It's no secret that Titan Class Devastator has experienced mixed reactions starting even before we actually saw it, based on a few first-hand reports from no-photos showings pre-Toy Fair. The only thing everyone might be able to agree on is that the Devastator we got was not what was expected. But let's face it: for the prices involved, it's not unreasonable to expect as much perfection as possible. And as it's turning out, you can start to get there - for the right money. Keep reading!
The Allspark has posted a few quick shots of the Warrior Class Sideswipe redeco from the exclusive Clash Of The Transformers sub-branding. Serving to give us a better sense of how the toy came out in production, the photos don't go in to much detail, but will certainly do until more, better photos turn up. We've mirrored a couple of the shots, so keep reading to check those out and get a link back to the Allspark album.
TakaraTomy is making no secret of an aim to "perfect" as much as they can the Combiner Wars toys for their iteration of the toyline. Groove is joining their Defensor as a full limb, raising the bar just a bit from restoring classic team lineups with recolors as they're doing with Superion and Menasor. It doesn't seem much of a leap that they could make an original Blast Off figure for when they get to Bruticus, but what are the chances of seeing these made available through Hasbro? Keep reading...
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Solving one mystery about the Platinum reissues of Astrotrain and Blitzwing, we now know who's carrying this box set in the United States! Amazon has a preorder page up for the set, priced at $69.99. Due to ship August 1st, the same day as Devastator, it looks like these will soon be easily available to any interested. Of course, the mystery of their decos is one that remains very much unsolved, and may well remain so for the foreseeable future. Keep reading for a link to the product page!
In his latest tweet, TakaraTomy's Hisashi Yuki attached a photo of a G1 Bruticus with Groove as an arm as Blast Off looks on. Since a Unite Warriors version of the Decepticon combiner is basically assured, it's hard not to take this as a hint towards at least the intent to add a proper Blast Off to it, in place of Hasbro's brown Slingshot. It's surely too soon to expect anything more than this to be revealed on the subject, so for now it's just something to ponder over. Click through to have a look at the photo.
Iron factorys Evillord stands 4.8/12CM tall and can transform into 4 different modes. Iron factory also announced a second run of the extremely popular Iron Giants Maiden.
Preoders up at TFSource here: Iron Factory - IF-EX11 - Evillord
As well as all iron factory figures: http://tfsource.com/iron-factory/
Additionally badcubes evil bugs are now available for both single and sets for preorder at TFSource here: Badcubes Evil Bugs Set & Singles
Toy World Magazine in the UK has reported that Hasbro has elected to withdraw from UK Toy Fair 2016 due to a new date for the coming year's show. The 2016 edition of London Toy Fair runs January 24th-26th, which would leave little to no time to set up for Nuremberg Toy Fair, which will run January 27th to February 1st. Keep reading to see statements from both Hasbro UK and London Toy Fair.
Users of Target's Cartwheel smartphone app may want to check out the coupon available now for Transformers Generations figures! Via T16skyhopp on Twitter, we have photo confirmation of the coupon which lasts from now until July 11th, next Saturday. This could be the ideal time to go check for any Legends you've missed, or maybe give Voyager Cyclonus a second chance! Keep reading to see the photo.
Jesse Wittenrich has tweeted a few new looks at the Serpent O.R. figure coming up soon in the third Figure Subscription Service assortment. The GI Joe crossover character uses the "Senator Ratbat" alternate head from the Generations Scourge body, but sadly the body deco meant to evoke a snake's head on the chest never quite worked out past the mockup stage. Also shown is Jesse's own idea of a serpent staff that can be assembled from some stock Arms Microns. Keep reading to have a look!
The Action Robo Facebook page has put up some shots of a display testshot of Gun Dog, the Masterpiece-styled Hound by MakeToys. At this stage the figure seems to be sporting its final plastic colors, and is just waiting for someone to come at it with a paint brush to realize the final details. MakeToys is recognizing proper scaling, as Gun Dog can be seen a fair bit shorter than Cupola, keeping it on par with the official MPs of the 84-85 Autobot Cars. Click through and take a look!
Third party Transformers news for the week ending July 4th, 2015.
Includes the latest news from Badcube, Beelzeboss, Generations Toys, Hero Hobby, Iron Factory, Perfect Effect, Toymecha, Toyworld, Wukong and X2 Toys.
Spotlight this week is on former FCC commissioner Mark S. Fowler!
Screen shot this week is Sherman from the 1989 film Millennium.
Hisashi Yuki, toy designer and conductor of TakaraTomy's Twitter hype train, has posted images of the upcoming TAV21 Optimus Prime! Unlike any other Transformers Adventure/Robots In Disguise Optimus, this one has a functional trailer, expertly seating Warrior-class Sideswipe! It's also shown wearing all of Unite Warriors UW01 Superion's guns, including individual weapons of the Aerialbots! And speaking of Unite Warriors, there's also a packaging mockup for UW03 Defensor - Keep reading to see!
Forums member Tambeyoda has uploaded a video review of the most recent TFSS entry to his Youtube channel for Nacelle, what's promised to be the penultimate use of the Classics Seeker mold by Fun Publications. This toy based on an obscure concept design from an old catalog certainly sells on the deco, though that may or may not be enough to overcome Seeker Fatigue with the mold around three dozen uses in at this point. Click through and check out the review!
Group ToyMecha has seemingly launched with photos of a prototype figure based on Punch/Counterpunch, targeting the Masterpiece scale. Seen in comparison with the official Tigertrack, the currently unnamed double-agent is similar in height range with MakeToys' Cupola/Not-Chromedome. We can only glimpse the figure's alternate robot mode so far, but otherwise we're given a decent look at the design. Click through to check out the photos!
This week on Radio Free Cybertron: We're waiting for SDCC next week, when there will be news! See you next time! Oh, wait, we have new images of Transformers Adventure TAV21 Optimus Prime, Devastator hits US retail, we talk about the rarely seen G2 Defensor photos and more! Blog post mentioned in the podcast located here.
A poster on Cybertron.ca has reported finding the first Warrior Class figures from the store exclusive sub-branding of RID, Clash of The Transformers. So far featuring a grey Sideswipe, blue-striped Bumblebee, and an Optimus with more black in the deco, they're not the most amazing entries, but that may change as this redeco line moves forward. There's an in-store photo for reference which we've mirrored, so keep reading to have a look!
Over on their Facebook page, BadCube has published a piece of concept art for "Sunsurge", their take in a Masterpiece-alike Sunstreaker, carrying on from their increasingly popular offerings like Wardog/Warpath and the Insecticon "Evil Bug Corps". They're strongly indicating there will be more of this to be seen at TFCon Toronto later this month, so fans who've been waiting for a Masterpiece option on this character ought to keep watch on this one! Click through to check it out.