Brave Robotics, a company formed by roboticist Kenji Ishida, has partnered with Tomy and Asratec Corp. to create Project J-deite (Pronounced "Jadeite" like the stone and/or the Sailor Moon
villain). The goal is to create a real, transforming car robot by the year 2020 - and in service of that goal they have released a video of their first prototype, the 1/4 scale robot named, appropriately enough, Quarter. While Ishida's inspiration was said to be the Transformers-inspired Brave Series, there's little denying Quarter looks a lot like Prowl and the other Datsun-mold Transformers. Keep reading for photos and video of Quarter!
Singapore fan group Planet Iacon posted a link to a Vine showing the transformation of Mega Drive Megatron, the figure that combines the Decepticon leader quite appropriately with the Sega Genesis' Blast Processing. It's a simple affair, just as you'd likely expect from a rectangle. But a really nice looking rectangle! Keep reading to see for yourself!
A couple of short videos have appeared on YouTube that demonstrate the uber-expensive Ultimetal Optimus Prime and some of its special features. Namely, the magnetically attached outer shell
and the animated faceplate that moves in time with the Peter Cullen voice recordings. I don't know if it's worth the asking price of roughly $760 USD, but it sure is impressive. Keep reading to see the videos!
z75sales, the eBay seller responsible for the recent G2 Menasor auction that shocked us all with a final price of $26,800, has posted a video detailing the source of the collection and its size and scope. Unsurprisingly, they're liquidating the collection of a former Hasbro/Kenner engineer. These first two videos explain how the authenticity of each piece is guaranteed, and give a look at the original prototype of Beast Wars Optimal Optimus! More videos are promised but for now, check out these two!
Robot Kingdom has posted a video of X2Toys' upcoming Firing Pin figure (based on onetime Wreckers leader Impactor) which features a working springloaded pellet cannon, complete with loading system and hopper for semi-automatic fire. The hopper is detachable, and the loading system is disguised as one of Impactor's other
weapons- simply fill it, slide it over the hopper, and the gun is loaded. Keep reading to see the video, plus renders and in-progress photos!
Fansproject has rendered transformation demonstration videos of upcoming entries into their Function-X series meant to represent Headmasters Hardhead, Apeface and Highbrow. They're all looking pretty good, and it's noteworthy that Hardhead seems to have two different face configurations. Click through to see all three videos!
A Malaysian animator by the name of Harris Loureiro has animated an epic stop-motion battle between Laser Optimus Prime (AKA Reveal The Shield Laser Prime with MakeToys' Battle Tanker upgrade kit) and Devastator (AKA MakeToys' Giant). It's an impressive piece of work complete with G1 sound effects and, of course, "The Touch." Click to watch it, then drop by Harris' YouTube page and leave him a like- he earned it!
Thanks to Alex "Orion Pax" Jones who is celebrating the Transformers 30th anniversary with his very custom made *transforming* Kre-O action figures. That's right, he's managed to create many of the G1 characters from the Kre-O Bricks that can Transform from robot mode to alternate mode. Watch the video below to see him present this cool figures for the full details now.
YouTube user Wes McCraw has posted a video of Transformers voice actor Peter Cullen in recent recording session for Hasbro's Toys. The recording session was taped at Creekside Audio with Rick Sellers, Wes McCraw, and Peter Cullen. Watch Rick and Wes who direct a recording session with the legendary voice actor to see what its like working behind the scenes with the voice of Optimus Prime.
Next time you happen to be in Northern California, you wanna make a point of driving up Highway 41 South of Fresno, California where a GIANT Transformers Bumblebee rises above the horizon. The creation of artist and fan Tom Rhoads, who built the statue to share his love of these robots with his son. See the local news spot and more details below.
Thanks to Youtube member kbigstone who has posted a very old film from 1983 that shows the toys on display at Tokyo Toy Show in Japan. The special thing about this video is it gives us a look at the pre-Tomy Takara booth where the Diaclone and Microchange action figures were being shown. Supposedly, this is where Hasbro first saw the unique transforming action toys that would eventually be rebranded and marketed in the USA as the Transformers. The Takara toys can be seen at 1:28 in the video below.
No Retro Robot Radio third party show this weekend because of the holiday. Instead, I took a classic Transformers audio story from 1985 that I put it together with scans of the book. I give you seasons greetings with Laserbeak's Fury!
Wheeljack brings a new creation to life in his lab! Happy Halloween! Special thanks to BlastardInc for animating.
Just out is a new Transformers Gangnam Style Video that features Soundwave celebrating 2 Million views on the first Transformers video. Many thanks to ngsmoov who lets us know: "A lil thank you video for hitting 2 million views. Soundwave now realizes he should've joined in on the fun rather than be a hater. Don't be hatin'!" Watch the video now of the Transformers Gangnam Style Video featuring Soundwave and the Tapebots Rumble and Frenzy now!!!
Following on the initial release of the Quest For Energon Stop Motion Video Series. We have the latest installment with part showing Megatron who displays his scheme for a tasty grilled cheese that, as usual, goes off the rails. Watch the Transformers KRE-O Quest for Energon Video Parts 2 and 1 below.
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