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This area of the website is dedicated to Transformers news. Currently this website contains 344 news stories divided over 23 pages. You can submit a news story by using our news submission page.

You can browse the news stories contained within this section by using the page jump buttons below. To filter the news stories, please use the tabs that you will find directly below this introduction and before the results area.

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Below you will find a list of the categories in which news stories on this website are published. Simply click on the category to view the latest news stories within that category.
  1. AFA Graded Transformers - AFA graded Transformers related news and information. For more details regarding AFA Transformers including the latest ratings, going prices and how to get your figure rated, please visit
  2. G.I. Joe - We are also fans of G.I-Joe and so on occasionally we run news stories related to that Hasbro line, primarily related to the live action films.
  3. Lucky Draw Transformers - These news stories are reported both on Lucky Draw Transformers .com as well as Transformer Toys
  4. Older News
  5. Site Sponsors - News relating specifically to our website sponsors.
  6. The - The news stories within this category appear on The as well as Transformers At The Moon
  7. Toy Industry News - This section contains toy industry related news stories, including press releases, NPD sales charts and other events that may have a knock on affect to Hasbro Inc, TakaraTomy or Transformers in general.
  8. Trans-Europe Express Group News - The Trans-Europe Express was a Yahoo! Group where a few people collaboration to share information on what was going in within Europe relating to Transformers as well as promoting a united European fan community.
  9. Transformer Toy Sightings - This is where you will find toy sighting related news stories.
  10. Transformers Animated - Transformers Animated was the cartoon / comic / toy form that the Transformers took from late 2007 until 2010. These news stories are published on Transformers as well as on Transformers At The Moon
  11. Transformers Cartoons
  12. Transformers Comic News
  13. Transformers Convention News
  14. Transformers Interviews and Articles
  15. Transformers Merchandise
  16. Transformers Movie News
  17. Transformers Power Core Combiners - News related to the 2010 Transformers subline known as the Power Core Combiners. These news stories are published both on Transformers At The Moon as well as Transformers Power Core
  18. Transformers Product Listings
  19. Transformers Rumours
  20. Transformers Toy News
  21. Transformers Trademark News - News stories relating to trademark applications that Hasbro Inc have made with the USPTO. These stories are always broken here first.
  22. Transformers: Prime - Transformers: Prime is the name of the 2010 CGI Transformers cartoon which aired on the Hasbro-Discovery joint TV channel The Hub in the fall of 2010 within the US.
  23. Website Bug Fixes
  24. Website Competitions
  25. Website Updates

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To make up for the last few days of missing Beast Wars II Cartoon Image Galleries, we've now posted a quock catch up of 4 galleries, covering episodes 10 to 13, featuring over 1200 new Transformers Beast Wars II images

Beast Wars II Episode 10 - Autorollers Roll Out!

The Destrons continue in their attempts to recreuit the Insectons as warriors to their cause, this time it's the turn of the Autorollers.  Unknown to the Cybertrons, the Autorollers and Insectrons have history, when Autocrusher and his crew previously saved BigMoss.  Using this as leverage, the Autorollers and the Insectrons team up.

Beast Wars II AutorollersBig Moss Henshin!TonBotBigMossAutojetterAutocrusher

Beast Wars II Episode 11 - Danger! Scissor Boy

Following on nicely from the previous episode is more Autoroller and Insectron goodness, though this episode also focuses on the friendship between Tasmania Kid and Scissor Boy.  Once again though very little is seen of Autolauncher

AutocrusherAutostingerAutojetterScissorboyDanger ScissorboyTasmania Kid and Scissorboy


Beast Wars II Episode 12 - Galvatron Rampages

Episode 12 continues with the Autoroller theme, this time actually including the fourth member, Autolauncher.  In this episode teh Autorollers are building a refining station when Scuba stumbeles upon them.  At fisrt the Autorolllers go to attack Scuba, but after the interferance of Starscream and BB, along with a rampage from Galvatron, the Autorollers team up with the Cybertrons to stop the rampaging Galvatron

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Beast Wars II Episode 13 - Predacon General Offensive

A nice way to round off today's Beast Wars II catch up is with the first of the "Catch-up" episodes.  Moon and Artimus discuss the recent events on Gaia, with the Insectrons turning up and the suprising history between them and the Autorollers.

Artimus and moonBeast Wars II MoonBeast Wars II ArtemusDirge and Thrust strike a poseGalvatron on his recovery bedAutorollers

Category: Website Updates | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Sunday, 4th March 2012 at 11:09:12 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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We missed a day yesterday on our Beast Wars II cartoon galleries, but we had posted two over the the weekend on one day to make up for it.  So today we're back on schedule with our 9th day of Transformers Beast Wars I updates featuring Episode 9 - The Strongest Tag Team

In this episode Starscream and BB manipulate the Insectrons by getting them drunk, making them fight amongst themselves, with the hope that they will also attack the Cybertrons by confusing them as to which faction is good and which bad.  Tasmania Kid discovers Starscream’s plot and straightens things out with some of the Insectrons, but not before Power Hug and the other Insectrons have a drunken scuffle.

Meanwhile Galvatron awakes and decides to have a drink from the same oil, leading him to go on a drunken rampage across the Insectron forest.

We also discover Big Moss's third mode in this episode, as well as having a nice Chibby Starscream character

Powerhug and ScissorboyChibby StarscreamMantisBigmoss and TonbotBeast Wars II GalvatronGalvatron Dragon

Category: Website Updates | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Tuesday, 28th February 2012 at 08:57:55 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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Today's gallery of Beast Wars II screen grabs is now online.  Today we look at Episode 8 - Friend of Foe? which introduces even more Insectrons, Scissor-Boy, Drill Nuts and Powerhug.

In this episode we question whether the Insectrons are friends of the Maximals, or enemies, as the three new Insect Robos attack the Cybertrons Tasmanis Kid, Diver and BigHorn, after DrillNuts "Destron Detector" goes off.

Beast Wars II PowerhugBeast Wars II ScissorboyBeast Wars II Drill-NutsScissor Boy vs Tasmania KidApache Attack

Category: Website Updates | Submitted by: quartz - on: Sunday, 26th February 2012 at 13:41:02 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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Update: The link has now been corrected to the actual gallery

Following straight on from the previous story is todays Beast Wars Second cartoon gallery.  Episode 5 is titled Galvatron Revived and we have over 350 images from the episode.

Galvatron awakes from his offline state. The Cybertron's better beware.

Galvatron Revived Beast Wars II Galvatron Galvatron Revived Beast Wars II Episode 5 gallery

Category: Website Updates | Submitted by: quartz - on: Friday, 24th February 2012 at 20:23:43 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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It's a day late but you will now find our gallery for Transformers Beast Wars II Episode 4 - The Lake Trap cover over 350 images from the episode.

Tasmania Kid's eagerness to impress leads to troubles.

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Category: Website Updates | Submitted by: quartz - on: Friday, 24th February 2012 at 20:20:03 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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The third of our Transformers Beast Wars II Episode Image Galleries is now online,  this time focusing on Episode 3 - Big Horn's Rage

In this episode BigHorn sees red, in more ways than one.  BigHorn's inner animal instincts are kicked off when he sees red objects (the writers got his beast mode confused with a bull, when he is really a bison).  Big Horn also reveals his secret attack, much to the surprise of his Cybertron friends and dismay of the Destrons

Beast Wars II - Big Horn's Rage Big Horn Missile Big Horn Typhoon attack

Category: Website Updates | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Wednesday, 22nd February 2012 at 08:37:59 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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The first of our massive Beast Wars II Cartoon Resource Project updates is now available for you to see.  If you go to our Transformers Cartoons area you will find a full image gallery for Episode 1 of Transformers Beast Wars Second titled The New Force Arrives.

There are over 350 images for you to look at, including the Opening and Closing credits.

If you are a fan of Beast Wars II, remember you can also check out of original animation model archive for a different look at your favourite characters from Planet Gaea.

Category: Website Updates | Submitted by: quartz - on: Monday, 20th February 2012 at 19:35:11 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Category: Website Updates | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Sunday, 12th February 2012 at 20:56:32 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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I thought I would share a little piece of my personal history with you all today. At the moment I am preparing to move home and whilst sorting through some drawers I came across the book that my brother and I use to note down when ever we bought an action figure, primarily Transformers, and so I thought I would bring you an "On this day in history" moment.

On this day back in 1999 we purchased some Pretenders.  The figures we bought that day were Catilla, Snarler, Bludgeon, Stranglehold, Pincher, Longtooth, Finback, Iguanus and Bugly (I'm pretty sure we also got DoubleHeader at the same time, but he is missing from the book).  We were fans of the pretenders, though the concept was controversial, we liked the designs behing many of the shells and I remember it was a happy day to finally get some of the US wave 2 figures as well as toys of characters that we loved from the Marvel UK days.

Two years later, Jan 29th 2001, we picked up another Transformers figure, this time in the shape of Transmetal 2 Blackarachnia.

Category: Website Updates | Submitted by: quartz - on: Sunday, 29th January 2012 at 12:38:47 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Website Updates

Some of you may have missed the launch of Version 9 of Transformers At The Moon, some 3 years after work first started on the new layout, code and features.  You can't help but notice the changes, the three column (holy-grail) layout that is now used, a return to the drop-down horizontal menu and introduction of "focus areas".  These focus areas are helped to show you the vast content that you can find within the Transformers At The Moon database, and website.  The area that i'll focus on at the moment is Resources.

The Transformers At The Moon resource section contains over 12 years of information that we have collated over the lifetime of the website.  This information includes images of various Transformers merchandise, from rubbers to store displays, through to concept art and production pieces.

If you click the Resource Section you will find a list of different things to read and look at.

  1. Transformers Toy Galleries - over 2,200 different Transformers featured. Our 99% complete G1 (including Japanese) collection will contain toys that you cannot see anywhere else.  Of cause there are also Lucky Draw Transformers toys, that we are known for, and also Hardcopies from different lines, production samples, testshots and prototypes.
  2. USPTO Database - the only place you can see all the Transformers related Patients and Trademarks, in one place.  ther are 447 trademarks and over 6500 status updates
  3. Hasbro Instructions - Scans of the Hasbro Transformers toy Instructions - there are 962 scans in this area, making it one of most complete Transformers Instruction scan archive you will find).  This mirrors ever Hasbro instruction that is published, and retains those which they remove.
  4. Artwork - Various differnet official Transformers artwork, from the Benchpress concepts in 2000, through Dreamwave and beyond
  5. Cartoons - episode  guides and galleries of the Transformers series.  Primarily focusing on Transformers Prime and Transformers Animated, we have access to every Western Transformers episode, and 80% of the Japanese episodes (soon to be 100%).  This area will continue to grow throughout the years
  6. Comics and Books - We'll admit, we've been out of touch with Transformers comics for a long time = but our Comic and Book area covers Marvel and Dreamwave issues (IDW is yet to be added) and the books cover UK, US and Japanese prints
  7. Instruction Scans - Scans of some of our Transformers Instructions.  At some stage will will combine this with the Hasbro instruction scans
  8. Interviews - interviews with artists, writers, film producers, computer games companies, convention organisers .. we've covered them asll
  9. Live Action Movie - a small area on the Live Action Transformers Movies
  10. Magazine Scans - after our Toy Galleries and USPTO Database, the Magazine Scans area is the third lastest, and most impressive, area of Transformers at the Moon.  We spent several thousands of pounds in buying back issues of TV Magazine, TV Boy, Hyper Hobby and other Japanese collectors and TV Magazines covering the last 20 years in order to give you 100% correct information on some of the little known, or unknown Japanese campaign exclusive toys.  This area is a MUST for anyone interested in rare figures.
  11. Merchandise - the weird and wonderful Transformers merchandise - most of which is from G1 and most of that we own
  12. Profile Cards - an area that we hope to add to (when we get time) contains scans of Japanese Transformers Profiles cards
  13. Prototypes and Concepts - Another BIG area for Transformers at the Moon, in terms of content that isn't often covered.  Here you will find
    1. Series Bibles (concept and character art from the Transformers TV show) - the largest collection on the web
    2. Concept art work
    3. Concept and finshed box art
    4. Hardcopies
    5. Prototypes
    6. Testshots
  14. Toy Collections - group shots of people's toy  collections.  If you want to get yours added then get in contact with us
  15. Toy Sheet Scans - complete scans of our Transformers toy sheets .. we own over 2500 Transformers, 99% of G1, so with that we have most of the old toy sheets for you to view
  16. Website Mirror - old mirrors of some of the Japanese and Chinese websites
  17. UK Store Locator - Currently offline, this told UK vistors the nearest stores selling Transformers

Category: Website Updates | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Tuesday, 3rd January 2012 at 11:37:44 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Website Updates

Welcome to Transformers At The Moon - Version 9!  Yes, I have finally completed the work I started 26 months ago which was re-writing the entire Transformers At The Moon platform from the ground up.  The only thing that is the same is the server.  I've re-engined the database, redeveloped all of the libaries, the website is entirely bespoke, re-jigged the look-and-feel of the website and have introduced a new message board.

My professional career lead to the significant delay turning what was originally a 6 month project into something that has taken over 2 years.  For that I am sorry, but these things happen.

One of the first changes you will notice is that we have moved back to using a drop-down menu for navigation.  This is to help group the content we have created since the site first launched back in late 1999 so that you all will be able to, hopefully, find the content much easier.  It also helps highlight all of the content we have to offer from News Services, through toy galleries, trademark databases, instruction sheets, concept art, character models to videos (an area that we will be expanding with a back catelogue of convention videos we have taken over the last 10 years), events and our much over looked community.

You will also find that we have introduced a "tab" system into the "introduction area" of every page.  For instance, on the home page you will notice three tabs under the welcome section.  Clicking on the tab will display the content on that tab.  These tabs come into their own within the News and Resource and Toy image gallery sections of the website.  Within those areas of the website, you will find that these tabs contain alternative ways to search for content.  Most commonly you will find a tab that lists each of the categories as well as a tag cloud and a tag index.  The tag index works just like the index of any reference book you may have read.  Simple choose the letter and all of the words starting with that letter will be displayed.  You can then click on the work to filter the section by that word.  Give it a go, the tag indexes are cached locally ensuring they performance improvements once you've clicked on a letter.

You will also find that every news article, gallery or resource article now contains the ability for logged in users to post comments as well as rate the toy / article / news story.  Those of you on Social Media sites will find shortcut icons allowing you to easily share pages and galleries with your friends.

As part of the change we have also upgrade our exclusive and popular In The News section, now called "Other Sites News" which now contains even more sources of news that have been freshly categorised and sorted into alphabetical order.

Another major overhaul is the way that the image galleries and "other sites news" stories are displayed.  Image now use a lightbox-esque feature rather than opening in a new tab or overriding the main site.  Once the image appears you can quickly browse through the rest of the images within the gallery be using the navigational arrows or using the cursor keys on your keyboard.  The images are automatically scaled but you can switch to the full size view by clicking zoom or by pressing the down key.  Pressing "up" will then re-scale the image.

There is another handy keyboard shortcut you can use whilst looking at our image galleries and that is to press the ctrl key on your keyboard and then type in the page number of the image you wish to view.  For example is you want to jump to page 2 simple press ctrl and then press 2. The page will automatically jump to page 2.  If you want page 14, just press ctrl then type in 14.  Simple!  You can test if be clicking on the images within the additional image section of this news article below.

We have also including a series of Easter Eggs into the website as well, let us know if you find how to access them.

As well as the layout changes I have also improved the performance and scalability of the website by introducing more caching which should speed up your browsing.

You will also notice that the URLs for all of the pages have been cleaned up but do not worry most of the old links will still work and will simply load the new version of the content.

New Look Message Board

We are no longer using PHPBB, which will please many of you.  PHPBB is the most popular free PHP / MySQL message board on the internet.  It's also one of the worst written and bloated message boards you will find and is often targetted back exploiters.  It also has some rather annoying interface issues which I was fed up with so we are no longer using it.

The new board is very much a work-in-progress and over time will be re-skinned so that it can be fully integrated into the main website.  All of the posts have been copied over as have the user accounts however we need to re-instate the moderates as those permissions were not carried over in the change.

Mobile / Tablet Users

I realise that the new layout of the website is not suited to a lot of modern smartphones.  Do not worry, a mobile version of the website will be launched soon that will be "thumb friendly".


So take your time to explore the new look site, I'm sure you will discover you never realised we had.


Steve - AKA Quartz

Category: Website Updates | Submitted by: quartz - on: Sunday, 1st January 2012 at 18:09:30 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Website UpdatesMerry Christmas to all from all at Transformers At The Moon. We hope that everyone, no matter their believes, has a wonderful time over the holiday season.

Category: Website Updates | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Sunday, 25th December 2011 at 09:33:55 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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Transformers Generations Sky Shadow is a recoloured, remolded, version of Transformers Generations Thunderwing based on the original Japanese Black Shadow toy from the Transformers Victory line. Back then Black Shadow and Blue Bacchus made up the group known as the Crossformers. In 2011 the name Black Shadow could not be used, so Hasbro went for Skyshadow, a name with several uses previously in the line.

Transformers Generations Sky Shadow with Black Shadow

The original Black Shadow toy is quiet hard to find, though you can see a full image gallery of that figure on Transformers At The Moon. This image gallery of his Transformers Generations update also features comparison pictures to the original.

Transformers Generations Skyshadow is a really nice toy and a great partial remold. The figure took a while for release, but the colour and molding changes make the toy significently different from the original Thunderwing release.

Category: Website Updates | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Thursday, 8th December 2011 at 21:12:08 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

Website UpdatesNow that Google have officially launched Google+ for business, Transformers At The Moon is back on the Social Network website. Yes those of you who have been on Google Plus for the last 5 months probably remember that we had a page for about 3 weeks back in June / July until the page was pulled along with companies such as Marvel and Disney. Well now we are back with a dedicated page which you can use to find us. Simply click the button below and add us to your circles.
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Category: Website Updates | Submitted by: quartz - on: Tuesday, 8th November 2011 at 09:12:04 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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It's taken far longer then we had wanted, but we can final reveal the start of our big Beast Wars Second celebration by showing you the character sheets for Lio Convoy and Galvatron from our Beast Wars II bible.

The sheets show various character designs including very early concepts for Galvatron, which are far more detailed and Anime styled in nature.

Category: Website Updates | Submitted by: Moonbug - on: Thursday, 3rd November 2011 at 09:16:54 GMT | Share: | Discuss: Read on

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Jump to page 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | ... 23 ... of 23 pages.

Simply click on the number of the page you wish to jump to.

Transformers Toy Galleries
Thunderclash Thunderclash
Click the link or image above to view the Thunderclash toy gallery. The gallery contains 29 images of this figure for your viewing pleasure.
Transformers related trademarks filed with the USPTO
Hasbro Inc submitted a trademark application for SPARKPLUG with the USPTO on the Thursday, 9th October 2008. The mark was submitted within the category toy action figures, toy vehicles, toy robots convertible into other visual toy forms and currently has as status of Abandoned because no Statement of Use or Extension Request timely filed after Notice of Allowance was issued. To view all documents in this file, click on the Trademark Document Retrieval link at the top of this page..
Transformers Cartoon Series
Transformers Comics
Choose Your Fate Choose Your Fate
We loved the Transformers Choose Your Fate books as kids, and even wrote a text adventure in their style for an old version of Transformers At The Moon. Here you can find images from these puzzle-books, both UK and US ....
Transformers Videos
Ep 12: Bombburst and Submaraurder Ep 12: Bombburst and Submaraurder
After being captured my the super-villan Meltdown, Prowl and Captain Fanzone must fight for their lives against some mutated humans who happen to look like the Decepticon Pretenders Bombburst and Submaraurder ....
Transformers Conventions and Events
OTFCC 2003 (USA) OTFCC 2003 (USA)
We loved the Transformers Choose Your Fate books as kids, and even wrote a text adventure in their style for an old version of Transformers At The Moon. Here you can find images from these puzzle-books, both UK and US ....
Transformers Toysheets
US Sheet 1 US Sheet 1
The scans contained within this gallery are taken from our own Transformers toysheet collection. This is the first US Transformers toysheet. ....
Transformers Instructions
Transformers Animated Transformers Animated
The instruction scans contained within this gallery with the watermark were originally from the Chinese TF08 website. They have been added here as a mirror. ....
Transformers At The Moon Members Only
Visit the Portal area of this website for the members only features. To become a member, visit the message board.
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