Wrapping up his Best Of 2017 series, RAC looks back at the things that excited him more as news stories than anything else this past year. A lot of those come down to toys that didn't necessarily make his Best Of list for the year, but did unfold in interesting ways news-wise. Pour yourself a bowl of Trypticon's Titan Master Crunch and keep reading to see the best news of 2017!
This was the question posed by Business Insider this week. Citing the poor critical reception of the just-released The Last Knight
- not to mention less than stellar reviews of the prior entries to the series, along with diminishing domestic box office numbers, why do the sequels keep getting pushed forward? The answer to this is probably not a surprise to those who've been following along closely, but the article contains a series of charts that help to lay out the situation very clearly. Keep reading for more info and a link to the original post!
Hasbro was kind enough on June 1st to invite TFormers to a conference call, along with several other fan media representatives, to hear about the upcoming merchandise in the Transformers The Last Knight Premier Edition and store exclusive lineups, official images of which you'll have seen earlier today right here on TFormers. We were afforded the chance as well to ask a few questions of the Transformers Brand Team once the main presentation had wrapped up. Keep reading to find the highlights of this afternoon's event!
So we've looked at the three basic forms that toy articulation takes: hinges, swivels, and ball joints. But there's one last feature that pops up frequently on Transformers: ratchets. That pleasant clicking sound. The satisfying resistance when you tug on a hip or an elbow. The ability to hold the weight of a weapon or for larger toys to hold poses. How is that accomplished? And what are the pros and cons for the ratchets on our `Bots and `Cons? Keep reading to find out!
Today RAC rounds out the basic forms of toy articulation with a look at ball joints! (Pun entirely intended, and offered with no apologies.) Ball joints were, in the 1990s, the salvation of the Transformers brand to a certain degree, as they allowed more complex and articulated Transformers figures to be made while passing US toy safety tests. But beyond that, they're just a really great and versatile part of modern toy design. Keep reading to find out why!
We continue our look at the basic workings of action figures today with swivels! A basic bore at the neck, shoulder, and hip but a welcome helper at the bicep, waist, and thigh, swivels are everywhere on a Transformer. How do they work and what can go wrong? Keep reading to find out!
Today RAC takes a look at the first of the three primary forms that toy articulation can take: the hinge. Probably the most-used joint on Transformers figures due to their utility in transformation mechanisms, hinges still do a lot of heavy lifting for the humanoid form as well - especially if you do it properly and lift from the knees. Keep reading for more!
Premier Edition is the "Generations Series" of The Last Knight, though with a bit more of a "Black Series" flavor, to take a categorization hint from Star Wars. But from the early leaks of the Deluxe assortment it was clear that it wasn't actually the premiere of every toy in Premier. Half of Deluxe wave 1 is reuses from Age of Extinction, and Voyager Grimlock takes the ratio farther. With Toy Fair's reveals now, we want to look and see how much farther this might go. Keep reading...
Nobody likes price increases on their favorite toys. Nobody who isn't a Hasbro or toy store shareholder, at any rate. And while RAC is still
adjusting to Deluxes not being $10 anymore despite the number of years that had been so, he's been mulling over the idea that the rumored price hike to $20 per Deluxe for Premier Edition could represent a new approach to Generations-style adult-focused Transformers toys - and surprisingly, he doesn't think the idea is all
bad. Keep reading for the silver lining!
On August 9, 2016, TFormers was among a small group of Transformers websites invited to tour the filming set of Transformers: The Last Knight, just outside of Detroit, Michigan. During the all day visit, we had the honor of witnessing many steps and many layers of the ongoing process of filming the movie - including a great many things that, even now, nearly four months later I cannot talk about. I can't tell you about the specific details of many of the amazing things we were permitted to see, but what I learned through the course of the day was that the particulars of what will eventually be in front of everyone on a movie screen were not really the most important thing. Keep reading!
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