Coming our way via Weibo, we have several color photos of an upcoming Ocular Max release from MMC. Hellion is their take on Cliffjumper in Masterpiece style. Presumably about the same height as the official Masterpiece Bumblebee in robot mode, we only get to see a comparison between the two in their vehicle modes. While Hellion is less super-deformed than the G1 original, the proportions still look a bit off versus an actual Porsche such as Cliffjumper was modeled after. But this is looking like a nice fusion of realistic vehicle, cartoon inspiration, and toy design overall. Check out the photos below!
This week on Radio Free Cybertron, we're on the road to Toy Fair! Our 9th Annual Toy Fair live stream is on Saturday February 17th! We break down the Transformers that we might see this year! Also on the show, we have ...another 3P take at Bruticus. They're trying to bleed Diecast dry, people. Plus Transformers BotBots, whatever those are, the new Star Wars Millenium Falcon is available for pre-order, Bumblebee movie toy rumblings and way, way more!
FansToys has posted images of the latest in their FT series, Jabber, to Weibo! Approximating G1 Blurr in a Masterpiece scale, no other release data is currently known. But the likeness to Blurr is pretty decent, and a Targetmaster partner is shown. We're hoping the codename is either "Jibber" or "Wock." Keep reading for photos!
We have some news today of Mastermind's foray in to the Masterpiece-Alike Combaticons market through their Ocular Max branding. Tempus represents Vortex, and a color testshot of it was shown via their Planet Steel PSX Weibo account, and on Facebook. The photos show the robot and vehicle forms, plus give a preview of the limb configuration - including integral combiner hand! The subsequently shared video also gives a demo of the range of flexibility the arm mode for their Not-Bruticus will offer. You can find all of this just below in the full post!
Mech Planet has been busy lately. Coming right off the heels of debuting unofficial figures based on both Hearts of Steel Bumblebee as well as a Goldbug edition of their G1-style Bumblebee-alike figure, we have a brand new reveal of HS-15, representing Cliffjumper! The figure is clearly built on the same engineering as Not-Bumblebee, but has all the new parts you would expect to reflect the character choice correctly. In addition to a small gun, HS-15 also comes with a rocket launcher accessory in order that it can take ineffective shots at Megatron. We've mirrored the photos from Weibo, check them out below!
Mech Planet has posted images to Weibo of their upcoming Legends-scaled Goldbug figure! The unnamed HS13 is patterned after the G1 Throttlebot, and as is appropriate to his origins is represented by an all-gold recolor of their Bumblebee figure with a new headsculpt. The figure comes with a fair number of accessories including an extra Bumblebee head and a tiny Ravage! Click through to see the photos.
MAAS Toys, best known for the Bumblebee-derived figure Skiff that debuted in 2017, have shared a photo of the first prototype of Renegade, an upcoming release based on Starscream. As was the case with Skiff, Renegade is the pre-Earth Cybertronian design for the character, becoming something as similar as possible to the "tetra-jet" alternate mode as seen in the first episode of the G1 cartoon. MAAS Toys currently don't have a projected release timeframe for Renegade, but hopefully we'll at least get to see additional shots of the prototype in the near future. Click through to take a look at the teaser photo!
Coming to us via the RFC Reviews channel, we have a video review showing Flyfire, the first release in the Zeta Toys unofficial Aerialbot team. The figure based on Fireflight (or Firefly if you're going by most recent naming trends) is designed to fit in with Masterpiece toys, being on the larger side. But whether it lives up to the Masterpiece title seems to be a very different matter, as can be seen in diecast's review. We have that video embedded below, so click through now to have a look!
The Weibo page for Mech Planet has posted images of a new entry in their Hot Soldiers line of Legends-scaled figures: a version of Hearts of Steel Bumblebee! The hammer-wielding Bumblebee turns into a small steam locomotive which somehow manages to be incredibly cute. Keep reading to see the photos!
If the stock version of Grimlock, and by extension the torso mode of the Dinobot combiner Volcanicus aren't really doing it for you, Perfect Effect is again presenting an after market option to try to address that. PC-23 goes beyond PC-21's replacement hands and feet, giving new combiner body add-ons that will let the combined mode form in a slightly different way, as well as adding a huge sword that breaks down to be individual melee weapons for each Dinobot. And to top it off, it also includes replacement thigh and forearm pieces for Grimlock, making the robot taller - and probably facilitating some of the torso mode alterations. The kit is due in April. Keep reading to see the promo images!
This week on Radio Free Cybertron: Lots of fun stuff going on this week! We announce the winners of our Twitter contest, we are giving away Titans Return Arcee and The Last Knight Valvotron! The voice cast for Power of the Prime was announced! We share our thoughts! Plus we speculate on rumored upcoming Transformers assortments. Also, there's a ton of other news this week including a heavy third party week, with new Combaticons, Aerialbots, and upgrade parts. We talk about the upcoming Movie Masterpiece Ironhide, new photos of Volcanicus and much, much more!
Coming from Weibo, we have some grey prototype images showing MechPlanet's small-scale Optimus Prime-alike. HS02 seems to be called "Mini Lider" and while the photo quality for many of these isn't great, it seems to be a decent representation of the character design. The photos we have show an energon axe and rifle, plus flip up panels on the forearm in a similar manner to the pop-up communicator screen from the Masterpiece. The chest is also conspicuously hinged, which probably means it has a matrix and storage space for it. You can find all these photos mirrored below!
We recently saw an unofficial, non-transforming, high detail action figure representing Optimus Prime from Transformers Prime by Iron Warrior. Iron Warrior has just shown off another upcoming figure of the same type, this one called "Strife 07" and based on Brawl from the 2007 Transformers movie. This figure likewise does not transform, but seems to focus on sculpt detail and articulation more. Unfortunately the provided photos don't represent the scale of the figure well, so it's unclear at this point whether Brawl will be appropriately large. You can check out the mirrored images below.
From Mastermind Creations, Collisus joins the Reformatted line. Standing about 8 inches in robot mode, Collisus features a unique paint application and is able to transform into a battle tank vehicle. This figure comes armed with a pair of cannon blasters that can be deployed in both robot and vehicle mode. The figure slated for release in April of 2019 for about $110 USD.
Zeta Toys still has a bit to offer us today. Direct from their Weibo we have two images of Armageddon, their unofficial Bruticus shown as a color testshot. The individual components are all represented in their respective colors, though the add-ons for the combined form look like they may still be works in progress - at least lacking some finishing paint details if not other color changes. The images themselves say that this is not necessarily a final deco for the assembled whole, but it certainly gets the idea across! Check out both photos mirrored below.