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Third Party
Three days left on in the Lost Protectors Kickstarter, and we have pictures of the painted prototypes of Desolataur, D-Mon and D-Throne from the Play With This Too Facebook page. Pledge now if you plan to get these!
RID 2015
Site sponsor BigBadToyStore has posted their preorder listings for the third wave of Robots In Disguise Warrior-class figures, including new molds Sideswipe and Jazz! The pair are up for preorder for $35.99 for the set, and both look pretty decent at the Almost-Deluxe pricepoint. Keep reading to see!
Age of Extinction
Cinematic Universes are a Thing right now, with Marvel and Star Wars leading the way. Now, according to Deadline, Paramount is looking at their biggest movie property with an eye towards more varied (and frequent) releases. To that end they're enlisting writer Akiva Goldsman, whose credits range from the drama A Beautiful Mind to the well-received TV series Fringe ...to Batman Forever and Batman and Robin. This should be interesting. The story also hints that Michael Bay may unsurprisingly be returning for Transformers 5 after his current movie project - or at least that TF5 won't go ahead until that project is complete. Keep reading for more details!
Generation 1
MP-18B MASTERPIECE BLUESTREAK The new MP-18B Bluestreak lives up to his name! He transforms from robot to a Nissan Fairlady 280Z-T and stands nearly 6 tall in robot mode. Bluestreak is made of die-cast and plastic components, comes with his laser rifle and is listed for $79.99.
Transformers TV
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Third Party
Site sponsor TFSource has let us know they've added listings for Perfect Effect's upcoming Perfect Combiner products. PC-03 adds a new chest and a head for Superion that can be converted between toy or cartoon based appearances, and PC-04 gives a new head and torso parts for Menasor to improve the function of a popular fan configuration for the torso mode. Both sets are listed at $32.99 and expected to arrive in June. Check them both out right here.
RID 2015
A slew of new RID product images are coming our way via Amazon Canada and UK toy distributor Wind Designs! Included are Hyperchange Steeljaw, Mini-Con Deployers and Mini-Con Slipstream, Mega One-Step Changer Optimus Prime, and Super Bumblebee. While none of the items currently show as in-stock, it's a nice opportunity to see some new shots of some of the figures we saw last month at New York Toy Fair. Keep reading to see!
RID 2015
In a rare move, TakaraTomy has posted the second episode of the Japanese dub of Robots In Disguise, known there as Transformers Adventure, to YouTube in its entirety without region-restriction. There are no subtitles, but if you're curious about the Japanese character voices or have seen the US version of episode 2 and just want to compare, this is an unusual opportunity to do so through official channels. Keep reading to see!
MasterPiece
Toynes.jp has posted its weekly toy sales rankings, and it pegs an interesting item in the top position. Leading its "comprehensive" Top 5 is Masterpiece Star Saber which with its 3/21 release date just barely made the reporting period from March 16th to 22nd. Following it in the list are two items from the current Super Sentai series, and two Yokai Watch items. While we can't be sure if this counts delivered presales, on the spot purchases, or both, it's not hard to imagine Star Saber was a big seller on its release weekend and may have been the biggest of all!
MasterPiece
This week on Radio Free Cybertron: We talk about Combiner Wars Quickslinger and Brake-Neck (REALLY Slingshot and Wildrider) which were just unveiled, TFSS Tarantulus, MP25 Tracks, FP Volar NOT Swoop, new FP Function X recolors, and, of course, Masterpiece Exhaust. All that and more!


Generations
Our sponsor BigBadToyStore has just let us know they've added a preorder listing for Leader Class Generations Ultra Magnus. This figure has been highly anticipated since its reveal at Toy Fair, featuring IDW design influences including a Minimus Ambus figure that can ride inside the robot. Along with the listing we've got new stock photos of the toy. You can check those out and get the link to the product page in the full article!
 
Collectors Club
In the coming weeks, pop culture enthusiasts from around the world will be able to register for BotCon 2015 and purchase the Frank Welker VIP experience package. This package will contain ONE autograph from Frank Welker, ONE professional picture with Frank Welker, an EXCLUSIVE MEGATRON art print, an EXCLUSIVE MEGATRON souvenir pin and VIP seating at his moderated panel on Saturday.
Generation 1
Hasbro's website has posted new images of the Platinum Edition Blitzwing & Astrotrain! Blitzwing looks just about as good in tank mode as he did as a robot or jet... and so does Astrotrain. These recolors really have been fascinating to see, and I can't want to see if I can ask more about them at BotCon this year. Keep reading to see!
MasterPiece
TakaraTomy Mall has put up a page announcing the next recolor of the Masterpiece Datsun body. The long awaited Blue Bluestreak is available for preorder from now through April 10th, to a limit of 2000 pieces. Blue Bluestreak will cost 7992 and will be released on August 1st. Click through to check out the mirrored pictures of the extremely pretty new Masterpiece recolor and keep an eye out at your favorite retailer or middleman for preorders!
Generations
Hasbro has posted two issues of pack-in comics for Combiner Wars figures on their Transformers site. However, it is the issues included with Rook and Streetwise, called Combiner Wars 9 and 10. The issues in question are reprints of Robots in Disguise/"The Transformers" 33 and 34, implying that Blades and First Aid may come with 35 and 36. Click through for links to the free downloads and more thoughts!
Rescue Bots
Hasbro Studios has uploaded a new preview clip for Rescue Bots to their Youtube channel featuring the Rescue Bots on the ocean to build up the introduction of High Tide, who will take the form of (part of) the large ocean liner playset toy shown in advance of New York Toy Fair. We've got the minute and a half teaser embedded below, so click through and check it out!
Generations
Thanks to Felipe Leon Najera of Transformers Colombia for bringing us the stock photos of the Cyber Battalion Series figures, the "upscaled" simplified Transformers Generations figures recently revealed through retailer catalog scans. Newly verified here is that Starscream seen as a testshot at the Indianapolis Children's Museum is indeed part of this assortment of toys. Also shown is that all of these come in flap-front box packaging that will make them really stand out on shelves. Click through and check out the mirrored images!
Generations
A punishment squad created by MEGATRON to hunt down dissidents, turncoats and cowards - no one believes more passionately in the DECEPTICON cause than the D.J.D. So what happens when they discover their founder has joined the Autobots? (Clue: it's not pretty.) The long-awaited return of the most dangerous villains in comics history! If you don't already know the names Tarn, Kaon, Tesarus, Helex, and Vos -- you better learn 'em before they get you! Variant Cover by Transformers game and toy artist Sara Pitre-Durocher!
MasterPiece
TAGHobby has posted a couple of magazine scans showing off MP-25 Tracks, now in full color and good resolution! The toy's looking sharp in both modes - all three modes rather - and nicely poseable. We also get a nice shot of the whole package in one place, with Tracks in Flight Mode on his stand and Raoul and Blaster on the base. Don't expect anything from that Blaster but a Raoul-sized radio, because they are both tiny. Keep reading to see!
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