Hobby Brinquedos, the same source that brought us the new images of Cyber Battalion Optimus and Bumblebee has loaded new high-resolution stock photos for the Platinum two-pack of G1 triple changers Astrotrain and Blitzwing. While the decos for these - especially Astrotrain - defy analysis, the new looks should be a welcome sight to those who already have older reissues or simply enjoy seeing new ideas on old toys. Click through to check them out!
Thanks to Daniel Oon, we've heard about the first sighting of the next Platinum G1 reissue set. The Seeker Squadron consisting of Ramjet, Dirge and Thrust were found at retail in Singapore, and the reported price of $109.90 SGD - about $79 US - may come as a relief to some given the Insecticons before them were the equivalent of almost $100 US when found in Singapore. It doesn't guarantee a US price, but it offers hope for this set to be a bit more reasonable when it makes its way here. Click through to see the full size photo.
Cartoon Brew reports Animator Jeff Hale, who served as animation director on the original The Transformers
series as well as GI Joe
and Muppet Babies
, has passed away at the age of 92. In addition to his Sunbow work, Hale also contributed a number of recurring segments to Sesame Street
such as Pinball Number Count and the googly-eyed typewriter. More details from the career of this talented animator after the jump.
Toysrus.ca has updated with a preorder page for the recent boxset three pack of reissue G1 Insecticons. The Platinum Edition set has been seen in the US at K-Mart stores, as well as being available in Hasbro marketed locations in Asia. Toys R Us Canada lists these for shipping in April at a price of $109.99 CAD, or about $88 US. This sadly seems to indicate K-Mart was not far off SRP with their pricing. This is listed as a Toys R Us exclusive in Canada, and there's no indication whether locations in the US will stock these or if they are exclusive to K-Mart.
Griffin of the Ozformers forums had the opportunity to go to Toy Fair Australia, and while nothing new was seemingly on display he had the opportunity to talk to Hasbro Australia about this year's offerings. In addition to confirming the Platinum Edition reissues of G1 Blaster and Perceptor, he was also told about the Trypticon reissue... and even reissues of the G1 Dinobots! It's unknown which or how many Dinobots will be reissued, but considering none of those molds have been rereleased since 1993, it's a welcome announcement. Keep reading for more details!
Multiple news sources are confirming that Leonard Nimoy, best known as Star Trek's Mr. Spock but also a repeated presence in Transformers media, has died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the age of 83. An actor, director, photographer, and much more, Mr. Nimoy was in all things he chose to do an artist, first and foremost, who gave his work the attention and forethought it deserved. He will be missed, and the thoughts of the TFormers staff go out to Mr. Nimoy's family.
There was a lot of information delivered from Toy Fair. Some of it came as reports from those who attended, but most of it was in the form of photos. With so much out there, it can be a little hard to keep up with what's what, so we're going to bring you the highlights of the coverage and break things down for you. Is Constructicon articulation really that limited? And why are they so big? How small is Minimus Ambus? Why is Defensor sad? Click through for the answers to these questions and more!
Our sponsor TFSource has just let us know that they've received a supply of the Sega Genesis edition of Mega Drive Megatron and a limited supply remains after filling standing preorders. This figure modifies the Mega Drive figure with Sega Genesis emblems more familiar to people in the United States and replaces the red on the robot deco with Decepticon purple, among other cosmetic changes. This run was limited to 1000 over all, so there won't be many available from US seller, so act fast!
The Spacebridge on Facebook has posted another fun rarity for everyone to see. This time they have pieces of Action Master concept art for figures that never got produced. Though most like Superion or Predaking have been seen a number of times over the years, art featuring Ultra Magnus and his large vehicle is something even I'm not very familiar with. If Optimus Prime had the Armored Convoy, might we call Magnus's vehicle the Powered Convoy? Click through to check out the photos!
Hasbro ended its agreements with Netflix recently, resulting in multiple series no longer being available for legal on-demand viewing. We have good news this weekend as some of the affected Transformers shows have found a new home. TubiTV now houses the G1 cartoon, the Unicron Trilogy series of Armada, Energon, Cybertron, as well as Transformers Animated. This streaming site is ad-supported, and shows no sign of the other series lost with the Hasbro removal from Netflix, but this is a promising start. Keep reading for a link to the available shows!
So far there's been little turning up to do with Transformers at WonderFest this season. However, TAG Hobby has brought back some shots from Kotobukiya's exhibit, featuring a recolor of their D-Style Optimus in Black Convoy/Nemesis Prime deco, and a display with artwork for an upcoming Starscream. For fans of the super deformed style merchandise, the promise of Starscream in the future should be appealing even if Black Convoy isn't holding your interest. Click through for both photos!
Wonder Festival 2015 is getting ready to kick off in Japan this weekend, and it looks like Cybergundam has some early photos from inside the event giving us our first look at an Ultra Magnus which is coming to the Ultimetal lineup. Seen on display as just the white Optimus Prime recolor portion, the art behind shows full Magnus armor that builds around the cab-robot body. If the figure is to be released all in one package with that, it could very likely have a significantly higher pricetag than the Optimus Prime that preceded it! Click through for the full photo.
While security has reportedly increased around the Hasbro exhibit at the Toy Fair event taking place in Germany this week following the leaked partial images of Devastator, we've been fortunate enough to receive first-hand reports from a person who attended the show. The information was spread over multiple posts and pages of a TFW thread, so we've collected and condensed it for quick reading. Click through and check it out!
A Hasbro (and apparently Takara) product meeting took place, and a member of the ACToys community was on hand to take notes. Subsequently, other fans have translated this quick report in to English, and we've got the highlights on upcoming G1 reissues, Generations Devastator and Defensor, and the next Masterpiece figure! Keep reading!
While we'd previously heard a cutoff date of January 1st for G1 and other Hasbro shows, The Wrap reports that Hasbro and Netflix have been unable to come to terms - a situation more or less confirmed by a Tweet from @HasbroNews. So if you really want to catch up on Transformers Prime, Pound Puppies, or My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, you'd best get to watching now. Keep reading for more details!
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