We’ve put up a pre-order for the newest Transformers figure over at CmdStore.com. Based on the second Transformers movie, this 12-inch figure is Shadow Command Megatron, which I am told is his new look as he returns from the “dead” to retake his place as Decepticon leader. Maybe. See, I didn’t actually watch the second movie. I heard it was awful, but it made a ridiculous amount of money in 2009 and there must be some reason for that (Megan Fox? Explosions? Something…). Normally I might feel bad now being up on this, but it seems that I’m not the only one. The voice of Megatron, Hugo Weaving (V for Vendetta, The Wolfman, The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix) doesn’t appear to have caught it either.
Here’s a snippet of an interview from SuperheroHype…
Hugo Weaving (“The Lord of the Rings” and “Matrix” trilogies), who has voiced Megatron in both Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, revealed to The Age that he doesn’t know much about the movies:
As the voice of Megatron, one imagines how into the series Weaving is, but just how deeply immersed he is becomes clear when discussing the next installment.
“Oh no,” he barks with a laugh. “They’re not making Transformers III, are they?” Given that Transformers II made $800 million, they’re probably going to have to.
“[Director] Michael Bay talks to me on the phone. I’ve never met him. We were doing the voice for the second one and I still hadn’t seen the first one. I still didn’t really know who the characters were and I didn’t know what anything was. It’s a voice job, for sure, and people assume I’ve spent my life working on it, but I really know so little about it.”
Hey, at least he was honest! Transformers 3 is scheduled for a July 1, 2011 release.
As with all other Transformers lines, the figures of the robots in disguise are divided into different classes based on size and complexity. For collectors, we’ve just gotten two new Voyager Class Transformers figures from 2009’s biggest movie, “Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen”.
In the second wave of 2010 figures, there are four items, but we’ve only got two in so far: Defender Optimus Prime and the fighter jet Mindwipe. Still not on our shelves but available for pre-order are Barricade & Frenzy and Mudflap & Agent Simmons, shipping in February and March respectively.
And in other news, if you absolutely loathed the sequel (and many fans did, preferring the toys to the movie), you’ll be pleased to hear that it’s been nominated for the yearly anti-Oscars, The Razzies!
In an exerpt from BBC News:
The Transformers sequel has the dubious accolade of being one of the front-runners at the Razzie Awards, which mark the worst films of the year.
Revenge of the Fallen, from director Michael Bay, has seven nominations, including worst film and worst actress for Megan Fox.
Best Transformers Toy Ever?
The Constructicons were some of the coolest Transformers ever. Originally made up of six (not five as some recent WEAK Transformers toys have been made with) construction vehicles- Scavenger, Rampage, Hightower, Longhaul, Scrapper, and Mixmaster, that all combined to form one massive robot- DEVASTATOR.
Now available in the toy form the Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Constructicon Devastator. Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Constructicon Devastator is the largest Transformers toy so far. The Constructicons all fit together to form one bad-ass killing machine. Cool! They are now sold out at Toys R Us, Target, and Wal-Mart.
Buy it online and have it delivered to your door. Why bother driving around town wasting your time and gas looking for it. We have a few left in stock….buy it from www.cmdstore.com
I won’t profess to know too much about Transformers–I’ve always been a Batman fan and my knowledge of the DC Universe is generally my only area of full-on geek expertise. But if there’s one way to win me over to another fandom, it’s to put a cape on it. Which is exactly what’s been done with the two newest additions to our Takara Transformers collection. While looking for figures to post about, I read the words ‘crown’ and ‘cape’ and was already sold.
Frankly, though, I have to ask what the Cybertronian tailors are usually doing with their time because as I understand it, there aren’t a lot of occasions on which clothes are needed for the robots in disguise. But whatever the answer is, they’ve made some fine capes for these metal men and you can snag ’em now over in the Transformers section of CmdStore.
Also new from Transformers, look out for new figures from this summer’s Transformers 2, some Generation 1 reissues (like the Insecticons 3-pack exclusive) and some new items for the Encore collection. Check ’em all out!
It’s not often that Hasbro brings us a human figure from the Transformers Universe, but here’s a look at the human/robot pair up from Michael Bay’s film franchise:
Now in a 2-pack, the Bumblebee and Sam Witwicky figures interact with each other and you can keep your Sam on Bumblebee’s shoulder in robot mode, or switch to a vehicle to put Sam in the driver’s seat. It’s an awesome set for fans of the film.
And you can check out more Transformers figures over in our online store.
Every time there’s a big new entry to a given franchise–be it Batman, Spider-Man or, in this case, Transformers–there’s always a ton of merchandise to go along with it, regardless of whether or not it has anything to do with the movie. Take, for example, Elasto-Cuffs Batman. We never saw Christian Bale running around Gotham with a safety orange belt and bat insignia, but there’s the figure from Mattel. Similarly, even Spinning Symbiote Venom comes close to being legit, but we all remember how under-tongued Venom was in the third movie.
Which brings us to the new SUPERION toy, ostensibly from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Now, as evidenced by the style of the figure, this guy doesn’t seem like he’s going to be a part of Michael Bay’s movie. Despite some shiny box art, he’s definitely an old-school robot in disguise–which might actually please a lot of Transformers fans who didn’t care for the revamped, complicated look of the film.
In any event, Superion’s made up of Airazor, Silverbolt, Fireflight, Skydive and Air Raid, all of whom are made to transform on their own and become part of the larger figure. If you’re a sucker for the original look of the Transformers, it’s definitely one you’ll want to check out.