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The amusingly named Xipoo company is reportedly manufacturing block kits that are in the vague style of Kre-O Microcombiners, but fully brick-built instead of minifigure based. A series of five kits features dinosaurs that can change to robot models, and a full set can be rebuilt to make "Ultimate Warrior Dino King". We have a few sales listing images mirrored, and while we might not recommend trying to purchase these, they're an entertaining look at the more creative than usual side of the knockoff trade, much like the lego-style Angry Bird Transformers figures we reported back in December.

Badcube has debuted their newest upcoming products this afternoon, taking on a trio of figures based on the Insecticons. Badcube says they should scale well to their other products Brawny and the upcoming Wardog, but they don't offer any objective size reference so far. But, they say these figures should release around the same time as Wardog, so they may not be very far off. Click through to check out the photos!

A new group has sprung up, debuting with prototype photos for a series of upgrades for your Generations toys. "UltimateFansToys", not to be confused with "Fans Toys", is making ready new arms for Leader Class Jetfire and Voyager Roadbuster, each to feature swiveling wrists, and Jetfire's are promised to have articulated fingers on the final production piece. Meanwhile a set of generic, 5mm-compatible missile launchers were also shown, displayed with the Aerialbots and Jetfire and Roadbuster. Click through and check out all the photos!

TFsource has shared a few extra photos of Wardog from Badcube. The earlier series of photos gave a good sense of the tank's scale, but left the size of the Warpath-based robot mode unclear. Now there's little room for uncertainty, as Wardog unfolds to become something easily on par with a large Voyager Class figure, if not a bit bigger. Those who'd hoped for something more than a retread of ground covered by Generations Warpath seem to have gotten their wish! Click through and check it out.

Seen as uncolored prototypes very recently, preorders are now being taken at Robot Kingdom for Perfect Effect's add-ons for the Combiner Wars figures. Available as two sets, black for Superion and purple for Menasor, these are listed at $24.99 each, expected to ship in April. These form poseable hands and larger feet with ankle joints for the combined figures, and transform in to weapons for the individual team members. Click through to see pictures of both "Perfect Combiner" sets!

Iron Factory has released new photos of Maiden, their Legends-scale figure based on the Fan-Built Bot character Windblade. Though simplified somewhat to support the smaller size, the figure looks very poseable and has some great stylistic modifications along the same line, giving the figure something of a unique appearance halfway between the toy design and the very popular Sarah Stone rendition of the design. Click through and check out all four photos!

Age of Extinction was by far the most news of 2014, but it was by no means the best. And it may not be the worst news of last year either! ExVee and RAC have looked back over the year's news and chosen the best, worst, and just plain saddest stories of the year. Keep reading to see!

Via the Facebook page of site sponsor TFSource, we have a look at a new piece of concept artwork for Wardog, the Warpath-derived figure planned for release by Badcube. Noted for making several prior Autobot Mini-vehicle characters in the Masterpiece style under both the Badcube and Cubex brand names, Wardog may not be the most expected addition to the lineup, but is sure to be welcomed. We're left only to ask at this point: When is Cosmos? Click through for the full size image!

Not an upgrade kit, but from the perhaps appropriately named "Guilty" group is an Ultra Magnus designed in the style of War For Fall of Cybertron, taking a more traditional looking vehicle mode than the Optimus recolor of 2013. This figure is on the large end of Deluxe size, probably comparable to a 6-inch Titanium figure, leaving it a head-scratcher where this is intended to fit in with a collection. This sample is extremely hand-painted, and a production piece will likely look much smoother, but this should give an idea of what to expect in the future. Click through for all the photos.

Through a Taobao auction we have pictures by Planet Steel of the upcoming Mastermind Creations Cynicus, the figure based on Vos from IDW's Decepticon Justice Division notable for transforming in to a sniper rifle and for inverting movie Optimus Prime's traits by forcing his face on to others. Cynicus is scaled to be held by Combiners in rifle mode and comes with accessories to represent his faceplate full of spikes, drills and other pointy things. Click through and check out all the photos!

Following a reveal at TFCon USA, we've got grey prototype shots of Sphinx, MMC's take on a G1 Mirage design scaled for your Masterpiece Autobot Cars. Unlike other recent entries in this field, Sphinx does not immediately seem to borrow noticeably from the engineering of existing toys, and gives a more stylized robot appearance that evokes the image of Mirage rather than strongly recreating the original design. Click through and check out the photos!

From site sponsor TFSource we've got a new early reveal from third party group Badcube. Continuing their series of figures in the Masterpiece style focusing on the Autobot Minicar characters, we've now got concept art for Wardog, their take on Warpath. While the art is likely representative of the kind of design detail they want to express in the figure, we'll just have to wait for prototypes to begin to decide how well this effort will come out. Keep reading to see the full image!

Our sponsor TFSource has updated with a listing and new images of an upcoming upgrade package from Dr. Wu. A common complaint of Masterpiece Bumblebee has been the poor sculpt quality of the human face sculpt within the Exosuit figure, to the point where debate has begin over which Witwicky is meant to be inside. Dr. Wu's New Partner set addresses this with two better sculpted and painted heads to represent both Spike and Daniel. Click through and check out the images!

Meteor Operation has presented us with several photos of a new third party product. Well known accessory maker Dr. Wu has branched off and formed Dr. Q, which for the moment seems to be engaging in making SD-style figures of Transformers characters. The first example is an Optimus and Grimlock based on the G1 designs, but made for Optimus to ride Grimlock as in the movies. We don't have any release information yet, but for now you can keep reading to check out the photos!

Mega Steel has released a new picture of their Buster figure based on G1 Blaster. This roughly Voyager size figure can now be seen in what we expect are final production colors and paint applications, and while it diverges a bit more from the image of Blaster, it still looks quite nice! They're expecting final shipment from their factory next month, so these should hit your retailer of choice soon after that. Keep reading for the full size photo.

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