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Play With This Too has posted full design art for Bloodbath, a figure made in the likeness of Bomb Burst's Pretender shell with a small accessory figure based on the inner robot design which becomes weapons and other equipment for the main figure. Bloodbath is noted to be a remold of Desolataur, a previously revealed design taken from Pretender Skullgrin. Click through and check out the deco model and design line art!

Thanks to Radio Free Cybertron we have select highlights from TFCon Chicago's third party panel, including upcoming items from Maketoys, Fans Project, MMC, and more! As you might expect, photography in a darkened auditorium is sketchy at best, and we'll deliver clearer images of the panel slides as soon as they're available. Meanwhile we have photos of testshots of more third party toys, distributed via daim.choc. Keep reading to check out everything!

FPCore, a division of Fans prject has sent out an e-mail detailing shipping for everyone who preordered either the Steel Core Trailer unit or the deluxe Trailer + Steel Core set that was offered last month. Deluxe sets will start shipping early next week, while trailer-only purchases are shipping now. And sure enough the first few are reaching the hands of buyers, and we've got a few quick shots of the package along with the first member-exclusive Core figure, Ruthen. Keep reading to see them!

DX9 Toys have posted new photos of final colors samples of their D04 Armor Kit, designed to give Age of Extinction's Evasion Mode Optimus a new look. Taking cues from the Apex Armor (or Godbomber for the Masterforce purists), the set gives Optimus extra armor, weapons and wings and massively changes the look of the original toy. Advertised as suitable for both Hasbro and Takara's standard releases, this set is turning a lot of head. It's expected to be available very soon. Keep reading to see all the photos!

Following teaser images of the figures to be included, Mastershooter has posted updates on their Facebook page revealing the theme of the Shooter Master set they'll be offering at TFCon in Chicago later this week. Criminal Investigation pairs "Ballgag", with coloring based on Nightbeat's Headmaster Muzzle, and "Hustler" colored after Starscream's Mini-Con Swindle. Pricing is still to be determined, but keep reading to check out the package shot and card art!

Mr. Elljay of elljay-hobby-collection.com has gotten his hands on Sigma L, the long awaited fourth release from the Function X Line based on Mindwipe. The picture review reveals a few details not generally known about the toy, as well as the usual job of highlighting articulation, design, and accessories. We've mirrored a few of the images for a preview, so click through to check those out, and then see the full set at Mr. Elljay's site!

At their exhibit on making transformable robot toys, Beelzeboss had artwork on display depicting a design heavily based on G1 Slingshot. Currently identified as "Hot Air", it's intended as a replacement for Alpha Bravo in the Combiner Wars Aerialbots group coming in the early part of 2015's Transformers line. It will probably be a while before a meaningful prototype exists - at least until Hasbro's toys are in hand for the connection port to be cloned. Keep reading to check out the early images.

In an event recently, third party toy makers including Beelzeboss and Not-Guilty held a session going over the process of how products such as what they sell are made. In "How To Make Transformers", a title rife with irony, the exhibit mostly centered on one group's slightly modified bootleg of Classics Bumblebee which is expected to be an upcoming product line in various colors not officially used. ...and at least one that has been. Keep reading to see highlights from ToyCraft via DaimChoc on Facebook.

Site sponsor TFSource has posted images on their Facebook page from gigapower, revealing what appears to be a final-colors sample of their figure Guttur, a take on Dinobot Snarl at the Masterpiece scale. If giant dinosaur robots catch your interest, you have no shortage of buying options right now, so click through and have a look at these images to see if Guttur might be taking that Snarl-shaped hole on your display!

Via their Facebook page, third party group Bold Forms has posted a picture of their figure based on the Stunticon Breakdown. Seen in what appears to be a very early stage prototype, the scale seems to be smaller than that most combiner teams have begun to skew for, although this one does sport a rather large rifle perhaps more useful for the fully formed combiner. This clearly has many stages of revision ahead of it to reach a point of adequate polish to go to retail, but we have to wonder if Hasbro's own Stunticons may erode interest away from this project.

Thanks to TFSource for sharing with us that Fansproject confirmed to them that Sigma-L, the long-awaited fourth figure in the popular Function-X line will ship next week. TFSource expects to have these in hand and ready to fill preorders late next week or early the week after. With nearly a year between Smartrobin, the previous Function release and the impending release of Sigma-L, we very much hope that Not-Skullcruncher, the last of the initial five designs revealed in summer 2012 will follow rather more quickly - and clear the way for the next batch teased at this past TFCon!

Site sponsor TFSource has posted new images from Mastermind Creations showing Zinnia, the recolor of their Cybertronian-style Arcee homage figure based on the Paradron Medic from the G1 cartoon. The figure has been designated R-08Z, and is currently expected to ship in November. Keep reading to check out the mirrored promo shots showing the super articulated Reformatted Series figure!

Fansproject Core has sent out another update letting existing registered website users know about the upcoming premium membership plan and preorders for the Core Trailer unit, a long awaited add on to Steel Core. They explain in this message that the Core Trailer will include the Soleron Ruthen Red Core figure, which was seen previously attached to Steel Core in the previous announcement message. Keep reading for full details!

FansProject Core, the arm of FansProject responsible for the Warbot series which has included Defender, Assaulter, Revolver and more based on classic Wreckers characters has announced the trailer unit for their Steelcore original character design will be made available to preorder beginning September 19th. They've revealed that orders for the trailer, or a trailer + Steel Core figure will enroll buyers in a one year premium membership which comes with three free FPCore products. For more details and an image, keep reading!

The following was posted by CZ Hazard, who works with KFC/KTC: "I've been working with Keith on the stories and bios for the KFC line for a couple of years now, recently Keith has asked me to help out with a public face for the company and someone who can explain things in (hopefully good) English without a language barrier to confuse matters. I will attempt to do my best to help out with answers where and when I can..." Read on for the full release.

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