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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.
Third Party
On their Facebook page today X-Transbots has posted photos of a hand painted test shot of their upcoming Apollyon figure. This figure done in the Masterpiece style does a great job of capturing the cartoon likeness of Megatron, and this is only further highlighted when seen in an approximation of its final colors. A CG render is provided for reference of the intended final look. Click through and check out the mirrored images!
RID 2015
It's a stock photography kind of day! Amazon UK has added product pages for a few RID2015 items, giving us good looks at Warrior Class Bumblebee, Hyper Change Bumblebee and Grimlock, and One-Step Changer Sideswipe. All the toys look pretty solid, even Sideswipe who seems to be based on the very popular "butterfly-knife" style trasformation first seen on AOE One-Step Drift. Keep reading to check out the new photos!
Generations
Hasbro has sent out the first round of official product shots for Combiner Wars. Wave 1 of this greatly anticipated iteration of the Generations Classics line features Voyagers Silverbolt and Optimus Prime, and Deluxes Drag Strip, Skydive, Firefly (Fireflight), and Alpha Bravo who can become the limbs for any combiner Voyager figure. These photos are our first chance to see these toys in production plastic colors, and they're looking pretty great! Keep reading for more, plus a bonus new Superion image from the Transformers Facebook!
Third Party
Play With This Too is preparing for a Kickstarter campaign in early 2015, to feature a series of exclusive versions of figures as incentives. The first shown is Bitemark, a black and red hybrid of Desolataur (based on Skullgrin) with a red Bloodbath (Bomb-Burst) head and a Tech Drone in matching colors. While not analogous to any Transformers character like the input parts are, it's an attractive deco and effective monster design that would fit right in with other Pretender Monster-style figures. Click through to see the concept art!
Age of Extinction
Our thanks to Alfes2010 who has followed up a round of early unboxing shots with two full review galleries of the just released Knight Armor/Ultimate Power Optimus prime. TakaraTomy's retool of the Leader Class figure to bring it more in line with the upgraded appearance of Optimus from near the end of the movie. We've mirrored a number of photos highlighting differences and direct comparisons, and there are many more waiting at Alfes2010's blog. Keep reading for the pictures and a link to the review pages!
Third Party
Writer Maz has posted an article on our sponsor TFSource's blog talking about his experience with Azalea from Mastermind Creations. Accompanied by numerous photos, Maz relates the course of his dealing with this anticipated figure from MMC, and tries to offer some advice and insight for others considering Azalea or another from her family. While not entirely shining a positive light on the toy, this piece may be helpful to those on the fence between MMC or Generations Arcee. Keep reading for select excerpts and a few mirrored photos!
Age of Extinction
Hasbro Toy Shop has just activated a new coupon code offering free shipping on select items. Products in the Hot Holiday Toys category are eligible to ship for free through Friday, November 21st. Including items such as Stomp And Chomp Grimlock, Rescue Bots Optimus Primal, and Mega One-Step Bumblebee, it's a chance to grab some big items without paying big shipping costs. Click through and keep reading for the coupon code, and remember it's only good for items in this specific category!
Generations
Take as rumor for the time being, but jru42287 who has previously provided reliable information now reports finding Devastator listed in the inventory system at Toys R Us. While he could not share pricing at this time, it can reasonably be expected to be at least $100, and potentially a bit more besides with the Toys R Us "bump-up" practice. Our personal speculation puts this as the Metroplex-style big ticket item for 2015. If that turns out to be the case expect to see Devastator front and center at Toy Fair in February! Stick with us for more updates on this as they become available!
Generation 1
Yesterday we brought you the news that the soundtrack to the 1986 Transformers: The Movie would see a rerelease on vinyl. While at the time we weren't sure about availability outside Europe, we have good news tonight! Amazon has listed a preorder for this record, which they'll be fulfilling directly themselves. The bad news is that this release is listed at $50.99. For some this may still be very attractive, but others looking for a novelty piece, it might still be a bit out of range!
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