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Thanks to forums member KumaStyle who's shared a toy review of Iron Factory IF EX-30 Cygnus unofficial edition of the classic Jetfire / Skyfire characters. "Iron Factory’s latest isn’t just one of their best offerings but one of the best Legends-classed figures ever made. Cygnus is a must have, and checking the review after the jump will definitely show you why." Watch the full Iron Factory IF EX-30 Cygnus video review below.

Great news for those that missed out! Fanstoys has announced reissues of FT06 Sever, FT08 Grinder & FT08 Grinder Dinohead add-on! Preorder yours at TFSource Today!

We've gotten Legends-class Bumblebees before, officially and unofficially. But far, far fewer of those were in fact Legends scale. What's the difference? Check out these photos from the Newage Weibo page and you'll see: this Bumblebee is 6cm (about 2.3 inches) tall in robot mode, and only 2.7cm (around an inch) wide in vehicle mode! It's almost small enough to mistake for an actual bug. Keep reading to see the photos.

The number of choices in scoring that movie Optimus Prime that matches your aesthetic preferences has really been growing lately. Among the unofficial choices is Challenger from Unique Toys, representing Optimus Prime as he appeared in Age of Extinction and The Last Knight. The robot mode is noted to be around 11 inches tall, and it comes with a number of optional faces and weapons. The truck mode looks pretty good too, at least from the angles they've chosen to show it right now. You can check out the full assortment of photos below.

In an odd move, Badcube has posted on Facebook debuting color images of Steamroll and Recon, their try at making Masterpiece-styled Sideswipe and Red Alert. The two have some evident cosmetic differences from the official Masterpieces, and they're called out for extras like silicone tires, but whether that's enough at this point to prompt collectors to replace the genuine articles is questionable. I mean, they don't even transform in to cows. You can check out the photos below, showing such things as how they pair with official MPs like Sunstreaker and Inferno.

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Here's some images of the new Studio Series Grimlock upgrade kit that DNA Design has shared via their Weibo page! The set includes new weapons for Age of Extinction Grimlock, including his trademark gigantic mace. Also included are a replacement arm and a new tail for dino mode which doubles as a shield in robot mode. Keep reading to see!

Meet FANS TOYS version of what a Transformers Masterpiece Autobot Arcee would look like. Fans Toys FT-24 Rouge stands 7.5 tall in robot mode and converts into a racing car! She comes with weapons, a chest plate, and interchangeable expressions—including one with sunglasses for her cooler poses.

Following the recent announcements from Maketoys, have yet another new one coming our way with the RE:Master Series MTRM-14 Grandmein. The third party production brings us Masterpiece class imagined edition based on the Generation 1 Headmasters characters Highbrow and Gort. Get a look at the unpainted grey prototypes till we know more about the pricing and release date for RE:Master Series MTRM-14 Grandmein.

Maketoys has posted two new photos showing a grey prototype build of their Buster Skywing, a very highly stylized take on G1 Skyfire - or Jetfire, if you prefer. In practice the robot seems to more strongly resemble Cybertron Starscream than something immediately recognizable as Jetfire, but despite that the design is pretty interesting on its own merits and has a fairly unique looking vehicle form. You can find both of the new photos mirrored below.

Maketoys has updated their website with full color product photos of the upcoming Divine Shooter, the Godbomber component for their unofficial Powermaster Optimus, Thunder Manus. The photos show Diving Shooter in its individual robot and vehicle forms, as well as in its full combined state with Thunder Manus. You also get to see the two figures posed together, and forming the excessively long double-trailer vehicle form for the complete range of what the two can do together. No release information is given on the page, but it looks like it shouldn't be much longer now. Click through to see the photos!

Click here to view the Radio Free Cybertron live stream for 5/2/2017!

Thanks to Sun of The Empire on Facebook, we've got a great, extensive gallery of a new product from Magic Square, or MS-Toys. Fire Extinguisher is a Legends-scale (more or less) G1 Inferno, though from some of what it's shown able to do in these photos, one wouldn't be blamed for thinking it was actually a larger figure. But to prove the point, besides a range of robot and vehicle shots, there's lots of side by sides with other unofficial product in the same scale range, and even an appearance by Masterpiece Artfire. Definitely give this one a look - click through to see the gallery!

One of the faster-growing corners of third party development is in animation-accurate Legends-scale figures. Today, Magic Square Toys has posted some images to Weibo of their unofficial Ultra Magnus! The figure's pretty nice for only being a beer mug tall, and the likeness to the G1 cartoon is pretty solid. Keep reading to see!

We've talked about it on Radio Free Cybertron more than once, but it's still fascinating to see: the economic realities that hamper Hasbro hit unofficial third-party manufacturers at least as hard, if not harder. And so we see a lot of the same characters (Optimus Prime, Megatron, etc.), especially ones that people are sure will sell and have recolor potential. Case in point: MAAS Toys is taking a swing at Cybertronian Mode "Tetrajet" Starscream from the very first episode of The Transformers in the form of MS-01 Renegade! Keep reading to see the prototype photos.

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