Artist Aaron Archer, former Hasbro toy designer and head of the Transformers brand, has posted to Instagram that he was recently present to celebrate the retirement of TakaraTomy's Hideaki Yoke. Yoke has been one of the guiding forces behind the Transformers brand since its inception, whose work goes as far back as Diaclone
. Keep reading for more info on this key figure in Transformers!
Luke Y. Thompson has interviewed Hasbro's John Warden for Forbes, and Warden had some interesting things to say and hints to drop about what 2017 has in store for Transformers. The Last Knight
, of course -- but is Titans Return going to stop for the films, or run concurrently? And what about how the toymaker is looking at the renewed interest in their other `80s properties from the film and comic worlds? Keep reading to see!
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Adam Pawlus of 16bit.com and Entertainment Earth has posted to his site about the upcoming Platinum Edition Liokaiser! He's clarified that the price on Liokaiser will be closer to $119.99 - a bit higher than the average Combiner Wars boxset but not unreasonably so in our opinion. He also said that, to his knowledge, Liokaiser will close out the Combiner Wars line in the US. Click on through for more info!
Just out of SDCC 2016 is the IDW & Hasbro revolution panel that gives us an overview of what's coming in the epic project that combines the universes of Transformers, GI Joe, ROM, Micronauts, and MASK. Read on about the expansive story where many characters converge and expand.
Walgreens toy buyer Steven Anne has responded to questions on Twitter concerning the timeframe for the release of the pharmacy chain's exclusive Transformers release, Titans Return Deluxe Brainstorm! Anne has said that they're shooting for November, so those who saw the preorders dated for August can breathe a bit easier for now. Keep reading for details!
Site sponsor Robotkingdom has put up a preorder page for a new release of Unicron! The Platinum Edition preorder, set at $129.90 USD, is due to arrive in December. Not much else is known about this upcoming figure, but we'll tell you what we know and what we can safely assume after the jump.
Greg "M Sipher" Sepelak has made an interesting discovery about the reissued blind-bag Kreon Micro-Changers appearing at US dollar stores - they're not reissues at all! They're entirely reversioned pieces using the updated 2015 Kreon body and entirely new tampograph applications. Keep reading for an example photo as well as more info on the differences!
Hisashi Yuki has posted the boxart for Unite Warriors Computron to Twitter! The eighth entry in the Japanese counterpart to the Combiner Wars line, Computron is deviating quite significantly from the Hasbro edition of the character, using different molds for three out of the four limbs and introducing a new head and chestplate to the Scattershot mold. Meanwhile, Yuki is teasing the next team of Unite Warriors - and Robots In Disguise just might get some recognition in its anniversary year after all. Keep reading!
Entertainment Earth has posted a listing for a new Rescue Bots set coming in June! While we don't know what the set will look like, the description and title show us that we're getting an Optimus Prime with a trailer - that's rare enough! - but moreover it's a racing trailer meant to haul new-to-Rescue-Bots character Mirage! Keep reading for the description and a link.
The Hollywood Reporter has posted a story on the Hasbro Cinematic Universe writer's room, which will be getting underway shortly! It's headed, once again, by Akiva Goldsman (Batman & Robin, Batman Forever, The Da Vinci Code
) with such noteworthy authors as Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
) and Bryan K. Vaughan (Runaways, Saga
). Keep reading for the full roster!
Seen previously as a grey prototype at a hobby show in Hong Kong, tonight we have a quick pair of full color images for Ultra Magnus from the Ultimetal line. You might remember the Ultimetal Optimus Prime, a large scale figure with removable armor parts to show detailed internal structures, and which by itself cost in the neighborhood of $1000. Ultra Magnus of course adds full Magnus armor on top of a recolor of that Optimus body, making a very impressive piece, but one whose potential price tag is staggering to even think about! Keep reading to see the new photos.
While the event itself is over with, we have a few new images from the Toy Fair showing that took place in Melbourne. Heng Yip Chan of the TFYLP podcast was able to visit and took some excellent photos of the various items on display, giving new looks at Fortress Maximus, Powermaster Optimus Prime, Combiner Wars Victorion, G2 Bruticus, various Mecha Nation licensed figures and more. You can read on to check out the photos!
The Spacebridge is this week offering up perhaps the greatest piece of memorabilia connected to the original Transformers cartoon. Having been in their possession for years, they now have at auction a complete collection of the production storyboards from Transformers The Movie, laying out every shot, and even featuring many deleted scenes. From a starting price just under $100, within its first few hours it has already passed the $1000 mark, and is sure to keep climbing. Keep reading to see the mirrored example images, and get a link to the auction if you want to try and own this yourself!
ASM has posted photos from Soap Studio at Toy Fair this weekend, giving us a first look at the G1 cartoon inspired vinyl figures of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Spike Witwicky. Uncolored prototypes of these were shown some while back, with these new samples featuring simple, bright coloring that evokes the cartoon. The tags on the display indicate these are expected to be available in March. We've mirrored one of the photos for your convenience, so click through to check that out and get a link to the full gallery at ASM!
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