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Despite the popularity of the Transformers toys and cartoons during my formative years, I’ve never been a fan of the franchise in its many forms. However, this amazing-looking Starscream collectible figure from 3A Toys could just force me to reconsider that position.
Based on the Decepticon’s appearance in the 2011 film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the figure stands 16 inches tall and features more than 75 points of articulation (including articulated fingers), LED light-up eyes and an interchangeable missile-cluster arm. The Bambaland-exclusive version also comes with an interchangeable saw blade arm.
Either the future is now, or we’re living on Cybertron … in the future.
Iacon Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, Mercedes-Benz introduced the Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile, or IAA, a sleek four-door coupe that actually transforms when it reaches a speed of 50 mph — or else the driver pushes a button. It presumably involves a shout of “Roll out!” at some stage.
A 22-foot Optimus Prime and a 20-foot Bumblee now stand guard outside G&M Body Shop’s two locations in Stillwater, Oklahoma, attracting visitors and, presumably, keeping an eye out for Decepticons. They’re the result of a months-long process that, frankly, didn’t go quite as planned.
After watching Transformers: Age of Extinction last year, Wang Liansheng’s son wanted his own giant robot. Unable to afford the large toy model the boy had his eye on, the Chinese shipyard welder instead built a life-size replica.
China’s People’s Daily Online reports that, with help from his brother, Wang gathered abandoned car parts from a car factory and recycling center near his village in Jiangsu province and went to work in August 2014. A year later, they now have a nearly 16-and-a-half-foot Bumblebee standing in their yard.
Look, life can be a pretty bleak prospect sometimes and there are plenty of reminders on a daily basis of just that.
But — a man named Russell Munro made an Optimus Prime cake for his son’s 6th birthday that actually transforms from a car to a robot. By itself. Speaking authentic Peter Cullen dialogue. Based on the old-school, Generation 1 Optimus, rather than the current film franchise version that today’s kids presumably know a lot better. And oh yeah: It was a real, likely delicious cake. So maybe hope isn’t lost.
Physicist by day, LEGO builder by night, Ralph S. — who goes by MadPhysicist on his Flickr account (via BrickNerd) — is a hobbyist who builds complex LEGO models in his spare time. This time, he’s turned his attention to “Transformers,” constructing a transformable model of lead autobot Optimus Prime entirely out of LEGOs.
Though his models are impressive, he says in his profile that he builds them only for his love of the hobby: “I am sorry if it disappoints anybody, but I have no interest in selling any of my models… I don’t make instructions either. I’d rather spend my time building new things. I don’t work for LEGO. My LEGO building is strictly a hobby.”
Check out his Flickr for more photos and catch a picture of Optimus Prime in his transformed state below the cut.
Toys R Us has revealed a lineup of Comic-Con International exclusives that includes a Batman classic TV series Batgirl action figure, a Batman vs. Harley Quinn set, and a first look at a new addition to Star Wars: The Black Series.
The retail chain has also announced a “Collector Vector,” a new shop dedicated to collectibles for “the mature collectible community,” featuring more than 100 items from the likes of Bandai, Diamond Select, Mezco Toys, McFarlane Toys and NECA. The new hub can be found at Toysrus.com and in stores nationwide.
Legal | A judge has ordered Matthew Pocci to stand trial on charges of felony reckless driving for an incident at last year’s SDCC ZombieWalk: San Diego that left one woman seriously injured. In a preliminary hearing held Wednesday, the defense argued that Pocci, who is deaf, was scared for his and his family’s safety, and was just trying to drive through an opening in the crowd of spectators, but the prosecution countered that he had grown angry and impatient. [CBS 8 San Diego]
Comics | Michael Dooley looks at Marvel’s Daredevil through the years, with an emphasis on the art. [Print Magazine]
This amazing stop-motion short film by Harris Loureiro will send many nostalgic Transformers fans scurrying for their boxes of old action figures.
The result of six months of work, “Transformers Generation” is a blend of pure fun and impressive skills as the Autobots face the Decepticons in a 15-minute battle amid cardboard boxes — some for the toys themselves — gunfire and laser blasts. This isn’t rudimentary stop-motion, either; these robots in disguise transform as they leap through the air and race across the floor, and are sent flying against the wall by the force of an explosion.
Seeking to promote the republic’s history and values, officials in Chechnya reportedly plan to produce action figures to replace “unhealthy” Western imports like Spider-Man and the Transformers.
“They have a negative impact on the child’s psyche,” Chechnya’s children’s rights commissioner is quoted as saying. “We therefore proposed refusing Western toys.”
A Chinese farmer and his son have combined ingenuity, car parts and their country’s love for the “Transformers” franchise to create a $160,000-a-year business making robot sculptures.
It took three years for Yu Zhilin, who has a background in fine arts, to build that first replica in his spare time, utilizing a makeshift workshop, scrap metal and images downloaded from the Internet. Since then, however, he and son Lu Yingyun have refined the process, allowing them to create larger statues, apparently at a pretty steady pace.
Humble Bundle has rolled out the second Transformers bundle, with up to $155 worth of IDW Publishing’s comics starring the robots in disguise.
There’s a bit of a catch, however: The offer runs for just one week, ending Wednesday, March 11, at 11 a.m. PT.
After pitting Marvel against DC and the Empire against the heroes of both companies, Alex Luthor has turned his attention to another sci-fi franchise, using the Tesseract to draw in the Decepticons for a fan trailer that mashes together all of the mass destruction of Michael Bay’s Transformers series with all of the … mass destruction of superhero films.
When Megatron & Co. attack, it creates a threat so big that not even the combined powers of the Avengers, Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Green Lantern, Spider-Man, Arrow and The Flash aren’t enough to stop them. That’s when Nick Fury calls in some help …
Last year we spotlighted a pretty stylish Dark Knight-inspired motorcycle helmet, but what if you prefer, say, The Punisher, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Wonder Woman to Batman? AirGraffix has you covered.
The Mattoon, Illinois-based company specializes in custom-painted helmets that can transform the rider into everyone from Goku and Deadpool to Iron Man and Spawn. It’s not all superheroes or comic books, either; there’s an assortment of Star Wars, Transformers and Power Rangers designs, for starters.
Actual automated Transformers are becoming a reality.
Well, maybe not the quickly transforming CGI-miracle robots from the films or animated series, but Project J-diete is certainly bringing the car-to-robot and back again toys into the modern era. The project — a collaboration between BRAVE ROBOTICS Inc., Asratec Corp. and Tomy Co. Ltd. — seeks to advance robotics research by building actual transforming vehicles with a multi-step program to get to a full-scale robot. The first prototype measure 1.3 meters (4.3 feet) in height (robot mode) and width (vehicle mode) weighing 35 kg. The small vehicle/robot boasts a maximum walking speed of 1 km/hour and maximum “driving” speed of 10 km/hour.