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Generations
Newly listed on Amazon, an omnibus collection of the Transformers: Spotlight series is due in March of 2015. The Spotlight series ran on and off alongside other IDW "main" titles for much of the publisher's history with the franchise before an extended hiatus which ceased at the end of 2012 for a six issue run. This omnibus is listed as volume 1, and collects the first 13 Spotlight issues, which should cover from Shockwave to Mirage and leaves another 18 to be divided among future volumes. This volume has a list price of $24.99. Keep reading to see the cover art for this collection!
Rescue Bots
Zap2It has updated their listings for Rescue Bots with descriptions of the fifth and sixth episodes of season three, titled "Unfinished Business" and "No Place Like Dome". While Zap2It's listings currently do not specify the air dates, they can be expected to broadcast on Discovery Family Channel on November 15th and 22nd, respectively. Click through to read the episode summaries!
Angry Birds
After giving Apple devices an extended headstart for most of October, Angry Birds Transformers is now available through the Google Play store. A run-and-shoot game with Transformerized Angry Birds characters, it's gotten good marks from many players- including Radio Free Cybertron's own Rob Springer, who liked it enough to go nab some of the Telepods toys to unlock new Autobirds and Deceptihogs. Keep reading for the link!
Age of Extinction
Michael Bay has previously suggested he might leave Transformers films behind, but kept coming back for more, but this time it may be the real thing. Having stated again that he would leave the franchise to other hands after Age of Extinction, Bay has reinforced this by engaging in talks to direct an upcoming project, "13 Hours", as reported by Variety. If Bay becomes attached to this film, it would likely keep him too occupied to get involved with production of the fifth Transformers movie. Unless Bay reverses once again, we may be looking at a Transformers movie under new guidance.
Age of Extinction
PlanckEpoch has posted on TFW of his in-store sighting for the final assortment of Deluxe Age of Extinction figures. The assortment carrying Snarl, Bumblebee's updated form, and Hot Shot the very much Tracks recolor of Crosshairs was spotted at Target in Portland, Oregon. The release of these toys to stores effectively marks the end of main line retail releases of AOE, with the only things remaining being various exclusives such as Plantium sets. Click through for photographic proof, and happy hunting!
Rescue Bots
Zap2It has posted the summary description for the third episode of the new Rescue Bots seasons. Titled "Too Many Kades", it's scheduled to air on Discovery Family Channel on Saturday, November 8th at 1:30pm Eastern Time. While episode 3's description is very generic, the title probably gives a good indication of the general plot of the episode. Meanwhile "Phantom of The Sea" has some decent plot information with its description. Keep reading to see both summaries!
Third Party
Play With This Too has posted full design art for Bloodbath, a figure made in the likeness of Bomb Burst's Pretender shell with a small accessory figure based on the inner robot design which becomes weapons and other equipment for the main figure. Bloodbath is noted to be a remold of Desolataur, a previously revealed design taken from Pretender Skullgrin. Click through and check out the deco model and design line art!
Generations
DecepticusPrime made an interesting discovery, having found a listing for "Leader Ultra Magnus" in the inventory system of the major retailer he's employed by. This is listed in the ~$45 price point and follows under other known upcoming leader toys, Megatron, his Armada pretool version, and Thundercracker who was revealed just prior to NYCC. All details besides existence are up in the air right now, but for any skeptics, a leak like this was also how we learned first of Nightbeat, Crosscut, and Rattrap over a year ago. Click through to check out the photo of the listing!
KRE-O
The official Transformers Facebook page has updated with official looks at the first wave of Kreon Warriors. This assortment features Optimus, Bumblebee, Megatron, Starscream and Shockwave in various "costumes", themed as ninjas, gladiators, soldiers, pirates and more. Each figure has deco elements implying vehicle attributes with some connection to their setting, like military Shockwave having main battle tank details or "Wiseguy Bumblebee" looking vaguely like a 40's gangster car. Click through to check out the images of the whole opening lineup!
RID 2015
The website for Hasbro Studios has opened a section for the upcoming 2015 RID cartoon, giving bio details for the main Autobots cast, as well as a bit of setting information for the first season. Along with this, the page reveals that the show is projected to span 78 episodes, with production to run from 2014-2016. We've learned recently RID will air on Cartoon Network starting in early 2015, with a Japanese airing to follow soon after. Beware that some of these bios do contain spoilers for the first season! If you're okay with that, keep reading to check them out!
Legends
Alfes2010 has posted galleries showing off the first two figures in TakaraTomy's Legends line, the latest rebranding of Generations in Japan. Rattrap's changes are a lateral move in terms of show accuracy compared to the Hasbro version, while Primal continues to try to find new ways to make the show-accuracy remold from 2006 look more media accurate than every prior version. We've mirrored select images from the four galleries showing each toy and comparisons with earlier versions. Click through to check them out and to see the full galleries at Alfes2010's blog!
MasterPiece
Thanks to Uranus Secret Toys Garden, we have a bunch of in hand shots of Masterpiece Bumblebee. Shown in detail on its own and in size comparison to various recent Masterpiece molds as well as other Bumblebee figures, you'll get a good sense of the toy's build and how it stacks up to the rest of your collection. No shots of Exo-Suited Spike just yet, but they can't be too far off. Click through and check out the gallery!
Third Party
Thanks to Radio Free Cybertron we have select highlights from TFCon Chicago's third party panel, including upcoming items from Maketoys, Fans Project, MMC, and more! As you might expect, photography in a darkened auditorium is sketchy at best, and we'll deliver clearer images of the panel slides as soon as they're available. Meanwhile we have photos of testshots of more third party toys, distributed via daim.choc. Keep reading to check out everything!
Third Party
FPCore, a division of Fans prject has sent out an e-mail detailing shipping for everyone who preordered either the Steel Core Trailer unit or the deluxe Trailer + Steel Core set that was offered last month. Deluxe sets will start shipping early next week, while trailer-only purchases are shipping now. And sure enough the first few are reaching the hands of buyers, and we've got a few quick shots of the package along with the first member-exclusive Core figure, Ruthen. Keep reading to see them!
Age of Extinction
Following a tease in the hobby magazine earlier this week, TakaraTomy has revealed full details on Micron Carnivac. Recolored (yet again) from one of the Transformers: Cybertron Mini-Cons, Carnivac would likely be intended as a stand in for Lockdown's wolf-like cyborgs that menaced the human props in Age of Extinction. The Micron will be available at Toys R Us locations in Japan with the purchase of 3000 Yen or more worth of Transformers products during the campaign period. Keep reading to check out the up close image!
Age of Extinction
TakaraTomy's website has been updated with an image and information about the upcoming release of Black Knight Strafe. Following on from Grimlock, Slug, and Scorn before, Strafe is being redecoed in a black-heavy look and will be available via Cybertron Satellite locations throughout Japan. Starting in December, this figure will be available for 3200 Yen, but of course will cost quite a bit more for those of us who must rely on middlemen and secondary retailers! Click through to see the full image.
Generation 1
Via their Twitter, The Loyal Subjects have teased the existence of a vinyl based on G1 Jetfire. While little specific detail is given along with it, a fan's drawing noting itself as a wave 4 prediction was included, which TLS's Twitter representative acknowledged as being on to something. If this is our first look at a piece from wave 4, Jetfire would be in a very early state of production, leaving the odd hole in the side as either a by-product of that, or perhaps a feature yet to be revealed. Check out the original tweet and full image below!
Age of Extinction
The official Transformers Facebook page has posted a selection of concept art images for various Age of Extinction characters. Representing about half of the main characters of the movie plus a Vehicon body design, this gives a detailed look at several of the character models that would go through additional refinements before being fully produced for visual effects in the movie. To check out all the images, click through and keep reading!
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