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Thanks to the book’s author/archivist Jim Sorenson, we have have received additional info about his upcoming book! The official description:
“In this new hardcover celebration, Hasbro reveals a ton of content from behind-the-scenes production sketches to beautifully polished final art, and everything in-between. From the obscure to the iconic, this book features packaging artwork, animation models, video game designs, comic pages, and, for the first time ever, production artwork from all six Paramount live-action films! Lovingly curated by Transformers archivist Jim Sorenson, this is the most comprehensive collection of Transformers imagery ever assembled.”
It is available for pre-order on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2OgHNwT
As a correction from my earlier report of his panel at #TFConLA, the images from the book have “not been cleared” yet, and accordingly, they could not show them during the panel. (For the same reason, there are no images on the Amazon pre-order page either.) While the images they showed during the panel were quite awesome, and hadn’t been seen before, they are actually not in the book. He was, however, talking about the upcoming book during is panel, “The Art of Transformers” (name of the panel, not of the book!) Apologies fellow fans and readers, I came to the panel a few minutes late and missed that distinction!
All that said, it is being compiled by Jim Sorenson, and as much as we enjoyed his work on “Transformers: Legacy” - we definitely plan to pick up a copy of his latest compilation as well!
One of the coolest Extra features revealed on the now available includes 3D renders for the G1 characters seen in the Cybertron flashback scenes. The film is available for home viewing digital download now!
A sneak peak of "Bee Vision: The Transformers robots of Cybertron" is part of the film extras is viewable on YouTube here - https://youtu.be/mU8A2LeQl6M
Saw this for sale @TFCON dealer room & got me thinking. Now that Jaba’s Sail Barge project is done doesn’t it seem like the good peeps @Hasbro need a new holy grail to work on? How about TFTM #Unicron? C’mon guys make our dreams come true! #HasLabUnicron.com.
So here are some interesting facts. Jaba Sail barge is 4 foot long, and cost $499.99. According to an article on geekwire they received 7,726 orders (3.8M gross) with 45 days left to go in the order period. While I’ve always loved Star Wars, I don’t know much about the difference between hardcore Star Wars fans versus Transformers fans - as in how many are there willing to spend this kind of money.) So let’s discuss! Let’s assume, for the sake of hypothetical conversation, that @Hasbro made a super cool, super huge, G1 authentic Unicron. How much would *you* be willing to pay? - and more importantly, how many do you think Hasbro would sell?
Full disclosure, and no surprise to anyone, my opinion is super biased. For me, they practically couldn’t make it too big, or too expensive. Seriously, if it was 8-ft tall, self transforming robot, that could vacuum my living room while I’m away and cost $10,000, I and likely each of my bros, would find a way to buy one. (So, there’s at least 3 sales!) Considering what you’ve spent on high-end Masterpiece toys, or even third party unofficial toys, what would an official release, kickbutt Unicron, done right, be worth to you?
Photo Highlights from “The Art of Transformers w/ Bill Forster & Jim Sorensen: a rare look at behind-the-scenes production art”
Their newest book, focuses on the broad 35 year history of the #Transformers brand. They expect pre-orders to be available soon, “hopefully maybe even next week.” As much as we love their book “Legacy” we plan to give this one a close look as well!
Crowds are large, excitement and nostalgia around #Transformers is everywhere! We’ve had a lot of fun and it’s not over yet!
We enjoyed some fantastic panels with G1 story writers, the creative team of Transformers Animated, and heard from former Botcon attending fanboy turned Hollywood movie star John Bailey and David Sobolov talk about their roles in the newest live action #BumblebeeMovie...
I’m also happy to see tons of official Hasbro/Takara product in a jam packed dealer room. This also gave us our first opportunity to see, in-person officially licensed figures and robotic model kits by Flame toys which are pretty amazing.
While the photo’s I share from the third party product panel are by no means a ‘complete listing’ I thought I’d share a few things that really peaqued my interest (upgrade items for Siege toys...) Also as for what I bought - my big purchase was of some original comic art, the cover to Unicron #1 - the weight of a malevolent world on Optimus’ shoulders.
Last night I played as a contestant on “Transformers Jeprody”. - So fun!!! I took second place overall, but only because my buzzer malfunctioned in the final round a few times! I was robbed! But CRUSHED it in the category of, “Name that Botbot!”
“I didn’t want to kill Optimus Prime. Hasbro insisted!”
- Ron Friedman, writer: #TransformersTheMovie
We had the chance to chat with the prolific writer at his first ever Transformers convention appearance, #TFCON in LA this weekend. After this interview was filmed, I told him not to be hard on himself, or let others beat him up about it. Although it indeed was completely Earth shattering to us in our childhood, it was completely serendipitous, resulting in a lot of good - way more than anyone could have imagined or intended! In my opinion, the Death of Optimus Prime was the single most important event in all of #Transformers fiction, and is largely responsible for why so many thousands of fans continue to gather and celebrate Transformers at events like this, all these many years later and all over the world. Furthermore, without this tragedy being told, all of the many happy endings of the series would not have been as poignant.
Unicron.com / TFDb (app) Transformers Fan Database - http://bit.ly/2TLDOhd
Some very sad news has come to our attention through a variety of condolences and memories shared on social media. Widely known among Transformers fans as the co-creator and Senior Story Editor of Beast Wars cartoon series has passed away, "due to illness". Over the years, we have had many interactions with this kind man who was always gracious and expressed warm appreciation to the many fans who thanked him for his role in reviving the Transformers franchise in the late 1990's. His creativity and skills in story writing and world building (including but extending to far more than just Transformerss) were a gift to the fiction we here at unicron.com enjoyed so much. Thank you for all the memories Larry, and all the ways you touched our lives with your stories and talent.
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Siege Springer - A Few More Pix from #HasbroToyFair.
Uploading and archiving more images from the event into TFDb, I came across a few more photos I didn’t get around to sharing in the first round. The more we see from Siege, the more we like it. This one doesn’t need modifications to his alt forms, because he never had Earth based vehicle modes. So this figure is straight up authentic to his appearances in Transformers the Movie. Enjoy!