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Maz from TFSquareOne has spent some time photographing Seraphicus Prominon, Mastermind's version of Nova Prime and posting about it to his Twitter. The figure inspired a bit of recoil when it was revealed exactly how expensive getting the full package of figure plus trailer/armor would end up being. With this we can finally start to get a sense of whether it's worth the hefty price tag. We've copied some of Maz's photos and collected his comments on the figure, and you can check it all out below!

539Designs, one of the designers who contribute to X-Transbots has posted an update to their DeviantArt account today. The print form of the just-released Arkose's instructions are apparently missing a panel depicting a portion of the transformation process. The missing portion has been published to DeviantArt along with the immediate prior and subsequent steps to show where this part is meant to take place. We've mirrored this image and cropped out the relevant panel as well for higher detail. Keep reading to get the info for this unofficial Beachcomber!

On Facebook via The Chosen Prime we have a few new photos of Arkose, X-Transbots' Beachcomber-alike in their Master Mini series. The photos show the final production toy, looking at the package, the insert tray (including a glimpse of the accessories), both modes and a size comparison to the official Masterpiece Bumblebee, showing Arkose to be just a bit taller. You can keep reading to see all the pictures of this figure, which should be hitting retailers now.

Before Combiner Wars Computron is officially announced or even acknowledged, Perfect Effect has already debuted yet another variation of their Perfect Combiner upgrade system geared around the Technobot combiner. Coming in two sets, one is a chest piece, head and rifle, and the other features the customary poseable hands and feet in a dark red. The move isn't an entirely blind shot. The torso upgrade itself has merit with or without a Computron box set being a reality, though it sadly does little to fix the color layout issues. But it's a bizarre state of affairs to see unofficial upgrades announced before the toy they're made for. Keep reading to see the pictures!

Today on Weibo, X-Transbots has shared new photos of their Master Mini series of figures. Now in production are Boost, based on Windcharger, and Hatch, based on Tailgate. These are part of X-Transbots' Masterpiece-compatible line, and each features an option part or two to help the figures reflect either media appearances or be a little more toy-oriented. With these samples being from the actual production run, retailers should be seeing these come in stock pretty soon. We've mirrored the photos, so click through to check them out.

On their Weibo page, TransformMission has posted some new shots of their grey prototype unofficial Stunticons. The focus is on the equivalents to Drag Strip and Dead End, shown as both robots and vehicles. There's also some quick group shots with the full team in both modes and a final image showing the Motormaster-alike in vehicle mode being equal in overall size to MP-10 Optimus. We have the pictures mirrored, so keep reading to take a look.

TransformMission has posted new pictures of their combiner based on Menasor to Weibo, giving a first look at the completely assembled figure. This combiner takes after at least the spirit of Menasor's classic media design, looking very much like it's just wearing cars on top of its arms and legs. While no extreme posing is demonstrated, and the legs are barely moved at all, the arms do show a good expressive range, and the detailing of all the components blends well. We have the pictures mirrored, so click through and check it out.

On their Facebook, X-Transbots has posted some images showing off the Swarm Team, a Sweeps-based reuse of their Andras unofficial Scourge figure. While lacking the Targetmaster buddy, the set is shown to include some Ghost Starscream possession parts, plus a transformation cog and eye of either Trypticon or Metroplex. Pricing and release timeframe is currently undisclosed. But for those pleasantly surprised by Andras, here's a possible chance to experience the figure a few more times! Click through for the pictures.

In a rare show of direct communication with its customers, FansProject has posted to Facebook to explain the situation regarding the Pretender shells for their unofficial Dinoforce figures. This has been an ongoing issue for some time, ever since the first shell toy was released exclusively via convention sales at an unexpectedly high price, leading to the shell project as a whole to be called to question. Ultimately, the plan is to produce a very limited number, which are heavily implied to carry with them again a high cost. Keep reading to see the original message.

FansToys has published new images showing Grinder, their Grimlock that will join the existing lineup of their MP-scaled "Iron Dibots" unofficial Dinobots. A focal image for this figure shows its size in relation to MP-10 Optimus Prime in robot mode, as well as a comparison of the dinosaur mode to MP-10's robot mode, and Masterpiece Grimlock's own dinosaur mode, proving that this figure definitely has an advantage in size. Keep reading to see all the new photos.

From guanchengphoto on Weibo we have some nice new photos of Thanatos, the unofficial updating of Killbison from TFC's Hades team. The figure which will eventually form part of a third party Lio Kaiser can be seen in robot and tank modes in great detail, as well as showing off the animal partner based on Bisonbreast on its own as well as in various stages of interaction with the larger figure. Keep reading to take a look!

The TFClub Weibo page has some new images of a 3D-print prototype of SparkToys' unofficial figure of Megatron, inspired by the design seen in Dreamwave's The War Within series. This round of pictures includes a comparison shot with Masterpiece Prowl, showing that this - and the Optimus-alike also being worked on - are quite sizeable figures indeed! No new release info is given, but we can see details and accessories planned for the figure. Click through to take a look!

Tonight via Facebook, Planet X has announced more unofficial figures to come from their War For Cybertron inspired line. Said to be planned for "mid 2016" will be figures based on Fall of Cybertron Optimus Prime, and Starscream. Currently they're only represented by generic game artwork, but for a release that soon this year they must already be reasonably far in development. For people unsatisfied with Deluxe scale for these designs a few years ago, the likelyhood of these being around Voyager equivalent is surely good news. Keep reading to see the quoted post.

Shared by Alex Ching on Facebook, we have new looks at apparent production samples for two of Toyworld's entry in to the currently popular field of unofficial Constructicons. Based on Scavenger and Bonecrusher, "Unearth" and "Bulldozer" are said to be getting ready to come out as early as the middle of January and offer a fairly distinctive take on the classic Constructicon designs. We've mirrored the photos, so click through and take a look!

On Weibo, MakeToys has shown off new progress in their Despotron project. Part of the Re:Master series of unofficial Masterpiece figures, Despotron will be a G1 Megatron analogue, whose existence was originally revealed during the summer TFCon third party panel. The lineart shows a very traditional looking Megatron, and mostly serves to illustrate what the visual style of the eventual figure will be. You can check it out for yourself below!

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