Thursday, April 17, 2014

Linkfest - not Everything

Just realized allowed the toy side of news to stack up. Guess was distracted by the Age of Extinction reviews. Still while AoE has been a bit underwhelming, that doesn't mean upcoming 3rd Party plans have slacked in their awesomeness with versions of not Metroplex, not Cy-Kill (yep the GoBot) and not Ultra Magnus. This isn't to say that Takara and Hasbro are not up to some none Extinction plans. Takara has revealed their 30th Anniversary plans that includes a new truck alt mode for Optimus, a look at Masterpiece Wheeljack, and agreements for a slew of products including statues, play sets and ties. In the not quite toy news department we have a look at G1 cartoon concept art and news that the entire "Cybertron trilogy" is getting a DVD release. Of course no link fest is complete without a ton of reviews. The highlights include the wave 1 Generation deluxes, Masterpiece Ratbat, not Sharkticons, not Ultra Magnus, not Masterpiece Slag, first figure of a not Bruticus combiner, not Blaster and more. Basically a series of budget busting awesome. As always hit the links for more details and pictures.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Next Age of Extinction Trailer Running Time

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has released the UK rating and running time of the next trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction. The time is 2 minutes, 25 seconds with a 12A (aka PG-13) rating. No clue on when the next trailer will hit theaters and the web but Amazing Spider-Man 2 (5/2) seems like the best candidate with X-Men: Days of Future Past (5/23) a good second choice.

Monday, April 14, 2014

New Stills from Transformers 4

A few new additional stills from Transformers: Age of Extinction has been posted by to go with the new TV spot. The new one is Cade working on old truck Optimus (left). I can't recall where but have already but Cade, 'Bee, and Shane. The next two below were have been posted before but those versions were cropped. Thanks to Feris O. for the link.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction TV Spot #3

During tonight's MTV Movie Awards, a new TV spot aired for Transformers: Age of Extinction. Thanks to Mackie U. and Feris O. for the heads-up.

Imagine Dragons and Steve Jablonsky for Transformers: Age of Extinction?

It looks like that Michael Bay's attempt to movie away from the first trilogy and start somewhat anew extends to the music soundtrack. An image on Facebook suggests that Imagine Dragons is working on the soundtrack for Transformers: Age of Extinction with score composer Steve Jablonsky. On the previous three films, the band was Linkin Park who usually created an end credits track with Jablonsky who also used music ques from the track in the score itself. While not officially confirmed, Imagine Dragon posted an image writing "working on a score for an upcoming movie.." (via TFW2005)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Grimlock, More Details from Entertainment Weekly Article

Entertainment Weekly has posted an alternate version of their Transformers: Age of Extinction article that is in their latest newsstand issue along with a much better image of Grimlock. The new details include Michael Bay pointing out that Lockdown's ship is important to the trilogy and how elements that are part of the movie that can be explored in later in the trilogy. Below are the key new bits of information compared with the published version.
Bay isn’t revealing his own origin story for Grimlock just yet. “I like to keep things very much in the dark. But yes, you’ll understand why they’re there when you see the movie. If you think I’m supposed to give away a lot of story points? No way! Keep it secret.

Hasbro Character Art for Transformers: Age of Extinction Toys

Hasbro has released 13 pieces of character art for the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction toy line. The art is what is being used on the various toy packages for each. Over all it looks good even if the same running (or roar) pose is a bit too redundant. Rest of the art after the break. Thanks to Feris O. for the heads-up.

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark - Bumblebee Trailer

A new trailer has been released for upcoming Transformers movie-verse tie in game called Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark. The game is a 3rd person action game that has the War for Cybertron universe mixing it up with the characters from the Bay films or as the trailer sort of put it Earth version and Cybertronian version. Below introduces the modes of Bumblebee. The game is set for release in late June on all platforms. Hit the links below to pre-order from Amazon.

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Images from Transformers: Age of Extinction Reshoots

JustJared has posted a few images that show Mark Wahlberg and the Optimus Prime truck filming in Los Angeles on April 9. Last week there were rumors of reshoots but at the time it turned out to be Megan Fox for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. As the pics show, that isn't the case here. The use of the modern truck combined with Wahlberg's intact clothes and no wounds suggests that whatever is being filmed is for a sequence shot for scenes early in the movie and set in the United States. TFW2005 thinks that it might be before the Optimus Prime vs. Galvatron sequences teased in the trailers. Re-shoots are not exactly cheap and normally only done in cases of necessity. It isn't to say it not common, just that a true justification has to exist for the expense. If it was just a one day shoot, my best guess is either they needed to capture additional footage for a CGI sequence or discovered that a story point wasn't clear enough from existing footage.

Entertainment Weekly Article Talks Grimlock, the Next Trilogy, and Bayhem

This week's issue of Entertainment Weekly, their Summer preview issue, has an article (image left) about Transformers: Age of Extinction. In it director Michael Bay confirms that Transformers 4 is the start of the next trilogy while Mark Wahlberg comments on the storyline and Jack Reynor talks about working on the set. The article also revealed a few factoids about the CGI version of Grimlock saying the character is "150 feet long from the tail to the nostrils, 63.5 feet tall from the ground to the top of his horns, and weigh 850 tons." Below is a transcript of the the comments from Bay and the others.
Bay: "It's kind of like a new Transformers. We had three, the first trilogy, and this is going to be the next. ...It's the first of a new trilogy. I'm not necessarily sure that I'm doing [the others], but that's what it's meant for."

Bay: "{Shia LaBeouf]'s a good guy, but three movies, the same guy, it's time. You know what I'm saying? It's always good to freshen it up and change the story."

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