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You may notice this isn't going to take the same form as a standard review, but this is far from a standard item. Bootlegs of third party transforming robot toys are not a new concept. But typically those took the form of attempts to closely imitate the original product to actively capitalize on it. But this is a different field. It's taken a long time - longer than I expected, but bootlegs based on third party figures have finally hit the level of cheap no-brand merchandise, and it's kind of amazing. Read the full review!

Personally I'm not a big fan of the misleading type of April Fool's Day prank. I'd rather just do something silly. So today, we have a review of a landmark figure: the first third-party figure to be knocked off and sold in an Easter basket at US mass-market. Appearing in baskets at Walgreens, Robot Warrior Series Airplane Model began live as Fansproject Explorer, which in turn was based on Combaticon Blast-Off. Continue to full review

Prolific Youtube reviewer ShartimusPrime has stopped by with his latest review of iGear's Shark Attack Squad set of G1-style Sharkticon figures as well as a full gallery of photos, both of which you can see if you keep reading!

I think for anyone around my age and older, steam locomotives really have sparked our imaginations ever since childhood. It was easy to be exposed to TV, movies and other formats of period stories showing people taking trains led by these huge, black engines, billowing smoke. Transformers met this once before of course in the original Astrotrain toy, but it's not something that has been quick for a revisit in toy form. And that's a real shame. Thankfully, someone else did something about it. Continue to full review

TFC Toys has released their first figure in the 6-figure Hercules series. The first figure is Exgraver, who has an uncanny resemblance to a certain construction team member from 26 years ago. Check him out in this review! You can also view the gallery after the jump. Many thanks to forums member Puma for the images and the review!

After seeing Dark of the Moon, some people are likely crying "FOUL!" regarding Soundwave's alt mode. The master of Decepticon espionage masquerading as THAT? Can't be. If you need some throwback via a modern interpretation, BTS has released their BTS-04 Sonicron figure that gives us a look on what Soundwave might have resembled had he followed in his G1 footsteps. Click here to read the full review.

Thanks again to Peaugh, we have a video review of the first custom from iGear's partnership program, PP01 Faith. The figure is what you would call a mini-Masterpiece Convoy, but does it hold up to the same standards? Watch the video after the jump to find out!

Ever wanted a mock up of the Autobot's earthen headquarters, The Ark? iGear is fulfilling your wish, as they offer their Computer Control Center, which includes 3 different sections of the fabled Teletraan-1. Click here to check out the image gallery, then click here to check out the review

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