Bluefin has announced that pre-orders are now being taken for a unique (non-transforming) rendering of Optimus Prime – the stoic leader of the heroic Autobots – as he is featured in the hit IDW comic series is the first in a series of Transformers model kits forthcoming form Flame Toys and was designed by the famous 3D modelling company, TRGGER.
The figure stands 6 inches tall and features more than 40 articulated joints that provide for maximum poseability.
The week, the GeekScholars tackle a whole bunch of news, including James Gunn being named the director of Guardians of the Galaxy, a potential actor to play Dr. Strange, and sequel news surrounding the next Bourne movie, a potential Ted follow-up, and even some tidbits about Transformers 4. You’ll even hear what everyone had to say about the newly revealed (or exposed) RoboCop armor.
The GeekScholars then move onto their Preview Review for the week, with a bunch of different opinions and insights into the trailer for Steven Spielberg’s wildly anticipated presidential biopic, Lincoln.
After that, Tom and Fox debate the merits of Residential Evil: Retribution, with two very different takes on the fifth entry into the zombie video game franchise.
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The folks behind the upcoming Transformers: War for Cybertron Video game are saying and doing all the right things to gin up excitement. The game is looking surprisingly good, they just unveiled 3 more characters – Sideswipe, Thundercracker, and Jet Fire. Check out this Video Diary the gameplay seems tight. You can see the new characters after the break.
It’s hard for me to believe that video game sales took a turn toward the negative in 2009. The industry appeared to be recession proof. And with so many popular titles – from the Rock Band series to the Lego franchise – invading homes on multiple platforms, you would think the industry was healthy. True, it’s hardly on life-support. But gaming companies are entering 2010 looking for a shot in the arm (and a boost in the pocketbook) as the recession wears on.
The folks at Shout! Factory will be in booth 3749 in the main hall rocking their upcoming Transformers and G.I. Joe Complete Series anniversary sets – which, sadly, they won’t send to reviewers. But these are awesome looking packages. If you purchase the sets at Comic-Con you’ll get a limited edition poster Signed by Frank Welker, MEGATRON himself, these Limited-Edition Comic-Con Exclusive Lithographs will be a Gift-with-Purchase for the first 350 Collector’s sets sold of the TRANSFORMERS: 25th Anniversary Matrix of Leadership Edition Collector’s Set.
Also available will be the G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero The Complete Series Collector’s Set, with the first 350 copies sold featuring a limited edition lithograph autographed by G.I. JOE: Origins comic book artist Tom Feister.
Remember when a little technology format called HD-DVD was around and Paramount pictures announced an exclusive deal with them? Michael Bay was loud and vocal about his distain for the HD-DVD format and his love of all things Blu-ray. Michael Bay, finally gets his wish. Transformers, is now available in a 2 disc Blu-ray edition. See where the battle began, as you witness Transformers in the ultimate high definition Blu Ray experience. Then go see, Transformers – Revenge of The Fallen – in theatres now. Pick up Transformers – The Two Disc Blu-ray Edition – including 25 minutes of all new content - available on June 16th from Paramount Home Entertainment. In celebration of this event, we have 5 copies of the standard edition DVD to give away. The special edition of Transformers is packed with extras (and more than a few product placements for Hasbro). The entire second disc is devoted to featurettes on aspects of making the technical tour-de-force–and the land mines involved in tinkering with a beloved ’80s franchise. Executive producer Steven Spielberg is very much a part of the proceedings, from his introductory comments ("I think everybody likes the idea of taking something you’re familiar with and turning it into something you’re not so familiar with–like an 18-wheeler become Optimus Prime") to mentions of his films that influenced this one, like E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
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Considering that the Transformers were created by taking a bunch of disparate Japanese toys with no connection – but kinda looked like they might belong together – and given unique identities and a backstory by a group of guys at Hasbro®, they’ve certainly managed to hold the public’s interest.
With the second Transformers movie about to hit theaters, here comes the 25th anniversary release of the first season of the [dare I say it?] iconic animated series that forever etched the phrases “robots in disguise” and “more than meets the eye” into the cultural consciousness. Sure, there are some really goofy concepts [Megatron, the Decepticon leader turns into a gun? That has to be fired by some other Decepticon? Really?], but it’s easy to see why the series – and the toys, for that matter – caught on in such a big way. Continue reading DVD REVIEW: Transformers – The Complete First Season – 25 Years→