FansToys has shared a small gallery on Facebook featuring the prototype for their Hoodlum figure, based on Hot Rod. Joining their ever-growing lineup of Masterpiece-scale figures, Hoodlum represents a potential alternative to the already existing official MP Hot Rod. One photo indicates this will come with a Targetmaster partner figure in addition to the standard rifles. The prototype is shown in robot and vehicle modes, and uses FansToys not-Kup and not-Springer for some group shots to show relative scale. We have the photos mirrored, so click through to see!
We've got another review video from diecast on the RFC Reviews channel, talking about Downbeat from Maketoys. Downbeat is one of a surprisingly small assortment of unofficial Masterpiece Jazzes, which bring slightly different ideas to the table. Downbeat seemingly isn't perfect, though it presents as more a collection of small problems than any one significant one. You can see the details of vehicle and robot modes, and the lengthy, but honestly pretty nice looking transformation process in between. The review is embedded below, so go ahead and watch right now.
Changing gears a bit tonight, diecast from Radio Free Cybertron has posted a new video to the RFC Reviews channel showing off a testshot of Arch Enemy, the first figure in the Master Builder series from new group Fans Hobby. Despite being a testshot piece, the review demonstrates good design and build quality overall with an appropriately simple transformation. And about twice the volume of the original official Robots in Disguise Scourge toy! We've embedded the review below, so go ahead and take a look!
The Transform Mission not-Menasor project has been pushing along for quite a while, though a bit quietly recently. But to break that trend, a new gallery of photos have been released showing a full color copy of Powertrain, the set's requisite Motormaster-alike. The very G1 influenced vehicle mode becomes a robot taking cues more from earlier IDW comics, but not straying terribly far off the "classic" look. We've got the full gallery mirrored, so click through to see it now!
Planet X has shown off a few new photos on their Facebook page, giving us a peek at Apocalypse, their Trypticon based on the High Moon Studios video game design, planned to be sold as two components later this year. Shown alongside are Thundercracker and Skywarp recolors of Planet X's unofficial Fall of Cybertron Starscream, because the law of seekers must always prevail. Apart from the one clear dinosaur mode shot, Apocalypse seems to mostly be set dressing for the not-seekers, who get a clearer focus. Check it all out below!
Toyer City on Facebook have posted a first look image at the Toyworld C11-C15 combined mode forming the unofficial Bruticus team. The unpainted figure is show in comparison with the ToyWorld TW-C07 Constructor that is slated for a May release. The combined figure looks to be every as good as their former efforts and surely will be looking even better when we see it in color. What is not known yet is if this image indicated a set release or individuals, and hopefully in G1 colors out of the gate. Preorders should open soon to reveal more.
Just in are new in-hand images of the ToyWorld TW-M01 Primorion. The figure is an unoffiical remake of the original MP-1 Convoy that is looking quite relaxed and colorful in his original self.
The figure stands 11 inches in robot mode and comes armed with an axe and blaster. The TW-M01 Primorion transforms from robot to a big rig cab. Is now on preorder with estimate to arrive 1st Quarter 2017 at a current price of $129.99 USD now at bigbadtoystore.com
The R-17CS Continuum Add-On Set is for the R-17 Carnifex figure. This kit includes two 3.5cm tall Millifex and Billifex pilots of the jet and tank that combine to form Carnifex. Millifex and Billifex transform to engines and plug into Carnifex's chest in robot mode. An alternate head and 2 pieces of snap-on chest armor will give Carnifex an updated look. Plug the 6 cannons in to the base mode for enhanced firepower.
There's a new MP Class figure just in from Coolsvile by way of Toy World. This guy looks quite familiar to us as G1 Jazz, but its not official. The scaling, and detail on this figure is one of the best so far with excellent proportions in robot mode. The TW-M05 Coolsville is listed to ship sometime in first quarter of this year, now on preorder at $89.99 USD from BigBadToyStore.com
Via Facebook, Perfect Effect has announced their "Beast Gorira" project has been unavoidably delayed due to holiday scheduling conflicts. The unofficial take on an updating of Optimal Optimus is now expected to release around March. They've also shared new images of a color production sample, allowing us to see this figure next to Masterpiece Optimus Primal, proving the considerable size of Beast Gorira, looking at least close to being show accurately scaled! The images are mirrored below, click through and check it out!
As Headmaster Don pointed out during a recent RFC Mini-Cast, MMC's Carnifex is a very IDW take on Overlord. If that was putting you off as well, you may be interested in these upgrade kit photos that MMC has just posted! Carnifex Continuum adds a fair number of G1 features back into your third-party unofficial Overlord toy - keep reading for the photos and details.
Striker Noir is the latest figure to join the MT Cross Dimension Series and is a black repaint of MTCD-01 Striker Manus. Striker Noir transforms from robot to semi truck and includes 2 axe weapons and a transforming wind vane gun. He also comes with a Giant Weapons Pack that includes: short gun, arm blade, machine gun, star saber, striker cannon, handgun, katana, Striker Manus weapon holder, and an axe extension bar.
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, 3P Loves Springer, and they think you do too! This week on the RFC Mini-cast: John, Don, Mellvarr and Rob Clay discuss: Why does 3P love Springer and not Arcee? Plus we analyze IDW’s impact on Transformers and Revolution’s effectiveness.
Dean Lee on Facebook has a high detail gallery up for the upcoming first product from the Fanshobby group. Arch Enemy is the debut of the Master Builder series, offering a Masterpiece scale take on original Robots in Disguise's Scourge, or Black Convoy for the Car Robots enthusiasts. A solo Car Robots/RID Masterpiece may seem a little odd, but it's hard to deny that the actual product looks super nice and captures the design well. We've mirrored some of the gallery, keep reading to find it below and get a good look at this figure!
Wrapping up our look at ToyCraft's coverage of Ani-Expo HobbyFree we have a catch-all for the remaining third party groups that were covered. It looks like no one had a lot new to show, and most of what did turn up under the other brands was far enough to be in color sample stages. A GCreations Optimus-alike could be seen, X-Transbots' not-Cosmos, plus testshots of their Trailbreaker and Hoist figures, a couple modes of DX9's try at Sixshot, and more things that we've seen to some capacity already. The final round of shots is mirrored below, keep reading to catch up with the rest!