Thanks to Radio Free Cybertron we have select highlights from TFCon Chicago's third party panel, including upcoming items from Maketoys, Fans Project, MMC, and more! As you might expect, photography in a darkened auditorium is sketchy at best, and we'll deliver clearer images of the panel slides as soon as they're available. Meanwhile we have photos of testshots of more third party toys, distributed via daim.choc. Keep reading to check out everything!
Members of the podcast TFYLP had the opportunity to sit down with Rik Alvarez and Aaron Archer following the announcement of his and Simon Furman's involvement with new independent toy company Play With This Too. Rik and Aaron both share tidbits of their histories at Hasbro, plus talk about PWTT and their views on the future of toys in general. Clocking in just under an hour, it's a very interesting piece to settle in and check out. Click through to watch the embedded video now!
Check out the Rik Alvarez interview about his upcoming Play With This Too toys at RetroRobotRadio. Includes the slides of his figures shown at TFcon Chicago 2014.
TFSource has released images of their TFCon exclusive, ToyWorld's TW-04G Grant. Grant is a downscaled (9 inches tall) version of Grand Maximus, the Japan-exclusive Fortress Maximus recolor. It's limited to 180 pieces and is available now at TFSource's booth at TFCon Chicago. Keep reading to see photos!
The Radio Free Cybertron Twitter is lighting up with photos from the floor of TFCon, including some testshots of upcoming figures! Function-X 05 is on display, along with Fansproject's take on Defensor and ToyWorld's Shinebug and Bungee, their takes on Bumblebee and Cliffjumper! In addition there's an in-person photo of Cubrar, Fansproject's Not-Slag in con-exclusive Diaclone colors. Keep reading to see a sea of fascinating (if unpainted) plastic, and keep checking back as we'll add more photos as they're added to Twitter!
FPCore, a division of Fans prject has sent out an e-mail detailing shipping for everyone who preordered either the Steel Core Trailer unit or the deluxe Trailer + Steel Core set that was offered last month. Deluxe sets will start shipping early next week, while trailer-only purchases are shipping now. And sure enough the first few are reaching the hands of buyers, and we've got a few quick shots of the package along with the first member-exclusive Core figure, Ruthen. Keep reading to see them!
Just tweeted from Play With This Too is a new teaser for an upcoming figure, I think he wants to drink you BLOOD.
If this is who I think it is, he should be a highly articulated 6 inch figure with numerous heads, hands and weapons. The weapons should combinie into a Tech Drone partner.
As seen in the photo BOMB on the design chart for Desolataur, this bat-like monster will BURST on to the scene at TFcon, probably tommorrow at the third party panel.
One of the first exclusives has been revealed from TFCon Chicago, AKA Third Party BotCon. Toy Dojo will be selling Renderform's RF-004 Onyx, a limited run of 35 P.A.X. upgrade kits in the color scheme of ToyWorld's Nemesis Prime-themed Orion recolor, Orionvil! Keep reading for the announcement and the photos!
Recently disovered in the background art on the Play With This Too web site by fans, there are images of a Landmine homage character. When this was posted on message boards Rik Alvarez of PWTT commented "Finally somebody found one of our easter eggs. We pepper them throughout most of our announcements..."
The figure seems to be a combination of parts seen on the Play With This Too figure Astroblast and Deep Earth Explorer, as well as original parts. You can see the sword and smaller/inner robot images that look like Landmind in these enhanced background photos.
DX9 Toys have posted new photos of final colors samples of their D04 Armor Kit, designed to give Age of Extinction's Evasion Mode Optimus a new look. Taking cues from the Apex Armor (or Godbomber for the Masterforce purists), the set gives Optimus extra armor, weapons and wings and massively changes the look of the original toy. Advertised as suitable for both Hasbro and Takara's standard releases, this set is turning a lot of head. It's expected to be available very soon. Keep reading to see all the photos!
Third party Transformers news for the week ending October 18th, 2014.
Includes the latest news from Ark Studio, Badcube, Before and After, DMY, HeeroToysMaker, Keith's Fantasy Club, Maketoys, MasterShooter Collectibles, Planet X and Play With This Too.
Screen shot this week is of one of the Armada robots from the 2013 film Atlantic Rim.
Following teaser images of the figures to be included, Mastershooter has posted updates on their Facebook page revealing the theme of the Shooter Master set they'll be offering at TFCon in Chicago later this week. Criminal Investigation pairs "Ballgag", with coloring based on Nightbeat's Headmaster Muzzle, and "Hustler" colored after Starscream's Mini-Con Swindle. Pricing is still to be determined, but keep reading to check out the package shot and card art!
Vangelus (you know the one) has put up a video featuring both Brawny and Backland, the Masterpiece-scale/style figures representing Brawn and Outback by Badcube, formerly known as Cubex. While the video does not entirely
make it clear, these appear to be test shot figures, but should be overall representative of the production units. If Huff had poor reception enough to drive Cubex to rebranding, this video will be a big step towards determining if they've come out of it for the better. Keep reading to see the embedded video!
Armada Starscream is a really well done Generations Deluxe, but one thing he's missing is his original Mini-Con partner, Swindle. MasterShooter Collectibles is working on fixing that, with a figure seemingly codenamed "Hustler" going by the capitalization of the word in the announcement. While not a racecar anymore, Hustler turns into a gun, which is at least just as good. You can also spy an adapter on the Mini-Con port on Starscream's left arm, which will likely let you mount Hustler in place of the traditional Starscream arm-guns. Keep reading to see the photo!
Just out is a new image of the packaging and render of the robot, plus news on it having metallic finish. It will also appear at TFcon. Read on to see the quote from Keith's Fantasy Club with the details on this exclusive figure they will be offering.
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