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.
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!
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!
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.
DX9 has posted on Facebook showing a full color sample of their upcoming D13 Montana, a Masterpiece-style figure based on Breakdown. Montana is the first in the lineup for DX9's unofficial Stunticon team, and based on product numbers will be followed by not-Motormaster before any of the other limbs hit. The new photos show lots of the robot mode in a good overview, plus some poseability and action scenarios, plus of course a quick look at the vehicle form. You can check out all of the pictures mirrored in the gallery below!
Via a new listing on sponsor BigBadToyStore
we've learned today of a new release from Fansproject, surely surprising everyone who thought we'd more or less seen the last of that particular third party. Saurus Ryu-Oh Beastructor is the Monstructor-inspired makeover of the original Saurus Ryu-Oh combiner set which represented Dinoking. The set is on preorder for $360 and is expected in June. Click through to see the stock photos of the new set!
Tonight via Alucardlee on Weibo, we've got a photo showing a fully assembled Ragnaros. If you're blanking on the name, that's understandable, as it is but one unlicensed MP-style Bruticus among many. This particular Not-Bruticus is the work of Unique Toys, bringing a little bit different style to the party with something taking a bit more from the cartoon look - a fact in evidence by the coloring of the chest piece including colors from Not-Blast Off, for instance. Keep reading to see the full size photo.
Finally on the Transform Dream Wave front, we have images of a prototype stage upgrade package for Volcanicus. The Power of The Primes Dinobot combiner is in line to get the usual array of new hands and feet, and torso additions to fill out the combined form's proportions. But also included with this set will be weapons for the individual robots, allowing every Dinobot to be armed with sword, gun, or more likely both. Even in the early state shown it seems like a pretty exciting option, and timely enough to compete with the likes of Perfect Effect or any others throwing their hats in the Fix-The-Dinobots game. Click through to see it now!
Transform Dream Wave has new images up of samples for their upgrade sets for the Technobots and Aerialbots. Consisting of new combiner hands and feet, plus torso armor pieces, these sets follow a well worn path for this kind of upgrade, with each part having a dubious transformation to some kind of weapon or other bulky add-on for the individual robots. The parts shown are demonstrated using Unite Warriors releases. Colorwise they should be compatible with Combiner Wars, but Computron's chest armor may encounter difficulties due to the sculpt differences between Hasbro and TakaraTomy releases. You can find all the photos below.
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