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TMan978 has shared his latest video with us on the forums today, taking a look at the recent release from Fans Hobby, Feilong. The Masterpiece-scale unofficial take on Doublecross looks surprisingly large, especially when placed side by side with the Generations equivalent Twinferno. Feilong seems to follow the example of Arch Enemy before it in having a more simple (by the standards of third party goods) transformation, as well. We have the video embedded below, click through and have a look!
Via their Instagram page, Mastermind Creations have shared a few images of the next entries in the ReMix line under their Ocular Max label. Volture is a Laserbeak made to the scale of a standard audio cassette, as was the case with Jaguar, the Ravage that kicked off this series. Though it's too big to fit in even Masterpiece Soundwave's tape deck, we have a photo of Volture perched on its arm, plus a pair of shot showing interaction with real tape players - one even giving a sneak peek at Buzzard, the equivalent Buzzsaw also coming along this line. Check out the mirrored photos below!
The 2017 Hobbyfree Expo took place in China, and several notable third party groups attended to show off their projects. KFC revealed new figures based on Apeface and Snapdragon - Kingorilla and Kingzilla, respectively. Maketoys has a G1 MP-style Starscream. FansHobby was showing off a lot of things as usual, including a trailer for their Arch Enemy/Gunfighter II figures, plus there was a lot of updated shots and samples of previously revealed items from multiple other companies. We've collected Facebook photos from Omega Man and Genmon Photo Vault below, click through to have a look!
It looks like FansHobby's Gunfighter II (G2 Laser Optimus) is getting a fair bit of attention this week. FansHobby have posted a quick gallery of the current testshot, showing the poseability and accessories primarily. They note that at least some of these images are partially Photoshopped to represent the intended final deco, due to the recently highlighted design alterations delaying their ability to have their factory prepare them a deco proof sample right now. But most of the photos seem to clearly depict the plastic-colors testshot with no extra colors added anyway. Gunfighter II is expected to release in June. Keep reading for the mirrored gallery!
The Perfect Effect Origin Leonidas figure stands about 9" (23cm) tall in robot mode and contains die-cast parts. This fierce transforming beast changes from a robot warrior into a lion and boasts over 60 points of articulation.
Fanshobby has posted some new pictures to their Facebook page, showing the latest full color testshot of Gunfighter II, the Optimus Prime recolor of their Scourge/Black Convoy figure, Arch Enemy. Gunfighter II shows some of the minor revisions now that Fanshobby highlighted recently, such as the modified chest panels. Also new to this round of photography is a showing of the two guns this release will come with: both a classic G1 Optimus rifle, and the double barrel Laser Prime gun, depicted here as a prototype while the mold for it is being worked on. We've mirrored the photos below, click through to have a look!
From our forums, TMan978 has shared a video of an interesting new figure. Wei Jiang, known fairly well for making upscaled, surprisingly high quality knockoffs of both official products and the occasional third party item has recently made an upsized iteration of Generations Arcee, theoretically scaled to Masterpiece figures. There's a few other things altered with the figure too, though probably more on the minor side. Check out the embedded video below to have a look at this offering.
The Facebook page TF Robots has shared several photos showing an early prototype for what's reported as a new project from Unique Toys. Currently only identified as Y-05, the figure represents Lockdown from Age of Extinction. This is believed to be roughly Leader scale, and from the pictures is intended to include quite a bit in the way of accessories - including one of the attack dog units seen on Lockdown's ship. The robot shows little immediate sign of how it will transform, but the absence of backside images could suggest a lot of panels on the rear. We've got all the images below, keep reading to see!
Tonight via diecast on the RFC Reviews Youtube channel, we've got a look at Toyworld's unofficial Cosmos figure, Space Racer. Scaled to fit in with Masterpieces using MP Bumblebee as a guide (meaning it's in the neighborhood of a regular Deluxe), Space Racer seems on the less complicated side of third party, but ultimately the review of the figure does not seem super positive towards some of the design decisions made. The review is embedded below, click through to take a look and learn more!
DX9 has posted on Facebook, sharing galleries for their three War In Pocket series small scale Conehead figures. X30, based on Ramjet, X31 based on Dirge, and X32 based on Thrust. There's almost 50 photos of these three figures, shown individually in each of their respective modes, as well as some group shots - including a couple featuring Masterpiece Thrust with his little cousins. You can find all the photos mirrored in our gallery below!
Toyworld has shared out a few new photos featuring the early installments of their massive scale unofficial Bruticus project. The analogues of Blastoff and Vortex are first up, with these samples apparently depicting the final colors and deco the figures will be released in. We also get a look at them with Maketoys Despotron to show their robot mode scale, plus a look at the combined not-Bruticus comprised of earlier testshots and prototypes. We've got it all mirrored below, check it out!
The Fans Toys Grinder figures will be offerd in 3 different recolors including FT-08D Cartoon, FT-08G Blue G2 and FT-08X Movie colors. The FT-08 Grinder Iron Dibots No.5 figures. Like the originals changes from robot to T-rex and includes a sword accessory. Read on to see the images of them all with more details.
Over on Weibo, Dr Wu has posted new images of another add-on/accessory kit. The Ninjia upgrade is made for Titans Return Sixshot, and includes a pair of swords with storage clips, gap-fillers for the rifles, and a restyled helmet replacement. The filler parts for the guns cover the Titan Master seat spaces, but remain easily removed and positioned elsewhere in the combined rifle so no functionality is lost. We have a selection of photos in our gallery, including some older prototype shots. Click through to have a look!
In what may be turning in to a not-unwelcome trend for FansHobby, we have a new list of design tweaks and remolds for one of their upcoming releases. Gunfighter 2, the Optimus Prime-equivalent recolor of their Arch Enemy Scoure/Black Convoy is apparently having a trip back to the design stage to get some new unique parts added. Though none seem to affect the basic functioning of the figure, they add in various ways to the small details of the robot and vehicle modes. A series of before and after images was released, which you can find in our gallery below!
This weekend in China, a toy show took place that saw quite a number of our usual suspect unofficial robot makers displaying their products. Notables include a look at Toyworld's Coolsville, another of the MP-alike Not-Jazzes, Galaxy Meteor from Maketoys, which is an MP-ish take on Cybertron Starscream. Iron Factory had their seekers out, including prototypes for Conehead versions. And we get a look at one of the many, many ...many... unofficial Springers in the Masterpiece style, from OpenPlay. You can find photos of these and more in the gallery below, as well as photographer credits. Keep reading!
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