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Anthony from TFU.INFO is at Toy Fair 2017 and had the opportunity to ask Hasbro some questions about the new Clones in the Attack on Velocitron and Siege on Cybertron boxsets! As it turns out, the Clone figures - smaller than Deluxes - are not Legends class figures! Their counterparts, Cloudraker and Wingspan, are still planned, but will probably not see individual release. Keep reading for more info!
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Radio Free Cybertron's diecast is on hand for Hasbro's Toy Fair presentation, and he's encountered a little bit of a surprise: TakaraTomy has sent representatives to Toy Fair this year! The Hasbro presentation is due to start about 20 minutes from this writing, and after that showroom tours are starting at 3:00 PM EST, so keep with us for all of it! Until then, click through to see who's in attendance!
Generations
This is another story to take with a grain of salt today. The Hasbro Pre-Toy Fair Investors' Presentation has shown off a chart depicting Hasbro's Transformers media strategy for the next three years. Robots In Disguise is indicated as coming to a close this year as the cartoon intended for the "Core Kids" demographic. But... is that G1 coming in to replace it in 2018? ...maybe, maybe not. We're leaning towards not, and you can click through to read our logic on the subject!
Generations
The final round of Power of the Primes voting has begun! We're now faced with four potential candidates to be the next Matrix-bearer: Will Ultra Magnus win for Honor, Star Saber win for Order, Optimus Primal for Chaos, or will Unknown Evil win in the form of Deathsaurus/Dezarus? Keep reading to get a link to the voting page!
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Rob Springer from Radio Free Cybertron has been hard at work on Botlanta- the con-within-a-con happening March 11-12 at the Marriott Century Center in Atlanta, Georgia! A solid range of panels is planned, from RFC's own Headmaster Don to a look at the ToyHax/Reprolabels creative process, to an appearance by Transformers: Generation 2 artist Derek Yaniger! Click through to see the official announcement and then check out the Botlanta page on Facebook!
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In the second of a three-part series on Toy Fair predictions, RAC focuses on less sure things: the things we might see. We know many of these are coming, but we don't know when, or what they'll look like, or many of the specifics outside of a name and pricepoint. So what are the most intriguing "maybes" to us for Toy Fair 2017? Keep reading and find out!
Generation 1
With the news already slipping out days ago, we have the official new here from Hasbro about their Power of Primes fan vote that formally begins on January 23rd! They have sent us the full details on the polling that will be setup to chose between tree different candidate groups defined as Honor, Chaos, and Order. From which four finalists will be declared, and a final voting round will be held in Feburary to name the winner. Read on for the official details below.
Beast Wars
Joining UK fans for the very first time, we are pleased to announce the incredibly talented Venus Terzo, Beast Wars Blackarachnia, will be attending TFNation 2017! Blazing a trail for the multi-layered female characters who followed in her path, Blackarachnias long journey, from Beast Wars ruthless, self-serving, rebel Predacon to the Maximal-aligned Beast Machines force of nature, has seen the character achieve a special place in fans hearts.
Generations
Still doing your holiday shopping? We can symapathize. But also, this is a good time to take a moment and see what Starscream is asking for this year. Some of these are doable (possibly), some are a bit of a tall order... and some lead us to believe he's extremely jealous of the rapport shared by Thundercracker and his beloved companion Buster. Keep reading to see the list!
Generation 1
Today Hasbro, announced the Power of the Primes fan vote, an upcoming event that will place the fate of Cybertron directly in the hands of Transformers fans around the globe. Beginning on January 23rd, 2017, fans will be able to visit Transformers.com to cast their vote to help determine which character will join the ranks of Optimus Prime, Rodimus Prime and other Cybertronian legends. The fan-voted Prime will be featured in the Transformers Generations toy line and brands Prime Wars Trilogy storytelling in 2018.
Conventions Center
Been hoping for another East Coast Transformers Convention? TFCon is obliging with TFCon USA 2017, which takes place in Reston, VA - part of the Washington DC metropolitan area. The dates are September 29th-October 1st, with more dates to come. Keep reading for the official announcement!
RID 2015
This travelling exhibition of international standards will feature 12 animated Transformers, 9 sculptures scaled between 2m and 11m made from car parts, and a further 20 statues varying in size. In addition, an impressive arsenal of weapons used by the Transformers characters will also be showcased. Young and old will immerse themselves in the incredible universe of Optimus Prime and his companions, from its origins in the world of comics to the television series and blockbuster movies. Autobots and Decepticons will also feature prominently, accompanied by the latest Dino Bots and famous Rescue Bots, the famed pre-school series that has expanded the Transformers fan base.
MasterPiece
The Masterpiece series has won the 2016 Good Design Award from the Japan Institute For Design Promotion! A "comprehensive design-promotion system that picks good design out of a variety of unfolding phenomena, and aims to enrich our lives, industries, and society as a whole by highlighting and celebrating these works," The GDA is given out annually in a variety of fields. Keep reading for more details and images of the (Japanese language) press release!
Collectors Club
Brian from Radio Free Cybertron has let us know there's another big announcement today: there's a new Transformers Fan Club coming in 2017! Details are light at the moment - but in the meantime Hasbro has also announced a new Transformers Newsletter which will keep you posted on the Fan Club developments - and, if you sign up for it, will also provide you with a 20% Off Hasbro Toy Shop coupon code! Keep reading for a link to the signup page!
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After nearly a year of speculation stemming from Hasbro's termination of the BotCon license, we finally have concrete info on what happens next: HasCon, Hasbro's official convention happening between 9/8/17 and 9/10/17 in Providence, Rhode Island! Few details are available yet, but the HasCon site is live and (supposedly) accepting signups to keep posted on the details of the con. Keep reading for the official press release!
Generation 1
TFCon Chicago is almost here, and quite a few companies are showing up to have fun! Among the unexpected publishers... are ThreeA, makers of the upcoming Premium Scale G1 Optimus Prime figure. They'll be bringing along a striking print by artist Ashley Wood that is based on the figure. This print will be limited to 45 pieces and they don't mention the price in the press release, so I wouldn't expect it to be cheap. Keep reading to see the image!
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Hasbro has let us know that there's a livestream scheduled roughly an hour from the time of this posting at New York Comic Con! Titled "Hasbro Transformers Preview" on the NYCC official website, the panel will feature the Hasbro Transformers team and be on the Twitch NYCC Live Stage channel. We've embedded that channel after the cut (WARNING: Autoplay), so keep reading to get front-row seats to the event!
Generation 1
Its hard to believe they are not in there already, but what's long overdue has finally happened. The National Toy Hall of Fame have chosen Transformers as one of the finalists for 2016. Competing with quite a few other well known toys, strangely enough even Bubble-Wrap leads the list among other toys such as Rock Em Sock Em Robots, Uno card game, Fisher Price Little People, Nerf, Clue board game, Pinball, Swing, Care Bears, Coloring Book, Dungeons & Dragons. Can Transformers beat the wrap for the win?
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