Thanks to the Ozformers community, we've got information that Trypticon is slowly making appearances at brick and mortar retail in Australia at BigW stores. Reportedly the stores are meant to be holding them back for a major sale due to start soon, but that so rarely works in practice. This mirrors last year, where Australia saw Fortress Maximus about one month before the US street date. Australian collectors will pay a price for this early access - literally, as the Australian Dollar price is $298, almost AUD$50 more than Fort Max, and equaling about USD$225. The US SRP remains $150.
There had been hope that MP-39 Sunstreaker would ship earlier in the year than suggested by hobby magazine scans, but it appears that the opposite is true. Planet Iacon has posted a set of leaked listings for the November and December TakaraTomy releases, with Sunstreaker hitting in the final month of the year. But there's good news in the form of the new Legends releases, including the much-desired Legends version of Sixshot! Keep reading to see the details.
with information on the Transformers Live Show! Sys-Con Media reports that Hasbro has partnered with DMG Entertainment to create a new Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality experience centered around Transformers. The first of these "digital simulation experience centers" will open in Shanghai this summer, with plans to expand across China over five years. No plans outside of China have yet been announced, but the project is said to be designed "with the global audience in mind." Keep reading for info!
Today, as I was scanning through Tiny Turbo Changer blindbags at my local Walmart (and completely failing to find a Blackout), the toy department manager took notice and volunteered some new information, given to her straight from the local Hasbro rep, and it's good news indeed if you, like many of us in the US, have been having an awful time finding anything current in stock at Walmart, except for maybe movie line product which is pretty solidly saturated now: Walmart will be setting an "Action Alley" feature for Transformers starting in June. Keep reading to find out more!
The patent-watches at Transformers@The Moon have reported that Hasbro has just filed a new trademark application for a familiar name: Metroplex
! The trademark is geared towards toys... so are we getting a new Metroplex toy of some sort soon? Keep reading for details of the filing at the US Patent Office and some idle speculation!
With the temptation of new toys - as well as a good deal on a Toys R Us gift credit to take the edge off the price tag - I set out to a couple of the remaining Toys R Us locations in my general area in hopes of coming home with Chaos on Velocitron. I did not. But in the course of inquiring about possible availability and with a quick check of the UPC number, a Toys R Us manager did have some interesting info to share with me that will likely be relevant to others. Keep reading to find out more!
Man, it's going to be neat to see what TakaraTomy does with this one, huh? Action Robo's Facebook page has posted a listing for LG-43 Dinosaurer, AKA Trypticon,
as a late August release costing 25,000 Yen, or roughly $223 USD by current exchange rates. Keep reading to see the listing (in Japanese)!
Hasbro has released the official product information for Titans Return! Primarily, these descriptions call out wave 4 figures we'd already known about, and nothing further. Also notable is the absence of pricing info on the Velocitron and Cybertron boxsets. But Trypticon's pricing and release info is available within! Keep reading to see the rundown.
A long list of rumors for Titans Return has, over the months, almost completely proven out. The last major remaining piece that was missing was the existence of a pair of boxsets which would include recolors and/or retools of various toys. We may be a step closer to proof of their existence. A secondhand report claims to have computer information from a Canadian Toys R Us that has the price and SKU for at least one such boxset. We'll go over it in more detail below, so keep reading...
The initial voting came and went over just a few days, and the results of the polling have been revealed, giving us the four Power of The Primes finalists. Each category, Honor, Order, and Chaos has its own finalist, as well as a fourth "Wild Card" finalist making up the roster for round 2. That poll will open on February 1st for an undisclosed length of time, but we do know the final winner will be revealed in the Hasbro presentation at Toy Fair on the 18th. Keep reading to see who's moved on to the next round!
As reported back in early December, the Power of The Primes voting is getting ready to launch. A placeholder page has already been activated on hasbro.com giving a quick background on the significance of the Matrix of Leadership, along with an outline of the voting process that will take place. The first stage is selecting the contenders, a group of nine who were revealed in the early announcement - Ultra Magnus, Hound, Arcee, Shockwave, Megatron, Star Saber, Thunderwing, the "Unknown Evil" Deathsaurus, and Optimus Primal - with the winners moving on to a final selection poll. Keep reading for a link and to check it all out!
Namphamvmr, the reddit user who brought us the first gallery of photos of Skyshadow
, has also given us a first look anywhere at more of the upcoming fourth wave of Titans Return. The photos of the package show the wave cross-sell, and in the Deluxe slot is Topspin! The Jumpstarter had been rumored a while back, but this is our first true verification, as well as first idea of its appearance. Topspin will join Perceptor in comprising Deluxe wave 4. Keep reading for the (sadly low-res) image!
Following up today's announcement of The Power of The Primes fan-choice poll, the Transformers Facebook page has posted an image revealing the nine characters who we'll be choosing from when voting opens in January. Some of the selections are unexpected, though an obvious nominee or two are still present. Sadly the image seems to confirm the currently reigning (at least in IDW) Starscream is not among the picks, which is sure to disappoint on the assumption that IDW will need to follow along with whatever choice is made. Keep reading to find out who's up for Matrix Bearer in 2017!
The Hollywood Reporter has gotten the scoop on the last leg of the Prime Wars Trilogy: the title is officially Power Of The Primes.
Furthermore, the article reveals that Machinima will be continuing on from their Combiner Wars
miniseries with Titans Return
and Power Of The Primes.
Keep reading for more details!
Transformers may not have made it to the Toy Hall of Fame this year, but there's still a chance for some recognition on a more limited scale. The Toy Indistry Association has announced the nominees for the 2017 Toy of The Year awards, and in the action figures category, Transformers stand tall represented by Generations Fortress Maximus. Most of the awards will be decided by the toy industry, but a people's choice award will also allow the general public to pick their own winners. Keep reading to see what Fortress Maximus is up against in the action figure category, and for relevant links!
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