Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Transformers 5 Cast Thanks the UK

Not entirely clear if Transformers: The Last Knight has completed principle photography but it did complete its United Kingdom filming. Below is a thank you message from the core cast of the film to the UK. Michael Bay posted a note on his Instagram page saying "Goodbye London!!! Great shoot out here! Great place to make Transformers!!"

Saturday, October 22, 2016

IDW January 2017 Transformers Comics

IDW Publishing has released their publishing plans for January 2017. The post Revolution story arc world for Hasbro properties continue but based on the solicitations it seems Transformers are being allowed to go their separate way for a while to tell their own stories once again. For the full details of IDW's other books including GI Joe, Ghostbusters, Star Trek, and more click here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Transformers 5 Behind the Scenes Roll Room

Below is a new behind the scenes video from Transformers: The Last Knight in what they are calling the "Room Roll." Set before a green screen, the circular cave rolls to film a sequence with Mark Wahlberg and Laura Haddock as they climb or hang on to something. The surface has a Cybertronian look so could be a Transformer body part, planet surface, or another large object (like a spacecraft).

HasCon Official Hasbro Convention Announced

Yesterday Hasbro announced their replacement for Botcon and the other conventions they stopped supporting as of this year. Called "HasCon" the convention will be on September 8-10 in Providence, Rhode Island at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin Donuts Center. The three day event will focus on all things Hasbro including Transformers, My Little Pony, Star Wars, Magic The Gathering, and more with panels and more.

What this means for Botcon remains unclear. I think its defunct but not entirely sure. Since this convention is a celebration of all things Hasbro, that means Transformers fans will not get the TF exclusive experience they are use too but conventions have long been able to multitask fandom so not seeing an issue there. There is no mention of a preview day that Botcon had so something to be aware of in planning. Third party Transformers will be forbidden, but then they were not allowed at Botcon either for its last few years.

The location of the convention is no coincidence as its very near Hasbro HQ in Pawtucket, Rhode Island so I wouldn't be surprised if the convention (assuming Hasbro deems it profitable), will be held at the same location each year. It should be interesting as to hear how it works out since anything placed under a corporate umbrella inevitable brings an increased level of oversight and complexity to it but the sheer volume of fandom (besides Transformers) that Hasbro touches is large so the potential any age entertainment value could be immense.

In addition Hasbro announced a new Transformers Fan Club for 2017. The current one was licensed out to the same company that ran Botcon with that license ending at the end of the year. No details on what the new fan club will offer but if head over to you can join the mailing list and get a 20% off coupon for the Hasbro Toy Shop.

Below is the press release for HasCon and click here for the official website.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Bay: Tuturro, Goodman, Trailer This Year, UK Filming Completed

In a new Facebook video, Transformers: The Last Knight director Michael Bay revealed the most news at once about the movie. It isn't really much but compared to the impressive cone of silence he has kept on the production up to this point, its practically a feast.

- John Turturro and John Goodman are confirmed to return for the movie when Bay rattled off a list of names. John Turturro played Agent Simmons in the first three films of the franchise while John Goodman will voice Hound once again.

- Thursday was the last day of filming in the UK with production moving to Namibia, Africa for a few days to complete principle photography on the movie.

- A teaser trailer is planned for release either in November or December. I assume they are going to try to attach it to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them as that is expected to be the big movie of the holiday season.

In the video (below) Bay mentioned the above news, showed off a little bit of a UK set in what I guess was filming set during King Arthur's time.
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