious firepower!

Play as both the AUTOBIRDS and the DECEPTIHOGS as they put their differences aside for a moment to take down the rampant EggBots!
Views: 1,597 / Credit: Niv3k of the 2005 Boards!

Transformers: Age of Extinction - Behind the Wheel Press Event

Posted on 09-24-2014 at 03:32 PM by SilverOptimus under Transformers Movie (Just Movie) (All Transformers Movie News)
Paramount has posted a video of their Transformers: Age of Extinction - Behind the Wheel Press Event; where people from media got the chance to drive Movie Autobots around a racetrack.

Views: 1,282

Peter Cullen Wants Michael Bay To Return For Transformers 5

Posted on 09-24-2014 at 03:25 PM by SilverOptimus under Transformers Movie (Just Movie) (All Transformers Movie News)
Peter-Cullen-Michael-Bay-Transformers-5 Legendary voice actor and the iconic voice of Optimus Prime; Mr. Peter Cullen fondly mentioned director Michael Bay and wishes to see him back in the director's chair for the 5th installment of the Transformers Live Action Movie Series.

Mr. Cullen mentioned to Cinema Blend:

"I have a great deal of respect for him. He generates a great deal of excitement and energy. He's really a hands-on director. My son is a stunt man and worked in Chicago doing a lot of the driving sequences...he said he's a very, very diligent, hands-on guy. He creates a great deal of energy and puts everybody on their toes. I would certainly miss him. I think he's brilliant, his mind is unbelievable. "

"Michael if you're [reading] this, I certainly hope you are coming back."

"It would be very difficult me to express any of the future on Transformers, but certainly the excitement that it's generated of where it could possibly go is up to anybody to figure out. I don't have access to any of that information."
Views: 4,056 / Credit: pie125 of the 2005 Boards!

Diamond Comics Shipping List for 1 October 2014

Posted on 09-24-2014 at 03:02 PM by Sol Fury under Comics
AUG140466 We have received next week's Diamond Comics Shipping list from TFW2005 member D-Drive. Next week we have the trade paperback collecting Mairghread Scott and Sarah Stone's Windblade miniseries, a series delving into the backstory of the titular Windblade! Also on next week's Diamond shipping list - Leader class Jetfire!

TRANSFORMERS WINDBLADE TP
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Mairghread Scott (A) Sarah Stone (CA) Casey W. Coller
In the aftermath of DARK CYBERTRON, WINDBLADE takes the planet by storm! But where did she come from-and what does her secret mean to the future of the TRANSFORMERS?

TRANSFORMERS 30TH ANN JETFIRE LEADER CLASS CS
HASBRO TOY GROUP
From Hasbro Toy Group. The Transformers: Generations Leader Class celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Transformers brand with large, feature-packed action figures available for Transformers fans! This popular scale arrives with the introduction of an all-new version of Jetfire. The Autobots' aerial commander features a large and detailed sculpt with snap-on armor, battle helmet, weapons and accessories, and converts from robot to armored jet mode!
Views: 1,291 / Credit: D-Drive of the 2005 Boards!

Takara-Tomy Legendary Weapons Prize Campaign

Posted on 09-24-2014 at 02:45 PM by Sol Fury under Japanese Transformers
weapon Takara-Tomy have announced a new promotion for their Transformers line. As before, it is a case of "when you spend 3,000 or more yen on Transformers you get a free gift, while stocks last", except this time instead of Microns, they are giving away weapons.

Specifically, these are "Legendary Weapons", trophies which the intergalactic hunter Lockdown had on board his starship. There are four different weapons, each one exclusive to a different store:
  • Prime Axe, a redeco of the axe that came with Beast Hunters Dreadwing. Available at Toys R Us Japan
  • Tricera Mace, a redeco of the mace that came with the Deluxe Beast Hunters Windrazor. Availability to be announced...
  • Spino Hammer, a redeco of the drill hammer that came with the Deluxe Beast Hunters Twinstrike. Available at (amongst others) Edion, Best Denki toy counter, Yamada Denki toy counter, and Yodobashi Camera
  • Ptera Spear, a redeco of Prime Knock Out's spear. Available at Bic Camera, Joshin Kids Land and Kojima Co., Ltd. toy counter

According to the page, they will be available in mid-October.
Views: 3,599

Bold Forms Wildfire not-Breakdown Prototype Image

Posted on 09-24-2014 at 02:30 PM by Sol Fury under 3rd Party Unlicensed
10665204_550525681713606_2590081988644007863_n Third party group Bold Forms have posted an image of their unofficial take on the Stunticon Breakdown on their Facebook page. "Wildfire" as he is known is shown here in robot mode, posed with a huge gun which is most likely the sidearm for the combined Menasor mode. Check out the image and see what you think.
Views: 5,146 / Credit: daimchoc of the 2005 Boards!
 
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