Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bay Reveals Onslaught for Transformers: The Last Knight

The green utility vehicle that was spotted last month several times on the Arizona set of Transformers: The Last Knight now has a name. In a post on his website and Facebook page, Michael Bay has verified the character is Onslaught. The character in Transformers lore is the leader of the Combaticons, a group of five Decepticons that merge to form Bruticus. So far there has been no indication if the Combaticons are part of the movie so don't get your hopes up yet on a Combiner appearance.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Transformers: Combiner Wars Trailer, Cast

Today at SDCC 2016, Hasbro and Machinima finally revealed some details about Transformers: Combiner Wars. The first official trailer shows the cartoon has some pretty sweet visual designs. In addition a press release finally revealed the voice cast for the series (below) that all seem new to the franchise. Based on the description and snippets from the trailer, it seems that Combiner Wars lifts ideas and concepts from IDW's comic book series but is taking them in a different direction which technically voids the comic book canon but whatever. The comics vs movies vs cartoons were always treated as distinct universes anyway by fans.

From the SDCC panel, the goal of Machinima's creators was to get to the core of each character and then try to remain consistent with that core when writing them. The opening episode has Menasor landing on the planet Cambinus with Windblad and Maxima trying to stop him. While technically there are genders in Transformers, Hasbro made the decision to leave "why" a mystery. There are currently no plans for a blu-ray release of the series since it will be available for streaming. The 8 episode series will premiere August 2 on in the United States.

IDW October 2016 Transformers Comics

IDW Publishing has released their publishing plans for October 2016. Four floppies and one trade are coming that month. The Revolution mini-series to introduce the Hasbro Universe continued with Transformers, GI Joe, ROM, Micronauts, M.A.S.K. and Action Man. As a result there are no ongoing Transformers after Transformers and Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye ended their current runs. For the full details of IDW's other books including GI Joe, Ghostbusters, Star Trek, and more click here.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New Behind the Scenes Video From Transformers 5 Set

On the official Instagram and Facebook accounts for Transformers: The Last Knight is a new behind the scenes video that appears to be from when the crew was in Arizona a few weeks ago. I guess technically it is in spoiler territory since it shows an action scene with some Bayhem involving helicopters and what looks like vehicles with the Delta symbol on them. Thanks to W. Ray for the link.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Final Prelude to Combiners Wars Windblade Episode

The final motion comic episode of "Prelude to Combiner Wars" featuring Windblade is now available (Episode 1 | Episodes 2, 3). There have been few details on the series. While I assume the art style will look a lot like Prelude, I am not sure if that means it will be a traditional cartoon series, a continuation of the motion comic look nor how long each episode will be. We will find out when the first episode of the 8 episode Combiner Wars series launches on August 2 exclusively on g090 in the United States.

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