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Nick Roche More than Meets the Eye Cast Print
Posted by News Fetcher on August 01 '12 at 11:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Nick Roche has unveiled the line art for a print that he will be selling this year at Auto Assembly. The print collects the whole core cast of the More than Meets the Eye ongoing - it's a print showcasing the Crusadercons of the Lost Light! The print will be colored by Josh Burcham, and the colored version will be made available online for your viewing pleasure in the next day or so. For now, check out the lineart on Nick's blog.

Come and meet Nick Roche along with all the other Auto Assembly 2012 guests including Guests of Honor Townsend Coleman, Michael Bell and Paul Eiding this weekend 3-5 August at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham, England, where there will be Olympic levels of fun on offer.

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Video Review of TFCon Exclusive Garrisson by HeadRobots
Posted by News Fetcher on August 01 '12 at 06:45 AM
By Secretcode from TFW2005:
TFW2005 contributor and TFCon Staff member Protoman has recently shared with us a review of one of the exclusives from TFCon 2012, which happened over the weekend. Alongside the review of the kit itself, Protoman also went over the decisions made during the creative process of the exclusive, as well as revealed (for those who haven't read the TFCon 2012 comic, which is available here) the body that is intended for use with this particular kit.

The TFCon Exclusive Garrisson add-on kit was produced by HeadRobots, and is limited to 100 pieces.



Please note this is an unauthorised third party product not endorsed by Hasbro or Takara-Tomy.

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Diamond Comics Shipping List for August 8th
Posted by News Fetcher on August 01 '12 at 05:45 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Today in comic book shops you will find the 2nd issue (or 82nd rather) of Transformers Regeneration 1. What's on tap for next week? Well thanks to D-Drive we have the Diamond Comics Shipping list. It's Dinobot month, so make sure you pick up this issue next week to read about your favorite Dino's tromping and stomping their way through the pages of IDW's Robots In Disguise #8.

TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE ONGOING #8 (also shipping 1-in-10 incentive cover)

(W) John Barber (A) Andrew Griffith (CA) Casey Coller, Andrew Griffith
DINOBOT MONTH! Guess who's back on Cybertron? SLAG, SLUDGE, SNARL, and SWOOP-and they're as mad as ever! IRONHIDE leads them deep into the Cybertronian wilderness searching for lost AUTOBOTS... but what they find might be the greatest danger of all!

Ships with 2 covers in a 1-to-1 ratio, 1 by Casey Coller and 1 by Andrew Griffith

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Transformers Prime Japanese TV Special
Posted by News Fetcher on August 01 '12 at 05:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Airing in Japan on 12 August is a late-night special for Transformers Prime. This special is set to air between 2:45 and 4:45 am Japanese time, and is hosted by the voice actors of Miko, Sierra and Vehicon in the Japanese dub. The content includes a recap of the episodes so far, comments from the cast, a newly filmed Tokyo Joshi-ryu Transformers Club segment (the girl band who appears in a weekly segment airing with the Japanese dub of the show) and a comparison of Japanese and American Prime episode #12 (Predatory) focusing on the director, Yoshikazu Iwanami's take on Airachnid's character.

The show is also supposed to cover past Transformers series.

Check out the (Japanese) advert page here! A huge thanks to 2005 Boards staff member SydneyY for helping us out with a translation.

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Transformers Movie Leader Optimus Prime and Megatron Two Pack
Posted by News Fetcher on August 01 '12 at 01:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
In an interesting turn of events we can report that there's another new Movie two-pack in the works. This set comprises reissues of the original 2007 Leader Class Optimus Prime and Megatron toys, seemingly unaltered in a Dark of the Moon branded gift set box. Judging by the text on the front by the names, this is probably another Hasbro Asia exclusive release, like the previous Buster Optimus Prime & Jetfire gift set releases.

This bit of news comes to you via the Planet Iacon Facebook page.

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TFW Generations Cliffjumper (Asia Exclusive) Gallery
Posted by News Fetcher on July 31 '12 at 10:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
It's time for another look at the Generations Asia Exclusive / China Import Deluxe assortment, and getting the TFW gallery treatment today is Cliffjumper! Cliffjumper here is one of two figures within the Generations Asia Exclusive assortment whose toys were taken from the Transformers Prime first edition series and given new, Generation 1 styled heads (the other is Brawn, from Bulkhead). It's a crazy idea given how distinctive the Transformers Prime designs are, but sometimes, crazy works, and in this case, it most certainly does. This new Generations Cliffjumper boasts a fantastic sheen on his red plastic, a nice, deep and shiny shade, and the new head manages to fit in with the Transformers Prime body design while still being distinctively Generation 1. My only criticism is he really needs a handgun to further set himself apart from the Prime version of the character.

All things considered, he is probably the least exciting of the four in the assortment, but he does not deserve to be overlooked by any means - especially if you have not been lucky enough to pick up a version of this particular toy before now.

Open the link below and check out the gallery:

Generations Cliffjumper (Asia Exclusive) Gallery

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Transformers Fall of Cybertron PC Version Up for Preorder on Steam
Posted by News Fetcher on July 31 '12 at 09:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Good news, PC owners - you too can now join in on the pre-order party and get in your prepurchases for Transformers Fall of Cybertron on PC through Steam! Today, Steam has added Fall of Cybertron as a preorder, due for release in just three short weeks time like the console versions.

Also, if you are a PC gamer and never got a chance to play the original, more good news, because Steam currently has War for Cybertron on sale with 75% off of the original asking price - so what better way to pass the next three weeks waiting for the new Fall of Cybertron than playing the prequel again?

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Transformers Regeneration 1 82 Preview! Dinobot Month Begins Here!
Posted by News Fetcher on July 31 '12 at 08:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Comic Book Resources have posted a preview of this Wednesday's new issue of Transformers Regeneration 1. Issue #82 picks up right where the shocking final pages of last issue left off - and it also picks up on where several major characters ended up following the end of the original Marvel US Transformers comic series including Grimlock! Be warned there are potential spoilers right from the first page of this preview - check it out if you don't mind being spoiled and left wanting more! Then pick up the new comic this Wednesday at your local comic store!

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Transformers Prime Arms Micron Gashapon Volume 3 - Wheeljack, Starscream and Ratchet Arms Microns
Posted by News Fetcher on July 31 '12 at 08:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Another bit of Japanese Transformers Prime Arms Micron news goodness for you now, also coming from Snakas. Snakas has posted on his blog information on a third series of the Transformers Prime Arms Micron Gashapon series. The capsule toys in this series include a Ratchet who transforms into a claw, a Wheeljack who transforms into a sword, a Starscream who transforms into what looks like a boomerang, and an Arms Micron wasp, for which we have not got a look at the alternate form. Check out the thumbnail at left to get a look at what is in store in this assortment.

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TV Boy Exclusive Transformers Prime Gashapon Optimus Prime Clear Red Version
Posted by News Fetcher on July 31 '12 at 08:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Snakas (aka Autobase Aichi) has posted some pictures on Facebook of an exclusive item coming with the September edition of TV Boy magazine in Japan. Being given away free with the September issue is a clear red version of the Transformers Prime Gashapon Arms Micron Optimus Prime Blaster! The clear red version seems to have been inspired by Takara-Tomy's recent campaign of Hell Flame Arms Microns to mark the release of Darkness Megatron - one thing is certain, that this mold does look sharp in red plastic, especially in gun mode.

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Transformers Fall of Cybertron Demo Out now for XBox 360, Tomorrow for Playstation
Posted by News Fetcher on July 31 '12 at 05:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The demo for the much-anticipated Transformers Fall of Cybertron is here... if you are an Xbox 360 owner, Playstation 3 owners will need to wait until tomorrow for the demo to go up on the Playstation network.

Ushering out the month of July or bringing in August regardless, it is a great chance to get a small taste of the shape of things to come. According to this report from Video Gamer, the demo gives you a feel of both the single player and multiplayer demo action - the single player component of the demo sees you playing the first level as Bumblebee, and also gives you a quick spin behind the controls of the Decepticon Vortex. On the multiplayer front you get a shot at the character creation, and the Team Deathmatch / Conquest modes. By all accounts a good taste of what we will have to look forward to in Fall of Cybertron when it hits on 21 August.

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Kabaya DX Gum Transformers (Fortress Maximus) In Hand Gallery
Posted by News Fetcher on July 31 '12 at 03:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Alfes2000 of the Higekuma Toy Toy Blog has posted a pair of galleries of the newest Kabaya Transformers assortment, the DX Gum kits. The DX kits come with small Transformers and bases for them to interact with, sort of like the old Micromaster bases of old. The three bases together though can be combined to form the mighty Fortress Maximus. Fully assembled this candy kit version of Fortress Maximus stands at approximately the height of a modern Voyager Class toy - a perfect height for those looking for a Marvel comics Generation 1 scaled Fortress Maximus to interact with their Classics collection.

Check out the two galleries, this one here for the individual bases and the associated mini-Transformers, and then this one here for the combined Fortress Maximus form of the three bases.

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Transformers Collectors Club Aug/Sept 2012 Issue Now Hitting Mailboxes
Posted by News Fetcher on July 30 '12 at 04:30 PM
By Secretcode from TFW2005:
The newest issue of the Transformers Collector's Club Magazine is now hitting mailboxes. This new issue features San Diego Comic-Con coverage, an interview with Kōjin Ōno (The man who designed the majority of the toys in Generation One, specifically the first-ever transforming Car-to-Robot toy: G1 Sunstreaker) as well as the first finalized looks at two of the figures in the TFCC's upcoming subscription service, namely Circuit (A redeco of Hunt for the Decepticons Axor into G1 Circuit) and Robots in Disguise Scourge (From the Reveal The Shield G2 Prime mold into... Oh you know who it is.)

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Wonder Festival 2012 Transformers Wrap-Up
Posted by News Fetcher on July 30 '12 at 07:30 AM
By Secretcode from TFW2005:
Over the weekend, Wonder Festival 2012 was happening in Japan, with displays from CMs Corps, Kaiyodo, and Takara in full swing, as well as some interesting unofficial kits (which were on sale.) Takara's own display, while limited, gives a good look at some upcoming Arms Micron gashapon releases.

Aside from the Exo-Suit Spike and Daniel that we reported a few days ago, the recently released Gutto Kuru Minerva (as well as the special color version on sale at the show) CMs Corps also had the upcoming Gutto Kuru Ginrai on display, alongside a special colored body with the Hi-Q head attached.

On the Kaiyodo side of things, we turn to the Revoltech display booth, where they had not only the recently released Revoltech Movie Bumblebee on display, but the upcoming Jetwing Optimus Prime (which will retail for 4800 yen.)

But that is not all! One of the highlights of each Wonder Festival event is the wide variety of fan-made garage kits and merchandise, such as a Metroplex kit (that went for 15,000 Yen, approximately 191.82 US Dollars with the current exchange rate) and a super-deformed transforming Fortress Maximus!

Special thanks to Wondanon on Twitter for providing us with pictures of Ginrai, Hi-Q and the Metroplex kit.

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TFW Generations Classics Swerve (Asia Exclusive) Gallery
Posted by News Fetcher on July 30 '12 at 07:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Today we are proud to present the first of four galleries for the recently released Generations Asia Exclusive Deluxe Assortment! These four toys are all great additions to the growing Classics / Generations series, and are going to get a limited run later in the year exclusively through Toys R Us in the US, so please take this as an opportunity to get an early look at these store exclusive toys.

First up is Swerve, an update of the Minibot who has seen a surge in popularity thanks to James Roberts. Generations Swerve is a reworked version of Generations Kup with a very nice alternate head (which makes me think of a firefighter for some reason). The design is exceedingly clever, with lots of little details like the white truck bed, black hood and even the Autobot symbol placement on the roof all evoking the original character. He's a bit of a leftfield choice for a new toy, but he fits the design very well and the new head gives him a certain charm. One that is well recommended, especially if you missed out on picking up Kup for whatever reason.

Check out the full gallery by opening the link below:

Generations Swerve (Asia Exclusive / China Import) Gallery

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Auto Assembly 2012 Hasbro Prize Giveaway and Pre-Registration Deadline Reminder
Posted by News Fetcher on July 30 '12 at 07:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
We have received an update from Auto Assembly 2012. With just four more days to go until the convention opens we now have details on another great event taking place over the weekend, the annual prize draw. Hasbro UK have donated many prizes from Cyberverse to Weaponizers, which are all up for grabs in a raffle along with a whole lot of other great stuff including memorabillia signed by the two leading men of Transformers voice acting themselves, Peter Cullen and Frank Welker!

A reminder as well to all interested in attending or getting a non-attendee pack, the final deadline to place your order is 1 August - this is the last day for non-attendee packs and the last day for pre-registration, though if you want to attend you can still buy tickets on the order. Head over to the Auto Assembly 2012 homepage if you want to get yourself pre-registered before this happens.

Auto Assembly 2012, the largest Transformers convention in Europe with over 700 pre-registered attendees is taking place over the weekend of 3-5 August at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham, England. We hope to see you all there!

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Movie Series Striker Optimus Prime, Asia Premium Series Exclusive
Posted by News Fetcher on July 30 '12 at 02:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Here is an interesting teaser for you - 2005 boards member Red leader sent us over an image teasing an Asia Premium Series Optimus Prime toy. Not just any Optimus Prime, but the Movie series Striker Optimus Prime, who was the upgraded version of Revenge of the Fallen Leader Optimus Prime with additional weapons to form the Stealth Force mode seen in concept art for Dark of the Moon. This one is due for a release in late September / early October and will be a limited edition. Red leader says "trust me, this one will be very special"; could this be a true premium series release for the Striker Optimus Prime toy, on the same level as the much sought-after Revenge of the Fallen Buster Optimus Prime?

Watch this space for more information.

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Masterpiece Sideswipe Jet Judo Test Shot Image
Posted by News Fetcher on July 30 '12 at 02:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Shogo Hasui, the Takara-Tomy designer known as "Mr Starscream", has posted a new image of the Masterpiece Lambor (Sideswipe) test shot on his Twitter account. This new image shows Sideswipe performing a high kick, showing off the balance of the new Masterpiece. With this new Masterpiece toy, Sideswipe truly can work on his "jet judo"!

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FansProject Steel Core Armada Overload Head and Chest
Posted by News Fetcher on July 29 '12 at 10:32 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
A fresh update from TFcon by way of Peaugh is this new upgrade for the FansProject Steel Core to give him the head and chest of Transformers Armada Overload! We're not sure - yet - what the story is with these but we think they are probably connected to the extra core figures seen yesterday. These are only rough mockups, but they should give you an idea of yet another upcoming release from FansProject.

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Collection Intervention New Series Premier August 14th On Syfy
Posted by News Fetcher on July 29 '12 at 07:45 AM
By DESTRO from TFW2005:
Collection Intervention follows Elyse Luray, former Head of the Collectibles Department at Christie's, as she helps couples, families and individuals whose pop-culture memorabilia collections from Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica to Catwoman and Barbie have become damaging obsessions, creating financial strife and a huge strain on their lives. Elyse will create a strategy that helps these collectors curate and showcase their collection by assessing where the true value lies and then allow them to decide what's worth keeping and what they can sell. These massive collections include dining rooms stuffed with 30,000 comic books, a garage filled to the rafters with Catwoman memorabilia, and an almost uninhabitable house filled with Transformers. For each collector, parting with some of their collection may free up some much needed space in their home, provide cash windfall to get out of debt, or even just allow a couple to become more focused on their relationship.



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