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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!




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!



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