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Mastermind Creations posted to their Facebook this morning to deliver some unfortunate news. It seems a number of items in their Reformatted series will experience unavoidable delays in release. They've included an info graphic with the new projected release timeframes. Of note, the second run of Carnifex (unofficial IDW Overlord) is not expected until March of 2017. Kultur (not-Tarn), as well as Titanika (not-Strika) and Dicamus (not-Roadbuster) are still expected before the end of the year. You can find the complete list in the full post below!




On their Weibo page, Toyworld has shared a teaser image revealing their future plans. Seeking to simultaneously make the coverage of unofficial products bigger while making the sure character selections stay very narrow, it seems Masterpiece scaled iterations of the Aerialbots and Combaticons are on the way. Prototype samples from both teams are shown as vehicles with a (G2) Bumblebee, revealing the basic scale. Click through to see the teaser photo!




On their Weibo page, KFCToys has posted a teaser for a new project in their EAVI Metal series. Simba is an iteration of Victory Leo, and though there are no direct looks at a prototype or even design art, they have provided a character "bio card". The figure is strongly hinted to combine with Masterpiece Star Saber, which fans long since identified as having extra hardware to make a future combination possible. It seems like KFC may have decided to take advantage of that first and fulfill the idea of a Masterpiece Victory Saber. You can see the images below.




Perfect Effect's Master Sword accessory for Titans Return Fortress Maximus is making its way to retail already, so that means it's time to show off their next add on for the big guy. Seemingly based heavily on the giant gun made for their Warden figure, PC-14 "The Titans Cannon" stands in for the large Fortress Maximus rifle depicted in the Hasbro retail release's boxart, but which was nowhere to be found in any instance of the toy. It remains to be seen if this really is Warden's cannon with a new handle part, but either way if you feel your Titan needs more weaponry, options are opening up! Keep reading for the product image.




DNA Designs has posted renders showing a new upgrade item they'll be offering. Joining the new field of upgrade parts for this year's Titan Class toy, DNA Designs is working on super articulated hands to replace the only reasonably articulated hands the toy comes with. The render shows also small guns incorporated in to the hands to emulate at least one feature of the original Fortress Maximus toy. The image also promises more to come, perhaps hinting at plans for additional upgrades for the toy. Keep reading to see the design render!




From guanchengphoto on Weibo we have some very nice photos of a color product sample for DX9's Leah, the Arcee-derived figure in their War in Pocket Legends-scale figure line. The photos demonstrate the figure's great degree of poseability (no doubt helped by its small display stand) as well as how it transforms in to a surprisingly solid looking vehicle form! We have the photos mirrored, so keep reading and have a look.




We have some new pictures tonight showing another in the long line of uncolored third party test shots. These images, said to be from Toyworld, show a Masterpiece scale figure based on Springer. This carries on the current trend of new unofficial renditions of the triplechangers in general, which is at least something of a break from, say, Devastators. This Springer-alike is only seen as a robot, but we do get a comparison next to MP Bumblebee so you can see it's ready to stand tall among the real Masterpieces. Click through to see for yourself!




In a surprising move, MakeToys has created a smartphone app dedicated to their line of unofficial Transformers products. Promising a full figure library, an instruction manual archive, and updates on where and how to get exclusive figures, this app sounds as though it could be a real boon to dedicated MakeToys collectors. Click through to see the description and get a link to the app!




U.Nem Studios on Facebook has brought us a pair of new photos giving a very good look at a color sample of Carnifex, the very (very) long-awaited IDW Overlord-inspired figure from Mastermind Creations. The Decepticon butcher is shown front and back in robot mode, giving a good look at its details, now brought out in full color. One would presume this huge figure - eye-to-eye with large Masterpieces like Star Saber and Ultra Magnus - should be close to release finally, but only time will tell that. And only time will tell what price tag will be attached! Keep reading for the photos.




The Cyber City Con display images keep rolling in, and up next via the Mastermind Creations Facebook page is Dicamus! This is the MMC take on G1 Roadbuster, and while the character has gotten a decent amount of attention both official and otherwise, this one brings a little bit more comics-styled, bulkier appearance to the character. This base mold is also going to be shared with Titanika, MMC's unofficial Vehicon Strika, so if Roadbuster's not quite up your alley, there will be at least one more option. Click through for the mirrored photos!




By way of Toy Dojo and Paik4Life on Facebook, we have some looks at upcoming figures from Mastermind Creations. These were on display this weekend at Cyber City in San Antonio, giving us our first looks at Carnifex (not Overlord) including its two vehicle mode components, the figure based on DJD member Tarn, Titanika, a reimagining of Strika from Beast Machines, and even more. Besides pictures of Carnifex and not-Tarn, we have a video embedded below showing more of the display. Keep reading to check out everything!




Was Generations Chop Shop just not doing it for you on his own? No, I don't mean the Skrapnel recolor, I mean the tiny little Targetmaster Beetle Scissors accessory figure. If you just have to have more Insecticons at that specific scale, Dr Wu has you covered! On Weibo, a render was shown presenting takes on Bombshell, Kickback, and Shrapnel as the Micro Insect Army set. It is perhaps a nice move for people who want matching Insecticon sets, but wouldn't going for Chop Shop's actual team of the Deluxe Insecticons have been more appropriate? Click through to take a look at the image!




From their Weibo page we have some new looks at the first two figures from TransformMission's Masterpiece-scaled unofficial Stunticons. These pictures show the Breakdown and Wildrider analogues in plastic and paint colors for the first time. The text in the post notes that some deco tweaks are planned - and likewise the molds themselves apparently need modifications, and so it seems the release of these figures will be delayed for a while in order to get these issues sorted out. You can see the mirrored pictures below in the full post!




During the weekend of Botcon 2015, attendees had the opportunity to see a testshot of Pandinus, the giant unofficial Scorponok by Maketoys at an offsite third party event, so some of us already have a strong grasp on just how big this figure is. But for everyone else it might be a little hard to comprehend. Thankfully, user shiyitan on 78dm.net's forum has posted a useful side by side, showing Pandinus next to Titan Class Combiner Wars Devastator. While not quite face to face, Pandinus has a great deal more volume, showing its true hugeness. Keep reading to see for yourself!




DX9 has shared some pictures from a small display exhibit of their upcoming items on Weibo. Notably this gives us a nice look at a color sample of their Gewalt figure, a Masterpiece-esque take on G1 Blitzwing. Though it's only seen in robot mode, it seems to favor the cartoon rather strongly. Some of the DX9's smaller items were also shown, including Mightron/Megatron, Leah/Arcee, Toufold/Kup and apparently the three pack versions of their Galvatron, Cyclonus, and Scourge. Keep reading to check it all out!



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