This week, it seems like everyone on the QTransformers II animation team had the week off except for the poor background designer, as the animation is even more limited than usual. We assume the writers also took off and let a Capcom PR writer take over, as this episode seems to be Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Lockdown, and Tracks sitting around talking about how much they like the Sengoku Basara series of video games. Keep reading and you'll see what we mean!
After revealing recently via CG design models a full out replacement for Combiner Wars Mixmaster, today Dr Wu has shown photos of a prototype piece. The figure's robot mode will stand somewhat taller than the official Mixmaster, but from the look of these photos doesn't improve on the design meaningfully. Also seen on their Weibo page are renders of arm replacements for Scrapper, and an improved crane arm for Hook. We've got the images mirrored, so click through and check it out.
Thanks to Snakas who has shared over 70 images from the Summer Wonderfest 2015 going on in Japan this weekend. The latest round of images gives us our best look at the Diaclone Reboot figures yet with a new video. We also get to see some new angles on Masterpiece Ironhide, Tracks and Road Rage. Additonally, Blackarachnia and many of the Takara Legends Series toys along with Prime 1 Studio, Q Evangelion, Transformers Gokin, and more Images
From that talented folks at OWI who brought you the T3 Transforming Solar Robot, they have done a one-up and created the T4 Transforming Solar Robot. "T4" not only has more transformations, but it also comes equipped with bigger parts, meaning your younger child does not have to be excluded from engaging in some quality robot fun.
Something that should make potential buyers a bit happier with upcoming Maketoys products. Their site has been updated to show that the upgrade parts to make Deluxe Cyclonus more like the IDW appearance is its own product - MM-02 SP "E.A.K." - and Rear End (aka Not-Tailgate) looks like it will be sold solo. With any luck, MM-02SP will be priced similarly to the MFB weapon kit that sold alongside Trashtalk and Cogwheel, making it easily accessible to everyone who wants to makeover their Cyclonus!
The group Master Made has released a few new concept renders showing off their followup to the recently released Titan, a super-deformed style figure of Metroplex. Diabolus Rex represents Trypticon with a similar style of tweaked proportions, though that fact is certainly less immediately evident for the dinosaur body than it is on Titan's robot mode. We don't have any further information currently, besides that it seems to be aimed for a release late this year. Keep reading to have a look at the renders!
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!
If you like busts and statues, then you're in business! Prime 1 Studios had pieces on display from Age of Extinction at Wonderfest this weekend. Busts of Optimus Prime and Galvatron, replicating the heads and upper bodies of the characters in painstaking detail, plus a full statue of Lockdown with one of his "hunting dogs". It's probably the best merchandise representation of Lockdown that will ever exist, and the price tag is sure to reflect that! Click through to check them out.
Wonderfest is currently underway in Japan, and thanks to sources like the 52Toys Weibo page, we have pictures of some of the Transformers goods on display. First up is a look at the Masterpieces, including shots of Road Rage and Ironhide. Also on hand are Legends Series figures including Ultra Magnus and Blackarachnia. Finally, Devastator is there to look down on everyone else. Keep reading to have a look at the mirrored display images!
Hisashi Yuki has shared some new pictures on Twitter, this time showing the big Optimus Prime from the Transformers Adventure series. TAV 21 Optimus has always clearly been a large toy, but in these photos we get to see it with Unite Warriors Superion, and they're right about the same size! However, we subsequently see that it still barely makes it to Devastator's waist, though that's not much of a reassurance towards the toy's height! Click through to have a look.
Revealed as a set of loose parts when they showed off the color shots of their Tailgate-based Rear End figure, tonight Maketoys has posted a set of photos with the upgrades installed on Deluxe Generations Cyclonus. Meant to bring it a bit more in line with the IDW appearance, the upgrade parts change the head and hands, and add hip plate armor and a Great Sword. The vehicle integration isn't 100% successful, but we've seen worse attempts from upgrade sets. Keep reading to see the photos!
Fansproject has published a couple of promo pieces for the next two figures in their Function X Headmaster series. X-8 Crox based on Skullcruncher has been three years in the making, but looks close to being released with seemingly final production colors samples in the latest image. Meanwhile, the yet-unnamed Highbrow-alike is still a CG render, but hopefully not as far in the future as was the wait for Crox, the last of the batch of figures promoted at TFCon 2012. Keep reading to check them out!
This week on Radio Free Cybertron: Diecast gets his birthday wish and hosts RFC! Diecast and the guys talk about Masterpiece Ironhide, new photos of Masterpiece Tracks, Combiner Wars Optimus Maximus, TFSS 4.0 Impactor, the third party reveals from TFCon and way more!
Planet X wants to make sure you can tell the difference between their Vulcan, and Fall of Cybertron Grimlock. As it turns out that won't be difficult since Vulcan seems to have about twice the volume. In new pictures posted to Facebook today, Vulcan is easily tossing around dinosaur mode Grimlock who looks like, well, a toy in comparison. They again note this isn't a final design, but it's hard to imagine what they might still improve on this figure. Keep reading to check out the photos.
It was just over a year ago that we were introduced to Combiner Wars, with Superion and Menasor leading the way. As we move towards the final product wave for 2015 and look at the first half of 2016, trends are clearly presenting themselves, and interesting and promising design philosophies may not look the same as they once did. With another year ahead of it, is Combiner Wars already in a state of decline? Keep reading to hear our thoughts.