A short time ago this evening we may have finally had the release date for Deluxe Class Groove revealed to us! The US release is an online exclusive as part of a second "May Mayhem" event, following the official retail debut of Victorion this past weekend.
Tonight Amazon listed their own stock of the previously TakaraTomy-exclusive figure, showing a price of $16.99, and indicating a ship date of May 20th for the pre-sale figure. That has since been taken down, but there's a good chance that indicates the intended sale day! Stay tuned for more updates!
Twitter user @chromless is bringing us more photos from Transformers fest, going on this weekend on Japan. The first three Legends Series Titans Return figures, Hardhead, Skullcruncher, and Galvatron are on display, and we get some nice detail shots on them, including the Deluxes' new faces. Also seen is Unite Warriors Blast Off and a quick glance across the rest of the Combaticons and Bruticus, and a final stop with TAV 50 Hyper Surge Optimus Prime. Keep reading to check out all the mirrored shots!
Thanks to Amazon we have another round of stock photography updates. This batch brings us three Legends class figures: From wave 2 we have Ravage, mold-mate of wave 1's Stripes, featuring a new character-specific head, and Rumble, remolded from wave 1's Rewind. This batch also helps us finish out the wave 1 photos by giving us a look at Wheelie's final product stock photos. All are currently unavailable, and we still don't know quite when Titans Return will hit in force, other than "summer" sometime. We have all the high res images mirrored below, so keep reading!
The Allspark has chosen to further distribute confidential Hasbro design materials by obtaining the color guide sheet and uncolored package art linework for Titans return Deluxe Hot Rod from a source they refuse to identify. Expected in the 2017 product assortments, Hot Rod shows a mix of different design inspirations, from movie, to Animated
, and maybe a little IDW. Also notable are that the legs and lower torso even seem to resemble Cyclonus somewhat, creating some question where a retool of this design might go. We have the images mirrored, so keep reading to see!
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!
While we're still in the period of close-but-excruciatingly-far-away, Amazon is contributing to making it difficult to wait for the inevitable release of Titans Return by presenting us with new stock images of Legends Class Rewind and Stripes. These photos based on actual production samples depict the final decos and plastic colors, giving the best look at the toys we'll be able to buy this summer - or hopefully even a bit sooner! Click through to check them out!
Since seeing the first packaged samples of Titans Return products at Toy Fair this year, one lingering question has been presented: Where are the comic books? You may recall last year that the initial wave of Combiner Wars product did not feature comics, because an international packaging variant was used to move product to shelves more quickly. But we weren't sure if this was the case for Titans Return. During the course of Botcon 2016 I had the chance to ask Hasbro's reps, and you can keep reading to find out their answer!
For everyone who couldn't make Botcon 2016 this year - or for anyone who did and wants a second look - we have the full presentation of the Hasbro Product Preview Panel here for your enjoyment. During this panel we saw upcoming items from Robots in Disguise, Combiner Wars, and of course Titans Return, plus a bit more. Most everything shown went in the display cases right after, but you should watch until the end, since one special teaser was snuck in that we may not see again for a while. Click through for the embedded video!
Amazon Japan has updated their listing for Unite Warriors Computron, now offering another view of the combiner, and more importantly good looks at the team individually, and in full color. With most or all of the physical changes having been revealed through the grey prototype pictures, we can now see how the decos have been executed for the characters, some of which may be a relief to those fearing a little too much animation-accuracy on the part of TakaraTomy. Keep reading to see the mirrored images!
From Hisashi Yuki we've got the first look at the deco for the upcoming Unite Warriors Computron, and it may not be quite what you expected. You can click through and keep reading to find out more about that. It's anticipated that Hasbro will be finally officially revealing Combiner Wars Computron during Botcon this weekend, though it seems like TakaraTomy has managed to steal most of the thunder from that now. Images of the individuals should surface pretty soon, so keep watch here for more updates, and click through to take a look at Computron!
Following up our report from this afternoon, it looks like we have more support of May Mayhem and the North American (or at minimum United States) distribution of Deluxe Groove in Combiner Wars. Retailer Dorkside Toys has a product page up for Groove, with an expected arrival in May. Groove is priced the same as the other Deluxes currently available from the store, indicating a direct supply rather than independent sourcing and resale of the Asian distribution of the figure. Signs are looking good for inexpensive and relatively easy access to this figure very soon. Keep reading for screenshots!
Thanks to Anthony from TFU.info, we've got new information about the Combiner Wars animated series. As we reported yesterday, Machinima announced the series would be carried on Verizon's go90 streaming app, which led to the conclusion that the media - and app - would be exclusive to Verizon Wireless customers. But thanks to deeper digging, it turns out that the app and its content are freely available to anyone with a compatible mobile device. But it's not all good news, as even with this wider availability, the app is limited to users in the United States. Keep reading for a link to Verizon's go90 help page.
An Ebay seller from Taiwan had a listing for the promotional release of the Deluxe Groove mold from Unite Warriors in Combiner Wars packaging. That is by itself hardly noteworthy, except for the photo associated with it. Under the packaged figure is a flattened shipping carton, printed with the label TRA GEN MAY MAYHEM DELUXE GROOVE. Although there is always the possibility this represents a canceled plan, it's sure looking more and more like a larger release of the mold is on the way. We've mirrored the relevant photo, you can check that out below!
Machinima's Twitter account featured an update today giving a quick word about the Combiner Wars-based animated series they've been working on. At an undefined point this summer, the series will launch on go90, the video streaming service from Verizon Wireless, evidently making it exclusive to mobile devices on that provider. Whether an option will eventually present so that the majority of interested potential viewers will be able to watch remains to be seen. Along with the announcement came an image of Windblade, which you can see mirrored below.
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