Loopaza on Facebook has scans up for the Transformers-relevant pages from this month's issue of Figure King Magazine. The highlight of this month's pages is a two page spread showing most of the first wave worth of Earthrise toys. We've patched together pages 102 and 103 to recreate the original presentation, so you can see the whole group together, minus a small empty space where a bit of the image didn't make it on to the printed pages.
Some quick take aways from this: Hoist is pretty damn big, certainly at least equaling the height of Siege Ironhide or Impactor. By contrast, we have an almost perfect representation of the size of Cliffjumper. Hoist is posed with legs bent, which of course reduces apparent height some, but from this image it looks like Cliffjumper would only come up to Hoist's waist. That's still a bit abstract since we don't know precisely how tall Hoist is, but thanks to the placement of the Military Patrol, we can see that Cliffjumper's robot mode is about equal to the height of two Micromasters. Micromasters being fairly uniform in height, that lets us pin Cliffjumper down as being something like 3 3/4 inches tall, give or take 1/8 of an inch or so. That puts it right within my previous estimate of Cliffjumper's height. And TakaraTomy is still using their bizarre earlier Optimus Prime sample that had its joints cast in blue unpaintable plastic. All recent signs indicate the final production will have dark grey joints, blue eyes, and hands painted in metallic blue.
A full third page shows off Optimus Prime, Hoist, Grapple and Soundbarrier in varying levels of detail. Grapple and Soundbarrier are evidently going to be exclusives in Japan, which is an unexpected choice. In any case, Optimus, Hoist, Grapple and Soundbarrier are all scheduled for a late April release from TakaraTomy.
The last page meanwhile shows the next wave of Studio Series Deluxes, featuring Soundwave, the three pack of Arcee, Elita, and Chromia, and 2007 Movie Bumblebee, with an appearance by Voyager Mixmaster. We also get some One-Step Cyberverse toys, G-Shock Nemesis Prime, and a reminder of the mysterious Raiden Project rounding out the magazine coverage for this month.
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