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Related by frequent proxy-source for upcoming toys Mr Chaos, we have word of a pair of store inventory listings for a new pair of Studio Series Voyagers. Another Optimus Prime - seemingly distinct from the Voyager currently available in Wave 1 - is on the way somewhere in the near future. And likely to be joining it is a brand new entry in the series, a Voyager class Bonecrusher. Rumors had circulated about the existence of Bonecrusher recently, and this seems to stand in support of their accuracy. No images as yet, but you can keep reading to see the transcribed inventory listings.
Generations
Following the report of implausibly cheap trypticons at Ollie's Bargain Outlet in Florida over the weekend, we have some possible clarification on the issue. An individual identified as aurora51 reports finding Trypticon at a Nashville area Ollie's, however in this case they were priced at approximately $50 each. Whether it's a case of pricing varying by stores, or more likely a one-off employee error resulting in the now legendary $13 Trypticon, the reality is that while a good deal is still to be had, it not as good as we thought yesterday.
Car Robots
We recently brought you word that TakaraTomy had issued a voluntary recall for the just-released Encore God Fire Convoy reissue, citing errors on the packaging and in the programming of the electronics. Today, Hobbylink Japan has sent word out to customers that purchased the set from them, detailing the options that they will be making available to address the current situation. In the process, they've also verified that as far as they know, no replacement items are expected from TakaraTomy, though it's unlikely anyone thought a revised production run would have been coming. Keep reading to find out what HLJ is doing for its customers.
Third Party
Newcomer M-Deck is making a strong first appearance in the unofficial Transformers-derived merchandise scene with Ion Blaster Commander, a human-scale replica of Optimus Prime's iconic rifle. Coming in at 39 inches long (or about 1 meter), M-Deck presents this rifle replica as being approximately 1/10 scale. The final product is planned to have numerous lighting elements and sounds, and the images of the current prototype look promising. You can find those photos plus more info below!
Conventions Center
Alex Milne, artist of Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye and Rom vs. Transformers: Shining Armor will be attending TFNation 2018 in Birmingham, UK this year! The con takes place between August 17th and 19th, and the guest list includes Milne as well as fellow IDW Transformers creators Nick Roche, James Roberts, John-Paul Bove, and more! Keep reading for the official release.
Car Robots
A new posting on TakaraTomy's website announces that the company is beginning a recall of the recently released Encore God Fire Convoy reissue, offering to take back the set and refund customers for their purchase. The stated reason comes as a bit of a surprise, as it's not to do with any of the repeatedly discussed material or assembly issues, but rather a mistake in the electronics. The company cites an error in the sound chip programming, along with an error in the printed information in the packaging as the cause for the recall. Keep reading to find out more.
Third Party
For those worried after the whereabouts of the remaining members of the Decepticon Justice Division, being released in unofficial form from Mastermind Creations, this should be a mostly happy update! A post on Instagram shows an early prototype for Tesarus, one of the two larger members of the group. The image caption notes sending it to the factory for tooling, suggesting this is 3D printed or otherwise a one off, probably as an engineering proof to make sure everything about the eventual produced item works as intended. But unfortunately this means it's probably several months before the finished version could possibly be released. Click through to take a look.
Generations
Loopaza on Facebook has shared out an early retailer listing once again for upcoming TakaraTomy Transformers goods coming in a few months' time. Thanks to that, we now know what September will be bringing us in the Japanese release of Power of The Primes. Not quite as exciting as Legends reveals, since all of the product now will be virtually identical to the Hasbro releases, but at least if nothing else it might offer collectors a bit of a "safety net" in case distribution issues make it hard to find the domestic product. Keep reading to find out what's coming up!
MasterPiece
This month's issue of Previews carries a somewhat surprising inclusion, as shown in an image of one of the catalog pages posted by blue death. The Hasbro release of MP-17+ Prowl, which we had previously learned would be offered for sale through some online retailers in the US is now also going to be available from Diamond, through Previews, for comic shops and other specialty retailers to have the opportunity to order as well. The Animation Colors Prowl looks like it's going to be a strong push towards increasing the market reach of Masterpiece toys in at least the US market - a good idea, with the demise of Toys R Us now at hand.
Bumblebee: The Movie
John Cena was recently interviewed about another movie he's starring in, but the interviewer didn't waste a chance to try to dig some Transformers info out of the actor, who's playing lead in Bumblebee opposite Hailee Steinfeld. Cena's references to conversing with a tennis ball on a stick basically guarantee he's got some screen time interacting with one robot or another, and apart from that, he mostly just talks about what a good job Travis Knight did making the movie look like a Transformers movie but also look completely different from a Transformers movie. yeah, we're mildly confused too. But you can check out some excerpts and a link to the original article below.
Transformers BLOG
After a couple of false starts, we can, sadly, confirm that the US Toys R Us locations have begun their liquidation sales as of March 23rd. The latest delay was apparently attributed to a dispute by some of the chain's suppliers regarding inventory they provided on credit, and want to be sure they get paid for - or get the merchandise back. On the Transformers end of things, one big question right now is what happens to Studio Series Thundercracker? It's unlikely stores will receive further deliveries, and aside from an isolated few sightings, this exclusive doesn't look like it'll get to see the light of day. Keep reading for more.
Generation 1
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.
Rescue Bots
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!
Generations
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.
Bumblebee: The Movie
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!
Generations
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!
Bumblebee: The Movie
Amazon Canada is providing us with our first details about the third assortment of Tiny Turbo Changers figures, tied in to the upcoming Transformers: Bumblebee movie line. While there are no images of the figures currently, the description on the page names the entire assortment, leading to what we can suspect is some number of reused molds, but a fair few which sound like they must be all new. Click through to get the full character list!
Generation 1
The closure of ToysRUs provokes a lot of emotions - sadness, frustration at the circumstances, and in some a misguided sense of satisfaction stemming from their latter-day pricing habits. But at some point in our lives a great many of us were ToysRUs Kids. And so longtime Transformers fan and ASMzine proprietor Phil Zeman has created the site I Didn't Want to Grow Up, which is accepting submissions of your stories and reminiscences of visiting what was once the premiere source of action figures for children and collectors. Click through for a link!
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