Generation 1 News
From Toy Soul 2015 in Hong Kong, 52Toys has shared a couple photos of a color display of Heroes of Steel Optimus Prime, one of the growing number of licensed, non-transforming figures cropping up these days. At last report the figure was due for release early in 2016, and while it will be pricey, earlier colored prototype shots show that it has some moves to back up the price tag. Click through to see the new photos!
Known to Transformers fans for figures based on the designs of Dark of The Moon, high end figure maker 3A has posted an update to their blog entitled "More Than Meets The Eye" showing just an Autobot insignia and the text "Generation 1" with a date of 2016. This may be welcome news for fans looking for more possible avenues for figures of this type beyond things like Hot Toys, though it remains to be seen exactly what style these theoretical G1 3A figures may take.
If you're a fan of classic G1 box art, you might want to have a look at Hobby Lobby. Right now they're carrying a large print featuring cropped versions of several of the battle scenes as originally found on the backs of G1 packaging. While perhaps not quite as enticing as a large print of a specific scene, at the reported price of $20 for a canvas print in the 24 inch range, enthusiasts for this particular art will likely still be interested. Also seen was a smaller Bumblebee cutout for $11. We've got pictures, so click through and check it out!
After a surprisingly long wait since its official announcement over the summer, Platinum Edition Trypticon is finally in stock on the US Amazon site. Coming in at just under $164 at the time of this writing (and thus more than qualifying for free shipping) this beats out some of the early estimated that had Trypticon hitting $200 or more, and may make this a good alternative to putting together a nice vintage copy. The listing link is below, so keep reading!
Platinum Edition Trypticon was a remarkable case of Hasbro leading the way on a G1 reissue of a toy TakaraTomy had not themselves touched. After some time had passed and speculation died down, we now have word that Trypticon will be sold in Japan. As a highly limited lottery item. The "USA Edition" Trypticon will be available for 300 lucky individuals chosen at random to purchase for 16,200 Yen this December, after a lottery entry period of about ten days starting this Tuesday. To all our hopeful Japanese readers, we wish you the best of luck!
If you're of the age that you remember buying or at least receiving Transformers when G1 was fresh on the shelves, you probably remember the littler rubbery Decoys coming with. Takara apparently does, as they're reviving the concept, though these won't be packaged with regular toys. The Transformers Figure Collection will be released in capsule machines in Japan starting in January, reportedly for under 100 Yen. The lineup currently consists of just 8 Autobot characters, but maybe more will follow down the line. Click though to take a look!
John DeLuna has put some great pictures on his Twitter of the just released Old Snake with Advanced Stealth BATs set to his Twitter. The crossover bases itself on the third season G1 episode Only Human, though diverges a ways with the pair of BATs. The down on his luck Cobra Commander was an easy draw to the set, but the final execution of the BAT deco on the Prime
Soundwave body is quite attractive as well! Keep reading to check out the photos.
We here at TFormers would like to take a quick time out today to send our well wishes on to celebrated voice actor Peter Cullen, who turns (an impressively young-looking) 74 years old today. While of course in our fandom he is and always will be best known for the voice of Optimus Prime, he'd had a great career outside of the various iterations of that role, including Dungeons & Dragons, GI Joe, and of course the voice of Eeyore in numerous Winnie The Pooh animations. Happy birthday, and thank you for all you've given us!
52Toys caught sight of another SD-style Transformers product from Fewture. Their ES Gokin series will be bringing out a Fortress Maximus figure in the near future, but that's not the only thing to note here. On a display card behind Max is a silhouette that bears a distinct resemblance to Victory leader Star Saber, giving a good pointer of what might be next up after Fortress Maximus has come himself. Keep reading to check out the photos!
OriToy has posted on their blog a first look at their 3D print prototype of the Optimus Prime figure they'll be producing under license from Hasbro. The non-transforming figure has a very stylized look, with some resemblance to the current IDW design. This very early prototype already shows a lot of poseability, and the blog notes that a proper prototype will be displayed at an upcoming event in Hong Kong. Keep reading and check out the pictures!
We've got the product promo photos for upcoming G1 reissues under the Platinum branding, including Trypticon, who will be released as an Amazon exclusive in the US this year. The Autobot Intel Ops set with Blaster, Perceptor and a selection of cassette characters, and the Seeker Squadron set of Ramjet, Dirge and Thrust were also shown off, and will be exclusives to other retailers this year. Keep reading to take a look!
Previously seen in a highly publicized auction ending at nearly $27,000, it seems the G2 Stunticons are back at it again! While we can't be sure if this is the same set, or if another has somehow been unearthed after what was partially marketed as perhaps the only such set of that level of parts completion. Whatever the case may be, it seems that if you have deep enough pockets, you'll have another shot at getting this incredible rarity! Keep reading for mirrored photos.
Solving one mystery about the Platinum reissues of Astrotrain and Blitzwing, we now know who's carrying this box set in the United States! Amazon has a preorder page up for the set, priced at $69.99. Due to ship August 1st, the same day as Devastator, it looks like these will soon be easily available to any interested. Of course, the mystery of their decos is one that remains very much unsolved, and may well remain so for the foreseeable future. Keep reading for a link to the product page!
On Facebook, user z75sales has finished up with the production sample G2 Protectobots, posting some group images as well as the promised gallery of the set combined as Defensor. While Bruticus may have come to be synonymous with the concept of G2, Defensor probably truly represents it better, and now you can see it in all its eye-searing glory! We've again mirrored some of the pictures, and you can find links to the originals below, so keep reading to see it - just for your own safety, don't look directly at Defensor.
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While most of us had eyes only for Botcon, user z75sales on Facebook was posting galleries of the production sample original G2 Protectobots, found in the collection of a deceased Hasbro employee. As of this posting Hot Spot is the most recent, and this may be the best look you'll ever get at an original G2 Hot Spot, which is actually quite sad. A gallery of Defensor is promised to follow soon. We've mirrored a few of the photos to get you started, but go check out the full galleries as well!
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