3A has branched out along with it’s partner company ThreeZero to produce high end figures beyond the artistic vision of co-founder Ashley Wood. Most of 3A’s licensed figures have been stylized interpretations of classic characters like Marvel’s Iron Man & Dr. Doom and even some from the Star Wars universe. Their Transformers offerings however have been direct from the screen. They’ve shown off 4 so far – Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream and Bumblebee. We have a copy of the retail release for DOTM Bumblebee here at TFW2005 HQ and have run it through a detailed photo session so everyone can check it out before it hits your doors. He should be shipping soon! Read on for over 90 HD images after the break!
Prime 1 Studio have showed artwork at an exhibition which they are attending in Japan, which seems to give some direction to their future plans. Moving away from the movie series as it appears on the screen, they are moving toward doing statues based on concept artwork. The first entries in this series appear to be by Josh Nizzi, who did some work on the series including designing Long Haul for Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. His concepts of Optimus Prime and Megatron blend in some retro elements with the established movie style.
Are these something which you would like to see? Sound off in our discussion thread by hitting the discuss link below.
You’ve read from us, the fate of Transformers: Robots In Disguise animated series. On the article, we’ve mentioned a Keynote speech by Stephen Davis; Hasbro’s executive vice president and chief content officer at the MIP Junior Conference 2015. The Keynote address is now online revealing some jaw-dropping details.
Mr. Davis revealed that the Writers’ Room went on for 3 successful months. The end result was Transformers Live Action Movies for the next 10 Years. He mentioned that Transformers 5 is on it’s way… AND also Transformers 6, 7 and 8. In fact, the whole idea of having a Writers’ Room is to generate stories till 2025.
He also mentioned that Transformers: Robots In Disguise is the direct continuation of Transformers: Prime but the content was changed based on what children liked and disliked from Transformers: Prime.
You can check out the video after the jump:
- Transformers: Robots In Disguise Inception: 10.38 mark.
- Transformers 5, 6, 7 & 8: 13.30 mark.
T. J. Fixman, who is most famous for writing the story for the award-winning video game Ratchet & Clank has been hired by Hasbro to be a Creative Consultant at Hasbro Studios.
Mr. Fixman’s job is to build stories (or we call them ‘World Building’) for Hasbro’s Portfolio Brands (title usually refers to Transformers, Nerf, G. I. Joe, Monopoly and My Little Pony) across all platforms, including film, television and digital.
We wish him all the very best for his tasks ahead.
Via on Facebook, we have a look at the five figure Platinum Series Dinobots set, which is coming out later this year. It’s a set of the Movie Dinobots in Generation 1 colors – much like how the previous San Diego Comic Con / Amazon exclusive versions were done, except this time all five G1 themed decos are collected in a single box, and all five feature remolded heads which are more closely inspired by the Generation 1 Dinobot head sculpts.
Admittedly, this means the box contains an odd mash-up of Movie and Classic aesthetics without truly belonging to either. The new sculpts however look good, and the molds rock the Generation 1 colors like they were made for them.
We have a very happy news for the South African Transformers Fans.
Hasbro has officially entered the South African market to directly distribute their toys and eliminate the Third-Party Distributors and therefore making the toys affordable. The brands including Play-doh, My Little Pony, Monopoly and Transformers will be distributed and related programs will also be broadcasted.
“The big difference between using a distributor and having direct control [over distribution] is that there will be a much bigger investment into Hasbro marketing, and obviously the product range selection will be a lot stronger as well,” explained Gavin Mansour, Hasbro’s business development manager for South Africa.
“This is an emerging market, so we have to make sure our pricing is in line with the consumers we are targeting. We will do everything we can to keep pricing in line with competition at least, and to obviously try serve that middle class market we are trying to reach,” he explained.
As for the rest of the Africa, Mr. Mansour had this to say…
“Nigeria is a big target market for us that we are really looking at seriously. And also obviously Kenya.”
Mr. Alan Purvin has worked on all four Transformers Live Action Movies as well as countless other famous franchises such as the Jurassic Park series and Pirates Of The Caribbean. He is the Eye In The Sky. All the cool aerial shots from the opening scene of the first Transformers movie to Galvatron’s final vow at the end of Age Of Extinction were all done by him.
It is with great sadness that we announce that he is with us no more. Mr. Purvin passed away in a tragic plane crash while filming the latest Tom Cruise movie Mena. He passed away while doing what he loved to do the most. But that doesn’t make the situation any less sadder for the people who knew and loved him.
Mr. Michael Bay; the director of the Transformers Live Action Movies has produced a heartfelt tribute video to remember the artist who was with him on many of his movies. Check it out, after the jump.
ThreeA recently opened an art and toy show called “With Smiles On Our Lips” in Tokyo, Japan, and one of the pieces shown was a Dark of the Moon Starscream figure that was unannounced. Thanks to images from board member FACEBOX, we can see the prototype figure done in ThreeA’s usual fantastic weathered paint scheme. A chainsaw arm accessory is also shown, which could imply an interchangeable feature on the figure.
Information on pricing and scheduled release date is not available yet. Given the price tags on previously announced Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, and Megatron though, it will probably cost a pretty penny or two. Be sure to stay tuned to TFW2005 for any updates on this ThreeA figure. Check out the images after the jump, and let us know your thoughts on the boards.
Coming in via Deadline, the writer for Transformers 5 has officially been announced: Akiva Goldsman. According to the Deadline report, [Goldsman] has walked away with a concrete blueprint to write a Transformers sequel for Mark Wahlberg to star in [and] for Michael Bay to direct, with production starting in June. The report by Deadline goes on to mention that Ant-Man scribes Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari will head off and write an animated feature, an origin story that focuses on Cybertron.
Unfortunately no other news is available at this for this animated feature.
The report which you can see in full here, goes into detail about how the entire team of writers worked together in an attempt to truly broaden the scope of the Transformers Universe. At this time it’s not certain what jobs (if any) the other writers not picked to write these movies will have, but there is supposedly enough ideas already to do one more Transformers film even if Bay decides not to direct it [and] they’ll have created opportunities for spinoffs to keep moving on Paramount’s biggest franchise not named Mission: Impossible.
So with the writer officially set, an animated feature announcement, who is ready for the flow of movie news to start?
Staff Edit: Like clock work, Michael Bay has posted on Twitter that he has NOT committed to anything yet:
Re: directing TF5. No, it’s not official. I have not committed to any idea as of yet. Just met with Steven and we are discussing.
If you’ve been in the Transformers Fandom for a few years now, you’ll understand the rumor mill that is the Transformers live action movies. It’s not uncommon to start reading rumors about which villains will be in the next sequel, Michael Bay will return / not return, and much more.
The latest story that ran wild, has now been debunked by actor Mark Ryan (voice actor for Bumblebee, Jetfire, and Lockdown), which several news outlets reported as the source of the rumors. However, Mr. Ryan claims this is completely false, from Mr. Ryan’s Facebook page:
I’m totally stunned regarding the current misleading online chatter about TF-5 and comments I did not make! I have never given an official interview regarding TF-5, nor would I even utter the words Unicron or Quintessons! This is all internet speculation and hype because I was misquoted from a casual chat with a fan at an event in the UK. I sincerely have no idea what the storyline for TF-5 will be, or who/what’s in it, or even who will direct it! It’s all secret until the movie is released so as not to spoil the excitement for the fans. Sorry guys! I did not say what you are reading online and even if I knew, I would not tell! Always check with the original source directly first before posting speculation please. Cheers! Mark Ryan.
Take it for what it is, but remember to always try and take Transformers movie news with a pinch of salt. As always, we’ll keep you updated.