MTMTE/Lost Light fans rejoice!!! Via his Twitter account, James Robots (MTMTE writer) released cover art for upcoming Lost Light issue 13 by none other than fan favorite Alex Milne revealing that Milne would be providing the interior art as well! When asked if Milne would be coming back for full run or just a stand alone issue, Roberts replied "Just for this standalone issue, but he'll be back for a longer run."
Maketoys' Galaxy Meteor (formerly canceled highly detailed/articulated version of Galaxy Force/TF:Cybertron Starscream) is back up for pre-order, this time with a lower price tag to boot! Pre-order yours today at The Chosen Prime! http://www.thechosenprime.com/MakeToysGalaxyMeteor
REVIEW: #TransformersMovie The Last Knight in 4K Ultra HD
Courtesy of our friends at Paramount Pictures digital PR, we at unicron.com were fortunate to receive an advance copy of the recent film for review.
What's in it and what do we like? The 4K Ultra HD version comes with 3 disks, 4K Ultra HD, a standard Blu-ray and a Special Features Blu-ray. I'll say this, having just rewatched the film again, the resolution and picture quality is absolutely stunning. There are incredibly beautiful details I could see clearly in this format, things I didn't catch in my three viewings on gigantic IMAX screens. Considering bang for the buck, this is the best way to see this film: from the comfort of your home, complete with pause button for the inevitable, required bathroom breaks and a big bucket of homemade popcorn!
Full disclosure, I have a pretty sweet, fairly new home theater set-up with 65" curved LED 4K UHD, with a 4K player. This film, in this format with this set-up is one of the most amazing visual experiences I've had on it yet. The CGI looks real, - better than in theaters to me and noticeably better even than other Transformers films in standard Blu-ray. The difference is a fairly dramatic improvement.
What's missing? Well, I confess I had high hopes for the Special Features of this set. I want to hear Michael Bay show off unused character concept art, - like what would have been (maybe almost was) seen *for COGMAN* transforming into the head of a larger bot (like taking over Nitro Zeus perhaps!?)... I hoped it would include some further explanation of Quintessa and Knights of Iacon backstory... Maybe learn more about what they considered for including Beast Wars Optimus Primal and why decisions were made to have historical back story start at the times of Arthurian Knights. I was hoping for outtakes or deleted scenes... etc.
Unfortunately, there is none of that. Mostly it's actors and film crew talking about what a crazy ride it is working on the set of a Michael Bay film. That's not to say it's bad, but I was hoping for more.
If you enjoyed the film, it's a must have and will provide you with a perfect showcase example to 'wow' your friends with how good 4K looks on your new home theater! But I wouldn't buy it based on high hopes for Special Features to fill in backstory or see things you hadn't seen before.
Thanks to the folks KABAM who have passed along some awesome additional info, developer Q&A and images of the latest character to join the cast of playable characters in the mobile app game forgedtofight.com .
"Seeking Answers About Ramjet
Derek Uses His Head When Animating Ramjet
Cuz: As much as I want to use a Dad joke about Ramjet using his head, I actually am pretty stoked on how he uses his chest in his Special One. Those pectorals rockets are rad. Tell us about your favorite animations for Ramjet.
Derek: Yeah i’m still recovering from all the ramming! Special 2 is one my favorite moves spinning off a 2 kick attack to the chest to launch his arm rocket is very cool!
Sam Makes Starscream’s Buddy Shine
Cuz: I notice in Ramjet’s Special 3, he does a cool strafing run but then his rocket barrage misses. As the person responsible for his FX, is this your fault? Why the hate for Ramjet, Sam?
Sam: I blame the animators! Seriously though, there's no hate. Ramjet's awesome, just a little hot-headed and that doesn't help his aim, is all.
Cuz: I like that answer, it’s a Motormaster-sized bus you threw the animators under. Easier question, what’s your favorite effect you did for Ramjet?
Sam: Definitely the shockwave blast and then full body slam into the ground on his Special 3. It's fun adding the extra layer of drama to cool animations.
Ryan Gives the Lowdown on Designing Ramjet
Cuz: I have to imagine Ramjet must play pretty well with his fellow Seeker Starscream. Tell us about Ramjet’s skills and who to team him up with and who he might have trouble beating.
Ryan: Ramjet is designed to be an easy bot to use, almost all of his Special Attacks are guaranteed to leave his opponent’s Stunned, Burnt, or both. Ramjet doesn’t just like smashing into enemies, he loves it, and to that end Ramjet becomes Unstoppable while using Heavy Attacks, ensuring he wins any (and all) head-on collisions.
You’ll want to pair Ramjet with his boss Starscream to enable the powerful Seeker synergy. When paired with Motormaster, both bots will share their cool destructive abilities with each other. Ramjet is going to have trouble dealing with Tech bots like Mirage that stifle his Power Gain or those like Rhinox that Shield themselves against his potent Special Attacks.
Cuz: And, here’s the standard question for Commanders that like to focus on the base and defense...what is Ramjet’s best mod to pair with? What mods will give him a headache?
Ryan: Opponents better get used to being immobile while facing Ramjet on the Paralyzer Mod. The Paralyzer will Stun the opponent, Ramjet will Stun the opponent, and the enemy will be unable to save themselves. On the other hand, Ramjet will hate fighting opponents on the Exo Filter. The Filter will cleanse his Stun and Burn Debuffs leaving Ramjet toothless and cone headed."
The Chosen Prime shows of Takara Tomy's version of T.R. Windblade wielding not only her signature sword both and Headmaster, but Targetmaster as well! Her Targetmaster companion appears to be as of yet unnamed, but his shape and color scheme sure do remind us of G1 Targetmaster Pinpointer... http://www2.unicron.com/1987-transformers/g1/autobot-targetmasters/1407-crosshairs-with-pinpointer.html Check out the images below and reserve yours today! http://www.thechosenprime.com/LG62TargetmasterWindblade
The Chosen Prime has posted a preorder with a bunch of new pics of Takara Tomy's version of Titans Return Megatron, looking quite a bit different decked out in his fairly obscure G2 Combat Hero deco. http://www2.unicron.com/1994-transformers/342-1994-g2/2350-megatron-g2-combat-hero.html And extra bonus with this figure is their recolor of T.R. Fangry looking decidedly like an homage to Beast Machines Savage Noble (cough, cough: also kind of Megaton). If you're a fan of the mildly obscure oldies but goodies like us, this figure was designed for you our friends. Reserve on of these bad boy of your very own today! http://www.thechosenprime.com/LG63G2Megatron
Forged To Fight News - Ramjet Joins the Battle as Playable /Winnable Character Sept 21!
Check out complete list of details in the Bot intel report here:
"One of Starscream’s most unpredictable Seekers, Ramjet takes hardheadedness to new extremes by smashing into any foes, and sometimes friends, that cross his flight path...
Momentum: Ramjet builds momentum after ramming opponents.
Ramjet has a 50% chance to gain a permanent Special Bonus Buff that increases Special Attack Damage by 2~10% each. The chance to gain the Buff increases by 3% for each Special Bonus Buff already on him. [Max 10 Buffs]
Optimus Prime (GS) will attempt to use his Heavy Attack to Roll Out, but Ramjet will always win when it comes to vehicle-on-vehicle collision..."
@LAILAStudios Tweets photo of Transformers Universe Bumblebee film Director, Travis Knight standing beside a beautiful red muscle car and ---- is that a Decepticon symbol on the hood?!
I find it interesting how The Last Knight borrowed many elements from the recent cartoon series, "Transformers Prime" (living Earth = Unicron, dragons in Earth's past, Movieverse Hound is TFPrime Bulkhead etc, etc...) and here we have a car which looks quite similar to Cliffjumper of that same series! Hmmmmmmm.....
"LAIKA Pres & CEO Travis Knight on the set of his live-action film BUMBLEBEE. Travis will have more news on this & the next LAIKA film soon!"
While we're on the topic of David Kaye, BigBadToyStore has posted pictures and a pre-order page for Prime 1 Studio's upcoming Beast Wars: Transformers Premium Masterline Megatron Statue! Check out this gloriously show accurate Season 1 Beast Wars (with even more added realism to his dino features). Statue comes complete with alternate head, LEDs in his eyes and dino mouth, and bonus disembodied Dinobot head and parts at his feet! Pre-order yours today! http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/VariationDetails/61485
Orion Pax Combines with Trailer to Become G1, Masterpiece styled, Leader Class Optimus Prime in Power of the Primes
Another late-in-show change to the Transformers display at HASCON, Design Director John Warden took the Deluxe scaled Orion Pax and combined it to show off the combined form robot. Previously, the toy could only be seen in this mode inside its packaging through optically distorting window. We managed to take a few photos before the reflective plexiglass display case front was screwed back into place.
This image and many more of the upcoming Power of the Primes toy have been uploaded to the 2018 Transformers Section of unicron.com
For optimal viewing of the gallery on your mobile toy, look him up w/ the app TFDb - Transformers Fan Database.
Includes various Cybertron invasion scenes, a Samurai Knight concept and more. Images and additional info courtesy of http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/cybertronian-samurai-stars-in-our-exclusive-transformers-5-concept-art
TF5The Last Knight is available now via digital download. Blu-ray and DVD release September 27.
A couple of weeks ago we wrote a post about how one of our favorite brick and mortar retailers, Toys R Us, was looking into various options regarding how to deal with their tremendous debt load. As of yesterday, Toys R Us officially began the process of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. If you're interested in learning more about what the road ahead looks like for Toys R Us and the legal/financial implications of this decision, check out the bloomberg.com link below. In short, this does not mean the end of Toys R Us, but it does mean that a MAJOR restructuring is in its future which will most certainly entail the closing of main retail locations. What do make of this news as fellow Transformers fans and toy collectors?
We had a fun surprise waiting for us at the Transformers Power of the Primes display of near the end of #HASCON. Design Director John Warden took out the two jet mode toys on display and combined them. The result is a very G1 accurate combined mode jet, just like the original.
The convention may be over, but I still have photos to share. Check out the latest additions in the 2018 Transformers Section of unicron.com
On you smartphone, try the app - TFDb
Transformers Fan Database
You've seen his work in IDW Transformers comics, Hasbro Toy Packaging (even ripped off bootleg toys!) and mobile app game Forged To Fight. Today artist Marcelo Matere shares his first work he did on Transformers, the oddly named red race car Minicon Swindle, partner to Starscream, from back in the early days of the Unicron Trilogy!
Yesterday, the 63rd episode of the Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force cartoon has aired on Cartoon Network in the U.S. Titled "Breathing Room", as tensions continue to build up within the Bee Team, exiled to hide inside cramped caverns after the scrapyard was destroyed in the previous episode, Bumblebee seeks to alleviate the tensions by scouting for a new base. However, he is soon taken prisoner and tortured by Steeljaw's pack, followed shortly by Sideswipe and Strongarm. With Fixit the only Autobot who knows their location, it's up to him alone to keep Steeljaw and co. at bay while his comrades find a way to escape. Can Bumblebee, Sideswipe, and Strongarm make it out of this alive? To find out, let's rev up and roll out! ...
The 62nd episode of the Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force cartoon has aired on Cartoon Network in the U.S. Titled "Exiles", the Bee Team comes under intensely heavy gunfire and are forced to evacuate the scrapyard as it is utterly annihilated by their assailants. On the run and all alone, the team must defend the Crown City Dam while Sideswipe's case of PTSD endangers their safety and the success of this do-or-die mission. Can the team overcome these overwhelming odds? To find out, let's rev up and roll out! ...
The 61st episode of the Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force cartoon has aired on Cartoon Network in the U.S. Titled "Moon Breaker", Optimus Prime returns to Earth to recruit Drift for a special mission on Cybertron. But before the two can depart, Optimus must assist the Bee Team in a mission to the Moon to recover a dangerous weapon hidden within Windblade's final weapons cache. To make matters worse, the Stunticons are hot on the Autobots' trail, and an armed orbital defense satellite soon becomes a threat to the Earth. It's Ultra Bee vs. Menasor in the ultimate showdown on the Moon, while Optimus and Fixit race to catch up with and disable the satellite. Can our heroes make it out of this one alive? To find out, let's rev up and roll out! ...
This morning, the 60th episode of the Transformers: Robots in Disguise Combiner Force cartoon aired on Cartoon Network in the U.S. Titled "Combine and Conquer", the Stunticons at last show their full potential as Motormaster himself takes the fight to the Bee Team, unveiling his team's trump card combiner form of Menasor. The Bee Team must find a way to form Ultra Bee and work as one in order to put an end to the Decepticon menace before them. Can they pull it off? To find out, let's rev up and roll out! ...