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Children's Museum of Indianapolis Transformers Exhibition

Posted on 02-20-2015 at 12:36 PM by Sol Fury under Other News
FanReveal-1-EntryC The Children's Museum of Indianapolis have shared with us some preliminary design sketches for an upcoming exhibit celebrating the Transformers! The exhibition opens on March 7, in partnership with Hasbro, and will feature a selection of vintage toys from the line's 30 year history, including a 10 foot tall Age of Extinction Optimus Prime statue, an exhibition of full-size Transformers fan costumes, and a toy design area showcasing the key phases of the toy design process.

The Children's Museum has sent us over a full writeup to go with the preliminary images, which conveys the overall experience of the exhibit. Find out more at
www.childrensmuseum.org/future-exhibits
, and be sure to check out the event when it opens on March 7.

Read on, after the break, for the full writeup, and be sure to follow the Children's Museum on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for further updates.
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Transformers Mr Potato Head Heatwave and Boulder Mashable Heroes

Posted on 02-13-2015 at 12:33 PM by Sol Fury under Other News
Transformers-Mixable-Mashable-Heroes-2-pack---Boulder-2 Hasbro have also released some images of their Mr Potato Head Mashable Heroes Transformers as a part of their run up to Toy Fair 2015. In addition to the previously released Bumblebee, Grimlock and Optimus Prime single packs, there is now a two pack featuring Boulder and Heatwave from Transformers Rescue Bots in Mr Potato Head form! Check them out attached to this post.
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Former TF Artist Don Figueroa's Armarauders Project Update

Posted on 02-09-2015 at 03:04 PM by Tony_Bacala under Other News
Armarauders-Bellerophon-122 A little bit on Non-Transformers news today. Back in 2012 we got word that famed Transformers artist Don Figueroa was involved with a new project called Armarauders. An all original story featuring a comic book and toys based on it was the plan. Don was doing the mecha designs and drawing the books, both things that he excels at.

The comics are now hitting issue 6, and the first figure is set to go up for pre-orders in March. Mecha Workshop is the company producing it, and they've sent out early copies of the figure for review. We've done up a full set of over 140 pics showing the Armarauders Bellerophon in action at our sister site Toyark.com. We hope you'll check it out and see what one of the best Transformers artists to grace our comics and packages is up to now.

Enjoy!
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Close-Up Images Of Machine Robo / Masterpiece Gobots

Posted on 02-08-2015 at 01:34 AM by SilverOptimus under Other News
Gobots Facebook group Cyber Geeks Alliance has published two new photo albums with close-up images of the Machine Robo / Masterpiece Gobots action figures shown at the C3 Game & Toy Show, Hong Kong.

The page has also posted the following information:
  • Design by Action toys (not Bandai)
  • Same company making Ultimetal Optimus Prime.
  • Roughly 10.5-12.5cm (top roll 10cm, bottom 12cm MP Bee scale)
  • Has diecast metal parts, ball joints
  • Estimate release June (Impossible wink emoticon )
  • Price range around 50 USD
  • There are 9 designs now, release 2 figures each time
  • Maybe* total 13 figures, one being an big aircraft carrier roughly 25-30cm in alt mode

Check out the full albums: Album 1, Album 2.
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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: 17,032 / 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: 1,265 / 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: 4,436 / 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.

Bumblebee:
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: 3,596 / 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!
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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: 5,826 / 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: 2,433 / 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: 4,180 / 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: 7,138 / 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: 4,377 / Credit: Roufuss, Shin Densetsu of the 2005 Boards!
 
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