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Transform and Roll Out the Sales! That's what is said to have surprised investors on Hasbro's earnings report of a 10% lift in quarterly boys product sales. This is despite the fact that many retailers profits have been slowed by the strong US Dollar. Hasbro cited their stable brand Transformers and other entertainment tie-ins such as Marvel as their leaders in sales last quarter, according to Forbes magazine.
Generation 1 Japan
Conventions Center
With the polls now closed, we have our nominees for the 2015 Transformers Hall of Fame. The top three results from each category will be sent on to Hasbro to take part in official selection for this year's inductees, the winners of which will be announced at Botcon. To find out who took the top spots in each category, keep reading!
Age of Extinction
Genetic of TFND has come through again with a huge gallery of photos of Optimus Prime Ultimate Edition, the most heavily equipped and painted version of Transformers 1-3 Optimus Prime you will ever see. It has a ridiculous amount of equipment, all storable in its Murder Truck mode. And even articulated fingers - keep reading to see it all!
Transformers TV
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Generations
TFND user GIKPA has posted a large gallery of high-quality images of Defensor! The complete Defensor that is, with Groove as the chestplate. Where Blackjack completes Menasor's G1 look, Groove introduces a new element to Defensor, and it's going to fall down to individual taste whether or not that's a successful thing. Personally, I'm still looking forward to seeing what Takara does for their Unite Warriors version... keep reading to see the images!
Conventions Center
Product photos of the third items from the 2015 exclusive boxset have gone up on the Botcon site. Revealed a bit late this past week, Shattered Glass Stepper is the orange, black, and white redeco of Reveal The Shield Jazz which includes the Nightstick Targetmaster mold first seen on this mold with Million Publishing's exclusive Stepper. We're still trying to work out how orange relates to Stepper, but at least Nightstick carries on the blue theme of the exclusives so far. Click through to see the mirrored photos!
Third Party
A couple images have turned up today showing a new third party Constructicon project. The prototype seen so far only in incomplete Devastator configurations is being attributed to DX9 Toys, as part of their War In Pocket line of Legends-scale figures. If these are what they seem, we could have a very interesting project getting underway, although most might think that any existing Devastator is already technically scaled better for Legends Class figures. Personally, I just hope they'll come in an orange variation. Click through and have a look at the prototype photos!
Generations
Victor Wong has posted a few photos comparing the new Generations Cyclonus to the second edition of Mania King, giving us a look at how one Voyager-size figure stacks up to the other. And as it turns out, they suit each other pretty well! Vincent Lee then went back and took photos with the original release Mania King, whose colors seem to be a better match to Cyclonus. Now all we need is a Scourge in a similar size range! Click through and have a look at the mirrored photos.
Third Party
Site sponsor TFSource has shared a photo this afternoon showing off a fully assembled Ordin, the Unique Toys take on Abominus. This shows very clearly how well the proportions are balanced, as the combiner looks like a single, solid unit rather than highlighting the combination of the smaller individuals. Not all the team members are available yet, but if this is an indication, it probably won't be long for the ones still left waiting. Keep reading to see the photo.
Third Party
Today on their Facebook page, DX9 Toys has shared the first look at their upgrade kit for G1-style Generation Leader Class Megatron on the toy in vehicle mode. As most had anticipated, a large degree of partsforming is required, although the result is not as offensive looking as some may have feared. Keep reading to have a look!
 
RID 2015
The Robots In Disguise promotion has begun, and you can now get yourself a mini-RID figure next time you're at McDonald's! The official Happy Meal website has demonstration videos for all eight toys: Bumblebee, Grimlock, Sideswipe, Optimus Prime, Fixit, Fracture, Underbite, and Clampdown. The action features are varied, with some figures even sporting light-up LED parts. Keep reading for a link to the site!
Generations
PROWL makes his move... and the galaxy will never be the same. Can WINDBLADE stand against the threat of the COMBINERS?
Generations
Thanks to a lot of people sharing photos via Facebook, we've got an excellent sampling of images for Combiner Wars wave 3. Most notably we get some looks at Viper and Groove, who have been a little neglected in coverage otherwise - although Warpath is nowhere to be seen yet. We also have some fun looks at Cyclonus, Galvatronus, and a guest appearance by Cobra Commander! Keep reading to check that out and the full list of credits!
Collectors Club
Lost-Zzl has again produced high-quality photos of an upcoming exclusive figure. Taking a break from Subscription Service offerings, today it's photos of Packrat, the updated form of a classic Botcon exclusive that was the first official reveal from Fun Publications from this year's set. Looking no less blue than it did before, we get a better look at the figure's deco in this shoot, so click through and check it out!
Generation 1 Japan
Robot Kingdom ROBOTKINGDOM.COM Newsletter #1269 Hi, Here is a quick update from www.robotkingdom.com. All ORDERS WITH GENERATIONS 2015 ITEMS WILL RECEIVE 1 HASBRO EXCLUSIVE COMBINER WARS STRICKER PER ORDER! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.948558918496157.1073743123.168147899870600&type=1 Free TF Movie 3 Trading Cards for every orders and unsent Preorders! For every USD50 ordered, 4 pack of TF Movie 3 Trading card will be included. For over USD300 Order, A Card Album will also be included! #1 Hot News Asia Premium Series APS-01U Optimus Prime Ultimate Version. Photos Updated! Pre-order, Available in late April 2015.
Generation 1
It's been... what, maybe a couple weeks now? Which means it's time for another Japanese toy show. Today, courtesy of TAG Hobby, we've got new shots of Kotobukiya's upcoming D-Style model kits of Starscream, Skywarp, & Thundercracker, and they look pretty good! While Skywarp and Thundercracker are running in terror at the sight of Megatron, Starscream seems to have skipped straight to the dry heaves. Keep reading to see the images!
RID 2015
It's Friday, which means TakaraTomy has posted a new episode of Transformers Adventure - the Japanese Robots In Disguise - to YouTube! If you want to see what the fifth episode will look like, or try and puzzle through the show in Japanese to try and figure out what's going on for yourself, keep reading!
Conventions Center
Just before the video showing the third exclusive boxset toy went live, the Botcon website was updated with a product page for the second reveal, Battletrap. Recolored from Generations Springer with a new head sculpt, the former Duocon more or less represents its source material - not to mention telegraphing a not-altogether-unlikely Flywheels to come up somewhere along the way. Click through to check out the page and the three new images!
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