Pete's Robot Convention makes its inaugural launch this year, taking the Robot Convention concept back to its roots with a renewed focus on the vendors and the thousands of amazing robot toys they will have for sale, while alsoproviding a great venue for fans to come together and make it the social event that we've all come to enjoy. And like we said, there will be thousands of robot toys for sale! Read on for full details.
TFW2005 user Jedi Kermit has made an interesting discovery! A pair of Titans Return Deluxe Chromedome figures were spotted at his Walmart sporting the Legends series Headmasters-inspired faceplates. This was confirmed by user shamanking282 with a separate sighting! Keep reading to see photos of the figure in-package, and happy hunting!
Toy Fair season is over with now, so are we about to enter a renewed leaks season? Alucardlee on Weibo may be pointing in that direction with the posting of a fuzzy piece of design art that he suspects to be part of the development of Movie Masterpiece Optimus Prime. There's little detail to be had, except that it is a movie Optimus, so its nature is at best unclear. But this same person did produce images of the The Last Knight Megatron toy prototype in advance of Toy Fair, so this could be credible. We'll find out before too long. Meanwhile, click through to take a look at it yourself!
On Youtube, Japanese reviewer wotafa has a video up for Planet X's Apocalypse. This is the figure inspired by War For Cybertron Trypticon, and infamously being sold as two separate pieces - though the review does fortunately cover both at once. While the review is in Japanese, it's very easy to follow along and understand what's being shown about the figure. We've got the video embedded below for you to check out, plus a quick note on a particular point in the video. Keep reading!
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Man, it's going to be neat to see what TakaraTomy does with this one, huh? Action Robo's Facebook page has posted a listing for LG-43 Dinosaurer, AKA Trypticon, as a late August release costing 25,000 Yen, or roughly $223 USD by current exchange rates. Keep reading to see the listing (in Japanese)!
Youtube user Rob A has released what we believe to be the first English language video review for Masterpiece Cheetor, which has just been released in Japan this past weekend. The video goes in to some fair depth on the figure, clocking in at over half an hour. There's a lengthy segment on the transformation, so if you want to keep that as a surprise, once it starts you can jump forward to about 21:55 for the start of the robot mode segment. You can watch the video right now, embedded in the full article below.
Forums member chuckdawg1999 is back again with a new video for us, showing off the TakaraTomy Leo Prime redeco of Titans Return Alpha Trion. Focusing mostly on how the deco works for the mold, we also get to see some alternate options for Prime-style Titan Masters on the toy - and find reusing Infinitus again was probably the right call. Click through to watch the embedded video!
The RFC Reviews channel has posted a new video tonight for the Warrior Class Blurr coming in the second wave of RID Combiner Force product. In this video we learn that everybody has been calling the pricepoint wrong since the packages evidently say "Warriors Class" rather than Warrior, but also that Blurr is continuing the increasing excellence shown by the line over the last year or so, looking all around super-appealing. The video is embedded below, so click through and watch now!
Movie toyline codenames present an interesting puzzle. Sometimes they can be easily deduced, like Juptier being Optimus Prime. But sometimes you need some more help. An image of a TakaraTomy order sheet posted by catz shows the The Last Knight line offerings coming out for the launch date in late April, which includes the first four Premier Deluxes. Three of them are named directly, but the fourth is still in code - which lets us match that name to an already known identity, and solve another question at the same time. Keep reading!
TFW2005 has posted a couple of stories today with some interesting insights into the impending Transformers: The Last Knight toyline! Most notably, they've now posted (fully-codenamed) case breakdowns for Wave 1 of the toyline! Using this info, they're suggesting that Barricade is the character code-named "Mars," and that Bumblebee is codename "Saturn." Keep reading for more info and our analysis of the situation!
Weibo user alucardlee has posted new images of Trinity Force, TFC Toys' version of Japanese G1 combiner Road Caesar! An unusual design by G1 standards (but a configuration likely familiar to Power Rangers fans), Trinity Force is a three-part combiner, as the name implies. The color test shots show him using two of the Laster character, but it's still looking quite nice. Keep reading to see!
Transformers Animated debuted in the US in late 2007 with the TV show on Cartoon Network. While we're several months from the exact anniversary of Animated, in Japan a new art book has been released, featuring works by various artists celebrating the series that still holds a special place to many fans. Masabon has shared a selection of interior pages from the book on his personal Photobucket account so that all those of us outside of Japan can have a taste of what's inside. Photobucket is less than user-friendly, so we've mirrored the pages in our gallery - keep reading to take a look and for a list of artists! UPDATED: Masabon wanted us to be certain that it was understood that this is an unofficial fan work, created by fans and without participation from Hasbro or TakaraTomy. Thanks to him for the clarification!
From chuckdawg1999: "Better late than never! Soundwave has been a bit hard to find in the US, but I was able to finally get the figure. Like most repaints/retools there are some things better on Soundwave and some things that are worse. Overall what I liked about Blaster, I like about Soundwave and I'm happy to have what I feel is a proper update to the G1 toy." Keep reading to see the review!
Don't get too excited, because while the first toys from The Last Knight have in fact been found on shelves at a Toyworld in Melbourne by Paulbot from the Ozformers community, it's only the Titan Changer Optimus and Bumblebee. It's almost certain this was a stocking error, as we are just a bit less than two months from the official Merchandise Day for the line, April 24th. And it sounds like it's not Toyworld's first such accident with a movie's toyline, either. But now we can see the wheels are definitely in motion and these toys are beginning the long journey to retailers around the world even now.
Alfes2010 has posted a few early shots of Masterpiece Grapple on his Higekuma toy blog. MP-35 releases in Japan this weekend, and these first few shots give us a look how it turned out. A brief look at the alternate colors helmet is provided, as well as a vehicle shot and more of the "standard" robot configuration - including one with Unite Warriors Devastator! Less for scale, and more for Master Builder purposes, naturally. We'll be expecting to see more soon, but for now you can check these images out, mirrored below!
This week on Radio Free Cybertron: We recap everything worth knowing at Toy Fair 2017, with firsthand accounts of the biggest news that broke, including Overlord, Trypticon, Last Knight toys, and more! Also we talk about the big Dinobot reveal at Wonderfest, a high-end Transformers Monopoly set and tons, tons more!
The UK toy retailer Smyths has posted a listing for the Tiny Turbo Changers, the new transforming blind-bagged figures revealed last weekend at Toy Fair 2017! Thanks to these listings, we know a couple of new things about these, including their size and an interesting detail about their packaging that could hint at a Transformers: The Last Knight mobile game. Keep reading to see!
Autobase Aichi has shared an image of MP-34 Cheetor's Hasbro Asia bonus! We've changed over from coins to small metal figurines this year, and Cheetor comes with figure #2, Optimus Primal! Likewise, site sponsor Robotkingdom has added a photo of #3, Ultra Magnus, to the preorder page for MP Grapple. Keep reading to see both images mirrored here!