Generation 1 News
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!
Hobby Brinquedos has posted super high resolution stock photos of the Platinum Series Autobot Intel Ops Set featuring reissues of G1 Blaster and Perceptor. In these images we can finally see what's on Perceptor's new slide accessories: Images from the G1 cartoon, to be viewed through the microscope mode. Also included is a folding case for the slides with at least one 5mm handle to be carried as an accessory. Blaster is less noteworthy, but includes Ramhorn, Steeljaw, and Eject - Rewind apparently being otherwise engaged in deep space currently. Click through to see the mirrored images!
Following yesterday's reveal of Platinum Edition Trypticon, the latest in a string of G1 reissues populating the line this year, we have new images showing the back panel of the box, and most importantly it confirms in a call out that Trypticon still has its motorized walking action. Trypticon's reissue remains just as functional as the original and from yesterday's images, it looks like it calls for a AA and 2 C size batteries, indicating no update to the electronics. We also have a shot of the brief bio, so click through and have a look!
The Cybertron Philippines group has apparently uncovered images of the packaging for the long-rumored G1 Trypticon reissue coming to the Platinum Series, the current home for released G1 figures. Prior information has this set expected to carry a price around $150, which may seem appealing to many looking for a complete, working-condition copy of the toy. Keep reading to check out the pictures. Thanks to Eric John A. Cruz for sharing these outside the closed CybPH community!
Site sponsors TFSource and Robot Kingdom have put up preorder pages for Platinum Edition Trypticon! Robot Kingdom lists the price as $159.90 US and a ship date of June 23rd, while TFSource lists the figure at $199.99 and a ship date of July. Since Robot Kingdom tends to get things a week or so early and sport prices that are slightly lower before shipping and handling charges, this all seems consistent. Given the ship date, don't be surprised if you see these at BotCon. Read on for preorder links!
From the Twitter of tf-tf, we have a few new shots of the Platinum Series set featuring reissues of G1 Blaster and Perceptor. Intel Ops collects the two figures and three of Blaster's cassettes. It also adds a set of "slides" for Perceptor which we can now see have small images applied to view through microscope-mode Perceptor. The text of the tweet also suggests the mysterious extra accessory is a holder for the slides when not in use. Click through to have a look at all that, and a shot of the bio from the back of the box!
We've got slightly better looks at the package for another of the upcoming G1 reissue sets falling under the Platinum Series banner. Intel Ops featuring Blaster and three cassettes with Perceptor who's gotten some new microscope-related parts is likely to be the biggest of these sets to come along until the strongly rumored Trypticon would turn up. Unfortunately these photos don't really shed any more insights, especially towards Perceptor's new mystery accessory, but hopefully those details will be made clearer soon! Keep reading to see both images.
Multiple outlets have reported that Herb Trimpe, the first artist to draw Wolverine and GI Joe, has passed away suddenly at the age of 75. As an artist for Marvel Comics, Trimpe drew a handful of issues of the G1 Transformers comic, as well as GI Joe vs The Transformers
and the covers to the Transformers Universe
miniseries. By all accounts he was a much loved and respected comics artist and human being, and will be missed. More details on Mr. Trimpe's career after the jump.
At East Coast Comic Con this past weekend, Marvel Comics inker Dave Hunt had a selection of his work on display, and included among these pages are parts of an unpublished adaptation of the season three cartoon episode Dweller In The Depths. Reportedly issues like this were prepared as backups in case the normal monthly storylines weren't turned in on time. Only a few pages survive to today, but Roboplastic Apocalypse was able to take photos, which were posted to their Facebook page. Click through, and have a look!
Hasbro has just posted promotional photography for the Platinum G1 reissue Conehead Seeker set. The set which features the first US-reissue of two of these figures doesn't show any obvious sign of modifications to toys or decos, keeping them as a pretty basic set of rereleases. Hasbro's site notably lacks pricing information, but prices in Singapore where this set has been available have ranged the equivalent of $65-$85. Click through to check out the images.
ACToys user wwevskof has posted several photos showing the Platinum Edition Triplechangers set in and out of package. Giving us good looks at both toys in each of their modes, I can't say they make any more sense than they did before. While most people agree Blitzwing resembles Duocon Flywheels, some are suggesting Astrotrain's colors may resemble those of Machtackle from Multiforce. Click through and check out the mirrored photos!
Hasbro's Transformers site has updated with a new listing page for the Generations Platinum series Triplechangers set. The unusually recolored Astrotrain and Blitzwing now have a suggested retail price, although still no official word on what their coloring is based on. In the United States, this pack is set to run $65.99, putting it a little below the cost of the Insecticon Platinum three-pack. As of now no word on where this will turn up at retail, but it's bound to make an appearance before too long! Click through for a link back to the official product page!
Hobby Brinquedos, the same source that brought us the new images of Cyber Battalion Optimus and Bumblebee has loaded new high-resolution stock photos for the Platinum two-pack of G1 triple changers Astrotrain and Blitzwing. While the decos for these - especially Astrotrain - defy analysis, the new looks should be a welcome sight to those who already have older reissues or simply enjoy seeing new ideas on old toys. Click through to check them out!
Thanks to Daniel Oon, we've heard about the first sighting of the next Platinum G1 reissue set. The Seeker Squadron consisting of Ramjet, Dirge and Thrust were found at retail in Singapore, and the reported price of $109.90 SGD - about $79 US - may come as a relief to some given the Insecticons before them were the equivalent of almost $100 US when found in Singapore. It doesn't guarantee a US price, but it offers hope for this set to be a bit more reasonable when it makes its way here. Click through to see the full size photo.
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Cartoon Brew reports Animator Jeff Hale, who served as animation director on the original The Transformers
series as well as GI Joe
and Muppet Babies
, has passed away at the age of 92. In addition to his Sunbow work, Hale also contributed a number of recurring segments to Sesame Street
such as Pinball Number Count and the googly-eyed typewriter. More details from the career of this talented animator after the jump.
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