Me Grimlock feeling festive in May! Hallmark have put up information on their 2016 keepsake ornament, based on Generation 1 Grimlock. First seen in 2015 at San Diego Comic Con, the Grimlock keepsake ornament is based on the Dinobot Commander’s Tyrannosaurus Rex alternate mode as it appeared in the original toy line. According to Hallmark’s order page, Grimlock will be available from July 9, 2016, priced at $15.95. If you love your Dinobots, you just might want to hang this one from your Christmas tree this coming holiday season.
Not long ago, Takara announced an anime/cartoon accurate version of Masterpiece Red Alert, something that was a bit of a surprise to see Takara go out of their way to do. Now they’ve updated the listing with what appears to be a teaser image for a possible Masterpiece Inferno! The image is a silhouette teaser with an unmistakable head piece and general outline belonging to none other than the Autobot fire truck Inferno, who is also carrying the aforementioned MP-14+ Red Alert. It’s also worth noting the word “Masterpiece” in big capital letters running down the side of the image, only adding to the weight this rumor may hold.
No official confirmation has been reported yet, so take this rumor with a grain of salt and keep it TFW for more Masterpiece news and updates!
Frank Welker the legendary voice of Megatron and many other Transformers is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 43rd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
The official Press Release states:
“Every child in America has grown up listening to Frank Welker bring the adventures of Freddy Jones and Scooby-Doo to life,” said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. “Frank is an audible magician. He has made an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of us all with his ability to bring these and so many other characters into our lives and make them real. It is with great pleasure that the National Academy bestows the prestigious Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement to him for his great body of work.”
“I have been a fan of Frank Welker’s work my entire life,” said David Michaels, SVP, Daytime (NATAS). “He is a unique person creating very unique characters such as Curious George, Wonder Dog, Shmoo, Megatron and his body of work over the last 40 years is remarkable. It is our great pleasure to acknowledge his long career in front of his many peers at the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy gala.”
Check out the lengthy Press Release highlighting the achievements of Frank Welker, after the jump.
Congratulation, Mr. Welker. We are very proud of you.
AKA, the music of your Saturday morning cartoons is getting a release soon!
Allspark member DM has been in touch with the composer of the original Generation 1 Transformers score, Robert J Walsh, and brings some excellent news – Sony Records are finally releasing the score to a slew of Sunbow cartoons, including Transformers, G.I. Joe, Jem and the Holograms, and My Little Pony.
Fans have waited a long time to add the score of the original Transformers to their collections, and after a decade of legal wranglings and speculation, it looks as though Summer 2016 is finally the date when we will get to own the score of the original show that started it all! There is talk of including DVDs with the albums with interviews of cast and crew and original artwork and some video footage. It’s also stated that the original master tapes were in great condition, and everything is being mastered for 5.1 stereo sound.
Hot on the heels of their Generation 1 Megatron teaser, high-end statue manufacturer Prime 1 Studio has released the first image of their 2007 Transformers Movie Jazz. This is the most current addition to their wildly well-received Movie Masterline series, featuring many of the characters from the Bay-verse.
No information on the price or release date of this figure as of yet, but stay tuned as we will report details as they become available.
Prime 1 Studio posted on Instagram a teaser image of their upcoming Generation 1 Megatron. The image features the emperor of destruction in a menacing pose holding up the iconic fusion cannon. Prime 1 has continue to show off work in progress images in their stylized Generation 1 line designed by Josh Nizzi. You can check out previous teasers we reported here and here. No information on the price or release date on this figure is yet, but stay tune to this space when we report them as they become available.
A piece of Transformers history has surfaced as an auction listing earlier today for original production storyboards from the 1986 Transformers The Movie. This full set of over 500 total pages (each page has content on the front and back) comes courtesy of The Spacebridge, who is parting with this incredible item along with other paperwork from the Generation 1 era.
Some more information from the auction listing:
This is an original production used set of storyboards for the 1986 Transformers Animated Movie. I have owned these for over 20 years, I obtained them from a former Sunbow staff member. This is the only known set of movie storyboards in existence that were actually used in the production of the movie. Other sets known to exist were reference sets, this one was actually used in the making of the film. I am only selling these as I have another signed set that belonged to one of the writers. The storyboards are over 500 pages long, each page double sided. The storyboards were created to plan out the design of every shot in the film. This set is marked FINAL Jan 29th 1986. It includes the entire film and some deleted scenes. (It does not include ALL the known deleted scenes as some had already been cut by this point) The set does have some handwritten notes, mainly in red ink on some pages that were made during production. The set does have some minor wear & wear to the edges, it is 30 years old! A rare opportunity to get an amazing Transformers holy grail item. Please note this is very heavy, shipping will be by DHL courier due to the rarity and weight. If you need any more information just ask. Lots more pictures below, take a look!
Take a look at the photos provided of this rare piece of Transformers history and of course check out the auction listing here.
Hot on the heels of trademark news last week, United States Patent & Trademark Office is providing us details of another Transformers related Trademark by Hasbro.
This new trademark is a completely new name to the franchise.
- Trademark Name: Flip Racers
- Trademark ID: 86918464
- Trademark Status Date: 02/29/2016
- Trademark Details: Toy action figures, toy vehicles and toy robots convertible into other visual toy forms.
While we do not know the specific meaning of this trademark, Hasbro has previously developed a gimmick similar to the name (See news post image). Flip & Attack Spider Racer for the Amazing Spider-Man movie is a Transformer like vehicle capable of transforming to Spider-Man mode from it’s vehicle mode. It is possible that the idea had come from the G1 subline Transformers: Jumpstarters.
Currently, we do not know when we’ll see this Trademark developed into figures or whether this will be a potential Transformers 5 trademark, Robots In Disguise trademark or a new unknown one altogether.
A new Amazon listing has come up revealing an exciting book for collectors and inspiring collectors of vintage Transformers: The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Transformers Action Figures. This guidebook is written by none other than Mark Bellomo, who has done previous work in the past, most notably the Transformers: Identification and Price Guide.
Prime 1 Studio have posted a new teaser of their Generation 1 Optimus Prime statue on their Instagram feed. This new image shows part of the head, chest, and left shoulder of Optimus Prime, and while it’s far from a complete look at the Autobot leader, it is a great showcase of the superlative level of detail that is being put into this statue of the classic Generation 1 version of the iconic Autobot leader. We are looking forward to seeing more as this project develops!