The Best Transformers Movie of 2014... (VIDEO)

The Best Transformers Movie of 2014... (VIDEO)

AkihabaraNews MICROCAST a Five-Minute Stop-Motion Masterpiece
And we'll get to it in a moment. But first, there's a reason why we're pretty much convinced it's the case.

To be fair, we've not yet seen Transformers: Age of Extinction here in Japan (we have to wait another month), but the word on the street is that Michael Bay has unsurprisingly yet still disappointingly pooped the bed bigger than ever. Alas.

We Had Hope
A few months back, we were speculating on the quality of the upcoming film and reminding the world that the Transformers were Japanese long before Hasbro's 1984 release of the G1 goody Autobots and baddy Decepticons.

That was in March, and judgemet was reserved because of the promising new actors, exciting new robot characters, and the marginal improvement that was Dark of the Moon. At the time, there was still a chance that, for those hoping for something different, something with substance, something not the first three movies, 'Extinction' could mean redemption.

Thus far, all reports point to 2 hours and 45 minutes of...Nope. And so be it, it's not meant to be screened at Sundance. It's 'splosions and helicopters and hott pants and it'll make a kajillion dollars. Fine.

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Instead, We'll Watch: Transformers StopMotion Attack on Giant
According to his YouTube channel, principle photography wrapped in September of 2013, and it wasn't until this May that Harris Loureiro eventually got around to editing the action and adding some hilariously creative A/V effects. He published just a few days ago. 

Loureiro's film stars a G2 Optimus Prime with the Battle Tanker armor upgrade (sold separately). The Autobot leader throws down against the safety-green Decepticon team aptly known as Constructicons (Loureiro refers to them collectively as 'Giant').

Now, it's not like I'm 37 and still have a box of 65 Transformers in storage at my grandmother's house or anything insane like that, but I've still gotta go a bit robo-dorky on Loureiro: Dude, each individual Constructicon has a name, and when they merge into a giant robot, they're called Devastator. And even though it's debatable whether or not the team at Hasbro realized it, it's like, you know, ironic. Just sayin.

Anyway, all respect due, we recommend watching - seriously, it's probably the best Transformers action you'll see this year.

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Long before Michael Bay, and even before Hasbro's incarnation, Transformers were Takara Tomy's Microman and Diaclone, and Nintendo's Super Mario, long a global phenomenon, was first a game for Nintendo's Japan-only Famicom console. - Bandai Sushi transform figures


Bandai is going to release a new Sushi figures series called - Gyakusaisei Motomodoru Sushimodoru - (long name!!) to their Gachapon machines on January 22. It's a machine that you insert coins, turn the nob, and get a random capsule toy.

These sushi figures are transformative. Their parts can be disassembled and you can assemble them into the original ingredients of the sushi, for example a tuna sushi figure can be transformed into a whole tuna fish.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Transformers film series, Takara Tomy is going to release fully posable Transformers Movie Advanced Series figures on May 17.

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Lost Transformers Gallery Found at Last! (20 Photos)
The life-size, more "realistic" models were kinda meh, but the pre-Transformers Diaclone and Microman toys, along with generational collections covering yearly character iterations, themes, and variants, in addition to some super-obscure Japan-only figures - that's where the magic was...and we finally found this lost gallery!