Third Party News
During the weekend of Botcon 2015, attendees had the opportunity to see a testshot of Pandinus, the giant unofficial Scorponok by Maketoys at an offsite third party event, so some of us already have a strong grasp on just how big this figure is. But for everyone else it might be a little hard to comprehend. Thankfully, user shiyitan on 78dm.net's forum has posted a useful side by side, showing Pandinus next to Titan Class Combiner Wars Devastator. While not quite face to face, Pandinus has a great deal more volume, showing its true hugeness. Keep reading to see for yourself!
DX9 has shared some pictures from a small display exhibit of their upcoming items on Weibo. Notably this gives us a nice look at a color sample of their Gewalt figure, a Masterpiece-esque take on G1 Blitzwing. Though it's only seen in robot mode, it seems to favor the cartoon rather strongly. Some of the DX9's smaller items were also shown, including Mightron/Megatron, Leah/Arcee, Toufold/Kup and apparently the three pack versions of their Galvatron, Cyclonus, and Scourge. Keep reading to check it all out!
Having included a teaser with their reveal of an upgrade parts set for Combiner Wars Bruticus, we have tonight a series of photos from Transform Dream Wave of a prototype for a Defensor add-on set. While sharing a lot of the fundamental engineering with the Bruticus set, this features specific new parts for a Defensor chest plate that works similar to the stock parts in forming around the ladder in Hot Spot's robot and vehicle modes. But like Bruticus, the main selling point seems to be improved combiner hip jointing, just articulated hands and feet. Click through to check it out! Preorder yours at TFSource
Iron Factory is adding another entry to its assortment of slightly larger smaller figures. The new prototype revealed on their Weibo account is Lord Scorpion, a Scorponok figure made to basically match their Legends-size offerings. This is seen to have a base mode, as well as Headmaster functionality, packing in a lot of features in a relatively small package. EX-18 is described as the "comic version", apparently intended to homage the IDW appearances of Scorponok in particular. Keep reading to see the pictures!
We have a nice series of shots from Alucardlee on Weibo showing Toufold, the Kup-alike in DX9 Toys' Legend-scale line. This seems to be doing the best it possibly can to capture the design aesthetic of G1 Kup's 80's-futuristic pickup truck design, though at this scale that is maybe not without its drawbacks. Nice to see in this set of photos is a sequential demonstration of how the transformation works to make this possible. Click through and take a look at the entire gallery!
Alucardlee has posted to Weibo showing off a full color sample of Leah, the Arcee analogue from the DX9 War in Pocket series of unofficial Legends scale figures. This small scale figure seems to follow the general range of tricks most Arcees use - both official and unofficial - to make a transformation work with this robot styling. Leah is also seen to have a small baseplate to make the car mode "float" and help stabilize some robot poses. Keep reading to see all the photos!
It looks like a new competitor in the realm of Combiner Wars upgrade add ons has emerged. TDW, Transform Dream Wave (presumably unrelated to that other Dreamwave) has appeared with prototype images for a comprehensive system of upgrade parts for Combiner Wars Bruticus. The kit, marked with an intended price of about $50 includes poseable hands, new feet, combiner chest plate and weapon modifications, as well as new hip joint pieces for Onslaught to change how the combiner's legs work. And a Defensor version is teased as well. Click through to take a look!
We have a series of new photos tonight of the X2Toys upgrade set for Generations Leader Class Ultra Magnus which offers replacements to improve the forearms and hands, new feet and ankle joints, and a new helmet with swappable face options. X2Toys hopes to see the kit finally be released sometime in the next month, and in addition to showing off kits geared toward both the Hasbro and TakaraTomy decos of the mold, they also showed some "base mode" concepts they developed using their upgrade parts. Click through to check it out!
Garatron has posted to Weibo showing a new development testshot of Thunderstorm, their figure based on the IDW Stormbringer design of Thunderwing. It's been a while since we've heard an update on this project, but it does seem that it's still moving forward. While the photos of the figure itself don't seem to show anything significantly new, we do get to see a shot or two of the injection mold elements for some of its parts! Keep reading to take a look.
DX9 Toys' Weibo page has been updated with new photos showing a full color sample of their new figure Mightron. This figure is a full-feature tiny version of Megatron featuring scope, stock and barrel extension parts, plus clear plastic parts including an energon flail, beam sabre, and pistol. The pictures demonstrate most of the extra parts in use, plus showing off nice size comparisons while letting us see both modes - though the robot's back is hidden a bit and seems to have a bit of backpack happening! Click through and check out the photos.
TFC Toys has posted some new images to Weibo. From their unofficial Seacon group we have a look at P-03 Bigbite, their version of Skalor. Or perhaps it represents a Gulf unit, if one follows the Masterforce depiction of the Seacons as legions of basically drone units. Whichever form suits your preferences better, these images give a good look at the robot mode, nightmarish fish creature mode, and some close ups on assorted separated parts of the figure. Keep reading to take a look at all of them!
On Facebook, Dean Lee has shared an album of photos featuring Blizzard, Iron Factory's go at triplechanger Blitzwing. Am ambitious effort at giving a tiny, simple figure three distinct modes, we get to see a lot of the robot mode in these images, plus a quick look at the tank and various angles on the jet so you can decide for yourself how well this attempt paid off! We've mirrored several of the photos, so click through and take a look.
Via Weibo, MatrixPrimeToys has revealed images of a new prototype taking inspiration from Age Of Extinction Grimlock - at least in dinosaur mode. The robot seems to favor the design sensibilities of Transformers: Prime
moreso than the movies specifically. What's more interesting is that this is being hinted as being a part of a combiner, represented as only the vaguest of silhouettes right now. Whether this will skew to the colorful nature of the Age of Extinction toyline, or the non-colors of the movies remains to be seen. Click through for photos!
From their Weibo page, we have new photos of a prototype for UniqueToys' Sworder figure, a Masterpiece-alike take on triplechanger Sandstorm. These images let us see good looks at each of the three modes. It seems while robot and helicopter came out pretty nice looking, the ground vehicle is the also-ran and has to do the most to accommodate the other two modes at its own cost. We have the images mirrored, so click through and take a look!
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On their Weibo page, Iron Factory has shared late stage testshot photos of an upcoming figure. This take on Optimus Prime inspired by the designs of Don Figueroa comes with an extra twist - a trailer unit modeled on the Godbomber unit from Masterforce. While this trailer seems not to have a robot form of its own, it does fit around the figure to make the familiar Apex Armor. The figure seen in the photos is evidently in its intended plastic colors, but has no paint apps yet. Release is projected around July. Click through for the mirrored photos!
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