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If you're getting a bit of deja vu from that headline, you aren't alone. Toyworld is releasing an unofficial Optimus Prime figure called Orion, which happens to be the name of the unofficial Optimus they released a couple of years ago. However, this Orion is meant to join your Masterpiece shelf. TWM02 Orion (whose product number is even almost identical to the earlier figure) takes cues from the Studio OX designs that third parties love to use, so it at least looks distinct. Thanks to photographer Alucardlee, we have some great looks at this upcoming release, which you can check out mirrored below!
Seems just about everything is getting the MP class treatment these days, so its good to see the old timers getting some attention too. Fans Toys have rolled out the FT-22 Koot figure that pays hommage to the original Kup toy brought up to date with a modern design. FT-22 Koot is slated to ship in July 2017, but you can pre-order them now at bigbadtoystore.com
Hail Hydra! Cut off one mode and two more shall take its place!
Okay, maybe not quite, but we must admit Hydra is a pretty good codename for an unofficial Sixshot. FansToys is throwing in among the groups working on their respective Sixshot projects right now with an effort designed to scale with Masterpiece figures. Particularly, Hydra is shown looking MP Ultra Magnus in the eye (spoilers: Ultra Magnus Dies), indicating its status as Really Big. FansToys has released images of each mode, the Magnus comparison, and a couple of extra shots. They're all mirrored, so click through and have a look for yourself!
In Unique Toys Palm Collection Schunck & Betta stand 3.75” tall in robot mode and are fully transformable into a tank and alligator. Each figure comes with a mini sidekick. Fans will recognize these guys as Hardhead and Skullcruncher from the Headmasters. The figure set are on pre-order now for $44.99 USD slated to ship in December 2016 at bigbadtoystore.com
Raging Bull stands just over 6.25 inches (16cm) tall and is the first to be released in the Trinity Force combiner set. Ragig bull transforms from robot to street racer and also the feet of Trinity Force.
Raging Bull is armed with a sword and features real rubber tires and a functional opening and closing spotlights. Also included in a mini brain master pilot figure.
Pre-order now for $94.99 USD to be shipping in 1st Quarter 2017 from bigbadtoystore.com
Newcomer to the third party scene ACE Collectables has revealed a color testshot of Tumbler. I know, I was expecting a Batmobile too, but it's actually a Masterpiece-styled Cliffjumper. Done up to about the same robot mode size as the official MP Bumblebee, Tumbler goes for a more realistic Porsche 924 vehicle form than that of the G1 toy. More importantly, it's a lot more realistic than the cartoon design, leading to it being basically unrecognizable as Cliffjumper in car mode. We've got the photos mirrored in the gallery below, so go and have a look for yourself!
The S.N.D. Primo Nemein upgrade kit is for the Combiner Wars Nemesis Prime Ehobby Exclusive. This upgrade kit will make Nemesis Prime taller, give him more posing possibilities, and have a more comic inspired look. Also included are combinable weapons. The set is listed on pre-order now at $49.99 USD to begin shipping in December 2016. Order yours now at bigbadtoystore.com
Japanese speaking YouTube reviewer Wotafa has just released his review of Demonicus Prominon, Mastermind Creation's Nemesis Prime-themed recolor of Seraphicus Prominon, their unofficial Nova Prime. Besides being impressively large, the figure - an exclusive to the Singapore Toy, Game, & Comic Convention - sports the always attractive "Nemesis" color scheme as well as a lot
of vac-metal. Man, handle with care... keep reading to see the review!
Though we can't predict what classic cartoon duo they might be named after, Unique Toys has shown new color photos of the next release in their Palm Collection series of Legends-sized Headmaster characters. We saw this Hardhead and Skullcruncher pair as uncolored prototypes in September, but they're looking quite a bit nicer now, being realized in full color and deco. No specific info about them is revealed, aside from the ambitious claim that one or both have a transformation "more interesting" than their official Deluxe counterpart. We'll see how that turns out, but for now keep reading to see the full album!
The Planet X Apocalypse is a large beast bot that transforms into a battle station. Apocalypse is made up of two separate space crafts that from his body and tail. Both parts of Apocalypse is sold separately and priced at $179.99 each to ship sometime in Q1 2017. Order now at bigbadtoystore.com
Iron Factory showed off another retool of their Arcee-alike Pink Assassin figure on Weibo. Night Assassin is based on Nightbird, echoing more than a few prior figures, both official and not, which have seen Arcee and Nightbird share an underlying body type. This features restyled head and chest, as well as an assortment of new weapons to reflect the ninja-themed arsenal of the character. Night Assassin will be a limited exclusive to Singapore's SGC event late this month. No plans for additional distribution have been revealed at this time. Keep reading to see all the photos!
Have you ever found yourself sitting and thinking, "you know, there just aren't enough third party Springers out there"? Well, OpenPlay has delivered one more for your consideration. The currently unnamed figure is shown in solid black, which serves to highlight the sculpting decently. All three modes are shown, as well as different angles and poses for the robot to give a sense of its visual style and proportions. We've started to lose count, but there's certainly no shortage of Springer-alikes to choose from now. To see what this one has to offer, click through to head to the gallery!
Mastermind Creations posted to their Facebook this morning to deliver some unfortunate news. It seems a number of items in their Reformatted series will experience unavoidable delays in release. They've included an info graphic with the new projected release timeframes. Of note, the second run of Carnifex (unofficial IDW Overlord) is not expected until March of 2017. Kultur (not-Tarn), as well as Titanika (not-Strika) and Dicamus (not-Roadbuster) are still expected before the end of the year. You can find the complete list in the full post below!
Despite numerous photos already released for it, Iron Factory's Lord Scorpion figure, based on G1 Scorponok, never had a clear comparative scale revealed. Thanks to a video review by Pancrazi, that has finally changed. The figure, while very bulky, seems to be just a hair taller than a current Deluxe as seen in the video. The video otherwise runs through the three modes and shows poseability - as well as what looks like a very sturdy build. The video is in Chinese, but the visuals are clear to follow. It's embedded below, so click through for a nice demo of this figure!
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