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Non-Transformers: Gokin Machine Robo / Masterpiece Gobots!

Posted on 02-06-2015 at 01:28 AM by Sol Fury under Other News
Masterpiece-Gobots-1 Non-Transformers, but this will excite all of you who have been fans of transforming robots in the 1980s. Via Taghobby / Cybergundam on Facebook, we have a look at a whole line of Gokin (high-end release) versions of several Machine Robos, who many of you may remember from the 1980s as the GoBots! The selection of characters in the line definitely seems to have been inspired by GoBots as well as Machine Robo, the original Japanese version of the series. The lineup shown thus far includes:
  • Cy-Kill
  • Jet Robo / Fitor
  • Drill Robo / Screwhead
  • Turbo
  • Leader-1
  • Tank Robo / Tank
  • Shuttle Robo / Spay-C

Plus there are one or two others.

It looks like Bandai & Action Toys is serious about bringing back the Gobots / Machine Robos as a whole line of high-end collector releases, to compete with the Masterpiece Transformers.

Discuss this revelation in the discussion thread linked below, and for more non-Transformers toy news, be sure to visit our sister site, The Toyark!
Views: 16,554 / Credit: dardmc, Fort Max of the 2005 Boards!

Shout Factory launches their own free TV channel

Posted on 02-05-2015 at 03:51 PM by Sol Fury under Other News
Here is something which may be of interest, though there is no Transformers connection - yet.

Shout Factory, who has been putting out the Transformers shows on DVD and Blu Ray in the US for some time now, has recently announced the launch of their own multi-platform channel, Shout Factory TV. The channel is being billed as a place to watch cult classic shows and movies, plus original specials.

While there is no word on Transformers, the implication with Transformers shows coming off Netflix is that this may well end up being the home for the shows. Watch this space for more news, and check out the announcement video below:

Views: 1,237 / Credit: Roguesaint of the 2005 Boards!

Mythbusters are taking on The Transformers

Posted on 01-29-2015 at 11:30 PM by Sentinel under Other News
image Following their trend this season of testing TV and movie myths, the Discovery Channel show Mythbusters will be tackling the Transformers in an upcoming episode on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 9:00PM EST

Episode summary:

Myths tested:

Adam and Jamie attempt the mechanical metamorphosis of a car becoming a motorcycle and a bicycle becoming a boat.

I just hope that Jaime and Adam don't resort to their normal routine of just blowing up stuff at the end of the episode. I'd hate to see them take out their frustrations with mass shifting on an innocent Transformers figure.

Discuss on the boards what these crazy guys have in store for the Transformers.
Views: 4,384 / Credit: Spiderus Prime; Incepticon of the 2005 Boards!

30 Years Of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee DVD's

Posted on 01-22-2015 at 08:32 AM by Matty under Other News
p_87165 In celebration of the 30 years of Transformers, two DVDs will be released this March to highlight two of the franchise's most iconic: Optimus Prime and Bumblebee.

Staff edit:

These DVD's will be Australia released sets -
Please note that all DVDs available on this website are encoded for Region 4 only [Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Oceania, Central America, The Caribbean, Mexico and South America (except French Guiana)]. Please be aware that countries other than Australia may need a multi-region DVD player in order to play Region 4 DVDs.

Each DVD will feature the character from various cartoons they appeared in, including G1, the Unicron Trilogy, Animated, and Transformers Prime. The running time listed for each DVD is 88 minutes, you'll likely be getting four episodes per character.

Here's the descriptions we have so far.

Optimus Prime:
Take a look back at the leader of the Autobots and the defender of Earth in this special DVD release. Featuring episodes from Generation 1, Unicron, Animated, and Prime.

Everyone's favourite Autobot shows what he can across three popular Transformers series. The plucky 'Goldbug' is in full voice as he takes on the evil Decepticons in Generation 1, Animated and Prime.

Check it out after the jump.
Views: 3,541 / Credit: SeanTF1967 of the 2005 Boards!

Amazing Stained Glass Optimus Prime Window

Posted on 01-21-2015 at 03:56 PM by Sol Fury under Other News
optimus-prime-stained-glass-4 Here is something rather cool we thought we might share with you. Geekologie reports that a software engineer, Craig Kovatch, has made an Optimus Prime stained glass window. More amazing, this is his very first such stained glass window! It's made of 122 pieces of glass, and looks suitably spectacular. Check it out and see what you think.
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Merry Christmas from TFW2005!

Posted on 12-24-2014 at 05:05 PM by Sol Fury under Other News
Galvatron-Christmas To all of our friends and visitors, myself and the rest of the crew on staff would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Whether you are celebrating with friends or with family, we wish you the happiest of possible days, now and always.

Have a great festive weekend!
Views: 2,648

Ori Toy Reveals Optimus Prime Project for 2015

Posted on 12-19-2014 at 08:21 AM by Matty under Other News
61e3354ejw1enetoap4g7j20xc18gwoz TFW2005 boards member uranusdd (original source via Weibo member 软体动物), shared with us another new project, this time headed by the toy company Ori Toy, most notably known for their Acid Rain toy line. We don't have much to go off of right now besides one image that reveals they are working on some type of Optimus Prime figure, slated to be released in 2015. What the project entails is not known right now, so time to speculate and share your thoughts by hitting the discussion link below!
Views: 5,736 / Credit: uranusdd of the 2005 Boards!

DWA-Hasbro Merger Is In The Trash Can

Posted on 11-15-2014 at 12:38 AM by SilverOptimus under Other News
Scared_shrekless Hasbro has ended talks with DreamWorks Animation regarding their potential merger. It is said that a sudden drop of Market Share after the rumor has scared the Transformers Toy Maker to say "No" to the proposed merger. Disney; who roughly own 30% of Hasbro's business, also expressed a negative reaction to the deal.

"The breakup of the negotiations followed a sharp slide in Hasbro‘s shares after reports of the talks emerged late Wednesday. The toy maker’s shares had fallen nearly 5 percent since then, closing on Friday at $54.02. The fall in Hasbro’s share price was notable because the company had weighed paying both stock and cash, people briefed on the matter have said.

Also playing a role was a negative private reaction by the Walt Disney Company, which comprises roughly 30 percent of Hasbro’s business through licenses for “Star Wars,” Marvel characters, “Frozen” and the Disney Princesses toy line.

Disney was predictably upset that Hasbro would discuss a merger with DreamWorks Animation — its primary cartoon competitor — only weeks after the toy maker was given a lucrative Princesses contract, having taken it away from Mattel, one of these people said. As a toy partner, Hasbro receives early access to private information about films in Disney’s pipeline."
Views: 2,401 / Credit: Philip164 of the 2005 Boards!

DreamWorks Animation & Hasbro In Merger Talks?

Posted on 11-12-2014 at 10:03 PM by Matty under Other News
yilcdfrgozgrthtczb4b A bit of interesting speculation is surfacing that revolves around supposed talks between Hasbro and DreamWorks Animation, a division of DreamWorks Studios. According to one article that has surfaced on Deadline, Deadline reports that "DreamWorks Animation is deeply engaged in two potentially game changing negotiations that could transform the company — including one with Hasbro to forge a family entertainment powerhouse to be called DreamWorks-Hasbro." The report claims that this deal is at least 60 days off, if it even happens, while both companies are not commenting on the matter and dismissing as rumor and speculation. You can read the full article here for more details.

You may recall that DreamWorks was involved in the production and distribution of the live action films Transformers (2007) and Revenge of the Fallen, while being somewhat involved in a lesser role with Dark of the Moon. It's not totally inconceivable that these two companies could potentially be in business discussions.

The biggest question circling around this rumor for now: what does this mean exactly? Is this Hasbro shifting away from physical toys and moving towards more entertainment routes? Will there now be more opportunities for Transformers toys? Are Transformers animation films now more plausible?

Time will tell, as for now this should be treated as a rumor. Speculate away TFW!
Views: 4,113 / Credit: Philip164 of the 2005 Boards!

Hasbro and Shapeways' SuperFanArt Approval Emails Arriving

Posted on 10-15-2014 at 08:37 AM by StayingInTheBox under Other News
625x465_1196208_1163688_1413337652 Earlier this year we reported of a collaboration between Hasbro and Shapeways to sell 3D printed artwork based on fan submitted designs. The SuperFanArt project is to start out with approved designs for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and then expand into other brands including Transformers. Thanks to TFW2005 board member Trentulas we now know that approval emails are being sent out to the fan designers for approved projects, which include Transformers!

We were also provided a list of which projects were approved for sale, which gives us a clearer indication of what to expect to be available for purchase after the new year (image linked of actual Trentulas project). Also included are the official guidelines for submitting projects if you are interested in contributing.

Make the jump for more details and discuss this partnership with the discussion link below.
Views: 7,090 / Credit: Trentulas of the 2005 Boards!

Hero Mashers Rodimus, Heatwave and Jetfire Now Arriving at US Retail

Posted on 10-04-2014 at 10:21 AM by Sol Fury under Other News
10371730_10152404148067726_8512570153677353316_n_1400164846 We are getting reports that the Transformers Hero Mashers assortment which contains Rodimus, Jetfire and Heatwave are now arriving at US retail. Yes, with this assortment you can now mash up the (co-)captain of the Lost Light with the TCC exclusive who forms the core of Nexus Prime!

These ones are being spotted in Toys R Us stores in Portland, OR by TFW2005 member Roufuss and also in Virginia by TFW2005 staff member Shin Densetsu!
Views: 4,321 / Credit: Roufuss, Shin Densetsu of the 2005 Boards!

The Hub No More - Discovery to Rebrand the Hub and Take Larger Stake

Posted on 09-17-2014 at 04:32 PM by Tony_Bacala under Other News
hub Deadline is reporting that The Hub, a joint venture with Discovery Networks and Hasbro, is no more. The channel will be re-branded in "Discovery: XYZ" fashion, most likely Discovery Family. They will also be taking a larger stake of the channel by acquiring Hasbro shares. Hasbro will retain some interest and continue to provide programming from 9 AM - 3 PM, so we should still see Transformers and other programming on the station. Whether or not they will also get prime time slots for first run episodes, not mentioned here. Check the full details over at Deadline and discuss on the forums!
Views: 6,025 / Credit: Timelord Megs, Kickback of the 2005 Boards!

Buster Jones (Voice Actor for G1 Blaster) Passed Away (1943-2014)

Posted on 09-17-2014 at 01:26 PM by StayingInTheBox under Other News
BC12-Buster Sad news to report today as Buster Jones, the voice actor known to Transformers fans for his role as Generation 1 Blaster, has passed away at the age of 71. This news comes way via Noblemania. Buster Jones was also known for his work as Black Vulcan on Superfriends and Winston Zeddemore on The Real Ghostbusters. Some fans were fortunate enough to meet Buster Jones at BotCon 2012 where he shared some of Blaster's most memorable lines with hundreds of Transformers fans.

Your contribution to this franchise will always be remembered. Rest in peace Buster Jones.
Views: 3,894 / Credit: blue death of the 2005 Boards!

Angry Birds Transformers: Cinematic Trailer (VHS-Rip)

Posted on 08-29-2014 at 08:24 AM by StayingInTheBox under Other News
Let's kick it old school! Angry Birds Transformers is happening and the supporting promotion for it is just as fun as the concept itself. Uploaded today on Rovio Entertainment's YouTube channel is a brand new commercial for the Transformers Angry Birds, which brings back the awesome 1980's animation style reminiscent of Generation 1!

Views: 3,022 / Credit: optimegatron of the 2005 Boards!

A Glimpse Inside Ex Kenner/Hasbro Employee's Toy Collection

Posted on 08-21-2014 at 09:07 AM by StayingInTheBox under Other News
It's not very often Transformers fans get to witness toy history, such as something as epic as a nearly $27,000 G2 Menasor auction. Needless to say when prototypes, unreleased items, and test shots are shown, Transformers fans can be mesmerized by what we see. TFW thought it would be cool to share a small piece of that with two videos provided by z75sales, the seller who has been listing several unreleased items including the infamous G2 Menasor.

In the two videos we get a glimpse of the sheer size of an ex Kenner/Hasbro employee who is selling off the collection of untouched and rarely seen items. Literally hundreds of boxes with toys from the late 80's and 1990's need to be organized and categorized, some of which still hold surprises!

Check out the videos below for a fun piece of the rarely seen side of our hobby.

Views: 4,150 / Credit: Cheem The Rup of the 2005 Boards!
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