In a saddeningly timely turn of events, CNN Money has reported that Charles Lazarus, founder of ToysRUs, has passed away at the age of 94. Lazarus began the business that came to be known as ToysRUs in 1948, opening his first all-toy store in 1957 and staying with the company until 1994. TFormers expresses our deepest condolences Mr. Lazarus' friends and family.
In a post refreshingly devoid of purple marker, the usual Weibo leaker has shared images of the upcoming Studio Series Voyager Megatron. A new mold based on Megatron's Revenge of the Fallen appearance, the figure looks quite good in both modes even if the cannon/sword assembly on the right arm reminds us of nothing so much as a crab to this very day. Keep reading for more images of Crabtank Megatron!
Yenting Lai of Facebook group TFND- Transformers Never Die has posted an extensive photo set for Studio Series Blackout! It's an impressive figure, to be sure. The backdrop included in-package is particularly nice as well, copying the desert scene where Blackout and Scorponok first made their appearance in 2007's Transformers film. We've mirrored the images here for you, so keep reading to see!
Cynopsis Media has posted an update for Rescue Bots Academy in their most recent Kids TV update, and we've got some new information: the series has been moved up, and will begin airing on Discovery Family in the US fall of this year! The series is described by Discovery Family VP Angela Sondon as the same concept as Transformers Rescue Bots but more skewed to a preschool audience," so be ready for an even younger version of the same show. Keep reading for a link to the original article!
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ZETA EX05 ARC - From Zeta the EX05 ARC figure stands 8 inches tall and transforms from a robot to a futuristic car. ARC features a metallic paint application and includes several exchangeable weapons and accessories.
Coming from Weibo, we have some nice photos of a redeco of a fairly early Iron Factory "Legends"-scale figure. IF EX-05H is "The Hunter" which is their unlicensed Windblade figure in a deco based on the Combiner Hunters set from San Diego Comic Con. Though in lieu of the giant weapon the actual Hunter Windblade included, The Hunter seems to only come with two of its normal sword rather than the original release's single sword. We don't have release information on this right now, but it could be worth keeping an eye out for, especially if you had an interest in the first release. Keep reading to see all the photos!
On Facebook, XM Studios has posted a new teaser render for an upcoming licensed Megatron statue they're working on. The highly stylized take on G1 Megatron has all of the recognizable elements, though done in a style that's more like movie-meets-G1. Interestingly it's also called out as being "1/10 scale". But without an indication what they're basing the "real" height on, that doesn't offer much clarity toward the size that this statue will ultimately be. We've mirrored the teaser image below, click through and take a look!
Previews World has posted the latest round of comic solicits, taking us in to the summer. Notable on the block this month is the return of IDW's movie continuity tie in comics, once again written by John Barber and to feature interior art by Andrew Griffith. This time out it's a prequel to the Bumblebee movie, noted as being aimed at younger readers. Apart from that, we have the usual Optimus Prime and two Lost Light issues, plus some trades including a complete collection of the Wreckers titles. Keep reading for all the solicits and (a few) cover previews!
Via reddit, we have a first in-store sighting of the complete first wave of Studio Series product, comprising the Deluxe, Voyager, and now Leader classes. The find is from Auckland, New Zealand, and the original poster confirms that both Grimlock and Blackout were present at the store, marking their first appearance at standard retail. Their debut in the US is a bit of a question mark as we wait for a street date to come and go, but with Toys R Us on the way out, it's unclear if they may jump the line and go ahead and push whatever inventory is on hand while they have the chance. Click through for the sighting photo!
And thanks once again to our sponsor Robotkingdom for posting packaging images of this month's Movie The Best releases to Facebook! In stock at Robotkingdom today and shipping soon are MB-16 Jetfire, MB-17 Revenge of the Fallen Optimus Prime, MB-18 Bumblebee, MB-19 Hound(the one with the new truck cap/backpack), and MB-20 Nemesis Prime! Keep reading to see!
TFormers Sponsor Robotkingdom has posted images of the packaging for Encore series God Fire Convoy! Perhaps better known to US fans as Omega Prime, the fusion of Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus from the original 2001 Robots In Disguise cartoon, the new boxset looks pretty similar to original Car Robots packaging - click through to see!
Business Insider reports that the letter sent to all ToysRUs employees explaining the company's current state and laying out their lack of severance has set a timetable for the closing of stores and warehouses. Though only some states have reported in, it seems that target date for the end of ToysRUs is May 14 in states ranging from Wisconsin to Hawaii. Keep reading for more details.
While being interviewed regarding Pacific Rim Uprising, Steven DeKnight was briefly asked by Uproxx about his time working with the Transformers Movie Writers Room. There's really no new revelations in this, as he mentions working on what he recalled as a dozen movie pitches, but he did make sure to mention how the upcoming Transformers: Bumblebee was his favorite of what came out of the project. Hopefully that's a genuinely positive sign for the quality of this year's movie, though it's also entirely possible that DeKnight wouldn't even recognize the movie if he saw it today. You can see more on this plus a link to the interview below!
This week at TFSource, we have new instock items like Transformers Power of the Primes - Legends Wave 2 - Set of 3, Planet X - PX-16 Charon and PX-14 Apollo, Fans Toys FT-19 - Apache, ToyWorld - TW-C07 - Constructor - Green and Clear, Soul of Chogokin - Pacific Rim - GX-77 Gipsy Danger, Masterpiece - MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus with and without Collector's Coin, Masterpiece Movie Series - MPM-5 Barricade - Hasbro Version, Masterpiece Restock, Transformers Legends Series - LG61 - LG63, Movie the Best - MB-12 - MP-15, Machine Robo - DX - MRDX-01 Bike Mode, Maketoys - MTCD03 - Thunder Manus + Divine Suit Boxset, with Transformers Legends LG-EX - Metroplex Exclusive due instock this week!
Ellia Kassoff of the company Strategic Marks has announced that the company's plan to revive Kay Bee Toys - once Toys R Us' largest competitor in the toy field - have been accelerated in the wake of TRU's impending closing. Kassoff seems extremely optimistic about the potential for a revived KB to take TRU's place in representing roughly 20% of all toy sales in the United States. Keep reading for more information!
WonderCon is coming to Los Angeles and IDW Publishing will be there with a bevy of new products, exclusives, debuts and panels galore! Sadly, there are no new Transformers goodies to announce, but IDW's Transformers team of John Barber, Mairghread Scott, Livio Ramondelli will be on hand to host a panel "Transforming and Rolling", on Saturday, 3/24/18, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room: 208. See the full WonderCon schedule for details below.
This week on Radio Free Cybertron: I dont wanna grow up, Im a Toys R Us kid. They got a million toys at Toys R us that I can play with. I dont wanna grow up, Im a Toys R Us kid. They got the best for so much less, youll really flip your lid! From bikes to trains to video games, its the biggest toy store there is (gee whiz!) I dont wanna grow up, cause maybe if I did, I couldnt be a Toys R Us kid. More games, more toys, oh boy! I wanna be a Toys R Us kid!