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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!

This week, RAC's taking a look at the many facets and applications of toy articulation. What is it used for? How does it work? What can go wrong? But first, a little bit of action figure history as an introduction. The jointing in action figures goes back hundreds of years but has always had the same goal: to simulate figures in motion. Keep reading for more!

With the new Transformers: The Last Knight coming our way. I thought it would be interesting to share something rare and likely unseen from the first Transformers (2007) movie where it all began, 10 years ago. Behold, one of the fanciest Transformers press-kits you may have ever seen. Those who attended the Toy Fair 2007 special preview event, were given one of these press kits that actually transforms!

A little while before Toy Fair, we got word of the possible layout of Titans Return Deluxe Wave 5, including Misfire as a retool of Triggerhappy. At that time I speculated about how the proposed mold reuse might work out, including a brief acknowledgement of how it might go on to impact the already-been-rumored Slugslinger. With Ozformers granted the first reveal of both those figures, we had the chance to see how reality matched up to theory. Keep reading!

Beast Wars the TV show and Beast Wars the toys frequently didn't quite line up when it came to the look of the characters. Now that Beast Wars has earned a place in the Masterpiece line, that reality is starting to become a challenge as the show designs have to be reverse engineered as functional toys. But Beast Wars didn't always look the way we know it, with stylized, emotive characters that cheat their way between forms. At one stage of development, things were very different. Keep reading to find out 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...

Despite that the formal presentation and of course showroom time with Hasbro doesn't begin until early afternoon on Saturday, we already have managed to see no small amount of new reveals from Toy Fair! Of course we'll be seeing everything much more clearly tomorrow, from many angles and, heck, maybe even some video clips if we're lucky! We do hope that the day might carry yet more things not so far shown off in some capacity, but what exactly have we seen at this point? We're gonna recap it for you, so 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!

It's time to borrow the Toy Detective hat from RAC and do some work on the just-revealed Titan Class Trypticon! The major question everyone has had, of course, is how big the final product will be. A design render in isolation isn't very good for determining that, it's true. But in October we were handed a wonderful clue during an otherwise not very productive livestream presentation event: Trypticon's leg. In hand, on the floor, next to other toys. Yes, Trypticon's leg is the metric that will answer our questions. Keep reading!

I am a big fan of Transformers licensed merchandise from the past and nothing is more tasty than the vintage goodness that was created by the truckload for the Generation 1 cartoons. Speaking of goodness and trucks, you may have found these More Than Meets the Ice Cream treats by Peters on the neighborhood Ice Cream trucks in Australia. But they are likely news to fans in the USA. What makes these so delightful. Is they are actually ice cream in disguise, with a mystery flavor or candy embedded in the center such as bubblegum or caramel.

A poster on TFW with a retail background, called Hoffman has reported on the possible assortment for Titans Return Deluxe wave 5. Right now because this is coming as word of mouth we're considering it a rumor, albeit it one with some plausibility. So that said, the main important take away from the information is that the entire assortment is mold reuses. Reportedly it will feature a reship of Wolfwire, and retools of three other molds as Misfire, Twin Twist, and most surprisingly, Windblade. We've got (some unexpected) mold details, and speculative analysis below, so keep reading!

Over the past week or so, we've produced a lot of coverage for Titans Return Deluxe wave 4 - or 2017 Deluxe wave 2, depending how you prefer to catalog these things. But with so many updates coming so fast, it could have been easy to miss something! So we're collecting together everything we did for the newest Deluxe assortment in one place here, galleries, reviews, and more! Anything you'd need to find about Quake, Krok, Kup, Perceptor, and Topspin is waiting for you just below. So keep reading!

The staff at Tformers.com wishes a happy and prosperous new year to Transformers fans everywhere. Here is to 2017, and a wonder-filled year of GIANT ROBOTS! May you find all the figures you are looking for, win all your auctions, and keep on Tranforming in the year to come.


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