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Third Party
Site sponsor TFSource has just posted preorders for three sets of addons for MP-10 Masterpiece Optimus. These sets by Shadow Fisher offer LED lighting options for the eyes and Matrix chamber, new upper arm pieces to tweak the proportions as well as equipping an energon axe, and finally offering an option for metal smokestack replacements available either alone, or with the arms and axe. We've got the images for all of these, so click through and check it out, then head over to TFSource.
Collectors Club
In an e-mail to registered subscribers and a general announcement via Facebook, the Collectors Club has revealed that the first figure from TFSS 3 is planned to start shipping at the end of next week (on or around May 15). While its identity is as ever a secret until it arrives in the mailbox of one of the couple of Texas-based subscribers that weekend, it won't be long now before these figures start arriving. And for those non-subscribers, secondary retailers ought to be stocking soon too! Click through for the full announcement.
Generation 1
What will happen to our toys when we die? This is a question that numerous collectors have asked themselves and each other throughout this age of adult collecting. Inevitably, as the original generation of Transformers children and collectors starts moving into their 40s and later, thoughts start turning to the twilight of our lives and what will become of the tonnes of plastic we have amassed. What will happen to our toys when we die?
Collectors Club
The official Transformers: BotCon have tweeted a note about their 2015 Transformers Club Exclusive NOVA PRIME figure now availbe on thier store at $59 USD. We are assuming the figure is shipping now, as it is listed as "Status: Available." You can find more details about the Nova Prime and how to order at the official order page at toyarama.com
Transformers TV
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Generation 1
Looks like TakaraTomy's own @TFYUKI is going to have a case of the MP Star Sabers with Unite Warriors Superion, as he's now posted another new image showing the Combiner Wars mold with the limbs arranged G1 style. In this configuration you kill most of the knee articulation, and the arms have been folded up into mostly-jets, but... G1, accuracy, or something. Yay? Keep reading to judge for yourself!
Rescue Bots
Shout! Factory has posted a listing for a new Rescue Bots DVD titled Rescue Bots: Dinobots! Containing 5 episodes and retailing for $13.93, the disc will be released on August 25th. Keep reading to see all the details!
Collectors Club
The Facebook page DT Learns To Shoot has posted in-hand images of the upcoming Collector's Club Subscription Service 3.0 LioConvoy figure! Previously referenced in the US toyline as Leo Prime, the Japanese Beast Wars character is now a remold of Generations Orion Pax. Keep reading to see!
Generations
TFYuki's latest object of affection may well be the Unite Warriors Superion, a new photo of which he's tweeted this evening (or afternoon, relative to JST). The photo which shows production color samples of the five toys has the team in mid-process of forming up to Superion, but oddly gives a really good look at the individual decos this way. It's quite distinct from the Hasbro Combiner Wars instances, but still carries a few of their unique traits. Click through and have a look.
Third Party
The official BadCube page has been updated with testshot images of their soon to be released OTS-05 Claymore, OTS-06 Hypno, and OTS-07 Kickbutt figures. Their homages to the G1 Inscecticons are looking nice in cartoon colors. There is mention in their post of this being the "First Color Scheme," which likely means they are going to offer some variant editions as well. Read on to see the figures for more details.
Third Party
Fanstoys continues their series of transforming robot dinosaur figures with their FT-07 STOMP figure. This is N. 4 in their Iron Dibots line, following Scoria, Soar, and Sever. Here, we get some first looks at the gray prototype images of homage to the G1 Sludge sludge character shown in robot and alternate Dino modes. Its looking quite good with that nice detailing on the alternate mode. Read on to see the images for more info.
 
Generation 1 Japan
Third Party
Fans have sought out a way to get this for years, and it seems it will finally be within reach. A figure modeled after the Signal Lancer character from Transformers Cybertron will be produced by Nonnef, based on a design by TreadshotA1. Signal Lancer was notable by having the alt mode of a traffic light, a novelty that drove a desire for a toy, which never officially happened. Alert Knight will join Nonnef's lineup of products later this year. Click through to see the computer render image!
MasterPiece
This reissue of a reissue of MP-12 is an asia exclusive (excludes Japan) and features an exclusive bonus that is yet to be revealed. Best of all this reissue comes at a lower cost and were passing along the savings to those who preorder so be sure to get your preorder in early!
RID 2015
The people at AfterBuzz TV have been following the Transformers: Robots In Disguise 2015 cartoon closed with lots of updates and interviews with the people behind the show. They have been posting a series of these videos that talk with the producers, actors and designers on what makes the cartoon more than meet's the eye. Read on to see most of the videos they have posted.
Generation 1 Japan
Robot Kingdom ROBOTKINGDOM.COM Newsletter #1271 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!
RID 2015
As it was with Prime and Dark of The Moon Cyberverse, the Legion Class RID toys are a good way to build a big collection of characters quickly. But it seems this line may be falling towards same-character recolors rather than expanding the lineup. Robot Kingdom has posted a preorder listing for a new Legion wave only featuring reships, and "Alpine Sideswipe" and "Night Ops Bumblebee" as its new entries. Autobase Aichi has RID app screenshots to illustrate what these probably are in absence of actual photos, and you can click through to see those.
RID 2015
Even though RID wave 3 hasn't quite made it to US distribution yet, the Tagoal photo blog has gotten hands on a pair of the wave's new figures, Jazz and Sideswipe, and posted very nice galleries of both toys. Whether or not these photos will endear you to the toys will probably depend a lot on how you feel towards the line's design sense, they'll certainly give you a good idea of what to expect. We've mirrored a small selection of the photos, keep reading to see those and get links back to the full galleries!
RID 2015
Robot Kingdom has listed a new preorder page for the fourth wave of the 2015 RID Warrior assortment. As well as reships of figures from waves 2 and 3, wave 4 seems to be adding in the pricepoint's first redecos, bringing back the Bumblebee and Grimlock molds in new colors. We don;t have photos yet, but based on images grabbed from the RID app by Autobase Aichi, it looks like Grimlock could be returning in G1-based colors, while Bumblebee gets a deco similar to the "stealth" recolor from Transformers Prime. Click through and have a look.
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