The Cybertron Philippines group has apparently uncovered images of the packaging for the long-rumored G1 Trypticon reissue coming to the Platinum Series, the current home for released G1 figures. Prior information has this set expected to carry a price around $150, which may seem appealing to many looking for a complete, working-condition copy of the toy. Keep reading to check out the pictures. Thanks to Eric John A. Cruz for sharing these outside the closed CybPH community!
TFYuki has dropped another new hint of Unite Warriors on twitter tonight. In a new silhouette image, Optimus Prime's torso mode is shown docked to the Stunticon molds, making it appear that Takara will market a version of Ultra Prime themselves. Notably the Offroad mold is present in this group, implying the same assortment of characters as we'll be seeing in Deluxe wave 4: Ironhide, Mirage, Prowl, and Sunstreaker, rather than trying to make Team '84 more consistent with Masquerade.
While everyone has attention turned to Defensor at the moment, Hisashi Yuki would like to remind everyone that Superion is due out shortly, and so has posted the first photos of the UW-01 set to Twitter. The box's front flap has really excellent art of Superion and the Aerialbots, and lifts to reveal a window to show off the toys laid out in a flight formation corresponding to their combined mode positions. After all, presentation is everything! Click through and check out the photos.
Autobase Aichi has dug up a new image showing that a Kabaya version of the Seacons will be released somewhere in the near future. These technically will represent the iteration of the Seacons from Masterforce, but they happen to be pretty much identical to the US release Seacons. The only picture of the kits are combined as King Poseidon. And since Masterforce's Seacons were legions of drones apart from Turtler, getting duplicates of most of these wouldn't be a bad thing! Click through to check out the solicitation image.
Hot on the heels of the latest delay in launching preregistration with just over three weeks left until the convention starts, the Fun Pub Video Youtube channel has posted a pair of new videos giving a walkthrough demonstration of the new registration system for both regular attendees and exhibitors. At last report, the earliest registration is expected to possibly go live is now Tuesday, May 26th, following additional complications with bringing the new system online. We have the videos embedded below, so click through to have a look.
Dengeki Hobby has released the first photos of Masterpiece Road Rage, the Diaclone-inspired recolor/retool of Masterpiece Tracks. Getting our first look at Road Rage in her normal and flying car modes, the figure is looking even better than it did with the robot mode shots. Road Rage will be released in October. Click through to check out the pictures!
Site sponsors TFSource and Robot Kingdom have put up preorder pages for Platinum Edition Trypticon! Robot Kingdom lists the price as $159.90 US and a ship date of June 23rd, while TFSource lists the figure at $199.99 and a ship date of July. Since Robot Kingdom tends to get things a week or so early and sport prices that are slightly lower before shipping and handling charges, this all seems consistent. Given the ship date, don't be surprised if you see these at BotCon. Read on for preorder links!
Retailers in the United States have begun activating their stock of the special extra Combiner Wars figures Quickslinger and Brake-Neck tonight. While individual policies and performance are varying, we know at least that BigBadToyStore is rationing out their supply with a strict limit, and a staggered release of the figures in to inventory. But given these are appearing at every major and most specialty online stores, they should be relatively plentiful at least in the short term. To find out more, click through for links to our reviews of the figures!
With about 25 days remaining before the first planned activities of this year's Botcon, it looks like registration will finally go live sometime on Friday, May 22. The Botcon Twitter account posted a notice to this effect, and an update to botcon.com goes in to slightly more detail, anticipating pre-reg so long as no technical issues present themselves in the meantime. Along with this, images of this year's t-shirt and hat were also posted. Click through and check out the images and a quote from the update.
The Planet Iacon Facebook group managed to get some photos of Titan Class Devastator, but not the standard one. They appear to have turned up an early sample of the special edition Devastator that will be sold at SDCC this July. However, unlike most expectations, this is not featuring a Generation 2 inspired yellow or (more correctly) orange deco, and instead seems to be a "premium" style G1 deco, in much the same way Metroplex was offered in 2013. Click through to check it out.
Once again, John DeLuna from Radio Free Cybertron is benefitting from living within spitting distance of Fub Publications' home office and is among the first to receive the opening figure of the third subscription service. Carzap is a recolor and retool of Generations IDW Bumblebee based on a super obscure, canceled Japanese Generation 2 toy that would have come with a small block building kit. Whether this is pushing the line of obscurity past general appeal, who knows? But it certainly looks nice! Click through to check it out.
Keeping priorities well in line, Fun Publications has followed through on yesterday's promise and posted the first three pages of the at-show comic book story. Featuring Stepper, Battletrap, and Megatron out of the boxset's offerings, the preview is just enough to set up the underlying notion of the story typing the disparate toys together. The final page of the preview also featured an obscured character, who after some guesses to the identity perhaps got too close, was obscured even more
. Identity speculation and preview images in the full article!
Figure King Magazine scans are starting to pop up, and thanks to Taghobby we have our first look at the Transformers content. Alongside some upcoming recolors and first releases in the Transformers Adventure line including RID Drift, and Legends-Class Powerglide and Cosmos, we have some brand new reveals, including what seems to be our first Takara-original Combiner Wars limb with Deluxe Groove. Check out the scans and more details by clicking the title!
Registration is now open for TFCon Charlotte! Available online for a whopping, super-professional 149 days/5ish months/21 weeks before the event, prices range from a $264 package for the weekend and a set of convention-exclusive toys down to $22 for Sunday only. Prices are also given for the various figures as add-ons, and also T-Shirts ranging up to size 3XL. Keep reading to see, and for a link!
Maketoys has officially announced their G2 Devastator with the Yellow Giant DX set! This set is the original yellow Giant paint scheme in a set that includes the updates created for the Green Giant Type 61 set. Priced at $379.95 US, up to two Yellow Giants can be shipped for a flat rate of $46.95. Keep reading for more details and a link to the preorder page!
With their street date of May 22 fast approaching, Brake-Neck and Quickslinger - Wildrider and Slingshot - continue popping up in listing pages on retail websites. The latest of these is Walmart's US website, where they were briefly marked as in stock at a price of $16.96 before having their status switched back to unavailable. Remember, most all major retailers and many specialty toy retailers will be carrying these come Friday, so don't worry about missing your chance!
While we can't know for certain just yet that these Generations Waspinator recolors we reported on earlier are Botcon toys, we do have a good idea of what they're meant to be. Similar to the unknown black Skids seeming to be a Diaclone reference, these Waspinators appear to be set up as stand-ins for the line's Waruder mecha - the origins of the G1 Insecticons, based on the right-most toy sharing coloration with a Waruder toy not adapted in to Transformers. It looks like Botcon may have a Diaclone referential sideline happening this year!
Maketoys gave an update today as to the current situation with Dystopia, their not-Metrotitan recolor of their not-Metroplex figure, Utopia. Besides changes to the hows and whys of shipping (but not the price), they announced that Dystopia is still available for preorder! Secondly, they posted an image of their G2-inspired yellow Giant to their Facebook page, saying that a Maketoys Exclusive was coming soon. Keep reading to see!