The first highly-anticipated chapter in the Transformers Generations Prime Wars Trilogy, TRANSFORMERS: COMBINER WARS launches August 2 as an eight-part digital series on GO90 here in the U.S. From Hasbro Studios and Machinima, the new series takes place 40 years after the great war on Earth, with new and iconic characters appearing together in what looks to be a continuation of sorts to the cherished "G1" Transformers that kids like me (who has a COMBINER WARS Devastator not 10 feet away as I type this) grew up with in the 1980s. Check out the trailer below...
Whenever The Rock Daughters spy a yellow and black Chevrolet Camaro on the streets, they always shout "there's Bumblebee!" For awhile following the release of Michael Bay's first TRANSFORMERS movie in 2007 (which pre-dated our parenthood by two years), you could actually buy an officially-licensed TRANSFORMERS Edition Camaro through Chevy, and over the years several of the Autobot-badged rides have been spotted not far from Rock Father HQ. With 2017's TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT, perhaps a new package will be available for purchase, as Bay has teased Bumblebee's latest version, a 2016 Camaro, possibly based on the ZL1 we saw at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this year. Keeping with the classic yellow, the new 'Bee features deeper black accents spread across the wheels, hood and a new ground effects package.
The TRANSFORMERS franchise is something I hold very close to my heart in nearly all of its forms - from the 1984 G1 (Generation 1) cartoons and toys, all the way through Michael Bay's live-action film series. Sure, there have been some missteps here and there, but what franchise is without the occasional wrong turn? For the fifth installment of the film series, there have been a lot of rumors thrown around, but the one that really sticks is that the fifth round will be the start of something different... perhaps even something closer to the classic TRANSFORMERS action that many have been craving. What we do know today is that TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT begins production this week in Cuba, confirmed on Bay's website and the TRANSFORMERS socials.
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.