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"My influences are some of the things mentioned above, mixed with a
heavy dose of 80's cartoons (Mighty Orbots and others), Hanna Barbera,
2000AD comics, anything Gainax does, Robert Valley and Jamie Hewlett,
the list goes on and on. For the design of the new TFA series, I wanted
to get back to basics with the Transformers, while splicing in some of
that Orbots and ABC Warriors look and feel. It's also been my scheme
all along to get new toys made of my old favorite Transformers.
TriBlurr, I think your Beachcomber is pretty close to what we did. I kept his face Smurfy-blue, and colored him all blue from the waste down, so he looks like he's wearing pants and no shoes. Get a job, Beachcomber, you worthless slacker!
The twins jet modes might have a little old school sci-fi tv inspiration in them, yes.
Wow, the Sailor Moon fans are out in force! Sailor Moon probably influenced at least every female crew member that works on Transformers Animated. I'm not sure how much of that ends up in the show. Do you have a specific example of what you think it was influential in?
Blackout is the ANIMATED Blackout. Spittor does have a bot mode. Into space. No hints on Sari."
Regarding Jetfire and Jetstorm Derrick's latest comment was:
Hmm. It's sort of their combined mode, I guess. From the early pics I saw the rear of the combined vehicle is supposed to be split to make an "X" shape. It cuts a way better silhouette that way. And yes, the twins will be in season 3.
Regarding the leaked images of Rodimus Prime, Strika, Spittor and Blackout Derrick commented with
Ugh. I hate leaks. They always have the
worst quality images. Not even any color! Oh well. Maybe you can see
that Spittor's Cybertronian vehicle form is inspired by Don Figueroa's
totally freaking awesome BW comic pre-beast Spittor design. And General
Strika! Chalk up another personal Transformers life goal for yours
S250 has updated his website with some character design images of Season 3 Transformers Animated characters. The images of Rodimus, Strika, Blackout and Spittor can be viewed below.
As part of the advertisement push that Titan Magazines are making to promote the upcoming UK exclusive Transformers Animated comic Titan have released the 2nd in the series of Desktop Standees. The 2nd standee is of that green Autobot wrecking machine Bulkhead. You can download the standee here, and do not forget that you can pick up the first standee, Starscream, exclusively at Transformers Animated.com
Don't forget that you can subscribe to the comic online by visiting the titan website.
Derrick Wyatt has posted a comment on his blog regarding the Transformers Animated Jetfire and Jetstorm toys of which the first images recently hit the internet. Reaction to the toys has been pretty poor through the fan community thus far and so Derricks comments might change a few opinions or at least add to the opinions.
"I wouldn't rush to judgment on the Jetfire and Jetstorm figures yet.
Those are some pretty terrible pictures that are out there right now.
The pictures I saw way back of the grey prototypes looked really good.
And yes, of course they have hands! In both robot modes! The promo pics
are just mistransformed. Once they are properly transformed and posed
out, they should look pretty cool."
BigBadToyStore and Entertainment Earth have both updated their websites with the first images of the upcoming Transformers Animated toys for Jetfire and Jetstorm. You can view the mirrored images below.
Credit to Oddsey for posting the images on our message board.
TFW2005.com member Red Leader has posted an image and information of some Transformers Animated 2-packs, containing two carded bubble-pack toys The Transformers Animated toys in the stock list which he received were Prowl and Megatron (Cybertronian Mode) in one set and Blackarachnia and Optimus Prime (Earth Mode) in the second set.Transformers Animated Deluxe Megatron and Optimus Prime were previously only available in the Battle in a Box 2-pack of the battle damaged figures.
Derrick Wyatt has replied to a question raised ourselves in response to another question by Perceptor of Unicron.com regarding the Transformers Animated season three rumours that they received. Derrick replied with the following to Perceptors question
"Perceptor@unicron.com's question is a good one! I've been trying to think of a way to answer without unleashing a mess of spoilers. But, I haven't figured out how to do it yet".
To which we followed up with "guess we can take that as at least some of it is true, otherwise it would be an easy debunking answer". In response to our question Derrick replied with "Yes, you are right. In Perceptor's comments, one bit is true. One part is confused (probably by a person seeing a design and making assumptions). One is just flat out wrong.".
So there you go, one part is wrong, one is confused and one right. For those who can not remember the post at Unicron.com here it is again
"* Yes, there will be a season 3, Transformers Animated.
* (at least some) Episodes have been recorded.
* Transformers Animated Season 3 will begin with a multi-part episode.
* As of now (subject to change) it is scheduled to air, "next spring."
* For those of you who donâ€™t know, Bob Forward and Larry DiTillio were the Executive Story Editors and storywriters (in my opinion) largely responsible for the popularity of the Beast Wars Transformers cartoon series. For this forthcoming Transformers Animated episode, they share credit on story and script. It is the first time they have worked together since Beast Wars. The episode title (subject to change) is:
PREDACONS RISINGWe have been told, it should be a surprise treat for all Beast Wars Fans."
Derrick Wyatt has posted another comment on his blog, this time in regards to the Cybertronian modes for the Decepticons, or rather the lack thereof. "Megatron is the only one of the main five Decepticons a Cybertron vehicle mode was designed for. We have Cybertron vehicle designs for all five of the main Autobots"
You can find various Transformers Animated toys in the toy section of Transformers Animated.com
Transformers Animated Art Director/Lead Character Designer Derrick Wyatt has posted some comments on his blog relating to the current rumours regarding Season 3 of Transformers Animated.
"A quick note about Rodimus, Cyclonus and season 3 in general. Take everything you guys are reading on the boards with a grain of salt. ALL the people posting spoilers that I have read so far have been putting up inaccurate info. Some WAY off. Even those with Hasbro connections and posters who have been a good source of information in the past seem to have gotten some REALLY bad info."
Our thanks go to Titan Books for giving TransformersAnimated.com and Transformers At The Moon an exclusive first look at the "just approved by Hasbro" cover for Issue one of the brand new UK exclusive Transformers Animated.
"The countdown has begun!
Cybertastic first issue blasting onto shelves 23 October!
Titan Publishing is proud to announce the imminent launch of the official TRANSFORMERS Animated Comic! Based on the hit Nickelodeon cartoon, the comic will feature an awesome mix of brand-new originated comic strip, fantastic features, unmissable competitions and all-round mech madness!
For more information on Transformers Animated Comic issue 1 visit: TitanMagazines.co.uk"
Don't forget to drop by the number one ranked Transformers Animated website, TransformersAnimated.com for all your Transformers Animated coverage
In a follow-up to the news we broke last week regarding the Toys R Us UK exclusive Transformers Animated Ratchet and Bumblebee 2-pack, Break has now sent us through two images of the pack which should silence anyone who doubted the report. Click on the thumbnails below to view the high-resolution images.