Announced back in February, Hasbro Studios and Sony Music have officially released TRANSFORMERS ROLL OUT, an alternative rock tribute to the mighty TRANSFORMERS franchise. Available now at all digital retailers and for streaming on Spotify, TRANSFORMERS ROLL OUT features 10 original songs from a mix of established acts such as BUSH, and up-and-comers like MOUNT HOLLY - all inspired by the everlasting battle between Autobots and Decepticons. For the hardcore TRANSFORMERS fan, a physical CD and limited-edition vinyl picture disc (shown below) are being offered exclusively at F.Y.E. stores.
If I was at SXSW, in addition to hanging with The First Order, I would've been able to meet up with my old pal, Bumblebee, as well. TRANSFORMERS have a huge presence in Texas right now, and those who attended the TRANSFORMERS party were able to sip custom cocktails like The Marg-a-tron and Bumblee-tini, all while rocking rocked out to an exclusive live performance by Mount Holly, who performed their new title track Roll Out from the upcoming Transformers-inspired studio album Roll Out. The festivities were all tied to the release of the upcoming mobile game,TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS, and the launch of Optimus Prime's official Snapchat account (username: optimusprime, of course).
There was a time not terribly long ago when "inspired-by" compilations brought forth some interesting new takes on some pop culture classics - with albums like 1995's SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS' GREATEST HITS, or 2006's SOUND OF SUPERMAN coming to mind. Today, some unexpected news hit my inbox about not one, but two (!) albums that are inspired-by some pop culture icons. The first is a collaboration between Hasbro Studios and Sony Music Entertainment entitled TRANSFORMERS ROLL OUT. The 11-song album features BUSH, alongside up-and-coming artists like CRASH KINGS and MOUNT HOLLY, all paying tribute to all things Cybertronian. Available digitally on April 15, two singles arrived for streaming today, just as iTunes pre-orders went live. Additionally, F.Y.E. Stores will be the exclusive destination for CD and Vinyl editions.
Hasbro Studios has officially revealed that TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE will be back for a second season on Cartoon Network later this year. While the official premiere date has not yet been announced, the season two premiere of TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE will take place at some point in the next few months.
I've been waiting months for this one - a chance to properly throw a slab of "Lapti Nek" on the turntable and share some words about The Max Rebo Band. Rebo, along with Sy Snootles and Droopy McCool brought solid jams to Jabba's Palace in RETURN OF THE JEDI, later expanding from a three-piece into a who-knows-how-many piece in the 1997 "Special Edition" release. Not only did they gain members and back-up dancers, but most of Snootles' vocal stylings got plucked in favor of some alien John Popper called "Joh Yowza." The 1983 Kenner STAR WARS Sy Snootles and The Rebo Band 3-Pack is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward #ForceFriday on September 4th, the day when new toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available at retailers everywhere!
It's sometimes a weird space for toys when a license exists, but there's not really a new main property to support it. That happened in the mid-00's, a time when it was assumed (and said) that the STAR WARS Prequels were the end of the big screen SW movies. Proving (to me, anyway) that sometimes two great tastes don't go together like peanut butter and chocolate, STAR WARS got mashed with TRANSFORMERS. If I were a kid, I don't know that I'd want a Boba Fett that turned into his ship, but someone actually made that. The 2006 STAR WARS TRANSFORMERS Darth Vader Crossover Figure is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward #ForceFriday on September 4th, the day when new toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available at retailers everywhere!