This week on Radio Free Cybertron: The TFormers.com News Desk, reviews of IDW's Spotlight: Orion Pax #1, RID #12 and MTMTE #12, Transformers Rewind: The Zone OVA, third party recommendations, Transformers Legends for Android and 2012 in Review. It's a massive 2+ hour RFC this week!
Great news, as the second exclusive Asia set is now announced that will include the other half of the Seekers collection with the Ramjet, Dirge and Thrust action figures packed separately.
Preorder this set of Ramjet, Dirge and Thrust at TFsource for just $129.95! The seeker set Ace Starscream, Thundercracker and Skywarp can also be preordered still. Better yet preorder both and with free shipping over $150 in the US to get them shipped for free. Check out the images below for the full reveal.
Thanks to YouTube member Kapow! Toys who have posted a review for the Transformers Asia Exclusive Henkei Magnus. This is the one a lot fans have been waiting for after missing out on the Classics figure it is no surprise this guy is getting a lot of attention with his new paint job that is more Magnus than before and has real "Chromey Goodness" according to Kapow! Toys' review of the figure that you can watch now.
Thanks to Ray over at RobotKingdom, we have news and images of the Takara Transformers Aisa Exclusive Henkei Ultra Magnus that will be offered in Japan. The preorder lists the figure to be available in late September / early October 2012 for a price of $67.90 USD. According to the images nearly the entire body is white in color and are quite different in colors from the with a more G1 accurate theme. Check out the images after the jump for more looks.
A lot of people seem to prefer the Henkei and United lines to their US Classics/Universe/Generations counterparts. I am not one of those people, not before the Yen-Dollar exchange rate went pear-shaped and definitely not now. Not a big fan of extraneous chrome, even on those toys where I thought the Takara color scheme was superior to the Hasbro colors. But every rule has its exceptions, and in my case one of those was Henkei! Henkei! Dinobot. Continue to the full review.
Whereas most Henkei/Classics KOs are obviously KOs, I thought I might warn people that some company has started to produce replica Henkei toys. They sell for about $30 each. I've seen Crystal Starscream, Thundercracker and Skywarp, and the clear Henkei Mirage and they are IN PACKAGE! KO replica Henkei and Botcon toys! Additionally there is a KO version of Botcon Mirage. Luckily you can tell the original from a KO in that the KO has no rub sign.
Thanks again to higekumatoytoy who has posted a lot of images for the Henkei Sons of Cybertron action figure set that includes the Classics Optimus Prime and Rodimus figure molds as oppososed to the Animated ones in the other Sons set. Get new looks at these figures that have been lovingly photographed by Afes.
Thanks to "lfcreds91" of Transformers Bay, we have an in-depth image gallery of the Chara Hobby Exclusive Sons of Cybertron set. This version shouldn't be confused with the Clear Animated version. Take a look in the gallery.
It has been a while since FansProject updated us on their upcoming Protector add-on for the Transformers Classics Rodimus, but thankfully, we have gotten some new information today. New images of the add-on has been posted on their website, which shows an uncolored prototype being utilized as a trailer and as armor to the figure in robot mode. Take a look at the images after the jump!
GenZhao of KO Toys has announced the release of their new action figure KOLD LE 01 GOLD OP Henkei Classics Optimus Prime Lucky Draw KO Limited Edition of 250 pieces. These fan made type toys are loose replicas of the impossible to find Luck Draw toys given away by Takara Tomy. Now you can own one for just $59.99!
Thanks to "反冲" of ACToys, we have new images of Toy Hobby Market's exclusive Gentei! Dark Skyfire figure. The Classics Jetfire-based figure is set for a March release by the Japanese retailer. While it's no longer pre-orderable directly from the store, it's available from our fine sponsors BigBadToySTore, Robot Kingdom, and TFSource.
RobotKingdom has let us know they have the Perfect Effect PE-01 Shadow Warrior in stock and available now for order. This figure is the fan-made homage upgrade to the Generation 1 cassette robot Rumble. The fully articulated figure comes with weapons that also work as armature for the City Commander sets. Order yours now at robotkingdom.com.
Reports seem to indicate that Hasbro Hong Kong will be giving that big, small city some Transformers figure love sometime soon. ACToys member "kyokongyi" has posted an image of the supposed figures that will be reissued there, including figures from the Galaxy Force, Generation 1, and Tomy Takara's Henkei line. Jump through for the image and a list of figures.