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This week in Transformers history - 1983

Posted on 11-25-2013 at 03:30 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
3D19C88B19B9F369103A1D27CFB7C282 As many of you are no doubt aware, next year is the 30th anniversary of Transformers, with May 8 2014 being the official date of the 30th anniversary. But did you know that a very important event which would shape Transformers as we know it took place 30 years ago this week?

The year was 1983. Hasbro had approached Marvel comics to write the backstories for a new toyline they were bringing to the US market - The Transformers. However, the initial names and bios written by Dennis O'Neil were rejected by Hasbro, leaving Marvel editor Jim Shooter to look to one of his other editors / writers. Jim Shooter ultimately asked Bob Budiansky to take up the task. Bob was given a very short timescale to provide names and bios to many of the initial 28 Transformers - a single week, with the deadline falling in Thanksgiving!

But Bob Budiansky rose to the challenge, and through him many characters including Megatron were named and given the bios that have helped shape their personalities for the past 30 years.

So in this week of Thanksgiving, I would invite you all to raise a glass to Bob Budiansky, who 30 years ago created much of the Transformers mythos as we know it. I would also invite you to celebrate the work of all the other creators since, who have taken on the task of writing and shaping the world of the Robots in Disguise and given us 30 years worth of toys, cartoons, comics and so much more.

It all began in that week leading up to Thanksgiving, 1983.


The true countdown to the 30th anniversary of Transformers begins here.
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Amazon Holiday 2013 Lightning Deals Platinum Generation 1 Predaking 3PM PST TODAY!

Posted on 11-14-2013 at 04:38 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
Predaking_1380666039 Amazon.com are running their 2013 Holiday Toy List, a whole series of lightning deals in the run up to the holiday season - and one of the items that astute 2005 Boards members have noticed is on the list is the Platinum Edition Predaking! This special edition reissue of the original Generation 1 Predaking was already a bargain at the around $100 price Amazon is already asking - so who knows just how much they'll sweeten the deal?

The Lightning Deal is due to begin at 3pm PST - about nine and a half hours from the time of this post. Click here to go to the Amazon 2013 Holiday List and hopefully get yourself a bargain-price Transformer for the holidays when this deal begins!

Update - this should be going live soon!
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Generation 1 Prototype Minibot Images

Posted on 11-07-2013 at 03:47 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
1466082_228992840611166_63180555_n The Spacebridge has shared some more images of some very rare early Transformers lore on Facebook. Back in the 1980s, Takara had intended to release the second series of Minibots - Cosmos, Beachcomber, Powerglide, Seaspray and Warpath - in alternate decos, much as they did with Astrotrain. These rarely seen images showcase what those alternate decos would have looked like, and include a grey Powerglide with green limbs, a Beachcomber and a Seaspray with red elements where the US releases had grey and white, respectively, a green Warpath and a blue Cosmos. The latter two decos would eventually be released by e-Hobby in 2004, along with a different alternate deco to Powerglide, an image of which was shown in an early Takara catalog (image originally posted on the TFwiki)

Be sure to check out more images of these rare Transformers prototypes in The Spacebridge's Prototype Transformers Facebook gallery.
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Generation 1 Prototype Swoop and Unreleased Energon Megatron Redeco Images

Posted on 11-06-2013 at 03:05 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
1451344_228732263970557_724234292_n The Spacebridge has added some cool new images to his Facebook gallery of Prototype Transformers Images. Shown off in this update is a rare look at a Generation 1 toy prototype - the prototype of the Generation 1 Dinobot pterodactyl Swoop, which was used on Swoop's box photography. This prototype when compared to the final version has a few changes, including less rounded wingtips, and gold chrome parts on the dinosaur feet, lower jaw, and missiles - all of which would be flat red plastic in the final release.

Also in this update is a rare look at the unreleased Transformers Energon Megatron redeco, which would have come with a pack-in of the World's Smallest Transformable Transformers Soundwave. These images are the unphotoshopped versions of what would have been the official photos of this toy, used on the packaging photography. Like the unreleased Optimus Prime this toy never saw the light of day outside of a few isolated prototype leaks, so check out this rare look at this pair of aborted Energon Leader-class redecos.
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Transformers Optimus Prime Light-Up Bust with 48 Page Book

Posted on 10-13-2013 at 09:54 AM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
noimage A new listing on Amazon.com provides us with a small tease at a bit of 30th anniversary of Transformers tie-in merchandise. What is listed is a light-up Optimus Prime bust which comes with a 48 page book containing quotes and pictures from the original 1980s cartoon. It is set for a 14th of May 2014 release - mere days after where the 30th anniversary itself falls. The list price is $12.95. No pictures or other information is posted on there yet, but it seems like this will be the first of many items released to coincide with 30 years of the robots in disguise.
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Linkin Park Soundwave Released

Posted on 09-20-2013 at 04:42 PM by Tony_Bacala under Generation 1
Linkin-Park-photo-by--Parvez-Satter Yesterday, rock band Linkin Park held a release party for the Linkin Park Soundwave Transformers Special Edition Figure at the SURU store in Los Angeles. Members of the band were in attendance to celebrate the release of the special edition figure, which marks one of the first celebrity-designed Transformers figures in the brand's 30-year history. Read on for the full press release and pictures!
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Transformers Master Art Optimus Prime Print

Posted on 09-10-2013 at 01:00 PM by Tony_Bacala under Generation 1
30th-prime-box-art-1 Takara Tomy will be releasing a limited print celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Transformers through their TakaraTomy Mall outlet. The print will be of the original G1 box art for Optimus Prime, signed by the original artist Shin Ueda. It will be in giclee format, framed, and come with a removable 30th Anniversary plate. Retail is 31,500 yen ($314 USD or so). Of note, it's referred to as #1 in a collection, so we could be seeing more G1 box art in this format. Stay tuned! Check out pictures after the break!
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Linkin Park Soundwave T-Shirt and 9 Fifty Snapback

Posted on 09-05-2013 at 08:21 PM by Tony_Bacala under Generation 1
cap1_1024x1024 Linkin Park Soundwave is set to be released later this month after over a year of waiting, and to celebrate the band and their retail partner SURU are putting out a matching set of T-shirts and baseball hat. There will be 2 tees, one in gold and one in Decepticon purple, featuring Soundwave in tape mode with the LP icon as seen on the toy. The hat is a New Era 9 Fifty snapback featuring the tapedeck design embroidered in gold, decepticon symbol pattern on the panels, and a purple brim. Check out all the pics after the break, and head on over to SURU to order! (Note - you can also preorder the toy over at TFSource!)
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Toy Fair 1995 Catalog Scans Featuring Unreleased Transformers Generation 2 Toys

Posted on 09-03-2013 at 04:11 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
14 2005 Boards member BB Shockwave has shared with us something cool tonight - scans of the Transformers pages of the 1995 Toy Fair catalog. This catalog covered the end of the Generation 2 line, so it shows a whole lot of these early toys that never got released. Showcased herein are toys such as the Soundwave and Jazz Laser Cycles (recolors of Road Pig and Road Rocket, respectively), SGT Hound and General Optimus Prime autorollers (recolors of Road Block and Dirtbag, respectively) plus the Combat Hero Optimus Prime and Megatron recolors and the legendary Megatron & Starscream ATB.

There's also a whole page dedicated to the Go-Bots assortment which was actually released, but weirdness rears its head here with several characters having altered names, i.e. Bumble Bee instead of Bumblebee.

Check out the scans attached to this post for a look at lots of never-released goodness.
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Kids Logic Clear SD Prime and Megatron

Posted on 07-26-2013 at 04:29 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
935854_10151488122372610_437862286_n Kids Logic, makers of the licensed SD Optimus Prime figure, have announced via their Facebook that they will have an exclusive item available at ACG HK 2013. A 3 inch, clear Optimus Prime figure will be available from their booth as a bonus for pre-ordering the larger 6 inch figure.

Additionally via Facebook page GigaHobby (slightly NSFW), we can share some pics of the Kids Logic Booth. The 6 inch SD Optimus Prime is on show, along with a small poster announcing that Kids Logic will be following up their SD Optimus Prime with an SD Megatron. He'll be based on Generation 1 Megatron - it's only a silhouette so far, so stay tuned for more information.
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Generation 1 Unreleased Chrome Seeker Prototypes

Posted on 07-09-2013 at 02:58 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
578369_184364941740623_2079670609_n The Spacebridge has shared a look at some more truly rare unreleased Transformers memorabilia on Facebook. This time out he has given us a rare glimpse at metallic chrome versions of four different takes on the Generation 1 Seeker mold. These Seekers, which were never released, were produced by Takara for Hasbro to use as competition prizes. It is hard to pin down the exact time period these date from, but they must be post 2003 due to the Starscream using the Transformers Collection series tooling which included the additional Megatron gun accessory.


Not a bootleg, fake or "lunchtime special" These toys were made as samples by Takara for Hasbro. They would then be offered as exclusives or prizes to retailers if they wanted to run a promotion. So if Wal*Mart wanted to run a Transformers competition these would be offered to them by Hasbro as a possible prize. Most likely not used as Japanese size missiles so "unsafe" in the United States. These are original Hasbro internal pictures.


Check out The Spacebridge's Facebook page for more looks at weird and wonderful unreleased Transformers items!
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Platinum Series Generation 1 Predaking Reissue Preorders

Posted on 07-01-2013 at 12:52 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
81lkHB9XBEL_SL1500_ Preorders have opened for the Big Bad Toy Store and Amazon shared exclusive Generation 1 Predaking reissue. The mighty Predaking is being sold as a part of the "Thrilling 30" Platinum series commemorating 30 years of our favorite Robots in Disguise. It's priced at $119.95 and due for a release mid-August to mid-September 2013.

Check out the preorders at the links below:

Platinum Series Generation 1 Predaking Reissue at Big Bad Toy Store
Platinum Series Generation 1 Predaking Reissue at Amazon
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From Mockup to Production - The Creation of a Generation 1 Transformers Toy

Posted on 06-19-2013 at 04:16 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
1013427_178022185708232_608555838_n The Spacebridge has shared some interesting material on his Facebook page. At the far end of this link, you will see a rare example of the progress of a Generation 1 Transformer - Sharkticon Gnaw - from the earliest non-transforming mockup, through animation designs, later mockups, and transforming prototypes before the production version was finalized. As well as showing us these rare early stages, the progression presents an interesting case study in how an original concept, "robot shark man, big teeth", would eventually become the toy that many of us added to our collections.

Check it out, it is a fantastic example of how everything comes together.
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Hasbro Press Release - Transformers 30th Anniversary Celebration Publishing

Posted on 06-19-2013 at 01:19 PM by SilverOptimus under Generation 1
Transformers-30th-Anniversary-Ultimate-Popup-Book We have received a Press Release from Hasbro regarding the publishing they will release to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of one of the greatest franchises in existence; Transformers.

"With both TRANSFORMERS and MY LITTLE PONY gearing up celebrations for their 30th Anniversaries, it is the perfect time to celebrate the magic and excitement of both brands with the publication of very special books that will appeal to fans of all ages, whether they've been with us for 30 years or 30 minutes," said Michael Kelly, Director of Global Publishing at Hasbro. "We are working with the very best publishers in the business to bring these unique books to life, and readers will marvel over never before published artwork, compelling original stories, and detailed information sure to satisfy the most avid fan and collector."

Hasbro-branded collectible books in-the-works include:

TRANSFORMERS 30th Anniversary Comic Collection by IDW Publishing
Collecting 30 influential comics from across 30 years of TRANSFORMERS history, this handsome hardcover volume draws from multiple timelines and continuities, including classic Generation One, the live action movies, TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED, and more.

TRANSFORMERS: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe by Little, Brown and Company
New York Times Bestseller Matthew Reinhart brings fans the quintessential TRANSFORMERS Pop-Up experience. Celebrate the history, heroes, and villains of the TRANSFORMERS universe in this ultimate 3-D masterpiece. Chock full of TRANSFORMERS facts and showcasing 35 TRANSFORMERS, including a towering OMEGA SUPREME that is Reinhart's tallest pop ever.

TRANSFORMERS Covenant of Primus by 47North & becker&mayer
The Covenant of Primus includes a full history of the TRANSFORMERS with previously unrevealed information about their origins from before the Golden Age of Exploration to the great civil war between the Autobots and Decepticons and beyond. The book also includes newly created illustrations and never-before-seen art from the Hasbro archives. Housed in a customized AUTOBOT shield, the stylish book can be mounted on the wall and features three classic mechanical TRANSFORMERS sounds when opening the case.


You can find the full Press Release, after the jump.
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Unreleased Generation 1 Megatron Reissue Images!

Posted on 06-17-2013 at 04:23 PM by Sol Fury under Generation 1
1009924_177341559109628_1275703121_n Did you know that during the Transformers Generation 1 Commemorative Series of the mid 2000s, Hasbro tried to get the original Generation 1 Megatron back on to Toys R Us shelves? It's true! However, such a reissue carried with it a huge cost - namely a shockingly bright, un-Megatron deco that none the less somehow manages to be strangely appealing.

By way of The Spacebridge on Facebook, we can share a look at this aborted Megatron reissue. What you see here is the only way Hasbro could have even attempted to get Megatron back on store shelves at Toys R Us, with an orange and metallic blue deco (It is worth saying that in spite of this, the toy still got rejected for a release because it looked too much like a gun).

Check out these images and see what might have been. Also be sure to check out The Spacebridge's Facebook album of unreleased Transformers toys for more rare looks at unreleased stuff, including Takara's original Generation 1 Metroplex prototype, a mockup of what would eventually become Diaclone Tracks, early Trypticon and Predaking prototypes and lots more!
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