By Sol Fury from TFW2005
Long time friend of TFW The Spacebridge
has shared something exceptionally cool on his Facebook page. Many of us are aware that the Action Masters assortment were among the very last releases that came out in the Transformers line in the US - and a few final releases made it to Europe in 1991.
But, as with any line cut short, designs were made that would never see the light of day. That is where The Spacebridge's post comes in. He has shared eight pieces of artwork showing some Action Masters that never made it off the drawing board - and some are rather cool.
These bits of art show Action Master versions of Ultra Magnus - who would have come with a trailer in a similar size class to the Optimus Prime one, which could split into two separate battle vehicles. Combiners Bruticus, Superion, and Predaking all were concepted, with Superion and Predaking having motorbikes that turned into gunnery stations, much like the Prowl that was released in 1990. A Perceptor was also concepted, but like Bruticus there is no hinting at what he might have came with. All the figures are shown with additional armor / weapon parts in a second robot sketch, which suggests this would have been the overall gimmick of these Action Masters, after the transforming partners of the initial releases and armor of the European ones.
Check out the images and give some major thanks to The Spacebridge for sharing all of this with the fandom at large!Read Replies (0)
By Super_Megatron from TFW2005
:TFcon Toronto 2015
advance tickets are now online. You can reserve your chance to meet Peter Cullen at this time. Mr. Cullen will be doing 2 meet and greets, exact times are TBA but they will be on Saturday July 18th, with each session limited to 100 fans.
The TFcon Toronto 2015 Peter Cullen VIP ticket includes the following:
-Meet Peter Cullen in a private VIP room
-Autograph from Mr. Cullen on your item of choice and a certificate of authenticity
-Photo of you with Mr. Cullen
-Guaranteed front of theatre seating for Peter Cullen Q&A panel
-Weekend admission to TFcon Toronto 2015
-Early entrance to Canada’s Largest Dealer Room for Transformers Merchandise
-Access to TFcon panels and events
-Entrance into the hourly door prizes
-Copy of the TFcon 2015 program featuring the 2015 comic
You can reserve your tickets now via the TFcon Toronto Admission/Registration/Ticket Information page
.TFcon Toronto – The world's largest fan-run Transformers convention
will take place July 17th to 19th, 2015. at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre. You can book your discounted room now via the 2015 hotel reservation website
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By ORIO from TFW2005
D-Drive has once again been nice enough to send over the Diamond Comics Shipping list for next week, February 25th. On tap next week for the Transformers is the following:
TRANSFORMERS DRIFT EMPIRE OF STONE #4 (OF 4) (also shipping subscription variant)
(W) Shane McCarthy (A/CA) Guido Guidi
FINAL FATE! This is it-DRIFT and RATCHET show down against the STONE ARMY! Will DRIFT rejoin the AUTOBOTS-or forge a new fate in the farthest reaches of the galaxy?
No mention in this listing regarding this weeks delays
. Hopefully we'll get some news on those issues soon!Read Replies (0)
By Matty from TFW2005
Something fun to close out your day with is a bit of Generation 1 trivia to share with you, courtesy of The Spacebridge Facebook page
. In this post we get to see a rare look at a Powermaster Optimus Prime design sketch, which shows off the planned Headmaster gimmick that was later dropped.
Here's the full blurb with some great information about the Powermaster Optimus Prime figure and its originally planned gimmicks: Trivia Tuesday! - Did you know that Powermaster Optimus Prime was originally planned to be a POWERMASTER + HEADMASTER + TARGETMASTER! The Headmaster part was dropped late on, this explains why the large head is removable and why the trailer has a compartment in the back with a ramp. Originally "Roller" would have become Optimus's head and be stored in the back of the trailer when in vehicle mode. Here are some rare design pictures showing the Headmaster. No pictures of his Targetmaster gun have been found (yet), Hasbro staff who remember working on this recall two identical transforming guns were planned. The first patent for this toy still shows the Headmaster. I'm going to do a big update this week on G1 toy concept art, stay tuned!
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By Matty from TFW2005
Thanks to Alfes2010's
toy blog, we've been treated to several in-hand shots of the upcoming Takara Legends Arcee
, and Windblade
figures. The full set of galleries compares the Takara release of these characters with their Hasbro counterparts, providing us with great looks at all of the differences between the two.
The full sets of images can be found after the jump!Read Replies (0)
By Sentinel from TFW2005
Continuing on with the surge of Third-Party releases prior to the Chinese New Year, we have in-hand, in-package pictures of the newly renamed ToyWorld Evila Star (Astrotrain) courtesy of ToysZone
Scaled to be either a very large Classics figure but more likely to fit into your Masterpiece collection, Evila Star has more of a toy-accurate aesthetic than cartoon accurate, but he also features some very impressive engineering to create three very convincing modes. You'll be hard pressed to pick your favorite.
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By Sol Fury from TFW2005
, who previously worked as a designer with Hasbro, has shared some concepts of some exclusive Transformers designs which never saw the light of day.
The first of these designs was a Generation 2 style Megatron, using the Universe Galvatron as a base. For this release, Erik designed a head inspired by Megatron in the then-current IDW comics, and a sword weapon based on the original Japanese Megatron release.
The second was a version of classic character Triggerhappy, using Universe Cyclonus. Triggerhappy would have moved the quad cannons from the sides of the jet / robot arms to the robot's head, and these could swivel down to give Triggerhappy ear-mounted firepower! Plus the general head design looks particularly awesome.
Both the Megatron and the Triggerhappy were cancelled early in the process, before any sculpts were done. It's a pity, because while the Galvatron mold was weak, a Megatron one would have been a welcome addition, and the Triggerhappy looks plain cool. A big personal shout out and thank you to Erik for sharing these with the community.Read Replies (0)
Toy Fair 2015 - Loyal Subjects
Posted by News Fetcher on February 16 '15 at 07:00 AM
By Joe Moore from TFW2005
Here are photos of the Transformers Figures on display at The Loyal Subjects booth. Here's what they had
Starscream and Cobra Commander 2-Pack
Talking Optimus Prime
Dino Accessories Grimlock
Shattered Glass Evil Dinobots 3-Pack
Conehead Ghost 3-Pack
Smokescreen, Invisible Mirage, Sideswipe 3-Pack
Cybertronian Edition Grimlock and Soundwave 2-Pack
Oversized Optimus Prime
Mini Carded Vinyl Figures
Action Vinyls Blind Box Figures Wave 3
Action Vinyl Window Box Figures
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