April 24th, 2009

New "Revenge of the Fallen" trailer to debut at promotional event

Slashfilm has reported that a special promotional event is being held for "Revenge of the Fallen". In twenty cities across the country, special screenings of the 2007 "Transformers" movie will be held on April 29th. This will include a debut of the new "Revenge of the Fallen" trailer! Check out details here.

April 22nd

Transformers Animated Activators Optimus Prime Review

Want a small Optimus Prime to carry around wherever you go? Here's one choice, Activators Optimus Prime! Take a look at the review for this neat little figure here.

'Transformers' Sequel Is 'Bigger, Badder, Better,' Cast Says has posted an interview with Ramon Rodriguez and Isabel Lucas, two of the cast members of "Revenge of the Fallen". Rodriguez plays Leo Spitz, Sam's roommate at Princeton University and Lucas plays Alice, another Princeton student who crushes on Sam. Shooting could be rough at times. "Bay brought a couple of industrial-size fans to the Egyptian desert that blew 100-mile-per-hour, sand-filled winds at Rodriguez's face. He ended up dislocating his shoulder and needed to have his eyes flushed out for 45 minutes.".

New Botcon 2009 Video

The official Botcon web site has posted a new video featuring G1 Optimus Prime, Megatron and more!

April 20th

'Transformers' star Shia LaBeouf opens up about his injuries

"Transformers" and "Indiana Jones" star Shia LaBeouf has been interviewed by Entertainment Weekly. While seen as a rising star, LaBeouf has not been without his problems. His hand injury last year was highly publicized, and the injury was severe enough that it was worked into the story for "Revenge of the Fallen". "...the actor returned to the Transformers set with a specially designed prosthetic bandage that had to be rewritten into the plot line. the article explains.

Protectobots and Omnibots to appear in "Revenge of the Fallen" video game

Stephen Totilo from MTV was given a look at the upcoming "Revenge of the Fallen" video game. During his conversation with the game designers, it was revealed that several "extra" and background characters will be based upon designs of classic Transformers such as the Protectobots. "The developers behind the games are Transformers nerds themselves, I was told. They have used Aerialbots, Stunticons, Combaticons, Protectobots and Omnibots as inspiration for the unnamed robots players will encounter in the game." the article states.

Hasbro 1st-quarter profit falls 47 percent

In another sign that we live in rough times, Hasbro posted a first quarter drop in its profits. 47% is huge, and the recent price increases on several action figure products in Wal-Mart and Target aisles probably didn't help. "In the U.S., Star Wars, Playskool, Nerf and board game sales were strong, but sales of Littlest Pet Shop, Transformers and Marvel brands declined." the article states. My guess is that with the release of "Wolverine" and "Revenge of the Fallen", this situation will be temporary.

"The Transformers" complete first season to be issued by Shout! Factory

For weeks now, news has been buzzing about a new run of the original Transformers series on DVD. Man fans missed out on the Rhino sets released in the early 2000's, and getting them on the aftermarket is just way too pricey, especially in these tough times. Worse yet? Some of the episodes have "new" sound effects (which were more distracting than anything else) and they are missing some visual fx from the original broadcast versions. Shout! Factory has worked to rectify this leading to their new release. The official press release is below:


April 12th

Beast Machines Transformers toy review section restored

In 1999, the Beast Wars ended and gave way to a weird new storyline involving Cybertron being conquered by Megatron and an army of mindless drones known as the Vehicons! This dark time in Cybertronian history was chronicled in the two season "Beast Machines" show, and now you can go back in time and read up on the reviews of the "Beast Machines" toys. Read up on Beast Machines in the toy review section!

"Revenge of the Fallen" video game trailer released

Entertainment web site Hollywood Chicago has posted a teaser trailer for the upcoming "Revenge of the Fallen" video game by Activision. The trailer features scenes from the game and a voice over by Peter Cullen himself! This was the same trailer that was shown at February's Toy Fair. Take a look at it here!