Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Prelude to Transformers Combiner Wars Episode 1

The four part "Prelude to Transformers: Combiners Wars" has kicked off today with a short video focused on Optimus Prime. Three more episodes are to be released (not sure of the release schedule) before "Transformers: Combiner Wars" premieres on the go90 app for iOS and Android under the Machinima channel. After the video are descriptions of the four prelude episodes.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Tyrese Returns for Transformers 5

After a few weeks of occasional teasing, its now official. Tyrese Gibson returns as Robert Epps (current rank not mentioned) for Transformers: The Last Knight. Considering he is still filming Fast 8 so probably will miss at least half of the current TF5 shooting schedule so hard to judge the extent of his role in the movie. The news was revealed to Entertainment Weekly at the 2016 BET Awards red carpet and then he later posted on his Instagram account, "Rumor has it............ Nah.... Robert Epps is back!!!!!! #T5 summer 2017 just got even more interesting...... @MichaelBay aka #MrImAlwaysAwesome".

Transformers: The Movie 30th Anniversary Steelbook for Pre-Order

While no details on extras have been revealed, the Steelbook version of the 30th Anniversary release of Transformers: The Movie (1986) on Blu-ray for the first time is now available for pre-order on Amazon. The price is $34.99 but hopefully will drop once get close to the September 13, 2016 release date. There is no mention of "exclusive" so its possible this version will be available elsewhere.

On a somewhat related note, Transformers: Prime the Complete Series Boxset (3 seasons) is also available for pre-order. Release date is August 12 with current price of $144.99 which mostly definitely has to go down by the release date.

Friday, June 24, 2016

First Look at New Transformers: Combiner Wars Cartoon

Hasbro and Machinima have revealed the first images from their upcoming "Transformers: Combiner Wars" animated cartoon series to along with launch dates. A four episode "Prelude to the Combiner Wars" series will premiere on June 28 via YouTube and Facebook that will help set up present day Cybertron through the experiences of four characters. After that "Transformers: Combiner Wars" will debut on August 2 on Verizon owned go90 which is only available for mobile phones and tablets via Apple's App Store and Google Play.

IDW September 2016 Transformers Comics

IDW Publishing has released their publishing plans for September 2016. Five floppies and one trade are coming that month. The Revolution mini-series kicks off them month which will attempt to re-introduce the upcoming Hasbro Cinematic Universe characters of ROM, Micronauts, M.A.S.K. and Action Man via G.I. Joe and Transformers to create a unified Hasbro Universe across their line of licensed comics. As a consequence Transformers and Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye are ending their current runs. IDW has not yet announced what the replacement series may be but I suspect the MCU characters will have significant roles in them. For the full details of IDW's other books including GI Joe, Star Trek, and more click here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Michael Bay Introduces Squeeks (Updated)

Using their various social media accounts, Michael Bay teased the arrival of a new Transformers character. It first started on Michael Bay's twitter account when he asked "Is Squeaks camera-ready?" to which the Transformers twitter account replied with "just a few more touch-ups" along with a video of them spraying oil on a hint of blue. This led up to the full reveal via Bay's Instagram in a picture with him, Isabela Moner. It looks like the alt mode will be a rusted Vespa scooter. There are two spellings of the name but clearly the Instagram picture is designed to be spread via the various news sites so the official spelling is probably "Squeeks". If the name rings a bell it is probably because of the rumor last week about some of the characters and story for the movie. Update: Added another pic of Squeeks from MB.com.

Update: Thanks to Jeffrey Marshall of Pixel Rally for the new website banner that incorporates Transformers: The Last Knight look that replaces the one he created for TF4. Be sure to check out his site.

Crosshairs Vehicle Spotted In Detroit

It seems that JoBlo's report was correct as Crosshair's Chevy Corvette Stingray C7 was spotted in Detroit. The pic arrives along with news that Squeeks (Vespa alt mode) is also in the movie. (via TFW2005)

TF5 Pics From Packard Plant Set

Transformers: The Last Knight is currently filming at Detroit's Old Packard Plant. Thanks to MLive (mirrored at TFW2005) you can find set pictures that is described as:
“An array of giant metallic contraptions have landed at the long-vacant Packard Plant as preparations are being made for the filming of the next “Transformers” movie.

Among the crumbling concrete of the sprawling former Detroit automotive plant, scenes for the fifth Transformers movie, staring Mark Wahlberg, are beginning to take shape.

Two Chicago Transit Authority trains are positioned as if they careened off their artificial rail lines, and giant gears and machinery lie in pieces around the set.”
This does seem to indicate that the story returns to Chicago to deal further with the aftermath of Megatron's invasion attempt.

In addition, J Barton has provided more pics (below) from another Detroit location being prepped for the film. Based on the signage, the area of Washington Blvd will be used to film for TF5.

Hasbro Reveals Logos for Three Transformers Movies

At a consumer conference on Tuesday, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner officially christened the next film series as part of the "Transformers Cinematic Universe" and revealed the temporary logos for the next two films which was announced a few months ago. The TCU was already unofficially in place after the last year's Transformers Writers Room created a blue print for Hasbro and Paramount to follow for the next three plus films but this marks the first time they have officially named it as such. The ambitious plan of a movie a year likely means that Transformers cartoons will take a rest for a while since the movies will provide a yearly refresh of the toy line that Hasbro tends to aim for. The rest of the slideshow from the presentation can be found here.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Two More Join Transformers 5 Cast

A bit of casting news as Transformers: The Last Knight moves from Arizona to Detroit, Michigan for filming. Mitch Pileggi (X-Files' Walter Skinner, Stargate Atlantis, ton of other TV shows) revealed via twitter that he "Had the extreme pleasure of working on the new Transformers movie with @michaelbay. It's fascinating watching this cat work." The past tense suggest his role is small and only for whatever sequences were filmed in Arizona.

It looks like Transformers 5 also found a woman for Cade in the form of Laura Haddock (Da Vinci's Demons, Guardians of the Galaxy as Peter Quill's mom). The actress announced the news on her twitter account with a video (maybe below as twitter's embed code only sometimes works). Also if in the Detroit area, the movie is also looking for extras as TF5 will be spending the next 8 weeks in the city. Full details can be found with Fox 2's interview with the casting director here.

Transformers 5 Finished in Arizona, Now in Detroit

As of Saturday, Transformers: The Last Knight completed filming in Arizona and as of today is now in Detroit for the next eight weeks. Mark Wahlberg posted a goodbye video to Arizona while a fan posted more pics of some of the Delta vehicles and Hound as they were likely getting prepped to either ship to Detroit or tossed. The full set at Seibertron.

With filming in Detroit we have some new images of a potential set and a perimeter that was set for filming thanks to @treinman. The main bit of new information comes from an Transformers_Contributions instagram which shows that the Decepticon drones last seen in Dark of the Moon make an appearance in the film maybe in action, possibly as set dressing of invasion debris since parts of that movie's fight sequences were filmed in Detroit despite the invasion being set in Chicago. (links via TFormers)

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