As reported back in early December, the Power of The Primes voting is getting ready to launch. A placeholder page has already been activated on hasbro.com giving a quick background on the significance of the Matrix of Leadership, along with an outline of the voting process that will take place. The first stage is selecting the contenders, a group of nine who were revealed in the early announcement - Ultra Magnus, Hound, Arcee, Shockwave, Megatron, Star Saber, Thunderwing, the "Unknown Evil" Deathsaurus, and Optimus Primal - with the winners moving on to a final selection poll. Keep reading for a link and to check it all out!
Transformers @ The Moon has just posted a release schedule for the UK with a few interesting things on it. Of particular note is Generations Trypticon - who we'd guess will be released at the far end of the year since he was only a leg back at NYCC in September - and a TF5 Remote Controlled Earth.
But probably the most noteworthy thing is that it essentially gives away that the street date for the Transformers: The Last Knight
toyline will be in April 2017
. Keep reading to see the list!
Target is apparently wasting little time in advance of the fifth movie toyline, as Allspark member Quantumhawk has posted an image showing a shelf tag already in place for the Voyager assortment. We have been previously speculating that the Premiere Edition Optimus Prime could come out as early as February, which may be what's prompting this labeling. However, take note that at least as goes the movie line, it seems Target will be jumping the price of Voyagers up another $5, as the tag indicates a price of $29.99 as opposed to the $24.99 Generations Voyagers currently are. We have a new DPCI, which you can find below!
There's blood in the water, and that's got everyone on the hunt. With the first leak of code named The Last Knight retail products
, more digging has been prompted, and the latest find is a list of apparent Toys R Us exclusives for the movie line. Three Movie Masterpieces are found, indicating at least two besides the Bumblebee revealed yesterday. Other assortments are indicated as well, including some surprising reveals! We have the full list below, with shots of the inventory screens, so keep reading!
Avid list maker and Amazon catalogger Nevermore has received a list reflecting the nature of The Last Knight
's toyline including barcode numbers, allowing him to verify the info through placeholder Amazon listings. As it has been in the past, all characters are code named, with the theme of planetary bodies and other space-related phenomena. But we can tease some real information on the line, such as that at least three waves are planned for both Deluxe and Voyager, as well as character reoccurences in the Legion class. You can find more information below!
Via Action Robo we have a partial image from a retailer order sheet, revealing the existence of MP-38. And curiously, it's listed as being "Convoy (Beast Wars)" again! However, this one carries a modifier that works out to the effect of "Legendary Commander", and that might be enough to guess what this is in absence of any photos. Meanwhile, MP-38 is listed at 12,000 Yen and is due for release in late June. Keep reading for speculation!
TakaraTomy has launched the webpage for their 10th anniversary live action movie line, which was revealed through retailer solicitations some while back. Thanks to this we now have the line's name: Movie The Best, which is abbreviated MB in the product codes. Presumably the word "best" is meant to describe the toys used as the best available representations of the characters, rather than an assessment of the movies themselves. The page shows small images of the known lineup which will be releasing between February and March. Keep reading for the link!
Namphamvmr, the reddit user who brought us the first gallery of photos of Skyshadow
, has also given us a first look anywhere at more of the upcoming fourth wave of Titans Return. The photos of the package show the wave cross-sell, and in the Deluxe slot is Topspin! The Jumpstarter had been rumored a while back, but this is our first true verification, as well as first idea of its appearance. Topspin will join Perceptor in comprising Deluxe wave 4. Keep reading for the (sadly low-res) image!
Yesterday's "it's a wrap" post from Michael Bay featuring the highlight reel of the production made the announcement that we could expect to see The Last Knight
's trailer for the first time today. But now we've received word on when and where to be watching for that to happen. The broadcast debut will run during Monday Night Football on TV in North America, with it planned to go live online soon after to give everyone who's not ready for some football the opportunity to see it as well. We'll have more on this later tonight, so stay tuned for incoming updates!
Actor Josh Duhamel took to Twitter the other day to express his regret at being unable to be in the crowd the next time the Minnesota Vikings were to play. This is relevant to us because he explained that he was too busy shooting Transformers: The Last Knight
aboard the USS Carl Vinson in San Diego, CA! We've got a collection of photos embedded below from the Duhamel's Land fan page on Instagram, as well as Duhamel and the crew of the Carl Vinson cheering on the Vikings from his own Instagram page. Keep reading to see both!
Facebook group Planet Iacon has shared an interesting find. They have what is supposedly an excerpt from an upcoming product listing that reveals two future TakaraTomy releases. One of these is MP-37, the assertion of whose identity seems to be corroborated by at least one independent source. The other item would be the tentative confirmation of Legends-series Godbomber. Marked as LG-42 on the list, that would put it in either March or possibly April of 2017, as February's Leo Prime/Lio Convoy is LG-41. Keep reading for more, including the name of MP-37!
Following up today's announcement of The Power of The Primes fan-choice poll, the Transformers Facebook page has posted an image revealing the nine characters who we'll be choosing from when voting opens in January. Some of the selections are unexpected, though an obvious nominee or two are still present. Sadly the image seems to confirm the currently reigning (at least in IDW) Starscream is not among the picks, which is sure to disappoint on the assumption that IDW will need to follow along with whatever choice is made. Keep reading to find out who's up for Matrix Bearer in 2017!
The Hollywood Reporter has gotten the scoop on the last leg of the Prime Wars Trilogy: the title is officially Power Of The Primes.
Furthermore, the article reveals that Machinima will be continuing on from their Combiner Wars
miniseries with Titans Return
and Power Of The Primes.
Keep reading for more details!
Transformers may not have made it to the Toy Hall of Fame this year, but there's still a chance for some recognition on a more limited scale. The Toy Indistry Association has announced the nominees for the 2017 Toy of The Year awards, and in the action figures category, Transformers stand tall represented by Generations Fortress Maximus. Most of the awards will be decided by the toy industry, but a people's choice award will also allow the general public to pick their own winners. Keep reading to see what Fortress Maximus is up against in the action figure category, and for relevant links!
The Last Knight
has received a second classification for its debut trailer. The IMAX exclusive trailer has passed through the Alberta Film Ratings office as of today. We reported recently on British Columbia's Consumer Protection Board taking much the same action. A second classification authority taking a stab on it would seem to indicate its premiere isn't much farther off. Where do we think the IMAX trailer will first appear? Keep reading for our theory!
TakaraTomy Mall has put up a product page for the new Masterpiece Megatron. While it has not been populated with any images yet, there is some official information provided. First up, the retail price is confirmed, with the listing posted at 24,480 Yen (23,000 + 8% tax). This leaves it on roughly equal footing with MP-10 Optimus as the most expensive (non exclusive) Masterpiece releases. The page also gives some information about the figure's features, plus the planned release timeframe. Keep reading to find out more!
Mastermind Creations posted to their Facebook this morning to deliver some unfortunate news. It seems a number of items in their Reformatted series will experience unavoidable delays in release. They've included an info graphic with the new projected release timeframes. Of note, the second run of Carnifex (unofficial IDW Overlord) is not expected until March of 2017. Kultur (not-Tarn), as well as Titanika (not-Strika) and Dicamus (not-Roadbuster) are still expected before the end of the year. You can find the complete list in the full post below!
As we settle in to the holiday shopping season, we're quite pleased to find that some price breaks have been visited upon Transformers in order to motivate additional sales. Right now, both Walmart and Target in the United States have been reported as reducing the price of Deluxes to about $10. Local participation may vary, as will inventory levels of course, but this may be well timed: Wave 3 is on the way in, and these reductions and brand new toys may very well meet before prices return to normal! And if not, this would be an excellent time to buy an extra figure or two to donate to Toys For Tots! Happy hunting!