Once again with Botcon drawing ever closer, it's time to nominate characters and people to be inducted in to the Hall of Fame. Hasbro has reached out and asked for our help in choosing those nominees once again, so it's time to open the polls! This year we have three categories waiting for Fans' Choice nominations, so click through now to find out what they are and get links to the individual polls, open until 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, April 19th.
ROBOTKINGDOM.COM Newsletter #1269
Here is a quick update from www.robotkingdom.com.
All ORDERS WITH GENERATIONS 2015 ITEMS WILL RECEIVE 1 HASBRO EXCLUSIVE COMBINER WARS STRICKER PER ORDER!
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For every USD50 ordered, 4 pack of TF Movie 3 Trading card will be included.
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It's been... what, maybe a couple weeks now? Which means it's time for another Japanese toy show. Today, courtesy of TAG Hobby, we've got new shots of Kotobukiya's upcoming D-Style model kits of Starscream, Skywarp, & Thundercracker, and they look pretty good! While Skywarp and Thundercracker are running in terror at the sight of Megatron, Starscream seems to have skipped straight to the dry heaves. Keep reading to see the images!
It's Friday, which means TakaraTomy has posted a new episode of Transformers Adventure - the Japanese Robots In Disguise - to YouTube! If you want to see what the fifth episode will look like, or try and puzzle through the show in Japanese to try and figure out what's going on for yourself, keep reading!
^ click the ◁ left and right ▷ arrows to watch the previous and next clip
Just before the video showing the third exclusive boxset toy went live, the Botcon website was updated with a product page for the second reveal, Battletrap. Recolored from Generations Springer with a new head sculpt, the former Duocon more or less represents its source material - not to mention telegraphing a not-altogether-unlikely Flywheels to come up somewhere along the way. Click through to check out the page and the three new images!
This week on Radio Free Cybertron: Lots of awesome things this week including the Club Exclusive Old Man Snake figure, New Transformers Adventure listings, new Combiner Wars photos, platinum edition reissues, Botcon news and tons more!
TAKARA TRANSFORMERS NEW PREORDERS
We have 27 new preorders open for Takara Transformers. This list features The Lost Age Black Knight Exclusive Leader Class Optimus Prime for $89.9, the Legends LG14 Ultra Magnus for $69.99 and continues with a bunch of new additions to the Transformers Adventure lineup and the Q Cute series Transformers.
Fun Publications has uploaded the next Botcon boxset reveal video to their Youtube channel. The third figure is "The Loose Cannon", following Packrat as The Thief, and Battletrap as The Muscle. The newest member of "Cybertron's Most Wanted" is Shattered Glass Stepper, from the Reveal The Shield Jazz mold. Stepper features no new parts, and a deco adding a lot of orange over the standard Stepper/Ricochet colors. We've embedded the video and taken some screencaps of the figure, so click through and check them out!
And of course the last step in the life-cycle of Masterpiece Star Saber is here: reviews! Chuckdawg1999 has begun a new "Masterpiece Theatre" review series, and where else would you start with that but the most hyped MP of all? At 33 minutes, this is a pretty extensive look at the figure. Keep reading to see!
The Japanese fansite Hobbylog has posted images from a Japanese toy show whose name we're currently not sure of. But more importantly are the pictures, giving us new looks at Unite Warriors Superion and Menasor, as well as a grayscale testshot of MP-25 Tracks, and a new look at MP G2 Bumblebee! Keep reading to see it all!
Site sponsor BBTS has put up preorders for TakaraTomy's Legends (the subline, not the size class) LG14 Ultra Magnus! The photo included doesn't show any substantial changes between the Japanese and US Leader-class releases, but this is a preliminary photo and is probably subject to change. Keep reading for a link and the photo!
Apparently QTransformers has been a hit for TakaraTomy, as figures 23 through 31 have just been announced along with a couple of special edition sets featuring guest characters. QT23-25 are new versions of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Lockdown based on the QTransformers animation. Following that are Shockwave, Soundwave, Cliffjumper and a trio of Seekers. Lastly we've got Hello Kitty and a set of Evangelions, who all become G1 Optimus Prime-style trucks. Keep reading for photos!
Autobase Aichi has posted a set of images detailing upcoming Transformers Adventure products. Included are some previously known and US-released figures - Mini-Con Deployers will be "Micron Shooters" in Japan - but also some surprises such as Combiner Wars Blackjack and Groove appearing as Runabout and Override! Keep reading for a full rundown of what's shown with release dates and pricing!
Multiple outlets have reported that Herb Trimpe, the first artist to draw Wolverine and GI Joe, has passed away suddenly at the age of 75. As an artist for Marvel Comics, Trimpe drew a handful of issues of the G1 Transformers comic, as well as GI Joe vs The Transformers and the covers to the Transformers Universe miniseries. By all accounts he was a much loved and respected comics artist and human being, and will be missed. More details on Mr. Trimpe's career after the jump.
At East Coast Comic Con this past weekend, Marvel Comics inker Dave Hunt had a selection of his work on display, and included among these pages are parts of an unpublished adaptation of the season three cartoon episode Dweller In The Depths. Reportedly issues like this were prepared as backups in case the normal monthly storylines weren't turned in on time. Only a few pages survive to today, but Roboplastic Apocalypse was able to take photos, which were posted to their Facebook page. Click through, and have a look!
Optimus Prime! Transforms from tractor trailer to robot with headquarters and back. Thats the whole point of Transformers, figures that can be converted between modes. While the process of going between configurations is an important one, we can often attach more importance to factors such as appearance, scale, accessories, aesthetics, posability and the like. But this week, I will be listing my personal top 5 transformation sequences across all the official Hasbro and Takara Tomy Transformers toys that I have had the pleasure of experiencing.
Thanks to CBR we have some news and updates on the previously announced, the "Robots in Disguise" Free Comic Book Day issue to be written by IDW Transformers comics Senior Editor and John Barber, with art by Tramontano. We get some tips on what's in store along with some new looks at the issues #1 comic book covers. Read on to see the covers by Tramontano and more details about what's coming in Robots in Disguise #0!