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MasterPiece
So, you might be wondering, what does Masterpiece Star Saber do with its sword when it's not being used? Well, in the most recent installment of Hisashi Yuki Hates The Fandom's Finances, he shows us it's the very same thing the original did, using slots in the frame of the V-Star to accommodate the blades. We're not sure if it has the fancy grab-and-draw function, but we have learned a smaller version of the sword is going to be included, presumably for better use with Saber himself when he's not all dressed up. Click through to see the full size image!
Generations
Having been floating around somewhat nebulously since their original discovery, the two multipack Protectobot recolor sets are finally nearing a release. Thanks to Come, See Toys we have official images by way of Hasbro Singapore of the two-pack Hot Spot and Blades, and three pack First Aid, Groove, and Streetwise. Amazon has also opened preorders for the latter set, noting availability on October 1st and calling them an "Asia Kids Day" set. So while these seem made for the Asian market, it looks like fans elsewhere will have a chance at them, if the two-pack also appears on Amazon soon.
MasterPiece
Hisashi Yuki either wants us to die of longing before March comes around, or is trying to make us sick of Star Saber first. The barrage of photos continues, but even for as many shots of the figure standing in place as come through, I can't help but enjoy seeing them. Though the images we're seeing currently reflect a hand painted sample, being a Masterpiece toy we should expect the final production version to look just as good! For your next regular dose of Star Saber, keep reading!
Age of Extinction
Licensed merchandise has always been a rough territory, and Age of Extinction proves no different. A character watch obtained by Transformers Colombia member Edward Jonathan Elizalde proves this quite well, by presenting what would very much like to be the face of Lockdown, but more comes off as a generic robotic skull face with a buzzcut. However, if the novelty of having something vaguely like a Quintesson Death face on your watch is appealing, keep an eye out, as they'll probably find their way to Ebay for years to come! Click to see the full size photo.
MasterPiece
If, amid all the front side shots of MP-24 Star Saber you've wondered what might be happening on the far side, let it trouble you no more! Hisashi Yuki has set out yet again to make the time between now and March 2015 seem to drag out even farther with the latest teaser pic, now showing off the super robot mode's backside. Well, it's all in the name of science! Check out the full size rear view of Star Saber below!
Generations
From TakaraTomy's website, we have updated looks at the Japanese release versions of Tailgate and Swerve, and Brainstorm. Previously seen in mockups based on Hasbro product, these small photos now depict the Legends-version deco, with darker metallic colors on Swerve and Tailgate, and a general increase of paint work on Brainstorm, both for greater original toy accuracy, and just general enhancement. Keep reading to see both (unfortunately small) images!
Third Party
Thanks to TFSource for sharing with us that Fansproject confirmed to them that Sigma-L, the long-awaited fourth figure in the popular Function-X line will ship next week. TFSource expects to have these in hand and ready to fill preorders late next week or early the week after. With nearly a year between Smartrobin, the previous Function release and the impending release of Sigma-L, we very much hope that Not-Skullcruncher, the last of the initial five designs revealed in summer 2012 will follow rather more quickly - and clear the way for the next batch teased at this past TFCon!
Third Party
Site sponsor TFSource has posted new images from Mastermind Creations showing Zinnia, the recolor of their Cybertronian-style Arcee homage figure based on the Paradron Medic from the G1 cartoon. The figure has been designated R-08Z, and is currently expected to ship in November. Keep reading to check out the mirrored promo shots showing the super articulated Reformatted Series figure!
Third Party
Fansproject Core has sent out another update letting existing registered website users know about the upcoming premium membership plan and preorders for the Core Trailer unit, a long awaited add on to Steel Core. They explain in this message that the Core Trailer will include the Soleron Ruthen Red Core figure, which was seen previously attached to Steel Core in the previous announcement message. Keep reading for full details!
Generations
Having just reinstated free shipping for orders over $50, Hasbro Toy Shop has released a new coupon code good for 20% off action figure purchases including Transformers. While the fine print states the code is not valid for special items such as remaining SDCC or other exclusives, some fans have discovered a method to apply the discount regardless. For full details and the coupon code, keep reading!
Rescue Bots
Deadline is reporting today that The Hub will soon be transitioning to primary control by Discovery, following acquisition of a portion of Hasbro's existing stake in the joint network venture. The network is expected to be rebranded as Discovery Family, joining a range of other specialty channels in Discovery's lineup. For more details, keep reading!
Conventions Center
On Thursday, October 9th, visitors to NYCC will be able to attend a Hasbro panel on the upcoming Robots in Disguise animated series. New details and new character reveals are promised, so it'll definitely be worth a look. Keep reading for more details!
Collectors Club
The Collectors Club has posted the next promo image from Subscription Service 3, featuring Carzap who is based on an unproduced G2 Windbreaker recolor from the planned Japanese Block Town line using Kre-O and including a Kreon GB Blackrock figure. Carzap is based on the body used for IDW Bumblebee/Goldfire/Nightbeat/Go-Shooter with a new unique headsculpt for this character. Keep reading to see the full size promo shot!
Generations
Did you ever look at Generations Jetfire and think to yourself, "that toy doesn't have nearly enough chrome on it"? Well, The Malaysia branch of Hasbro Asia would seem to agree, as Planet Iacon has shared an image of a contest flyer to win a lucky draw version of the toy coated in silver chrome ...in addition to all the typically red chromed elements. Yes, now three lucky Malaysian fans could have the chance to win a Jetfire covered entirely in chrome! Check out the full size image below!
MasterPiece
Hisashi Yuki must be proud of Star Saber or something, because he just can't stop tweeting photos of the hand-painted color prototype piece! This latest effort to make us all extremely sad that it's not March 2015 already doesn't give us anything new about the toy itself, but we get to have another look at the design details and see the toy in a generic hero-style pose. Has Yuki-san's photo barrage convinced you to place a preorder yet? My resistance is sure getting thin...
Collectors Club
As we predicted last night, the fifth TFSS 2 shipment contained Chromedome with Stylor Arms Micron, and as usual Radio Free Cybertron's John DeLuna has brought us our first look at the figures in hand today via a flood of shots posted to his Twitter timeline. As usual, we've also transcribed the text of the bio card included, so keep reading for that and to see all the pictures!
Collectors Club
With all the reveals for Subscription Service 3, some may have forgot briefly that the second subscription is still in progress. Today from Allspark's Powered Convoy we've gotten word that the fifth figure strongly believed to be Chromedome has begun shipping to subscribers. In general this means we'll have first photos to show you as soon as tomorrow, and secondary retailers should receive their supplies shortly after. This will leave only one further shipment, containing Rewind and the "mystery" "bonus" figure whose identity was leaked previously.
Age of Extinction
Blacklai has shared an album of photos showing off the contents of the Platinum Autobots United five pack, featuring enhanced paint decos on the main Generations Series figures for the Autobot cast of Age of Extinction. Many figures have distinctly improved looks, while some like Bumblebee will leave you hard pressed to find a difference. We've mirrored a selection of photos, and included a link to the full album, so keep reading. And remember, the Platinum versions are always on the left.
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