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Adam Pawlus of 16bit.com has posted a confirmation that the version of Onslaught in the Wave 2 Voyager case with Sky Lynx is unchanged from the Wave 1 version, and does not have the animation-accurate Bruticus parts that were anticipated to be on the second release. Whether we get the intended running change or not down the road is unknown - but don't go buying a second Onslaught just yet expecting the alternate colors. Keep reading for the confirmation tweet!




Currently in Japan, Comic Market (Comiket) 89 has just wrapped up. Among the many fan produced items for all sorts of properties being sold at the event was a Transformers artbook, called More Than Just A Geek Spark. Masabon1980 obtained a copy of this book and has shared many images from it on his Photobucket account. We've mirrored a few lower resolution copies of the images, but there's lots more to see, so keep reading for the previews and a link back to the originals, plus some info about a few of the artists represented in this book!




From Toy Soul 2015 in Hong Kong, 52Toys has shared a couple photos of a color display of Heroes of Steel Optimus Prime, one of the growing number of licensed, non-transforming figures cropping up these days. At last report the figure was due for release early in 2016, and while it will be pricey, earlier colored prototype shots show that it has some moves to back up the price tag. Click through to see the new photos!




Known to Transformers fans for figures based on the designs of Dark of The Moon, high end figure maker 3A has posted an update to their blog entitled "More Than Meets The Eye" showing just an Autobot insignia and the text "Generation 1" with a date of 2016. This may be welcome news for fans looking for more possible avenues for figures of this type beyond things like Hot Toys, though it remains to be seen exactly what style these theoretical G1 3A figures may take.




It's that time of the year again, and as various websites compile their Best of lists for 2015 they're also throwing the vote open to fans to help them determine the winners. Comics Alliance has followed up on their nomination for More Than Meets The Eye with nominations for James Roberts as Outstanding Writer, and Transformers vs. GI Joe's Tom Scioli for Outstanding Artist. Keep reading for links to both polls!




If you're a fan of classic G1 box art, you might want to have a look at Hobby Lobby. Right now they're carrying a large print featuring cropped versions of several of the battle scenes as originally found on the backs of G1 packaging. While perhaps not quite as enticing as a large print of a specific scene, at the reported price of $20 for a canvas print in the 24 inch range, enthusiasts for this particular art will likely still be interested. Also seen was a smaller Bumblebee cutout for $11. We've got pictures, so click through and check it out!




The Transformers Design Team wants you to settle a hotly-contested question for them: which character will be the 2017 Titan-class figure? Starting this coming Tuesday, fans will be able to choose between three classic large-scale characters for the Titan figure to follow up on next year's Fortress Maximus. Keep reading for all the details!




After a surprisingly long wait since its official announcement over the summer, Platinum Edition Trypticon is finally in stock on the US Amazon site. Coming in at just under $164 at the time of this writing (and thus more than qualifying for free shipping) this beats out some of the early estimated that had Trypticon hitting $200 or more, and may make this a good alternative to putting together a nice vintage copy. The listing link is below, so keep reading!




Platinum Edition Trypticon was a remarkable case of Hasbro leading the way on a G1 reissue of a toy TakaraTomy had not themselves touched. After some time had passed and speculation died down, we now have word that Trypticon will be sold in Japan. As a highly limited lottery item. The "USA Edition" Trypticon will be available for 300 lucky individuals chosen at random to purchase for 16,200 Yen this December, after a lottery entry period of about ten days starting this Tuesday. To all our hopeful Japanese readers, we wish you the best of luck!




If you're of the age that you remember buying or at least receiving Transformers when G1 was fresh on the shelves, you probably remember the littler rubbery Decoys coming with. Takara apparently does, as they're reviving the concept, though these won't be packaged with regular toys. The Transformers Figure Collection will be released in capsule machines in Japan starting in January, reportedly for under 100 Yen. The lineup currently consists of just 8 Autobot characters, but maybe more will follow down the line. Click though to take a look!




John DeLuna has put some great pictures on his Twitter of the just released Old Snake with Advanced Stealth BATs set to his Twitter. The crossover bases itself on the third season G1 episode Only Human, though diverges a ways with the pair of BATs. The down on his luck Cobra Commander was an easy draw to the set, but the final execution of the BAT deco on the Prime Soundwave body is quite attractive as well! Keep reading to check out the photos.




We here at TFormers would like to take a quick time out today to send our well wishes on to celebrated voice actor Peter Cullen, who turns (an impressively young-looking) 74 years old today. While of course in our fandom he is and always will be best known for the voice of Optimus Prime, he'd had a great career outside of the various iterations of that role, including Dungeons & Dragons, GI Joe, and of course the voice of Eeyore in numerous Winnie The Pooh animations. Happy birthday, and thank you for all you've given us!




Thanks once again to Allspark for providing high quality scans of this month's Figure King magazine. In it we get a good look at TakaraTomy's Constructicons, including a look at the hand weapons and a better idea of the individual deco choices, plus some Transformers Adventure including Override and Runabout, some QTF, and a full page look at ThreeA's movie Optimus Prime figure. We've mirrored Transformers relevant pages and highlighted some of the individual images, so keep reading to check it out.




52Toys caught sight of another SD-style Transformers product from Fewture. Their ES Gokin series will be bringing out a Fortress Maximus figure in the near future, but that's not the only thing to note here. On a display card behind Max is a silhouette that bears a distinct resemblance to Victory leader Star Saber, giving a good pointer of what might be next up after Fortress Maximus has come himself. Keep reading to check out the photos!




OriToy has posted on their blog a first look at their 3D print prototype of the Optimus Prime figure they'll be producing under license from Hasbro. The non-transforming figure has a very stylized look, with some resemblance to the current IDW design. This very early prototype already shows a lot of poseability, and the blog notes that a proper prototype will be displayed at an upcoming event in Hong Kong. Keep reading and check out the pictures!



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