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Transformers Generations Voyager Sandstorm Found at US Retail
Posted by News Fetcher on June 20 '13 at 07:30 PM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Huzzah! The next release in the Transformers Generations 30th Anniversary line has been found at US retail. 2005 Board member Sean Whitmore reports finding Wave 4 Generations Voyager Sandstorm at a Toys R Us in Culver City, CA. This figure is an extensive remold of the Generations Springer mold.

New sightings in your area? Report them to your fellow collectors in our Transformers sightings forum!

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GT-04 GTR-Maximus Official Images
Posted by News Fetcher on June 20 '13 at 07:15 PM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
The Takara Tomy Mall has updated with a ton of new official images of the next release in their GT-R line, GT-R Maximus. These images show us the robot mode from several angles of the robot mode, vehicle mode and the race queen driver. Also, shown is how Maximus' sword can be attached in vehicle mode. This figure, which is primarily green, does a great job of working in the necessary parts to complete a Fort Max homage.

Check out all of the new images by clicking the title bar.

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Transformers GO! Gaidora In and Out of Package Pic
Posted by News Fetcher on June 20 '13 at 07:00 PM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
More Transformers GO! news now, Takara's TFyuki tweeted this new image today of G-04 Gaidora. The figure is packaged in robot mode and there's a second Gaidora in the picture in beast mode. This repaint of Lazerback is looking sharp in green and black.

What do you think? Will you be importing this and increasing your Beast Hunter Predacon ranks? Sound off on the 2005 Boards.

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Transformers GO! Limited Edition Gold Samurai Team Kenzan Combiner Head
Posted by News Fetcher on June 20 '13 at 07:00 PM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Takara Tomy has announced a new limited edition gold combiner head to go along with the new Transformers GO! Samurai team. Announced via their youtube channel, this gold head using Kenzan's mold, will be extremely limited. It will be available at select Japanese retail stores and will be free with the purchase of 3000 yen or more in Transformers product.

You can check out the video below



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Peter Cullen And Frank Welker Talks Transformers 4
Posted by News Fetcher on June 20 '13 at 06:45 PM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Zap2It has posted an interview with the legendary duo; Peter Cullen and Frank Welker from the Grand Opening of Transformers: The Ride - 3D, Universal Orlando. If you missed our coverage, you can find it right here.

Speaking to Zap2It, Mr. Cullen spoke a bit about Optimus Prime's redesign for the upcoming Michael Bay movie; Transformers 4:

"I'm always fascinated by the design changes because what could be more realistic than something that transforms and can change itself," Cullen told Zap2it. "And cars change every year. They come off the design tables and the clay models and before you know it you've got a brand new look to a car. I like it that way. I'm excited to find out what Mr. Bay is going to do for the next look. After all, he's always going to look like that [the Optimus Prime statue on Transformers: The Ride 3D]. He's always going to transform into something pretty close to that."

Meanwhile, Mr. Welker is waiting to see if he'll return for the 4th installment:

"Yet to be determined," Welker admitted. "I'm not sure. I did the last two. I'm waiting to see and usually I don't know until the very end, but I'm really looking forward to seeing what Michael does. He always outdoes himself, so he's got big shoes to feel when he's got to fill his own shoes. It will be a lot of fun to see what he comes up with."

Peter Cullen also talked some emotionally powerful words about the Franchise:

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Renderform RF-011F Mega Commander
Posted by News Fetcher on June 20 '13 at 04:15 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
News from our sponsors Captured Prey - Renderform will be producing a special add-on kit for Botcon Megaplex, giving Megaplex a new head and weaponry, based on the Machine Wars original. The add-on kit will have a special 200 piece limited edition first run available at the Captured Prey Third Party at Botcon 2013, which will differ from any potential mass release version of the kit, and will feature a head with two different faces form maximum customization. The kit is expected to sell for $35.

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Mastermind Creations Website Update - New Fembot and 6th Feral Rex member Teasers
Posted by News Fetcher on June 20 '13 at 01:31 PM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Mastermind Creations has updated their new website with teasers for their next few upcoming projects. Continuing on with their flower-named Fembot figures in their Reformatted line, we have teasers for R-10 Eupatorium (An Elita-1 homage) and R-11 Salvia Prominon (Appears to be Solus Prime, based on weaponry). We also have our first teaser of the sixth member of the Feral Rex team, R-07 Felissaber which has been explained to be a homage to G1 Pretender Catilla. Felissaber will be able to form an arm for Feral Rex, leaving their Talon figure to be attached directly to the back of Feral Rex.

Check out the teasers and discuss the new 3rd party fembots by clicking the title bar. To discuss Felissaber and Feral Rex, visit the Feral Rex Mega Thread

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Transformers The Ride 3D Grand Opening Event Universal Orlando
Posted by News Fetcher on June 20 '13 at 11:15 AM
By DESTRO from TFW2005:
The Grand Opening event for Transformers The Ride 3D was this afternoon and it all kicked off with a red carpet event, and ended with a battle between the Autobots with NEST vs. Megatron and the Decepticons. Red carpet talent and VIP's included.

Frank Welker

Peter Cullen

Mark Woodbury President of Universal Creative

Bryony Bouyer - Senior VP Hasbro

Tom Williams CEO Universal Parks

Bill Davis CEO Universal Orlando

Steven Spielberg

Check out all of the Transformers The Ride 3D Grand Opening Event images after the jump.

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Hasbro Transformers News From The International Licensing Expo 2013
Posted by News Fetcher on June 20 '13 at 10:00 AM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Today is the last day of International Licensing Expo 2013 and already Hasbro has scored some big deals with other companies worldwide.

The biggest name associated with Hasbro is undoubtedly: Transformers. Yesterday, we announced Hasbro’s plan to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Transformers with publishing. With books being Food for your mind, why not have some food for your tummy?

Today at the Expo, Hasbro came to an agreement with Brand Licensing Team (BLT) for food and beverage extensions for various Hasbro properties in the U.S. and Canada, including Transformers.

“For Hasbro, the alignment with Brand Licensing Team made sense because of their long-term strategic approach and experience in the food and beverage industry,” says Simon Waters, senior vice president, global brand licensing and publishing, Hasbro. “We were impressed with their go-to-market plans and ideas to infuse our beloved Hasbro brands into the lives of consumers in a new way.”

Brazilian apparel retailer LEADER has also extended its relationship with Hasbro to expand the Transformers, My Little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop lines into categories such as footwear and accessories this holiday season.

We are yet to see what Hasbro is showcasing at the International Licensing Expo 2013, but enjoy their Company Entertainment and Licensing Video (which they debut for the 2011 International Licensing Expo) below:



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1st Transformers Club Figure Subscription Service arriving!
Posted by News Fetcher on June 20 '13 at 07:30 AM
By Lumpy from TFW2005:
Well, after many, many months of delays, the Transformers Collectors Club Figure Subscription Service have finally started to ship! Check your inbox for shipping confirmation, check your mailboxes for a surprise package and get ready to see who shipped first!

Was it the Beast Wars hero Ultra Mammoth or an Action Master update in Circuit? Maybe the highly desired Scourge or Slipstream? Could it possibly hit the Jackpot? Or is it the Generation 1 Stunticon Breakdown! Find out below. We've hidden the name for those who don't want to be spoiled, but inside the thread, you will get spoiled, so be warned.

The first figure to arrive is none other than everyone's favorite Decepticon from Robots in Disguise, SCOURGE!

See the first image from Twitter here

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BBTS Lists Preorders for Masterpiece MP-20 Wheeljack and MP-21 Bumblebee
Posted by News Fetcher on June 20 '13 at 06:15 AM
By XJunky from TFW2005:
2005 sponsor BigBadToyStore put up several new preorder listings this morning for the next entries to the Masterpiece line:

MP-20 Wheeljack
MP-21 Bumblebee

The long awaited figures are currently listed at a preorder price of $79.99 a piece, and are expected in the second quarter of 2014!

Additionally, preorders are also open for MP-12G Masterpiece G2 Sideswipe, which is due out in the first quarter of 2014, listed at a price of $89.99.

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Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Evolution TV Spot
Posted by News Fetcher on June 20 '13 at 04:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
A TV spot for the next all-new Transformers Prime Beast Hunters episode, Evolution, has begun airing on Hub Network. Major spoilers in this one, as we are treated to a tease of a long-awaited event. The battle is about to change, to evolve to a new level, when Transformers Prime returns.

The TV spot states "all new this Friday" however TV listings have Evolution as not airing until next Friday, 28 June. We suggest checking local listings so you do not miss out, this one is going to be a cracker!

Due to the spoileriffic nature of the preview you can check it out after the break!

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Transformers The Ride Universal Studios Orlando Grand Opening Event Day 1 Images
Posted by News Fetcher on June 19 '13 at 09:45 PM
By DESTRO from TFW2005:
New images just in from the Universal Orlando Transformers the Ride 3D Grand Opening event. On site was the original Optimus Prime truck along with a massive party to kick this awesome ride into gear. Stay tuned for the Red Carpet images with special Transformers guest tomorrow.

Check put all the new Universal Orlando Transformers the Ride 3D images after the jump.

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Transformers Robots in Disguise Issue #19 iBooks Preview
Posted by News Fetcher on June 19 '13 at 04:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
iBooks have uploaded a brief three page preview of Robots in Disguise #19. The road to Dark Cybertron continues and threads sown in the Transformers Spotlight issues are picked up as the Metrotitans - and those who would hunt them - enter the spotlight once again. Be sure to pick up this issue on its release in two weeks time to witness the arrival of Waspinator into the IDW Comics Transformers universe after his cameos in the Spotlight issues!

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From Mockup to Production - The Creation of a Generation 1 Transformers Toy
Posted by News Fetcher on June 19 '13 at 01:30 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The Spacebridge has shared some interesting material on his Facebook page. At the far end of this link, you will see a rare example of the progress of a Generation 1 Transformer - Sharkticon Gnaw - from the earliest non-transforming mockup, through animation designs, later mockups, and transforming prototypes before the production version was finalized. As well as showing us these rare early stages, the progression presents an interesting case study in how an original concept, "robot shark man, big teeth", would eventually become the toy that many of us added to our collections.

Check it out, it is a fantastic example of how everything comes together.

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Transformers Comic Book Artist Casey Coller to attend TFcon 2013
Posted by News Fetcher on June 19 '13 at 11:15 AM
By Super_Megatron from TFW2005:
TFcon is pleased to announce that Transformers comic book artist Casey Coller will be attending TFcon 2013. Casey is known to fans for his work on IDW’s Transformers: Ironhide, All Hail Megatron, Robots in Disguise, Spotlights Drift, Blurr and Cliffjumper, More Than Meets The Eye, Transformers Ongoing, and Heart of Darkness.. He will be selling prints and offering commissions to attendees all weekend long.

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, in addition to Venus Terzo the voice of Blackarachnia in Beast Wars and Beast Machines, and Transformers comic book writer James Roberts, Transformers comic book artists Livio Ramondelli and Josh Perez with more to be announced. The TFcon 2013 hotel block is still available.

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Hasbro Press Release - Transformers 30th Anniversary Celebration Publishing
Posted by News Fetcher on June 19 '13 at 10:30 AM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
We have received a Press Release from Hasbro regarding the publishing they will release to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of one of the greatest franchises in existence; Transformers.

"With both TRANSFORMERS and MY LITTLE PONY gearing up celebrations for their 30th Anniversaries, it is the perfect time to celebrate the magic and excitement of both brands with the publication of very special books that will appeal to fans of all ages, whether they've been with us for 30 years or 30 minutes," said Michael Kelly, Director of Global Publishing at Hasbro. "We are working with the very best publishers in the business to bring these unique books to life, and readers will marvel over never before published artwork, compelling original stories, and detailed information sure to satisfy the most avid fan and collector."

Hasbro-branded collectible books in-the-works include:

TRANSFORMERS 30th Anniversary Comic Collection by IDW Publishing
Collecting 30 influential comics from across 30 years of TRANSFORMERS history, this handsome hardcover volume draws from multiple timelines and continuities, including classic Generation One, the live action movies, TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED, and more.

TRANSFORMERS: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe by Little, Brown and Company
New York Times Bestseller Matthew Reinhart brings fans the quintessential TRANSFORMERS Pop-Up experience. Celebrate the history, heroes, and villains of the TRANSFORMERS universe in this ultimate 3-D masterpiece. Chock full of TRANSFORMERS facts and showcasing 35 TRANSFORMERS, including a towering OMEGA SUPREME that is Reinhart's tallest pop ever.

TRANSFORMERS Covenant of Primus by 47North & becker&mayer

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Michael Bay Says Rumors Of Transformers 4 Title Are False
Posted by News Fetcher on June 19 '13 at 10:15 AM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Director Michael Bay stopped by his official website amidst his busy schedule to say a few words about a certain rumor that is said to be going around the internet. That rumor is the Title of Transformers 4.

It is clear Mr. Bay is referring to the title "Transformers: Rise Of Galvatron"; which was floating around ever since TF4 was first announced.

"There are rumors flying around from various media sites about the title of the next Transformers.

I wanted you to hear from me directly that we have not yet chosen a title and anything being reported is absolutely not true.

When we have a title to announce, I promise you will hear it from me first.

-Michael"


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Diamond Comics Shipping list for June 26th
Posted by News Fetcher on June 19 '13 at 05:45 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
2005 Board member, D-Drive, has once again been kind enough to share with us next week's Diamond Comic Shipping list. On tap for June 26th, 2013 is:

TRANSFORMERS CLASSICS UK TP VOL 04

(W) Simon Furman, Ian Rimmer (A) Geoff Senior & Various (CA) Andrew Wildman
Classic Transformers tales from the UK continuity begins here! Re-mastered and re-colored, these vintage TF stories are presented in order, many published for the first time in the United States! Writer and life-long TF fan James Roberts provides in-depth historical perspective front matter in each volume, and TF UK artist Andrew Wildman provides new covers!

TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS ENERGIZE DVD

From Shout! Factory! Transformers Rescue Bots is created specifically for the younger generation of Transformers fans and features a group of Autobots charged with a mission to protect and learn about humans. Stationed by Optimus Prime on a technologically advanced island, the Rescue Bots - Heatwave, Boulder, Blades and Chase - team with a human family of first-responders, including a police chief, firefighter, rescue pilot and engineer, to keep peace and safety in their new found home. Alongside their new human friends, the Rescue Bots learn teamwork and heroism.

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Mastermind Creations Azalea and Parapax Zinnia Color Images
Posted by News Fetcher on June 19 '13 at 04:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Mastermind Creations have also released some images via online store PlanetSteelExpress of their female car robot Not-Arcee, Azalea, in color this time. It looks like yes, we are getting this unofficial Arcee toy released after all. The images show two different versions, Azalea in pink and also a "Paradron Medic" version named Parapax Zinnia in mint green. Check out the images attached to this post.

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