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*UPDATED* Interview with David Kaye, New Activators, and 25th Anniversary Prime

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Sabrblade at 2008-08-15 12:45 pm member Stormrider has an exclusive interview with David Kaye, known as the voice of Animated Optimus Prime, and several past Megatrons. Also, in this interview, Kaye further confirms that Bob Forward and Larry Ditillio are back to write for Animated, as we first learned here. Check out this interview here.

Also, TFW2005 has images of upcoming Transformers Animated Activators Megatron (Earth Mode), Grimlock, and Bandit Lockdown. See those here.

Finally, ACToys has images of the coming 25th Anniversary G1 Optimus Prime reissue figure. Not only to we see in-package and out-of-package images of the figure, but we are shown a comparison between this figure and the Commemorative Series release of Prime from years before. Check those out here.


I recently discovered that the images of 25th Anniversary Prime might be a different version, because of an image from Botcon 2008 at shows the figure in different packaging and with long smokestacks (and maybe a gray Roller).

Bass X0 said,  - 2008-08-15 13:26:04
Like I said elsewhere, I'll be passing on the regular color Activators and be buying their repaints - I like to own one version of each character of each mold (i.e. "show colors" Lockdown is one version, Bandit Lockdown is another) however I won't be buying Blazing Lockdown as I don't want to buy the mold again).
Sabrblade said,  - 2008-08-15 13:32:43
What about Stealth Lockdown? It's completely transparent clear. it's like he's invisible.
Black Starscream said,  - 2008-08-15 15:26:36
Damn I actually want this new prime. To be honest, as far as megatron, prime, and the seekers go, with those caracters I wish I could get every release. Personal feelings aside is the only difference between this one and commem prime rollars color, the lack of the ax, and addition of a few extra parts?
Overhaul said,  - 2008-08-15 15:32:09
I guess it's cool they'll be re-releasing G1 Optimus again, but I was kind of hoping for something a bit more special for a 25th Anniversary figure... like, I don't know...
Well, something comparable in quality to Master Piece Optimus. Maybe an Alternator-like combiner? C'mon, we've all been wanting one, although there wasn't a chance for it to happen with the Alternators line itself (no car company would give permission to allow a replica of one of their cars to merge with a competing companies car, after all).
But I guess I have little to complain with nowadays, since Classics and now these newer waves of Universe figures have a ton of figures that are in many ways newer versions of our classic heroes, but cast better.
Sabrblade said,  - 2008-08-15 16:52:05
The only thing I don't like about htis Prime reissue is that Hasbro lied to us (AGAIN)! At Botcon, we were shown a Prime with long smokestacks and a gray Roller. Now we see these images of short smokestacks and a blue Roller. Argh! Quit toying with us, Hasbro!
Black Starscream said,  - 2008-08-15 17:52:45
Hey Saber, if Hasbro made it a collectors club exclusive or a something you could only buy on line, then they could still legally use normal sized smokestacks right? And also, if pepsi prime was a bot con exclusive, was there a point to shortening the smokestacks there?
Sabrblade. said,  - 2008-08-15 19:08:25
The way I see it, if Hasbro makes it, they will find some way to irk us (whether that irk be major or minor, or if it effects some or many).
Jumpercliff said,  - 2008-08-15 19:12:43
So, the only difference between the Commemorative and 25th Prime figures is that the Commemorative figure had lighter blue legs and fists?
Sabrblade. said,  - 2008-08-15 19:54:56
The Rollers seem to be different too. Wait a sec, was the Roller that came with Commemorative Series Prime gray or blue? Is there anybody who actually owns that version of the figure who know this?
TriPredRavage said,  - 2008-08-15 20:00:52
On topic of Optimus Prime, but off topic of this series, I finally managed to find an Animated Voyager class Prime today. It's a good figure, minus a blotch of silver paint on the blue square at the base of his chin. I can't wait to see next year's Nemesis Prime reapaint of him, lol.
Sabrblade. said,  - 2008-08-15 20:28:58
Say what? When was it said he'd be Nemesis Prime-redecoed?
Darkton said,  - 2008-08-15 21:32:40
Pass on Prime. Already have New Years Convoy and don't like short smokestacks.
TriPredRavage said,  - 2008-08-15 22:16:51
It wasn't, I'm saying it will be considering that the only Prime that's been passed on has been Movie... it was a joke... T_T
Sabrblade. said,  - 2008-08-15 22:55:54
I don't remember a Cybertron Prime black repaint. Nor Energon Prime (Grand Scourge was just a Model kit, not an actual figure).
TriPredRavage said,  - 2008-08-15 23:10:59
You are taking my joke too far. It was based on the fact for like the last 2 years NP has been an exclusive (Alternators and Classics). It was an exaggeration on the times...
TriPredRavage said,  - 2008-08-15 23:49:52
You know, I've never understood the smokestacks thing. Are there really that many people out there upset that ours get smaller stacks? Is that tiny little detail really that big of a deal?
Dinobot 14 said,  - 2008-08-16 17:02:39
I agree the smokestacks shouldn't a big deal at all, especially for collectors that display their transformers on shelvs, if it falls there is a good chance they will break and give you small smokestacks anyway.
lord megatron said,  - 2008-08-16 22:52:19
I think most people wouldn't care much about the short stacks if the japanese vr. got it as well, but the fact that we always seem to get shafted by hasbro is what I think annoys most of the fan-base. I personaly don't care, but it just feels like you don't own the actual figure, entirely. It's like, buying a new transformer and finding out that yours has two left hands or is missing a piece.
Perceptor said,  - 2008-08-16 23:48:07
regarding: "I recently discovered that the images of 25th Anniversary Prime might be a different version, because of an image from Botcon 2008 at shows the figure in different packaging and with long smokestacks (and maybe a gray Roller).

>>oddly enough, so too does the image show on's report from botcon! :)
Rhinoxfan said,  - 2008-08-17 11:45:13
either way im luvin it
Sabrblade said,  - 2008-08-17 12:30:27
Oh, Slag! I forgot about our own BotCon report. *ducks in cover of thrown fruit*
TriPredRavage said,  - 2008-08-18 17:09:43
On the topic of the smokestacks thing, wouldn't that mean that the Classics Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, and Nemesis Prime have the best stacks of all?
Sabrblade said,  - 2008-08-18 18:05:37
Nah, cuz the Movie Leader and Voyager Primes had longer ones and the Classics ones. And those were only long because they were either made out of a soft, rubbery material (Leader Movie Primes) or were used as weapons in robot mode (Classics Prime, Henkei Prime, Classics Magnus, Classics Nemy, Classics Evil Prime, Voyager Movie Primes).

So, in oher words, they cheated with their smokestacks.
TriPredRavage said,  - 2008-08-18 18:50:46
And we all know what happens to cheaters...

Trumped me, Sabr! I forgot about the movie Primes and they're huge gunstacks. Oh well. Either way, in my mind they are still the better of the bunch because they are the most useful.
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