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!
We've got the product promo photos for upcoming G1 reissues under the Platinum branding, including Trypticon, who will be released as an Amazon exclusive in the US this year. The Autobot Intel Ops set with Blaster, Perceptor and a selection of cassette characters, and the Seeker Squadron set of Ramjet, Dirge and Thrust were also shown off, and will be exclusives to other retailers this year. Keep reading to take a look!
Previously seen in a highly publicized auction ending at nearly $27,000, it seems the G2 Stunticons are back at it again! While we can't be sure if this is the same set, or if another has somehow been unearthed after what was partially marketed as perhaps the only such set of that level of parts completion. Whatever the case may be, it seems that if you have deep enough pockets, you'll have another shot at getting this incredible rarity! Keep reading for mirrored photos.
Solving one mystery about the Platinum reissues of Astrotrain and Blitzwing, we now know who's carrying this box set in the United States! Amazon has a preorder page up for the set, priced at $69.99. Due to ship August 1st, the same day as Devastator, it looks like these will soon be easily available to any interested. Of course, the mystery of their decos is one that remains very much unsolved, and may well remain so for the foreseeable future. Keep reading for a link to the product page!
On Facebook, user z75sales has finished up with the production sample G2 Protectobots, posting some group images as well as the promised gallery of the set combined as Defensor. While Bruticus may have come to be synonymous with the concept of G2, Defensor probably truly represents it better, and now you can see it in all its eye-searing glory! We've again mirrored some of the pictures, and you can find links to the originals below, so keep reading to see it - just for your own safety, don't look directly at Defensor.
While most of us had eyes only for Botcon, user z75sales on Facebook was posting galleries of the production sample original G2 Protectobots, found in the collection of a deceased Hasbro employee. As of this posting Hot Spot is the most recent, and this may be the best look you'll ever get at an original G2 Hot Spot, which is actually quite sad. A gallery of Defensor is promised to follow soon. We've mirrored a few of the photos to get you started, but go check out the full galleries as well!
Tokyo Toy Show is happening now, and the first picture has come in over Twitter of Masterpiece Ironhide! Presumably taking the MP-27 designation, he looks pretty great, being a pretty nice match for the animation model. With Ironhide on the way, this almost guarantees a Ratchet as well. Keep reading for the first photos! EDIT!
A second photo has been added, which reveals Ironhide will have his G1 toy's battle station!
It's common wisdom - one might even say conventional
- that the event at Botcon on any given year that we look forward to the most is the Hasbro panel where members of the brand team present us often our first look at various upcoming product, while reminding us of things that we can go buy right now as well. And so much like Toy Fair, we approach this event wondering just what they might have to surprise us with. For our own speculation on this, keep reading!
Hobby Brinquedos has posted super high resolution stock photos of the Platinum Series Autobot Intel Ops Set featuring reissues of G1 Blaster and Perceptor. In these images we can finally see what's on Perceptor's new slide accessories: Images from the G1 cartoon, to be viewed through the microscope mode. Also included is a folding case for the slides with at least one 5mm handle to be carried as an accessory. Blaster is less noteworthy, but includes Ramhorn, Steeljaw, and Eject - Rewind apparently being otherwise engaged in deep space currently. Click through to see the mirrored images!
Following yesterday's reveal of Platinum Edition Trypticon, the latest in a string of G1 reissues populating the line this year, we have new images showing the back panel of the box, and most importantly it confirms in a call out that Trypticon still has its motorized walking action. Trypticon's reissue remains just as functional as the original and from yesterday's images, it looks like it calls for a AA and 2 C size batteries, indicating no update to the electronics. We also have a shot of the brief bio, so click through and have a look!
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