It was just over a year ago that we were introduced to Combiner Wars, with Superion and Menasor leading the way. As we move towards the final product wave for 2015 and look at the first half of 2016, trends are clearly presenting themselves, and interesting and promising design philosophies may not look the same as they once did. With another year ahead of it, is Combiner Wars already in a state of decline? Keep reading to hear our thoughts.
While Botcon feels like it was practically just yesterday, it's already time for San Diego Comic Con to kick off later this week. TFormers will be there bringing you coverage of everything Transformers as it happens, so be sure to stay right here so you don't miss anything. But in the meantime, what sorts of reveals might we look forward to seeing come this Thursday when Hasbro's Transformers events take place? Keep reading to check out our thoughts!
TakaraTomy is making no secret of an aim to "perfect" as much as they can the Combiner Wars toys for their iteration of the toyline. Groove is joining their Defensor as a full limb, raising the bar just a bit from restoring classic team lineups with recolors as they're doing with Superion and Menasor. It doesn't seem much of a leap that they could make an original Blast Off figure for when they get to Bruticus, but what are the chances of seeing these made available through Hasbro? Keep reading...
It's no secret that Titan Class Devastator has experienced mixed reactions starting even before we actually saw it, based on a few first-hand reports from no-photos showings pre-Toy Fair. The only thing everyone might be able to agree on is that the Devastator we got was not what was expected. But let's face it: for the prices involved, it's not unreasonable to expect as much perfection as possible. And as it's turning out, you can start to get there - for the right money. Keep reading!
Official Transformers toys are released in most of the world by Hasbro, and in Japan by Takara Tomy, formerly Takara. Takara, a Japanese toy manufacturer, produced the first toys that would become Transformers in Japan in the early 1980s. Hasbro saw these Diaclone and Micro Change Series toys and licensed them, creating the Transformers brand. Today, both companies perpetuate the toy line, but is it true to say that Takara (Tomy) Transformers toys are regularly better than Hasbro releases? Keep reading!
We have recently floated the possibility that we are experiencing another golden age of Transformers collecting, and a majority seemed to agree with us that the live action Transformers movies have been good for the health of the brand. With so much choice available, the topic of choosing my purchases has never been far from this blog and the articles seen in the last year.
This is a question I've been trying to work out since Toy Fair, when I immediately knew I didn't like the face for the retail release of Titan Class Devastator. But for as much as I knew I didn't like it, I had the worst time working out exactly why that was. Much later when the SDCC version was first revealed, my problem was compounded when I liked its head much better but still couldn't say just why. That is, until now. Keep reading!
2015's summer convention season is about to kick off. But, what should be a time of fun and relaxation with friends can easily turn sour if you find your convention has placed you in a hotel with less than ideal upkeep. Failing services or worn furnishings may be bad enough, but it's nothing compared to the worst potential issue of all: A bedbug infestation. We've collected some tips on identifying an infestation in progress, options to deal with it, and ways to keep it from coming home with you. Keep reading to learn more!
Devastator has been a near constant presence in the Transformers' world for 30 years, and as the first combiner he paved the way for the teams who would come later - appropriate job for a sextet of construction vehicles! Where did Devastator come from, and what has he done? How many Devastators are there on paper, on film, and in plastic? Read on for a brief history of Devastator!
Were the live action Transformers movies directed by Michael Bay good or bad for Transformers? Thats the question that I put to a number of respected collectors and community members, and not just in regards to Transformers toys, but the general health of the brand and the people who now count themselves as fans.
One of the nicest discoveries Ive made since embracing modern Transformers lines in recent years are the Transformers Collectors Club exclusives. Not all of them have appealed to me, but since finding some deluxe class gems in the Revenge of the Fallen, Animated, Prime and Beast Hunters lines, and then completing the repaint list for each, Ive come to appreciate their TFCC counterparts.
What will happen to our toys when we die? This is a question that numerous collectors have asked themselves and each other throughout this age of adult collecting. Inevitably, as the original generation of Transformers children and collectors starts moving into their 40s and later, thoughts start turning to the twilight of our lives and what will become of the tonnes of plastic we have amassed. What will happen to our toys when we die?
Surely about 5 years ago, something like this would have been completely inconceivable? A high quality transformers product created by a new company, completely unaffiliated with the official manufacturers and based entirely on an original character created for an official Transformers comic by a fanfic writer who made it and illustrated by a fan artist who made it.
Perhaps emboldened by the amazing success of Marvel's take on a shared continuity for its increasingly numerous movies and now TV projects, Hasbro has made known their plans to try this approach with the Transformers movie series. But what can we expect from this direction, and how might it affect Transformers 5? Keep reading for some thoughts.
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.
I would normally take issue with interviewing a Transformers collector who won't reveal his full name, but if you've spent any time around G1 Transformers forums in recent years or TFW2005 generally, you'll know Brad "Th0r4z1n3" B from his legendary seeker-focused collecting or his status as an ex-moderator of that gigantic Transformers forum, so I've no doubt you'll be able to put a face to a name and personality.
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.
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?