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Thanks to Break for letting us know Wave 3 of Transformers Universe are now in stock at Toys R Us UK/† Wave three includes Silverstreak, Sideswipe and Ironhide who are on the shelves along side Acidstorm and Galvatron.† Break points out that he does not know if Bluestreak has the blue face or the corrected silver one.
Also look out for a special offer later this week on a on a certain UK Exclusive†2-pack.
ACToys members TFCToy has posted another eBay auction for the upcoming Shadow Blade Megatron which included three new images.† You can view the auction here, and the images below as well as on the Megatron toy images art TransformersAnimated.com
Comicbookresources.com has posted an interview with two of the men who worked on Transformers Animated: The Game, Stephani Marshall (A2M developer) and John Sweeny (Associate Producer of Activision). The interview covers the making of the game, how it ties into the series, and what fans can expect from it.
Credit to The Allspark for the news
You will now find a few preview images, and information, on the latest Transformers Animated comics to be released by IDW Publishing and Titan Magazines.
IDW's Transformers Animated The Arrival Part 3 introduces a new charcater and includes the debut of Oil Slick.
Titan Magazunes Transformers Animated Issue 1 introduces two new characters, Quake-Master and Burnout. The issue feels more like the Marvel UK Transformers Comics with a Robo-Capers style mini-strip called Bots and Bits.
Activision have sent out the following press release regarding Transformers Animated: The Game
Transformers Animated: The Game
Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that TRANSFORMERS Animated: The Game, developed under license from Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), is now available in retail stores nationwide. Based on Hasbro and Cartoon Network‚Äôs animated television series, TRANSFORMERS Animated: The Game delivers an exciting action-adventure experience, allowing players to take control of their favorite AUTOBOT characters as they work together to reclaim lost fragments of the ALLSPARK, the source of all Transformers life.
‚ÄúTRANSFORMERS Animated: The Game adds to the mystique and success of the Cartoon Network‚Äôs animated television series, by extending the TRANSFORMERS universe onto Nintendo DS‚ĄĘ,‚ÄĚ said Kim Salzer, vice president of global brand management, Activision, Inc. ‚ÄúWe are thrilled to continue our incredible collaboration with Hasbro, and bring yet another innovative, interactive experience to fans of this highly-successful TRANSFORMERS franchise.‚ÄĚ
Providing an experience that extends beyond the animated series, TRANSFORMERS Animated: The Game thrusts fans into the action with gameplay elements that include platforming, blasting through DECEPTICON-controlled hoverbots, solving side-scrolling puzzles and slot-car racing-inspired driving challenges. Players instantly switch between AUTOBOT team members to work out a number of teamwork-based puzzles in up to 20 different levels. They‚Äôll race through a fictitious 22nd century Detroit, dodging on-coming traffic while seamlessly converting between robot and vehicle-form, utilising the special abilities of OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE, BULKHEAD and PROWL. Working as a team and combining the abilities of each character is the key to reaching the ultimate goal ‚Äď intercepting the missing pieces of the ALLSPARK before the DECEPTICONS.
TRANSFORMERS Animated: The Game was developed by Artificial Mind and Movement exclusively for Nintendo DS‚ĄĘ and is rated 7+ by PEGI.
For assets and more information about the game visit the Activision Press Centre at http://www.activision.com/index.html#presscenter|en_US or visit the official game site at www.transformersanimatedgame.com.
Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children‚Äôs and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at www.hasbro.com. © 2008 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.
Activision Publishing maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands, Australia, Japan and South Korea. More information about Activision Publishing and its products can be found on the company's website, www.activision.com.Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in this press release that involves Activision Publishing‚Äôs expectations, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Activision Publishing generally uses words such as ‚Äúoutlook‚ÄĚ, ‚Äúwill,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúcould,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúwould,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúmight,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúremains,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúto be,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúplans,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúbelieves‚ÄĚ, ‚Äúmay‚ÄĚ, ‚Äúexpects,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúintends,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúanticipates,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúestimate,‚ÄĚ future,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúplan,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúpositioned,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúpotential,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúproject,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúremain,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúscheduled,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúset to,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúsubject to,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúupcoming‚ÄĚ and similar expressions to help identify forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause Activision Publishing‚Äôs actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include, but are not limited to, sales of Activision Publishing‚Äôs titles, shifts in consumer spending trends, the seasonal and cyclical nature of the interactive game market, Activision Publishing‚Äôs ability to predict consumer preferences among competing hardware platforms (including next-generation hardware), declines in software pricing, product returns and price protection, product delays, retail acceptance of Activision Publishing‚Äôs products, adoption rate and availability of new hardware and related software, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, litigation against Activision Publishing, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, customers, vendors and third-party developers, domestic and international economic, financial and political conditions and policies, foreign exchange rates, integration of recent acquisitions and the identification of suitable future acquisition opportunities, Activision Blizzard‚Äôs success in integrating the operations of Activision Publishing and Vivendi Games in a timely manner, or at all, and the combined company‚Äôs ability to realize the anticipated benefits and synergies of the transaction to the extent, or in the timeframe, anticipated. Other such factors include additional risk factors identified in Activision Blizzard‚Äôs most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to Activision Publishing and Activision Blizzard as of the date of this release, and neither Activision Publishing nor Activision Blizzard assumes any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of the future performance of Activision Publishing or Activision Blizzard and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations
Site sponsor Robotkingdom have now have both of the Transformers Animated Deluxe with Legends Pack sets in stock.
Out today (October 23rd) is the first issue of the UK‚Äôs very own Transformers Animated comic. Each issue features an all-new 11-page comic strip created exclusively for the UK, the first of which introduces an all-new Autobot character, one who‚Äôll make a big impact on TFA universe as the story unfolds. The first story, ‚ÄėBurnout‚Äô, is written by me and drawn by John McCrea, with colour by Kat Nicholson.
What else? Well, lots! More comic adventures with the adaptation of the TV episode ‚ÄėBlast From the Past‚Äô (introducing the TFA Dinobots!), puzzles, features, part 2 of the ‚ÄėMany Faces of Optimus Prime‚Äô poster/feature (part 1‚Äôs in Transformers #17, also on sale now) competitions much, much more. Oh, and a FREE wrist-mounted missile blaster. Everyone should have one!
For more news and updates on Transformers Animated and Transformers (UK), check out the Titan website here.
The character which was originally named Sideswipe has also been rebranded as Burnout for the comic, which includes a rename of the script as well. it is unknown if the name Sideswipe was just an original idea for the character / story, or whether the change was down to Hasbro's injuction.
C21media.et report that Entertainment Rights have picked up the international distribution rights for the third season of Transformers Animated.
Kids media group Entertainment Rights (ER) has secured distribution rights to the latest 13 episodes of Transformers Animated, bringing the total number available to 42.
The announcement follows Cartoon Network US's commission of an additional 13 episodes of the toon for delivery in spring 2009.
The 13x22' episodes generated "a great deal of interest among international buyers" at last week's Mipcom market, according to ER, and deals have been secured in the UK, France, Italy and Mexico, as well as pan-regionally within both Asia and Latin America.
The deals add to those for the original series, which has to date reached more than 80 territories via broadcasters including Mediaset (Italy), Turner Broadcasting (Australia, Latin America and India), Jetix (Israel, Netherlands and Belgium), Network 10 (Australia), TV3 (New Zealand), Mediacorp TV12 (Singapore), TV Globo (Brazil), Nickelodeon (UK), Gulli (France) and Super RTL (Germany).
ER holds worldwide TV distribution rights for the show, excluding Japan and North America, covering both free- and pay-TV.
The news may offer some comfort to concern shareholders amid speculation ER - which is sitting on around £127m (US$207.3m) in debt - is struggling to survive.
The company has said it will reveal future options and strategies in its interim results next week, after its shares fell to an all-time low earlier this week.
We are pleased to announced that Auto Assembly 2009 is coming! Europe's largest Transformers convention is back for 2009 and it is going to be bigger and better than ever! This time it is going to be a two-day convention allowing us to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Transformers in style and will be a weekend packed with activities, dealers, guests and so much much!
The convention will be held on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August 2009, with a bonus mini programme of activities on the evening of Friday 14th August for those who book for the full weekend. Initially only weekend passes will be available, but single day tickets will be on sale closer to the convention should spaces still be available. There will be an extra special programme of activities running on Saturday evening until the early hours of Sunday, but these will be exclusive to weekend attendees!
The convention will be held at our new venue, The Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, which is on Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham, right in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, England. It is an ideal location for anyone travelling to Birmingham from anywhere in the UK and is just 2 minutes walk from Birmingham New Street Station!
We have run a number of surveys to find out exactly what you want from Auto Assembly 2009 and we will be tailoring the activities and events to suit YOU the attendees. There will be so much going on that you won't have time to rest - from guest talks to video screenings, workshops to toy and art displays, dealers and competitions, a charity auction and games area, quizzes and much more besides. And for the first time ever at Auto Assembly, a live script reading from Transformers voice actors! Talking of voice actors, we will be having not one but TWO voice actors joining us at Auto Assembly 2009 to join in the celebrations!
We already have our first three guests confirmed - first up is legendary TF artist Andrew Wildman making his sixth appearance at Auto Assembly, secondly is IDW and Titan colourist Liam Shalloo, and third we have John McCrea whose Transformers work includes Titan Magazines Transformers and Transformers Animated titles. We will be announcing more over the next few days. We are also in the final stages of discussions with our first voice actor and hope to announce them in the next 7 days and the second actor in the next few weeks!
Ticket prices will be £45 for adults and £35 for concessions with reductions to just £40 and £30 for a limited period once bookings open for early registrations! We have also managed to negotiate for reduced accommodation rates in the Holiday Inn hotel for their superb bedrooms and these will be posted on the website.
We are also working our traditional goodie bag of free gifts for attendees and this is going to be our most spectacular yet. As always, there will be more gifts the earlier you register but this will include keyrings, postcards, DVDs (for the first 40+) and much more!! There will also be added bonuses for pre-registrants and if that wasn't enough, we are also looking at ways of improving our pre-registration system to make things smoother and faster than ever for all of you attending.
Bookings will open soon so keep an eye on the Auto Assembly website and all the usual Transformers websites and forums for all the latest news and developments as we have them.
We hope to see many of you there next year for what we think will be the biggest and best Auto Assembly ever!
Simon and Sven
BigBadToyStore have updated their store with some stock images of various upcoming Transformers Animated and Transformers Universe figures.† The new images are of:†
Thanks to Madplanet for posting on our message board regarding the current sale that Woolworths are running.† The sale is upto 50% off but is only on selected lines and not very many at that.† However Madplanet does point out that "they are selling Transformer Animated Megs and Optimus battle back for £13.99 and Transformer Animated Roll out command Optimus Prime £24.99".
You will now find an additional 158 images of Transformers Animated figures in the toy section of Transformers Animated .com.† The images make up four new galleries consisting of some of the Decepticons from Waves 1 and 2.
Many thanks go to Barry Shaw and Shawn Tony (TF2) for supplying us with images of Transformers Animated Voyager Bulkhead and the Unreleased Transformers Generation Two Motormaster figures.