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Generation 1
Hobby Brinquedos, the same source that brought us the new images of Cyber Battalion Optimus and Bumblebee has loaded new high-resolution stock photos for the Platinum two-pack of G1 triple changers Astrotrain and Blitzwing. While the decos for these - especially Astrotrain - defy analysis, the new looks should be a welcome sight to those who already have older reissues or simply enjoy seeing new ideas on old toys. Click through to check them out!
Generations
Brazilian distributor site Hobby Brinquedos has turned up new images for the large Optimus and Bumblebee figures coming in the new simplified Generations figure line. Borrowing engineering elements from various Cyberverse and similar sources, these are big, sturdy figures that are easy to transform and provide for younger fans to enjoy toys based on G1 characters they may have seen on Netflix or The Hub until very recently. Click through and check out the new looks at these figures!
Third Party
Our friends at TFSource have brought us our first look at the next member of Toyworld's dino robot combiner project, D-03 Corelock. This figure inspired by Grimlock will make up the core of the eventual combiner robot, but looks great as a standalone piece in it's highly detailed sculpt that stays faithful to the source material. Corelock will join Roar and Muddy as they wait for their last two teammates. You can find the two already released members of the dino robot team over at TFSource! Keep reading to see all the photos.
Legends
TakaraTomy's Hisashi Yuki continues looking for ways to take up the time previously devoted to Masterpiece Star Saber. Today he's giving us a good look at the Legends Series version of Leader Class Megatron. Verifying what we saw from the low-res image recently, this version of the toy skews much more to the cartoon interpretation of Megatron, streamlining the deco including removing a lot of the accenting red and replacing it with more grey and silver. Click through to see the full size image!
RID 2015
Coming soon to a Happy Meal near you will be toys based on the current Robots in Disguise series. The assortment of 8 toys are focused around action features and do not transform and represent most of the main Autobot cast and a few of the Decepticons. Notably absent are Strongarm and Steeljaw, however! Joining RID in this promotion will be an assortment of My Little Pony toys representing Hasbro's other major brand. Click through for an image of the RID toys!
Third Party
Site sponsor TFSource has let us know they've added listings for Perfect Effect's upcoming Perfect Combiner products. PC-03 adds a new chest and a head for Superion that can be converted between toy or cartoon based appearances, and PC-04 gives a new head and torso parts for Menasor to improve the function of a popular fan configuration for the torso mode. Both sets are listed at $32.99 and expected to arrive in June. Check them both out right here.
MasterPiece
Toynes.jp has posted its weekly toy sales rankings, and it pegs an interesting item in the top position. Leading its "comprehensive" Top 5 is Masterpiece Star Saber which with its 3/21 release date just barely made the reporting period from March 16th to 22nd. Following it in the list are two items from the current Super Sentai series, and two Yokai Watch items. While we can't be sure if this counts delivered presales, on the spot purchases, or both, it's not hard to imagine Star Saber was a big seller on its release weekend and may have been the biggest of all!
Generations
Our sponsor BigBadToyStore has just let us know they've added a preorder listing for Leader Class Generations Ultra Magnus. This figure has been highly anticipated since its reveal at Toy Fair, featuring IDW design influences including a Minimus Ambus figure that can ride inside the robot. Along with the listing we've got new stock photos of the toy. You can check those out and get the link to the product page in the full article!
MasterPiece
TakaraTomy Mall has put up a page announcing the next recolor of the Masterpiece Datsun body. The long awaited Blue Bluestreak is available for preorder from now through April 10th, to a limit of 2000 pieces. Blue Bluestreak will cost 7992 and will be released on August 1st. Click through to check out the mirrored pictures of the extremely pretty new Masterpiece recolor and keep an eye out at your favorite retailer or middleman for preorders!
Generations
Hasbro has posted two issues of pack-in comics for Combiner Wars figures on their Transformers site. However, it is the issues included with Rook and Streetwise, called Combiner Wars 9 and 10. The issues in question are reprints of Robots in Disguise/"The Transformers" 33 and 34, implying that Blades and First Aid may come with 35 and 36. Click through for links to the free downloads and more thoughts!
Generations
Thanks to Felipe Leon Najera of Transformers Colombia for bringing us the stock photos of the Cyber Battalion Series figures, the "upscaled" simplified Transformers Generations figures recently revealed through retailer catalog scans. Newly verified here is that Starscream seen as a testshot at the Indianapolis Children's Museum is indeed part of this assortment of toys. Also shown is that all of these come in flap-front box packaging that will make them really stand out on shelves. Click through and check out the mirrored images!
Generations
Just in from Hasbro, we've got our first look at the official promo photos for the just-confirmed Generations releases of Wildrider (Brake-Neck) and Slingshot (Quickslinger). While Quickslinger uses the same head sculpt as the upcoming TakaraTomy Slingshot, this is our first clear look at the Wildrider head on Brake-Neck, as well as clearer looks at both toys' vehicle modes than the small on-package shots. Keep reading and check them out!
Generations
Following the widely reported Diamond listing of Quickslinger (trademark renamed Slingshot) and Brake-Neck (Wildrider) last night, Hasbro has gone to the Transformers Facebook page today and made an official reveal. These figures are set to be available this May, and are noted as coming to "online retailers" specifically, meaning they should be easily available to everyone who needs these to fill out their teams. Click through and check out the original teaser and the full reveal images!
Generations
We've found out that Diamond currently has listed the "missing" members of the first two Combiner Wars teams, Slingshot and Wildrider. Renamed Quickslinger and Brake-Neck for trademark requirements, Diamond is offering these as solid cases of each figure, with a unit price of $17.99 per figure. Listings for these were reported in Toys R Us inventory systems earlier this year, possibly indicating a shared-exclusive status. Diamond expects these to be available toward the end of May, so hopefully we'll hear more on these soon!
Third Party
If Fansproject is your third party Dinobot maker of choice, we have good news tonight. Swoop is notable for retaining the Diaclone blue colors in the cartoon despite the US toy having a red body. Accounting for this variation, Fansproject's Swoop-based figure will have a second torso available so you can decide which color your figure will have, rather than making it an exclusive variant as earlier Diaclone-color-inspired releases have been. Click through to check out the new pictures!
Generations
If your area hasn't yielded any results yet, you've got a new option for your Leader Megatron needs. The US Toys R Us website now has the Armada variant listed in stock for $44.99, available to ship to home. Currently the G1 Megatron is not listed, but with any luck it will follow soon and help close the gap of availability on these figures. We've got a review of the G1 Generations Megatron, physically identical to the Armada version apart from the head sculpt, so go check that out to find out about this Leader mold!
Third Party
From the Weibo account of MrElljay we've got pictures showing new versions of some of Fanproject's popular Function X series figures. Included is an expected recolor of MADLAW to resemble Masterforce's Sixknight, a Code decoed more consistently with the original toy - including a grey head - and Smartrobin in colors resembling Sonic Bomber from Zone. No word on when or how these will be released, but at least a couple of these ought to carry quite a bit of appeal. Click through and check them out.
Legends
With his baby all grown up and out in the world now, Hisashi Yuki has had to shift his attention away from Masterpiece Star Saber. So today he's tweeted about the upcoming Unite Warriors Menasor. The boxset release of Combiner Wars Menasor will feature a recolored Dead End as Wildrider, likely among other deco changes. In the tweet Yuki-san mentions a wave of new merchandise this weekend, but advises everyone to check the hobby magazines for more about Menasor's arrival farther down the road.
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