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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!




The Cybertron Philippines group has apparently uncovered images of the packaging for the long-rumored G1 Trypticon reissue coming to the Platinum Series, the current home for released G1 figures. Prior information has this set expected to carry a price around $150, which may seem appealing to many looking for a complete, working-condition copy of the toy. Keep reading to check out the pictures. Thanks to Eric John A. Cruz for sharing these outside the closed CybPH community!




Site sponsors TFSource and Robot Kingdom have put up preorder pages for Platinum Edition Trypticon! Robot Kingdom lists the price as $159.90 US and a ship date of June 23rd, while TFSource lists the figure at $199.99 and a ship date of July. Since Robot Kingdom tends to get things a week or so early and sport prices that are slightly lower before shipping and handling charges, this all seems consistent. Given the ship date, don't be surprised if you see these at BotCon. Read on for preorder links!




Maketoys has officially announced their G2 Devastator with the Yellow Giant DX set! This set is the original yellow Giant paint scheme in a set that includes the updates created for the Green Giant Type 61 set. Priced at $379.95 US, up to two Yellow Giants can be shipped for a flat rate of $46.95. Keep reading for more details and a link to the preorder page!




Maketoys gave an update today as to the current situation with Dystopia, their not-Metrotitan recolor of their not-Metroplex figure, Utopia. Besides changes to the hows and whys of shipping (but not the price), they announced that Dystopia is still available for preorder! Secondly, they posted an image of their G2-inspired yellow Giant to their Facebook page, saying that a Maketoys Exclusive was coming soon. Keep reading to see!




The Transformers Asia Facebook page has announced a reissue of MP-12 Masterpiece Sideswipe/Lambor for Septembor this year! It will include an exclusive bonus, but it's not known at the moment what that bonus will be. Keep reading for the official statement.




From the Twitter of tf-tf, we have a few new shots of the Platinum Series set featuring reissues of G1 Blaster and Perceptor. Intel Ops collects the two figures and three of Blaster's cassettes. It also adds a set of "slides" for Perceptor which we can now see have small images applied to view through microscope-mode Perceptor. The text of the tweet also suggests the mysterious extra accessory is a holder for the slides when not in use. Click through to have a look at all that, and a shot of the bio from the back of the box!




We've got slightly better looks at the package for another of the upcoming G1 reissue sets falling under the Platinum Series banner. Intel Ops featuring Blaster and three cassettes with Perceptor who's gotten some new microscope-related parts is likely to be the biggest of these sets to come along until the strongly rumored Trypticon would turn up. Unfortunately these photos don't really shed any more insights, especially towards Perceptor's new mystery accessory, but hopefully those details will be made clearer soon! Keep reading to see both images.




Multiple outlets have reported that Herb Trimpe, the first artist to draw Wolverine and GI Joe, has passed away suddenly at the age of 75. As an artist for Marvel Comics, Trimpe drew a handful of issues of the G1 Transformers comic, as well as GI Joe vs The Transformers and the covers to the Transformers Universe miniseries. By all accounts he was a much loved and respected comics artist and human being, and will be missed. More details on Mr. Trimpe's career after the jump.




At East Coast Comic Con this past weekend, Marvel Comics inker Dave Hunt had a selection of his work on display, and included among these pages are parts of an unpublished adaptation of the season three cartoon episode Dweller In The Depths. Reportedly issues like this were prepared as backups in case the normal monthly storylines weren't turned in on time. Only a few pages survive to today, but Roboplastic Apocalypse was able to take photos, which were posted to their Facebook page. Click through, and have a look!




Hasbro has just posted promotional photography for the Platinum G1 reissue Conehead Seeker set. The set which features the first US-reissue of two of these figures doesn't show any obvious sign of modifications to toys or decos, keeping them as a pretty basic set of rereleases. Hasbro's site notably lacks pricing information, but prices in Singapore where this set has been available have ranged the equivalent of $65-$85. Click through to check out the images.




ACToys user wwevskof has posted several photos showing the Platinum Edition Triplechangers set in and out of package. Giving us good looks at both toys in each of their modes, I can't say they make any more sense than they did before. While most people agree Blitzwing resembles Duocon Flywheels, some are suggesting Astrotrain's colors may resemble those of Machtackle from Multiforce. Click through and check out the mirrored photos!




Hasbro's Transformers site has updated with a new listing page for the Generations Platinum series Triplechangers set. The unusually recolored Astrotrain and Blitzwing now have a suggested retail price, although still no official word on what their coloring is based on. In the United States, this pack is set to run $65.99, putting it a little below the cost of the Insecticon Platinum three-pack. As of now no word on where this will turn up at retail, but it's bound to make an appearance before too long! Click through for a link back to the official product page!




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.



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