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Wally Burr to Attend Botcon 2013
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '13 at 12:15 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Botcon has announced a second guest attending the 2013 convention tonight - and this one is a doozy. Attending Botcon 2013 is none other than the legendary voice director Wally Burr. Wally Burr voice directed not only the original Transformers Generation 1 cartoon, but also many other 80's and 90's favorites such as G.I. Joe, Jem and The Holograms, Inhumanoids, Visionaries, Exo Squad, Conan, Big Foot and the Muscle Machines and too many more too list!

If you're attending Botcon 2013 be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to meet the man who made many of our Saturday mornings so memorable while growing up! If you have not pre-registered, the cut-off for attending has been announced as Midnight Eastern Time on Tuesday 11 June. Find out more and pre-register at the Botcon homepage!

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Andrew Griffith to Attend Wizard World Philadelphia May 30th-June 2nd
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '13 at 12:15 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
IDW's Andrew Griffith dropped us a line to let us know that he'll be a guest at Wizard World Philadelphia from May 30-June 2nd this coming weekend. For those not familiar with Andrew Griffith, he is the regular artist on IDW's Transformers Robots in Disguise series, one of the talented individuals responsible for bringing our favorite Robots in Disguise to life.

You'll be able to find Andrew in the Artist Alley at Table #2100. Andrew will also be appearing on the following panel on Friday, May 31st at 2.00 PM:

2:00 – 2:45 PM HOW WE GOT HERE
An overnight success. That gets thrown around a lot these days but what’s the reality? Did all these really talented and successful creative minds just pop up ‘overnight’ or was it a long and arduous process? Join writer/artist Bob Layton, artist Andrew Griffith and filmmaker/writer Daniel Boyd as they tell us just really how they got here. Moderated by Rebecca Housel. (ROOM 109)


Click here to find out more as well as buy tickets for this weekends event!

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More than Meets the Eye #17 Preview
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '13 at 11:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
IDW have released the previews for tomorrow's new Transformers comics. First up, it's the next issue of James Roberts' epic More than Meets the Eye. With Issue #17, things are hotting up as Remain in Light begins! Read on to check out the seven page preview!

REMAIN IN LIGHT! MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE's first full-blown epic moves into high gear as RODIMUS leads his crew to the gates of heaven—or hell. But larger forces are closing in and an ancient plan is reaching fruition—and as an old friend calls time on the AUTOBOTS' quest, one thing becomes clear: the LEGISLATORS are on the march.

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Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Issue #1 Preview
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '13 at 11:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
It's here! Following on from the Transformers Prime Rage of the Dinobots miniseries, tomorrow will see the release of the first issue of IDW's Transformers Prime Beast Hunters ongoing series. Set on Cybertron, this series will chronicle the ongoing adventures of Grimlock, the Dinobots and the handful of others left behind on Cybertron while Optimus Prime and the rest fight Megatron on Earth. Check out the preview and then pick up the full issue in comic stores tomorrow!

BEAST HUNTERS! They were there when CYBERTRON fell—but what happened to the DINOBOTS for the past few thousand years? Here’s a hint—GRIMLOCK and company haven’t been sitting around and relaxing! The time is now—the place is CYBERTRON—and the recipe is ACTION!

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Jason Jensen (Tommy Kennedy) to Attend Botcon 2013
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '13 at 11:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Botcon have announced their next guest attendee. Making his convention debut is Jason Jensen, who played Tommy Kennedy in the little-known fifth season of Transformers Generation 1 alongside an animatronic Powermaster Optimus Prime. His role in the series was to act as a bridge to introduce the episodes alongside the Optimus Prime, as the "fifth season" was a series of reruns.

Check out the full guest announcement and biography on Botcon.com. Botcon 2013 kicks off in San Diego, CA in a little over five weeks time. If you're planning on attending and have not booked yet - what are you waiting for? Head over to the Botcon homepage to find out more and pre-register.

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Transformers Go! Samurai Team Combined Mode Images
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '13 at 09:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Next up via Japanese imageboard 2Chan we can share with you a pair of scans showcasing the three different combined modes of the Autobot Samurai Team who are due for a release next month under the Transformers Go! brand. As demonstrated in these images the three Autobots Kenzan, Jinbu and Ganou can combine into three different gestalt forms, with one forming the arms and head, one forming the torso and the last forming the legs. The aesthetic of the combined forms, especially the main combined form with Kenzan as the arms and head, is very reminiscent of Takara's 90s "Brave" robot franchise, while the "three robots combine in three different formations for three different super robot modes" is a Super Robot anime staple that originated way back in the 1960s with the original Getter Robo anime.

Check out these images and see what you think of a Transformers series with a healthy side order of classic Japanese super robot anime thrown into the mix.

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Transformers Go! Animation and Happy Meal Promo Update
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '13 at 09:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
A pair of tweets have been brought to our attention which between them have some interesting information about the newest incarnation of Transformers in Japan, Transformers Go! The first tweet shows off a bit more of the DVD animation that will be included with TV Boy to accompany the series, focusing on the two humans who will accompany the Transformers. The second shows off a new Transformers Prime / Transformers Go! Happy Meal (called "Happy Set" in Japan) promotion, which is set to launch June 21st. No other information on releases for this promotion is available beyond the Season 1 Optimus Prime with the flip out Star Saber that is pictured.

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Unique Toys Savage Bull and War Lord Colored Prototypes, Ironhead in Package
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '13 at 08:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
By way of our sponsors Robot Kingdom's Facebook page, we have a trio of updates on the Unique Toys Predaking project, War Lord.

First up, seen at left, the big guy himself is revealed. Unique Toys War Lord, the combination of the five smaller not-Predacons. These images also indicate the main gun will be formed out of the smaller guns of the individual Beasticons. The images also give a sense of scale by way of a comparison image with a Universe Cyclonus.

Next up, colored test shot images of Unique Toys Savage Bull the War Bison have also been posted. You can check them out at the link above as well. Rounding out the update are a pair of in-package images for the second of the five Beasticons to be released shortly, Ironhead the War Rhino.

The Unique Toys War Lord Beasticons are an unofficial project, neither licensed nor endorsed by Hasbro or Takara-Tomy.

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TFC Toys Project Uranos Falcon and Harrier Robot Modes Revealed, Final Pictures Of Project
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '13 at 07:45 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
TFC Toys has updated their Weibo account with final images and reveals for their Project Uranos figures. This project is an homage to the Aerialbots and their combined form, Superion. From these new pictures we get to see the following:

AV88 Harrier II (aka Slingshot) Color Pictures of robot mode and jet mode

F-16 Falcon (aka Skydive) Color Pictures of robot mode and jet mode

Project Uranos Group Shot

Comparison with TFC Hercules

Hopefully, this means the last two figures will start to ship soon and fans will be able to complete this combiner. Check out the pics by clicking the title bar

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Transformers GT Promo Video
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '13 at 04:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The Takara-Tomy Channel on Youtube has posted up a video promoting Transformers GT. In this video hosted by Maeda-P of the Takara-Tomy Transformers team and Circuit Commander Safety Prime viewers get an overview of the first two releases in the Transformers GT line, GT Prime and GT Saber, along with a promotion of the Kids Walk event, where the toy of Safety Prime will be exclusively available.

Check out the video below:



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Transformers GT Manga in KeroKeroAce
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '13 at 04:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Japanese publication KeroKeroAce will be featuring a one-shot manga of Transformers GT in one of its upcoming issues. The one-shot features the three GT Autobots - GT Prime, Saber and Maximus - racing when GT Megatron interferes. The kids walk exclusive character Safety Prime and the five GT Sister Race Queen characters also all make appearances.

Check out a couple of preview panels from the manga via artist Naoto Tsushima on Twitter!

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TFcon announces Third Annual 3rd Party Product Panel
Posted by News Fetcher on May 27 '13 at 10:15 AM
By Super_Megatron from TFW2005:
Due to the success of the past 2 years, TFcon will host the Third Annual 3rd Party Product Panel at TFcon 2013. TFcon has invited 3rd party product manufacturers to once again contribute to a presentation focusing on new information and images of upcoming collector focused toys. TFcon encourages all 3rd party companies to contact them to be involved in this presentation that will have information shared to thousands of fans at the event and online around the world.

TFcon, the world's largest fan-run Transformers convention will take place July 26th to 28th, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario at the Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre. You can pre-register online for TFcon 2013 via this link for the exclusives VAN GUARDIAN and ROSWELL.

TFcon 2013 features Canada's largest dealer room for Transformers merchandise, question and answer panels and autograph sessions with many special guests including Transformers voice actors JACK ANGEL the voice of Astrotrain, Breakdown, Cyclonus, Omega Supreme, Ramjet, Smokescreen and Ultra Magnus in the Generation 1 cartoon plus DICK GAUTIER the voice of Rodimus Prime, along with Transformers comic book artist Livio Ramondelli with more to be announced. The TFcon 2013 hotel block is now available.

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Transformers Hall of Fame 2013 - Hartman Award Fans Choice Poll Finals
Posted by News Fetcher on May 27 '13 at 08:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The nominations are complete and the votes have been counted! The top 5 characters that you, our members, want to see inducted in Hasbro's Transformers Hall of Fame are: Sky Byte, Prowl, Whirl, Rodimus and Ultra Magnus.

We have opened a poll for you to vote for which character you want to see on the final poll on Transformers.com. All polling result lists will be combined together (each outlet getting an equal voice) with the #1 character on each list worth 5 points, etc. The resultant point values will be used to generate the final ballot of five choices, which will be voted upon in early June on Transformers.com. The two characters receiving the most fan votes in the final polling will be announced at Hasbro’s panel on Saturday, June 29, at BotCon in San Diego.

Our poll ends Friday at noon EST. Hit the discuss link below to cast your vote for the character that you want to see win the Fans Choice / Hartman Award spot in this year's Transformers Hall of Fame!

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Prime Beast Hunters Platinum Ultra Magnus In-Hand Images
Posted by News Fetcher on May 27 '13 at 07:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Hobbybase on Facebook has posted up some in-hand out of package images of the Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Platinum Edition Ultra Magnus. An extensively retooled Weaponizer Optimus Prime from the first Transformers Prime series, this version of Ultra Magnus sports both the Forge of Solus Prime and one of his arm cannons. Check out the images at the link above or mirrored attached to this post.

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Mach 5 Gauntlet Prototype
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '13 at 12:30 PM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
New third party group, Mach 5 Toys, isn't pulling any punches with the reveals for their first project. They've revealed via their Facebook page the prototype for their Gauntlet figure. This unofficial Last Stand of The Wreckers Ironfist figure is shown here in robot mode. Also, displayed with the prototype is the alternate head and weapons which will be included with the 2nd release of this figure as Piston (aka G1 Crankcase). According to their Facebook page, they're aiming for a $45.00 price point.

Check out the image after the jump.

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Masterpiece Prowl, Bluestreak and Smokescreen Update
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '13 at 02:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Snakas has posted a summary of the Transformers news from Figure King 184, which we had previously seen scans from earlier this week. Some great news regarding the future of the Masterpiece series as well as the future of the Encore reissues is contained within:

Masterpiece Prowl and Bluestreak are delayed due to retailer orders greatly exceeding what Takara-Tomy expected them to be, and them going back to manufacture more of each.

Masterpiece Smokescreen will be significantly different in design and will be announced soon.

Takara-Tomy are continuing to approach manufacturers who they do not have rights to use the vehicles of - you might get your VW Bumblebee or your Porsche Jazz yet folks!

There seems to be an announcement planned for the Tokyo Toy Show on 15-16 June. Masterpiece Smokescreen, or perhaps the rumored MP-20?

Encore Fortress Maximus sold beyond expectations, and it is hoped that reissues will continue on the back of this.

Masterpiece Tiger Track will be a Tokyo Toy Show exclusive and will include non-chromed versions of the Amazon exclusive piledrivers.

Confirmation is also included that Generations Japan Metroplex will have two guns and a different deco to the US, but no word on what that might be.

Many thanks to Snakas for posting the original summary and REMINATOR & MACRAPTRON for bringing it to our attention and translating!

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Beast Hunters Voyager Wave 3 - Ultra Magnus and Grimwing - Released at US Retail
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '13 at 01:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The hunt for the Beast Hunters continues! The next assortment of Beast Hunters Voyagers, which adds Ultra Magnus and Grimwing into the mix, has arrived at US retail. 2005 Boards member Gen. Magnus made the sighting ata Target store in Tucson, Arizona - so if you are on the hunt, once again Target seems to be getting the new assortments first! Happy hunting everyone!

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TFW Revoltech Transformers Movie Bumblebee Gallery
Posted by News Fetcher on May 25 '13 at 06:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
With the news for Transformers 4 coming thick and fast, let's take a look at one of the cooler iterations of the movie series leading Autobot, Bumblebee. Starting out in the 2007 live action movie as a scout sent to locate Shia Labeouf's character Sam Witwicky, Bumblebee has been a mainstay of all three of the live action movies so far, and doubtless will also make an appearance in the upcoming Transformers 4.

Since its inception the Revoltech line by Kaiyado has sought to balance affordability with detail of design in its figures and incredible levels of poseabilty thanks to most figures coming with a display stand and the unique "revolver joint" system. Bumblebee, from the Sci-Fi Revoltech series, lives up to this ambition. He features a selection of alternate parts as standard for the Revoltech series, including an arm cannon, open and closed hands, and two interchangeable heads, one for his "normal" look and one with his battlemask deployed. He makes a great companion piece to the Movie Optimus Prime figures which Kaiyado has also released in their Sci-Fi Revoltech line - check out galleries of those two here and here.

Open the link below to check out our gallery of Revoltech Bumblebee, which was contributed to our galleries by boards member VaderPrime1.

Revoltech Transformers Movie Bumblebee

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Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Season 3 Episode 7 Plus One Preview
Posted by News Fetcher on May 25 '13 at 02:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
A brief preview for next week's all-new Transformers Prime Beast Hunters episode aired at the end of yesterday's episode. Plus One airs next Friday at 7:30 pm ET on Hub Network and features Fowler and June Derby in a tight spot thanks to the Decepticons. Check out the preview below:



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Transformers Legends Game "Countdown to Extinction" Event Live!
Posted by News Fetcher on May 25 '13 at 12:45 AM
By Superquad7 from TFW2005:
The Transformers: Legends game by Mobage just wrapped up yet another game event, "Cold Delivery". Gamers, we hope you caught your breath fighting off Cosmos, Jetfire, Sky Lynx, and Omega Supreme, because it's time for yet another event! "Countdown to Extinction" has just begun, and this time players will be battling the likes of Starscream and his Minions. For this event the special Spacebridge characters are Ironhide, Sideswipe and Red Alert! Mobage updated their events web page with this story summary:

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"With his superior missing in action and presumed dead, Starscream has stolen the Exponential Generator from Doctor Arkeville, and plans to use it to destroy the Earth and harness the energy to restore Cybertron! With the help of Ironhide, Sideswipe and Red Alert, you must seek and attack Starscream and his minions, before time runs out and the Earth is destroyed!

Assemble the strongest Autobot deck you can! Scan all sectors to uncover Starscream's Minions. Battle them to weaken them. Ask your friends for help. Time is running out."


If you have an iPhone or an Android, this is a free downloadable app that you can download by clicking here (data transfer charges apply, of course). This game is a multi-player card-based battle game that features much of the Classics-Generations characters, featuring new character artwork on each of the battle cards. This game allows the player to go through stages as well as teaming up with allies to beat bosses during events like the one reported here!

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