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From Weibo user bandaimaru, we've got a few shots of a prototype of Toyworld's unofficial Cosmos figure. What we expect to be Masterpiece scale (which in Autobot Mini-Vehicle terms means probably Deluxe-ish) is seen in full color, making the project at its current stage look quite good, for those to whom the design and proportions of G1 Cosmos hold a special place. The figure doesn't seem to have its own codename yet, and likewise it's maybe a bit too early for release info. But you can sure enjoy looking for now! Check it all out in the gallery below.




Maketoys has posted a new update on Facebook for the next in their RE:Master line of Masterpiece scale figures. We've got new color images of Contact Shot, their take on Targetmaster Pointblank. Various angles and poses of the robot are shown, plus an overview of the vehicle mode including opening canopy with driver compartment. And we get to see a closeup of the Targetmaster figure, plus alternate face and helmet options for the figure. We've got all of it mirrored, so click through to have a look!




Just announced are the MM-X Toro & MM-XI Coprimozzo Set featuring Unofficial Hubcap and Cliffjumper figures from from XTransbots. Toro and Coprimozzo are a pair of transforming street cars that are fashioned on a different, more sporty model, than the old VW Bug. Each of these figures stand about 4.50 inches tall in robot mode and feature die-cast parts and real rubber tires. Read on for more details below.




This evening on Facebook, Fanstoys has shared several images of a color testshot of their upcoming figure Phoenix. This figure is based on Skyfire and his almost entirely made up cartoon model which has not gotten much merchandise attention over the years. Phoenix is scaled for a Masterpiece shelf, leaving it towering over ...well, just about everything, going by the included height comparison shot! While release is projected in Spring of 2017, perhaps a color testshot being ready now could indicate an slightly earlier delivery? Time will tell, but for now click through to see the photos!




The Shanghai SGC event is happening this weekend, and we have an interesting look inside the MMC display. Specifically a few photos have been posted from their Reformatted series and while most of it is previously seen items like their unofficial Tarn, Roadbuster, or recently revealed IDW-inspired Megatron, we have one new reveal: A color testshot of MMC's IDW-based Rodimus. A prototype was seen at TFCon this year, but this is the first showing in color, and it looks like Mastermind has nailed this one. Keep reading to see the photos and photographer credit!




The official Iron Factory Twitter account has posted six images outlining their plans for 2017. Among those plans are IF-EX20 Wing of Tyrant, a really nice looking unofficial Legends-scale Starscream! That will be followed by versions B and V, Thundercracker and Skywarp, along with a IF-EX20F Fang of Tyranny set featuring Thrust, Dirge, and Ramjet. All this, plus Sixshot, Bruticus, and more! Keep reading to see the images!




Relative new face to the unofficial robot goods scene Fans Hobby has undertaken a product launch event during this year's SGC event in Shanghai. The Master Builder Series is Masterpiece scaled figures from a range of inspirations, including the previously seen Arch Enemy (Black Convoy/Scourge), and its heroic recolor Gunfighter II (get it, "G2"?), plus newer items like their Monsterbots, and farther out projects like figures based on Roadbuster and Powermaster Optimus. You can check out Fans Hobby's own display case shots below - keep reading!




On this special RFC Extra: There's no regular show this week, so those of us available get together to discuss some recent news items and topics we've had on our minds. The guys weigh in on the HasCon versus TFCon dilemma. A conversation about the upcoming third party Omega Supreme (which is sold in two parts) raises questions about the sustainability of third party's current state. Is the third party bubble about to burst? The "Me Too" third party strategy is causing customer burnout, what can these companies do to survive? All that plus Chris shows off toys that Matt doesn't have on this special holiday edition of RFC Extra!





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If you're getting a bit of deja vu from that headline, you aren't alone. Toyworld is releasing an unofficial Optimus Prime figure called Orion, which happens to be the name of the unofficial Optimus they released a couple of years ago. However, this Orion is meant to join your Masterpiece shelf. TWM02 Orion (whose product number is even almost identical to the earlier figure) takes cues from the Studio OX designs that third parties love to use, so it at least looks distinct. Thanks to photographer Alucardlee, we have some great looks at this upcoming release, which you can check out mirrored below!




Seems just about everything is getting the MP class treatment these days, so its good to see the old timers getting some attention too. Fans Toys have rolled out the FT-22 Koot figure that pays hommage to the original Kup toy brought up to date with a modern design. FT-22 Koot is slated to ship in July 2017, but you can pre-order them now at bigbadtoystore.com




Hail Hydra! Cut off one mode and two more shall take its place! Okay, maybe not quite, but we must admit Hydra is a pretty good codename for an unofficial Sixshot. FansToys is throwing in among the groups working on their respective Sixshot projects right now with an effort designed to scale with Masterpiece figures. Particularly, Hydra is shown looking MP Ultra Magnus in the eye (spoilers: Ultra Magnus Dies), indicating its status as Really Big. FansToys has released images of each mode, the Magnus comparison, and a couple of extra shots. They're all mirrored, so click through and have a look for yourself!




In Unique Toys Palm Collection Schunck & Betta stand 3.75” tall in robot mode and are fully transformable into a tank and alligator. Each figure comes with a mini sidekick. Fans will recognize these guys as Hardhead and Skullcruncher from the Headmasters. The figure set are on pre-order now for $44.99 USD slated to ship in December 2016 at bigbadtoystore.com




Raging Bull stands just over 6.25 inches (16cm) tall and is the first to be released in the Trinity Force combiner set. Ragig bull transforms from robot to street racer and also the feet of Trinity Force. Raging Bull is armed with a sword and features real rubber tires and a functional opening and closing spotlights. Also included in a mini brain master pilot figure. Pre-order now for $94.99 USD to be shipping in 1st Quarter 2017 from bigbadtoystore.com




Newcomer to the third party scene ACE Collectables has revealed a color testshot of Tumbler. I know, I was expecting a Batmobile too, but it's actually a Masterpiece-styled Cliffjumper. Done up to about the same robot mode size as the official MP Bumblebee, Tumbler goes for a more realistic Porsche 924 vehicle form than that of the G1 toy. More importantly, it's a lot more realistic than the cartoon design, leading to it being basically unrecognizable as Cliffjumper in car mode. We've got the photos mirrored in the gallery below, so go and have a look for yourself!



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