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Transformers card in Takara-Tomy Wixoss Collectable Card Game
Posted by News Fetcher on July 18 '14 at 09:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
In a bizarre crossover, Takara-Tomy has decided to extend the 30th anniversary celebrations of Transformers into their Wixoss collectable card game - with a game of a blue-haired anime girl cosplaying as Optimus Prime. The card features the Optimus Prime girl set against the canyons where the Ark in Generation 1 came to rest, with Optimus Prime's combat deck visible in the background. The card is set to be included in volume 3 of the cards. For those curious about the game, be warned that some of the artwork on other cards might be considered not safe for work.

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Ark Studio Age of Extinction Optimus Prime sword and transforming shield
Posted by News Fetcher on July 18 '14 at 09:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Ark Studio have announced their next third party Transformers project - an add-on for the Age of Extinction Leader Optimus Prime. The set is made up of a sword based on the on-screen look of the one wielded by Optimus Prime in Age of Extinction, and a shield which is designed to transform from the Movie Preview figure's version of the shield to the Generations one via some unfolding panels.

Some images of a prototype have been made available on the group's Weibo, check them out after the break.

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In Hand Images of Generations Leader Jetfire
Posted by News Fetcher on July 18 '14 at 06:30 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
2005 Board member Tcracker has got his hands on the upcoming Leader Class Generations Jetfire figure and has been nice enough to share some in hand images for us. This upcoming leader class toy offers us a much taller "classics" version of the character complete with red-chromed weapons and a cool looking battle helmet/faceplate. Tcracker shows off the figure in a variety of poses as well as both modes. He also gives us a comparison with Classics deluxe Starscream.

Check out all the images after the jump!

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Takara-Tomy Age of Extinction Scorn and Slug Black Knight Versions
Posted by News Fetcher on July 17 '14 at 11:45 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Takara-Tomy have updated their website with yet more Transformers exclusives for the Japanese market. In this update they have added a page for the Age of Extinction Dinobots "Black Knight" versions. Scorn and Slug are getting the Black Knight deco this November, which involves painting the toys in a black deco with silver accents (and some red, in Scorn's case)

Black Knight Scorn is set to be an exclusive release through Edion, Kojima toy department, Bic Camera, Best Denki and Yamada Denki. Black Knight Slug is going to be exclusive to Joshin Kids Land Yodobashi Camera. Both are, as mentioned, set for November releases.

The Takara-Tomy website has also updated with a page for the Movie Advanced EX Wheeljack figure, a white version of Dark of the Moon Que with the Generation 1 inspired Wheeljack head. This one we've seen before and is an Aeon exclusive, due in August. Enjoy this new and clear image of this figure!

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Toys R Us Japan Age of Extinction Evasion Optimus Prime Rusty Version New Images
Posted by News Fetcher on July 17 '14 at 11:31 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Takara-Tomy have updated their webpage for the Toys R Us Japan exclusive Movie Advanced Optimus Prime Rusty Version. This figure represents the beat up state Optimus appears in early in Age of Extinction, and features a full faceplate. The new images show the exclusive color version side by side with the regular release version of Evasion Optimus Prime from the Movie Advanced line.

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Takara-Tomy Movie Advanced Series Rollbar Toys R Us Japan Exclusive
Posted by News Fetcher on July 17 '14 at 10:45 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Takara-Tomy have updated their Transformers website with a listing for a store exclusive Movie Advanced Rollbar figure. Like the Rollbar we are getting as a part of the "Farmageddon" Breakout Scene set, Rollbar is a redeco of Generations Skids - based on the picture on Takara-Tomy's site, he's possibly even the same deco as the Platinum Series set.

According to the information Takara-Tomy posted, Rollbar will be a Toys R Us Japan exclusive and will be available in November 2014.

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Masterpiece Prowl and Sunstorm First Release @ SDCC 2014
Posted by News Fetcher on July 17 '14 at 04:31 PM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:
Toys R Us sent out a press release earlier today with a full listing of their 2014 SDCC offerings. Newly added to that list and relevant to our TFW2005 readers - Hasbro's Masterpiece Prowl and Masterpiece Sunstorm will be making a "First Appearance" in San Diego via TRU, who is partnering with Entertainment Earth. TRU will be selling their goods through the EE booth.

Check out the abridged press release below!
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Building on its tradition of offering an unbeatable assortment of toys for collectors of all ages, Toys“R”Us has revealed its full lineup of exclusive items available at the highly anticipated Comic-Con International in San Diego taking place Thursday, July 24 through Sunday, July 27. Conventioneers will find must-have merchandise based on fan-favorite series, including My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, TRANSFORMERS and more at the Entertainment Earth booth (#2243).

Toys“R”Us will also provide convention goers the opportunity to be among the first to purchase exclusive merchandise not yet available in stores, such as MINECRAFT Creeper Anatomy, MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS ZECORA and TRANSFORMERS Masterpiece Prowl, among others. These first look items will become available in Toys“R”Us stores nationwide later this year.

Fans unable to journey to San Diego this year will also have the opportunity to purchase select items online at Toysrus.com/ComicConvention beginning at 10am EST on Thursday, July 24. All merchandise is available while supplies last, so fans should visit Entertainment Earth at booth #2243 or Toysrus.com/ComicConvention early to make purchases.

Toys“R”Us First-Look Items Coming Soon to Its Stores Nationwide:

TRANSFORMERS Masterpiece Prowl from Hasbro®
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Ark Studio VIP 04 (Legends Size "Lambor")
Posted by News Fetcher on July 17 '14 at 04:01 PM
By StayingInTheBox from TFW2005:
Third party group Ark Studio has revealed their next figure in their VIP line of legends size figures. Next up is VIP 04, which we know as Lambor. Ark Studio's previously announced figures include homages to Smokescreen (Spector), Prowl (Peacekeeper), and Bluestreak (Silverstorm) which you can discuss here.

Will you be adding these to your collection shelves? Let us know after the jump!

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Renderform Nightshade Final Edition Upgrade Kit and Leo Weapons
Posted by News Fetcher on July 17 '14 at 03:31 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Renderform have announced some new add-on and accessory kits! First up is a "Final Edition" version of their Nightshade add-on kit for Universe Darkwind. It's a reissued version of the popular RF-15 Nightshade kit that gives Darkwind a new head, with a more metallic tint compared to the original.

That is not all, though - Renderform have also updated their site with the Leo Justice Sword, Savior Shield, Magnum Hammer and Blackguard Slasher. These were available at Botcon but Renderform have now announced a wide selection of new colors for these weapons - there's a color to match almost any toy or shade of the rainbow!

Check out the listings of all these kits on the Renderform garage kit homepage.

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SDCC 2014 - Angry Birds: Transformers Official Press Release
Posted by News Fetcher on July 17 '14 at 12:30 PM
By SilverOptimus from TFW2005:
SDCC 2014 is just around the corner. We have received a Press Release announcing the arrival of the Angry Birds: Transformers at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.

Our friends at Rovio states...
"Earlier this summer we announced our epic collaboration with Hasbro on Angry Birds Transformers. Fans and media are welcome to visit the Hasbro booth inside the Convention Center to see the Comic-Con exclusive trailer - more information to follow!"

Check out the full Press Release after the jump.
Don't forget to visit TFW2005 for the best Transformers news coverage from the SDCC 2014 grounds.

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TFcon Toronto 2014 Charity Auction Raises Over $8000 For Make A Wish Foundation
Posted by News Fetcher on July 17 '14 at 10:31 AM
By StayingInTheBox from TFW2005:
TFcon Toronto 2014 is done and in the books, and what a show it was! Among the hundreds of pictures taken and dozens of new toys revealed, a more important goal was achieved in that the TFcon Toronto 2014 Charity Auction raised $8000.37 for Make-A-Wish Canada!

From TFcon:

TFcon is very proud to announce that our 2014 charity auction was able to raise $8000.37 for Make-A-Wish® Canada. We are very proud of everyone in our community that contributed to make this amazing feat happen.

TFcon will be returning to Chicago this year on October 24-26.

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Age of Extinction Voyager Slog In Hand Images
Posted by News Fetcher on July 16 '14 at 10:31 PM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Have you had enough Dinobot action for one year? TOO BAD. Because HK-TF has posted a small gallery of the upcoming Age of Extinction Voyager Slog. This movie version of Sludge features a nice light grey, dark grey and red color scheme with twin lances. We've mirrored a selection of the photos from the gallery for you to review and share your thoughts on.

Check out the new images by clicking the title bar!

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New Official Images Of Platinum Edition Silver Knight Optimus Prime
Posted by News Fetcher on July 16 '14 at 08:30 PM
By Shin Densetsu from TFW2005:
Megatronus 209 has spotted new, official images of Platinum Edition Silver Knight Optimus Prime on Facebook and has shared them here. The content has become unavailable so we are not entirely sure who the source is.

Unlike previous stock images of this Platinum Silver Optimus, these new images show chrome and metallic silver paint. The images also have Hasbro's typical "digitally airbrushed to hell" look so we aren't entirely sure if this is indicative of the final product(with regards to chrome and metallic silver paint). If you've seen the 1st edition Optimus, think of the chrome from that, carried over to this but with red flames on the chest.

Read on to check out the images.

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ToyWorld's "Throttlebots" Combined Mode Revealed
Posted by News Fetcher on July 16 '14 at 05:45 PM
By StayingInTheBox from TFW2005:
After a little bit of a hiatus on this particular project, third party/independent group ToyWorld has just made a splash with their homages to the Generation 1 Throttlebot team revealing their versions of Goldbug, Freeway, Wideload, and the team's combined mode! It's been widely speculated and assumed that this team of figures would combine, although not entirely confirmed until now. The reveal came down today over at ToyWorld's webpage, which also confirmed the expected release date for the remaining figures (although no preorder information is available yet):

* TW-T04 2014
* TW-T05 2014
* TW-T06 2014

Are you okay with your Throttlebots combining? Does the combined mode reveal make you want to track down these figures? Sound off on the boards with the discussion link below!

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Transformers: Age of Extinction Toyline Underperforming?
Posted by News Fetcher on July 16 '14 at 01:15 PM
By Mechafire from TFW2005:
As had been reported a short while back, it seemed that the Transformers: Age of Extinction toyline was off to a somewhat rocky start. And now, we have even more evidence to back that up. Disney Pixar Cars website TakeFiveADay has posted an interesting article examining the current state of movie toylines and toylines in general, of course focusing a lot on the current AOE line. Unfortunately, despite the movie itself performing well, it seems the toyline isn't, and it doesn't sound like the outlook is positive either. From the article:

"The #1 licensed toy line in America usually generates about $400-$500 million in sales a year. [...] At the rate the toys are selling, Transformers might still crack $225 million which is a lot but when you create inventory to sell $500 million dollars worth of toys? That’s not so good"

It should be noted that this isn't just related to Transformers; toyline sales in general have been on the decline for a while now. This could potentially be bad news for not just Transformers fans, but fans of toys in general. The reasons for the decline in sales are numerous, and you can read them and discuss after the jump.

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Transformers SDCC 2014 Exclusives - Official Images
Posted by News Fetcher on July 16 '14 at 12:30 PM
By StayingInTheBox from TFW2005:
The official Transformers Facebook page shared a full gallery of all the San Diego Comic Transformers Exclusives in anticipation of the event just a week away. We've seen many images of the exclusives already, including in-hand and on scene at BotCon, so if you're tired of waiting to have these in your collection and will not be at SDCC, use this as a reminder that the figures will be available on Hasbrotoyshop.com after SDCC in limited quantities (make sure your F5 key works properly!).

Enjoy the official image gallery after the jump.

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Age of Extinction Kre-O Microchangers Wave 2 Blindpacks feature no serial number
Posted by News Fetcher on July 16 '14 at 11:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
It's bad news for Kre-O fans - the second Age of Extinction Kre-O Microchnagers assortment (which is series six or seven overall depending on how you count the preview wave) are reported to not feature serial numbers stamped on the packages to help identify the contents. For those picking these up in stores this is a bit of a blow - the serial numbers were a great shortcut to identifying the figures in the bags to collect a whole set. This news comes to you via the Hobbybase Facebook page.

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Transformers: Legends Game Event - Into The Abyss
Posted by News Fetcher on July 16 '14 at 11:00 AM
By SilverOptimus from TFW2005:
Mobage has announced the next Transformers: Legends event; Into The Abyss.

The Autobots and Decepticons work together to drive off several Ammonite attacks, but the allies-of-convenience soon turn on one another! Will they annihilate each other? Will the Ammonites destroy everyone aboard the Lost Light? Find out in TRANSFORMERS: Legends "INTO THE ABYSS"!

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How Hasbro Decides Which Toys They Will Turn Into Movies
Posted by News Fetcher on July 16 '14 at 06:45 AM
By SilverOptimus from TFW2005:
Business Insider has posted an interesting article explaining how Hasbro decides which toys it will turn into movies and the profit they get in return.

With several more brands set to get the movie treatment in the next few years, we spoke with Hasbro Chief Marketing Officer John Frascotti to find out exactly how the company selects which of its toy lines get adapted to the big screen and how you can possibly turn a board game into a movie.

"We look for those brands that have story and character at their foundation because inevitably for any type of storytelling format, whether it's a movie, a television show, a digital comic ... it has to have great story and great characters at it's foundation," says Frascotti.

All together, the "Transformers" franchise has brought in more than $2.5 billion worldwide. The two "G.I. Joe" movies combined have generated more than $600 million at the box office.

According to Reuters, it's low risk strategy for Hasbro. The toy company pays around $1 million to develop script ideas and if a studio wants to go through with a film, Hasbro gets paid back the developing fee. After the film is in theaters, Hasbro reportedly receives 5% of the money a studio makes from theaters.


The article also states that following the success of the Transformers and other Hasbro brand movies, movies based on Jem And The Holograms, Magic the Gathering and Ouija are on their way to the Big Screen. You can read more at the Business Insider.

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Diamond Comics Shipping list for July 23rd
Posted by News Fetcher on July 16 '14 at 06:45 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
2005 Board member D-Drive has once again sent us over the Diamond Distributing list for next weeks Transformer comics. On tap next week for our beloved Robots In Disguise:

TRANSFORMERS VS GI JOE #1 (also shipping 1-in-10, subscription and blank cover variants)

(W) Tom Scioli, John Barber (A/CA) Tom Scioli
SPACE WAR I! Earth makes contact with an alien race-and G.I. JOE is on the front lines of first contact! But when the TRANSFORMERS arrive-their version of "peace" does not match our own...

Also of note this issue has already sold out and a second printing is due August 13th.

TRANSFORMERS WINDBLADE #4 Of(4) (Also shipping 1-in-10 and subscription variants)

(W) Mairghread Scott (A/CA) Sarah Stone
PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE! WINDBLADE seeks out the last refuge she has left, the living city METROPLEX as his malfunctions intensify! WINDBLADE realizes that even if she survives STARSCREAM, METROPLEX himself may doom them all!

TRANSFORMERS CLASSICS TP VOL 07
(W) Simon Furman & Various (A) Andrew Wildman & Various (CA) Guido Guidi
The historic roots of The Transformers are re-presented for maximum Cybertronian enjoyment. Collects issues #77-80, the Headmasters four-issue series, and the three-issue Movie Adaptation. Freshly re-mastered and re-colored, these stories are accompanied by an in-depth introduction as well as select issue notes by Mark W. Bellomo.

Also, make sure to run out to your local comic shop today for the latest issue of Robots In Disguise!

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