This year is the 35th anniversary of Transformers and of Ghostbusters and for the first time ever these two properties are collaborating. A new figure is being released in a classic G1 style box. The character will be called Ectotron and will transform into the iconic Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Ambulance. Not content to simply make a new figure, this character will get his own origin story in a 5-Part mini-series from IDW in June. The figure can be pre-ordered now at HasbroPulse.com and will be sold at GameStop in the US and EB Games in Canada. The full press release is below. Continue reading ECTO-1 ECTOTRON Revealed as Transformers – Ghostbusters Collaboration Figure→
Last night I attended a press screening of the new Bumblebee movie in Boston. I am a longtime fan of Transformers. They came out when I was 10 years old and the perfect age for these toys. I’ve attended two Botcons and have seen all media surrounding Transformers since 1984. For a while I even did a video series where I reviewed Tranformers comics from the 80s. I even have a collection of about 400 Tranformers. So, yeah, I’m a fan.
I’m going to come right out and say it. I loved Bumblebee. Travis Knight used his masterful storytelling expertise honed from years at Laika to make a coherent story that Transformers fans will love. He hit on so many good marks. First off, you know who all the characters are, except for Shatter and Dropkick. I have my suspicion that those guys are left over Bayformers that were designed and adapted for this movie. They have that feel to them. Bumblebee himself on the other hand has had a complete overhaul in is design. We saw a little featurette before the movie and then the same one at the end but it tells you a lot about the care that went into making this movie. Here is a shortened one.