Not Optimus Prime, not Transformers Prime. Just "Prime." In a bold move, Hasbro is attempting to secure the exclusive trademark rights to use the word "Prime" in reference to "toy robots convertible to other visual toy forms." Are more Primes on the horizon? Is this a pre-emptive move to make sure nobody can Machine Robot Rescue them on a key term in the modern Transformers mythos? No way to tell, but keep reading to see the details of the filing by way of Transformers@TheMoon!
Just after we brought you a gallery of G1 Optimus Prime statue photos from prime 1 Studio at SDCC, we have an image of a prototype from Wonderfest for Optimus Primal! This statue goes for a heavily textured appearance with loads of sculpted fur, interspersed with various mechanical details - and of course, a dismembered Waspinator incorporated in to the base unit. Not to mention it has some super bright light up red eyes! Click through to see the photo, thanks to Chohenken.
Very quickly after its US retail debut at San Diego Comic Con, Toys R Us has already opened up Masterpiece Bumblebee (and Spike) for purchase on their website. Coming in at a price of $64.99, it's a little less offputting than the converted Canadian Toys R Us price, but like most all Hasbro released MP Autobot Cars, still coming in higher than the original Japanese pricing. There's no telling how long this will stay in stock as previous launches like this have sold through pretty fast, so get on it while you can! Find the link in the full post below.
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From a variety of sighting reports it looks like the Titan Master assortment is finally appearing at brick and mortar retail in the US. Both of the first two assortments are being found at different stores, with Target seeming to be the current store of choice for wave 1, including Nightbeat, Crashbash, and more. Meanwhile Toy R Us seems to have skipped ahead to wave 2. For those looking for a hunt, we have the Target DPCI number for this new pricepoint, and a link to an inventory tracker site to help point you in the right direction. Keep reading!
Adam Pawlus of 16bit.com and Entertainment Earth has posted to his site about the upcoming Platinum Edition Liokaiser! He's clarified that the price on Liokaiser will be closer to $119.99 - a bit higher than the average Combiner Wars boxset but not unreasonably so in our opinion. He also said that, to his knowledge, Liokaiser will close out the Combiner Wars line in the US. Click on through for more info!
Just out of SDCC 2016 is the IDW & Hasbro revolution panel that gives us an overview of what's coming in the epic project that combines the universes of Transformers, GI Joe, ROM, Micronauts, and MASK. Read on about the expansive story where many characters converge and expand.
Walgreens toy buyer Steven Anne has responded to questions on Twitter concerning the timeframe for the release of the pharmacy chain's exclusive Transformers release, Titans Return Deluxe Brainstorm! Anne has said that they're shooting for November, so those who saw the preorders dated for August can breathe a bit easier for now. Keep reading for details!
We're just out from the Machinima Transformers Combiner Wars panel. Here is the report from the panel with many of the producers, and voices actors from the show that will debut on August 2, 2016. Read on for the full report below with lots details and previews.
TFCon this past weekend produced an interesting tidbit of information. Twitter user AutovoltGTS reports from a Q&A panel that Ian Corlett, best known to Transformers fans as the voice of Cheetor will have a part in an upcoming episode of Robots in Disguise. No details of the role could be shared, but with Corlett's voice acting skills, the appearance should be very enjoyable even without the previous Transformers connection. Keep reading for the quoted tweet revealing the news!
Perfect Effect's Master Sword accessory for Titans Return Fortress Maximus is making its way to retail already, so that means it's time to show off their next add on for the big guy.
Seemingly based heavily on the giant gun made for their Warden figure, PC-14 "The Titans Cannon" stands in for the large Fortress Maximus rifle depicted in the Hasbro retail release's boxart, but which was nowhere to be found in any instance of the toy.
It remains to be seen if this really is Warden's cannon with a new handle part, but either way if you feel your Titan needs more weaponry, options are opening up! Keep reading for the product image.
DNA Designs has posted renders showing a new upgrade item they'll be offering. Joining the new field of upgrade parts for this year's Titan Class toy, DNA Designs is working on super articulated hands to replace the only reasonably articulated hands the toy comes with. The render shows also small guns incorporated in to the hands to emulate at least one feature of the original Fortress Maximus toy. The image also promises more to come, perhaps hinting at plans for additional upgrades for the toy. Keep reading to see the design render!
Hasbro has managed to sneak the odd toy here and there past us, getting something to retail without ever giving a hint in advance even in our modern, highly informed age of fandom. And the latest on this track is an exclusive Warrior Class assortment found in Toys R Us in Ontario, featuring recolors of Power Surge Optimus and Scorponok (as Paralon), but also the evidently new-mold Starscream! A previous report
suggested Starscream might find his way to the RID toyline, and this could be the first sign of that coming true. Click through for photos!
Today Hasbro unveiled additional event details of the 2016 TRANSFORMERS Cybertron Con, and the lineup of writers, designers, voice actors and limited edition merchandise is sure to get Transformers fans excited!
Hosted at the Shanghaimart Expo in Shanghai from July 29th to 31st, the convention will be the biggest Transformers fan celebration ever held in China.
Michael Bay's website has shared an image that brings the story of Freya, Britain's Loneliest Dog, to a happy ending. After Bay offered Freya a role in Transformers: The Last Knight,
a Greater Manchester couple has stepped forward to offer her a permanent home! Keep reading for Bay's announcement image and excerpts from the BBC's story.
It was revealed to us by Hasbro's Ben Montano and John Warden during our interview at Botcon that we could expect to enjoy a third season of the Robots in Disguise
cartoon this fall - as "season three" was how they were internally referring to the second half of the season two production block.
Now via the Instagram of Hasbro Studios' Tim Cahill we have a photo of a voice recording session described as being for a season 4 script he contributed to. It looks like the current RID series is here to stay a while, surely to the joy of its fans! Keep reading for a copy of the image and its attached comments.
Comic-Con's official website has started filling in schedule information for the many numerous panels that will be occurring at SDCC a little later this month. Thus far Thursday is the only day showing Transformers-relevant events, for which three are currently set to take place.
Of particular note is that so far none of the panels listed give any specific indication of product reveals. Will there be more panels revealed for the weekend, or might Hasbro be planning a fan media event outside the walls of SDCC to handle this? We'll find out pretty soon. Meanwhile, keep reading to see the schedule information!
The Transformersmovie Instagram account has revealed the latest bit of major casting for the in-production Transformers: The Last Knight. Santiago Cabrera seems to be joining the military contingent for the film, seen with assault rifle and tactical vest, and so will probably be part of Lennox and Epps' team for the movie. Cabrera notably starred in Heroes
previously, and has had roles in BBC series Merlin
and The Musketeers
, among numerous other roles.