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UK Toy Fair 2013 To Feature Transformers: Prime - Beast Hunters Toyline
Posted by News Fetcher on January 12 '13 at 09:30 AM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Every year, the 1st quarter brings joy for toy collectors worldwide. There's a very good reason for this; Toy Fairs are happening all over the world.

One of the earliest fairs is the UK Toy Fair and this year it's no exception. UK Toy Fair 2013 is just around the corner, held from 22nd to 24th January at the Olympia Grand Hall, London.

UK toy companies are busy these days, posting articles and newspaper advertisements to promote their products showcasing at the upcoming event. Hasbro UK is doing it too. TFW2005 found two small articles dedicated what to expect at the UK Toy Fair. They feature possible Transformers: Prime - Beast Hunters European Toyline Release Schedules. Of course these are vague statements to promote the upcoming line and may vary. Also, Hasbro UK is the main distributor for our German fans as well. They didn't forget to mention when Germany can expect to see the Beast Hunters line.

Regarding UK Toy Fair 2013:
"Transformers: Prime Beast Hunters will be the touchstone for the award winning animated series from Hasbro Studios, with new action figures due to roll out in Spring 2013."

A similar statement was also made for Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair Nürnberg 2013:
"Transformers: Prime Beast Hunters will be the touchstone for the award winning animated series from Hasbro Studios, as new action figures will be launched in June 2013."

If you come across such advertisements and articles, feel free to share with us.

Stick with TFW2005 for more info on UK Toy Fair 2013 and Transformers: Prime - Beast Hunters Toyline as we get them.

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TFW Generations Fall of Cybertron Blaster with Steeljaw Gallery
Posted by News Fetcher on January 12 '13 at 04:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Next up is the other new release from the next assortment of Transformers Fall of Cybertron Voyagers, Blaster (and his cassette turned data-disk companion Steeljaw)! Fall of Cybertron Blaster is one of the more extensive remolds that comes along every so often, featuring a new head, a new chest, a different gun and even new wheels which together with his brighter colors sets him apart from Soundwave / Soundblaster and gives him an identity all of his own. It's just as well, because Blaster deserves to be more than a mere copy of Soundwave (sorry Universe 2.0). What is great though is Blaster really takes the mold and runs with it. While Soundwave being bigger than his fellow Decepticons was a nuisance, it is less of an issue for Blaster, because Blaster was always a big guy among the Autobots.

Blaster's other blessing is that like a few Fall of Cybertron releases, he can work with the Classics series characters as a Classics version of Blaster, if you are so inclined. Your mileage will of course vary on how much the obviously Cybertronian look fits in with more Earthly alternate forms, but in robot mode he fits in nicely with characters like Perceptor.

There's not a lot to say about Blaster's diskbot partner Steeljaw. He's a pretty extensively reworked version of Ravage, but I found on mine the strong springs meant he never quite stood as flat as I would have liked. Ravage of course had his good and bad points and these carry over to Steeljaw. Regardless though, it is good to see Steeljaw included with Blaster, because just like Soundwave needs Laserbeak, Blaster needs his little partner bot too.

Open the link below to check out the full gallery of Blaster:

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Transformers: Prime Season 3 Airdate & First Episode Title Revealed - UPDATE
Posted by News Fetcher on January 11 '13 at 11:30 PM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Transformers: Prime news is continuing… but this time it's not Toy News. Thanks to Zap2It, we now have the Airdate and the Title of first Transformers: Prime Season 3 episode.

1st Episode of Transformers: Prime Season 3 - Beast Hunters is titled as "Lost & Found" and will air on 15th February, 2013.

To the delight of fans, we now have the associated toyline on shelves at the same time.

Bring On The Beasts!

UPDATE: Fellow fans over at Seibertron.com, have reported an e-mail from Zap2it regarding this listing: Some kind of mistake has been made in which the Zap2It Transformers Prime episode guide has attributed an old episode of Transformers Animated (“Lost and Found”) airing on 2/15 as being a new episode of Transformers Prime. It is incorrect. This is being revised.

Sorry folks. On the upside, Transformers Animated is always fun to watch. We'll keep you updated as we get the latest news on Transformers Prime Season 3

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Transformers Collectors' Club MTMTE Sneak Peek - Hero Optimus Prime
Posted by News Fetcher on January 11 '13 at 10:45 PM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
The Official Transformers Collectors' Club has updated their website with a sneak peek at issue #49 of their magazine. The sneak peek includes a "More Than Meets The Eye" style profile for "Hero" Optimus Prime with art by Dan Khanna. Check out the bio from the Club's site below:

In his home universe, "Hero" Optimus Prime was the sworn protector of Earth and its super energy source, forestonite. Along with fellow Autobots Electro and Volt, and the human boy Junpei, the Autobot Leader was able to repel Megatron and the Decepticons' attack. Although Megatron promised he would return to conquer not just the Earth but the entirety of the Milky Way galaxy, Prime stood vigilant, ready to thwart him at every turn!

Following the theft of the Rarefied Energon from the Classics Universe, chaos spread and soon found its way across the multiverse, threatening existence everywhere. Optimus Prime was selected by certain members of TransTech to leave his universe and travel to Axiom Nexus to be inducted into the newly formed group known as The Convoy - a collective of high-ranking Autobots from across the multiverse.


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TFC Toys Project Uranos SR-71 Blackbird and X-45 Phantom Ray Colored Prototypes
Posted by News Fetcher on January 11 '13 at 08:00 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
TFC Toys has updated their Facebook page with colored prototype pictures of their next release(s) for their Project Uranos unofficial G1 Superion project. Shown today are the SR-71 Blackbird figure (aka Silverbolt), which sports a a white, red and gold color scheme. Also shown is X-45 Phantom Ray, the bonus figure shipping with the Blackbird. This figure is a sixth Aerialbot and forms the chest piece of Uranos. There is also a fantastic group shot of these two with the previously released Eagle and Phantom figures. This two pack is scheduled for release next month.

Check out all the images after the break!

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Year of The Snake Platinum Edition Figures Available for Preorder on Amazon
Posted by News Fetcher on January 11 '13 at 07:30 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
The shared exclusive Year Of The Snake Platinum Edition Omega Supreme and Energon Optimus Prime are now available for preorder on Amazon.com. Pricing remains similar to other online outlets at $99.99 and $79.99 respectively. The biggest thing to notice is that unlike BBTS, who are expecting these figures at the end of this month, Amazon is expecting their orders in April of this year.

Get your preorders in at the links above and head over to the boards to discuss!

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Masterpiece Soundwave Energon Cube Insert Papercraft
Posted by News Fetcher on January 11 '13 at 05:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Here is something bizarre yet fun. Masterpiece Soundwave's release through Amazon in Japan comes with a special, clear Energon cube accessory. What Takara-Tomy has released as a special bonus is an insert for that cube to represent when the Decepticons "filled" the Energon cubes with energy plundered from Earth. It's a free download available from their site, and doubtless there's a possibility here to make some custom Energon cubes to display with your Transformers.

The Takara-Tomy campaign page is here.

A direct link to the PDF download is here.

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Transformers Generations Japan TG-19 Grimlock and TG-20 Ratbat
Posted by News Fetcher on January 11 '13 at 05:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The next two releases in the Japanese Transformers Generations assortment have been revealed. Providing Japan with their dosage of space T-Rex, TG-19 is set to be Grimlock. And, in a surprise twist, TG-20 is Ratbat, a redeco of the Generations Scourge mold with a new head sculpt. Like Skywarp, Ratbat is presently a Japan-only release so you may wish to put in a preorder for him if you want one for your Classics lineup. Fortunately our sponsors TFSource who broke this news have your needs covered there along with a preorder for Grimlock. Both are due to be released in June.

Preorder links:

TG-19 Grimlock - TFSource
TG-20 Ratbat - TFSource

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Transformers: Prime Season 3 Airdate & First Episode Title Revealed
Posted by News Fetcher on January 10 '13 at 09:15 PM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Transformers: Prime news is continuing… but this time it’s not Toy News. Thanks to Zap2It, we now have the Airdate and the Title of first Transformers: Prime Season 3 episode.

1st Episode of Transformers: Prime Season 3; Beast Hunters is titled as "Lost & Found" and will air on 15th February, 2013.

To the delight of fans we now have the associated toy line to go on shelves at the same time.

Bring On The Beasts!

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In Hand Images of Beast Hunters Predaking and In Package Cyberverse Commander Images
Posted by News Fetcher on January 10 '13 at 08:30 PM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
The Beast Hunter news continues today! Several new auctions have popped up over at Taobao with more Transformers Prime Beast Hunter toys. First up is an auction for Voyager Predaking, complete with a pair of in hand images. Also up for auction are Cyberverse commanders Wave 1. Consisting of Optimus Prime, Predaking and Bulkhead, these images show our first in package photos of the wave.

Check out the new images by clicking the title bar and joining our ongoing discussion thread.

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Beast Hunters Voyager Optimus Prime In-Hand Pics
Posted by News Fetcher on January 10 '13 at 08:00 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Courtesy of ACToys, we have in hand images of the upcoming Voyager Beast Hunter's Optimus Prime. This figure will round out the first wave of voyagers in the Beast Hunter's line along with Predaking. Shown in the pics are Optimus in vehicle mode and a couple of robot mode pictures showing that his trailer bits can become a winged jet-pack.

Check out the images after the break

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In-Hand Photos of Beast Hunters Smokescreen
Posted by News Fetcher on January 10 '13 at 06:15 AM
By Secretcode from TFW2005:
After a few days of speculation on whether or not Beast Hunters Smokescreen's spikey armor can be removed or not, we finally have an answer thanks to an in-hand gallery on ACToys. This gallery shows off the toy with and without the armor we've previously seen in other shots, showing off the mostly screen-accurate robot mode that is hidden underneath the armor, giving those who weren't happy with Arms Micron Smokescreen an option for a more accurate toy.

Beast Hunters Smokescreen will be released in the second wave of Beast Hunters deluxes alongside Bulkhead, Starscream and the Predacon Ripclaw.

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Toyworld TW-H01 Hardbone Colored Prototype Pictures
Posted by News Fetcher on January 10 '13 at 12:15 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Holy Headmasters! Third party group, Toyworld, has updated their website with new colored prototype pictures of their upcoming homage to Generation 1 Hardhead. This figure, named "Hardbone", appears to be a faithful representation of Hardhead and includes a flip down chestplate, a knife with storage in his leg and of course, a fully transformable headmaster figure.
No release date is given other than 2013 but the pricing for the figure is listed at around $73.00.

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

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TFC Toys Perseus Final Boxed Images
Posted by News Fetcher on January 09 '13 at 08:30 PM
By process from TFW2005:
Site sponsor Robot Kingdom has uploaded final images of the TFC Toys Perseus box set to their Facebook page. The set includes Shattered Glass themed repaints of all six Hercules construction team members, and a matching set of the Rage of Hercules add-on. Also included are individual bio cards, a poster, and certificate of authenticity.

According to Robot Kingdom, Perseus is expected to begin shipping this week.

Staff Note: This is a third party product not produced or endorsed by Hasbro or Takara Tomy.

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Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Smokescreen Additional In-Package Images
Posted by News Fetcher on January 09 '13 at 03:45 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
User pc8440 of ACToys.net has shared some additional, higher resolution images of the Transformers Prime Beast Hunters series Smokescreen on his card. While we are still waiting for some pictures of the Autobot hot-shot liberated from his packaging, these new images give a much clearer look at the toy, including a good look at the headsculpt, the arms, door wings, and the blue "shadow quill armor" - these latest images appear to show clips where the armor attaches, implying it can be removed for a clean, show-accurate Smokescreen! The proof will of course be in the telling once we get actual photos demonstrating the feature, but all indications so far is Hasbro is giving us a show accurate Smokescreen with optional Beast Hunters spikiness.

Click on the link above to check out all the pics, or read on to see the main ones attached to this story.

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Encore 20A Devastator Animation Version In-Hand Pictures
Posted by News Fetcher on January 09 '13 at 03:45 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
From ACToys user foklau we have a few in-package images of the Transformers Encore 20A "animation type" Devastator. Encore 20A's box art has been given a facelift to match the altered designs of the Constructicons, most notably, the head on the artwork of Devastator. The new head is presented as a major selling feature, and has its own window in the box.

Click on the link above to check out the images.

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Featured Ebay Auctions - Prototype Robot Heroes and More
Posted by News Fetcher on January 09 '13 at 11:15 AM
By Joe Moore from TFW2005:
For the first set of Featured Ebay Auctions of 2013, we have a bunch of Transformers Prototypes to check out. Included in this selection are more than a few rare Robot Heroes Prototypes. Check them out below.

Transformers Universe Robot Heroes Megatron Prototype Hardcopy | eBay
Transformers G1 Powermaster Optimus Prime Reissue Tru Prototype RARE | eBay
Transformers Autobot Alternators Smokescreen Prototype Unfinished | eBay
Transformers Minicons Wideload Prototype | eBay
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Diamond Comics Shipping List for January 16th
Posted by News Fetcher on January 09 '13 at 09:30 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
2005 Board member D-Drive has once again supplied us with the Diamond Comics Shipping list for next week. On top for the 16th of January is:

TRANSFORMERS SPOTLIGHT THUNDERCRACKER #1 (also shipping 1-in-10 variant)

(W) John Barber (A) Chee (CA) Chee, Livio Ramondelli
In the dark days of the war for Cybertron, THUNDERCRACKER had a special mission-one never revealed before! Now, as he faces off against BUMBLEBEE for the first time, the fate of METROPLEX-and an entire civilization-is at stake!

Ships with 2 covers in a 1-to-1 ratio, 1 by Chee and 1 by Livio Ramondeli.

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Fans Want It FWI-3 Jet Power Upgrade Kit Prototype Photos
Posted by News Fetcher on January 08 '13 at 11:00 PM
By process from TFW2005:
The Planet Iacon Facebook Group has posted a pair of new photos of the Fans Want It FWI-3 Jet Power Upgrade Kit, designed for ROTF Leader Class Optimus Prime. The kit includes a multitude of SR-71 Blackbird parts that attach as shoulder, chest, and leg armor, as well as a jetpack, wings, and weaponry. The produced effect is reminiscent of the combined form of Optimus Prime and Jetfire in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

We do not currently have any information regarding release date, cost, or compatibility across the various versions of the Leader Class mold.

Staff Note: This is a third party add-on not produced or endorsed by Hasbro or Takara Tomy.

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Rescue Bots Energize Wave 2 Blades and Boulder
Posted by News Fetcher on January 08 '13 at 03:45 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Transformers Prime is not the only line with new release news coming forward this week - by way of new official images from Hasbro, we can confirm that Transformers Rescue Bots will get a second wave of "Energize" figures, consisting of retooled versions of Boulder the Construction-Bot and Blades the Copter-Bot. Each features translucent blue plastic like the first four Energize releases currently on pegs, and each comes with a new rescue themed accessory - a rescue winch for Blades and a drill for Boulder.

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