Michael Bay and Akiva Goldsman working together to expand Transformers film universe

Hrmm.

I’m a diehard 80s kid, and an even more diehard toy fan. In actuality, the Transformers films, if done correctly, should fall right in my sweet spot.

I’ll argue that the first film was actually pretty fun. I enjoyed it thoroughly in 2007 when I was lucky enough to see the premier with some great friends at Botcon that year. But they’ve gone consistently downhill since then, which is almost unfathomable because Revenge of the Fallen was absolutely horrific, and somehow, some way, Age of Extinction ended up being worse. I think it broke some laws of physics somewhere.

So when Deadline reports that Michael Bay and Akiva Goldsman are putting their heads together to expand the Transformers cinematic universe into more developed sequels and spin offs, I can only say..

Hrrm.

So far, one might argue, Bay has failed to produce a single coherent Transformers film. Now, somehow he’s expected to help develop multiples at once? Yeah, let’s see how that works out for them.

And I know the question tingling on everyone’s tongue… could this, at some point, wrap into the G.I. Joe film universe somehow?

Honestly, I don’t know. It certainly doesn’t seem like it, but if Hasbro is investing time and money into further building upon their film world, one would think A Real American Hero might benefit from some of that attention.

Guess we’ll see…

Check out the full article on Deadline.com

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IDW Transformers Humble Bundle is a fantastic deal and helps kids to boot

One of the reasons why my site has evolved a bit over the past few days is that my attachment to brands outside the
narrow scope of G.I. Joe has increased substantially with the new Transformers: Combiner Wars line from Hasbro as well
as Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics, but it’s not just the toys that are drawing me in, it’s the universes.

This is especially true of IDW Publishing’s Transformers. Between More Than Meets the Eye and Transformers (formerly  Robots In Disguise) IDW is doing some amazing things on paper with the Transformers characters, but even more important,  in my view, is how synergistic Hasbro is operating in line with those comics. It’s nearly unparalleled. I’ve already discussed how the Combiner Wars Wave 2 tech spec bio’s are written in character with Rung and Soundwave, and now IDW is on the verge of unleashing their Combiner Wars comic nearly right in line with the toy series release. It’s impressive.

But it’s taken some folks a while to catch on to this, so many folks are a bit out of the loop in how great IDW has been with these books.

Well, here’s your chance to get caught up. The IDW Publishing Transformers “Humble Bundle” offers a metric ton of Transformers comics for a name-your-price deal that not only will get you caught up with Transformers, but also shoots money to Hasbro’s Children’s Hospital as well. It’s a fantastic way to get a lot of comics for not a lot of cash, and also help sick kids. How can you possibly go wrong?

Check out the full details of the Humble Bundle, and snap it up…you will be very glad you did.

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Transformers Combiner Wars Wave 2 Deluxe Bio cards

While the Combiner Wars figures have effectively pulled me back into Transformers, I was a bit disappointed by the bio’s (tech specs) in Wave 1. Well, to be more specific, the almost complete lack of them. I’m one of those fans who wants some story to go along with my toys, and doesn’t just want them floating in an ocean of my imagination. It’s what drove me to G.I. Joe back in the day, and what continues to interest me.

So, when the Unicron.com Facebook page posted images of the bio’s for the second wave of Combiner Wars, I was thrilled. Not only were these much more well developed than the first wave, but they’re also written completely in character and in unverse from the IDW series. The Autobots bio’s are written by Rung, with the Decepticons being written by Soundwave. Very cool touch.

Check out the bio’s below.

Sunbow Animation Celebration at the Egyptian Theater March 7th

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, don’t miss what’s possibly your only opportunity to see G.I. Joe: The Movie in an actual movie theater!

The Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles is hosting a special Sunbow Animation Celebration event this Saturday on March 7th with theatrical presentations of both G.I. Joe: The Movie and Transformers: The Movie. Voice actors and creative talent behind both films will be in attendance, including Michael Bell (the voice of Duke), Bill Ratner (the voice of Flint), and many others.

Doors open at 6:30pm and there will be some exciting events in the lobby before the show for G.I. Joe and Transformers fans alike.

Check out more information at DammagedGoods.com and the American Cinematheque website.

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Toy Fair 2015 – At least a small bone thrown to Joe fans

It’s early in the Toy Fair weekend, and Hasbro has been the focus so far, but even with G.I. Joe being conspicuously absent from Fan Media Day, we have at least one nice little tidbit of cool news.

Transformers: Combiner Wars has been a huge focus of attention today, and among those announced products is a Legends scale A-10 repaint called “Viper”.

This is something that was leaked previously, and it has been assumed to be an homage to the Cobra Rattler (a pretty obvious one, naturally), but until today it wasn’t clear how much of an homage it was.

Not only is the A-10 blue, but it features the Rattler call sign and actually has a “Winged Cobra” logo on it.

Pretty neat.

Check out the image below, thanks to JasontheDoombot and FakeEyes22 on Twitter.

 

 

What’s on Joe Mind Episode 97 is now online

It’s been a little while, but the WOJM are back with a new episode featuring all of the latest news and G.I. Joe intel… from like a month ago. Oops.

In all seriousness, it’s not like G.I. Joe news has been hot and heavy these past few weeks, and we touch on some great topics, even broaching the hot-button issue of G.I. Joe Shattered Glass! We also talk about 50th Anniversary releases, the Kre-O Terror Drome and many other great topics.

As always check out the latest episode embedded below or at our Podbean Page.

SHOW NOTES

Not exactly a timely episode, but hey, not a lot is going on. No worries, #98 is right around the corner. You may be wishing for it after you hear Chuck ramble in the opening segment. We basically catch up on some old news, discuss COIL Con V and have a small roundtable on the Club wanting to experiment with Shattered Glass and more TF/Joe Crossovers…which make Gary very grumpy. Enjoy the funk!

News and Intel

Hasbro is rebranding “The Hub” – What does it mean?
G.I. Joe 50th Anniversary Wave 2 is released
G.I. Joe Kre-O Terror Drome hits!
GeneralsJoes Reviews the Terror Drome
TFCC Marissa Fairborne and Afterburner
SyFy “Face Off” with a G.I. Joe themed episode
Skinny’s recap of the Face Off Episode

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Transformers Legacy Package Art book on sale at Amazon.com!

No, you didn’t accidentally hit the wrong toy website this morning, I really am talking about a Transformers book.

Why?  Well, first and foremost the authors Jim Sorenson and Bill Forster have also worked quite a bit in the G.I. Joe realm with the Field Manual books, and I consider Jim a good friend, so I’m happy to send some traffic his way.

But this is a bit self serving, too…  I think we’ve all been clamoring for a package art book for G.I. Joe for a long time, and while much of that art may have unfortunately been lost to the sands of time, I think strong sales for a book like this on the Transformers side might convince some folks that more G.I. Joe artwork themed books would be in demand as well.

So, check out their book, consider buying it…after all, even for Joe fans, you can’t argue the cultural and historical significance of some of the art in this book and it would make a fantastic conversation piece.  Click the banner below to buy it up.

IDW Publishing previews for G.I. Joe: RAH #207 and Transformers/G.I. Joe #3

It’s a two for one sale this Wednesday at your local comic shop as IDW releases two new G.I. Joe themed comics this week!

Transformers and G.I. Joe #3 hits on the same day as the exciting new issue of Real American Hero.  Check out previews for both issues below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #207

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

Crimson Guard members have been infiltrating the nation for months now… and Cobra Commander prepares to spring his plan on an unsuspecting G.I. JOE!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Variant Cover by Larry Hama!

Transformers VS G.I. JOE #3

Tom Scioli & John Barber (w) • Scioli (a & c)

CYBERTRON INFESTED! The Transformers’ homeworld is crawling with tiny green invaders from the planet Earth—the G.I. JOE team! Also this issue—Funeral for a Friend. Many AUTOBOTS and G.I. JOE soldiers have fallen in the line of duty—but you’ve never seen a send-off like this!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • WAKE THE DEAD!!! In 3-D!!!
  • Not actually in 3-D—but you will not believe your eyes! Guaranteed!
  • The biggest thing ever gets bigger!
  • Interconnected Variant Cover by Tom Scioli!

IDW G.I. Joe Solicitations for December, 2014

We’re back to three ongoing G.I. Joe themed titles during the month and all is right with the world. IDW Publishing has also released their solicitations for December, 2014, and you can check out the covers and short descriptions below. I am absolutely in love with that Gallant G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #209 cover. It’s a beaut!

Click the “Continue Reading” link to check out the full solicitation list.

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Transformers Collectors Club officially reveals FSS 3.0 Serpent O.R.

While most (if not all) of us saw the Serpent O.R. reveal from Botcon a few months ago, yesterday, the TFCC made it even more official and released the images of their upcoming FSS 3.0 entry for Serpent O.R. Based on the character from the Devils Due G.I. Joe vs. Transformers: The Art of War limited series, this figure looks pretty nice! It will be very interesting to see how his story intertwines with Marissa Fairborne. IDW writer Jim Sorenson recently revealed on Facebook that he was writing the bio’s for each figure, so there is certain to be some interesting back story here.

Check out the figure below, and make sure to check out TransformersClub.com to join FSS 3.0, time is running out!

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