Youtube user Rob A has released what we believe to be the first English language video review for Masterpiece Cheetor, which has just been released in Japan this past weekend. The video goes in to some fair depth on the figure, clocking in at over half an hour. There's a lengthy segment on the transformation, so if you want to keep that as a surprise, once it starts you can jump forward to about 21:55 for the start of the robot mode segment. You can watch the video right now, embedded in the full article below.
Forums member chuckdawg1999 is back again with a new video for us, showing off the TakaraTomy Leo Prime redeco of Titans Return Alpha Trion. Focusing mostly on how the deco works for the mold, we also get to see some alternate options for Prime-style Titan Masters on the toy - and find reusing Infinitus again was probably the right call. Click through to watch the embedded video!
The RFC Reviews channel has posted a new video tonight for the Warrior Class Blurr coming in the second wave of RID Combiner Force product. In this video we learn that everybody has been calling the pricepoint wrong since the packages evidently say "Warriors Class" rather than Warrior, but also that Blurr is continuing the increasing excellence shown by the line over the last year or so, looking all around super-appealing. The video is embedded below, so click through and watch now!
Movie toyline codenames present an interesting puzzle. Sometimes they can be easily deduced, like Juptier being Optimus Prime. But sometimes you need some more help. An image of a TakaraTomy order sheet posted by catz shows the The Last Knight line offerings coming out for the launch date in late April, which includes the first four Premier Deluxes. Three of them are named directly, but the fourth is still in code - which lets us match that name to an already known identity, and solve another question at the same time. Keep reading!
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TFW2005 has posted a couple of stories today with some interesting insights into the impending Transformers: The Last Knight toyline! Most notably, they've now posted (fully-codenamed) case breakdowns for Wave 1 of the toyline! Using this info, they're suggesting that Barricade is the character code-named "Mars," and that Bumblebee is codename "Saturn." Keep reading for more info and our analysis of the situation!
Weibo user alucardlee has posted new images of Trinity Force, TFC Toys' version of Japanese G1 combiner Road Caesar! An unusual design by G1 standards (but a configuration likely familiar to Power Rangers fans), Trinity Force is a three-part combiner, as the name implies. The color test shots show him using two of the Laster character, but it's still looking quite nice. Keep reading to see!
Transformers Animated debuted in the US in late 2007 with the TV show on Cartoon Network. While we're several months from the exact anniversary of Animated, in Japan a new art book has been released, featuring works by various artists celebrating the series that still holds a special place to many fans. Masabon has shared a selection of interior pages from the book on his personal Photobucket account so that all those of us outside of Japan can have a taste of what's inside. Photobucket is less than user-friendly, so we've mirrored the pages in our gallery - keep reading to take a look and for a list of artists!
From chuckdawg1999: "Better late than never! Soundwave has been a bit hard to find in the US, but I was able to finally get the figure. Like most repaints/retools there are some things better on Soundwave and some things that are worse. Overall what I liked about Blaster, I like about Soundwave and I'm happy to have what I feel is a proper update to the G1 toy." Keep reading to see the review!
Don't get too excited, because while the first toys from The Last Knight have in fact been found on shelves at a Toyworld in Melbourne by Paulbot from the Ozformers community, it's only the Titan Changer Optimus and Bumblebee. It's almost certain this was a stocking error, as we are just a bit less than two months from the official Merchandise Day for the line, April 24th. And it sounds like it's not Toyworld's first such accident with a movie's toyline, either. But now we can see the wheels are definitely in motion and these toys are beginning the long journey to retailers around the world even now.
Alfes2010 has posted a few early shots of Masterpiece Grapple on his Higekuma toy blog. MP-35 releases in Japan this weekend, and these first few shots give us a look how it turned out. A brief look at the alternate colors helmet is provided, as well as a vehicle shot and more of the "standard" robot configuration - including one with Unite Warriors Devastator! Less for scale, and more for Master Builder purposes, naturally. We'll be expecting to see more soon, but for now you can check these images out, mirrored below!
This week on Radio Free Cybertron: We recap everything worth knowing at Toy Fair 2017, with firsthand accounts of the biggest news that broke, including Overlord, Trypticon, Last Knight toys, and more! Also we talk about the big Dinobot reveal at Wonderfest, a high-end Transformers Monopoly set and tons, tons more!
The UK toy retailer Smyths has posted a listing for the Tiny Turbo Changers, the new transforming blind-bagged figures revealed last weekend at Toy Fair 2017! Thanks to these listings, we know a couple of new things about these, including their size and an interesting detail about their packaging that could hint at a Transformers: The Last Knight mobile game. Keep reading to see!
Autobase Aichi has shared an image of MP-34 Cheetor's Hasbro Asia bonus! We've changed over from coins to small metal figurines this year, and Cheetor comes with figure #2, Optimus Primal! Likewise, site sponsor Robotkingdom has added a photo of #3, Ultra Magnus, to the preorder page for MP Grapple. Keep reading to see both images mirrored here!
In short order after finally becoming available in online retail, the first in-store sightings in the US have popped up for Leader Class Sixshot. The first report from Megablah shows Sixshot in a Target in an unspecified location in California - small area to check, we know. Subsequently we've heard of at least one other sighting in a Portland, OR Target. It looks like Target is the place to check right now, especially on the west coast. And if you're wondering if it's worth getting out looking, check out our review of Titans Return Sixshot! Keep reading for photo proof of the California sighting.
With the official release date just about upon us, we'll be sure to see plenty of Masterpiece Cheetor in the next little while. But in the meantime we've got a few extra photos to share with you offering some direct comparisons you might be interested in. Mainly looking at Cheetor's relative scale with MP Optimus Primal, which might be indicating Cheetor to be a tiny bit bigger than the show models had it, but generally right. And as an extra, Alfes2010 snapped a photo of MP Cheetor next to the original toy ...mostly imitating Mutant Head action, but it's a good look at both ends of the Cheetor spectrum. Click through for mirrored photos!
Major online retailers such as site sponsor Big Bad Toy Store are now receiving Titans Return Voyager Wave 3! We've got our first crack at two entirely new molds in this wave, each of which will later become a Triplechanger. So who's in the wave and what do we know about these? Read on to find out!
On Twitter, TakaraTomy has shared a video presentation that gives a history (in brief) of the Transformers Masterpiece line. While the majority of the video spends time focused on the history of the series, toward the end it stops for a bit on the upcoming new version of Megatron, and gives a good look at its Key to Vector Sigma accessory and energy mace, with cartoon clips to give them their context. We've taken some screencaps from that segment, and you can find those and an embed of the Twitter video in the full post below!
Look at that thing! Those guys are tiny, and it looks so good! LG-41 Leo Prime (occasionally known as LioConvoy) is TakaraTomy's release of the Titans Return Alpha Trion mold, swapping out Sovereign for the Sentinel Prime head. Happily, it looks like the gun stays tabbed to the top of lion mode properly, which was a problem for Trion. Remold, better QC, or is @Alfes2010 just that patient a photographer? Keep reading to have a look at his photos, mirrored here for your convenience!