April 25th, 2009

Leonard Nimoy in "Revenge of the Fallen"? Maybe...or not.

MTV Movie Blog posted an interesting article related to the voice overs for the various Transformers characters in "Revenge of the Fallen". One science fiction legend who once lent his voice to a Transformer is Leonard Nimoy, and Bay was asked if his familial link to the famous "Star Trek" actor would help lure the star into lending his voice to a Transformer in "Revenge of the Fallen". While Bay would love to do this, he explains that it isn't as simple as it seems.

April 24th

Transformers Animated Activators Starscream reviewed

What Transformers line would be complete without a treacherous and entertaining bad guy? "Transformers Animated" has one, and as you'd expect, his name is Starscream! Check out the review for Activators Starscream, a pocket sized version of this powerful Decepticon.

Writers Orci & Kurtzman say Transformers 2 balances action, comedy better

Scifi wire interviewed "Revenge of the Fallen" writers Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci. Among the topics discussed was the tone of the "Transformers" sequel, which trailers have suggested as being darker than its predecessor. The article states "If the first Transformers shifted between action and comedy with some darker undertones, Orci thought the duo did an even better job balancing those elements the second time around.".

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.