Next Up: Transformers Vol. 3

May 23, 2007

I don’t usually preview what I’m working on for my releases over at the Iconfactory, but lately I’ve had dozens of people emailing me asking if I’m going to do more Transformer icons. With the July 4th release of Michael Bay’s big-budget special effects extravaganza, our favorite robots from childhood are back in style. I’m excited for the movie, but like all Transformer fan boys, I have my doubts. I’m sure the story will be less than gripping and the character development will be secondary (or tertiary), but what more can you expect from the director of Armageddon and Pearl Harbor? Bay is sure to make a fun, summer popcorn movie and that’s about all I’m expecting from it. Bay’s Transformers look cool, but a bit over done. Megatron seems to be the worst offender, but I think I’ll reserve judgment until I actually see the flick.

For myself and thousands of others, the Transformers will always be represented by the classic 80’s cartoon. The animated battle for planet Earth between the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons played out each week on the tube between characters like Optimus Prime, Starscream and Ironhide. Volumes 1 and 2 in the series were some of the funnest icons I’ve created and I’m re-discovering that joy once again with Volume 3. Watch for long requested regulars such as Wheeljack, Prowl, Rodimus Prime, Galvatron and more when Vol. 3 hits the factory in June. At least if the movie stinks, you can re-live the heady days of youth right on your desktop!

UPDATE: Transformers X Vol. 3 is out! The set includes Galvatron, Kickback, Unicron (thanks Jim!) and many others. Transform, roll out and grab it now!

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5 Responses to “Next Up: Transformers Vol. 3”

  1. John Hood Says:

    Can’t wait for these!

  2. LostInNC Says:

    Checked out the pics from the upcoming movie and I can only think of one thing to say. *clears throat* WHAT THE HELL ARE THOSE THING? WADS OF BARBED WIRE WITH EYES? OY!

    I gotta agree with you Ged…it’s gonna suck bad.

  3. Jim Says:

    First I would like to thank Ged for creating these! Great work! The Ultra Magnus for Vol. 2 fits perfectly as the new icon on my 24″ iMac.

    Again, amazing work! Finding the perfect applications for the icons is one of the funnest things (USB jumpdrive > Cliffjumper | iPod > Soundwave, yeah I’m a geek).

    And not to sound too much like a fanboy but is there anyway you could make Unicron? As a Mac user I am forced to use a PC for video work and I have to connect to it via my Macs. A Unicron icon just seems to be the right thing to see when I connect to it.

    As for the movie, the one saving grace is that Peter Cullen will be reprising his role as Optimus Prime. They might look ridiculous but they’ll sound great.

    Thanks again Ged!!

  4. Ged Says:

    Jim,

    I’ll add Unicron to the list but I can’t promise anything. If I have time, I’ll try and get him in, but there are a bunch of Autobots and Decepticons that I want to get done first. We’ll see, but I appreciate the suggestion.

    I am looking forward to Peter Cullen as Optimus, should trigger a small part of my brain from kiddom. Fun!

  5. natis Says:

    You’re not the only one worried about the M. Bay movie. Hasbro was worried too hence why the Transformers look different than the toy. The thinking behind it was that if the movie is a bomb, then at least us fan boys wouldn’t be turned off and stop collecting G1 related merchandise. If the movie is a success, then Hasbro wins because G1 collectors will still collect and real fanboys will collect both. Smart move if you think about it.


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