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Rescue Bots
Congratulations to actor Jeff Bennett! Bennett, who has been providing Transformers voices since the days of Animated, has won a Creative Arts Emmy for his work on Rescue Bots! Awarded Best Performer in an Animated Program, Bennett takes home the only Emmy of the categories Transformers was nominated for. Keep reading to see the full list of TF-related categories' nominees and winners!
Third Party
During the weekend of Botcon 2015, attendees had the opportunity to see a testshot of Pandinus, the giant unofficial Scorponok by Maketoys at an offsite third party event, so some of us already have a strong grasp on just how big this figure is. But for everyone else it might be a little hard to comprehend. Thankfully, user shiyitan on 78dm.net's forum has posted a useful side by side, showing Pandinus next to Titan Class Combiner Wars Devastator. While not quite face to face, Pandinus has a great deal more volume, showing its true hugeness. Keep reading to see for yourself!
Rescue Bots
Entertainment Earth previously posted the listing for the Optimus Prime Racing Trailer, and today they have a new stock photo to go along with it. Showing the previously known contents of the set, the play feature is also indicated, revealing the trailer in a downward slant perfect for use as a fast-launch ramp for the included Mirage figure. We've mirrored the image, so click through to see that below!
Collectors Club
The Transformers Collectors Club Facebook page has updated to announce that the order period for the fifth and final Transformers Figure Subscription Service is now underway. They note that currently only active Club members may order a subscription, but that a solution to allow any past member to order will be worked on over the coming few weeks. The order period is set to conclude on May 26th, the last Thursday in May. Along with the announcement are a set of new mockup images for the six revealed figures and a promise that secret number 7 has a head sculpt unused in the US. Keep reading to see the pictures!
Generations
The Allspark has chosen to further distribute confidential Hasbro design materials by obtaining the color guide sheet and uncolored package art linework for Titans return Deluxe Hot Rod from a source they refuse to identify. Expected in the 2017 product assortments, Hot Rod shows a mix of different design inspirations, from movie, to Animated, and maybe a little IDW. Also notable are that the legs and lower torso even seem to resemble Cyclonus somewhat, creating some question where a retool of this design might go. We have the images mirrored, so keep reading to see!
Generations
We have a few new photos of a loose sample of Titans Return Blaster tonight, giving us a new look at the figure, expected to be released soon. Among the new images is a shot of an apparent storage space for the Titan Master's robot mode, and we have a decent look atnthe Titan Master's head mode without the helmet flipped over it, serving to prove RAC's theory that the circulating test shot features an alternate face sculpt from the regular release. Keep reading to see all the photos!
Collectors Club
The fourth subscription service, one of two running in this the final months of Fun Publications, has begun arriving to subscribers. Thanks to Portaltron we now have a few quick in-hand pictures of first arrival Needlenose. The Firefly/Fireflight recolor comes with its original accessories, plus redecos of Deluxe Scoop's Targetmasters Sunbeam and Zigzag - one of whom has had a rename, as revealed in the bio card. We have the pictures mirrored, so keep reading and check them out. We're bound to have more soon too, so keep watching right here for more updates!
Third Party
DX9 has shared some pictures from a small display exhibit of their upcoming items on Weibo. Notably this gives us a nice look at a color sample of their Gewalt figure, a Masterpiece-esque take on G1 Blitzwing. Though it's only seen in robot mode, it seems to favor the cartoon rather strongly. Some of the DX9's smaller items were also shown, including Mightron/Megatron, Leah/Arcee, Toufold/Kup and apparently the three pack versions of their Galvatron, Cyclonus, and Scourge. Keep reading to check it all out!
Generations
Hisashi Yuki has posted the boxart for Unite Warriors Computron to Twitter! The eighth entry in the Japanese counterpart to the Combiner Wars line, Computron is deviating quite significantly from the Hasbro edition of the character, using different molds for three out of the four limbs and introducing a new head and chestplate to the Scattershot mold. Meanwhile, Yuki is teasing the next team of Unite Warriors - and Robots In Disguise just might get some recognition in its anniversary year after all. Keep reading!
Rescue Bots
Entertainment Earth has posted a listing for a new Rescue Bots set coming in June! While we don't know what the set will look like, the description and title show us that we're getting an Optimus Prime with a trailer - that's rare enough! - but moreover it's a racing trailer meant to haul new-to-Rescue-Bots character Mirage! Keep reading for the description and a link.
Generations
While we're still in the period of close-but-excruciatingly-far-away, Amazon is contributing to making it difficult to wait for the inevitable release of Titans Return by presenting us with new stock images of Legends Class Rewind and Stripes. These photos based on actual production samples depict the final decos and plastic colors, giving the best look at the toys we'll be able to buy this summer - or hopefully even a bit sooner! Click through to check them out!
Transformers Adventure
Autobase Aichi has shared via Twitter a picture of a special Arms Micron being given away at Toys R Us in Japan right now to promote Transformers Adventure. If we're reading the sign correctly, the Micron is called "Burn", and is a clear red redeco of S2, the Arms Micron that came with Prime Smokescreen originally. The distribution is currently underway, evidently limited to 6000 units, and given away to anyone who buys at least 3000 Yen worth of Transformers products. Click through for a photo of the Micron in packaging!
Transformers 5
Entertainment website The Wrap is reporting tonight that comedian Jerrod Carmichael may be in talks to be part of the cast for Transformers 5, due to begin filming this summer. The Wrap previously reported the rumor of Nickelodeon star Isabela Moner also being in negotiations to star in the movie along with returning lead Mark Wahlberg. There's precious little in the way of details, and reportedly Paramount has declined to comment at this time, but with production getting ever closer, more and more of these rumors are likely to prove accurate. Keep reading for a link back to the original article.
Generation 1
The Hollywood Reporter has posted a story on the Hasbro Cinematic Universe writer's room, which will be getting underway shortly! It's headed, once again, by Akiva Goldsman (Batman & Robin, Batman Forever, The Da Vinci Code) with such noteworthy authors as Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay) and Bryan K. Vaughan (Runaways, Saga). Keep reading for the full roster!
Generation 1
Seen previously as a grey prototype at a hobby show in Hong Kong, tonight we have a quick pair of full color images for Ultra Magnus from the Ultimetal line. You might remember the Ultimetal Optimus Prime, a large scale figure with removable armor parts to show detailed internal structures, and which by itself cost in the neighborhood of $1000. Ultra Magnus of course adds full Magnus armor on top of a recolor of that Optimus body, making a very impressive piece, but one whose potential price tag is staggering to even think about! Keep reading to see the new photos.
MasterPiece
The product page on TakaraTomy Mall for MP-14+ Red Alert has gotten an interesting addition tonight. Along with all the prior product shots, there's now an image low on the page showing Red Alert being carried by the silhouetted form of Inferno. Inferno is not an unlikely addition to the ranks of Masterpiece, with recolor and retool potential for both Grapple and Artfire. If this is the early hint it seems, it could be the next in line after Masterpiece Optimus Primal hits this fall. Keep reading to see the teaser!
Third Party
Having included a teaser with their reveal of an upgrade parts set for Combiner Wars Bruticus, we have tonight a series of photos from Transform Dream Wave of a prototype for a Defensor add-on set. While sharing a lot of the fundamental engineering with the Bruticus set, this features specific new parts for a Defensor chest plate that works similar to the stock parts in forming around the ladder in Hot Spot's robot and vehicle modes. But like Bruticus, the main selling point seems to be improved combiner hip jointing, just articulated hands and feet. Click through to check it out! Preorder yours at TFSource
Third Party
Iron Factory is adding another entry to its assortment of slightly larger smaller figures. The new prototype revealed on their Weibo account is Lord Scorpion, a Scorponok figure made to basically match their Legends-size offerings. This is seen to have a base mode, as well as Headmaster functionality, packing in a lot of features in a relatively small package. EX-18 is described as the "comic version", apparently intended to homage the IDW appearances of Scorponok in particular. Keep reading to see the pictures!
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