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After revealing recently via CG design models a full out replacement for Combiner Wars Mixmaster, today Dr Wu has shown photos of a prototype piece. The figure's robot mode will stand somewhat taller than the official Mixmaster, but from the look of these photos doesn't improve on the design meaningfully. Also seen on their Weibo page are renders of arm replacements for Scrapper, and an improved crane arm for Hook. We've got the images mirrored, so click through and check it out.




Something that should make potential buyers a bit happier with upcoming Maketoys products. Their site has been updated to show that the upgrade parts to make Deluxe Cyclonus more like the IDW appearance is its own product - MM-02 SP "E.A.K." - and Rear End (aka Not-Tailgate) looks like it will be sold solo. With any luck, MM-02SP will be priced similarly to the MFB weapon kit that sold alongside Trashtalk and Cogwheel, making it easily accessible to everyone who wants to makeover their Cyclonus!




The group Master Made has released a few new concept renders showing off their followup to the recently released Titan, a super-deformed style figure of Metroplex. Diabolus Rex represents Trypticon with a similar style of tweaked proportions, though that fact is certainly less immediately evident for the dinosaur body than it is on Titan's robot mode. We don't have any further information currently, besides that it seems to be aimed for a release late this year. Keep reading to have a look at the renders!




Revealed as a set of loose parts when they showed off the color shots of their Tailgate-based Rear End figure, tonight Maketoys has posted a set of photos with the upgrades installed on Deluxe Generations Cyclonus. Meant to bring it a bit more in line with the IDW appearance, the upgrade parts change the head and hands, and add hip plate armor and a Great Sword. The vehicle integration isn't 100% successful, but we've seen worse attempts from upgrade sets. Keep reading to see the photos!




Fansproject has published a couple of promo pieces for the next two figures in their Function X Headmaster series. X-8 Crox based on Skullcruncher has been three years in the making, but looks close to being released with seemingly final production colors samples in the latest image. Meanwhile, the yet-unnamed Highbrow-alike is still a CG render, but hopefully not as far in the future as was the wait for Crox, the last of the batch of figures promoted at TFCon 2012. Keep reading to check them out!




Planet X wants to make sure you can tell the difference between their Vulcan, and Fall of Cybertron Grimlock. As it turns out that won't be difficult since Vulcan seems to have about twice the volume. In new pictures posted to Facebook today, Vulcan is easily tossing around dinosaur mode Grimlock who looks like, well, a toy in comparison. They again note this isn't a final design, but it's hard to imagine what they might still improve on this figure. Keep reading to check out the photos.




DX9 Toys has also posted a series of photos of their Mightron, announced earlier this month. The photos show the prototype in both modes, as well as in comparison with a range of other unofficial and official figures, including Hulkie, the Legends-scale Devastator. No word currently on if the final product will be given an orange safety tip for the gun barrel, though it's fairly likely. Keep reading to have a look.




On their Weibo page, DX9 Toys has posted pictures of one of their newest upcoming items, X14 Leah, a Legends-size figure based on Arcee. Going by what can be seen in the photos of this prototype, its transformation borrows a lot from the Generations toy, though with some differences owing to the needs of this scale. We have the images mirrored, so click through and check it out!




Via Weibo, Dr Wu has announced the most ambitious yet of the parade of Titan Class Devastator add-ons: A new Mixmaster. The Weibo posting indicates that the final product is intended to favor the G1 toy more. Besides the obvious visual styling to that end, the drum is planned to rotate, and the head design may be more toy inspired than the generally cartoon-derived heads of the Constructicons in the set. So far the new figure is only represented as CG superimposed over photos of the other toys. Click through to check out the concept images.




Maketoys has updated the product page for their next "Manga Mech" series entry, Rear End, also known as "not-Tailgate". This very IDW styled figure looks like a step up from the earlier effort of representing Swerve's comic design, capturing the character very nicely. The set was also said to include extra parts to convert Deluxe Cyclonus to more resemble the comic design, though these elements aren't pictured. We've got the photos mirrored, so click through and check it out.




Corbot V, best known for their War Axe accessory designed for Generations War For Cybertron Optimus Prime has revealed a new project, moving to the realm of a complete figure. Project: Reyes is based on the Quintessons' alligator sentries from the G1 cartoon, and can clearly be seen to be transformable in the current CG render shown. More details are reportedly coming in the near future, in the meantime, click through to see the full preview image.




The age of third party Dinobots continues, as PlanetX makes sure everyone remembers they're still in the game by presenting Vulcan, their take on Fall of Cybertron style Grimlock. With a comparison to the official figure of the design, Vulcan is significantly larger, and has a greater amount of complexity that seems to be alleviating some of the aesthetic woes of FOC Grimlock. They caution that this prototype is not a final design, but what they have right now is very encouraging! Click through to check it out.




TFSource has shared some images of Ryu-Oh, Fansproject's take on the Dinoking combiner group. The images include photos of the combined robot, as well as several pieces of art depicting the optional "pretender shells" for the figures. Reportedly the shells will be sold separately and have been said to be designed as banks, even having coin slots on the samples seen at TFCon this past weekend. A Monstructor version of this team is also likely in the future. Keep reading to see the pictures!




Thanks to Stanley Cheung we have many photos from the third party panel held at TFCon Toronto Saturday afternoon. While this represents only a portion of the showings (reportedly they had hundreds of slides to show during their approximately 45 minute run time), there's some items of definite interest, not the least of which is TFC throwing another combiner in the ring in the image of Victory favorite Liokaiser. Keep reading to check out all the shots!




Today, TFSource shared on their Facebook a few images of X-Transbots' Arkose, a Masterpiece-scale figure based on Beachcomber. Seen with a variety of other figures of similar scale, both official and otherwise, we get a sense of how it fits in, and an early hint at the colors through this hand-painted piece. Keep reading to check out all the images.



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