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Kotobukiya Z Prime Figure
Posted by News Fetcher on September 28 '14 at 04:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Via Autobase Aichi on Facebook we have a reveal of what seems to be a new licensed Transformers figure from the 54th All Japan Model & Hobby Show. This figure, named "Z Prime", does not homage an existing Optimus Prime design - rather, it is a redeco or retool of Kotobukiya's A03 Type K Z Knight figure.

From the image we can work out that this figure mostly seems to be a straight-up application of Optimus Prime colors onto the Type K figure (we can't tell if the head is different as the forearm is in the way, but we think it's the same between both versions). There's some new tooling though, as Z Prime comes with a Matrix. There's no word on if Z Prime will feature the sword and shield of the original release.

This figure would seem to be a crossover between Transformers and an obscure offshoot of Tomy's Zoids line, called Z Knights, from the 1990s, which took the Zoids model kit formula and applied it to bipedal robots patterned after warriors of various cultures around the world.

No word on a release date for this one yet - so keep it TFW for more news and information on this release. You can check out more images of the A03 Type K Z Knight, which this new Prime is based on, over at HLJ to get a flavor of what to expect from this release.

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Renderform heads for FansProject Code and Smart Robin
Posted by News Fetcher on September 27 '14 at 03:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Third party garage kit company Renderform have also announced that they will be making a series of heads for the FansProject Code (aka Chromedome) and Smart Robin (aka Brainstorm). The heads are based on the More than Meets the Eye comic artwork and do not transform - they do however stow in the alt-mode cockpit and they look sharp.

There are a series of different heads available to suit all tastes. The Code head "Chromey" comes in both modern and "retro" versions, the latter being inspired by the look of Chromedome in the Shadowplay arc. Both of these heads have a choice of painted or translucent yellow visors.

The Brainstorm "Stormy" heads are also available in multiple versions, with painted or translucent eyes in both blue and yellow on offer, four versions in all. Red and silver "Virus" versions of all three heads are also going to be released, in limited numbers.

Check out the Renderform homepage for more information!

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Beast Wars Second Galvatron Design Sketches
Posted by News Fetcher on September 27 '14 at 03:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Hisashi Yuki has shared a real blast from the past on his Twitter account, TFYuki. He's posted up some of the original pen concept sketches for Beast Wars Second Galvatron. Beast Wars Second (or BWII as some know it) diverged from the US Beast Wars continuity and introduced a host of new characters. Galvatron was the Destron leader in this series, a triple changer who possessed dragon and drill tank forms. These sketches show the earliest ideas of Galvatron, from the first concepts that Galvatron with the drill as one of his arms to the finalized design.

Check them out attached to this post.

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Kre-O Elite Optimus Prime at Canadian Toys R Us Stores this weekend
Posted by News Fetcher on September 27 '14 at 03:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Hasbro and Toys R Us in Canada have partnered up to offer the Elite Optimus Prime Kre-O figure as a "make and take" exclusive. The set offers a Kreon Optimus Prime at its core with lots of parts around the edges to "bulk up" the Kreon into a larger buildable figure.

The event is running in Canadian Toys R Us stores on the 27th of September - that's today folks! Be sure to head over and check it out.

Thanks to the official Transformers Facebook page for the heads up.

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Renderform Steel Magnum and Iron Magnum heads for Fansproject Steelcore
Posted by News Fetcher on September 27 '14 at 12:45 AM
By Superquad7 from TFW2005:
Board member and Renderform extraordinaire, Venksta, gave us an update on some add-ons for the Fansproject Steel Core figure. You can read his update after the jump as well as view the images of the head mirrored to this news post!
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"Originally presented at TFCon 2012, the Renderform Iron Magnum and Steel Magnum heads are up for preorder.

These heads are for Fansproject's Steelcore figure! The heads are inspired by the Armada Overload/Energon Ultra Magnus, which many people felt initially was the homage that Steelcore was based on.

The RFX-009 Iron Magnum head is based on the original prototype design shown off at TFCon 2012. While the RFX-008 Steel Magnum is based on my custom head design. Both heads are available in Steel Core colors and Energon Ultra Magnus colors. The Steelcore colors are limited to 150 sets each, while the Magnus colors are only 100 sets each.

Also available is the RFX-009R Red Sentinel kit, which comes with a metallic red Leo Justice Sword. This head is based on a concept design I did, which the Steel Magnum head is based on. Its also intended to create a new variation and look, when you swap the Steel chest for the upcoming Soleron Ruthen from the FPCore.com membership! This set is limited to only 50 pieces. I included a CAD mockup of how the Red Sentinel will look like with the Steel Core and Ruthen combo, below.

For more info, photos and preordering, please visit:
RFX-008 Steel Magnum and RFX-009 Iron Magnum - Renderform.com
"


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Toy Stages - Official Product and Site Launch!
Posted by News Fetcher on September 26 '14 at 10:30 PM
By Superquad7 from TFW2005:
We've got some really exciting news for those of you who really enjoy additions to a collection like displays, dioramas, and backdrops! Reprolabels.COM operator and one of the founding members of our own Radicons forums, Delta Star, dropped by to give us this press release launch of a new venture - ToyStages.COM!

ToyStages.COM aims to assist the collector who wants to spruce up their shelf space with originally-made backdrops made to fit both a standard bookshelf as well as the popular IKEA Detolf cabinets that many collectors use! Utilizing the same quality that tons of collectors have come to expect with Reprolabels, Toy Stages desires to further provide fans and collectors with top notch, quality products that greatly enhance toys such as our favorite Transformers. They also offer a variety of backdrops for other toy lines as well. This is what Delta Star has to say:
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"Toystages.com produces backdrops for toy collectors. They're great for photo shoots and permanent display.

A new section has been added with several backdrops aimed at the Transformers collector!

Each one comes in multiple formats, so have a look: http://toystages.com

Also, they will be displaying the large backdrops at Action Figure Expo this Sunday in Mississauga, so if you're in the are, go and have a look!"


< article continued at TFW2005 >

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Age of Extinction Score Release Date October 7th
Posted by News Fetcher on September 26 '14 at 04:15 PM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Good news for fans of Steve Jablonsky. The composer for the Transformers live action movies has updated his Facebook page with the following update on the Transformers Age of Extinction Score:

For those of you who have been waiting....it's here. Thanks for your patience!
Release date is October 7th. It's been a pleasure putting this together with the fine folks at La-La Land Records, big thanks to them.
My homework assignment for this weekend: finish signing a couple hundred copies, which will be available on La-La Land's website as well as a handful of randomly signed ones going out to whatever places still sell CDs. So if you get a copy that has some weird black scribble on it, that's probably my signature.
As always, thank you everyone for all the love and support. You guys are the reason I pushed to get this out.
Steve


Mark your calendars folks! Click on the title bar to discuss

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Transformers: Universe Autobot And Decepticon Introduction Videos
Posted by News Fetcher on September 26 '14 at 09:30 AM
By SilverOptimus from TFW2005:
More Transformers Game News. Jagex has released two videos showcasing the Autobot and Decepticon sides of the story for Transformers: Universe.

Will you side with Optimus Prime and the Autobots, or lust for power with Megatron and his Decepticon army? That choice is yours in Transformers Universe, the next evolution in MOBA gameplay. Now is the chance to enter the fray in this explosive PVP combat game packed with killer team combat.

Fight alongside your friends and go head to head with some of the best players in the universe

Choose your allegiance and prepare for war! Enter the frontlines at http://www.transformersuniverse.com/ for intense PVP action and killer team combat


Join the war against the Decepticons and ally with Optimus Prime to defeat the tyranny of Megatron!



Join the war against the Autobots and ally with Megatron to achieve Peace through Tyranny!



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Angry Birds: Transformers Released In New Zealand & Finland - 25 Minutes Of Gameplay Footage
Posted by News Fetcher on September 26 '14 at 07:30 AM
By SilverOptimus from TFW2005:
Forbes and mobile gaming related sites are reporting that Angry Birds: Transformers is now available for download in New Zealand and Finland with Canada and Australia set to follow soon afterwards.

This release is a "Soft Launch"; a growing trend where apps are released earlier than their worldwide release dates for publicity and testing purposes.
Currently, iOS users are the only users who can download it early, if they are living in the above mentioned countries. Download link: iTunes.

Forbes had this to say:
"The game starts with Optimus Prime (Red) and Bumblebee (Chuck) as they fight against the Eggbots created by Eggspark. During play, you tap the screen to shoot different targets and power up your transformation and special powers.

This builds on the kart racing of Angry Birds Go!, role-play action of Angry Birds Epic and the most recent projectile play in Angry Birds Stella. Adding this new mechanic may attract a new set of players to the franchise, as well as long in the tooth Transformers fans.


This is where Hasbro comes in:
"The game makes use of toys to unlock additional characters by placing them over the camera of the tablet or smartphone device. It’s the kind of approach popularized by Skylanders (and more recently Disney Infinity) and should make the game popular with children."

Family Game TV has released a video of the first 25 minutes of the game. Check it out, after the jump.

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Play With This Too Astro Blast
Posted by News Fetcher on September 25 '14 at 10:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
While not a true "third party" release, we thought this might interest you. Several former Hasbro staff have set up a new toy company to deliver a series of 6 inch action figures with interchangeable parts and weapons. The company, called "Play With This Too", will feature "intergalatic heroes vs ferocious monsters". Each figure will also come with a Tech Drone, which is a transforming sidekick figure.

You might recognize a few of the concepts at work here - spacemen vs monsters was ultimately the main paradigm of the 1988 Pretenders series of Transformers, which the Tech Drones might play into. On the other hand, the designs are original, so maybe we're seeing patterns where there are none.

Check out the Play With This Too homepage for more information.

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Transformers Ultimate Showdown Contest
Posted by News Fetcher on September 25 '14 at 09:15 AM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:
The Transformers Age of Extinction home release hype is in full swing, and there is now an Ultimate Transforemers Showdown contest being sponsored by Paramount. You can vote for your favorite Transformer daily in a NCAA tournament style bracket, and if you pick the winner you could win a 64 Inch UHD TV. Check the official game site here and stop back daily to win!

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Will your favorite ‘bot make it through the Ultimate Transformers Showdown? Autobot® or Decepticon®, Dinobot or Constructicon, YOU choose who will advance! Click on the daily match-up and vote on Facebook or Twitter to keep your favorites in the running! If you pick the winning Transformer, you could win* an Ultra HD TV!


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EXCLUSIVE: Transformers Age of Extinction Concept Art
Posted by News Fetcher on September 25 '14 at 08:15 AM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:
Transformers Age of Extinction is out now on Digital HD and is set for release on DVD and Blu Ray next Tuesday! To celebrate the release the fine folks at Paramount have exclusively shared some high res AoE concept art with us here at TFW2005. We get to see some pretty cool stuff in here, including:

Optimus Prime with sword and shield

Bumblebee sketches

Early Drift artwork in alternate colors

Galvatron

Slug with a hand sketched helmet

Man made Cyclebot concepts

Various environment and ship shots

Make sure to grab your copy of Transformers Age of Extinction via Digital HD (now, via iTunes and Amazon) or Blu Ray/DVD next week (Amazon pre-order here).

Check out the official press release and exclusive shots after the break!

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Hub Network Rebranding Official Info And New Hasbro Program Times
Posted by News Fetcher on September 25 '14 at 07:45 AM
By SilverOptimus from TFW2005:
Hasbro has officially announced the rebranding of the Hasbro-Discovery Hub Network to the new Discovery Family.

We received a press release from Hasbro and they have announced several changes to the program lineup.

The Hub Network will become Discovery Family Channel effective October 13, 2014. The network will broaden its programming focus to serve families in primetime and continue to showcase Hasbro Studios award-winning children's content in daytime.

During the daytime, Discovery Family Channel will offer a robust line up of brand new Hasbro Studios' series as well as beloved library programming, including MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS, while during primetime, the network will serve a growing family audience that began to develop under The Hub Network. Primetime programming will draw from Discovery's three decades of leadership in creating the highest-quality, real-world content that appeals to the entire family in the Natural History, Adventure, Animals and Science genres. Initial series will include SUPERHUMAN, TIME WARP, FLYING WILD ALASKA, AFRICA and EXTREME ENGINEERING: BIGGEST REVEALS.


Also, Hasbro’s ownership stake in the channel will drop from 50% to 40% as the programming focus shifts to Hasbro-produced children’s fare in the daytime hours and family-friendly fare in primetime.

Variety reports that Hasbro may turn towards Video-On-Demand or Digital Distribution of their shows in the future:
“Hasbro, meanwhile, gains more flexibility to sell new and existing shows to digital outlets such as Netflix and Amazon. Kidvid is a huge component of overall viewing for the SVOD heavyweights, even though it doesn’t get nearly as much attention in pop culture as original series aimed at adults.”

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Takara Legends Fembots Teased - Arcee, Chromia, and Windblade
Posted by News Fetcher on September 25 '14 at 05:15 AM
By Mechafire from TFW2005:
TakaraTomy's Twitter account has tweeted out new a teaser of three figures many fans have been curious about - their upcoming Legends versions of Arcee, Chromia, and Windblade!

Unfortunately though, they've taken after the third parties with this one, in that the only thing we get to see are their silhouettes. So, how will these vary from their Hasbro Generations releases, if at all? Will Takara make Arcee more red-ish like she is currently in the comics? Will Windblade be done up in more comic-accurate colors? And how will Chromia differ?

Check it out and speculate away in the discussion thread!

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Angry Birds: Transformers Gameplay Trailer
Posted by News Fetcher on September 25 '14 at 04:00 AM
By SilverOptimus from TFW2005:
Rovio has posted a gameplay trailer for Angry Birds: Transformers. The game is a sidescrolling endless runner with heavy G1 elements. The trailer also let us know that even Team Gameplay is included.

Release Dates:
iOS - October 15, 2014
Android - October 30, 2014



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Transformers: Age of Extinction - Behind the Wheel Press Event
Posted by News Fetcher on September 24 '14 at 12:45 PM
By SilverOptimus from TFW2005:
Paramount has posted a video of their Transformers: Age of Extinction - Behind the Wheel Press Event; where people from media got the chance to drive Movie Autobots around a racetrack.



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Peter Cullen Wants Michael Bay To Return For Transformers 5
Posted by News Fetcher on September 24 '14 at 12:30 PM
By SilverOptimus from TFW2005:
Legendary voice actor and the iconic voice of Optimus Prime; Mr. Peter Cullen fondly mentioned director Michael Bay and wishes to see him back in the director's chair for the 5th installment of the Transformers Live Action Movie Series.

Mr. Cullen mentioned to Cinema Blend:

"I have a great deal of respect for him. He generates a great deal of excitement and energy. He's really a hands-on director. My son is a stunt man and worked in Chicago doing a lot of the driving sequences...he said he's a very, very diligent, hands-on guy. He creates a great deal of energy and puts everybody on their toes. I would certainly miss him. I think he's brilliant, his mind is unbelievable. "

"Michael if you're [reading] this, I certainly hope you are coming back."

"It would be very difficult me to express any of the future on Transformers, but certainly the excitement that it's generated of where it could possibly go is up to anybody to figure out. I don't have access to any of that information."


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Diamond Comics Shipping List for 1 October 2014
Posted by News Fetcher on September 24 '14 at 12:15 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
We have received next week's Diamond Comics Shipping list from TFW2005 member D-Drive. Next week we have the trade paperback collecting Mairghread Scott and Sarah Stone's Windblade miniseries, a series delving into the backstory of the titular Windblade! Also on next week's Diamond shipping list - Leader class Jetfire!

TRANSFORMERS WINDBLADE TP
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Mairghread Scott (A) Sarah Stone (CA) Casey W. Coller
In the aftermath of DARK CYBERTRON, WINDBLADE takes the planet by storm! But where did she come from-and what does her secret mean to the future of the TRANSFORMERS?

TRANSFORMERS 30TH ANN JETFIRE LEADER CLASS CS
HASBRO TOY GROUP
From Hasbro Toy Group. The Transformers: Generations Leader Class celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Transformers brand with large, feature-packed action figures available for Transformers fans! This popular scale arrives with the introduction of an all-new version of Jetfire. The Autobots' aerial commander features a large and detailed sculpt with snap-on armor, battle helmet, weapons and accessories, and converts from robot to armored jet mode!

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Takara-Tomy Legendary Weapons Prize Campaign
Posted by News Fetcher on September 24 '14 at 12:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Takara-Tomy have announced a new promotion for their Transformers line. As before, it is a case of "when you spend 3,000 or more yen on Transformers you get a free gift, while stocks last", except this time instead of Microns, they are giving away weapons.

Specifically, these are "Legendary Weapons", trophies which the intergalactic hunter Lockdown had on board his starship. There are four different weapons, each one exclusive to a different store:

Prime Axe, a redeco of the axe that came with Beast Hunters Dreadwing. Available at Toys R Us Japan

Tricera Mace, a redeco of the mace that came with the Deluxe Beast Machines Windrazor. Availability to be announced...

Spino Hammer, a redeco of the drill hammer that came with the Deluxe Beast Hunters Twinstrike. Available at (amongst others) Edion, Best Denki toy counter, Yamada Denki toy counter, and Yodobashi Camera

Ptera Spear, a redeco of Prime Knock Out's spear. Available at Bic Camera, Joshin Kids Land and Kojima Co., Ltd. toy counter

According to the page, they will be available in mid-October.

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Bold Forms Wildfire not-Breakdown Prototype Image
Posted by News Fetcher on September 24 '14 at 11:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Third party group Bold Forms have posted an image of their unofficial take on the Stunticon Breakdown on their Facebook page. "Wildfire" as he is known is shown here in robot mode, posed with a huge gun which is most likely the sidearm for the combined Menasor mode. Check out the image and see what you think.

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