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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.
Third Party
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?
Generations
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.
Generations
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.
Transformers TV
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Collectors Club
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!
Third Party
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
Generations
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!
Generations
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!
Collectors Club
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.
Collectors Club
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.
 
Third Party
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.
Conventions Center
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!
Generation 1 Japan
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!
RID 2015
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!
Generations
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.
Generation 1 Japan
Greetings Sourcefans! This week have new items up for preorder including MP-18B - Masterpiece Blue Bluestreak, ToyWorld TW-D03 Corelock, DR. Wu - DQ-001 - Babylock Dinosaur, Generations - Combiner Wars 2015 - Leader Class Series 3 - Ultra Magnus, and Perfect Effect Combiner Wars Superion & Menasor kits! We also have new instock items like Before & After Engineer General, Loyal Subjects Wave 3, MP-24 Masterpiece Star Saber, and several new TF Adventure figures! And Visit our sister site theToySource.com for non-transformers collectibles! All this and more in this week's SourceNews!
Generation 1
Paul Dini has tweeted that writer and producer Roger Slifer has died of injuries sustained in a hit-and-run accident in 2012. Slifer, credited as an associate producer on Seasons 2 and 3 of the G1 cartoon and associate story consultant, also wrote the live-action segments featuring Tommy Kennedy used for G1's stint as a Saturday-morning cartoon. Slifer's non-Transformers credits include co-creating Lobo at DC Comics, and being immortalized as the localization name for one of Yu-Gi-Oh!'s three Egyptian God Cards. The tweet can be viewed along with links for more information by continuing to the full story.
Third Party
Mastermind Creations has shared images to their Facebook page of the upcoming Reformatted Anarchus figure, better known as Kaon from the Decepticon Justice Division! Hailing from the pages of IDW's More Than Meets The Eye, Anarchus transforms into an electric chair, as suggested by the fixtures on his shoulders. Keep reading to see the photos!
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