Members of the otherwise-defunct Collectors Club today have received a new update about TFSS 5. The final subscription set which was originally planned to be delivered in advance of the Club's license elapsing at the end of December 2016 is now expected to begin shipping to subscribers in March, at the earliest. The message regarding this latest delay cites the failure of the cargo vessel to depart before Chinese New Year as a contributing factor. You can find the full text of the latest update quoted below. Keep reading!
What feels like an extremely short time after Needlenose, the first TFSS 4 figure shipped, today the first copies of the second figure are hitting subscriber mailboxes!
Thanks to SeiberBirdR we now know the identity of the currently shipping figure is Grabuge - the trademark-rename of Ruckus. And we have some early photos to show what the final product looks like.
We'll bring you more on this figure as it becomes available, and for now keep reading to see these first pictures, including a look at the bio!
The Transformers Collectors Club Facebook page has updated to announce that the order period for the fifth and final Transformers Figure Subscription Service is now underway. They note that currently only active Club members may order a subscription, but that a solution to allow any past member to order will be worked on over the coming few weeks. The order period is set to conclude on May 26th, the last Thursday in May. Along with the announcement are a set of new mockup images for the six revealed figures and a promise that secret number 7 has a head sculpt unused in the US. Keep reading to see the pictures!
The fourth subscription service, one of two running in this the final months of Fun Publications, has begun arriving to subscribers. Thanks to Portaltron we now have a few quick in-hand pictures of first arrival Needlenose. The Firefly/Fireflight recolor comes with its original accessories, plus redecos of Deluxe Scoop's Targetmasters Sunbeam and Zigzag - one of whom has had a rename, as revealed in the bio card. We have the pictures mirrored, so keep reading and check them out. We're bound to have more soon too, so keep watching right here for more updates!
Thanks to John DeLuna, we have images of the interior pages of the newest issue of the Transformers Collectors Club Magazine, showing off the full assortment of characters to come in the fifth - and final - Transformers Figure Subscription Service. While Double Pretender Megatron is undoubtedly the star (even featuring on the cover, as seen in an image from Protoman), Paradron Medic Lifeline gets a spotlight inside with full bio and character art. Keep reading to see all the images!
RAC and ExVee were at the TFCC panel, and we've got a rundown of the new reveals! Also questions answered about Terrorsaur's absent HandFootGun, the future of FunPub, the timeline for Subscription Service 5.0, and more! Keep reading to see it all!
This year the TFCC Roundtable panel acted as more of a retrospective of the various things Fun Publications has produced during their run in organizing the convention and the fan club, with the majority of the panel time being taken showing off the figures. Finally getting to the upcoming items was subscription service 5, featuring Counterpunch, Fractyl & Scorponok, Toxitron, the previously seen Paradron Medic "Lifeline", Double Pretender Optimus, and the big reveal, Pretender Megatron using the Pretender shell tooling from Grand Maximus! Keep reading for info and over 200 pictures
John DeLuna has also shared tonight some pictures from the Club magazine featuring membership premium figure Ramjet, and Club Store exclusive Skywarp, both based on the Generations Armada Starscream tooling. The image of Ramjet gives a good look at the new face sculpt, plus the deco giving it the look of a glowing mouth. And we also get a look at a mockup of the packaging for Skywarp, taking heavily after classic Armada packaging. Keep reading to see both pictures!
As promised some while back, the newest TFCC magazine issue contains a preview for the fifth iteration of the Transformers Figure Subscription Service, which was announced even before the fourth had all its production samples revealed. Radio Free Cybertron's John DeLuna has tweeted out a photo of the preview page, showing two of the upcoming figures. Unsurprisingly there's a reuse of the Oilmaster Pretender shell created for Botcon 2015's boxset, and a not-so outside the box reuse of Generations Arcee. Keep reading to see what they are!
They must have heard us talking about them, as The Club has just followed up their reveal of Thunder Mayhem with a decent look at Impactor, the Rook retool that joins the fourth subscription set. This is also set to come with Generations Arcee's assortment of weapons, and is demonstrated here using one of the swords in place of Impactor's traditional harpoon attachment. We were able to enlarge the image just enough to get a decent view of the details of the new head sculpt, so you'll find that image along with the mirrored original below.
The Collectors Club Twitter account has just released a first image showing the combined form of the Mayhem Attack Squad that make up TFSS 4. Thunder Mayhem features a new combiner head sculpt based distinctly on Thunderwing's appearance in the Marvel comics, and is armed with the giant swords from Transformers Go! Optimus Exprime. This photo also offers a first glimpse at the production sample for Impactor, though that toy's new head sculpt is not particularly visible. Click through to have a look.
Via Twitter, the Collectors Club has posted new photos of their near-final production samples of the Mayhem Attack Squad figures from the 4th TFSS group. The figures are now seen in their robot modes, and in Bludgeon's case, includes a close up of the newly sculpted head. We also learn that the included Matrix accessory is being called the Matrix of Malice, and will come with Windsweeper. Presumably we'll finally be getting to see the combined mode sometime soon as well. Meanwhile, click through and have a look at the figures.
Over on Facebook, the Transformers Collectors Club has shared a photo showing a production sample group from the fourth Figure Subscription Service. Seen here in vehicle mode are the Mayhem Attack Squad in what is probably at least close to final decos. Of course Impactor is not pictured with this group, and there is the secret "bonus" figure which will go unseen until the end of the shipping cycle for this set. With production samples now, it looks like these toys could start shipping earlier than in past years. Keep reading to see the mirrored photo.
Today on the Transformers Collectors Club Store it was discovered that the descriptions for club memberships has been changed slightly, indicating that any memberships purchased starting now will expire in December of 2016. This has led to speculation that the Club may be ceasing operations after that point. Another indicator to that outcome is similar language appearing in Joe Club membership descriptions today. With the recent announcement of a TFSS 5 in the planning, this comes as a great surprise, and raises questions about the future of the Club and Botcon itself. We reached out to Fun Publications' Pete Sinclair for comment, keep reading to find out what we learned.
The Transformers Collectors Club Facebook page has been updated to show off a new digital color mockup of Armada Skywarp, one of the club store exclusives for 2016. Using the Generations Armada Starscream body, this will join that figure and TakaraTomy's Starscream Super Mode (aka Thundercracker) to complete the Armada seeker trio. A number of changes are reflected versus the originally shown mockup, most likely coming down to requirements of the mold layout. Keep reading to see the full image!
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