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So we've looked at the three basic forms that toy articulation takes: hinges, swivels, and ball joints. But there's one last feature that pops up frequently on Transformers: ratchets. That pleasant clicking sound. The satisfying resistance when you tug on a hip or an elbow. The ability to hold the weight of a weapon or for larger toys to hold poses. How is that accomplished? And what are the pros and cons for the ratchets on our `Bots and `Cons? Keep reading to find out!




Today RAC rounds out the basic forms of toy articulation with a look at ball joints! (Pun entirely intended, and offered with no apologies.) Ball joints were, in the 1990s, the salvation of the Transformers brand to a certain degree, as they allowed more complex and articulated Transformers figures to be made while passing US toy safety tests. But beyond that, they're just a really great and versatile part of modern toy design. Keep reading to find out why!




We continue our look at the basic workings of action figures today with swivels! A basic bore at the neck, shoulder, and hip but a welcome helper at the bicep, waist, and thigh, swivels are everywhere on a Transformer. How do they work and what can go wrong? Keep reading to find out!




Today RAC takes a look at the first of the three primary forms that toy articulation can take: the hinge. Probably the most-used joint on Transformers figures due to their utility in transformation mechanisms, hinges still do a lot of heavy lifting for the humanoid form as well - especially if you do it properly and lift from the knees. Keep reading for more!




I am a big fan of Transformers licensed merchandise from the past and nothing is more tasty than the vintage goodness that was created by the truckload for the Generation 1 cartoons. Speaking of goodness and trucks, you may have found these More Than Meets the Ice Cream treats by Peters on the neighborhood Ice Cream trucks in Australia. But they are likely news to fans in the USA. What makes these so delightful. Is they are actually ice cream in disguise, with a mystery flavor or candy embedded in the center such as bubblegum or caramel.




The staff at Tformers.com wishes a happy and prosperous new year to Transformers fans everywhere. Here is to 2017, and a wonder-filled year of GIANT ROBOTS! May you find all the figures you are looking for, win all your auctions, and keep on Tranforming in the year to come.





Happy Holidays from the staff at Tformers.com! We hope you have a great Christmas and have a great time with friends and family! We at Tformers will be celebrating good cheer with food drink and robots! We hope you will do the same and look forwards to much good Transformers news, reviews and more in the year ahead.




August 8th marks the thirtieth anniversary of the release of The Transformers: The Movie! And for that occasion RAC posts his memories of seeing the film and considers its all-reaching influence on subsequent Transformers stories. Keep reading!




Diaclone was launched in Japan by Takara in 1980, the same year I was born. And that’s where my childhood association with Diaclone ends, as growing up in the UK it was primarily Transformers that had my attention. Trickles of Diaclone-based figures did reach the UK but in London I saw neither sight nor sound of them. In addition to Japan and Asia, countries like France, Italy, Holland, Germany and some Scandinavian territories had Diaclone toys on shelves.




"Imagine the look on your children's faces they meet real, live Transformers in our new base camp." was advertised in 1985 by the Universal Studios theme park in Hollywood, California. If you think the Bayverse costumes were corny, wait till you see this. Thanks to a fresh batch of tweets from TFWiki. We have a look behind the scenes at The Transformers Universal Studios Tour. The attraction that featured "Live" Transformers characters such as Jazz, Grimlock, and Starscream for kids to meet.




Headmasters, Targetmasters, Powermasters. The Transformers gimmick juggernaut powered on through 1987 to 1988, bringing us the first reincarnation of Optimus Prime, a smaller range of Headmasters and Targetmasters (smaller toys, too) and introducing us to the concept of Powermaster-activated transformations.




Earlier today we posted yet another incremental leak from that same guy, this one purporting to be a rumored Titans Return Brainstorm. RAC decided to take a closer look, and he found something important. Keep reading for the capper on the Brainstorm leak.




Happy Holidays from the staff at Tformers.com! We hope you have a great Christmas and have a great time with friends and family! We at Tformers will be celebrating good cheer with food drink and robots! We hope you will do the same and look forwards to much good Transformers news, reviews and more in the year ahead.




We've looked at Bruticus Reimagined, but that was not the first Combaticon comeback. No, that happened in 1994 with the advent of Generation 2! Keep reading for purple camo splotches, infamous metamorphin' dudicus Onslaught and, yes! - the Cybernet Space Cube.




The first reimagining of Bruticus didn't exactly mean the return of the Combaticons, since the characters' names and personalities were nothing like the G1 versions - but for the second instance of the Combaticons Reimagined, that changed. Today, we're looking at the game and toys that reintroduced the classic Combaticons (or at least their very similar counterparts from an alternate universe), Fall of Cybertron! Read on to learn more.



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