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Generation 1
We've seen all kinds of Transformers made from just about everything, not a toy. Somewhere, someone is always tinkering with a new idea and it seems this latest one takes the cake, literally! Thanks to Youtuber, russellmunro, who has posted this video from a 6 year old's birthday party featuring an Optimus Prime birthday cake that actually transforms. What a nice surprise! Read on to see the clip and a little behind the scenes on how it was done.
Generations
Alex Milne has posted a clean copy of his cover for Sins of the Wreckers #1! The much anticipated followup to the highly-acclaimed Last Stand of the Wreckers will see Nick Roche returning as writer/artist with Josh Burcham as colorist. Milne's cover features Josh Perez on colors - keep reading to see!
RID 2015
Hasbro has released a new short clip from the second part of Robots In Disguise's first season! Titled "Optimus Prime in Battle" and/or "Optimus Prime Prepares," what it shows is far closer to the first title - but we don't want to give any further details away. We can't embed the video, so keep reading for a link to the video page of the official Transformers website!
Collectors Club
With roughly a week to go before the order period for the fourth figure subscription closes, the Transformers Collector's Club is following through on its promise to get current renders of the remaining figures out to their customers and potential customers. Today's entry is Bludgeon, the core of the Mayhem Attack Squad combiner(and a remold of Onslaught, the as yet unreleased remold of Combiner Wars Hot Spot). Furthermore, a new gestalt head is promised - which presumably we'll see in the upcoming render of the combined form. Read on to see Bludgeon!
Transformers TV
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Third Party
Toyworld has released new photos showing off a fully assembled copy of their dinosaur combiner. Having been seen previously as generally incomplete assemblies and without production colors, this is our first real look at the intended outcome of Toyworld's Dinobot project, and it certainly is something! We'll have to wait to see if other angles change the perception, but at the moment it's very much living up to the legacy of Dinobot combiners. To see it for yourself, click through and check out the full image.
Transformers Adventure
Hisashi Yuki has posted a pair of photos of TED-11 Steeljaw, TakaraTomy's release of our Hyperchange/Three-Step Changer figure which is due out this weekend along with Runabout and Override. Yuki pits it against the Hasbro counterpart, and the difference is amazing. And then much more so with a closeup on the head and its far more detailed paint. These simple conversion figures may not appeal to everyone, but deco like this can't hurt! Keep reading to have a look at both photos.
Collectors Club
On Wednesday, September 2nd, the order period for TFSS round 4 will close, making this the final week to get in on the Mayhem Attack Squad combiner set. With so little time remaining, Fun Publications will be rushing the last three revised mockup reveals out starting at the end of the week, covering Bludgeon, the combined form, and Impactor. Meanwhile this week they've already published a new mockup for Windsweeper, which we've got mirrored, so click through and have a look!
Generation 1
Take a closer look at each playable Autobot character's unique fighting style and specialized moves on the Sony PlayStation PS4 and PS3 edition. Get a look at the Autobot Leader Optimus Prime and his team as they callout and fight the evil Decepticons. Check out the special abilities each character possesses featuring Optimus Prime and Grimlock as well as the newest characters: Bumblebee, Wheeljack, and Sideswipe. Watch the clip below for the full look at the game that will be out October 6, 2015.
Generation 1
The Transformers Game Facebook page has a new character profile for us. Check out the bio sheet for Sideswipe that gives us a look his attacks and abilities in gameplay, as well as showing off the character that is looking nicely G1 with his shoulder missile and full on Red Countach alternate mode.. Read on to see the character image as well as the character's game bio for more details below.
Generations
The Transformers Official YouTube channel has posted a commerical for Combiner Wars Defensor! Done in the enhanced stop motion style of the previous Superion ad, the commercial features some really nice little touches, like Groove bouncing slightly on Defensor's chest as the combination is completed. Click through to watch!
 
Generations
Autobase Aichi reports that, like Superion and Menasor, there is now a sticker sheet for Combiner Wars Devastator that has appeared in Taiwan! Unlike those sticker sheets, which were available with any sufficiently large purchase, these are only being offered with the purchase of Devastator himself. Hopefully these will find their way to other online retailers as happened with the first set of stickers. Keep reading to see the sheet, the instructions, and some before and after images!
Generation 1 Japan
For the past five years or so, TakaraTomy has partnered with the Super GT racing series to promote "Kids' Walk" events designed to boost interest in the sport. This year, the giveaway for children who tour the raceway and pits with their parents will receive this Team Mach GT-R Optimus Prime figure. While not technically the Mach 5 from Speed Racer/Mach Go Go Go!, it could be a pretty good substitute for you at QTransformers scale - if you can get a hold of one. Keep reading for more info!
Third Party
Generation Toy has added a new post on their Weibo page showing off what seems to be finalized deco copies of their first two Gravity Builder figures. Seen recently as color testshots, the figures now have a much more complete finish with necessary paint detail added. The text of the post also suggests GT-1A might have been renamed from "Scraper" to the less-obvious "Forklift Truck", though machine translation is hardly the most reliable source for this. Click through to have a look at all the new photos!
Generations
Hasbro wants to know more about the fans, or so seems to be the message conveyed by a detailed survey opened today. Seemingly spearheaded by Hasbro UK, they're interested in responses from all over the world and indicate that the results will be shared with the relevant branches when finished. The survey isn't brief - depending on your level of detail it may take some time to fill out, and we can't be sure how much effect this will ultimately have. But if you'd like to add your voice to the collection, keep reading for a link!
Transformers Adventure
Hisashi Yuki has tweeted a quick photo showing Transformers Adventure's next releases, Override and Runabout in the packaging. The redecos of Combiner Wars Groove and Blackjack respectively are set to be released in Japan this weekend. The ambiguously-aligned Runabout fulfills the Battlecharger intent its mold was designed with, while Override is based on the Triggerbot, but completely lacking weapons. Oops! Click through to check out the photo.
Generation 1 Japan
MP-21R Bumble Bee $55 AUD - cheaper for USD. IN STOCK AND ALMOST GONE - SDCC Devastator. Entry to the August Prize Comp is almost over a few more days left to enter the $1000 prize giveaway.
Generation 1
NEW FANSPROJECT - Saurus Ryu-Oh is a six member combiner featuring transforming dinosaur-like beasts. Dinoichi is $89.99 and transforms from robot to beast and back and also forms the upper torso of the Ryu-Oh combiner robot; and Dinoni is $69.99 and transforms from robot to flying beast and back and also forms the right arm of the Ryu-Oh combiner robot. The figures in the Function X lineup feature unique transformations and full articulation. X-08 Crox transforms from crocodile to robot and X-10 Browning II transforms from tactical helicopter to robot. $79.99 each
Generations
A new character design from Transformers: Devastation was revealed last night, both spoiling a character's appearance in the game and drawing some interesting comparisons to Combiner Wars Wave 4's new Voyager class figure Battle Core Optimus Prime. Was this the original plan in Battle Core Prime's development? There's no way to know, but keep reading to see some comparison shots and light SPOILERS for Devastation!
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