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“Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Premiere – More and Less Than Meets The Eye

“Transformers: Robots in Disguise” premiered this past weekend on Cartoon Network.  The pilot episode, split into two parts, sets up the general theme for this new cartoon, and in so doing, it proves that RID is both more and less than meets the eye.

That may seem contradictory, but it’s true.  On its surface, what does “Robots in Disguise” seem to hold in store?  Robots.  Check.  In disguise.  Check.  Heck, Bumblebee even says it when they scan Earth modes.  So,in so naming the show, RID is less than meets the eye — it wears its oil pump on its sleeve, to use a horrible metaphor.

Ah, but that’s not all the show is about.  To be a bit spoiler-ish without getting into minute detail of the pilot, the general gist is that the Mini-Con Fixit’s ship of Decepticon prisoners crash landed on Earth, letting loose all the cons on board.  It’s up to Bumbmlebee, Strongarm, Sideswipe, Grimlock and Fix-It to find and capture the escapees.  And it’s here where things are more than they seem.  This is a rather unique premise for a Transformers show.  Yes, we’ve had variations of the “Find the X of the week!” format — the O-Parts in the original “Robots in Disguise” show, the Cyber Planet Keys in “Transformers: Cybertron”.  Even the original appearance of the Mini-Cons in “Transformers: Armada” fell into that trap at times.

This feels different, though.  Each episode looks like it will be a find-and-capture a new Decepticon theme, but it doesn’t feel derivitive in some way.  Perhaps it’s because the first escapee, Underbite, is such an awesome character that you forget the conceit.  He’s loud, he’s big, he’s destructive — and you love him for it.

Grimlock, too, seems to take cues from other Transformers dinosaurs, and not just in name.  Dinobot, from “Beast Wars”, was a Predacon turned Maximal.  While we don’t see Grimlock take on the Autobot symbol this episode, he does help Bumblebee and crew find Underbite.  And even then, Bumblebee puts him on probation, rather than giving him his freedom outright.

Plus, it’s Bumlbebee in charge!  We haven’t had a Transformers series without an Optimus or Megatron as leader since…. since… well, since never.  “Beast Wars” may not have been about Truck Optimus vs. Vehicle/Tank/Gun Megatron, but it was still Optimus and Megatron.  Hasbro feels secure enough to let Bumblebee take point after the events of “Transformers Prime”, and that is fantastic.  It allows new life to be present in the Transformers mythos, and it’s a welcome change of pace.

The animation style is different than what we’ve had in the most recent shows.  It’s computerized but not 3D modeled like “Transformers Prime.”  It looks hand-animated, but it’s not, and it doesn’t have a cartoony look like “Transformers: Animated”.  It’s stylized, it’s colorful, and it sets itself apart from “Prime” and pretty much most of the past 20 years of cartoons.

I wholeheartedly welcome “Transformers: Robots in Disguise”.  If only it weren’t going to be shown at an ungodly early Saturday morning timeslot.  Oh, well.  That’s why we have DVRs.

The Hub Network Announces New “Transformers” Series in 2015

[UPDATE: Added image via http://thetransformers.tumblr.com/post/79891475098/the-hub-network-announces-brand-new-transformers]

The Hub Network, home of “Transformers Prime”, is continuing the story of Bumblebee as he grows into a leadership role.  Will Friedle will return as the voice of Bumblebee, and the show will also star Darren Criss, Constance Zimmer and Ted McGinley.  Set to take place years after the end of “Transformers Prime” this unnamed show will air in 2015, and Jeff Kline returns as Executive Producer.

No word on if Peter Cullen and Frank Welker will return as Optimus and Megatron.  Feast your eyes on the new design of Bumblebee, then hit the full press release after the jump.

New Bumblebee, image via http://thetransformers.tumblr.com/

New Bumblebee, image via http://thetransformers.tumblr.com/

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Random Transformers News Occupying My Brain – August 23rd Edition

1) The official Transformers YouTube account put up a teaser clip from the upcoming Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising movie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQauSDkfAd8

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2013 Transformers Hall of Fame Fan Choice Voting Is Open!

You can vote a Transformer into the 2013 Transformers Hall of Fame by going to Hasbro’s Voting Site.  Your choices are Ultra MagnusArceeMegatron (Beast Wars)Rodimus/Hot Rod, or Prowl.

If you don’t vote for Beast Wars Megatron, you are dead to me, yesssss….

Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters Video


Well, that looks cool.

2012 – The Geekly Fast Forward (Part 1)

Happy New Year!  Okay, so it’s a few days past New Year’s, but really, we’re only about 1% of the way through the year; that’s not too much time to have passed.  This year is shaping up to be another banner year for geekly stuff, but it’s hard to keep it all straight.  So that’s where ASM comes in — to continue making it hard to make sense of it all.  This list is not all-encompassing, nor do I make any claims as to its accuracy.  Consider it just some ruminations on the year ahead.

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#SDCC – Mattel, Weta, Underground Toys and More Hasbro galleries!

Good morning! We’ve just uploaded a new bunch of galleries! First, check out our Mattel coverage! We have DC, Ghostbusters, Monster High, Masters of the Universe, Voltron, WWE and more! Go to the main Main Mattel Gallery or use the individual links: Mattel DC
Mattel Ghostbusters
Mattel Miscellaneous
Mattel Masters of the Universe
Mattel Monster High
Mattel Voltron
Mattel WWE

Next we have Weta, featuring Lord of the Rings, Tintin and more! Head to the Weta Gallery

After that, check out Underground Toys, featuring Doctor Who! Underground Toys Gallery

Finally, we added a few more pics to our Hasbro coverage. See things added to the show floor since our first updates! Hasbro – More Pictures Gallery

#SDCC 2011 Galleries Are Now Online!


All our San Diego Comic Con coverage can be found at http://sdcc11.asmzine.com/. Right now, we have the following galleries:

Hasbro – GI Joe
Hasbro – My Little Pony
Hasbro – Transformers
Hasbro – Transformers Panel
LEGO

#SDCC – Transformers Prime Panel

On Thursday, July 21, The Hub TV presented its Transformers Prime panel at Comic-Con. ASM was present at the panel in the form of Daniel and Amy Lipkowitz, and the following report is based off Daniel’s live comments, the folks at The Allspark, The Hub’s Twitter feed, and Phil’s own musings:
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#SDCC – Hasbro’s Transformers Panel

On Thursday, July 21, Hasbro presented its annual Transformers panel at Comic-Con. ASM was present at the panel in the form of Daniel and Amy Lipkowitz, and the following report is based off Daniel’s live comments, the folks at The Allspark, and Phil’s own musings:
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