So we've looked at the three basic forms that toy articulation takes: hinges, swivels, and ball joints. But there's one last feature that pops up frequently on Transformers: ratchets. That pleasant clicking sound. The satisfying resistance when you tug on a hip or an elbow. The ability to hold the weight of a weapon or for larger toys to hold poses. How is that accomplished? And what are the pros and cons for the ratchets on our `Bots and `Cons? Keep reading to find out!
Today RAC rounds out the basic forms of toy articulation with a look at ball joints! (Pun entirely intended, and offered with no apologies.) Ball joints were, in the 1990s, the salvation of the Transformers brand to a certain degree, as they allowed more complex and articulated Transformers figures to be made while passing US toy safety tests. But beyond that, they're just a really great and versatile part of modern toy design. Keep reading to find out why!
We continue our look at the basic workings of action figures today with swivels! A basic bore at the neck, shoulder, and hip but a welcome helper at the bicep, waist, and thigh, swivels are everywhere on a Transformer. How do they work and what can go wrong? Keep reading to find out!
Today RAC takes a look at the first of the three primary forms that toy articulation can take: the hinge. Probably the most-used joint on Transformers figures due to their utility in transformation mechanisms, hinges still do a lot of heavy lifting for the humanoid form as well - especially if you do it properly and lift from the knees. Keep reading for more!
With the new Transformers: The Last Knight coming our way. I thought it would be interesting to share something rare and likely unseen from the first Transformers (2007) movie where it all began, 10 years ago. Behold, one of the fanciest Transformers press-kits you may have ever seen. Those who attended the Toy Fair 2007 special preview event, were given one of these press kits that actually transforms!
Were the live action Transformers movies directed by Michael Bay good or bad for Transformers? That’s the question that I put to a number of respected collectors and community members, and not just in regards to Transformers toys, but the general health of the brand and the people who now count themselves as fans.
Perhaps emboldened by the amazing success of Marvel's take on a shared continuity for its increasingly numerous movies and now TV projects, Hasbro has made known their plans to try this approach with the Transformers movie series. But what can we expect from this direction, and how might it affect Transformers 5? Keep reading for some thoughts.
Editor's Note: The following is an editorial and the opinions expressed are solely those of Peter Van and do not represent the ideas of Tformers.com or Entertainment News International as a whole.
Every year, there are certain things that take place within the Transformers community. Last year was the meteoric rise of the third party shops. What originally began as add-ons and kits has now become full-blown homages, like TFC Toys Hercules and iGear's continued homage figures. As this year is just beginning, I have listed five things that I want from the franchise this year. Let's get started!
With the release of Transformers Dark of the Moon
, Director Michael Bay says he is done. Shia LaBeouf says he will not return. What will happen? Mr. LaBeouf suggests a reboot and Tyrese Gibson suggested that maybe Executive Producer Steven Spielberg will step as director if Mr. Bay actually follows through. Don Murphy, a producer on all three Transformers
films says there will "certainly not" be a reboot and suggests perhaps a second trilogy is at hand. "[The Transformers] didn't grow up or become expensive like [Tobey] Maguire," he jokes on his personal message board. Read more.
Tyrese Gibson spoke with MovieWeb earlier this week, suggesting that if indeed what Shia LaBeouf (Sam Witwicky) says is true, and that he and Michael Bay are walking away from the franchise, Steven Spielberg is a great safety net. "[H]ere is the safety net. Are you ready for this?" Mr. Gibson asks during his interview with MovieWeb. "Michael Bay decides to not come back for Transfomers 4. There is always Steven Spielberg!" Read more...
Editor's Note: This post was originally published in June 2009 for Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. Since Transformers Dark of the Moon is coming out in IMAX, this felt fitting to repost. Information has been updated to keep up with the times.
So a fan over at our Facebook page shared something quite interesting with us. Back in 2009, there was actually a big broo-ha when comedian Aziz Ansari of NBC’s Parks and Recreation
complained on his Twitter account that AMC is charging "$5 extra for a slightly bigger screen [than the normal one]..." Read more
Okay, this is getting really freaking confusing. So is Arcee a combiner or isn't she? And are all three bikes identical? We didn't exactly have that answer pegged down, and a recent article from Inside Line doesn't make it any clearer. The article spotlights luxury bike manufacturer Ducati, which has bikes in box the recently-released Terminator: Salvation
and in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
, and reports that one of the company's bikes will merge with two other bikes to form Arcee. But that's not even the half of it.
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