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Burnham, Schoening, and Delgado Talk “Transformers/ Ghostbusters” Crossover

It’s been years in the making, and decades of desire, but we finally have the most epic ’80’s crossover coming our way – and in comic form no less! Later this summer, IDW will be releasing a mini-series event featuring the Ghostbusters meeting the Transformers. As if that was not enough, we also have an official Hasbro toy to make this mash-up even sweeter – Ectotron!

Writer Erik Burnham, Artist Dan Schoening, and Colorist Luis Antonio Delgado just did an extensive interview, where they spoke about how this series came to be, and what fans can expect – as well as a few surprises they should be ready for!

Here is the interview below, courtesy of IDW:

When you were initially approached by IDW Publishing to be part of the TRANSFORMERS / GHOSTBUSTERS crossover, what was your first reaction?

ERIK BURNHAM: Oh, there was a delayed double-take. The TRANSFORMERS property is something that a reliable section of fans has asked about us playing around with (with GHOSTBUSTERS or otherwise) ever since the first TMNT/GB crossover five years back. I wondered if the TRANSFORMERS universe would be as fun of a sandbox as GHOSTBUSTERS for us to play in – spoilers, it totally is.

LUIS ANTONIO DELGADO: Excitement! I’ve been working with IDW for 11 years and I’ve worked on pretty much all the properties I grew up with. The one I was still dreaming of being a part of was TRANSFORMERS, and to do it combined with my favorite team, the Ghostbusters, was everything I could’ve wanted. Besides, I already knew Erik was gonna come with a fantastic way to get both of them together (already did it once with TMNT), so I couldn’t wait to read the story.

DAN SCHOENING: Very surprised! I never thought I’d get the opportunity to draw the TRANSFORMERS bots in a comic, let alone a team up with the Ghostbusters.

Dan, you’ve been the artist for IDW’s GHOSTBUSTERS series for many years now, and took on the gig with well-established experience drawing the characters. But was this your first time delving into the TRANSFORMERS universe? If so, were there any unique complexities to drawing the Robots in Disguise?

DAN: Aside from a few sketches for fun, this will be my first time tackling a lot of the TRANSFORMERS characters. Being a child of the 80’s, my heart always goes back to the animated series that started in ’84 and the ’86 motion picture. For the crossover, I’ll be keeping the look of the Autobots and Decepticons within that established aesthetic. Having them in the animated style also blends very well with the visual style we have created for the Ghostbusters over the past 8 years.


Luis, with so many different characters appearing on the cover art and within the story pages, how do you keep track of the proper colors to use for each, and did it require a lot of research on your part to get all the TRANSFORMERS details right?

LUIS: It is a huge challenge. When it comes to GB, I know the guys and their gear better than I could ever imagined I would, but the TRANSFORMERS bots are a different story—there are so many and they are so complex that it is a bit scary. Dan is the real genius behind all the art, not only the pencils, he did all the research so he could be true to the mythos and he was kind enough to share that research; so after a couple of misfires, I managed to get all the robots’ features right and now I have multiple files ready for when I have to work on them.

Erik, you have a reputation for being a writer who accurately depicts the voices of many of pop-culture’s most beloved and recognizable characters. Did you find it more difficult to put words into Optimus Prime’s mouth than, say, Peter Venkman’s? Do you ever pretend to do their voices out loud when you write? 

ERIK: The voice is the goal, and … yeah, I might do the voices out loud from time to time. It only gets weird since I work in coffee shops an awful lot. As far as putting words into Optimus Prime’s mouth… Peter Cullen’s voice is so strong and distinct (to say nothing of Frank Welker or Chris Latta or…) I have no trouble hearing those performances in my head. Makes them as easy to write as the Ghostbusters. And I hope those voices come through to the fans just as easily, knock wood.


Dan, who is your favorite Ghostbuster to draw? Favorite TRANSFORMERS bot? Are there any characters you dread having to illustrate?
 
DAN: My favorite Ghostbuster is Ray, and he’s also my favorite to draw. As for a TRANSFORMERS bot, my favorite is Mirage, with Perceptor in a close second. I can’t say I’m dreading drawing any, however, each one presents their own unique challenges. Finding where the joints move in particular, such as elbows and knees, is something I’m looking to improve upon as I move ahead.


Erik, what can you tell us about Ectotron, the new Autobot being introduced in this crossover? 
 
ERIK: Well… he is a bit of a nerd. He’s almost as far out there for the Autobots as the Ghostbusters were from other academics here on Earth. He’s kind of uptight, and he’s teased by the other Autobots. But he’ll loosen up by the end of the story.
 
 
After all these years working on GHOSTBUSTERS, tell us: does ‘busting still make you feel good?
 
ERIK: 100% yes. I love these characters and this world still. We’ve pitched lots of other ideas, and with luck, the coming movies will keep the interest up in both the GHOSTBUSTERS multiverse and us playing within it for a good long while.
 
LUIS: It makes me feel excited every single day. I’m not only lucky to do this job, I’m even more lucky to do it with a property that I loved since I was a kid and with the best team in the world. I enjoy working on every new ghost, every new story, and every new challenge. Besides, trying to keep it fresh and new after so many issues, that’s what makes it exciting.
 
DAN: I’ll answer you with a question 🙂 Does Peter Venkman like money?
 
 
If you had to choose, would you be an Autobot or a Decepticon? Why?
 
ERIK: I mean, come on. I don’t want to be EVIL. But on the other hand, most of the Decepticons are able to fly. But on the OTHER other hand… Dinobots. Going Autobot, final answer.
 
LUIS: Autobot for sure. I like their ideals, I like how they always try to do the right thing and fight for the little guy. When you have so much power, it’s a great responsibility (I think I heard that somewhere before).
 
DAN: Definitely an Autobot. Who wouldn’t want to help save the Earth with Optimus Prime? As for a vehicle mode, I’d have to go with a DeLorean.
 
 
Erik, what can longtime fans of both franchises expect going into this crossover?
 
ERIK: Here’s the thing – I like a little comedy with the action, and I was wondering if Hasbro was going to ask for a very stoic interpretation of the TRANSFORMERS property, leaving the silliness to the Ghostbusters… but no. I get to have fun with the bots! Nothing wildly out of character, mind you, but Optimus Prime is gonna be as able to crack a joke as Venkman, if the situation arises. It’s gonna be about fun. Lots of fun. And I guarantee the series starts in a way no one will expect – it made me smile to write, and Dan & Luis knocked it out of the park on the page. It’s the kind of toybox mashup we did as kids! The TL;DR of it: a fun time with the boys in grey and the robots in disguise dealing with some ghostly common enemies!

Anything else you want to share with the fans and retailers?

ERIK: Oh, tons. But IDW and Hasbro have ninjas in place to keep me from doing so. Suffice it to say: there’s gonna be love letters and easter eggs aplenty for readers to find, and wait’ll you get to issue 3, where we—[redacted by ninjas, Erik should be fine. Well, fine-ish.]

LUIS: Just be ready for a story you never thought was possible, join the party, and enjoy the ride. I promise, it’s gonna be more than worth it.

DAN: Ever since I received my first TRANSFORMERS action figure back in the early ‘80s (Soundwave), I’ve been a big fan of the property. It’s an honor to help bring these characters together, while telling a fun and visually engaging story all the fans will enjoy.

This interview came via a press release from IDW.

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NY Toy Fair 2019 Review

We were at NY Toy Fair 2019, and saw a ton of things. Here is our review and discussion of some of the things we saw, what we liked, what we didn’t like, best surprises and biggest disappointments!

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Some of the highlights include our looks at booths from NECA, Super7, Mezco, McFarlane Toys, Diamond Select, DC Collectibles, Playmobil, and more. Plus, discussion on what happened to action figures for girls, the retro gaming arcade craze with a look at four different booths making them, and some of our favorite indy booths.

Quick note: We had the wrong price for the Super Impulse Micro Arcade. We said it would be $11 but that is the wholesale price – retail will be $19.99 – 24.99.

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WizKids Joins Forces With Hasbro To Make Miniatures

Tabletop gaming lovers will have some new miniatures coming their way soon, as WizKids just made a big announcement that will transform their business.

WizKids has picked up the licenses for G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, and Transformers from Hasbro to produce miniatures. The company is well-versed in gaming minis, and already produce unpainted and painted miniatures for Star Trek: Attack Wing, Pathfinder, and Dungeons & Dragons. The addition of these properties only strengthen their already diverse portfolio.

Here is the official press release:

WizKids, the industry leader in high quality pre-painted & unpainted miniatures and established board games, announced a new licensing partnership with Hasbro today with the addition of beloved properties G.I. Joe, My Little Pony and Transformers to WizKids’ extensive line of miniatures.

Fans can expect to see their favorite characters first appear later this year in both pre-painted and unpainted formats.

“Much of the WizKids team has grown up with these cherished brands and are thrilled to be bringing them to life with the high definition sculpting processes that our customers have come to love,” said Justin Ziran, president of WizKids.  

My Little Pony and Transformers products will be available throughout North America.

What this press release does not explicitly say is whether or not this means there are going to be Heroclix or Tabletop games for these licenses. One can presume this would be the case, but until we get the official word we can only speculate.

No details or release dates have been announced yet, and we saw none of these at NY Toy Fair 2019. A first look at any of these miniatures may come as early as SDCC 2019, so fingers crossed our wishes can come true.

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Transformers “Siege of Cybertron”, Cyberverse” and Studio Series – Toy Fair 2019

Take a look at the new upcoming Transformers “Siege of Cybertron”, Cyberverse” and Studio Series figures coming from Hasbro throughout the year, as seen during NY Toy Fair 2019.

The Omega Supreme figure is a true show stopper, as are the Studio Series versions of some fan favorites. Plus, the new animated Cyberverse series is headed towards “The Power of The Spark” with their new wave of toys.

Plus, a closer look at the recently announced Ectotron transformer from the Ghostbusters/ Transformers crossover!

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Transformers “Bumblebee” & “Bot Bots” – Hasbro NY Toy Fair 2019

Check out the latest toys from the “Transformers Bumblebee” movie, and the new Bot Bots line of blind bag mini figures. Seen at Hasbro during NY Toy Fair 2019.

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Super7 at Toy Fair 2019 Part 3 – Masters of The Universe, Toxic Crusader, Ren & Stimpy

Check out the first part of our three- part coverage of the Super7 NY Toy Fair 2019 booth.

In this video, we look at products from Voltron, Ren and Stimpy, Toxie from The Toxic Crusaders, Conan the Barbarian, and the amazing new Masters of the Universe ReAction figures, Classic figures, and seven-inch figures based on the 1980s live action film with Dolph Lundgren and Frank Langella.

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Super7 Booth At NY TOY FAIR 2019 – LIVE

We are live at toy fair 2019 at the Super7 booth! Let’s do a quick walk-through of the booth, and check out their new stuff from Transformers, He-Man and The Masters of the Universe, Toxic Crusaders, Robocop, Teen Wolf, Breakin’, Universal Monsters, Rocky, Beavis and Butthead, Aliens, Robotech, and much more!

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Ghostbusters/ Transformers Crossover Toy Revealed, Ectotron! – Toy Fair 2019

We have been posting up a storm this week about all of the amazing reveals ahead of NY Toy Fair 2019, but I think Hasbro just won the event. In an unbelievable crossover of epic proportions, bigger than the Tunguska explosion of 1908, Hasbro has revealed a mash-up toy combining Transformers with… Ghostbusters!

Revealed by io9 earlier this morning, Named “Ectotron”, this Transformer comes equipped with his own proton pack and paranormal activity-detecting goggles. He also has a makeshift jumpsuit color scheme once transformed.

According to the original article, Ectotron transforms from a seven-inch long replica of the Ghostbusters Ecto-1 vehicle to a robot in about 22 steps.

As if getting a new movie wasn’t enough, now we get a transformer too!

A non-transforming Slimer figure is also included, although the scale of this is not known at this time.

Ectotron will also get his own official origin story from IDW Publishing. A brand new 5-part comic series from creative team Erik Burnham & Dan Schoening, the team responsible for the great GB comics out now from IDW, will begin in June 2019.

I was not expecting to make an announcement like this on my site today, but wow! I’m not a big Transformers fan, but this is an instant purchase for me.

This is not the first crossover toy for Ghostbusters, as Playmates previously did a mash-up combining the busters with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

This toy will be available in early June for $40 piece and will be exclusively available in-store at GameStop, although the original article also says you can get it online. Pre-orders will start tomorrow at GameStop’s siteHasbroPulse.com, and EB Games Canada.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of both the TRANSFORMERS brand & the original Ghostbusters film.

There have been a lot of reveals leading up to NY Toy Fair. Some of the highlights so far have included Hasbro teasing us with a first glimpse of their new Overwatch figuresDiamond Select purchasing Gentle GiantMcFarlane Toys picking up the DC Comics LicenseHasbro’s “Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures” figures,  Mezco’s new One:12 Captain Marvel figureMego announced new 14″ Star Trek figures, and a new line based on characters from Stan Lee’s vault, and Neca debuted a great looking Shredder and Karate Kid set.

Stay tuned this weekend as our exclusive NY Toy Fair 2019 coverage begins on Saturday! 

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Paramount Continues Partnership With Hasbro To Make More Transformers Movies

Good news, Transformers fans! More movies are on the way, and if they are all half as good as Bumblebee, then things could be looking up for the franchise.

During the Hasbro 4th Quarter Earnings Conference call, CEO of Hasbro Brian Goldner spoke about the current state of the Transformers brand. Goldner went on to speak specifically about the future plans for the movies, and it turns out they do have some:

“In Transformers, in the fourth quarter was up both in the US and internationally, so up overall. We really successfully reengaged fans and families with Bumblebee. It’s done over $450 million globally.

The early indications as we enter the New Year are for a strong ESP and home entertainment window, and we believe that the enterprise for Bumblebee, including the film, is profitable for Hasbro go forward.

Obviously we’re in the early days. Haven’t hit the home entertainment window yet. We haven’t even opened in Japan yet, and the movie is still in theaters.

We knew In addition to the feature film, which is an important element and we are working on new films ideas with Paramount in partnership with Jim Giannopoulos and that team, and they’re fantastic, we also have television on Cartoon Network, Netflix offering, and preschool offering. So across the board, it’s a brand that really embodies our brand blueprint strategy, and we continue to believe very strongly in the power of the franchise.”

Hasbro will webcast its Annual Investor Update at New York Toy Fair 2019 on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 8:00 AM EST at this link here. The meeting will be hosted by Mr. Goldner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Deborah Thomas, Chief Financial Officer, and John Frascotti, President and Chief Operating Officer. Replays of the call and the Investor Day will be available at the same location approximately 2 hours following completion of each event.

There was no mention of a direct sequel to Bumblebee, which has been having a very successful box-office run, but it would not be surprising to see that series continue on. Perhaps we will get more Cyberton-based movie as time goes on. What kind of Transformers movie do you want to see them make next?

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Hasbro announces anthology for Women’s History Month, “Synergy”

In recognition of Women’s History Month, IDW Publishing and Hasbro Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) have teamed up to create Synergy: A Hasbro Creators Showcase, a 48-page celebration anthology of fan-favorite creators and new talent working with many of the most beloved Hasbro characters.

The Synergy anthology features five brand-new stories: autobiographical works written by Mairghread Scott (drawn by Sara Pitre-Durocher, reuniting the creative team behind the Transformers: Till All Are One series) and Katie Cook (of the hit My Little Pony comic), plus original tales inspired by G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Jem and the Holograms.

Mairghread Scott says, “Transformers is a brand that shaped both my childhood and adult life. I’m grateful for the chance to talk about what these amazing robots have meant to me, and others, over the years.”

Katie Cook says, “Hasbro was such an integral part of my upbringing. My Little Pony inspired a youth full of pastel imaginings and became a huge part of my cartooning career as I got the chance to make those imaginings real. I bonded with childhood friends over ponies in the 1980s, and as an adult, I crafted stories for My Little Pony alongside creators who have become the friends of a lifetime.”

In addition to storytelling, Synergy: A Hasbro Creators Showcase includes four new pin-ups, as well as a gallery of thirteen fabulous images from the IDW archives – dynamic illustrations that celebrate the women who have already made, or will soon make, an impact on the world of Hasbro for many years to come.

Synergy editor Megan Brown says, “This is a great coming together of creative talent and an amazing showcase for a host of wonderful authors, artists, and colorists — both old and new. I am beyond thrilled to be editing this compilation, and to be given the chance to highlight the amazing work of women in the comics industry.”

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