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Takara in Hand Images of Hound, Drift, Slash, Strafe, Lockdown and Gimmick Toys
Posted by News Fetcher on July 21 '14 at 11:15 AM
By Jacer from TFW2005:
More from Higekuma Toy Blog and on Twitter we have some great pictures of a handful of new Age Of Extinction toys, both Main Line and Flipchangers.

Check out the images after the jump!

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TFCC Figure Subscription Service 2.0 Thrustinator In-Hand
Posted by News Fetcher on July 21 '14 at 10:45 AM
By Mechafire from TFW2005:
TFW2005 boards member Red Snarl has received his Transformers Collectors' Club Figure Subscription Service 2.0 Thrustinator figure, and has been kind enough to share with us a gallery as well as some quick thoughts.

Check it out after the jump, and if you signed up, you can look forward to receiving your own Thrustinators soon!

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Double Comic Preview - Windblade #4 & Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1
Posted by News Fetcher on July 21 '14 at 10:30 AM
By Mechafire from TFW2005:
Newsarama has updated with the comic previews for both Transformers: Windblade #4 and Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1:

Transformers: Windblade #4
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 vs. G.I. Joe #1
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…

Both will be released this Wednesday, July 23, but you can check the previews out after the jump if you don't mind some spoilers.

Also be sure to check back tomorrow for TFW's review of Windblade #4!

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TFcon Chicago 2014 Attendee Registration Now Open
Posted by News Fetcher on July 21 '14 at 10:15 AM
By Super_Megatron from TFW2005:
Online registration is now available for TFcon Chicago 2014. You can follow the Admission/Registration/Ticket Information link to purchase your advance tickets.

TFcon Chicago – The world's largest fan-run Transformers convention will take place October 24th to 26th, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare – 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, Illinois to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Transformers. You can book your discounted room now via the TFcon 2014 hotel reservation website.

TFcon Chicago 2014 features a huge dealer room for Transformers merchandise, question and answer panels and autograph sessions with many special guests including ALAN OPPENHEIMER the voices of Warpath, Beachcomber, Breakdown and Seaspray in Transformers Generation 1 well as the voices of Skeletor, Man-At-Arms and Mer-Man from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, in addition to DAN GILVEZAN best known as the voice of the Autobot Bumblebee in the original Transformers cartoon as well as the voice of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the 1981 animated series, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. He also voiced Goldbug, Hot Spot, Outback, Rollbar, Scamper, Skids and Snapdragon in Transformers Generation 1. More guests TBA.

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Transformers Angry Birds Toy Images
Posted by News Fetcher on July 21 '14 at 10:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Toys R Us had (briefly) posted a pair of entries on their website product catalog for the Transformers Angry Birds series! Through these we have our first look at the toys for this line, and possibly a fresh clue as to what the game itself might involve.

The first set is the Optimus Prime Bird Raceway, a $39.99 set which comes with an Ultimate Optimus Prime bird and an Ultimate Megatron pig. Yes, they seem to be using the actual Transformers names and not the cute reimaginings we reported had been the subject of a trademark application recently. The bird raceway is a racetrack set that launches the toys down a 35ft track - where only one gets to cross the finish line.

The other set is a set of five racers titled the Energon Racers Pack. This pack has Angry Bird versions of Optimus, Grimlock, Lockdown, Starscream and Soundwave, and retails for $29.99.

Both sets also include a Matrix styled telepod which connects to the toys to unlock the characters for play in the game. The toys themselves transform from vehicle - driven by the respective Angry Bird or Bad Piggie - into robot forms with the bird or pig as the head. Speculation is there might be some kind of Bot Shot style transformation going on there, but nothing confirmed as yet.

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Hasbro Collaborates With Shapeways To Sell 3D Printed Artwork
Posted by News Fetcher on July 21 '14 at 07:45 AM
By SilverOptimus from TFW2005:
Hasbro just announced a partnership with Shapeways regarding a new initiative where Official and Fan Art will be 3D Printed and sold as official Hasbro products. The announcement first came from Hasbro's 2014 2nd Quarter Financial Conference Call and Shapeways followed it with an official statement from their end. Though the initiative begins with My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, the company plans to expand into other Hasbro brands which might include Transformers.

"Once we have filled our 3D printers with community designed ponies, we will continue to work with Hasbro and the Shapeways community to enable more Hasbro branded content to be created, 3D printed and sold.

This is a major step forward in realizing the creative potential of 3D printing, to make products on demand that might otherwise never make it into people’s hands. Hasbro has been incredibly forward thinking and open minded, to realize that the existing unmet demand within their fan base can be satisfied with the help of those very same fans. We expect to see many more partnerships like this, to enable user generated content to be 3D printed based on existing intellectual property, with fair attribution and compensation for all parties involved. We've seen this model work successfully in the digital realm, and we’re thrilled to be leading the charge in the physical."


The designs (Fan Art) must be cleared with Hasbro to ensure they are not obscene, violent or hateful, but otherwise, the artists largely have free rein. Even the price for the figurines will be set by the artists.

For more info, visit SuperFanArt.

News Post Image: Figurines inspired by Hasbro’s My Little Pony line and printed at Shapeways.

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TFW2005 Coverage Of Hasbro Second Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call
Posted by News Fetcher on July 21 '14 at 06:15 AM
By SilverOptimus from TFW2005:
TFW2005 attended the Hasbro Second Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call live today.

Nothing major was told but Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner mentioned that they have planned reveals at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con. Hasbro brands such as Transformers, My Little Pony, Magic: The Gathering and Jem and the Holograms will have reveals during the show. A new initiative is planned where the Fans can 3D Print their My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Fan Art. For this, Hasbro has entered a partnership with SuperFanArt. No word yet regarding Transformers.

Transformers: Battle Masters will get expanded to the Marvel Universe.

Also, Mr. Goldner was happy with the success of Transformers: Age Of Extinction. It has helped to increase the Transformers toy sales worldwide. During the Q&A Session he said...
"We feel really good about not only the box office which is growing but movie theaters are built in particularly in emerging markets internationally. I would say that our results in the quarter are very good and we feel very good about the new innovation across both the toy and games category; we put out a very different kind of product line, more expansive line, brought back in a lot of those innovation for the young kids and we see them reflected in our takeaway. And looking out over the remainder of the year, remember for all three of the prior Transformers movies, we did far more business in the 3rd and 4th quarter than in the first half of the year. We would imagine that to be true here as well. And so, as we get into the 3rd and 4th quarter into the entertainment windows and home entertainment, we would continue to believe that we’ll do more business in the 2nd half of the year than the 1st. That’s been the case for this Brand with for Boys Action. But we are pleased thus far about the result."

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New Amazon Transformers Books for December 2014
Posted by News Fetcher on July 21 '14 at 05:45 AM
By Mechafire from TFW2005:
Amazon has just listed some new Transformers books, which will be released this December, including the Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye Volume 6 Paperback and the Transformers: Dark Cybertron Hardcover.

Check them out after the jump!

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Transformers: Age of Extinction Takara Galvatron In-Hand Images
Posted by News Fetcher on July 21 '14 at 05:45 AM
By Mechafire from TFW2005:
Also coming to us this morning, this time from TFW2005 boards member LigerPrime, we have some in-hand images of Takara's Transformers: Age of Extinction Galvatron figure. This is the Voyager Galvatron mold with some added paint applications.

Check it out after the jump!

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Transformers: Age of Extinction Takara Battle Command Optimus Prime In-Hand Images
Posted by News Fetcher on July 21 '14 at 05:30 AM
By Mechafire from TFW2005:
Thanks to Higekuma toy blog, we have many in-hand images of Takara's new Transformers: Age of Extinction Battle Command Optimus Prime figure. The galley shows off the figure from many different angles, and also displays the many features the figure contains.

Check it out after the jump!

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Upcoming Generations product shots
Posted by News Fetcher on July 20 '14 at 05:45 PM
By KidDynamite from TFW2005:
Thanks to the Facebook group Transformers Columbia, we have new official Hasbro images of several upcoming Generations figures, both in and out of packaging and in both bot and alt modes. The figures included are Arcee, Chromia, Jhiaxus, Nightbeat, and Windblade.

Check out all the images after the jump!

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In hand images of Warbotron Sly Strike (Swindle)
Posted by News Fetcher on July 20 '14 at 04:30 PM
By Zavien from TFW2005:
Thanks to tfw2005 board member UranusDD we have our first in hand images of Warbotron Sly Strike (Swindle). This is currently the third release to their homage of Generation 1 combiner Bruticus.

Check out the fully gallery after the jump!

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Transformers Rescue Bots - Mystery Rescue
Posted by News Fetcher on July 20 '14 at 06:45 AM
By Jacer from TFW2005:
The next DVD release of Rescue Bots is due to hit retail early September. Read on to check out the announcement text as well as episode list and click the link below to discuss here on the boards.

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Transformers Collectors Club Subscription Service Mystery Figure New Image
Posted by News Fetcher on July 20 '14 at 06:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
A new image of the mystery figure from this year's Transformers Collectors Club Subscription Service has surfaced on Weibo. This new image shows the mystery figure - who we're avoiding referring to by name for now to preserve the surprise - in his robot mode, in a dynamic pose.

This seventh figure is going to ship alongside shipments of the sixth and final figure in this year's subscription service this October.

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Transformers: Age of Extinction Takara Black Knight Grimlock In-Hand Images
Posted by News Fetcher on July 19 '14 at 01:45 PM
By Mechafire from TFW2005:
Thanks to TFND, we now have some in-hand images of Takara's Transformers: Age of Extinction Black Knight Grimlock figure! This is the much-anticipated release of the Leader Grimlock mold done up in more movie-accurate colors. Which means, of course, lots of gray.

Check out our selection of pics after the jump, and view the full gallery over at TFND!

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TFCC Figure Subscription Service 2.0 Thrustinator Arriving
Posted by News Fetcher on July 19 '14 at 09:00 AM
By Mechafire from TFW2005:
TFW2005 boards member puma has dropped by to let us know that the TFCC Subscription Service Thrustinator figure has started to arrive in fans' mailboxes. For everyone who signed up, you can look forward to receiving your Thrustinators soon!

You can check out the pics of his after the jump.

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Transformers: Robots In Disguise Info And Images From Licensing Expo 2014
Posted by News Fetcher on July 19 '14 at 06:00 AM
By SilverOptimus from TFW2005:
Las Vegas Licensing Expo is the San Diego Comic-Con for the businessmen. But that doesn't mean the expo has to be dull and boring. On the contrary, it's colorful as a mini SDCC.

At this year's Expo one company has stolen the spotlight; Hasbro. Dubbed by the press as "The Master Transformer", the company has presented its upcoming ventures including Transformers: Robots In Disguise and Angry Birds: Transformers. Though the event was held a month ago, it is only now that the Press and Media has started to reveal what was there at the Licensing Expo 2014.

We have recieved some images and information regarding Transformers: Robots In Disguise from the expo for you to have a look. The info includes:

Theme of the Transformers: Robots In Disguise

Licensed Apparel And Merchandise

Toys

Transformers: Angry Birds Game Info

"The Transformers Effect"

You can read all about them, after the jump.

More news will come our way in less than a week's time. Stick with TFW2005 for the best SDCC 2014 Transformers news coverage.

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Transformers Expo 2014 Exclusives Revealed
Posted by News Fetcher on July 18 '14 at 09:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Takara-Tomy will be holding a special Transformers Expo in Yokohama City's Yokohama Exhibition Hall from August 9th to 17th. There are going to be several exclusive Transformers items at the event, including:

Age of Extinction Movie Advanced Series Evasion Nemesis Prime

Movie Advanced Series Voyager class Black Knight Grimlock

A reissued Masterpiece Sideswipe, sans Autobot symbol on his chest

Q Transformers Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, cute little Choro Q versions of their Movie vehicles

A new lineup called the "Legends Commander Series". The first four releases will be new releases of Robot Masters G1 Optimus Prime, Beast Wars Optimus Primal and Beast Wars Second Lio Convoy, with the fourth slot taken by a redeco of Age of Extinction One Step Changer Optimus Prime. We suspect these will eventually be mass retail rather than just at-show exclusives.

Check out images of all nine toys after the break.

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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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