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The spectacular, multi-dimensional recreation of Cyberton at the heart of this pop-up book would surely be enough to win over most fans, but that only scratches the surface of Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe. It’s almost as if it’s something in disguise …
Created by Matthew Reinhart and Emiliano Santalucia to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the franchise, this is next-level stuff, featuring more than 35 paper Autobots and Decepticons than transform from vehicle to robot and back again with a simple pull of a tab. Seriously, it looks amazing.
To celebrate its sixth anniversary, Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi has partnered with Hasbro to create a special-edition MiPad 2 that’s more than meets the eye.
OK, it’s not actually a version of the company’s bestselling tablet, but rather a convincing toy that merely looks like one. It’s really a a Transformer that turns from a slim, 7mm tablet into the Decepticon Soundwave through a 30-step assembly process. (Yeah, sorry, you can’t go online with this MiPad.)
I’d probably find professional basketball more interesting if, instead of teams like the Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets, we could watch, say, the Washington G.I. Joes face off against the Vancouver Care Bears. Just think of the nostalgic emotional investment — to say nothing of the merchandising!
Barcelona-based design studio Vanila BCN imagines such a magical world with “Basketball Teams x ’80s Cartoons,” an experimental project that mashes together NBA teams with such animated classics as Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jem and the Holograms and Transformers to create some fun — even inspired — logos.
While plenty of political leaders have been described as robotic, it’s (probably) never suggested they might be robots in disguise. Until now, that is.
Azerbaijani artist Gunduz Aghayev has created a series of illustrations depicting world leaders as Transformers. However, they’re not familiar Autobots and Decepticons, but rather robots that reflect their countries: For instance, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is a Volkswagen, Russian President Vladimir Putin in a heavily armed Lada, Queen Elizabeth II is a double-decker bus, and so on.
Those childhood dreams of having a real-life Transformer parked in your driveway could come true — for the right price, of course.
Optimus Prime and Bumblebee from the 2014 blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction will go up for auction next month in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mind you, these aren’t actually robots in disguise (unless they’re incredibly well-disguised), but rather the 1992 Peterbilt stunt truck and the customized 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS used in the film.
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]
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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.”