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Brazilian distributor site Hobby Brinquedos has turned up new images for the large Optimus and Bumblebee figures coming in the new simplified Generations figure line. Borrowing engineering elements from various Cyberverse and similar sources, these are big, sturdy figures that are easy to transform and provide for younger fans to enjoy toys based on G1 characters they may have seen on Netflix or The Hub until very recently. Click through and check out the new looks at these figures!

Our sponsor BigBadToyStore has just let us know they've added a preorder listing for Leader Class Generations Ultra Magnus. This figure has been highly anticipated since its reveal at Toy Fair, featuring IDW design influences including a Minimus Ambus figure that can ride inside the robot. Along with the listing we've got new stock photos of the toy. You can check those out and get the link to the product page in the full article!

Hasbro has posted two issues of pack-in comics for Combiner Wars figures on their Transformers site. However, it is the issues included with Rook and Streetwise, called Combiner Wars 9 and 10. The issues in question are reprints of Robots in Disguise/"The Transformers" 33 and 34, implying that Blades and First Aid may come with 35 and 36. Click through for links to the free downloads and more thoughts!

Thanks to Felipe Leon Najera of Transformers Colombia for bringing us the stock photos of the Cyber Battalion Series figures, the "upscaled" simplified Transformers Generations figures recently revealed through retailer catalog scans. Newly verified here is that Starscream seen as a testshot at the Indianapolis Children's Museum is indeed part of this assortment of toys. Also shown is that all of these come in flap-front box packaging that will make them really stand out on shelves. Click through and check out the mirrored images!

Just in from Hasbro, we've got our first look at the official promo photos for the just-confirmed Generations releases of Wildrider (Brake-Neck) and Slingshot (Quickslinger). While Quickslinger uses the same head sculpt as the upcoming TakaraTomy Slingshot, this is our first clear look at the Wildrider head on Brake-Neck, as well as clearer looks at both toys' vehicle modes than the small on-package shots. Keep reading and check them out!

Following the widely reported Diamond listing of Quickslinger (trademark renamed Slingshot) and Brake-Neck (Wildrider) last night, Hasbro has gone to the Transformers Facebook page today and made an official reveal. These figures are set to be available this May, and are noted as coming to "online retailers" specifically, meaning they should be easily available to everyone who needs these to fill out their teams. Click through and check out the original teaser and the full reveal images!

We've found out that Diamond currently has listed the "missing" members of the first two Combiner Wars teams, Slingshot and Wildrider. Renamed Quickslinger and Brake-Neck for trademark requirements, Diamond is offering these as solid cases of each figure, with a unit price of $17.99 per figure. Listings for these were reported in Toys R Us inventory systems earlier this year, possibly indicating a shared-exclusive status. Diamond expects these to be available toward the end of May, so hopefully we'll hear more on these soon!

If your area hasn't yielded any results yet, you've got a new option for your Leader Megatron needs. The US Toys R Us website now has the Armada variant listed in stock for $44.99, available to ship to home. Currently the G1 Megatron is not listed, but with any luck it will follow soon and help close the gap of availability on these figures. We've got a review of the G1 Generations Megatron, physically identical to the Armada version apart from the head sculpt, so go check that out to find out about this Leader mold!

From TFW's Cybershadow we've found that about a special promotion taking place in Singapore. Toys R Us locations are in the process of distributing special sticker sheets designed for the Combiner Wars Aerialbots and Stunticons. Each sheet has stickers for all ten toys to give them extra details inspired by the original toys. We're not sure how these are being handed out, but if you have a friend in Singapore it might be time to call up a favor! Click through to check out the full size photo of the sheet.

All voting for the Fan Built Combiner has been completed, and while we anticipate most of the vital information like name, appearance, and exact selection of molds involved won't be known until this summer, one of the remaining chosen characteristics has been revealed. From a choice of Loyal, Independent, and Leader, Independence has won as the personality-type for the combiner character and/or its team members. But as it was with Windblade any of this may be put aside when the time comes to write more detailed fiction around them.

Among the items on display in the Transformers exhibits at the Indianapolis Children's Museum currently are two sheets that show turn-arounds of the tiny Minimus Ambus figure to be included with Leader Ultra Magnus, as well as a transformation step-by-step sequence. These images, photographed by Seibertron, likely represent a resin model and show all the sculpt detail and design elements the final toy will have. It's an interesting step of the design phase we don't often get to see. Click through to check it out!

Toys R Us stores are now beginning to receive the second wave of Generations Combiner Wars Legends figures. The assortment which adds Blackjack and Huffer to a group of reships from the first wave has so far been spotted in east coast locations, including by @TheReigner on Twitter who's posted a photo of his find of at least Blackjack. With any luck not only will these figures spread soon to other retailers, but also be followed by Deluxe wave 2. Good hunting!

If you've been worried about being able to get the Megatron of your choice, your options are about to expand. Based on reports from Oklahoma and Missouri, Wal-Mart stores are now receiving Generations Leader figures. This pricepoint was notably absent last year when Jetfire began appearing at other retailers, no doubt caused by overages of Age of Extinction Leader toys. But it looks like Combiner Wars will be getting things back on track, hopefully leading to easy availability of both Megatrons and all future figures like Ultra Magnus and Starscream.

With preorders having just opened last night, we now have our first looks at the stock photos of the carded Deluxe Protectobots. While higher resolution versions are likely to follow before long, these give us our first look at the finished packaging and the character art on their pack-in comic book covers. Click through to see all four photos and look for these to start appearing at your retailer of choice as early as April.

Since the reveal of the long-form bio notes included on the pack-in comics starting with Deluxe Wave 2, there's been more than a little curiosity of who was behind them. Written in-character as either Rung or Soundwave, the profiles feature an interesting and entertaining style that's caught a lot of attention. While we rarely get to find out just who's responsible for describing the characters on the packages, thanks to John Barber this writer's identity has been revealed. Keep reading to find out!

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