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Third party Transformers news for the week ending July 19th, 2014. Includes the latest news from Ark Studio, Dr. Wu, DX9 Toys, Mecha Form, Omnigonix, SXS, Toyworld and X2 Toys. Screen shot this week is a 2013 movie Battle of the Damned.



Sencho Bar-Box-O! We have box gentlemen, we have box! Afgh, read on to see them images matey!



This week on Radio Free Cybertron: More unreleased G2 items on eBay! Also Diecast shows off Kronos, we talk about Diaclone Columpio, Leader Jetfire, the TFCon 3rd Party reveals, the new Robots in Disguise cartoon and way, way more!





ToyWorld's website has been updated finally revealing the long-promised combiner mode for their Throttlebot-based line of figures. This combiner only clearly uses five out of the six figures, plus an array of parts to support the combined form. We can't say if the figure based on Goldbug will be a part of this mode until more information is released. Keep reading to see the pictures we've mirrored!



Here is a gallery of the finished version of KFC's Sencho Barbossa, the first of their Sky Pirates. Should be out next week. Also including some box art of the good captain. Read on to see the figure in robot mode and his alternate shark mode as well as look at some character art.



Unique Toys - DX9 announce their latest figure: D02S Splinter. Based on the UT-D01 Salmoore, this new figure remold from Unique Toys stands at voyager class height and is now up for preorder at $89.99. A great addition to your third party collection. The figure is slated for shipping in August 2014. You can order this figure now at bigbadtoystore.com. Read on to see the images for the full preview.



Third party Transformers news for the week ending July 12th, 2014. Includes the latest news from BTS, Bullsfire, FansProject, JS Industries, Keith's Fantasy Club, Mecha Form, Mech Ideas, Omnigonix, Reprolabels and X2 Toys. Screen shot this week is a 1949 Erector set robot.



Retro Robot Radio's take on the TFcon 2014 Third Party Panel Slideshow. Yesterday TFcon Toronto 2014 had it's Third Party Panel. Want to see the slides while I comment on them? Here you go!



Fansproject has rendered transformation demonstration videos of upcoming entries into their Function-X series meant to represent Headmasters Hardhead, Apeface and Highbrow. They're all looking pretty good, and it's noteworthy that Hardhead seems to have two different face configurations. Click through to see all three videos!



TFCon Toronto 2014 is happening now, and Fansproject has an exclusive Diaclone-colors version of Columpio (AKA Sludge) and his axe Mini-Con, Derpan. Overnight, that figure has already been reviewed by both Peaugh and Vangelus - keep reading to see both reviews!


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Mastermind Creations KM-02 Knight Morpher Annihilator
8 stars
BTS-04 Sonicron
7 stars
iGear PP03J Ramjet Seeker Masterpiece
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iGear PP03J Ramjet Seeker Masterpiece
8 stars
iGear IG-TF007 Computer Control Center
4 stars
BTS Nemesis Trailer
7 stars
Unicron.com Accesory Set #6
10 stars
Golden Disks
10 stars
MP-01 Masterpiece Trailer
8 stars

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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.


Meteor Operation is asking opinions on behalf of a third party TF company that's looking at making a Masterpiece sized Ultra Magnus figure. They want to know size of their figure. Should it be scaled to slightly taller than MP10 in robot mode and have a smallish vehicle mode, or have the same size vehicle as MP10 with trailer, and for a much larger robot? You can vote on the TF Masterpiece Ultra Magnus project now at Meteor Operation

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Fansproject has rendered transformation demonstration videos of upcoming entries into their Function-X series meant to represent Headmasters Hardhead, Apeface and Highbrow. They're all looking pretty good, and it's noteworthy that Hardhead seems to have two different face configurations. Click through to see all three videos!


A Malaysian animator by the name of Harris Loureiro has animated an epic stop-motion battle between Laser Optimus Prime (AKA Reveal The Shield Laser Prime with MakeToys' Battle Tanker upgrade kit) and Devastator (AKA MakeToys' Giant). It's an impressive piece of work complete with G1 sound effects and, of course, "The Touch." Click to watch it, then drop by Harris' YouTube page and leave him a like- he earned it!


Includes the latest news on projects from Ark Studio, Dr. Wu, Get Right Robot, KOncept Art Toys, Keith's Fantasy Club, Mega Steel, Printoys, Reprolabels, Shapeshifters Inc., TFC Toys, Toyworld, Xplayer and X-Transbots.


Soon after the excellent Boosticus stop motion, we now have a short featuring X-Transbots' MP-Minis Stax and Krank, interacting with other Masterpiece figures in a papercraft Autobot Headquarters environment. This is another high quality stop motion piece and definitely worth checking out. See the video embedded below!


X-Transbots has posted a video on their Facebook page showing a fantastic stop motion recreation of the the assembly of Bruticus in Fall of Cybertron, using the EchoTF Boosticus upgrade kit to fill in the toy's gaps. We don't get stop motion with Transformers a lot, and this one is done really well. Check out the quick video clip below!

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