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Generations
TFW2005 user Mr. Chaos has posted a listing of UPCs for upcoming Power of the Primes products from ToysRUs' computer! If you've followed the PotP leaks since July and August, the contents of Wave 2 and 3 aren't exactly a surprise - but this is pretty good confirmation of what's to come. Keep reading for more info!
Legends
Singapore fangroup Planet Iacon broke the news - and site sponsor BigBadToyStore has just confirmed - that TakaraTomy's version of Power of the Primes begins in May! Titled very similarly as Power of Prime, the figures listed are being released in a format seemingly identical to their US releases. But, what's interesting is what's not listed from Wave 1. Keep reading for details!
Generations
Today we're proud to be rolling out a new feature on TFormers! We call it the Wave Tracker, and it's designed to give you an at-a-glance indication of what the most current info about a given toy is. Are there pre-orders up yet for Power of the Primes Wave 2? What's the next Masterpiece figure being released? Any reviews or photo galleries of the newest TakaraTomy Legends figures out there? If we know, the Wave Tracker will tell you. Keep reading to learn more!
Generations
The find of a brand new DPCI for the Deluxe price point with the start of Power of The Primes has enabled a lot of *ahem* targeted hunting at Target stores across the US. Now thanks to Twitter user Frere Barrett we have DPCIs for all the rest of the price points, and it seems they're all brand new too which means it's possible to use online tools to check for incoming stock at your local stores! We now have Prime Masters, Legends, Voyagers, and Evolution Leaders ready for searching. Keep reading for all the numbers!
Transformers BLOG
We reported about a week ago on the possibility of a merger between Hasbro and Mattel, initiated by Hasbro themselves. We have word via Reuters that this effort did not proceed very far, and as of the current time the dealings are not moving forward. Reuters reports via confidential sources that part of the failure to deal at this time was due to what Mattel indicated was an "undervaluing" of the company by Hasbro. We don't expect much more to develop on this anytime soon, but as this wasn't the first time Hasbro has put out feelers, we're also sure it won't be the last. Find a link to the report in the full article below!
Generation 1
Pop Culture Shock Collectibles is pleased to announce we have now secured a licensing agreement with Hasbro Inc. We are excited about the opportunity to team with Hasbro in creating collectibles based on characters from properties like TRANSFORMERS, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY to name a few. Stay tuned for further details!
Generations
The first of wave 1 literally just started appearing at retail in the US a couple days ago, and we're already starting to see a quick inflow if data about wave 2! Via Southern Hobby Supply, we have a few listing for Power of The Primes giving info about the second wave case assortments. We know the breakdowns now for the Prime Master, Voyager, and Leader classes. Deluxe and Legends did not have populated info as of the time of this writing. Find out what's coming up in the full article below.
Transformers 5 The Last Knight
We reported in September that the release of TLK-29 Cogman, originally planned for the end of October, had been delayed with no followup release date given. It's taken a while, but we finally have some good news on this story. An update has been posted by TakaraTomy, and Cogman is back on the schedule. If you were counting on the Japanese release to bring you one of the best toys the Transformers The Last Knight line has to offer, it looks like you're back in business! Click through for the updated release details!
Transformers BLOG
Sure, the title reads like perfect clickbait, but odds are you will find yourself in stunned disbelief when you hear the last of this year's nominees. Last year, Transformers were nominated for entry to the Toy Hall of Fame. They didn't make it, losing out, in part, to the swing. Transformers was up for a spot again this year, but sadly didn't make the final cut. Two of the inductees that beat them were the simple wiffle ball, and the classic board game Clue. And we can't begrudge either of those, else Col. Mustard might do us in with a candlestick in the library. But what was the third inductee? Oh, keep reading...
Transformers Movies
A piece on Variety earlier this week reveals that Huahua Media out of China and Paramount Pictures are ending what was supposed to be a multi-year investment deal that would see the Chinese company contribute financing to numerous film productions. If this sounds vaguely familiar, it should. In August, Paramount execs flew to China to smooth things over after a string of movies - most recent at the time being Transformers: The Last Knight - failed to perform to expectations. Paramount says they'll pursue financing partnerships elsewhere - including with Hasbro - but on the whole it's probably still not good news at all. Keep reading for more details!
MasterPiece
Over on Facebook, Loopaza has uncovered new info about Masterpiece Beast Wars Dinobot! After what's seemed like forever waiting, we're finally inching towards a real release for our third Beast Wars MP mold, which is reported to be designated as MP-41. But while the release info offers no new images or other details about the figure directly, we do get to find out a release date, and a price to go with it. And it's a bit of a shocker. Take a seat, and keep reading for the details!
Transformers Movies
A Toys R Us employee who requests to remain unidentified but has a reliable track record has revealed some new discoveries from the inventory system, featuring mainly new Movie-series merchandise, plus a couple of as-yet unknown exclusives. Keep reading for a full list!
Legends
The Grand Maximus preorder period is over, and TakaraTomy have announced the results. While the recolor of Titans Return Fortress Maximus did meet its prerequisite of 2000 preorders and will be made, it couldn't quite reach the goal of 3000 that was necessary for TakaraTomy to manufacture the special Pretender shell for the smaller Headmaster figure. It's a pity, but focus on the positive: for the first time since we got Titan Class figures, there is an exclusive recolor available of one. Keep reading for the announcement from TakaraTomy.
HasCon
Note that date: the official Transformers Facebook page has just announced that a second HasCon will be happening September 6-8th, 2019. At the moment, no other information is available, though Hasbro thanks fans for "making (the) first HasCon a huge success". More information as it becomes available - but with us being two years out, that could well be a while. In the meantime, keep reading to see the announcement!
Transformers Movies
Loopaza on Facebook has shared information from retailer listings, revealing TakaraTomy releases for new movie products starting in April of next year - and if you pay attention to leak info, some of this is going to sound familiar! Along with this news is further signs of Movie Masterpiece Barricade being on the way, with MPM-5 among the listed goods. We'll go through the list for you, so keep reading!
Legends
TakaraTomy has updated the product page on TakaraTomy Mall and also shared the info on Twitter: Initially Legends Grand Maximus was relying on meeting a minimum preorder total of 2000 for production to occur, and with just about a week left in the preorder window they've succeeded! At this point it's sure that the unexpected Fortress Maximus redeco will be made, but there's still some ways left before the bonus Pretender shell follows suit. Just as a reminder, Grand Maximus is due to ship on March 31, 2018. Keep reading to see the TakaraTomy tweet - in Japanese, of course.
Car Robots
Not too long ago we were treated to a selection of voice samples from the brand new sound chip being designed for the Encore edition of Fire Convoy. Alongside the release of this month's Figure King magazine we have a new set of three voice clips, this time featuring God Magnus! Two of them are rather straight forward, but the other clip is just baffling enough with machine translation to defy an easily interpreted meaning. We have the link to the TakaraTomy page with the clips below, go give them a listen now!
Transformers BLOG
A new report on CNN Money is bringing attention to the ripples that the bankruptcy filing of Toys R Us is likely to make in the toy industry. Hasbro's quarterly earnings call recently noted a healthy growth for the company above expectations in the third quarter. But the fourth quarter, reliant on the all important shopping holidays, is looking to be less fruitful. During the lead up to the bankruptcy decision, Hasbro made clear their intent to maintain normal business relations with Toys R Us, indicating how much value they still carry as a retail partner. Keep reading to find the link back to the original article!
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