Mastermind Creations shared a few photos of their display at Cyber City Con, which had samples of some upcoming products. Azalea falls under the Ocular Max branding, and is a Masterpiece-style Arcee, offering its particular take on the familiar and now often-repeated G1 Arcee design. Also seen was Foxwire which will be part of the Reformatted series. This represents The Pet, as seen among the Decepticon Justice Division in select issues of More Than Meets The Eye. No release date or other details are available for these items at this time, but you can check out the display photos below!
This week on Radio Free Cybertron: Tons of Authentics talk this week. What do the "evergreen" toys do for Transformers fans? Plus we discuss the newly discovered Studio Series, and talk about movie toys we'd like to see tackled again. Also on the show we talk about the future of Transformers Legends from Takara Tomy, and two more third party Cliffjumpers on the way. All that plus we answer listener questions this week!
On their Facebook page, Planet X posted a number of photos of grey testshot samples of their trio of unofficial Insecticons, based on their appearances in Fall of Cybertron. As you may recall, previously an official Kickback was released based on this design as part of the 2012/2013 Generations line, but this will be a first shot at a physical representation for the other two. We get to see basic front and back views of each figure and some group shots. Scale, pricing, and planned release timeframe were not revealed in this post. Click through to see the mirrored images!
Alien Attack Toys' latest unofficial transforming robot offering appears to be starting to hit availability in parts of Asia. Through a couple of sources we have some in hand shots of what looks like a final (or if not a very, very close to final sample) of El Cid, based on Optimus Prime more or less as he appears in Age of Extinction, and The Last Knight. In particular we get to see things like the weapons in full color, and some close looks at the unmasked face option. Check out the images just below!
Via the Weibo pages of Alucardlee, and SunOfTheEmpire, we have a number of photos to share of Blitzkrieg, the Onslaught of Zeta Toys' unofficial Combaticon team. The images show a figure that can be switched from a cartoon inspired blank chest panel or a toy-derived, higher detail chest to suit different visual priorities. But mostly we see the 'combat base' made of most of the Bruticus torso elements, as well as how it can interact with Zeta's not-Blast Off as a launch platform. Plus we have some bonus shots showing a fully assembled Armageddon combined form. Click through to see them now!
Unofficial product of Transformers characters do seem to come in groups, don't they? Currently we are in The Cliffjumper Cycle, as joining a recent batch of Masterpiece-alike Cliffjumper analogues, we now have Grasshopper, from group Mister Moon. Though their product line is called "Mini Master Series", this looks like something in the Legends size range rather than another to fit a Masterpiece shelf. So far we have render images of robot and vehicle (we enhanced the robot image to better see the details) and one shot of a 3D printed prototype of the car mode, which adheres pretty close to the G1 toy. See it all below!
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!