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Car Robots
The Encore edition of Car Robots Fire Convoy and God Magnus are going to feature updated, and supposedly expanded sound chips featuring a lot of new dialogue and sound effects. To highlight this, TakaraTomy has posted three samples taken from what's going to be put on Fire Convoy's sound chip. Those who've been around long enough to have an original Fire Convoy will recognize that each of the phrases previewed here are brand new to the toy. Click through for a link to the TakaraTomy official site page, and a list of the phrases!
Legends
We brought you the first word last night that the LG-EX Grand Maximus exclusive would feature a bonus Titan Master Pretender shell based on Power of The Primes tooling if at least 3000 preorders were received. But there was yet more hidden in the promotional copy that we've found out since then - one of which calls the toy itself in to question! Keep reading to find out more!


Legends
Just in from TakaraTomy is the first reveal of two upcoming exclusive Transformers products due in early 2018, and they're both quite unexpected! First is Greatshot, a retool of Sixshot based on the character from Transformers Victory. This features a new helmet, robot mode chest, shoulder caps, and beast mode head. The other is Grand Maximus, marking the first new character recolor of a Titan Class figure by either TakaraTomy or Hasbro. And it appears if there are more than 3000 preorders for Grand Max, it will come with a bonus Pretender Shell - borrowed from a Power of The Primes tooling. Click through see the promo images!
Star Wars Crossovers
TFSource have informed us the new line from Takara that features famous Star Wars vehicles that transform to Star Wars figures has just been announced! The first figure is Tie Advanced X1. This is a prototype version of the tie fighter that transforms into Darth Vader! Includes 5 mini Stormtrooper figures, and presumed to include a mini Darth Vader figure as well as a Lightsaber.
Generations
It's that time again: New York Comic-Con is over, and so now it's time to go over what exactly we know about the figures in next year's Generations line, Power of the Primes. At this point, it's quite a lot! Some blanks were filled in at NYCC, some leaks confirmed, and even a couple minor surprises as to the nature of the Deluxe and Voyager accessories. Keep reading to see it all!
Conventions Center
Chris McFeely has announced that the TFNation exclusive Transformers Animated graphic novel, "Trial and Error," is now preparing to ship its eagerly-awaited second printing! The book - sold at UK convention TFNation in limited quantities, is written by McFeely with Jim Sorenson and features art by Ed Pirrie, Gavin Spence, and @Herzspalter, coloring and designs by Josh Perez and lettering by Andrew Turnbull. Keep reading for details!
Car Robots
Our earlier report indicated that an Encore release of God Fire Convoy (the combined form of Fire Convoy and God Magnus from Car Robots) was solicited for March of 2018. We treated it with due skepticism, but it looks like through a post on Loopaza's Facebook page it's for real. And we have a price tag to go with it: 30,000 Yen. It's a lot of toy in that package, especially with the expectation that the electronics will be kept intact. For reference, when originally released in 2000, Fire Convoy and God Magnus each retailed for 4,980 Yen. Hopefully there will be a giant sword in that Encore packaging smooth the price over a bit!
Transformers 5 The Last Knight
New tonight as we have a slightly expanded look at the TakaraTomy Transformers listings for February and March 2018, we now know that rereleases are planned for MPM-3 Movie Masterpiece Bumblebee and TLK-25 Nitro from TakaraTomy's The Last Knight line. This may be welcome news even for US collectors, as distribution for The Last Knight Voyager wave 3 hasn't been extensive. The holiday season often brings poorly stocked waves to discount retailers, so we'll have to wait and see how much problem this continues to be, but at least there may be a backup option available a little later if all else fails.
Star Wars Crossovers
Remember that time Hasbro made transforming Star Wars vehicles based on major movie characters? It looks like TakaraTomy may be interested in picking up that project now. In addition to the Legends and Encore God Fire Convoy reported earlier today, March 2018 is seeing a new release of Darth Vader's TIE Advanced, and the first run will include a squad of Storm Trooper mini figures in addition to the Darth Vader pilot figure. For those who remember these as being less than amazingly designed, you might want to keep reading, because it seems not to be a simple reissue...
Car Robots
Singapore fangroup Planet Iacon has posted to Facebook that March 2018's TakaraTomy Transformers offerings will include a surprise. In addition to the latest round of Legends Series products, TakaraTomy is also producing the first new Encore figure since 2013: God Fire Convoy! We don't know what Planet Iacon's sources are for this info, but they've been pretty good in the past. But for now, keep reading as you take these listings with a grain of salt.
Transformers 5 The Last Knight
Confusingly enough, Walmart now has Premier Edition Deluxe Hot Rod listed as in stock on their website with delivery as early as October 2nd. This comes just hours after an Amazon listing was found for the figure in standard retail packaging, sparking speculation that Walmart might have backed off from some of their The Last Knight exclusives. Whether Hot Rod will ever manage to turn up on store shelves at this point, right now if you're in the US you can order one for $19.99 and bring the unexpectedly long wait for this toy to an end. Find the link to the product page below!


Transformers 5 The Last Knight
It surely has not escaped anyone's notice that we're quite a while past the theatrical release of Transformers: The Last Knight, and a fair number of the exclusives allocated (in the United States) to Walmart from the movie's toyline are yet to materialize, notably including the premier Edition Deluxe Hot Rod. Today a question arises whether those exclusive plans may have been abandoned, as a listing for the Deluxe Hot Rod has turned up on Amazon, showing packaging lacking any exclusive identifiers. What's going on? Keep reading...


RID 2015
Via the McDonald's Happy Meal website, we've got the promo image for the next Happy Meal theme coming to McDonald's locations in the US. Robots in Disguise will be making its third appearance alongside a hamburger and apple chips, featuring character figures of Bumblebee, Optimus, Strongarm, and Grimlock, as well as small masks of each of the characters. As is the typical process, the promotion runs with a My Little Pony option for kids more interested in that than robots. We've copied the Transformers promo image, click through to take a look!
Transformers 5 The Last Knight
We reported earlier on TakaraTomy's release of Cogman being postponed with no projected new release date, but today we've also learned a little more about the (probably largely theoretical) North American Hasbro release of the figure. Entertainment Earth has posted the case loadout for Deluxe Wave 4, and it's not very good news. As expected, Cogman is the only new figure is the wave, but what it ships with should be cause for concern. Keep reading to find out what you can expect.


Bumblebee: Brighton Falls
Returning home from his on-location coverage of the Bumblebee movie production location in Santa Cruz, our own BaCon discovered the entry signs for a second site just north of the city. He describes it as going up a remote mountain road toward the redwood forest, and he saw riding horses being brought in, though as one would expect, access beyond the security gate was not possible. We've got a photo of the entryway below, and we'll be keeping an eye out for more from this area!
Transformers 5 The Last Knight
The miserable distribution of the Deluxe pricepoint of Transformers The Last Knight Premier Edition has probably left you feeling little hope of seeing the tail-end new mold Cogman available for purchase in a store or online without buying a case assortment of things you might already have - or simply don't want - along with it. The TakaraTomy release of the figure, solicited for the end of October then seemed like a good safety net, provided you were able to get a preorder while they were available. Unfortunately it seems that wasn't so secure of a backup plan either. Keep reading to find out more.


Bumblebee: Brighton Falls
Vallejo Times-Herald is reporting that the film crew currently working on Transformers Universe: Bumblebee accidentally destroyed a well known mural, present in downtown Vallejo, California since 2012. According to the story, Paramount acknowledges the error, attributed to a failure of communication, and representatives have promised to pay for the replacement of the art. The mayor of Vallejo spoke positively of Paramount's response since they learned of the importance of the art to the community. Click through to read more about the situation.


Transformers BLOG
Two weeks ago we brought you news of Toys R Us looking at options to address debts coming due at the start of the new year. Today we have a followup, as Bloomberg reports the retailer is planning to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This sounds alarming, but is not an automatic death sentence, and this act could allow the toy store to continue operations for several years - ideally enough to get out from under its debts. Reportedly some suppliers had pre-emptively reduced shipments to Toys R Us, but at last word, Hasbro was maintaining normal business, so Transformers availability should continue as usual for the time being. Click through for a link to the original article.
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