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The Transformers Fourth Party Club's Weibo page has posted images of Machine Boy's version of Astrotrain, whose name has yet to be properly euphemized in English. It's a pretty good looking toy in all three modes with some interesting features: the shuttle mode has a communications satellite; the robot mode's chest fin seems to be able to store in a groove in the torso to better match the animation model; and the train now has a coal car in case a robot space shuttle train with no fuel was too much disbelief to suspend at once. Click through to see him!



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.



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!



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.



Just in are images and details for the DX9 War in Pocket X13 Mightron figure third party action figure. Fans of the original cartoon may recognize this guy as what *might* be the Ultimate Not G1 Megatron figure we have seen yet. Brimming with details like the mace hand, and that ever-so sexy mounted blaster weapon arsenal. DX9 War in Pocket X13 Mightron is estimated to ship 4th Quarter 2015 at a price of $52.99 USD. Read on for the full details and images.


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The first video preview of the Desolataur prototype is up. Crowd funding will start on February 27th, 2015. Note: This is a resin prototype, so it literally wears as you move it. The final product will be made of high quality plastic, will be painted, and will have chains.


TFCToys' Weibo Page has posted the final color images of upcoming combiner limbs Warning Line, better known as Protectobot Groove, and Aethon, better known as Predacon Tantrum. These figures will form legs for Prometheus/Defensor and Ares/Predaking. See the pictures below!


FPcore have updated their site with the backstory fiction for their Recoiler and Riftshot characters that are part of the FPcore Project Ground Hammer. Get the insights on who and where these new characters came from with profile information on both of the Twins below for the full preview now.


Wanted to let people know that KFC are sending out free replacements for the problem-ridden guns for their Ironpaw and Nightstalker figures. Good on them for fixing this issue! "Hey! Fans of KFCTOYS. We tested the new shoulder cannon for Ironpaw ,and put up a video of how it works just with your nail to rotate it out. This new shoulder cannon will be shipped to the retailers very soon.including silver for CST-02J and metal gray for CST-02NS."


UPDATE. Dr. Wu just posted a poll on his weibo page, with numbers 1 to 9 and the following instructions (translated from Chinese with google): "MP police shoulder cannon made ​​some settings, please vote choice, choose up to three per person." So it looks these cannons are for Masterpiece Prowl, and he's asking the fans to choose the three designs he will make. Post your favorites in the comments below.

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A video was posted to Weibo by a user we haven't been able to identify just yet, showing a somewhat large figure based on Beast Wars Dinobot. Going by the way it's designed, we're assuming this is the work of an unofficial group, but right now any conclusion is complete speculation. The video is now mirrored to Youtube for easier viewing, and we've got it embedded below, so click through and take a look.


Diecast from Radio Free Cybertron has video of FansToys' Grenadier! While Third Party toys are forbidden at BotCon proper, there's a dealer room across the street at the St. Charles Hilton where this figure was being shown off! Keep reading to have a good look for yourself!


Radio Free Cybertron's diecast is still at Toy Fair in New York, and he's taken plenty of photos and video at the Play With This Too booth! We've got grayscale hardcopies on hand of Desolataur in both stills and video, and more. Keep reading to see it all!


Third party Transformers news for the week ending January 17th, 2015. Includes the latest news from Clonedroid, Dr. Wu, DX9 Toys, FansProject, Gigapower, Mastermade, Mastermind Creations, Play With This Too, TFC Toys, Ultimate FansToys, Unique Toys, Warbotron and X-Transbots. Correction: MADLAW is Function X 5, not Function X 15, as I state in the video.


Third party Transformers news for the week ending November 22nd, 2014. Includes the latest news from Crazydevy, Mastermind Creations, Perfect Effect, Play With This Too and Wu Long Toys.

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