That special time of year is quickly approaching again. Toy Fair 2016 is happening as always in New York, beginning with Hasbro's fan media event on Saturday, February 13th. But with everything Hasbro has already shown us via NYCC and a special conference call in November, what is there to be revealed next month? How much more could there be for us to see that hasn't already been shown to us, especially since Combiner Wars is now shifting to the sidelines and Titans Return hasn't even begun yet? Keep reading to find out some of what we think we might see newly revealed!
MakeToys really knocked it out of the park with MTRM-03 Hellfire and MTRM-05 Wrestle. These homages to the Transformers characters Inferno and Grapple are so immaculately done that theyre hard to put down. The build, colors, and even finish are extremely impressive in-hand and even the ratcheting areas feel very strong with small enough ratchet spaces to not feel like theyre restrictive in terms of movement/posing.
FT-13 Mercenary is FansToys second evil insect after FT-12 Grenadier, and has a lot to live up to thanks to the success of the latter. Based on what was originally called a lamellicorn type beetle insect robot, Mercenary recreates the look of the original toy and on-screen inspiration.
Third party Transformers news for the week ending January 31th, 2016.
Includes the latest news from Clonedroid, FansProject, Generation Toys, Iron Factory, Maketoys, Mastermind Creations, Perfect Effect, Second Chance, TransForm Mission, and KOs.
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A round of previously unheard-of Bumblebee exclusives is up on TakaraTomy's website! Presumably, sometime in the upcoming months Japan will receive three Transformers Adventure Bumblebees as exclusives: two Stealth Bumblebee-style recolors... and something a bit more interesting. Keep reading for all the details we know!
Hisashi Yuki has tweeted out a new look at Unite Warriors Bruticus, giving one of the clearest views so far of the TakaraTomy exclusive edition of the combiner with shuttle Blast Off. However, what's worth note here isn't the photo itself so much, it's the message going along with it. In the accompanying tweet, Yuki notes that Bruticus should be on display at the TakaraTomy booth at Wonderfest on Sunday, which means we're likely to get out first proper looks at the full color Japanese version Combaticons as early as Saturday night, relative to US time. Keep reading to see the black and white photo.
On Facebook via The Chosen Prime we have a few new photos of Arkose, X-Transbots' Beachcomber-alike in their Master Mini series. The photos show the final production toy, looking at the package, the insert tray (including a glimpse of the accessories), both modes and a size comparison to the official Masterpiece Bumblebee, showing Arkose to be just a bit taller. You can keep reading to see all the pictures of this figure, which should be hitting retailers now.
ROBOTKINGDOM.COM Newsletter #1311
Here is a quick update from www.robotkingdom.com.
The Chinese New Year holiday will start from 8th Feb until 10th Feb 2016.
All shipment from 6th to 10th Feb will be postponed until 11th Feb 2016. For orders placed during this period, the preparation time might be longer than usual. Please be patient for shipments and emails reply.
Site sponsor Robotkingdom has posted a pair of new photos to their preorder page for Unite Warriors Bruticus - the first color photos of TakaraTomy's version so far! The photos aren't particularly large or high-quality, but a few things are evident - such as Vortex not having bright yellow missiles on his forearms. Keep reading to have a look!
This week on Radio Free Cybertron: Lots of Titans Return and Masterpiece discussion this week. Melllvarr has his hands on Masterpiece Ironhide and surprise! He actually likes it! Also we talk about the new photos of MP Hot Rod and discuss new images of MP Optimus Primal. We discuss news coming out of Nuremberg Toy Fair, the upcoming start date of Transformers 5 filming and more!
Bloomberg Business is reporting that insiders close to the matter have come forward indicating that for some months now Hasbro and Mattel have been having talks about merging the two companies. According to the sources, Hasbro has initiated the discussion, perhaps hoping to capitalize on the fact that they've recently won certain Disney licenses previously held by Mattel to pursue the deal while the other company is slightly weakened. So far there's no indication of any formal deals taking place. Could the deal even move forward if agreements were struck? And what would it mean for Transformers? Keep reading.
Jay over at TNI has posted a new video review and images for the Transformers Masterpiece MP-27 Ironhide figure that is shipping out to fans now. Get the scoop on this suped-up version of the Generation 1 character from Takara's awesome MasterPiece line. Read on to see the video and image gallery below.
Adam Pawlus of 16bit.com has posted a confirmation that the version of Onslaught in the Wave 2 Voyager case with Sky Lynx is unchanged from the Wave 1 version, and does not have the animation-accurate Bruticus parts that were anticipated to be on the second release. Whether we get the intended running change or not down the road is unknown - but don't go buying a second Onslaught just yet expecting the alternate colors. Keep reading for the confirmation tweet!
We have a video mirrored from the Chinese Youku streaming video service that gives us a look at the full process of transforming the new Masterpiece Hot Rod. As expected from the older photos, a majority of the car shell is compressed within the torso and backpack. Once everything is unfolded, it seems the front wheels won't even touch the ground due to some leftover robot elements under the car. Otherwise it seems like everything comes together solidly for both modes. Keep reading to check out the embedded video.
Fan shajaki has reported spotting the just recently revealed Planet of Junk Clash set in their local Toys R Us in Edmonton, Alberta. While the contents of the set are know and we've already seen pictures, what this sighting gives us is pricing info, and it's a rough one. The set was seen at $109.99 CAD, which just about equals $80 USD. The price may vary a bit from the direct exchange rate, but in any case it's looking like this pack of three older Deluxes is gonna set you back quite a bit if it's something you're after - and it makes the upcoming Cyclonus with Sweeps set just a bit more worrying as well!
MP-27 MASTERPIECE IRONHIDE - The long awaited Masterpiece version of Ironhide has arrived! He is from a new mold and transforms into a licensed Nissan Cherry Vanette. This Voyager Class figure is in scale with the rest of the series, slightly larger than all the cars but still able to fit within the Masterpiece Prime trailer. Ironhide comes with a bunch of accessories and gadgets including a battle sled for accessory storage. We have him with or without collector coin. $89.99 - $99.99
TFW2005 member Monrai has posted to that site a series of scans from Hyper Hobby Magazine showing off MP Optimus Primal! The Maximal leader's transformation is shown, specifically how the head works now that his robot mode chest piece is part of the gorilla gut. Also, we get our first look at his swappable faceplates, including various lipped expressions and a "battlemask" (AKA Toy Look) version. Keep reading to see!
Hot on the heels, palms, face, and breastplate of PE's Computron upgrades come a set of upgrades for pretty much the rest of Combiner Wars! Improvements for Optimus Maximus, Bruticus, and G2 Superion will be available between April and May. On top of that, they've announced replacement parts to address an issue with their PC-06 kit for Combiner Wars Devastator that caused a loosening of the wrist joints. Keep reading for all of the details!