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Chinese legislators try banning TF – in 1989!

Just something I found while digging through the Lexis-Nexis article database, which might help explain the current upsurge of TF activity in the Asian market…

The Associated Press

February 19, 1989, Sunday, AM cycle

Legislators Urge Ban Of U.S. Television Cartoon

SECTION: Business News

LENGTH: 270 words

DATELINE: BEIJING

Twenty Chinese lawmakers have condemned a futuristic U.S. television cartoon as poison and urged the government to ban broadcasts of “The Transformers” and its toy characters, a report said Sunday.

The legislators “believe that the absurd ideological content of ‘The Transformers,’ especially its promotion of war as something good, will poison the next generation,” said the official People’s Daily said.

“The Transformers” is a futuristic cartoon about robots who can alter their shapes to become cars, planes and weapons, and who battle other evil robots.

The official Xinhua News Agency said it has been shown on Shanghai and Beijing television in translation, and several publishing houses have issued picture books of characters from the cartoon.

U.S.-made toys of the cartoon characters also have been sold in China for the “excessively expensive” price of about $$270 per set – nearly as much as the average Chinese worker makes in a year, the news agency said. The toys are sold in the United States by Hasbro Inc.

The legislators who objected to the program and toys are members of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, which meets periodically between annual sessions of the full congress.

The reports did not say if any government department had responded to the appeal or if the legislators planned to push for the whole congress to take some action on it.

The congress has had a real voice in drafting and approving laws only for the past few years, but legislation still is proposed by government ministries or the ruling Communist Party, not individual legislators.

In Stores Today – 8/21/2013

…I got nothin’.

If your store ordered any and you’ve got $125 to drop, Diamond is shipping the Last Stand of the Wreckers Red Label edition to shops, but that’s the only Transformers book shipping this week. But don’t worry, it looks like August 28th is going to hit like a sledgehammer with MTMTE, ReGeneration One, and Beast Hunters all out on the same week. Spend this week preparing your Feels!

“Wreck And Rule” And Maccadams Tees Now Available Online

Have you seen the sweet “Wreck And Rule” and Maccadams tees in this summer’s convention pics but couldn’t make it to a con to pick one up? Now you can finally get them online!

The woman behind the tees, Aimee (@ladyofwreck on Twitter and co-host of the Underbase podcast), has opened an Etsy shop to make these shirts available to everyone! These are printed on super-soft, 100% cotton American Apparel shirts and will quickly become your favorite tees – trust me, I have one! Click the logo below to get your own!

WreckedApparel(Full Disclosure: …Actually, this was in no way solicited or paid for, I just think this is a great project and felt it deserved a plug.)

TFCC Reveals Nick Roche Turnarounds For Upcoming Chromedome Figure

ChromedomeHeadTurnaroundsThis morning the Collectors’ Club Twitter account shared some more news on the upcoming Subscription Service toys, specifically the turnaround art for Chromedome – designed by none other than fan favorite Nick Roche! They also revealed that one other toy for next year’s Subscription Service will have a Roche-designed head sculpt. Does this mean another MTMTE character is in the works for the FSS? Share your baseless speculation in the comments!

More Than Meets The Eye Vol. 1 & 2 For Kindle On Sale

For those of you who’re Kindle-inclined, Amazon has More Than Meets The Eye Volume 1 and Volume 2 on sale for $3.99 each right now. There’s nothing saying how long this sale will last, and Barnes & Noble and comiXology still have it listed for their usual prices, so if you want these digitally, have a Kindle or something with the Kindle app, and for some reason haven’t picked them up yet, here’s your chance to get a deal!

Bot Shots Website Gives Us Another New Lady Predacon!

 

Bot Shots Buzzclaw
“Unquestioningly loyal to the PREDACON cause, BUZZCLAW crushes her enemies and leaves their circuits burning with her mech-venom!”

So the official Transformers: Bot Shots website updated, and the biggest surprise is a redeco of Stormrazor Skystalker named Buzzclaw – who is not only an obvious homage to the Beast Wars Fuzor of the same name, but a brand-new female Transformer! Well… “brand new,” it turns out. Her character bio is in fact Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters Ripclaw’s on-package bio with the name changed out. Well, uh, maybe they’re sisters? They do have the same last name…

The website update also brings us Hydrax, another new character… whose bio is just Beast Hunters Lazerback’s with the name swapped out. Well, that’s an annoying trend – but not as annoying as the fact Bot Shots seems to be kaput in the United States, making the prospects of finding either of them incredibly slim.

(oh and there’s also new Bot Shot versions of Prowl, Smokescreen, Soundwave, and Strafe, but pfft, they aren’t TINY ROBOT DRAGONS)

Next Wave Of TCC Subscription Service Figures Announced

Over on the Transformers Collectors’ Club Twitter account, they’ve announced three of the toys for the “2.0” version* series of Subscription Service figures:

TFSS Announcement

I’m not sure who’s “so out of left field” there – They’ve done two of those characters already, if possibly in different universes, and everybody loves Chromedome right now (and then they die tragically). But there you have it. They also confirmed that Chromedome will have a new head.

UPDATE: The site has been updated with a picture of Treadshot’s head, which uses Warpath’s sculpt with an Action Master Treadshot deco. <pedant> Updated Action Masters are also not especially out of left field.</pedant>

 

*C’mon, guys, do you even computer?

In Stores Today – 8/14/2013

There are no individual-issue Transformers books out this week, but hitting stores is the TPB collection of the Spotlight one-shots, Spotlight: Megatron, Spotlight: Orion Pax, Spotlight: Bumblebee, Spotlight: Thundercracker, and Spotlight: Hoist, under the title of “Dark Prelude”.

Also in stores this week is Jim Sorenson’s Transformers 30th Anniversary Collection, a massive hardcover looking back at 30 years of Transformers comics. At $50 this might be one for the Christmas wish-list, but it’s a beautiful collection that’s well worth having.

We Have A Tumblr Now!

Okay, I try to keep the horn-tooting to a minimum, but since we’re just warming things up here I’d like to let everyone know that we now have a little annex over on Tumblr, iaconunderground.tumblr.com. In addition to links to our new posts, I (and whatever other staffers get involved) will be reblogging other fun Transformers-related things, from fanart to official art to news…art. If you do that whole Tumblr thing give us a follow – we follow back!