By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005
According to the earlier report
from Australian Toy Fair via Ozformers
, Masterpiece Tracks is being reported as NOT MP-25. Where he falls and who else is in line is not known at the moment. The full wording for the initial info was: Tracks (not MP25), MP25 in Sept (I can't reveal name before TakaraTomy), and two new "sports cars" for OCT & NOV.
Read on to discuss and check back for updates later today!Read Replies (0)
By Shin Densetsu from TFW2005
Griffin-of-oz has posted his initial report from Australia Toy Fair 2015 over at
OzFormers. More information is coming later but here's Griffin's initial report:Photos later tonight, and the full report.... but some teaser info to get you interested and to send the global fansites into meltdown.
Generations Devastator on display with my Gen1 Devastator - BigW already signed up for June/July.
More JP Masterpiece coming this year - Gold bumblebee July, Convoy reissue, Tracks (not MP25), MP25 in Sept (I can't reveal name before TakaraTomy), and two new "sports cars" for OCT & NOV.
Platinum edition - Myer will have Seeker pack and YOTG pair... while ToysRUs will have Insecticon pack, Perceptor/Blaster, Trypticon, aaaaand.... Dinobots. YES, Gen1 Dinobots multipack which I hope is all five.
JP Stinger still for this month, only at TRU though.
GEN Slingshot & Wildrider don't exist (yet) for Hasbro Generations, but might next year as Combiners are going to be at least two years.
Leader Starscream for wave 4.
Hasbro MP Starscream is the second (MP11) version because fans wanted it.
Hasbro MP Bluestreak will be in July.
Toyworld's cheaper prices were indeed just introductory prices from Hasbro.
Loyal Subjects w3 should be out in the next month.
That's most of it. More later, probably after midnight though.
Meltdown commence! Stay tuned for more!Read Replies (0)
By Sentinel from TFW2005
Thanks to TFW board member Kuma Style
, we have the first in-hand and extraordinarily detailed review of the oft delayed but highly anticipated figure, Art Storm Ultimetal Optimus Prime. Collectors have been extremely patient waiting to add this piece to their collections, but according to Kuma Style
the wait more than paid off.
Standing an impressive 17 inches tall and weighing in at almost 30 lbs, this figure is at first glance awe-inspiring. Full of diecast and sporting an incredible paint job, this figure is hugely (pun intended) impressive. What really sets this figure apart from previous incarnations of the famed Autobot leader is the removable armor over a highly-detailed and articulated skeleton. This figure is unique in that it allows collectors to remove parts of the armor to show the inner workings of Optimus, including functioning pistons in the wrists, ankles and ribs.
Additionally, the sheer mass of this figure dictates that special measures be taken into consideration with its engineering, so Art Storm added locking joints to support the dynamic posing that most collectors would be almost compelled to attempt with such an impressive and imposing figure. Lastly, the designers added lights and sound effects to truly bring this figure to life. Prime has light-up eyes, running lights and Matrix chamber, plus a moving mouthpiece that moves in tandem with a number of phrases spoken by Peter Cullen.
This is a massive and expensive addition to the world of Transformers collectibles and without a doubt a centerpiece of any collection.
Click through to see the full gallery of pictures plus the detailed review of this highly impressive figure.Read Replies (0)
By Sol Fury from TFW2005
The appointed hour draws near when Masterpiece Star Saber will be released in Japan - and via Oldcasper on Weibo
and fengqiaoken on ACtoys
, we have a look at the Cybertron 5th Commander in-hand.
Hailing from the 1989 show, Transformers Victory, Star Saber was one of a series of Japan-only Cybertron faction commanders. Much like his predecessor Ginrai / Powermaster Optimus Prime, he consists of a small pilot figure, a Brainmaster, which merges with a smaller jet vehicle to form a robot, which then in turn merges with the larger booster engine to form the full-scale Star Saber.
Masterpiece Star Saber is looking to be every bit the large-scale release to celebrate the latter years of the Japanese Generation 1 series. It is an amazing looking release which seems to be set to impress Masterpiece Transformers fans everywhere. Check out the new images attached to this post.Read Replies (0)
By Superquad7 from TFW2005
Here's a bit of news for those out there who are fans of the Transformers: Animated
Jim Sorenson, author of the upcoming The Complete AllSpark Almanac
, has recently updated his blog, Disciples of Boltax
, with an eight (8) page preview. You can check out the images mirrored here after the jump. You'll have to venture on over to his blog for more details on the contest he's hosting. The prize is a sketch card by contributor, Bill Forester.
You can purchase this book at your local comic book shop or outlets such as Amazon.com. Feel free to share your thoughts in the ongoing discussion thread!Read Replies (0)
By Sol Fury from TFW2005
Carrying on our series of Robots in Disguise galleries, today we're highlighting the main character of the new show, the one and only Bumblebee
! Robots in Disguise Bumblebee remains a muscle car as he has been of late, but has traded arm cannons for a suitably huge greatsword.
Robots in Disguise Bumblebee is very much a middling release in the line. On the positives, he's got a good range of movement including a waist swivel, and can strike some good action poses with that sword of his, including a few with a two-handed grip. On the less great front, the car roof on the back of the legs gets in the way on some poses, and the feet lack substantial heels, so some poses are really hard to maintain. The gears on the doors are also a cause for concern - the teeth on mine have already worn down in paces after only a few transformations.
Overall, Bumblebee is a release with personality and poseability, but he is not without flaws by any means. Check out his gallery to see what you think of the leading Autobot in the new show, Robots in Disguise!Robots in Disguise Bumblebee GalleryRead Replies (0)
By Sentinel from TFW2005
Thanks to board member SydneyY
, our resident Japanese translator, we bring you an interview with Hisashi Yuki, published in Figure King Magazine, Issue #205. Yuki-San is one of the head designers currently working on the Combiners Wars/Unite Warriors line for TakaraTomy.
Yuki-San goes into detail regarding his work on Unite Warriors, specifically the development of Superion as well as providing us with a few insights into the decision-making process behind Masterpiece Star Saber.- How did "Combiners" become the theme?- How did you proceed with the development of Superion?- How did you decide on the direction of Japanese "Unite Warriors" development?- Also MP Star Saber is going to be released in March at last.- I can't help wondering about Victory Leo....- Tell us about your current work.- This year is the 30th anniversary of Transformers arriving in Japan. What do you suggest the fans to pay attention to?
Click through to read the interview in its entirety.Read Replies (0)
By Sol Fury from TFW2005
We're carrying on with our galleries of the new Robots in Disguise line, and it's time to bring on the bad guys! We're doing a two for one today folks with a look at both the Warrior class Steeljaw
and the One Step changer Underbite
First up, Steeljaw is the wolf-man and leader of the Decepticon escapees in the new show. He's got a cool design, complete with an articulated wolf-tail, but suffers a bit with a heavy backpack and needing to use the tail to balance. The design of the elbows also scares me - they feel like they could break (a real fear, given Grimlock's). Not one of the best releases in the line, all things considered.
Next up is Underbite. The villain in the pilot episode, he's one of the debut One Step changers for the line and is quite fun as a desk fiddle toy. He looks decently accurate to his on-screen version, and does have some limited poseability in dino mode.
The pair are by no means perfect, but they are decent representations of their characters. Check them out and see what you think. Robots in Disguise Warrior SteeljawRobots in Disguise One-Step UnderbiteRead Replies (0)
By SilverOptimus from TFW2005
Pernigotti Easter Eggs (Italy) is holding a promotional campaign featuring the new Transformers: Robots In Disguise animated series.
The promotion will giveaway 100 One-Step Changer figures from the RID toyline and 3 Generations figure sets.
100 One-Step Changers can be won instantly by uncovering a special code inside specially marked Easter Eggs. A final draw will determine who wins one of each Generations line figure sets.
More information can be found at the Pernigotti official website
.Read Replies (0)
By Mechafire from TFW2005
TFW2005 boards member Nevermore has come through once again, uncovering new Combiner Wars Hasbro product photos at the the Greek Hasbro website
. These include:
• Legends Groove
• Legends Viper
• Legends Warpath
• Voyager Cyclonus
• Voyager Hot Spot (which a quite comical mistransformation - check out the end of his vehicle mode ladder!)
Check em out after the jump!Read Replies (0)
By Sol Fury from TFW2005
TFW2005 member Nevermore has done some sleuthing and uncovered a derth of information on the future of the Transformers Hero Mashers line.
The line will carry on for the forseeable future with Robots in Disguise themed releases, starting with the set of Bumblebee, Sideswipe and Steeljaw (who are out in Canada), and then continue with the three we saw at Toy Fair 2015 - Optimus Prime
, and Clampdown
. There's new images of the latter three, via Hasbro Canada, for you to enjoy.
From there Amazon Canada has posted listings of what appears to be six more releases in the line, which will give us Hero Mashers versions of characters like Quillfire
(we assume they mean the lobster, Bisk), Jazz
, and Drift
It sounds as though the Hero Mashers have a long future ahead of them - and also, that this may be the only way for fans to get versions of some of these characters to add to their collection.Read Replies (0)