One of the faster-growing corners of third party development is in animation-accurate Legends-scale figures. Today, Magic Square Toys
has posted some images to Weibo of their unofficial Ultra Magnus! The figure's pretty nice for only being a beer mug tall, and the likeness to the G1 cartoon is pretty solid. Keep reading to see!
We'd heard previously that Hasbro subsidiary Wizards of the Coast - the gaming company behind Magic: The Gathering
and current publisher of Dungeons & Dragons
- would be attempting a new Transformers trading card game sometime this year. Today, UK site Total Cards
has put up the first images and preorders for the new game in the form of an Autobots Starter Deck and the first wave of boosters. Keep reading for more information!
has been the topic of interest for us at today's CinemaCon showing in Las Vegas, and capping off the promotional effort for the day, a quick teaser was shown to attendees. No public video has emerged yet, but comicbook.com has posted a synopsis from one of their staffers attending the show, which features - as you might expect - Bumblebee, as well as Hailee Stienfeld in her lead role as Charlie. Plus a little bit of a surprise a little farther in. Keep reading to find out what was shown tonight!
Just in from CinemaCon 2018 by way of @ErikDavis, the Managing Editor @Fandango, we have news and images of the advertsing promotions for next Transformers spin-off film, "Bumblebee: The Movie", that is slated to be in theaters this Christmas, Demcember 21st.
Unfortunately, there's nothing new to see in these promos. Paramount is still using the same marketing with the throwback-looking girl and her car campaign. The images from CinemaCon going on 23-26 April 2018 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas show posters and escalator banners that you can see after the jump.
BBTS has just let us know they now have this elisive figure up for Pre-Order. This Studio Series 09 Voyager Class Dark of the Moon Thundercracker figure converts from robot to jet mode in 35 steps and comes with 1 accessory. Remove the included backdrop to showcase the Thundercracker figure in the Chicago Aerial Offensive scene. Priced at $34.99 USD - Pre-Order Now
TRANSFORMERS STUDIO SERIES 09 VOYAGER THUNDERCRACKER - This Studio Series 09 Voyager Class Dark of the Moon Thundercracker figure converts from robot to jet mode in 35 steps and comes with 1 accessory. Remove the included backdrop to showcase the Thundercracker figure in the Chicago Aerial Offensive scene. $34.99
The official Transformers Instagram account has posted a brief slideshow showing off the development history of Power of the Primes
Legends class Dinobot Slash! Showing the concept art, prototype, and final official photography, Slash is shown with a pair of thematically-appropriate short swords in the concept art - and while we're sad those didn't cost out it's not a very normal thing for Legends to ship with weapons anymore. So it's not exactly unexpected. Keep reading to see.
We've talked about it on Radio Free Cybertron
more than once, but it's still fascinating to see: the economic realities that hamper Hasbro hit unofficial third-party manufacturers at least
as hard, if not harder. And so we see a lot of the same characters (Optimus Prime, Megatron, etc.), especially ones that people are sure will sell and have recolor potential. Case in point: MAAS Toys is taking a swing at Cybertronian Mode "Tetrajet" Starscream from the very first episode of The Transformers
in the form of MS-01 Renegade! Keep reading to see the prototype photos.
Amazon has added the finalized stock photos to their listing for Power of The Primes Optimal Optimus, the final new Leader mold coming our way in the current iteration of Generations. Optimus Primal was the winning character when Hasbro asked the community to vote for a new leader character last year, and we got our first glimpse at the design work during the first HasCon event in Rhode Island. While much of what the toy can do is shown in the newest round of stock photos, the actual flight mode is still omitted, so far only having been confirmed through TakaraTomy photography. Also omitted are some critical paint operations on Optimus Primal's face, unfortunately. You can see that and more in the gallery below!
The ability to procure Studio Series Thundercracker has been a subject of concern, as Toys R Us teeters on the edge of its complete shutdown in the US, including termination of its online storefront that would otherwise have potentially served collectors without immediate local access to a retail location. However, good news was delivered today, as Entertainment Earth has posted a listing for Thundercracker at the SRP of $29.99, and expected for arrival in July. As of the time of writing, Thundercracker has been available on shelves despite liquidation being in progress, but this should offer a safety net for anyone still having trouble getting hold of the toy. Keep reading for the product link.
of the Hobbymizer Hong Kong Discuss
Facebook group has posted images of the latest issue of Figure King
magazine! Within are images of the Predacons, their combined form of Power of the Primes
Titan Class Predaking, and some design images of Predaking to boot! As camera shots as opposed to scans the quality isn't spectacular - but it's something to look forward to as better images come later on. Keep reading to see!
"When I bring about the apocalypse, this will all be worth it!" Machinima
has posted a new trailer for Power of the Primes,
the upcoming final leg in their animated Prime Wars
Trilogy. We have a good look at Volcanicus and the Dinobots, get to see Overlord in action... and also a glimpse of Optimus Primal! Keep reading to see.
Flame Toys has shared a number of promo photos for their first Furai Model series release - Optimus Prime. This licensed action figure model kit is priced at about $40 and will be approximately 6 inches tall when built. Flame Toys notes that the model will use a combination of hard ABS plastic for the main body structure, along with a softer plastic for the joints making up the 40 points of articulation for durability, and that while experienced modelers will be able to make this Optimus their own, the multi-color plastic injection process will also make this perfectly accessible to beginners. Click through see all of the photos.
DX9 has posted on Facebook showing a full color sample of their upcoming D13 Montana, a Masterpiece-style figure based on Breakdown. Montana is the first in the lineup for DX9's unofficial Stunticon team, and based on product numbers will be followed by not-Motormaster before any of the other limbs hit. The new photos show lots of the robot mode in a good overview, plus some poseability and action scenarios, plus of course a quick look at the vehicle form. You can check out all of the pictures mirrored in the gallery below!
The following the Blackout spotlight. The official Transformers page has posted a brand new Leaked from Cybertron feature. This time we've got a look at theGrimlock Leader Class Movie 4 evolution from design to production in just three easy steps... Ha, just kidding. We can all be sure there's more than meets the eye to working out the engineering of these toys before they get to store shelves. Check out the full look after the jump.
This week at TFSource, we have new preorders for Unique Toys Ragnaros Combiner M-04 and M-05, Fansproject - Beastructor - Combiner Set of 6, DX9 Toys - War in Pocket - X34W - Ranton, Transform Dream Wave Add On Kits, ToyWorld - TW-C07Y - Yellow Constructor - Full Set of 6 Figures, Make Toys - MTRM12 - Lightning and MTRM13 - Skycrow, Fans Toys FT-23 - Dracula and FT-29 - Quietus, Flame Toys - Transformers - Tarn, Power of Prime - Transformers - PP-28 Solus Prime, PP-29 Battleslash and PP-30 Roadtrap, Planet X PX-17 Morpheus PX-18 Phobetor PX-19 Phantasus set of 3, X2 Toys - XT012 - Dark Raiden, War in Pocket - X13 Mightron - Battle Damaged Version LE1000, Mastermind Creations - Reformatted - R-13 - Spartan and R-19 - Kultur.
Hasbro's stock price dropped slightly today as the company reported that earnings were not meeting analyists' expectations for the company in the first quarter of 2018. Hasbro reported a net loss of $112.5 million or 90 cents per share, and are anticipating another weak quarter to follow in the aftermath of ToyRUs' liquidation. Keep reading for an excerpt from CNBC's story and a link to the full text.
This is a basic, budget Transformer. It's still fun though. Check it out with me.