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Unreleased Generation 2 Protectobots Images
Posted by News Fetcher on June 17 '13 at 01:15 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The Spacebridge has shared some incredibly awesome stuff on his Facebook. At the end of Transformers Generation 2, there was a whole bunch of toys that were never released, famously among those were the Generation 2 redecos of the Protectobots. It's not every day we get a look at them, so check out The Spacebridge's Facebook gallery which shows some nice, clear pictures of all four Protectobots and their bios.

Also showcased is a rare look at the bio for the Laser Cycle Jazz toy. A motorcycle version of Autobot Jazz, this toy like the Protectobots was never released outside of a very limited run to a test market, making it one of the rarest Transformers collectibles. Be sure to check it out!

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Hasbro Press Release - International Licensing Expo 2013
Posted by News Fetcher on June 17 '13 at 12:15 PM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
We just received a Press Release from Hasbro regarding their presence at the International Licensing Expo 2013 (June 18th to June 20th). Of course, they will most surely be giving a sneak peek at what they have in store for us for the upcoming year.

On the 2010 Licensing Expo, Hasbro revealed the Teaser Poster for Transformers: Dark of the Moon which was to be released in the following year of 2011. So, will we see the Teaser Poster for Transformers 4 this time? If you are heading over there to the expo, make sure to take some pics and share with us.

And now for the Press Release. Here is the Transformers related info:

TRANSFORMERS

Hasbro's iconic TRANSFORMERS brand has become one of the most successful brand franchises of the 21st century and features the heroic AUTOBOTS and the villainous DECEPTICONS engaged in an epic battle on multiple storytelling platforms, including film, television, digital gaming, publishing and theme parks. Hasbro and its licensees provide the avid TRANSFORMERS fan base with high value, age-appropriate merchandise including digital gaming, toys, apparel, sporting goods and more. DeNA and Hasbro recently announced the launch of TRANSFORMERS: LEGENDS, an action card battle game based on the TRANSFORMERS franchise, which is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and on Google Play for Android devices. TRANSFORMERS: The Ride - 3D, currently open in Singapore and Hollywood, will officially open on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Universal Studios Orlando. The thrill ride is a mind-blowing, action-packed experience that pushes the limits of technology to place guests in the middle of a larger-than-life battle between the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS.

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Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Souvenir Figure
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '13 at 09:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
A pair of Taobao auctions have posted up in-hand images of what is claimed to be a Botcon 2013 at show souvenir toy. The two auctions, here and here, show a redeco of the movie toy Dark of the Moon Skyhammer in a green tiger-stripe jungle camo deco, with blue rotors and gold accents. The deco is unmistakeably Machine Wars Sandstorms - which suggests that it will be one of the at-show souvenirs.

Check out the images and see what you think of this potential convention exclusive release.

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TFW Masterpiece Rodimus (Hasbro Version) Gallery
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '13 at 07:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
With a lot of talk about Masterpieces - and Rodimus in the running for the Fan's choice award again this year - now seemed like a good time to share this one with you! Masterpiece Rodimus is the Hasbro release of Takara-Tomy's Masterpiece Rodimus Prime. He was a Toys R Us exclusive, trading up the trailer of the Japanese release for Offshoot, a Targetmaster partner figure who complements this release very well. All in all, the Hasbro release represented everything that was good about the Takara-Tomy Version 2 release of this toy, and made it available to US fans without the need of importing the more expensive Japanese version.

Open the link below to take a look at our gallery of Hasbro's Masterpiece Rodimus, brought to you by TFW2005 site owner Tony_Bacala!

TFW Masterpiece Rodimus (Hasbro Version) Gallery

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Transformers 4 may film scenes at decomissioned US Coast Guard ship Bramble
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '13 at 05:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Another Michigan Transformers 4 filming update for you - Paramount are in talks with the owner of the decommissioned US Coast Guard Cutter Bramble, with a view to filming some scenes at the ship. There is no agreement as yet, so don't take it as read that you'll see the Bramble on the big screen.

This news comes to you by way of the Lansing State Journal - open this link to view the full report.

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Transformers 4 to film in Fairfield Township
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '13 at 05:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
By way of Lenawee County's Daily Telegram, we have learned that a scene or scenes from Transformers 4 will film in Fairfield Township, MI. A section of M-52 between Weston and Mulberry roads has apparently been picked as a possible filming location, a wide two lane stretch of road (Paramount was, evidently, initially searching for a four lane stretch of road, but settled on the wide stretch when no appropriate four lane roads were found).

Given Transformers 4's tagline as "a chase from hell" we'd assume that means a decent length of a car chase sequence may be shot here. Filming is due to take place later this month so as to not disturb the harvest, so we will doubtless find out more in due course.

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Masterpiece MP-20 Clarification
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '13 at 04:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
We have some additional information about the next installment in the Transformers Masterpiece series for you now. 2005 Boards member MACRAPTRON was also present at the Tokyo Toy Show panel yesterday, and can report on what Shogo Hasui said during the presentation:

Hasui: "About the new Masterpiece, I believe many of you want to hear about MP20. We can't show it yet, but MP20 will finally be that character, that car model which the license was very difficult to obtain".

MC: "Why? (can't show now?)"

Hasui: "You'll have to wait/please wait some more"

This does not quite match what we heard yesterday, but this does fit with what we heard previously about the Takara-Tomy team relentlessly pursuing licenses for the car models of the other Generation 1 characters. From Hasui's wording, it sounds like MP-20 might be a character with a licensed car mode which has been very hard to obtain for the line - which narrows the field of candidates quite considerably.

We will share more news and information as it reaches us.

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FansProject Causality Down Force Final Product Images
Posted by News Fetcher on June 16 '13 at 04:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
2005 Boards member uranusdd has shared with us some very nice high-res images of the next release from GansProject, Down Force. Down Force is an unlicensed version of Generation 1 Drag Strip and will be the next release in the Causality series. We have had word that this toy is going to be released very soon; in fact it should already be on its way to the warehouses of our sponsors.

While you wait in anticipation of your shipping notice, check out uranusdd's images attached to this news posts.

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Important PSA - Transformers Collectors Club Subscription Service
Posted by News Fetcher on June 15 '13 at 03:15 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
We are passing on this important news for all people who are subscribed to the Transformers Collectors Club Subscription Service.

If you were previously a member of the Transformers Collectors Club, have let your subscription lapse, and have moved house, the following is very important if you want to get your toys.

If your membership has lapsed, you will not be able to log in to the Transformers Collectors Club site to update your shipping information. It is a known error, but importantly it is not expected to be resolved before the first toys begin shipping out.

If your postal address has changed since you subscribed to the Transformers Collectors Club Subscription Service you need to email Fun Publications' Brian Savage without delay to make sure you get the toys that you have paid for. The email address to contact Brian on is brian@funpubinc.com.

Do not delay, send those emails today.

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Generations Legends Bumblebee with Blazemaster Packaging Variant
Posted by News Fetcher on June 15 '13 at 03:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Some fine sleuthing by Transformers expert Nevermore has turned up an interesting packaging variant for the new Generations Legends Bumblebee with Blazemaster set. The cardboard insert with the toy's names comes in two styles, evidently - one features the "thrilling 30" anniversary logo on the right of the packaging, with a large "warning - small parts" on the left, and "Bumblebee & Blazemaster" split over two lines. This version features no Hasbro logo, or transformation skill level. The other version that has been noted features the 30th anniversary logo to the right of the packaging, a smaller warning in the right, fits "Bumblebee & Blazemaster" on to one line, and has the Hasbro logo along with the transformation skill level below and at left of the name.

Both versions seem to be available in equal quantities at this time, as the attached collage pulled from six random eBay auctions demonstrates. Definitely one for completists or packaging variant collectors, this one!

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High Resolution Images From Transformers 4 Set In Taylor TX
Posted by News Fetcher on June 15 '13 at 11:00 AM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
2005 Boards Member Jasonbo has posted great quality images from the Transformers 4 Set in Taylor, Texas.

The images feature some action going on with Mark Wahlberg, T. J. Miller, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz and an unknown armed military group which includes actor Lucas Black (main protagonist of The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift).

Reynor is driving the recently unveiled Chevy Sonic RS, trying to escape the armed Military Group pursuing them with Cadillac's with gun turrets.

You can visit Jasonbo’s Flickr Page to take a look at his awesome contribution to the Transformers Fandom.

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Masterpiece Tiger Track In Hand Images
Posted by News Fetcher on June 15 '13 at 08:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
2005 Boards member Masabon has followed up his coverage of the Tokyo Toy Show 2013 with some in hand images of Masterpiece Tiger Track, which we can share with all of you now. Tiger Track is a yellow redeco of Sideswipe, with his head tool combining elements of Sideswipe and Red Alert's heads for a look which is entirely his own. Check out the images Masabon has kindly shared with us attached to this news post.

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Transformers Go! Kenzan, Jinbu and Ganoh in Hand
Posted by News Fetcher on June 15 '13 at 07:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
2005 Boards member GENgoraw has shared with us a very nice selection of images of the Transformers Go! Autobot Samurai team of Kenzan, Jinbu and Ganoh, who were released early at the Tokyo Toy Show this weekend. The Samurai trio bring in a good deal of the cool Transformers Cybertron style design melded with some of the modern touches for a truly super robot take on Transformers. These images show the trio in both their modes as well as demonstrating the combined modes - and as an added bonus, there is a picture of the catalog that comes with the toys, demonstrating that the Shinobi team Gekisomaru, Hishomaru and Sensuimaru can also combine in place of the Samurai to create even more unique super robot combinations.

Check out the pictures attached to this post, with major props to GENgoraw to sharing these with us.

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Tokyo Toy Show 2013 More News and Images
Posted by News Fetcher on June 15 '13 at 07:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
2005 Boards member Masabon has shared with us more news and images from the Tokyo Toy Show 2013, including a video of the Takara-Tomy presentation that among other things unveiled Masterpiece G2 Sideswipe.

In Masabon's pictures, we have more pictures of the Transformers toy displays including:

TG-23 Metroplex in all three modes - with these new images, we can see all the main differences between US and Japanese versions of Generations Metroplex. As well as the chromed face, additional black on the legs and white ramps in base mode, the city ramp from the chest will also be white on the inside, and it would appear that the chest-mounted artillary battery is also red.

Generations Japan Springer and Blitzwing are, in fact, the Takara-Tomy ones. Spinger features slightly darker green and a stronger grey, and Blitzwing is mostly the same as the US version - but his helmet is done in gold rather than yellow.

The Transformers Go! OVA DVDs are patterned to look like the Cybertronian Data Disks, which is pretty cool

The RC Transformers series is shown in a bit more detail, with some more pictures of the Bumblebee styled Camaro, and also an Optimus Prime truck version shown.

There are also lots more images from the display and from the presentation, check them all out attached to this story!

Major, major thanks to 2005 Boards member Masabon for sharing this with us! Check out his video of the Takara-Tomy presentation below:

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Transformers Subscription Service Figures Shipping Soon
Posted by News Fetcher on June 14 '13 at 08:00 PM
By Shin Densetsu from TFW2005:
Brian Savage of the Transformers Collector's Club has sent out the following email to members:

Just a quick note to let you know that the figures are in our warehouse! We are going to do the best we can to get them out before BotCon (no guarantees). But we need your help. If you have moved since the program started last fall, we need you log in at: mastercollector.com/fss/event.cfm?eid=3 and update your address.

This needs to be done by Monday morning 9am Eastern Time so we can work on generating the shipping documents. We cannot be responsible for reshipments for anything that is sent to an incorrect address. If you can't remember your password, go to the club: TransformersClub.com/shop and use the "remember me" function under the My Account tab. Please do not call as we are preparing for BotCon and we don't have the capacity to handle many calls and get ready for the show.

After the first shipment goes out, we will let you know what the billing dates will be for the two installments.

We appreciate your patience in this program. The delay has been very frustrating to us as well, and the manufacturer has assured us that it won't happen again. We know you will love your figures!

Thanks for your support,


The wait is almost over!

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Masterpiece G2 Sideswipe & 30th Anniversary Masterpiece Fans Choice Characters Revealed
Posted by News Fetcher on June 14 '13 at 07:45 PM
By Shin Densetsu from TFW2005:
Surprising news comes our way today via the Twitter feeds of GENgoraw, ripetakobozu and MORILEO0814; the next Transformers Masterpiece figure is Masterpiece G2 Sideswipe! This isn't just a mere repaint, as it comes with all new tires and weapons!

In addition, TakaraTomy is celebrating the 30th anniversary of our beloved Transformers, by letting fans choose which Autobot leader should be made into the Masterpiece line! Choices include:

Star Saber

Optimus Primal

Fortress Maximus

Armada Optimus Prime

Robots In Disguise Optimus Prime

Energon Optimus Prime

Dai Atlas

Cybertron Optimus Prime

Big Convoy

Lio Convoy

Powermaster Optimus Prime
At the moment we are not sure if Hasbro will be doing anything similar. Read on to check out the images!

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Featured Ebay Auctions - Optimus Primal
Posted by News Fetcher on June 14 '13 at 04:16 PM
By Joe Moore from TFW2005:
With Beast Hunters toys on shelves and a show on their air, we're taking a look back at one of the quintessential characters from the original Beast Era...Optimus Primal. From being a tiny bat, to his iconic ape form all the way to his re-imagined pre-beast form during Botcon 2006, there's a Primal figure for all tastes. Check them out below.

Transformers Beast Wars Optimus Primal MISB New Optimus Prime Ape Black Jack | eBay
Transformers Beast Wars Optimus Primal MISB New Optimus Magenta Transmetals | eBay
Transformers Beast Wars 2 10th Optimus Primal Figure | eBay
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Transformers Hall of Fame 2013 Fans Choice Finalists
Posted by News Fetcher on June 14 '13 at 03:31 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
With just two weeks to go until Botcon 2013, the Transformers Hall of Fame Fans Choice Finalists have been revealed. Vying for the winning spot of "Fans Choice Inductee" are:

Rodimus, Autobot hot-shot cavalier and currently commander of the Lost Light expedition.
Arcee, female Autobot warrior skilled in combat with blaster, bows, blades, and sharp remarks.
Beast Wars Megatron, cunning and ruthless warlord whose achievements include killing Optimus Prime (temporarily), conquering Cybertron, and saying "yesssss" a lot.
Prowl, by the book Autobot security chief. He's had a bit of a rough time of things recently in the Robots in Disguise comics...
Ultra Magnus, duly appointed enforcer of the Tyrest Accord. Once smiled and regretted it.

Open the links above to check out the official pages for each nominee on Hasbro's Transformers website!

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New Transformers Trade Paperbacks for November 2013
Posted by News Fetcher on June 14 '13 at 03:16 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Amazon has listed some new preorders for IDW Transformers trade paperbacks, which are set for a release in November (and one in early December). The new volumes include:

Transformers Art of Prime, due November 5 and (presumably) an artbook covering the complete 68 episode run of Transformers Prime, from Darkness Rising to Predacons Rising.

Transformers More than Meets the Eye Volume 5, due 19 November and widely expected to contain the "Remain in Light" arc.

Transformers the Movie Collection Volume 2, due on 19 November. At just over 300 pages long, it will contain between 12 and 14 issues of the movie tie-in comics, most likely these will be the Revenge of the Fallen adaptation plus the Defiance and Alliance prequels.

Transformers Classics UK Volume 5, due on 3 December. No indication of which issues are included is given, but The Legacy of Unicron (Marvel UK 146-151) should be in this volume, given that the previous volume covered up as far as Marvel UK 145.

Details on these are sparse right now, but we will update when more information comes to light.

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Art Storm Licensed Roadbuster ES and EM Gokin Versions
Posted by News Fetcher on June 14 '13 at 02:15 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
News in from Tokyo Toy Show 2013 - it would seem that Japanese studio Art Storm / Fewture, who have previously made the ES and EM Gokin versions of the Mugen Calibur from Japanese Anime series Dorvack have acquired a Transformers license from Takara-Tomy - which means officially licensed Roadbuster versions of both these Mugen Caliburs!

To take a quick step back and explain, ES Gokin is a small, transformable, super-deformed (large head in proportion to body) figure, while the EM Gokin version is a normal proportioned release, but does not transform. Regrettably the version that would have the biggest appeal - that is, a full transformable one with normal proportions - was not made by Art Storm but CM's Corporation.

Regardless, these are both very cool pieces, and doubtless the EM Gokin Roadbuster will look good in a collection display regardless of its lack of an alternate mode - this fan would imagine it would look rather cool next to the Mech Ideas Apex and Geminus figures.

This news comes to you via the Cybergundam blog.

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