By Sol Fury from TFW2005
The Combiner Wars Protectobots have been released in Asia and are making their way into the collections of early adopters everywhere, including yours truly. Like the second wave and the wave 1 repacks, the third wave of Combiner Wars Deluxes come with pack-in comic books, and these comics have extended bios on the backs of them.
You can check out the bios attached to this post, to learn more about the Combiner Wars Protectobots. There's some great backstory in there - such as how Blades honed his fighting skills in the pits of Kaon; or how Rook is a recent graduate of the Cybertronian Military Academy, expert in tactics but still green in field operations; or how Streetwise was once a spotter for a two-man sniper team, and joined the Protectobots in out of weariness for violence, in search of a better way to settle conflicts.
In addition to images of the long bios, we also have attached to this post some images of the comic covers with their awesome artwork, and the Designer Desk sections from the backs of the comics, which include some cool insight into the design process including some ideas for how to equip your Rook with all four fist / foot parts - it seems that the "Hulk Hands" thing was intentional!
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By Sol Fury from TFW2005
The latest wave of the Combiner Wars Deluxes (Wave 3, featuring the Protectobots) have begun to arrive in the hands of collectors, including yours truly. Two of the pack-in comics have strong hints hidden in them for upcoming releases - namely, a Combiner Wars Vortex and a possible Prowl.
What we have here are a possible remolding of First Aid as Prowl - lineart included in the designer desk section of the pack-in comic for First Aid shows First Aid's body with a distinctly different head. The head has the familiar crest of Prowl (or possibly Ratchet) on it - we're going with Prowl since he was listed in store computers a while back, and is a major player in Combiner Wars.
In the Blades comic, there is extensive lineart of the helicopter mode. However, on closer examination, you can see the nose of the helicopter is more angular, the arms of the robot on the sides are different, with no missiles and "tubing" details, suggesting new arms, and the weapon mounted beneath the helicopter is very different to Blades' twin gatlings which he inherited from Alpha Bravo. It's this that got our attention, because the single gun below the helicopter nose is very reminiscent of the one on Generation 1 Blades.
Evidently someone sneaky at Hasbro dropped these two advance looks in as a bonus to fans. Those who were collecting the earlier Generations around 2010-11 might remember Hasbro used to do a similar thing with the instructions. Check out the images showing the potential new Vortex and Prowl attached to this post.Read Replies (0)
By Sol Fury from TFW2005
Botcon have posted information on their Frank Welker VIP package. The event will be an extra $200 on top of the as-yet unrevealed cost of a Primus Package / Golden Ticket, and will only be open to members of the Transformers Collectors Club.
What it gives those participating is an autograph and photo opportunity with Frank Welker, plus an exclusive art print and a pin of Megatron. It also guarantees seating at Frank Welker's panel.
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By Trailbreaker77 from TFW2005
has added the Hasbro Masterpiece Bluestreak to their website, and with it, some official images of the release including a look at the box. The box is the now-standard "large" Hasbro boxes, which suggests Bluestreak will be packaged in robot mode and there may be some "dead space" around the edge of the figure.
Check out the images attached to this post.
(For those keeping track, Masterpiece Star Saber
has also gone up for order. However, his box is the same as the Japanese release one, since he is being imported from that region for the Australian market.)Read Replies (0)
By Super_Megatron from TFW2005
TFcon is very pleased to welcome back James Roberts
the writer of the fan favorite comic book series Transformers More Than Meets The Eye
to TFcon Toronto 2015. Mr. Roberts will be taking part in Q&A panels and autograph sessions with the attendees of the world’s largest fan-run Transformers convention.TFcon Toronto – The world's largest fan-run Transformers convention
will take place July 17th to 19th, 2015. at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale (formerly the Delta Meadowvale) with special guests PETER CULLEN the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME, John Moschitta Jr the voice of Blurr in G1 and Animated and Transformers Artists Livio Ramondelli and James Raiz with more TBA. You can book your tickets now via the TFcon Toronto Admission/Registration/Ticket Information page
and book your discounted hotel room now via the 2015 hotel reservation website
. TFcon Toronto Air Travel and Car Rental Discounts
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By Shin Densetsu from TFW2005
It was announced recently that Transformers 5 is planned for 2017
. Many have been wondering who would be directing, as it was confirmed last year that Michael Bay would not be directing Transformers 5
. However, things change and money talks.
Deadline has reported
that Michael Bay is hard at work developing Transformers 5. NOTE: This could mean he is just producing the movie, not directing it; he did the same thing last year for the Ninja Turtles movie. So while it's easy to assume that Bay is directing Transformers 5(given the context of the article), it may be too early to know(it's not outright stated that he's the director). At CinemaCon, Paramount's Vice President Rob Moore let out what Bay was working on:He also promised the theater owners that Michael Bay was hard at work developing a fifth Transformers movie since the first four have made an astounding $3.7 worldwide, music to the ears of this crowd which is ALL about box office. But first Bay is directing Thirteen Hours, a war movie set around a daring rescue mission in Benghazi that is already set for release on Martin Luther King weekend next January.
It was previously reported that Bay would direct 13 Hours instead of Transformers 5. Stay tuned to our Transformers News
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By Sol Fury from TFW2005
We've shared with you the individuals in the Combiner Wars line - and today, we bring you the big guns! The Generations Combiner Wars line's first two waves bring us updates of two iconic Generation 1 combiners, Superion
- and they together form this latest gallery update.
The Combiner Wars gestalts are huge. They dwarf even current Leader class toys when they are fully assembled, and possess a full range of motion. It's not perfect - Menasor in particular struggles a bit with the weight of two extra robots up top, and both have issues balancing in some action poses - but it is amazing to see Hasbro step up and bring us something like this, when just a few years ago it looked like the best we would see would be the Power Core Combiners or the likes of Fall of Cybertron Bruticus. Both have some really nice details worked in, too.
Check out our galleries of this pair of awesome giants - and stay tuned for more gallery updates soon.Combiner Wars Superion GalleryCombiner Wars Menasor Gallery
Don't forget our sister site Toyark is running a contest where you can win some cool Combiner Wars goodies for sharing your own Combiner Transformers photos on Instagram - find out more here
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