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Today we're proud to be rolling out a new feature on TFormers! We call it the Wave Tracker, and it's designed to give you an at-a-glance indication of what the most current info about a given toy is. Are there pre-orders up yet for Power of the Primes Wave 2? What's the next Masterpiece figure being released? Any reviews or photo galleries of the newest TakaraTomy Legends figures out there? If we know, the Wave Tracker will tell you. Keep reading to learn more!

Reports are coming in that comics legend Len Wein - creator of Wolverine and Swamp Thing, writer of the "All New, All-Different" X-Men team, and editor of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen - has passed away at the age of 69. While he is perhaps rightly best known for those accomplishments, Wein was also a screenwriter who worked on no less than four different Transformers series: G1, Beast Wars, Beast Machines, and most recently the current series, Robots In Disguise. Our condolences go out to Mr. Wein's friends and family.

You voted, and Hasbro listened! The finalists for the Transformers Hall of Fame are in - and in particular, it seems like TFormers' votes for Toy Of The Year were pretty indicative of the finalists! Also included are the finalists for Favorite Character and Favorite Movie Character - keep reading to see the lists for yourself!

This bit of news was announced during the Hasbro Transformers product previews that the next Prime in line will be none other than Optimus Primal! This is not a great surprise considering all the attention the he has gotten with the new Masterpiece figure and recent reveal of a Beast Wars cartoon revival. Not that I am disappointed, I thinks its just Prime! Read on to see the official work from the group page.

About a month ago we were the first to bring you word via Dengeki Hobby that Masterpiece Cheetor's release date had been pushed back from its planned January date in to February. In the time since, retail websites have begun to reflect this change, and through TakaraTomy Mall, we now have the new Japanese release date to share. Stores in Japan will start selling MP-34 Cheetor in Saturday, February 25th. Whether the mainland Asia release will occur on the same day or possibly be a little earlier as has happened in the past when Japanese release dates have been delayed is currently unknown.

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.

While photography was strictly forbidden, we're getting word that at a presentation from TakaraTomy that just wrapped up, the prototype for Masterpiece Cheetor was revealed. Many attendees were live tweeting information as the event took place, and common themes presented themselves. Hopefully if they're debuting a prototype piece, even with photos prohibited, it means we won't have long to wait for TakaraTomy to publicly release images themselves. Meanwhile, keep reading to hear what the attendees had to say!

The Japanese website Game Watch reports on a current toy show in Japan, and we now have the full lowdown on MP Optimus Primal! Officially numbered MP-32, Convoy (Beast Wars Version) is due out in October at a price of 12,000 Yen (currently $106). Keep reading to see the new images from the show!

Unexpectedly revealed on the Q Transformers website, we have information today that a rerelease is planned for the three Generations Beast Wars update molds. Rattrap, Rhinox and Waspinator have all previously been released by TakaraTomy, but the upcoming EX versions are intended to feature coloring closer to the cartoon, with special note made of Rattrap's eyes being changed from red to black towards that end. These will be exclusive to the Transformers Fest event in early May, so don't count on an easy (or cheap!) time getting hold of these versions. Keep reading for pictures!

The Winter Wonderfest 2016 is over, but it certainly didn't go without some good stuff to show. In the time since we reported last night, more photos have been posted from the event showing more detail on Masterpiece Optimus Primal, such as the furry appearance derived entirely through paint apps. We also have more detail shots of Blast Off and the Combaticons, including another look at their color promo poster, and new tonight we have showings from Prime 1 Studios with an array of movie-inspired statues, and another appearance of Heroes of Steel Optimus. Click through to see it all, along with a full list of photo credits!

Randy (Powered Convoy) on Allspark has produced some very nice high resolution scans of the recent issue of Figure King magazine, giving us the best look so far at Masterpiece Optimus Primal, and the Unite Warriors Combaticons - of course focused around the new Blast Off. While no new meaningful details are forthcoming from Primal, these scans do help us pick out a bit more on the Combaticon side of things. We've cropped out several items, to see these, get more details and a link back to the originals, keep reading!

We know already that Masterpiece Optimus Primal is on its way, due for release in 2016, and that's an excellent way to commemorate a major anniversary for Beast Wars. But a tweet this evening by Hisashi Yuki makes it sound like there will be even more to come. Hasbro's representatives, when asked, could offer no solid answer about domestic celebration of the anniversary of the fan-favorite series, likely due to a major focus on Titans Return this coming year. But it seems a decent bet TakaraTomy needn't be so constrained. You can check out Yuki-san's tweet, in Japanese, along with a machine translation, so keep reading!

It seems that we have our very first look at 2016's Masterpiece Optimus Primal, from a scan out of one of this month's hobby magazines. Announced at about the same time as Botcon this year with a very early beast mode mockup, Masterpiece Optimus Primal is seen here as rough renders of beast and robot modes, along with small turnaround sketches, which seem to imply the ape mode can stand upright as frequently seen in Beast Wars. We've mirrored the scan, so click through to have a look!

The Botcon 2016 boxset reveals have stirred up some disagreements, as the Tripredacus Council members among the assortment are all colored in primarily red - based on what they looked like in their single cartoon appearance. While the details of the arguments aren't important, the situation led Verno from TFW's board to inquire directly to the director of The Agenda, Part 1 - and amazingly he got an answer! Keep reading for some behind the scenes of Beast Wars!

The Botcon website has updated today revealing the second of the 2016 box set exclusives. Joining Ravage in April will be Tarantulas, based on the Rook mold and sporting the character's Transmetal colors, versus the original coloring seen on this year's subscription service Tarantulas. Along with this, they've announced Alec Willows as a guest. Willows of course was the voice behind Tarantulas, and has not been to a Botcon since all the way back in 2000. Click through to see the full toy reveal image.

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