The Guardian has a pretty sweet article with Bob Budianksy and Bryce Malek about the creation of the original Transformers series. Bob Budiansky worked for Marvel and was the one who eventually named the original wave of Transformers, wrote their backstories – eventually becoming Tech Specs and the basis for all things to come. Bryce Malek was an animated series story writer for Marvel’s animation wing, and wrote the bible for the cartoon that other writers would reference. Both share a brief run down memory lane in the article and is worth a read. Hit think link and check it out in full!
Transformers Generation 1
Get the scoop on what's coming out related to the original Transformers line, G1. Includes updates for Japanese reissues, US re-releases, Knock Off alerts, DVD and Blu-Ray udpates, TF:G1 Statues and Busts, and anything else related to the classic Transformers series.
Imaginarium Art have updated their Facebook page with a new render of their Grimlock statue. This new image shows the intended look of the complete statue, which features Wheelie riding on the back of Grimlock, fighting off a pack of Sharkticons. This piece aims to recreate the scene from Transformers the Movie where Grimlock and the other Dinobots interrupt Hot Rod and Kup’s execution, and it certainly seems to be shaping up to create an awesome scene. Check out the new image attached to this post.
Looks like The Transformers are going high fashion! This week Moschino held their combined Fall menswear and Pre-Fall womenswear fashion show in Milan. A key part of their show were clothes featuring classic Transformers Generation 1 box art turned into prints and then worked into their designs. It’s something I never thought I’d see but it’s a sight to behold none the less. Whether these will be remixed and worked into more standard fare that us regular folk could actually pull off is unknown, but here’s hoping. Read on to check out a selection of pictures from their website and Instagram plus a video of the event after the break, and hit the links to view them in full!
We have another news from Hasbro Studios today. The company has signed an agreement with Playster Platform to bring media content to mobile devices.
The agreement includes the Transformers animated series, Kaijudo, Clue and a variety of G.I. Joe titles. “Making Playster a family-friendly platform that offers great content for every single member of the family has always been one of our top priorities,” said Philip Keezer, the CEO of Playster. “Working with Hasbro Studios will help ensure that our library is suitable for even the youngest entertainment buffs.”
Canada based Playster is set to launch in US very soon and even offers a free Tablet and a Headphone to their subscribers:
“Playster, the all-inclusive, global media and entertainment platform, announced today the U.S. launch of its unlimited platform of content across all forms of entertainment, including books, audio books, video games, music, movies and TV shows. Playster will offer a free tablet and premium headphones for all who subscribe for one year to the unlimited entertainment platform, the first subscriber on-demand platform to do so.”
Once again we are thankful to TF@TM for sharing their recent score of original G1 episode audio tapes from Sunbow. The most recent release is from G1 Episode 7 “Fire In The Sky”.
Here’s what they have to say:
“It turns out that the slugged tape, i.e the tape that was timed to the animation, did contain missing audio and thus we now have a dedicated video to Fire In The Sky.
The audio is from an original slugged cassette and if from the sessions when Skyfire was still referred to as Jetfire. This audio was never used in the final released version.
From what we have been told by those in the industry, slugged tapes mean that the animation was done and thus any missing scene we find on those tapes means that there should (90% likelihood) have been animation produced that may still exist on a tape somewhere.”
A transcript is available here. You can check out the audio, after the jump.
We’ve got a new year’s gift from TF@TM: more cut and altered dialog from the unslugged Generation 1 recording sessions! This latest video posted on Youtube covers the debut episode of the Dinobots, SOS Dinobots. There are a series of scenes with extra dialog or lines which were changed in the final recording, including one of Sideswipe’s greatest lines you’ve never heard, and you can hear Wally Burr directing at several points, giving a bit of an insight into the filming of the series.
As an interesting extra, the recording on Youtube kicks off with a clip from the episode Fire in the Sky, the episode where Skyfire made his debut in the series – except in this recording, he went by the name of his toy – Jetfire! Unfortunately TF@TM does not have the unslugged dialog for this episode, so that one nugget is your lot from Fire in the Sky, teasing at things which might have been done in the recording session that never made it to the final episode.
Check out the audio on Youtube below, and a transcript of the video on Pastebin here.
We wanted to share a cool interview done by the fine folks at Newsweek with Henry Orenstein, who was influential in the creation of Transformers and their import from Japan. The article covered many aspects of his life, but what caught our eye were the Transformers bits:
“Henry basically had a sense that Transformers was going to be something that would be transformational for the toy industry.… To be able to take a car and, with a little bit of dexterity, change it into another toy, that was something magical.”
“It was Henry who really saw the magic, the potential, that was inside all these different brands that Takara was presenting,” says Tom Warner, Senior Vice President of the Transformers franchise. “There’s a lot of toys out there, but it takes a very special individual to look at something, identify it, and say it will be a big hit in the U.S. ”
Henry didn’t style Bumblebee or create Optimus Prime’s backstory—teams of writers, designers and artists at Hasbro developed the ubiquitous Transformers we know today—but he was there first, the one who saw the promise. “Henry was absolutely the catalyst that made this happen,” Hassenfeld says.
Hasbro, working with Takara, created the Transformers in 1984, and since then those multifaceted robots have become one of the most successful action figure brands in history, touching all outposts of popular culture, from comic books and a popular theme song to numerous TV series, imitators (GoBots, anyone?) and a blockbuster movie franchise. In 2007, the first Transformers movie made over $700 million worldwide. Three more films followed. Hasbro says the Transformers franchise has brought in more than $10 billion since 2004.
There’s more over on the full Newsweek article, including a lot on his life before and after this, so head on over and check it out!
Tokyo Comic Con 2016 is underway in Japan and Prime 1 Studio is there with a slew of product on display. Of note on the Transformers front – they have several sub-lines out. Included are:
Toys ‘”R” Us Hong Kong (southern Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui store) has set up a Pop-Up Booth to produce customizable gifts during this holiday season. The gifts include Hasbro licensed products such as Transformers.
The buyers can choose between Custom Printed Mug or a Door Sign. Several G1 Autobots and Decepticons are included along with background color swaps and a custom greeting or name. Other Hasbro products include Mr. Potatohead and Monopoly.
Brand new personalised Christmas gift experiences!
Every gift shows how much you care. Now, Toys R Us also offers the possibility to make gifts even more personal with the launch of an exciting new personalisation service at Tsim Sha Tsui store.
The brand-new “Personali-Station” enables shoppers to print their chosen name and character on a wide selection of gifts such as key chain, mugs, door sign … etc., for recipients of all ages. Participating brands include Mr Potato Head, Barbie, Thomas & Friends, Monopoly, Transformers, Hello Kitty, Tsum Tsum and more, so finding and personalising the perfect gift has never been easier! Details: www.toysrus.com.hk/personali-station/
You can check out product demos, after the jump.
After a long period of waiting, the silence has finally broken. Thanks to autobase aichi and site sponsor Robot Kingdom, we have our first look at the upcoming Platinum Edition Unicron figure! A repaint of the original mold, Unicron is sporting a look very faithful to the original Transformers Movie and comes with a Kranix mincon. The packaging features some very detailed artwork of Unicron taking the damaged bodies of Megatron, Skywarp, Thundercracker, and the Insecticons as he prepares to reformat them.
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