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Hasbro have updated the freshly revamped Transformers.com with news that you can now watch full length episodes of TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED on MonkeyBarTV.com.Watch Survival of the Fittest!
Kapow Toys have posted over on TFW2005 that the upcoming Transformers Animated 2-packs of Optimus Prime and Blackarachnia and Megatron and Prowl, will both be Walmart exclusives in the US. Both Prime and Megatron will still be the battle damaged versions. Also they report that Shockwave and Skywarp are set to ship at the end of October / start of November within the US.
Here is the text from the back of the box of the two double packs.
The Revenge of Blackarachnia
Long ago Optimus Prime was forced to abandon Blackarachnia in the caverns beneath the surface of an alien world. There she found herself surrounded by a terrifying horde of bizarre spiders and she was forced to reformat herself based on the strange organism to survive. The experience twisted her and drove her away from the autobots and left her with an undying desire for revenge on the former ally who left her to her fate. She has come to earth in search of Optimus Prime and she will not stop until she has destroyed him and everything he holds dear.
Battle In Space
In Space over a strange alien world Megatron carves his way through the hull of the autobot spaceship with his fusion cannon. Inside Prowl and his fellow autobots wait, knowing there is very little chance of defeating the Decepticon leader in a fight. Prowl knows his only chance is through stealth and skill. When it comes time to meet the mighty Megatron in combat he relies on his holographic projectors and speed to avoid being hit whilst tagging his opponent with every combat technique he knows. Unfortunately even his most powerful attacks bounce off the invincible armour of the Decepticon tyrant.
Thanks to Rockimus Prime for letting Transformers Animated.com know that MonkeyBar has been updated by Hasbro with yet another Transformers Animated short. This time the short features the Autobot Leader Optimus Prime
In his latest comment against the Prowl concept art, Derrick Wyatt posted the following comment.
"Eric Siebenaler from Hasbro showed me his concept for Oilslick right
from the get go. I was too busy with show stuff to give much input, but
liked what he had done anyway. How could I not like a bot with a Mr.
Freeze tank on his head and a ram skull on his shoulder? We really
consider Eric to be part of the show's creative team anyway. I'm sure
it is hard for Hasbro to coordinate everything. Since Marty Isenberg
actually wrote the Transformers Animated: The Arrival comic for IDW
himself, we consider that part of the show continuity. I got to do some
designs for the IDW comic as well. Marty also was involved with the
story for the Nintendo DS game. Having the show creators involved in
these types of projects really helps them feel more like they are all
part of the same universe.
There are absolutely TONS of G1 concepts that are practically begging to be in Animated. Maybe some of them will get to."
After the "terrible but turning out to not be that bad" news for UK Transformers Animated fans it is unfortunately time for us to bring you some bad news after all. We have been in touch with Entertainment Rights who hold the International Distribution rights for Transformers Animated and asked them for an update on the UK terrestrial airing situation for Transformers Animated. The answer was that GMTV, who are the station who have been in negotiations for broadcasting the show, have been some what slow in their discussions with Entertainment Rights. We have been told that there is still a chance that the show will air in the Spring of 2009 to coincide with the release of Transformers Revenge of the Fallen.
However, and before anyone starts to moan, we (the collected Transformers fans from around the world) can change this and ER have given us their blessing to create a petition for fellow Transformers fans to sign to show GMTV the support and demand that exists to have the current Transformers show broadcast on a free-to-air channel within the UK. As such we have created a petition over at PetitionOnline.com which we urge you all to go and sign. We will be passing the URL along to Entertainment Rights who, assuming the support is strong enough, can present it directly to GMTV. So what are you waiting for. Go sign it and spread the links
It gives us pleasure to announced that TransformersAnimated.com can bring you an exclusive first look at a new Transformers Animated character that will be introduced into the Transformers Animated world in issue one of the upcoming UK exclusive Transformers Animated comic from Titan Magazines. The character is none-other than Sideswipe! He will debut with in originated strip called Sideswiped which has been written by Simon Furman with pencils and inks by John McCrea.
You can view an inked image of this character on the Sideswipe comic images section of TransformersAnimated.com
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We can now end the speculation regarding the state of Transformers Animated within the UK by bringing you word direct from the brand manager at Hasbro UK, who has been in meetings for most of the day, and here it is:
"Transformers Animated is not being discontinued in the UK and we do have plans to bring in Wave 4.5 later in 2008"
So that's it, you can stop panicking. The wave has been delayed and not cancelled. Hopefully we'll be able to bring you confirmation later of whether the wave will be released in November of December shortly
UPDATE: Hasbro UK have told us that Wave 4.5 will now due for release on the first week of November.
We've been holding back on reporting this news until more concrete information was available but we've taken the decision to post it now and then update it as more information becomes available.
Yesterday Kapow toys reported, via TFW2005, that they had"received a phone call from one of my suppliers this afternoon with regard to the Transformers Animated line, many retailers have wave 4.5 on pre-order from Hasbro, this includes Swoop, Sentinel Prime etc, the bad news is that I received a warning that the line may be cancelled before wave 4.5 and not to offer pre-orders for the figures.". Many fans missed the "may be" part of the post and reacted thinking that the toyline and cartoon had be shelved in the UK meaning that other countries might follow suit. Since then both Kapow and ourselves have contacted Hasbro UK for clarification.
This morning Kapow received additional information that Wave 4.5 was being cancelled, nothing was mentioned regarding further wave or the line in general. Now before anyone panics, it is our belief that this news will turn out to be that just Wave 4.5 has been cancelled. If you look back at the breakdown report that we posted, you will see that Wave 4.5 only included one new toy, the recoloured Bumblebee as Elite Guard Bumblebee. The other two main toys from that Wave (Swoop and Sentinal Prime) are also due for release as part of Wave 4. Therefore things will not be as bad as many fans fear. Future UK waves have not been announced, but it is quiet likely that Hasbro do not want to change the stock that is on the shelves again too close to Christmas.
Both wave 4 and Wave 4.5 were scheduled for release within the UK this month (October 2008), the same month that the UK exclusive Transformers Animated comic is released. It should also be noted that a Terrestrial channel is supposedly going to start airing Transformers Animated from next year.
Again, the latest on this news story is that wave 4.5 has been cancelled. Further updates will be made as more information becomes available.
Titan Books have sent out another promotional wallpaper to advertise the upcoming UK exclusive Transformers Animated Comic which is being released under the Titan Magazines Kids banner. The wallpaper features Optimus Prime and can be downloaded from the Wallpaper section of TransformersAnimated.com
The UK Transformers Animated comic is out on the 23rd October 2008 and you can create a subscription by visitng the Titan website.
"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
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.
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.
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."