The first video preview of the Desolataur prototype is up.
Crowd funding will start on February 27th, 2015.
Note: This is a resin prototype, so it literally wears as you move it. The final product will be made of high quality plastic, will be painted, and will have chains.
Combiner Wars is showing some impressive changes between uses of a mold. From Optimus Prime to Motormaster, it's now clearly obvious at least half of that toy's parts have been changed between characters. That change focuses entirely in the upper body, leaving the legs completely identical between figures. Knowing now that Cyclonus will be the mold reuse of Silverbolt, could a similar degree of parts replacement get us from one character to the other?
Combiner Wars is the Transformers line I didn't know I wanted. In 2012 I found myself very excited at the notion of Fall of Cybertron Bruticus, and at the time thought the toys were an interesting exercise in the then-current form of Transformers engineering. But it didn't take long for me to lose the illusion and see, "these aren't very good toys." Combiners seemed beyond the reach of retail, official Transformers. So, what changed?
Autobase Aichi has posted Amazon Japan listings for the first eight QTransformers along with a price - 1079 Yen each, or roughly $10. Which seems a bit high for squatty little Choro-Q inspired figures. But more importantly, we've got sizeable photos for six of the eight figures, including all four G1-inspired figures. Keep reading for details on all eight, plus the photos!
Transformers Colombia has shared images of an upcoming "Silver Force" 2-pack of Rescue Bots Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. Now with silver highlights and with Prime looking very much like his Target "Silver Knight" deco for Age of Extinction, there's no info on where and how this 2-pack will become available. Keep reading for the photos!
You didn't really think we'd get out of the summer without seeing a black repaint of at least one of the new Optimus Prime molds, did you? Thanks to Autobase Aichi we now know that the Japanese Transformers Expo which takes place in August will have an exclusive version of Evasion Mode Optimus Prime in the familiar Nemesis Prime color scheme. Click through to see the image!
Box Office Mojo reports that Age of Extinction has taken in approximately $41,000,000 on its opening day, which is the record for the year to date. It does continue a pattern of diminishing returns however, as Dark of the Moon took in $43.2 million. The movie has already made another $80 million overseas, so it appears that Hollywood's attempts to court Asia, specifically China, are working. TF4 is estimated to make around $100M domestically in its opening weekend all told. Click through to read the details!
Ironfist/Fisitron is shipping now! The next figure in the Transformers Collectors Clubs Figure Subscription Service has been revealed, and Radio Free Cybertron's John DeLuna has posted photos of the figure in both modes, plus tech specs. Ironfist is taken from the Fall of Cybertron Swindle/Roadbuster mold with a new head. Click the title to see all the photos!
Following the Flamewar news, we have more details on what may be in store for the BotCon 2014 attendee exclusives offerings. Thanks to xZAOx over at the Allspark forums who's shared a list of what is being referred to as "Exclusives leaked," though we may caution to take this a just a rumor until we have more confirmation. Likewise, these may be spiolers for others and we have left the details to read after the jump, you have been warned.
Singapore fangroup Planet Iacon reports that Japanese game and toy manufacturer FuRyu has shown a prototype for a highly detailed Optimus Prime figure based on Lost Age/Age of Extinction. An image of Bumblebee was also shown. Pricing and distribution aren't currently known, though Furyu does make prize figures for UFO Catcher crane machines. Check out the images below!
Singapore fangroup Planet Iacon delivers with a better shot of the Lucky Draw Optimus Prime figure to be given away at the "Celebration 2014" event to be held at the ToyRUs/BabiesRUs in Sunshine City in Tokyo, Japan. Check out the full-size image below!
TFCToys' Weibo Page has posted the final color images of upcoming combiner limbs Warning Line, better known as Protectobot Groove, and Aethon, better known as Predacon Tantrum. These figures will form legs for Prometheus/Defensor and Ares/Predaking. See the pictures below!
Japanese fan blog Autobase Aichi has posted pictures of a set of new Hero Mashers, including Rodimus, Jetfire, and curiously a Heatwave based not on the Rescue Bots character but the Collector's Club combiner figure. Pictures follow below!
Planet Iacon, the Singapore Transformers fanpage, has posted a number of package shots of TakaraTomy's upcoming Transformers 4: Lost Age figures as well as some out-of-package shots of Evasion Mode Optimus Prime and Revenge Optimus Prime, which is made from the Voyager-class Revenge of the Fallen Optimus figure. Description and a mirrored gallery in the full article!
The Transformers Colombia
Facebook page has posted an image of a previously-unknown Legends-class Cliffjumper! The figure is of course a repaint/remold of Legends Bumblebee... but is paired with Roller, the Mini-Con that came with the Optimus Prime in the same assortment! Image after the break.
Takara Designers Shogo Hasui and Hisashi Yuki have tweeted images of the upcoming Advance Edition figures from Transformers 4: Lost age, which sport a greater level of detail and paint than their Age of Extinction counterparts. Mirrored images in the full article!
Kapow Toys' Facebook page
has posted scans of a series of previously unknown Generations recolors featuring characters from G1 to Masterforce to Beast Wars. List and details follow below! UPDATED
: a better scan is now available and we now know the true purpose of these figures.