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Michael Bay has previously suggested he might leave Transformers films behind, but kept coming back for more, but this time it may be the real thing. Having stated again that he would leave the franchise to other hands after Age of Extinction, Bay has reinforced this by engaging in talks to direct an upcoming project, "13 Hours", as reported by Variety. If Bay becomes attached to this film, it would likely keep him too occupied to get involved with production of the fifth Transformers movie. Unless Bay reverses once again, we may be looking at a Transformers movie under new guidance.



PlanckEpoch has posted on TFW of his in-store sighting for the final assortment of Deluxe Age of Extinction figures. The assortment carrying Snarl, Bumblebee's updated form, and Hot Shot the very much Tracks recolor of Crosshairs was spotted at Target in Portland, Oregon. The release of these toys to stores effectively marks the end of main line retail releases of AOE, with the only things remaining being various exclusives such as Plantium sets. Click through for photographic proof, and happy hunting!



Robotkingdom has posted images of TakaraTomy's "Black Knight" recolors of Lost Age Advanced Series (Age of Extinction Generations) Slug and Scorn. Both are looking pretty nice, will run you about $32.90, and start shipping this Saturday, November 1st! Keep reading to see the photos!



Just out via Hobbybase are new images of the Prime 1 Studio Grimlock & Optimus Prime Polystone Proto Images of Transformers AOE Statues. According to their post, this is the 1st prototype already displayed at the Hobbybase store. Get a look at the extensive details of these sculpts that feature the Movie Grimlock in T-Rex mode and the Autobots leader Optimus Prime with sword that can stand alone or ride on the Dinobot's back. Yeee ha! Read on for the full previews and release details!



TakaraTomy's designer Hisashi Yuki has once again taken to Twitter with samples of upcoming toys. This time, we see Legends Rattrap next to the massive MP-24 Masterpiece Star Saber, as well as taking Lost Age Advanced Series Black Knight Grimlock out for a ride. Keep reading to see the photos!



Hasbro Asia has released images of some new releases due at the end of the year. First is a Human Alliance 2-pack of Barricade and the Unreleased-in-the-USA Soundwave due in December 2014- but likely more exciting to most is MP-11SW Skywarp, due in January 2015! Unlike the US release from many years back, this is the revised Seeker mold from MP-11 Starscream that recently saw use in a US release as Acid Storm. Keep reading to see the images!



Following a tease in the hobby magazine earlier this week, TakaraTomy has revealed full details on Micron Carnivac. Recolored (yet again) from one of the Transformers: Cybertron Mini-Cons, Carnivac would likely be intended as a stand in for Lockdown's wolf-like cyborgs that menaced the human props in Age of Extinction. The Micron will be available at Toys R Us locations in Japan with the purchase of 3000 Yen or more worth of Transformers products during the campaign period. Keep reading to check out the up close image!



TakaraTomy's website has been updated with an image and information about the upcoming release of Black Knight Strafe. Following on from Grimlock, Slug, and Scorn before, Strafe is being redecoed in a black-heavy look and will be available via Cybertron Satellite locations throughout Japan. Starting in December, this figure will be available for 3200 Yen, but of course will cost quite a bit more for those of us who must rely on middlemen and secondary retailers! Click through to see the full image.



The official Transformers Facebook page has posted a selection of concept art images for various Age of Extinction characters. Representing about half of the main characters of the movie plus a Vehicon body design, this gives a detailed look at several of the character models that would go through additional refinements before being fully produced for visual effects in the movie. To check out all the images, click through and keep reading!



It's that time of the month again. TAG Hobby has released scans from Figure Oh (Figure King) magazine showing a variety of new photos of upcoming Japanese Legends and Lost Age EX (Generations Deluxe) figures! Most notable are better images of Legends Arcee, whose G1 paint job is looking a fair bit better than Hasbro's version. Keep reading for the photos, and more details!


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After taking China's movie boxoffice by storm this summer. It should be no surprise that Universal have announced they will be opening a new theme park in Beijing, as reported by the Seattle Times. The explosive success of Transformers: Age of Extinction all but ensures a place in the new Theme Park that is said to cost $3.3-billion for the 300-acre entertainment facility.


An official site for the Transformers Human Alliance Game has been launched by Sega Japan with what appears to be a game based on the characters from the first three Transformers movies. The trailer shows a Shia-like character by the name of Sam along with renderings of the Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Starscream and other characters like Shockwave lurking on the site page, in their pre-Age of Extinction forms. Read on to see the trailer for the full preview now.


The Age of Extinction mobile game is now available for free on iTunes! Described as a "Combat Runner," the game presumably entails running forward and avoiding obstacles while also shooting things. Check out the full article for the iTunes description and a link to the game!

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Robotkingdom has posted images of TakaraTomy's "Black Knight" recolors of Lost Age Advanced Series (Age of Extinction Generations) Slug and Scorn. Both are looking pretty nice, will run you about $32.90, and start shipping this Saturday, November 1st! Keep reading to see the photos!


The Twitter of Japanese collector Alfes2010 has posted images of the Legendary Weapons that Takara is giving away this month. If you spend 3000 Yen or more at a given Japanese store during the month of October, you can get the Prime Axe or the Tricera Mace! Alfes has both but is having a lot more fun with the Prime Axe, showing it off with a Movie Prime as well as with both War For and Fall Of Cybertron Optimus Primes. Keep reading to see the photos!


Just up on the Official Paramount Pictures page on Pintrest, are some free Transformers Halloween goodies. They have uploaded Autobot and Decepticon masks that you can print out at home to create you own Transformers halloween costume this year. They have also posted a couple of Transformers Age of Excintction banners you can print out for parties and creative uses.

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The Japan Times has published an article about Age of Extinction, its Japanese connections, and the samurai-inspired changes to the character designs. Bay also reveals that despite vowing that Dark of the Moon was his last Transformers film he was "prevailed upon, expertly" by a group or person he does not name to direct TF4. Will the same be true of TF5? We'll see. Keep reading for a link and selected quotes!


The Huffington Post have posted an interview with three time Transformers movie writer Ehren Kruger who penned the latest "Transformers: Are of Extinction" movie that swept box offices last weekend. In the article the writer shares a number of insights about how the so-called new trilogy was decided on as well as many of the aspects be brings to the table. We learn about director Michael Bay's idea to make this new forray a "Father-Daughter" story as well as the origins of Lockdown and the one character Bay will never do (which means he will, at some point).

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