By Sol Fury from TFW2005
One of the recent Japan-exclusive releases from Takara-Tomy was a new version of Ratbat
. Released in the Japanese Transformers Generations line, "Senator Ratbat" is a humanoid version of the Decepticon Fuel Auditor, representing Ratbat back in the early days of the Great War when he was a member of Cybertron's corrupt senate. He is a remold of the Generations Scourge toy, using the mold's alternate tooling.
What makes Senator Ratbat so cool is the use of purple. Purple, long the color of nobility, can be very striking on a toy when a nice rich pigment is used and Ratbat goes one better and uses a very attractive metallic purple shade, complemented with blacks and golds. The final look is very imperious, and very impressive, bringing out all of the molds good qualities. The new head works with this, and gives the toy an identity all of its own. In spite of being largely the same as Scourge who he is retooled from, Ratbat has an identity all of his own and doesn't even immediately come to mind as a reuse of the mold. If that is a measure of how good a retooled Transformer toy is, then Ratbat succeeds with triumphant majesty.
Check out the gallery, brought to you courtesy of TFW Photo Staff member SydneyY, at the link below:Takara-Tomy Generations Ratbat GalleryRead Replies (0)
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005
On to more serious news from Transformers: Age Of Extinction. According to sources
close to Guangzhou Automobile Group, the Trumpchi E-jet is set to appear on Transformers 4.
We previously received spy photos of the vehicle being filmed and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura mentioning it but this is the first official confirmation of the Trumpchi E-jet’s role on Transformers: Age Of Extinction."Product placements with "Transformers" would boost the profile of GAC's car brands both at home and abroad," said one of those close to the carmaker, which has local joint ventures with Fiat SpA, Honda Motor Co Ltd, Toyota Motor Corp and Mitsubishi Motors Corp.
Neither source wanted to be named due to confidentiality agreements they signed in connection with the upcoming film. A spokesperson for Paramount Pictures, the movie's distributor, said the company wouldn't confirm specific brands until nearer the release date. Paramount's local partner, China Movie Channel, declined to comment.
It wasn't clear if the Trumpchi E-jet would be cast as an heroic 'Autobot' or evil 'Decepticon' - humanoid robots that turn into familiar machines and mechanical objects - or have a more limited non-transforming, drive-on role.
One of those close to GAC said the firm wouldn't want the E-jet to be cast in an evil role. Ultimately, casting will be down to the movie's director Michael Bay.Read Replies (0)
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005
Comedian TJ Miller has just wrapped up Transformers 4 and he went over to the Breakfast Television to talk about it.
Mr. Miller talked about how fit actor Mark Wahlberg is and how he is the opposite. TJ Miller also confirmed the name of his role as Lucas. The actor also said Mark Wahlberg told him that his hair smells nice (this is a strange strange interview. people).
Check out the whole interview at The Breakfast Television
. Mind you, he accidentally shouts throughout the entire interview thinking he doesn’t have a microphone.Read Replies (0)
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005
A while back, Big Bad Toy Store
put up a pre-order for a Super Fire Convoy Reissue (Japanese version of the 2001 Robots In Disguise Optimus Prime). Fans of the line rejoiced as Car Robots and RID have repeatedly gotten the shaft in Hasbro and Takara's Classics/Reissue treatment. However, I am sad to report, it may have just been a pre-emptive move on their part to ensure pre-orders based on rumors coming out of the Asian market. Forum members are getting this in their inboxes (including me):
The purpose of this message is to inform you that we unfortunately will not be able to fulfill your preorder for product TAK11741 C-001 Super Fire Convoy - 2014 Reissue - Preliminary Preorder. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation has caused. We have recently been informed that Takara will not be producing this product, which is why we are unable to fulfill our preorders. Due to this matter, all remaining preorders have been cancelled accordingly.
Thank you for your understanding during this matter and have a wonderful day!
BBTS Customer Care
Hopefully one day RID will get some proper reissue love, but today doesn't look like the day.
If you want to check out what could have been, head on over to TFW2005's side project, a labor of love, RIDForever.info
, one of the web's most complete archives of Car Robots and Robots In Disguise information. The C-001 Fire Convoy gallery is here
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By Super_Megatron from TFW2005
:Action Figure Expo
will be giving away high end door prizes all day long on Sunday, September 29th at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel. The third announcement is the Japanese exclusive Takara Tomy MP-12T Masterpiece Tigertrack thanks to show sponsor Kool Toyz
The 10th annual Canadian Action Figure Expo
will be September 29th, 2013 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel - 600 Highway 7 East, Richmond Hill, Ontario.
The show features a huge selection of vintage 80s toys and all the latest releases from today such as Transformers (vintage and Japanese imports), Star Wars (new and vintage), GIJoe (vintage and modern), Masters of the Universe (vintage and modern), Super Heroes (Marvel Universe/Legends, DC Universe etc), Wrestling, and tons of other Action Figures and collectibles.
Many of the same dealers as TFcon
will be at this event. Follow AFX on Twitter
and AFX on Facebook
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By StayingInTheBox from TFW2005
Coming off of yesterday's Club news
, we now have our first look at the Subscription Service 2.0 Thrustinator! The Transformers Collectors Club posted the mock-up of Beast Wars Thrustinator earlier today on their website.
Thrustinator, a hybrid of Beast Wars Waspinator and his Beast Machines incarnation, Thrust, is a retooled Beast Wars Second Dirgegun with a new head. Dirgegun's mold has never been made available outside of Japan officially so this is the first international release for this one. In a cool move, the organic portions are patterned like Waspinator, and the mechanical ones like Thrust.
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By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005
Nikko R/C; popular radio controlled toy vehicle manufacturer
has signed a deal with Hasbro to manufacture radio controlled robots and vehicles based on Transformers 4 a.k.a Transformers: Age Of Extinction.
As stated by Toy News Magazine
:"The new line - kicking off in 2014 and running through to 2016 - will be based on the brand's iconic Autobots and Decepticons from the Transformers universe.
The multi-year agreement offers Nikko the opportunity to leverage the upcoming entertainment slate that includes animated TV programming and the continuing popular movie series.
James Walker, VP of European licensing at Hasbro, added: "We are thrilled to be partnering with Nikko on licensed Transformer R/C toys, on the upcoming movie and beyond.
"The vehicles have always been incredibly popular in our Transformers franchise and we are looking forward to giving fans the chance to take control of the Autobots and Decepticons."Read Replies (0)
IDW December 2013 Solicitations
Posted by News Fetcher on September 13 '13 at 07:30 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005
has updated with Decembers solicitations from IDW Publishing. It looks like the More Than Meets The Eye and Robots In Disguise Dark Cybertron event will be in full swing in December with lots of fun in store for fans! In an effort to avoid any spoilers on our front page, we're just posting the titles and issue numbers due that month. However, if you want to risk potential spoilers, click on the title bar to read the full solicitations and check out the covers of the books! On tap for the month of December is:
Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #24: Dark Cybertron Part 4 (of 12)
Transformers: Robots in Disguise #24: Dark Cybertron Part 5 (of 12)
Transformers Regeneration One #97
Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters #8 (of 8)
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By StayingInTheBox from TFW2005
The Transformers Collector's Club has revealed the 6th figure from their Subscription Service 2.0!
Today the TFCC teased a 7 page comic preview from "Timeless." On the final 7th page, Thrustinator was revealed!
Visit the TFCC wesbite
for the full comic preview and more looks of the 2.0 Subscription Service!
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