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To close out Combaticon Awareness week, we look at Onslaught! While there are a couple toys we'll be discussing, the one we're mainly talking about is one that, while not a combiner, deserves not to be forgotten in the way or newer, more Bruticus-ready Onslaughts. Keep reading to learn of the Onslaught in the forgotten size class!
As Combaticon Awareness Week winds down, we find ourselves looking at the Combaticons as solo acts. For today we'll look at Swindle's healthy and illustrious solo career - along with a minor cameo from Brawl. We'll have more details on this fantastic deal after the break!
Robots In Disguise
Combaticon Awareness Week continues! We've seen riffs on Bruticus, reissues and reimaginings of Bruticus... but not every reuse of Bruticus was Bruticus, if you get me. Today we're looking at other characters created from the G1 Combaticon molds: Battle Gaia and the best combiner name ever, Ruination. Read on and learn more!
Generation 1
We've looked at Bruticus Reimagined, but that was not the first Combaticon comeback. No, that happened in 1994 with the advent of Generation 2! Keep reading for purple camo splotches, infamous metamorphin' dudicus Onslaught and, yes! - the Cybernet Space Cube.
Fall of Cybertron
The first reimagining of Bruticus didn't exactly mean the return of the Combaticons, since the characters' names and personalities were nothing like the G1 versions - but for the second instance of the Combaticons Reimagined, that changed. Today, we're looking at the game and toys that reintroduced the classic Combaticons (or at least their very similar counterparts from an alternate universe), Fall of Cybertron! Read on to learn more.
In today's Combaticon Awareness Week article we look at Bruticus Reimagined! The first new attempt to recapture the `80s Combaticon combiner magic was in 2004, at the tail end of Transformers Energon. Ancient guardian of the Super Energon coveted by Megatron, Bruticus Maximus featured interchangeable limbs... two matching pairs of them. Read on for more!
Generation 1
For Combaticon Awareness Week, we're looking at the many faces of Bruticus and his component parts throughout the years! The Combaticons, in whole or in part, have seen reissue, reuse, and reappearance more than any other combiner team - and arguably any character not named Optimus Prime, Megatron, or Starscream. But in the beginning, there was a set of unused designs Takara had sitting around, originally planned for the Diaclone toyline... read on to learn about G1 Bruticus!
Collectors Club
This is a question we've seen pop up a bit since the revised reveal of Impactor this morning: What's the point of giving the toy that can't hand-hold any accessories a pile of extra handheld gear? And why Arcee's accessories specifically when there's Construct-Bots, Arms Microns, and even Japanese Transformers Go! accessories potentially on the table? We can't be entirely certain, but we can see a little bit of logic that lets us make educated guesses. Keep reading to learn what we've put together.
Conventions Center
Shockingly enough, all three of the Transformers exclusives on Hasbro Toy Shop which debuted at San Diego Comic Con this summer are still available to purchase as of this writing. While this batch isn't the first to see one piece stick around for a little while after activation, it's probably the first time the whole assortment has stayed accessible and obtainable even for those not riding their mobile devices at work hoping to beat store crashes. So what made this year different? Keep reading!
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.
Conventions Center
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!
Transformers BLOG
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!
Transformers BLOG
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!
Third Party
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!
Conventions Center
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!
Generation 1
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!
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