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Fun Publications have begun the process of hyping up Botcon 2015, coming to an obscure and remote suburb of Chicago near you next summer! Today they've stated that the official reveal for the box set theme will be made during the week of New Year's, with toy reveals to follow soon after. They followed this with a series of conditions to explain what the set would not represent, launching a flurry of speculative activity for what remains. You can click through and see the original tweets and find out what's off the table this year!
Generations
Pre-holiday toy distribution can be an amazing thing sometimes, as the United States has gone from zero to nearly full availability of Combiner Wars in a short few days! Pushing the cycle forward we have our first reports of Combiner Wars toys hitting store shelves, with the Legends assortment making it to Target locations, priced at $9.99. So far Austin, Texas and North Little Rock, Arkansas have been confirmed and more are sure to follow. These will be everywhere soon, so hold tight and save your money! Click through for the photo evidence.
Age of Extinction
In a recent interview with MTV, Mark Wahlberg was asked whether his time with the Transformers movie franchise had concluded. Wahlberg announced he had committed to making additional films in the series, and went on to reference "Mr. Bay" when vaguely alluding to going back to work. We can expect to see a return of Cade Yeager, but whether this also indicates Michael Bay has (again) agreed to direct after saying he was moving on or if Wahlberg is simply misinformed about the current state of affairs remains to be seen. Click through and watch the embedded video!
MasterPiece
TakaraTomy's official Twitter has uploaded another batch of photos of Masterpiece Ultra Magnus! Tonight they want to show you just what he's made of, and by that I mean how much metal is in his body. With an unpainted testshot figure showing the diecast components and a digital scale revealing its weight at just shy of a kilogram, MP Magnus is one massive figure! Click through and check out the pictures.
Third Party
Meteor Operation has presented us with several photos of a new third party product. Well known accessory maker Dr. Wu has branched off and formed Dr. Q, which for the moment seems to be engaging in making SD-style figures of Transformers characters. The first example is an Optimus and Grimlock based on the G1 designs, but made for Optimus to ride Grimlock as in the movies. We don't have any release information yet, but for now you can keep reading to check out the photos!
Generation 1
User Chobedear has posted photos of the packaging for Year of The Goat Optimus prime, the gold and colorless-clear plastic edition of G2 Laser Prime. Chobedear is also the original source for the Platinum Insecticon set, and has provided some new information. These are both available in Singapore right now, with the Insecticons running the equivalent of about US$100 and Optimus is $155. Let's hope when these eventually reach a retailer in the US, it's at a much lower price! Keep reading to see the new pictures.
Generations
Revealed at Botcon this past summer, there's been much curiosity and concern over the whereabouts of Leader Class Generations Megatron who's had no new press since. Robot Kingdom has come to the rescue however, offering up preorders for the first 2015 Leader assortment featuring Megatron and its retool as Armada Megatron, offering availability in early 2015. Also listed is a solid case of Leader Thundercracker coming in April. You can check out both listings after the cut!
Generation 1
Via an anonymous source, we have packaged photos of a Platinum Series three pack of the G1 Insecticons. These toys were reissued several years ago exclusively at Toys R Us - largely featuring replacement names due to trademarking issues, something this set corrects. We have no information on pricing or intended time of release, however there's a cross-sell on the box that shows the "Seeker Squadron" of Thrust, Dirge and Ramjet. Click through for the photos, and keep watch for future updates on these sets!
MasterPiece
The TakaraTomy official Twitter account has once again brought us preview photos of the soon to be released Masterpiece Ultra Magnus. Today's series focuses on how specific portions of the toy's transformation work, one accompanied by a hand-drawn illustration to make the context a little clearer. While Magnus doesn't look like the most complicated toy, it's doing a good job of looking like a media-inspired Ultra Magnus! Keep reading to see the images.
Generations
It's taken some time, but now that complete combiner sets are getting in the hands of more fans around the world, we finally have comparison images showing the relative size of the gestalts of Combiner Wars with their earlier and third party opposites. Thanks to "prjkt", we have pictures of Superion and Ultra Prime with FOC Bruticus and Maketoys' Giant, as well as a range of other size comparisons. It's pretty impressive, so click through and check it all out!
Age of Extinction
Film data site The Numbers has posted a list of the highest-grossing actors of all time- that is, actors who have appeared in films which have collectively had the highest overall ticket sales. Topping the list by approximately one Age of Extinction is Frank Welker, who has secured the top spot from previous record holder Samuel L. Jackson. So that movie was good for something, it turns out. Keep reading to see the top ten and get a link to the full list of 100!
MasterPiece
The TakaraTomy official Twitter account has posted new images showing off the quickly upcoming Masterpiece Ultra Magnus, this time seen alongside a G1 Magnus to show both its design accuracy, and how it's advanced while keeping in the same style. Notably Masterpiece Magnus has a much darker blue than the original toy, and darker even than is typically associated with the cartoon model. But you have to admit it's quite striking looking! Click through and check out the photos.
Generations
Combiner Wars is the topic on everyone's mind right now, and the new Optimus Prime finds itself high on that list. Despite a less than warm reception when revealed at Botcon, opinions have been changing as we've seen more and more of the toy. And like it or hate it, you can't deny that this Optimus is a huge wall of robot for being a Voyager pricepoint. We've got a couple pictures to illustrate, so keep reading and check it out!
Generations
Nichloas' Figure Reviews has finished out the first wave of Combiner Wars Deluxes with a video featuring Skydive. While we're still waiting for any video producers to get together a full set of toys and complete a combiner, we can in the meantime finally have a look at the last Aerialbot of wave one and see how it stands on its own. Click through to see the video!
Rescue Bots
Discovery Family Channel has uploaded a two minute preview for next weekend's new episode of Rescue Bots. It's a journey to the center of Kade as the miniaturized Rescue Bots brave the wilds of his innards to exterminate an infection of cleaning nanites. Catch this episode on Discovery Family Channel this Saturday, December 20th at 1:30pm Eastern Time. Click through to check out the clip!
Third Party
Mega Steel has released a new picture of their Buster figure based on G1 Blaster. This roughly Voyager size figure can now be seen in what we expect are final production colors and paint applications, and while it diverges a bit more from the image of Blaster, it still looks quite nice! They're expecting final shipment from their factory next month, so these should hit your retailer of choice soon after that. Keep reading for the full size photo.
Generations
From zy80 we have a set of high detail photos of Combiner Wars Powerglide. The newest Aerialbot is a great likeness between the original toy and media interpretations, along with some fun extras like forearms full of missiles. Besides seeing Powerglide in weapon mode and unofficial vehicle "attack mode", you can also check out some quick thoughts on the toy from zy80. Keep reading to see it all!
Generations
Youtube user thefallen835 has uploaded his review of Combiner Wars Silverbolt, fresh in stores this week in various places around the UK. This nearly half hour long video goes over a lot of the toy, including both primary modes and the combiner torso. Unfortunately just as with the earlier video of Optimus, a full video for Superion will have to wait a bit longer. Click through and take a look at the review embedded below!
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