Before they were the force behind the Titanium Series
, Galoob already had Transformers connections. Some indirect, such as Micro Machines
being the trend that helped inspire Micromasters, and some quite direct, such as their spokesman being one of the most memorable voices from Transformers: The Movie
and the third season of the original cartoon. Having only been founded in 1958 Galoob is one of the younger companies on the list, with the peak of their success happening alongside the first generation of Transformers. Keep reading to learn more!
Not every brand that has been attached to Transformers has made a major contribution to the franchise, and if you're in the US you could easily have missed Milton Bradley's connection entirely. But in Europe, games manufacturer Milton Bradley was key to the early success of G1. It's also one of the oldest subsidiaries of Hasbro, predating the parent company's 1923 founding date by some sixty years! Keep reading for more information.
It's been a contentious issue over the last couple of Prime Wars
installments, and it's only getting more intense. We can see the appeal of stickers to solve budgetary problems, but we can also see the stickers peel - often before we've even bought the toy! In this editorial, RAC goes over the hows and whys of stickers and cites the remarkable consensus growing in a consensus-resistant collector community: Hasbro, Please Stop.
Click through for thoughts on this sticky situation.
2017 is over - perhaps mercifully, depending on how your 2017 went. But whatever your year was like, one constant remains: there were some good Transformers figures this year! RAC has compiled a list of his five favorites - and two honorary mentions. Keep reading to see his favorites as he switches from third- to first-person writing!
So as of about 10 days ago at HasCon, it's official: Power of the Primes,
the third and final leg in the Prime Wars
Trilogy, will return to combiners! And we're fine with that - or so say the row of Combiner Wars
boxsets RAC has in his room. Combiner Wars
was fun, and produced some good toys... but it wasn't perfect. There's room for improvement, and he thought of some areas that it'd be nice to see Power of the Primes
address. Keep reading!
Back in July after SDCC,
we published a quick... well, Prime
r on the upcoming Generations line Power of the Primes.
In the wake of HasCon 2017 we've got some more information, so it's time to go back through and lay it all out, class by class. Keep reading to see!
So we now know that the next series will be named Transformers: Cyberverse.
But what else do we know about it? And what suppositions are going around that are maybe not as solid as people think? We cover all of that - and a little bit more, such as the origins of the Cyberverse
name - in the popular Q&A format. Keep reading to see!
has produced an impressively wide range of characters from Transformers: The Headmasters
. Characters who've never been updated before, and characters who were never seen outside Japan before. But there's a tiny, tiny handful of Headmasters who have not seen - and do not seem to be in the running for - any kind of representation whatsoever in either the Generations or TakaraTomy Legends line. So, who's missing? Keep reading to find out!
So we've looked at the three basic forms that toy articulation takes: hinges, swivels, and ball joints. But there's one last feature that pops up frequently on Transformers: ratchets. That pleasant clicking sound. The satisfying resistance when you tug on a hip or an elbow. The ability to hold the weight of a weapon or for larger toys to hold poses. How is that accomplished? And what are the pros and cons for the ratchets on our `Bots and `Cons? Keep reading to find out!
Today RAC rounds out the basic forms of toy articulation with a look at ball joints! (Pun entirely intended, and offered with no apologies.) Ball joints were, in the 1990s, the salvation of the Transformers brand to a certain degree, as they allowed more complex and articulated Transformers figures to be made while passing US toy safety tests. But beyond that, they're just a really great and versatile part of modern toy design. Keep reading to find out why!
We continue our look at the basic workings of action figures today with swivels! A basic bore at the neck, shoulder, and hip but a welcome helper at the bicep, waist, and thigh, swivels are everywhere on a Transformer. How do they work and what can go wrong? Keep reading to find out!
Today RAC takes a look at the first of the three primary forms that toy articulation can take: the hinge. Probably the most-used joint on Transformers figures due to their utility in transformation mechanisms, hinges still do a lot of heavy lifting for the humanoid form as well - especially if you do it properly and lift from the knees. Keep reading for more!
I am a big fan of Transformers licensed merchandise from the past and nothing is more tasty than the vintage goodness that was created by the truckload for the Generation 1 cartoons.
Speaking of goodness and trucks, you may have found these More Than Meets the Ice Cream treats by Peters on the neighborhood Ice Cream trucks in Australia. But they are likely news to fans in the USA. What makes these so delightful. Is they are actually ice cream in disguise, with a mystery flavor or candy embedded in the center such as bubblegum or caramel.
The staff at Tformers.com wishes a happy and prosperous new year to Transformers fans everywhere.
Here is to 2017, and a wonder-filled year of GIANT ROBOTS!
May you find all the figures you are looking for, win all your auctions, and keep on Tranforming in the year to come.
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