By way of UK distribution website WindDesigns we have pictures of a piece of Robots in Disguise merchandise. The Bumblebee Blaster transforms from Bumblebee's vehicle mode to a moderate size soft-dart gun. While the practical implications of this may be a bit questionable, it looks like a neat toy item in the same line of thinking as the old Battle Rig Blaster. Whether this will see wide retail or be one of the many such items that remains an overseas oddity to the US fanbase will have to wait and see. Click through to check out the pictures.
Hasbro's Transformers site has updated with a new listing page for the Generations Platinum series Triplechangers set. The unusually recolored Astrotrain and Blitzwing now have a suggested retail price, although still no official word on what their coloring is based on. In the United States, this pack is set to run $65.99, putting it a little below the cost of the Insecticon Platinum three-pack. As of now no word on where this will turn up at retail, but it's bound to make an appearance before too long! Click through for a link back to the official product page!
You may notice this isn't going to take the same form as a standard review, but this is far from a standard item. Bootlegs of third party transforming robot toys are not a new concept. But typically those took the form of attempts to closely imitate the original product to actively capitalize on it. But this is a different field. It's taken a long time - longer than I expected, but bootlegs based on third party figures have finally hit the level of cheap no-brand merchandise, and it's kind of amazing. Read the full review!
I should probably apologise for that click-bait title, but it does represent the topic of this article quite well. Its impossible to go one year on an active Transformers forum without seeing at least one discussion about the rarest Transformers of all time.
So, after a lengthy buildup and a month of actual fundraising, the Play With This Too Kickstarter was, sadly, a close miss. Coming within $8400 of the goal with 406 backers, the Lost Protectors will, for the moment, remain lost. So what happened, and what could be done about it if - hopefully when
- they try again?
OH No! Say it isn't so! Hasbro make a BIG boo-boo in the voting system and for unexplained reasons are dropping the Fan-Built Combiner. GAH, WTF! But fear not, oh noble Fans! They are offering a consolation project, that will have a lot of people reflecting on the original G1 combiner team.
On the third episode of RFC's new Transformers comics review podcast Fanboy Vs Transformers
, I had the opportunity to sit down and talked with James Roberts, who you might know as the writer of More Than Meets The Eye
. Talking about topics related to Elegant Chaos, the way the Transformers world works, obscure British sci-fi and more, this hour-long interview covers some very interesting ground! Click through to the full article for a link to the episode post, or click here
to check out all the episodes so far.
Weibo user toyspie has revealed that the Collectors Club will be offering a Nova Prime figure later this year! Sporting the LioConvoy headsculpt on the Orion Pax figure body, Nova Prime's maybe not as creative a recolor as LioConvoy himself, but it's good to see a representation of the character. Keep reading to see the photos!
Personally I'm not a big fan of the misleading type of April Fool's Day prank. I'd rather just do something silly. So today, we have a review of a landmark figure: the first third-party figure to be knocked off and sold in an Easter basket at US mass-market. Appearing in baskets at Walgreens, Robot Warrior Series Airplane Model began live as Fansproject Explorer, which in turn was based on Combaticon Blast-Off. Continue to full review
Make sure your badges are centered, because user Starscream from Weibo has posted a couple of pictures of an in-hand Leader-class Ultra Magnus! The eagerly-anticipated figure looks just as good in hand as it did at Toy Fair - hopefully Thundercracker and Armada Megatron won't jam up shelves and it'll be available sooner rather than later. Keep reading to see the images!
Eabevella at TFND has brought us our first good look at Leader Class Thundercracker, the retool or Leader Jetfire launching off a new line of giant Seeker figures which will be followed up on later this year with Starscream. In these photos we see details of Thundercracker's retooling, along with comparisons to the Masterpiece and a visit with a stand-in for his dog Buster. Click through and check them out!
Just in from TaoBao listings, we have some new looks at the Transformers Subscription Service 2.0 Carzap and Krok action figures. Get a look at what are assumed to be the production versions of these figures that will be shipping out to fans. Shown are both figures in robot, with weapons, however they are incomplete without their Kreon figure accessories.
The official BotCon 2015 site has posted new images of the BotCon 2015 Maximal Thief: Packrat figure. Get an official look at the Maximal Thief: Packrat in his Robot and alternate Rat modes. This remake of the Generations mold comes to us in a striking BLUE color that is a throwback to the original BotCon 1997 figure. Read on to see images of the new and original figure.
What did you hope and dream for when it came to a set of modern day high end G1 inspired Dinobots? Did you hope that Takara Tomy would follow Masterpiece MP-8 Grimlock up with the rest of the crew, all equally engineered to a high quality and representing toy and cartoon faithfully? You may have had enough of waiting and thrown your hat into the 3rd Party ring where we find FansToys and their Iron Dibots, or GigaPower and their Gigasaurs.
The BotCon website has posted a set of images teasing the Cybertron's Most Wanted figure set. Shown are five pair of identical robot hands holding placards, presumably part of a set of cropped mug shots. Besides the figures' titles - "The Thief," "The Muscle," "The Loose Cannon," "The Boss," and "The Bounty Hunter" - the placards contain several numbers that may or may not provide some insight as to the figures or characters being used in the set. To accompany this, Fun Pub has posted a video to YouTube revealing the identity of "The Thief." Keep reading to see for yourself!
This week's Japanese-language QTransformers episode is up, and features none other than Megatron! Appearing in his G1-style body, with Optimus and Bumblebee changing to match, Megatron seems to have a bone to pick with Convoy/Prime for being alive - his death, after all, is what sparks the quest in the Mystery of Convoy
game. Keep reading to see!
Augusto Barranco has come back with some new looks inside the visual design process of the Robots in Disguise cartoon. Picking up from the extensive look at Underbite's development, we have a quick look at Sideswipe showing an early robot sketch and an alternate take on the look of the vehicle mode. Interestingly, at the stage these were made, the character was identified under a different name entirely! Click through to check out these images!
Forums member TMan has posted a topic and video for what he calls the Evolution of Windcharger! In this video he gives us his take on the many different Transformers figures this toy has made for/ Watch the video to see his round-up review including the G1, Alternators, Reveal the Shield and Combiner Wars Windcharger figures.