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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!




As we settle in to the holiday shopping season, we're quite pleased to find that some price breaks have been visited upon Transformers in order to motivate additional sales. Right now, both Walmart and Target in the United States have been reported as reducing the price of Deluxes to about $10. Local participation may vary, as will inventory levels of course, but this may be well timed: Wave 3 is on the way in, and these reductions and brand new toys may very well meet before prices return to normal! And if not, this would be an excellent time to buy an extra figure or two to donate to Toys For Tots! Happy hunting!




We've got word this afternoon from Jim Sorenson that Liokaiser is now available to order from exclusive seller Entertainment Earth. But there's a slight catch. The set appears on page 3 of the newest catalog, but not yet on the website itself, meaning that it's currently only possible to place an order by phone. We also have a price on the set, which now comes in at $129.99 - a bit higher than we had heard previously, though it does qualify for free shipping. We've got a link to the catalog and the phone number to place an order in the full post, so keep reading!




If the in-store hunt for the Walgreens exclusive Brainstorm has you pulling your hair out so far because you're in an area that hasn't received an allocation just yet, we have good news! The Walgreens website now has Brainstorm listed and in stock to order right now! It's priced at the full $19.99, rather than the slight discount some locations are currently offering, and our attempt showed a basic shipping cost of about $6, so you'll pay a bit extra, but versus time, gas, and potential stress in the hunt, it might be worth it! Click through for a link.




With the toy packaging favoring brevity, to put it mildly, the old days of character bios seem to be behind us. But where the packages are unable to provide, Hasbro is still filling in some extra info via their Transformers website. The various product pages for the first two waves of Titans Return carry generally at least somewhat enhanced character blurbs that offer a little more detail. Some of these have been seen previously, but for most of wave 2 we're getting first looks at things like Titan Master powers, plus some nice touches of flavor in the character writing. Keep reading for a collection of all the bios to date!



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