So as of about 10 days ago at HasCon, it's official: Power of the Primes,
the third and final leg in the Prime Wars
Trilogy, will return to combiners! And we're fine with that - or so say the row of Combiner Wars
boxsets RAC has in his room. Combiner Wars
was fun, and produced some good toys... but it wasn't perfect. There's room for improvement, and he thought of some areas that it'd be nice to see Power of the Primes
address. Keep reading!
Back in July after SDCC,
we published a quick... well, Prime
r on the upcoming Generations line Power of the Primes.
In the wake of HasCon 2017 we've got some more information, so it's time to go back through and lay it all out, class by class. Keep reading to see!
So we now know that the next series will be named Transformers: Cyberverse.
But what else do we know about it? And what suppositions are going around that are maybe not as solid as people think? We cover all of that - and a little bit more, such as the origins of the Cyberverse
name - in the popular Q&A format. Keep reading to see!
has produced an impressively wide range of characters from Transformers: The Headmasters
. Characters who've never been updated before, and characters who were never seen outside Japan before. But there's a tiny, tiny handful of Headmasters who have not seen - and do not seem to be in the running for - any kind of representation whatsoever in either the Generations or TakaraTomy Legends line. So, who's missing? Keep reading to find out!
At the Q&A part of the Transformers brand panel at San Diego Comic Con today, the Hasbro reps were asked about missing combiners not covered during Combiner Wars getting made. The question was met with a "stay tuned" standard non-commit answer. But you know, the real answer might have been staring us in the face all day - as well as the answer to another question or two, and Power of The Primes in addition to its Prime Masters gimmick may just turn out to secretly be Combiner Wars II. Keep reading!
It was a fine, if occasionally frustrating tradition, started with Metroplex in 2013. A Titan Class Transformer hits the shelves at general retail, and a slightly modified version would also be seen at the Hasbro Toy Shop booth for sale during San Diego Comic Con. For the three Titans released between 2013 through 2016, it was a sure thing. But, here we are now, two weeks away from the beginning of SDCC 2017, and we've yet to hear the slightest hint of a special convention edition Trypticon to come our way. Has the streak been broken? Is this a sign of a bigger change? Keep reading for rampant speculation!
Very few people have gotten hold of Trypticon thus far - mostly collectors in Australia where once again the year's Titan came out a bit early relative to the rest of the world. But it was enough to allow a serious problem to be identified! It seems that, as assembled, Trypticon's ratcheted hips are rather self-destructive, as the strength of them leads some of the softer plastics to become mangled. Qwan, who offered a great look at Full Tilt recently, has figured out one way to fix this issue, and composed a complete guide to that effect, which you can find below!
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!
This week, RAC's taking a look at the many facets and applications of toy articulation. What is it used for? How does it work? What can go wrong? But first, a little bit of action figure history as an introduction. The jointing in action figures goes back hundreds of years but has always had the same goal: to simulate figures in motion. Keep reading for more!
A little while before Toy Fair, we got word of the possible layout of Titans Return Deluxe Wave 5, including Misfire as a retool of Triggerhappy. At that time I speculated about how the proposed mold reuse might work out, including a brief acknowledgement of how it might go on to impact the already-been-rumored Slugslinger. With Ozformers granted the first reveal of both those figures, we had the chance to see how reality matched up to theory. Keep reading!
Nobody likes price increases on their favorite toys. Nobody who isn't a Hasbro or toy store shareholder, at any rate. And while RAC is still
adjusting to Deluxes not being $10 anymore despite the number of years that had been so, he's been mulling over the idea that the rumored price hike to $20 per Deluxe for Premier Edition could represent a new approach to Generations-style adult-focused Transformers toys - and surprisingly, he doesn't think the idea is all
bad. Keep reading for the silver lining!
It's time to borrow the Toy Detective hat from RAC and do some work on the just-revealed Titan Class Trypticon! The major question everyone has had, of course, is how big the final product will be. A design render in isolation isn't very good for determining that, it's true. But in October we were handed a wonderful clue during an otherwise not very productive livestream presentation event: Trypticon's leg. In hand, on the floor, next to other toys. Yes, Trypticon's leg is the metric that will answer our questions. Keep reading!
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