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!
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!
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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!
Before Combiner Wars Computron is officially announced or even acknowledged, Perfect Effect has already debuted yet another variation of their Perfect Combiner upgrade system geared around the Technobot combiner. Coming in two sets, one is a chest piece, head and rifle, and the other features the customary poseable hands and feet in a dark red. The move isn't an entirely blind shot. The torso upgrade itself has merit with or without a Computron box set being a reality, though it sadly does little to fix the color layout issues. But it's a bizarre state of affairs to see unofficial upgrades announced before the toy they're made for. Keep reading to see the pictures!
Once again chuckdawg1999 is on the forums showing off some new Robots in Disguise for us. This time he's finishing off the current run of Mini-Con Battle Packs with Grimlock. Most notable for being able to have a giant dinosaur head clip to the robot mode's arm, that's shown in some detail in the video, along with the usual walk through of transformation and accessory run down. You can watch the video, embedded below - keep reading!
Today on Weibo, X-Transbots has shared new photos of their Master Mini series of figures. Now in production are Boost, based on Windcharger, and Hatch, based on Tailgate. These are part of X-Transbots' Masterpiece-compatible line, and each features an option part or two to help the figures reflect either media appearances or be a little more toy-oriented. With these samples being from the actual production run, retailers should be seeing these come in stock pretty soon. We've mirrored the photos, so click through to check them out.
In the David Kaye-voiced promo video we reported on a short time ago, between the series of slides of character art for the Botcon 2016 box set exclusives and the date and location slide for Botcon, an interesting bit of art was briefly seen. This quick image depicted Megatron, but with features of the visible portion of the body matching original RID Megatron/Car Robots Gigatron. In a recent interview, Pete Sinclair revealed that the "centerpiece" of the souvenir assortment would be something everyone would want to get their hands on. So does this tell us why? See the image and more details below!
The official BotCon 2016 channel on YouTube have posted a new promo video Featuring Beast Wars Megatron, Yeeeesssss! And your ears do not decieve you, that is none other than the original Megatron voice actor from the series, David Kaye. Read on to watch the clip now that offers a flashback to the Predacon Council.
While TakaraTomy is region-locking their weekly Beast Wars videos on YouTube, ironically they're not apparently doing so on Japanese streaming site NicoVideo. This week, after the Beast Wars recap, QTransformers Arcee shows off the grayscale prototype of MP Beast Convoy! The video can't be embedded, so keep reading to see screengrabs and a link!