- A what-could-have-been for Transformers Animated season 4 On August 17, 2019, UK fan convention TFNation played host to a most momentous occasion in which Transformers Animated story editor Marty Isenberg presented a scripted performance of the original story treatment outline for what would have been the three-part season 4 premiere of Transformers Animated had it been greenlit for a fourth season.
Titled "Trial of Megatron" (as opposed to The AllSpark Almanac II, The Complete AllSpark Almanac, and Issue #71 of the TCC Magazine titling it "The Trial of Megatron"), the outline for this three-parter was presented not as a live script reading done in the style of those performed at BotCons of years past, but was instead presented with pre-recorded dialogue acted by almost the entire Animated voice cast (only Tara Strong and Judd Nelson were absent, with their respective roles of Sari Sumdac and Rodimus Prime performed by other people) and set to all new original artwork created for the story by fan artists.
Allspark.com and TFWiki.net users Jalaguy and The Wadapan were present for the event, took diligently thorough notes on the story, and have together created a detailed summary and full TFWiki articles of the three-part story for all to see. Below is their summary, originally written for Allspark.com:
“Trial of Megatron, Part 1”
On a newsreel, Optimus Prime leads Megatron, Shockwave, and Lugnut through the streets. The newsbot Uplink presents several soundbite interviews with Optimus Prime and his Autobots. Optimus has the Magnus Hammer but plans to return it to Ultra Magnus as soon as he gets the chance. Bumblebee is characteristically excited, Ratchet is characteristically cranky. Jazz plays it cool as always. Arcee, while glad to be back, is disoriented by everything that’s happened in all the stellar cycles she’s missed. Bulkhead, meanwhile, is overwhelmed by all the attention – they’re celebrities, just like they were upon their arrival on Earth.
The protoforms which were stolen by the Decepticons have all been recovered, along with the AllSpark, and entrusted to the Cyber-Ninja Corps led by Dai Atlas.
Not all of the Autobots are so warmly welcomed. Omega Supreme- a living reminder of the Great War – is shunned by Cybertron’s populace. Many of them are terrified outright by Sari Sumdac, having never seen an organic being before.
Optimus is hailed as being responsible for the victory, and the public wants him to be the next Magnus. When Uplink points this out, Sentinel Prime is quick to downplay his rival’s achievements.
The feed cuts to Blitzwing, Sunstorm and Ramjet, being held in the new Trypticon Prison in Kaon. Their mouths are clamped shut and they wear stasis cuffs. Mini-Cons attend to them. Uplink asks why the Decepticons are being held in their own ex-capital-city. Sentinel states that it breaks their spirits. When Uplink suggests that the starving Decepticons have nothing to lose, all he has to say is “bring it on”.
c. Ed Pirrie
A memorial for Prowl is held at the Cyber-Ninja Dojo, presided by Jazz. “His spark still grooves with us,” Jazz eulogises. Arcee stares at the protoforms. She no longer has any students of her own – but she might do soon. Seeing this, Sari offers to be Arcee’s student, hoping to find out more about her own Cybertronian origins and the world she finds herself in. Prowl’s body is lowered into a forge, where it is turned into a brand new protoform just like the others.
Sentinel arrives, having missed the funeral entirely. He declares that he’s too busy as Magnus and begins to speak insensitively about “Pow-Wow” – but is caught on camera by Uplink. He changes tone mid-sentence, praising Prowl. Disgusted, Jazz rips off his Elite Guard stripes. “I’m splitsville on the Elite Guard,” he says. “From now on, I’m swinging a full-time Cyber-Ninja gig.”
Sentinel turns to Optimus and demands the Magnus Hammer. Optimus agrees that
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On August 17, 2019, UK fan convention TFNation played host to a most momentous occasion in which Transformers Animated story editor Marty Isenberg presented a scripted performance of the original story treatment outline for what would have been the three-part season 4 premiere of Transformers Animated had it been greenlit for a fourth season.
Titled "Trial of Megatron" (as opposed to The AllSpark Almanac II, The Complete AllSpark Almanac, and Issue #71 of the TCC Magazine titling it "The Trial of Megatron"), the outline for this three-parter was presented not as a live script reading done in the style of those performed at BotCons of years past, but was instead presented with pre-recorded dialogue acted by almost the entire Animated voice cast (only Tara Strong and Judd Nelson were absent, with their respective roles of Sari Sumdac and Rodimus Prime performed by other people) and set to all new original artwork created for the story by fan artists. ...
It has been a very busy day for the crew at WotC and the #Transformers Trading Card Game, as they get set to launch the next series, Siege II. So many interesting new characters and battle cards! Let’s get to it!
Unicron.com Exclusive: #TransformersTCG Character Card Reveal: Captain Impactor
He’s a 7-star character, with 12 health, 3 or 4 attack and 2 or 1 defense depending if he’s in tank or robot mode. (Fairly average for his star rating.) His deco and art is beautifully taken straight from the new toy design. When you flip to tank mode each of your other characters get bold 1. In robot mode, he has bold 1 (flip 1 extra card when attacking) This means you’re probably going to want to play him with an offensive deck. What other characters would you play him with? Maybe Wheeljack, Lionizer or Springer - because these also bestow bold and could work synergistically. We’ll have to learn more about other additions to Siege II before we can figure out just how useful this card will be. As a ‘Common’ category card, should be fairly easy to obtain.
Special thanks to Hasbro PR for passing along the info and images! Siege II is set for release November 8. Please support unicron.com by ordering your booster box through the following amazon link: http://bit.ly/tftcgSiege2
The first issue becomes available (soon/now!) Wednesday 9/18 via digital download and local comic stores. Thanks to IDW Comics we had a chance to sneak preview the first issue. It kicks off with a story featuring the original G1 combiner team: CONSTRUCTICONS RISING
"Featuring story arcs that delve deeper into the origins, motivations, and world-shattering machinations of the extended Transformers cast, Galaxies launches with a story arc dedicated to the fan-favorite crew, the Constructicons!"
These is also a new creative team in place with writing by Tyler Bleszinski who recently stated
“I’ve dreamed of the day that I could somehow be involved in the Transformers universe, ... Humanizing the Constructicons in a refreshed origin story with Livio Ramondelli – one of the most talented Transformers artists ever – will be one of the highlights of my life and will give me the opportunity to share my passion for these incredible creations with my kids’ generation. This is truly a dream come true.”
Having read the issue, I'll say the newcomer to writing Transformers fiction gets off to a nice start. They're clearly world building here and the story, while providing some perfumctory introductions to individual team members, provides some of the first and best characterization as to what goes on, psychologically to individuals when they merge to form Devastator. He also provides some fun teases foreshadowing where the story may be heading, down the road.
The first issue doesn't have an over-abundance of characters. That's probably for the best, since it dedicates more space for what matters most - the Constructicons.
The series opener also provides a great opportunity for Livio Ramondelli to apply his talents to what he does best - beautiful colors, scenery and backgrounds as a backdrop for the Transformers depicted as an interesting mix of old-school cartoon silhouettes with gritty modern texture and stylization. I think his style lends itself well to creating a nostalgic feel. This is, afterall, an origin story, that takes place a long time ago and that feel is certainly conveyed through his art.
The direction this story takes over the issues to come, will, inevitably determine overall fan reaction and how it's remembered years from now. That said, it gets off to a strong start and shows potential for a new creative team. Thanks again to our friends at IDW for the advance look!
#Transformers G1 Episode 1 Aires 35 Years Ago Today!
More Than Meets The Eye! - Indeed! The one and only original, hits this major milestone! Who among us, was there to watch it, the first time it aired?! (I was! Wow am I old.) What was your favorite moment?
Amazing Yamaguchi Optimus Prime up for preorder at Hobbylink Japan!
http://bit.ly/Amazing_Yamaguchi_Convoy_Optimus Kaiyodo has recently added there take on the G1 inspired Optimus Prime to there impressive collection of highly possible figures! Support us and them and get yours through the link above!
How cool is WFC-SIEGE Omega Supreme? Maybe even cooler than we all thought, courtesy of TF fan Krystal E Dixon, we have some secrets of Omega Supreme to reveal, check out all of these amazing configurations, there is much more to this figure than meets the eye.
#TransformersTCG Reveals Two Super-Powers of Upcoming Siege II Line: General Optimus Prime & Lord Megatron
Each of these two very powerful character cards will be highly sought after and tough to find as ‘Super Rare.’ If you’re like us, you’re already starting to think about how to build a deck for these! The full series release is set to debut November 8 - and the booster box includes a Trypticon character card!
The Story Behind the Transformers WFC Military Insignias: Revealed - on HasbroPulse
If there’s one thing we #Transformers Fans love - it’s character backstory! As good as these toys are, we’ll enjoy soaking in and hearing about the thought that went into the latest round of insignias you see on character packaging.
“... Fun fact: We didn’t initially design the insignias to be specifically Autobot or Decepticon. We started with a bunch of sketches of what Cybertronian military insignias could look like. Then we chose our top 2. From there we decided which felt more Autobot and which felt more Decepticon. Once we determined that, we were able to evolve the designs to emphasize the differences between the two factions...”
Micromaster Spotlight: The Legendary Autobot Countdown
Countdown is so far the BEST Micromaster in my personal opinion, perhaps largely due to nostalgia but also he has little to no kibble in robot mode, both modes are very clean and he even has weapons in robot mode, he sports 2 sets of shoulder rockets and 2 forearm mounted blasters which makes him one of the few Autobot Micromasters who can put up a good fight.
His radar dish is a defining feature in vehicle mode but you can position it upward in robot mode and pretend that he is sending or recieving a signal or you can imagine that he is using it to summon his new rocket base, Omega Supreme or you can leave the dish downward and pretend that it is some form of propulsion.
Countdown interacts quite well with Omega Supreme in all of his Titanic modes, there is nothing bad I can say about Countdown although I do wish that he had elbows, that's probably the only thing I would change or attempt to improve, a pipe dream of mine is for Hasbro to remold/retool WFC-S Omega SupremeI into an Omega Sentinel with the OG Micromaster Rocket Base as his Alt mode, just a dream I know but Omega Supreme himself so far serves as a very good rocket base and his Micromaster partner is amazing. I give WFC-S Micromaster Autobot Countdown a 9.8/10.
What about you? How do you like Autobot Countdown and is there anything you would change or improve?
Mere days after the previous news of the sudden passing of voice actor Michael Lindsay comes the unfortunate news of voice actor Robert Axelrod having passed away yesterday, September 7, 2019, at the age of 70. This news comes to us from Facebook of Mobile Monicker Productions, who represented Axelrod for his many convention appearances. Axelrod is best known for having provided the voices of Lord Zedd, Finster, and other monsters on Power Rangers, as well as several English dub anime voice roles, such as Wizardmon, Vademon, Armadillomon, Ankylomon, and Shakkoumon (w/ Dave Mallow) on Digimon, and Rico on Robotech. He also voiced Marvel Comics character Microchip in the Punisher episodes of Spider-Man: The Animated Series, and appeared in live action on an episode of Family Matters where he played a Paul McCartney lookalike.
For Transformers, he was the voice of Movor in the 2001 Transformers: Robots in Disguise cartoon. One of the Decepticon Commandos, Movor was the space shuttle member who could form an arm or leg for the combiner Ruination. He was also one of the very few Commandos to star in his own spotlight episode, "Attack from Outer Space", which had the misfortune of being one of the three episodes that was banned from ever airing on TV in the United States due to sensitivities from the September 11 attacks in 2001.
Rest in peace, Mr. Axelrod. Your performances were a treasure to behold. ...
It is with deep sadness that we must report that, on August 31, 2019, voice actor Michael Lindsay passed away at the age of 56. This news comes to us from the Twitter accounts of Trevor Dylan, Rob Benoit, and Marissa Lenti. Best known for his work in anime dubbing, Lindsay provided the English dub voices for the likes of Joe Kido and Greymon in Digimon Adventure, Rick in DinoZaurs, Kankuro in Naruto, Kisuke Urahara in Bleach, Shinichirō Tamaki in Code Geass, and more.
For Transformers, he was best known as the voices of Skid-Z ("skids") and Rollbar in the 2001 Transformers: Robots in Disguise cartoon. Skid-Z was an Autobot racer who had an unusually high competitive edge, always needing to win every race he could, so much that he would enter any race of any kind, including car racing, bicycle racing, or even foot racing. Rollbar, meanwhile, was the green jeep member of the Decepticon Commandos, able to form an arm or leg of the combiner Ruination, and had a thick southern drawl and an easygoing demeanor, always cracking wise whenever he felt like it.
Rest in peace, Mr. Lindsay. You will be missed, dearly. ...