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Combiner Wars meets Masterpiece in another photo shoot from Gikpa, who has found a way to attach the Masterpiece Bumblebee mold (the G2 variety in this case) to the Combiner Wars Optimus torso, and still getting Legends Rodimus in there too! While the method of combination is not shown in these photos, it's still an interesting and not at all bad looking custom combined form. We've mirrored a few of the photos, but there's many more at Gikpa's Facebook, which you can find linked below. Keep reading to check it all out!
Transformers Adventure
By way of a pack-in catalog image, we have what we believe is the first look at Transformers Adventure Stepper, originally revealed as part of the fourth VS pack some months back. Just as expected from the name and the silhouette of the Jazz toy as a placeholder, this is very much a classic Stepper (or Ricochet), and similar to Gold Armor Grimlock features a modified headsculpt with a visor rather than Jazz's separate eyes. We've got the image mirrored, so click through and have a look!
Third Party
Genmon Photo Vault on Facebook again offers a set of excellent photos. This time looking at the just-released Unite Warriors Menasor wearing the Perfect Combiner PC-01 hands and feet and the PC-04 body kit. Besides showing how the parts look on the Takara release, they do a great job of demonstrating just what kind of mobility Menasor can have using the parts. If you've been on the fence about either upgrade, these might be what sells you. Click through to see it yourself!
Third Party
From the Facebook page of Genmon Photo Vault, we've got a great look at the color testshot of Boost, X-Transbots' take on Windcharger. Though this example is said to be without any paint work, it's already looking quite nice, and the photos go through a nice overview including a step-by-step look at how the arms and legs transform, plus size comparisons with similar figures. There's also a couple quick glimpses of a testshot of Hatch - the unofficial Tailgate sharing this mold. Click through to check it out!
Third Party
Toyworld has released new photos showing off a fully assembled copy of their dinosaur combiner. Having been seen previously as generally incomplete assemblies and without production colors, this is our first real look at the intended outcome of Toyworld's Dinobot project, and it certainly is something! We'll have to wait to see if other angles change the perception, but at the moment it's very much living up to the legacy of Dinobot combiners. To see it for yourself, click through and check out the full image.
Transformers Adventure
Hisashi Yuki has posted a pair of photos of TED-11 Steeljaw, TakaraTomy's release of our Hyperchange/Three-Step Changer figure which is due out this weekend along with Runabout and Override. Yuki pits it against the Hasbro counterpart, and the difference is amazing. And then much more so with a closeup on the head and its far more detailed paint. These simple conversion figures may not appeal to everyone, but deco like this can't hurt! Keep reading to have a look at both photos.
Collectors Club
On Wednesday, September 2nd, the order period for TFSS round 4 will close, making this the final week to get in on the Mayhem Attack Squad combiner set. With so little time remaining, Fun Publications will be rushing the last three revised mockup reveals out starting at the end of the week, covering Bludgeon, the combined form, and Impactor. Meanwhile this week they've already published a new mockup for Windsweeper, which we've got mirrored, so click through and have a look!
Third Party
Generation Toy has added a new post on their Weibo page showing off what seems to be finalized deco copies of their first two Gravity Builder figures. Seen recently as color testshots, the figures now have a much more complete finish with necessary paint detail added. The text of the post also suggests GT-1A might have been renamed from "Scraper" to the less-obvious "Forklift Truck", though machine translation is hardly the most reliable source for this. Click through to have a look at all the new photos!
Hasbro wants to know more about the fans, or so seems to be the message conveyed by a detailed survey opened today. Seemingly spearheaded by Hasbro UK, they're interested in responses from all over the world and indicate that the results will be shared with the relevant branches when finished. The survey isn't brief - depending on your level of detail it may take some time to fill out, and we can't be sure how much effect this will ultimately have. But if you'd like to add your voice to the collection, keep reading for a link!
Transformers Adventure
Hisashi Yuki has tweeted a quick photo showing Transformers Adventure's next releases, Override and Runabout in the packaging. The redecos of Combiner Wars Groove and Blackjack respectively are set to be released in Japan this weekend. The ambiguously-aligned Runabout fulfills the Battlecharger intent its mold was designed with, while Override is based on the Triggerbot, but completely lacking weapons. Oops! Click through to check out the photo.
Third Party
Coming from Moon_Base_TF on Twitter, we have a few photos showing off a complete Optimus Maximus, notably giving us an early look at the combiner that very few have managed to assemble so far. But beyond that, it's also shown using the white hands and feet from Perfect Effect's PC-05 set, and the Menasor torso add-on from PC-04. Both things work together to make a pretty nice looking finalized combined form. We've got the shots mirrored, so keep reading and take a look!
Transformers Adventure
TakaraTomy Mall has posted stock photos for several items due to be released next month. Finally we have a real look at Adventure's Ground Vehicon General, the car-mode counterpart to the Arms Micron line's Jet Vehicon General, as well as Micron Shooter Drift, and TakaraTomy's version of One-Step Thunderhoof. Rounding out the new postings are the QTF Seeker trio. All of these figures are planned for release on September 19th. Click through to see all the images!
Just in tonight, Amazon.com has listed Battle Core Optimus Prime from Voyager Wave 4, stating it will begin shipping later this week. So far this figure has seemed to pop up solely in Asia, while the associated Deluxes have been working their way in to distribution here in the United States. It now looks like we'll be winning the race to see who gets the other half of the combiner first, if Amazon's promised date holds true! Keep reading for a link to the product page.
RID 2015
Coming from, of all places, Kmart's website, we have a first look at RID2015 Drift's mission-oriented character recolor. Blizzard Strike Drift, which we prefer to think of as Snow Drift, sports a nice blue and white deco with some stylized "camo" spots along the edges, making for a reasonably attractive figure in both modes. The item is not currently available via Kmart, but if this strikes your interest, it should hopefully be popping up at other retailers in the near future. Click through to see the pictures!
In a two-for-one shot, Hisashi Yuki promotes Legends Series Ultra Magnus, scheduled for next month, and UW-02 Menasor by showing a pair of Stunticons being carried around by vehicle mode Magnus. Setting aside the horrific scale problems of this, we have to wonder if Ultra Magnus realizes what sort of cars he has on his deck. Alternately if they're prisoners... well, neither looks very securely held there, do they? Keep reading to see the full image!
Hisashi Yuki doesn't let the weekend stop him from tweeting photos of upcoming Transformers figures, and this weekend he's taking a little break from focusing on Slipstream to give us a good look at Nightbird, due for release in October in a wave of three alongside Slipstream, and Blackarachnia. ...who Nightbird is riding upon in this most recent photo. Nightbird looks excellent in silver and black, but the reality of Blackarachnia's robot-oriented deco kind of becomes apparent, even (especially?) from this angle. Click through to take a look.
Age of Extinction
Empire Online has posted a ranking of the 100 greatest characters to feature in a movie, as selected by their readership. And Optimus Prime managed to make the list! Just barely avoiding falling in to dead last place, Optimus Prime ranks 98 out of 100. We're not entirely sure on what criteria people made their choices, but the bullet points on Empire's list might have you believe it's due to Optimus riding a dinosaur. We can but wonder if he wouldn't have ranked higher had he not murdered Frasier a short time later. Click through to get a link to the full list.
Thanks to Masabon1980, we've got a ton of photos of the just-released Unite Warriors Menasor to share with you. Featuring significantly modified deco compared to the Hasbro releases, all of the Stunticons bring something different to the table, but the greatest change may be to Motormaster. As we reported earlier today, TakaraTomy has adjusted the pattern of the outward ratchet joints in Motormaster's hips, allowing a more natural stance that follows what the toy was obviously designed to do. We have 50 photos mirrored, so click through and have a look!
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