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Diamond Comics Shipping List for February 13th
Posted by News Fetcher on February 06 '13 at 06:45 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
2005 Board member D-Drive has sent over the Diamond Comics Shipping list for next Wednesday, December 13th. On tap for next week is:

TRANSFORMERS KREO MICRO CHANGER COMBINER ASST 2013-01
Taking cues from classic Transformers lore, the KRE-O Micro Changers Combiners sets are being introduced for the first time into the world of KRE-O products! Taking the KREON figure multiple builds to the next level, each set contains 4 Transformers KREONS robot figures that can be built and then rebuilt into their alternative mode, or combined to form 1 larger super robot! There will be 4 sets available at launch and each will come with approximately 75 pieces. Collect them all, with fan favorite Generation 1 styling and look for more next fall! Choose from Decepticon Bruticus, Constructicon Devastator, Predaking, or Superion.

TRANSFORMERS REGENERATION ONE #88 (also shippping 1-in-10 incentive cover)

(W) Simon Furman (A) Andrew Wildman (CA) Andrew Wildman, Guido Guidi
Simon Furman (w) o Andrew Wildman (a) o Wildman, Guido Guidi (c)
WAR IN THE CITY! Anarchy reigns on the streets of Iacon as SCORPONOK's grip tightens further, and those AUTOBOTS still willing and able to resist look to their absent leader-who is on an endangered list all of his own. Beneath the surface of CYBERTRON, HOT ROD runs for his life, locked on a collision course with his maker, PRIMUS!
Ships with 2 covers in a 1-to-1 ratio, 1 by Andrew Wildman and 1 by Guido Guidi.


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Beast Hunters Cyberverse Legion Wave 1 at US Retail
Posted by News Fetcher on February 06 '13 at 05:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Reports are also coming in that the new Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Cyberverse Legion Wave 1 has made its debut at US retail. The four figure assortment features Bumblebee, Smokescreen, Airachnid and Twinstrike (aka Sinnertwin). They're popping up at Wal-Marts in Porter Ranch and San Diego, CA.

With this wave's release all the Beast Hunters toys that were revealed to us at the New York Comic Con last November have been released. What's up next? We've had a few hints here and there, but the full story will be revealed at the US Toy Fair kicking off this weekend - and we will have all the Transformers toy reveals as they happen. So keep it TFW for your US Toy Fair 2013 news.

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Beast Hunters Cyberverse Commanders Wave 1 at US Retail
Posted by News Fetcher on February 05 '13 at 07:00 PM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
More new toy sightings this evening for fans of the new Beast Hunters line! Cyberverse Commanders wave 1 have been found at a Wal-Mart in Washington state. This wave is comprised of; Optimus Prime, Predaking, and Bulkhead.

Have new Transformer sightings in your area? Share them in our sightings forum!

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TakaraTomy Asia Marketing Director David Chua Interview
Posted by News Fetcher on February 05 '13 at 06:30 PM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
TransformersAsia has posted an interview with TakaraTomy Asia Regional Customer Strategy & Marketing Director David Chua. The interview explains the process for Asian Region Exclusives and hints "something big" is heading towards Asian Region Transformers Fans.

Below are some of the highlights:

Hi David , for the past several years, we have seen some spectacular Transformers items called " Asia Exclusive " , can you tell us what is this project all about? , and how did you come up with the plan ?
Our goal is fulfilling the dream of Transformers fans. Transformers fans are very professional and their taste is sophisticated. We always challenge ourselves to make the ultimate toys which they would want to own and proudly display. Our ideas always come from the feedback of fans, we would discuss and work closely with our partner at Takara Tomy to work out the plan.

How do you select on which series or character to be including in the project?
There is no exact formula on this topic. We would consider the popularity of series/character, also the room for product improvement.

Last but not least, can you share with us what is currently in planning, and what are we expecting to see?
We are not going to give it away for now, but we promise something big would happen in the near future. So stay tuned!


You can read the original article at TransformersAsia.

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Beast Blade Optimus Prime Kre-O In-Hand Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 05 '13 at 02:30 PM
By DESTRO from TFW2005:
Create it with Kre-O, Build with Attitude! The exciting battle continues as the menacing Predacon beasts join the Decepticons in the fight to conquer the world. With the Kre-O Transformers Beast Hunters Beast Blade Optimus Prime building set, you can build Optimus Prime in robot mode or truck mode equipped with beast fighting weapons to battle Razor Back the cyber beast.

Kreon Figures Included

Energon Kicker

Optimus Prime

Many more Kre-O Transformers Beast Hunters Beast Blade Optimus Prime images after the jump.

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Robots in Disguise #14 Andrew Griffith Cover
Posted by News Fetcher on February 05 '13 at 02:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Artist Andrew Griffith has shared the artwork for his variant cover for Transformers Robots in Disguise #14. If you have been following the series and have not yet read issue #13 with its shocking revelations concerning a major character, this cover might be a spoiler for you - so read on at your own risk!

Check out the full artwork on Andrew Griffith's Deviant Art page.

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Beast Hunters Voyager Optimus Prime and Predaking Released at US Retail
Posted by News Fetcher on February 05 '13 at 11:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Meanwhile back in the USA a different Optimus Prime has made his debut on store shelves. Down at a Walmart in Az, 2005 Boards member pscoop made the first sighting of the first assortment of Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Voyagers. Beast Hunters Voyager Wave 1 features Optimus Prime and Predaking, the leaders of their respective factions. The hunt is on!

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Masterpiece Optimus Prime Finally Available in the UK
Posted by News Fetcher on February 05 '13 at 11:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
It's been an awful long time coming - and there's been more than a few upsets along the way - but at long last, Masterpiece Optimus Prime, the Hasbro release of Takara-Tomy's MP-10 Convoy Version 2, is available in the UK at Toys R Us. 2005 Boards member Brum Bot picked up a pre-sale at the Solihull Toys R Us. The UK price, as expected, runs to £99.99 (about $156 USD, €115).

Happy hunting my UK brethren!

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TFW2005 Reviews More Than Meets the Eye #13
Posted by News Fetcher on February 05 '13 at 10:30 AM
By Tim Formas from TFW2005:
TFW2005's early Transformers comic reviews return! Today, we review More Than Meets the Eye #13! More Than Meets the Eye #13 is out tomorrow - Wednesday, February 6th - from IDW Publishing. Check out the review on our More Than Meets the Eye #13 page of our Comics Resource Section!

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TFW2005 Reviews Spotlight: Megatron
Posted by News Fetcher on February 05 '13 at 10:30 AM
By Tim Formas from TFW2005:
TFW2005's early Transformers comic reviews return! Today, we review Spotlight: Megatron! Spotlight: Megatron is out tomorrow - Wednesday, February 6th - from IDW Publishing. Check out the review on our Spotlight: Megatron page of our Comics Resource Section!

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Composer James Hannigan Talks Transformers Universe
Posted by News Fetcher on February 05 '13 at 10:15 AM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
We do hope that none of you have forgotten about Transformers Universe. Development for this upcoming MMO Game is happening quietly and some of our 2005 Boards members may even be eligible for Beta Testing.

Breaking the silence, the Music Composer for Transformers Universe; James Hannigan has told Forbes some tidbits about what he did and what the game is like:

More importantly, are you a Transformers fan, at all?
Giant, battling transforming alien robots… what’s not to like? Most recently, I watched the original animated movie again and caught ‘Robots in Disguise’ along with season one of ‘Prime’. Very enjoyable and interesting to see how things have evolved over the years in the world of Transformers.

How would you describe the sound of Transformers Universe?
Some of the music is not a million miles away from the stylistic framework established for Transformers in general, but there’s also a move towards being a little harsher and grittier at times. Steve Lord, the Audio Director on Transformers Universe, wanted some tracks to have a grinding, almost mechanistic and robotic feel to them. But there’s quite a bit of orchestral music in there, too. We recorded a 72-piece orchestra for some of the early music going into the game, and there’ll be more orchestral production in the near future as composing and recording for Transformers Universe is an ongoing process. One of the interesting and refreshing things about this game is how episodic it is with new content getting planned for it all the time.

If you had to pick one track to represent the soundtrack, which would it be and why?

< article continued at TFW2005 >

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Hasbro Asia Marketing Director David Chua Interview
Posted by News Fetcher on February 05 '13 at 09:45 AM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
TransformersAsia has posted an interview with Hasbro Asia Regional Customer Strategy & Marketing Director David Chua. The interview explains the process for Asian Region Exclusives and hints "something big" is heading towards Asian Region Transformers Fans.

Below are some of the highlights:

Hi David , for the past several years, we have seen some spectacular Transformers items called " Asia Exclusive " , can you tell us what is this project all about? , and how did you come up with the plan ?
Our goal is fulfilling the dream of Transformers fans. Transformers fans are very professional and their taste is sophisticated. We always challenge ourselves to make the ultimate toys which they would want to own and proudly display. Our ideas always come from the feedback of fans, we would discuss and work closely with our partner at Takara Tomy to work out the plan.

How do you select on which series or character to be including in the project?
There is no exact formula on this topic. We would consider the popularity of series/character, also the room for product improvement.

Last but not least, can you share with us what is currently in planning, and what are we expecting to see?
We are not going to give it away for now, but we promise something big would happen in the near future. So stay tuned!


You can read the original article at TransformersAsia.

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Beast Hunters Cyberverse Abominus Combiner - Target Exclusive
Posted by News Fetcher on February 05 '13 at 08:00 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
TFg2.com has posted an image of an upcoming exclusive for Target stores. Beast Hunters Cyberverse Combiner Abominus. This five pack lines up with the info released last week from the UK Toyfair as well as a Japanese listing for Hun-Gurr. This five pack contains Cyberverse Twinstrike (from Cyberverse Legends wave 1) but he is also joined by Blight (Blot), Hun-Gurr, Rippersnapper and Windrazor. All five merge into the mighty Abominus!

Check out the image by clicking the title bar!

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More Than Meets The Eye #13, Rage Of The Dinobots #3 & Spotlight Megatron Previews
Posted by News Fetcher on February 05 '13 at 07:00 AM
By Shin Densetsu from TFW2005:
Itching for more Transformers Comics to read? IDW comes to the rescue with not 1, not 2, but 3 new comics tomorrow and we've got the previews!

Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #13
SHORE LEAVE! The AUTOBOTS visit the planet Hedonia-and get a chance to put recent events behind them, ingest some energon, and relax. Everyone, that is, except SWERVE, who faces the toughest challenge of his life: in just six hours, he has to teach ULTRA MAGNUS how to have fun.

Transformers Rage Of The Dinobots #3
SPAWNS OF SHOCKWAVE! The mind-blowing introduction of the DINOBOTS into the PRIME universe continues here! The Dinobots enter the belly of the beast in an attempt to save their comrades. But when SHOCKWAVE's minions turn the tables, GRIMLOCK will have to decide whether to beat them...or join them!

Transformers Spotlight Megatron
MEGATRON IS BACK!

Writer/artist Nick Roche (Last Stand of the Wreckers) takes us back to the last time MEGATRON returned-when he found his DECEPTICON forces in tatters under the control of STARSCREAM.

In this never-before-revealed tale, we learn exactly how Megatron reacted. . . and how Starscream survived!

Read on to preview these issues!

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Lorenzo di Bonaventura Talks Transformers 4 & New Trilogy
Posted by News Fetcher on February 04 '13 at 07:00 PM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Transformers Live Action Movie Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura recently spoke with MTV regarding Transformers 4 and the potential New Trilogy.

Talking about Transformers 4, the producer said "There's a lot of new elements. I wouldn't say we've completely changed this world, and yet it's completely different. There are new characters, new situations. I don't think we revisit a single location. Michael really has a great way of approaching this thing." He also said "The intention is this is new world, with new characters, with Mark Wahlberg leading us. It's a different movie, but a lot of the things that you love about the other ones are joining the ride."

Mr. di Bonaventura also mentioned that he would like to see Director Michael Bay sticking around for the next two Transformers Movies as well; hinting a potential New Trilogy with Transformers 5 and Transformers 6:

"I can't speak for Michael. I hope he would [direct the next two]. It would be great, but it's certainly something in our design of this," he said. "It's going to be an ongoing story, so the possibility, again, as long as the audience shows up for us, there's a lot of story still to be told."

You can read the original article at MTV and enjoy a video of the interview as well.

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TFW Transformers Prime Dark Guard Optimus Prime - Japan Exclusive - Gallery
Posted by News Fetcher on February 04 '13 at 02:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Something exclusive and Japanese for our next Transformers Toy Gallery update. Transformers Prime in Japan has had a few cool store exclusive releases, and among those is the Dark Guard Optimus Prime, a black and gold redeco of the First Edition Voyager Optimus Prime toy. The First Edition Voyager Optimus Prime is one of the best Transformers toys to be designed in the Voyager class, and a black redeco looks sharp on just about any toy - so what we have here is a nice redeco of a great toy. We've also got to give it props for not retreading the often-used to the point of overuse black, gray and teal "Scourge / Black Convoy" deco and instead doing something new.

Check out our gallery, graciously brought to us by 2005 Photo Staff member SydneyY, by opening the link below:

Transformers Prime Dark Guard Optimus Prime - Japan Exclusive

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Toyworld Update - Final Images of TW-H01 Hardbone and In Package Pics of TW-T02 Aurora
Posted by News Fetcher on February 04 '13 at 12:00 PM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Robot Kingdom has updated their Facebook with new images from 3rd Party group, Toyworld. First we have in package and final images of TW-HO1 Hardbone. This figure is a headmaster homage to Generation 1 Hardhead, and features a transformable headmaster figure, hidden missile pods and knives. Also shown from Toyworld are in package pictures of their next unofficial Throttlebot figure, TW-T02 Aurora (Aka Searchlight). While TW-T01 Grind Rod came packaged in a green colored box, Aurora's box will be blue to match the figure's color scheme.

Both figures are scheduled for release this month. Click the title bar to join in on the TW-HO2 Discussion. Or, continue on to TW-T02 Aurora's thread HERE.

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Keiths Fantasy Club Shattered Glass Ramhorn Prototype
Posted by News Fetcher on February 04 '13 at 05:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Third party group Keith's Fantasy Club, via Facebook group Meteor Operation, has revealed that their not-Ramhorn Rhinohorn will be getting an alternate colors "evil" version from the get-go, based on the Shattered Glass Ramhorn depicted in the fiction of the Transformers Collectors Club. Check out the images of Evil Rhinohorn by opening the link above.

Please remember this is an unofficial product not endorsed or licensed by Hasbro, Takara-Tomy or the Transformers Collectors Club.

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Toworld Update - Final Images of TW-H01 Hardbone and In Package Pics of TW-T02 Aurora
Posted by News Fetcher on February 03 '13 at 11:15 PM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Robot Kingdom has updated their Facebook with new images from 3rd Party group, Toyworld. First we have in package and final images of TW-HO1 Hardbone. This figure is a headmaster homage to Generation 1 Hardhead, and features a transformable headmaster figure, hidden missile pods and knives. Also shown from Toyworld are in package pictures of their next unofficial Throttlebot figure, TW-T02 Aurora (Aka Searchlight). While TW-T01 Grind Rod came packaged in a green colored box, Aurora's box will be blue to match the figure's color scheme.

Both figures are scheduled for release this month. Click the title bar to join in on the TW-HO2 Discussion. Or, continue on to TW-T02 Aurora's thread HERE.

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Generation 1 Milton-Bradley European Transformers Mini-Comic Translated
Posted by News Fetcher on February 03 '13 at 08:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
One of the mysteries that the most-dedicated of Transformers fans such as Monzo have been trying to solve for some time was a mysterious mini-comic issued in Europe during the Generation 1 era of Transformers toys. This mini-comic, published by Milton-Bradley who handled some of the toy distribution in the early days, featured Jetfire as the leader of the Autobots!

After an appeal for information by the TFWiki, a fan in Spain ("Un tal Iván" - @Ivanspeedy on Twitter) sent a copy of the comic to the TFWiki Twitter account, and now thanks to Spark (for translating) and ItsWalky (for re-lettering) the comic is available for fans worldwide to enjoy. It's another piece of Transformers history preserved friends - a bizarre retelling of events from Marvel's Transformers #1 and #4 featuring not only Jetfire filling in for Optimus Prime but Soundwave taking the role of Shockwave and fighting the four Dinobots (Swoop is absent, possibly because his toy was not readily available in Europe, even though the comic features Roadbuster and Whirl alongside a Diaclone colors Blitzwing)

This comic, a store promo giveaway, also featured an early toy catalog which features some early toys such as the Deluxe Insecticons in their Beetras colors with Ransack in a different deco to any previously seen, and an appearance by the so-called "bearded Warpath" minibot.

All in all, it's a fun and obscure bit of Transformers history that I personally am very delighted can now be shared with the fandom at large. Read on and check it out, and a big thanks to all involved for making it available.

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