We've talked about it on Radio Free Cybertron
more than once, but it's still fascinating to see: the economic realities that hamper Hasbro hit unofficial third-party manufacturers at least
as hard, if not harder. And so we see a lot of the same characters (Optimus Prime, Megatron, etc.), especially ones that people are sure will sell and have recolor potential. Case in point: MAAS Toys is taking a swing at Cybertronian Mode "Tetrajet" Starscream from the very first episode of The Transformers
in the form of MS-01 Renegade! Keep reading to see the prototype photos.
DX9 has posted on Facebook showing a full color sample of their upcoming D13 Montana, a Masterpiece-style figure based on Breakdown. Montana is the first in the lineup for DX9's unofficial Stunticon team, and based on product numbers will be followed by not-Motormaster before any of the other limbs hit. The new photos show lots of the robot mode in a good overview, plus some poseability and action scenarios, plus of course a quick look at the vehicle form. You can check out all of the pictures mirrored in the gallery below!
Via a new listing on sponsor BigBadToyStore
we've learned today of a new release from Fansproject, surely surprising everyone who thought we'd more or less seen the last of that particular third party. Saurus Ryu-Oh Beastructor is the Monstructor-inspired makeover of the original Saurus Ryu-Oh combiner set which represented Dinoking. The set is on preorder for $360 and is expected in June. Click through to see the stock photos of the new set!
Tonight via Alucardlee on Weibo, we've got a photo showing a fully assembled Ragnaros. If you're blanking on the name, that's understandable, as it is but one unlicensed MP-style Bruticus among many. This particular Not-Bruticus is the work of Unique Toys, bringing a little bit different style to the party with something taking a bit more from the cartoon look - a fact in evidence by the coloring of the chest piece including colors from Not-Blast Off, for instance. Keep reading to see the full size photo.
Finally on the Transform Dream Wave front, we have images of a prototype stage upgrade package for Volcanicus. The Power of The Primes Dinobot combiner is in line to get the usual array of new hands and feet, and torso additions to fill out the combined form's proportions. But also included with this set will be weapons for the individual robots, allowing every Dinobot to be armed with sword, gun, or more likely both. Even in the early state shown it seems like a pretty exciting option, and timely enough to compete with the likes of Perfect Effect or any others throwing their hats in the Fix-The-Dinobots game. Click through to see it now!
Transform Dream Wave has new images up of samples for their upgrade sets for the Technobots and Aerialbots. Consisting of new combiner hands and feet, plus torso armor pieces, these sets follow a well worn path for this kind of upgrade, with each part having a dubious transformation to some kind of weapon or other bulky add-on for the individual robots. The parts shown are demonstrated using Unite Warriors releases. Colorwise they should be compatible with Combiner Wars, but Computron's chest armor may encounter difficulties due to the sculpt differences between Hasbro and TakaraTomy releases. You can find all the photos below.
Transform Dream Wave has updated their Weibo with images of upcoming products they're working on currently. Among them is what looks to be a retail-ready (or close to it) upgrade set for Leader class Sixshot. The kit includes a new head, swords, and poseable replacement hands so Sixshot can make all of the ninja hand gestures. Based on the photos it's not entirely clear how good they are at holding the swords, however. The parts are shown installed on an LG Sixshot, but will probably be adequately compatible with the coloring of Titans Return Sixshot as well. Click through to take a look!
Shared on Weibo, we have new photos from TF Dream factory showing the car mode for their unofficial Roadbuster from Dark of The Moon
. The sample is shown only in its vehicle mode, designed to reflect the Wrecker in combat form with weapons, boosters, and armor all deployed, matching the other two unlicensed movie Wreckers TF Dream Factory is producing. You can click through to find the quick gallery just below.
Maketoys released Meteor last year, producing a new, unlicensed Masterpiece style Starscream for their Re:Master series, offering an alternative in styling and engineering to the long-worn official Masterpiece seeker body. In a move only surprising in how long it took to get there, we now have full color images for two more Re:Master seekers - Lightning, representing Thundercracker, and Skycrow as Skywarp. As you might expect, they are redecos of Meteor, so if you liked what that figure was about, these should be right up your alley. Check out the images below!
Newcomer M-Deck is making a strong first appearance in the unofficial Transformers-derived merchandise scene with Ion Blaster Commander, a human-scale replica of Optimus Prime's iconic rifle. Coming in at 39 inches long (or about 1 meter), M-Deck presents this rifle replica as being approximately 1/10 scale. The final product is planned to have numerous lighting elements and sounds, and the images of the current prototype look promising. You can find those photos plus more info below!
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Mister Moon - who we've talked about once before for an unofficial Cliffjumper
- has shared a new testshot sample they're working on to their Facebook page. "Fighter" is their go at Inferno in the Legends scale, though a Grapple is also clearly part of that plan since the robot model shown distinctly features detail of that character while the vehicle mode is configured as a firetruck. The all-white testshot makes details hard to see, which might be why some have been drawn on. We'll have to wait and see to get a better idea of these figures. In the meantime, click through to see the photo!
For those worried after the whereabouts of the remaining members of the Decepticon Justice Division, being released in unofficial form from Mastermind Creations, this should be a mostly happy update! A post on Instagram shows an early prototype for Tesarus, one of the two larger members of the group. The image caption notes sending it to the factory for tooling, suggesting this is 3D printed or otherwise a one off, probably as an engineering proof to make sure everything about the eventual produced item works as intended. But unfortunately this means it's probably several months before the finished version could possibly be released. Click through to take a look.
Wrapping up our third party catchup tonight (at least for now) we have a few photos of color testshots of an upcoming X2Toys product. Giga Raiden is an unlicensed Optimus Prime figure theoretically compatible with Classics And Friends official product, and it seems even that it will be able to accept a Titan Master in place of its own head. A Nemesis colors version is also seen, because of course it is. Unfortunately while everything sounds vaguely okay on paper, the path to execution seems to have not gone entirely well, leaving something to be desired in the actual product - particularly the truck mode. You can see it for yourself in the gallery below.
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On Weibo, Fans Toys has shared a couple batches of photos for an MP scale unofficial Cyclonus. Titled as FT-29 Quietus ("quietus" being a Latin word relating to death) this was formerly an item designed for the Perfect Fusion series which has now instead been fully handed over as part of the regular Fans Toys lineup. It doesn't appear that anything has been lost in that process, as the newly released photos show a full range of accessories including IDW-inspired alternate parts and a Targetmaster to cover all the bases. You can check out the mirrored images below.
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