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Age of Extinction
Via their Facebook page, Prime 1 Studios has shared images of an upcoming Premium Bust Series entry based on Brawn from the 2007 Transformers movie. The bust captures a lot of the upper body vehicle elements in great sharpness and detail, and makes an excellent representation of the character as he appeared in the movie before being killed by Bumblebee. This update does not present information regarding release date or price, but given the level of completion, we expect that to be revealed soon. Keep reading to see all the pictures!
Third Party
The BMOG Toys web store is currently offering a 20% discount on their current range of animal-themed gestalt weapon kits. Available in three colors, the set of Bear Made Of Guns and Manta-Axe normally sells at $25, but from November 27th through December 1st they're available for $20 each, and the standing free shipping offer for purchases of at least two kits remains in effect. If you've been on the fence about these fun, creative toys that are compatible with Transformers and many other brands, this would be a great time to try them out!
Legends
Thanks to TakaraTomy's Hisashi Yuki and Twitter user @jitome-dan we have a great many photos of the just-released Cloud Shockwave, including a comparison to Whirl, and group shots with the other Cloud Decepticons and other Shockwaves! Shockwave may not work as well at evoking the character as Rodimus does, but you have to admit it's a nice looking deco, though maybe minus the clear pink claws. Click through and check out all the photos!
Generations
Hasbro Toy Shop wants to show its thanks to its customers - not to mention get in on some Black Friday sales action - and has passed along a new coupon code this morning. From now through Sunday, November 30th you can get 10% off your total, plus free standard shipping on most in stock items. Normal exclusions of Stomp And Chomp Grimlock and HTS exclusive items still apply of course. Sadly Brainstorm is no longer available to use the discount with, but there's plenty more available, so keep reading for the code!
Legends
Twitter user @Gba_Nyan has tweeted many photos showing off the just-release Cloud Rodimus figure. This figure has been greatly anticipated as it gives us our first update to the character in a Classics style since 2006. This large selection of photos shows Rodimus in all modes and various poses and group shots with other toys. This is arguably the best item Cloud has produced so far, and it's making a great showing already! Click through to check out the photos.
Legends
Thanks to Randy at Allspark, we've got word that the first of the two third wave Transformers: Cloud figures is now shipping from TakaraTomy Mall. While no word of it has yet arisen, we can expect Shockwave to be on the way from eHobby soon as well. Since most of us will be relying on US retailers for these figures, you can look for Rodimus to likely arrive in the next few weeks.
Generations
TFW member SydneyY has taken time to give us a translation of Figure King Magazine's recent interview with TakaraTomy designer Hironori Kobayashi. The interview has some general coverage, but focuses specially on the development of Generations (or "Legends") Arcee and Kobayashi's unique background in design for the character, which we've written about previously. Keep reading to check out the translated interview!
Generations
The Allspark is reporting that an anonymous Wal-Mart employee has leaked a new batch of inventory listings. Among these are a group of new Deluxe and Legends figures featuring familiar Protectobot names, lending weight to long speculation that Defensor would join the Combiner Wars. The list also backs up additional fan theories of how some team members may be utilized, as well as giving us two possibly unrelated new items coming in 2015. Keep reading for the list and more details!
Third Party
With the mold having debuted at TFCon Chicago in the form of the limited exclusive Grand Maximus-colored Grant, we now have an in-hand look at the final production Infinitor, the mass release edition based on Fortress Maximus. While it deviates from the original in some respects, this edition features a full paint deco with seemingly no stickers involved to complete its look. These photos from the Hong Kong based HKGTF Facebook group may serve to indicate the figure will reach US sellers within the next few weeks. Keep reading to see more!
Armada
Thanks to the official Transformers Faceboom page we have a discount code to share with you. Now through December 31st, you can get 10% off your purchase of select full series box sets from Shout Factory's online store. Including Unicron Trilogy, Beast Era, Rescue Bots and more! Orders totaling over $40 also qualify for free shipping. If you or someone you know has been interested in picking up a set or two, this is a great time to jump in. Keep reading for the coupon code and full list of qualifying series.
MasterPiece
We have just received an update from our sponsor BigBadToyStore letting us know that a law firm on behalf of Marlboro & Phillip Morris USA is telling retailers not to sell the Takara Tomy MP-23 Exhaust in the USA. Phillip Morris claims there is a trademark infringement of their logo and such violates laws pertaining to minors and the advertising of tobacco products. As a result, BBTS have taken down all order pages for the Takara Tomy MP-23 Exhaust until further notice. Read on for the full details from BigBadToyStore.
Age of Extinction
Live-action Transformers composer Steve Jablonsky has posted an illuminating explanation to Facebook to help us understand why the Age of Extinction (and, as it turns out, Dark of the Moon) soundtracks have been removed from iTunes. In short, it has to do with music licensing fees that kick in at a certain threshold- and Paramount doesn't want to have to pay them. Keep reading for Jablonsky's full statement!
Generations
Shockwave14 has posted to let everyone know that he's found Voyager Brainstorm at a Wal-Mart in National City, California. Posting an image of his receipt for proof, it looks like Brainstorm's case revision is hitting just in time for what we can hope will be quick distribution around the US for the major holiday shopping weeks. Hopefully this will also mean online retailers receive their stock very soon as well. Good hunting!
Rescue Bots
Zap2It has posted three new episode summaries for Transformers Rescue Bots, including a holiday-themed episode. While specific dates are not represented, we can infer dates for each episode based on the standing pattern. "Bugs In The System" should air December 6th, "Switcheroo" on December 13th, and "The Riders of Midwinter" on December 20th. Click through and check out the brief episode descriptions below!
Generation 1
Via their instagram account, The Loyal Subjects has announced upcoming figures exclusive to Gamestop. There will be six figures total, and so far three have been shown, including Red Alert, Slag, and a special deco of Optimus Prime. These figures are due to hit for Black Friday according to a response from The Loyal Subjects in the comments of one photo. Keep reading to see all the pictures, and be ready to brave Black Friday Gamestop if you want to add these to your collection!
RID 2015
Hasbro has announced that Stephen Davis has taken on the newly created role of Chief Content Officer. This position has been created to oversee Hasbro's media holdings and productions, putting Davis in charge Hasbro Studio projects, and Hasbro's remaining stake in Discovery Family Channel, as well as managing the licensing and publishing teams and Hasbro's internal commercial productions. Davis will also work with Brian Goldner on ongoing and future film projects. Click through to read the full press release.
Third Party
While Play With This Too is using designs based on classic Transformers characters as a launching point, they're still aiming for fully original designs and products. This will eventually push them beyond our field of coverage, but for now we can take a look at some of the new incentive option heads for their Pretender-based figure designs. Blackjack and Moon-Unit's exclusive colors are planned to work alongside previously announced figures or their recolors, including one we haven't yet been shown. Click through to check it out!
RID 2015
Amazon has posted listings for upcoming books tied to the RID 2015 series. The first comes with a title, Bumblebee vs Scuzzard, while the other currently retains a placeholder "Chapter Book #2" designation. Both are listed as being 160 pages, and are written by John Sazaklis who has written books for Transformers Prime and Rescue Bots. Both books are priced at $5.99 and are due to release on May 5, 2015.
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