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var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/movies/Japan_Transformers_dig_MP3s'; Yep, Transformers mania is going to be around for a while, and unsurprisingly, some of the nuttiest new stuff is coming out in Japan, in the form of Takara/Tomy's new "Transformers Music Label" line of toys/accessories. The rig above is Convoy (a.k.a. Optimus Prime), and while he converts to his familiar robot form, his trailer does double duty as a portable iPod dock and speaker system. He will go on sale July 27.

To say we've been looking forward to the Transformers movie would be a bit of an understatement. Of course, nobody knows that better than you, our fair readers, as you've seen over two dozen Transformer posts over the past year. Why not, we all used to wage Autobot vs. Decepticon battles in our back yards, and the cartoon was a Saturday morning staple for years. When we got a call from General Motors that they would be holding the world premiere of one of 2007's biggest blockbusters and we were

Back when Star Wars Episode 1-3 were being made, die-hard fans (read: geeks) were dressing up like their favorite Tatooine character, and making elaborate home-made movies that put themselves in the action. Well, it looks like the upcoming Transformers movie has reached another level of popularity, as shorts are now being made from the comforts of some fans' (or their parents') basements.

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Brit film mag Empire has the goods, with a full-on cover shot Optimus Prime as he'll appear in this summer's Transformers big-screen blockbuster. Now, the trailer that was released last week (which we still watch with regularity) hinted at what the look would be when it showed him transforming from a high rear angle. In that shot, you saw that his head was pretty much in tune with the one we all know and love from the old toys and cartoon.

We auto enthusiasts have an obsession with the upcoming Michael Bay bonanza that is Transformers, the live action film. The first trailer for the movie that opens in July didn't show much, in fact all we got was the sillouhette of a Decepticon on the planet Mars about to snuff out the life of a poor Exploration Rover. The new second trailer has just arrived, however, and does a much better job of delivering on the goods. While not revealing too much from the film, Bay allows us to see what amoun

Our own sister-site Cinematical picked up on this a few days ago, as it seems Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, screenwriters on Transformers, have released a webcast full of new details and also reassurances that the writing team won't ruin many a geek's and auto enthusiast's favorite tale of transforming mechanized sentient robots.