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August 2012 Hobby Japan Scans
Posted by News Fetcher on June 25 '12 at 03:45 PM
By Shin Densetsu from TFW2005:
Cybergundam Blog has posted new scans from the August 2012 issue of Hobby Japan featuring the following:

MP12 Sideswipe

MP13 Soundwave

MP14 Red Alert
In addition we get an up close look at the Amazon.jp exclusive piledrivers and energon cubes, to come with Sideswipe and Soundwave respectively. Check out the high res scans after the jump!

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Transformers More than Meets the Eye Issue 6 Preview
Posted by News Fetcher on June 25 '12 at 12:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Comic Book Resources has put up a five page preview of IDW's More than Meets the Eye Issue 6, due out on newstands this Wednesday. In this take titled "Interiors" the Autobots get back on their journey after Delphi. Fortress Maximus tries to tackle some unpleasant memories involving Overlord from Last Stand of the Wreckers (tying up a loose end from the acclaimed miniseries), a light-hearted few moments involving Tailgate, and a drunk Trailbreaker! And that's just in the five page preview! Check it out, and on Wednesday be sure to get the full issue from your local comic shop!

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LilFormers Matt Moylan to attend TFcon 2012
Posted by News Fetcher on June 25 '12 at 11:15 AM
By Super_Megatron from TFW2005:
TFcon is pleased to welcome back Matt Moylan to the convention this year. He is best known to Transformers fans as the man behind LilFormers. You can meet him in the TFcon 2012 artist alley all weekend long.

You can reserve the TFcon exclusive Shafter and register for TFcon 2012 via the online registration page.

TFcon 2012 features Canada's largest dealer room for Transformers merchandise, question and answer panels and autograph sessions with many special guests including Transformers Creator Bob Budiansky, Transformers voice actors Scott McNeil and Neil Ross, artists Alex Milne and Silas Zee plus Hasbro Canada, Chris Ho (Vangelus) and Ben Dolle (Peaugh) with more to be announced.

TFcon - Canada's 11th Annual Transformers Collectors Convention is July 27th to 29th, 2012 at the Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The TFcon 2012 hotel block is now available.

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CMs Corp Guttu Kuru Minerva In-Hand Images
Posted by News Fetcher on June 25 '12 at 11:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Japanese site Higekuma Toy Blog aka Alfes2000 has posted some most excellent in-hand images of the CM's Corp Guttu Kuru Minerva figure. This fully licensed poseable figure depicts the heroine of the Transformers Masterforce series in her human form wearing her power armor. She comes with three different faces for different expressions, a detachable backpack which transforms into the face of her larger robot mode, and tons of personality. It's a really cool depiction of the young Autobot medic that is fully screen accurate and capable of striking lots of great poses.

Check out a selection of my favorite images from the two galleries that Alfes posted attached to this story - or go here and here to check out the full galleries for lots more pictures.

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Figure King July Edition Scans
Posted by News Fetcher on June 25 '12 at 05:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Robot Kingdom has updated their Facebook Gallery with scans from this month's edition of Figure King Magazine. This month's edition has more images of Jet Vehicon and Darkness Megatron, due out in late July - Jet Vehicon here looks more muted and less flamboyant than the one that was on display at the Tokyo Toy Show. The Kabaya Fortress Maximus series is also shown - the gigantic Fortress Maximus is here confirmed to have all three of his modes present and correct, plus the Minibots that come with each base set - Cerebros, Windcharger and Powerglide - are shown in detail for the first time.

Saving the best for last, the third scan dedicates itself to MP-12 Sideswipe (Lambor) MP-13 Soundwave, and MP-14 Red Alert (Alert). There is also a small feature on Garigari-Kun robo, the transforming ice lolly; the first six Arms Micron single figures featuring the trio that merge into a giant sword and the recolors of Skywarp, Terrorcon Cliffjumper and vanilla Cliffjumper's partners, and the Toys R Us Exclusive Optimus Prime with Battle Shield / Cosmotechtor Arms Microns.

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Takara TRU Exclusive Gatling Gun Bumblebee Coming?
Posted by News Fetcher on June 25 '12 at 05:15 AM
By Secretcode from TFW2005:
Time for the beekeeping suits, as thanks to a Singaporean hobby shop named Roborobo we now have a solicitation for a future Toys R Us Japan exclusive toy, named Gatling Gun Bumblebee. Coming out in the tail-end of 2012 for 8,000 Yen, the toy is a "Perfect Gold coated Bumblebee" with lights and sounds, a weapon reveal gimmick, weapons, an Arms Micron toy and stickers. At this time there are no pictures, but judging by the listing it can be assumed to be a redeco/remold of the Weaponizer Bumblebee.

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Auto Assembly 2012 Comic Preview 'Youth of Experience'
Posted by News Fetcher on June 25 '12 at 05:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Auto Assembly has sent us a preview panel from the convention comic this year. This year's convention will feature a full 22 page comic, given free to everyone as a part of the convention goodie bags. The comic, Iacon Independent, will feature work from a range of talented writers and artists and will feature 22 pages of short stories and single page strips spanning G1, Beast Wars, Beast Machines and Transformers: Animated. It boasts it will have something for everyone and will feature a stunning cover illustrated by Marvel G1 artist Jeff Anderson.

First up in the previews of the comic is "Youth of Experience", a tale set during the "War Within" era before the Transformers left Cybertron. It will be written by Peter Williams featuring art by Rui Onishi, colours by Kal Kyle and letters by Andy Turnbull.

Stay tuned for more previews and updates! Auto Assembly 2012 is taking place over the weekend of 3-5 August at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham in the UK. Head over to the Auto Assembly homepage to pre-register for this year's convention.

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United Artfire denied by E-Hobby & Takara-Tomy
Posted by News Fetcher on June 25 '12 at 04:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
In an interesting turn of events, the existance of a United Artfire, a mass release version of the Million Publishing exclusive Classics-style Artfire, has been denied by both Takara-Tomy and by Hydra, who works with E-Hobby.

Posting on the Allspark forums, Hydra stated that:

I don't know who decided that the supposed regular release of Artfire would only have one Targetmaster, but there is no regular release of Artfire coming. Million posted it on their Twitter account on the 21st, calling it out as a false rumor. I heard the same thing directly from TT staff, so you can safely assume that there is no normal version of Artfire on the way.

Takara-Tomy also tweeted a similar denial on their own Twitter account (translation by 2005 Boards member Ricochet):

There's no domestic/foreign release of UN Artfire except TF Generations 2012 book exclusive, I heard

By all accounts it is beginning to sound like the reports of a UN-32 Artfire might be a phantom listing. Keep it TFW2005 for more updates on this bizarre turn of events as the situation unravels further.

Picture attached to this story - a rather painful looking alternate Targetmaster configuration for the Million Publishing Artfire, shared on the Planet Iacon Facebook group.

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Dr. Wu Matrix Sword
Posted by News Fetcher on June 24 '12 at 06:15 PM
By process from TFW2005:
Third party group Dr. Wu is teasing a new sword accessory for Transformers: Prime Optimus Prime. The sword resembles one of the thirteen Primes' Prima's Star Saber, with the Matrix of Leadership embedded in its hilt.

Announced on their Weibo blog page, the sword is planned to be 12cm long, constructed from metal, and will potentially be chromed. We've also heard rumors that there will be versions for Nemesis Prime and Shattered Glass Optimus Prime.

While the sword appears to have been designed in the Transformers: Prime style, the 5mm grip will enable a large portion of your collection to wield it.

Staff Note: This kit is an unofficial product not produced or endorsed by Hasbro or Takara/Tomy.

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Hasbro Transformers Site Update - New Prime Cyberverse Bios and Official Pictures
Posted by News Fetcher on June 24 '12 at 02:30 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Hasbro have updated their pages for the Transformers Prime toyline with official photos and bios for the third wave of Cyberverse toys. On the side of the Legion class toys, we have bios and pictures for Quickblade Bumblebee, Hyperspeed Wheeljack and Decepticon Flamewar. On the Commander front we now have a bio for Nightwatch Optimus Prime along with pictures of him and his recently-released wavemate Ultra Magnus. Check out all the bios by reading on in this story.

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Atomic Laser News - Test Shot for Spec Card Storage Sheets
Posted by News Fetcher on June 24 '12 at 12:30 PM
By Superquad7 from TFW2005:
Hot on the tail of their last update, Atomic Laser provides an update for their 2012 product offerings, this time for a storage option. Check out the update below:

"Hello all!,

We received our first batch of storage pages this week and wanted to share the first pic with everyone as this has been a much anticipated item over the last year. They fit both our reproduction cards as well as original G1 cards too. Sheets are double sided and hold 10 cards each. [These are] to be offered bundled with a spec card storage binder and in separate sheet packs. Available in Third Quarter 2012 from Atomic Laser!

Thanks,
Atomic Laser Customer Service
www.atomiclaser.com"

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Atomic Laser, they are noteworthy for creating the reproduction Generation One Technical Specification Cards, or Tech Specs as they are more commonly known.

TFW2005.com would like to remind all once again that these products are not official Hasbro products.

Atomic Laser actively contributes in our very own TFW2005.com Fan Art Forum with some tweaking of Generation One Tech Specs artwork of a few characters for differing reasons. You can check the most recent work by clicking here.

Keep a watch out for this and other upcoming creative endeavors from our own artists in our Creative Forums. More updates as we have them!

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Auto Assembly 2012 Announces AA 2013 Free Ticket Draw
Posted by News Fetcher on June 24 '12 at 04:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The team at Auto Assembly 2012 have sent us over an update. Auto Assembly 2012 looks set to break their own record for largest attendance at a European Transformers convention in the next few days, and a reminder that there is a final cut-off date of 12:00 noon on Wednesday 1 August to pre-register for this year's convention. there will be on the door passes available on the day, but these will be limited and you won't get in as fast as you would if you had pre-registered - so why delay? Pre-register and save yourself the hassle.

As an added incentive to pre-register those passes, Auto Assembly have announced a free ticket draw for the 2013 convention. The winner receives two free weekend tickets for the 2013 convention along with three nights free hotel accommodation at the convention hotel. And the great part is if you have already pre-registered for a weekend pass or a non-attendee pack, then you are already entered into the draw! That's right, all pre-registered weekend pass holders are entered into the draw for free tickets to next years convention automatically, as well as non-attendees! It's one more good reason to get your pre-registration in today!

Finally an update on those awesome Calloway Customs Marlboor Wheeljack heads which are exclusive to Auto Assembly 2012. The Gold packs are now completely sold out, with very limited stock remaining on the Silver and Bronze packs.

All this and news is expected very soon on Auto Assembly 2013 - get ready to put the dates in your diary for next year's event!

Back to this year, Auto Assembly 2012 is taking place over the weekend of 3-5 August at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham, UK. To find out more and pre-register please visit the Auto Assembly homepage.

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Hasbro Asia Exclusive Legends Figures In Package Shots
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '12 at 09:30 PM
By process from TFW2005:
Thanks to recent listings on Ebay, we now have some high-resolution photos of the Hasbro Asia exclusive Legends: Hoist, Thundercracker, Motorbreath and Bluestreak. These figures are repaints that come packaged with new weapons.

See them all after the jump!

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Xovergen Anime Trailerforce Prototype Photos
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '12 at 09:45 AM
By process from TFW2005:
Third party group Xovergen has revealed, via Facebook group Planet Iacon, several new prototype photos of their upgrade set for Animated Voyager Optimus Prime. The set transforms Optimus Prime into a futuristic fire truck, and provides additional armament and armor in robot mode.

This set is inspired by the cancelled official Animated Powermaster Optimus Prime.

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Reminder - Transformers Rescue Bots Episode 16 Airs Today!
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '12 at 02:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
A quick reminder now friends that there is a new episode of Transformers Rescue Bots on TV for you to enjoy today. Today at 11:30AM ET on The Hub it's the all-new episode, Rules and Regulations! The Rescue Bots disobey the Chief's orders and find themselves in a life-threatening situation - this time it's the Rescue Bots who need to be rescued! If you miss it never fear because this new episode also reruns tomorrow, that's Sunday 24 June, at 11:00am ET!

Don't forget there's all new episodes of Rescue Bots airing every Saturday to tune in and enjoy!

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Transformers Rescue Bots Episode 20 - Countdown
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '12 at 02:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
By way of Zap2it, we've got the title of episode 20 of Transformers Rescue Bots. Episode 20 will be titled "Countdown". Countdown to what exactly? You guess is as good as ours, since right now there is no description available. What we can tell you though is that Rescue Bots episode 20 will be airing on 21 July 2012 - so right now it's looking like we'll be having all-new episodes of Transformers Rescue Bots right through July!

Upcoming Transformers Rescue Bots episodes:

Today! - Rules and Regulations
06/30 The Lost Bell
07/07 Bumblebee to the Rescue
07/14 You've been Squilshed
07/21 Countdown

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Transformers Prime Deluxe Wave 4 Released
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '12 at 02:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Last but by no means the least on this new toy day, we have our first confirmed retail sightings of Transformers Prime Deluxe Wave 4! Wave 4 consists of a stealthy Shadow Strike Bumblebee, the evil Decepticon Dead End and the sinister Airachnid! Again they are popping up in Walmarts, we have sightings in the 79th and Peoria WalMart in Peoria, AZ as well as in the Hazleton, PA Walmart.

An interesting comment from our 2005 Boards members Stune and jru42287 is that both found this assortment in Walmarts which did not stock the previous wave featuring the Vehicon, Knock Out and Hot Shot - so if you like them were unlucky enough to have never seen these in your local Walmart either, you might want to go and take a look in case there is a trend developing here.

That wraps up all the new Transformers Prime sightings on this "new toy day". Happy hunting everyone! Hope you find something new!

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Transformers Prime Cyberverse Vehicles Released at US General Retail
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '12 at 01:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Next up from Arizona we have the first general retail sighting of the Transformers Prime Cyberverse Vehicles assortment. We knew this assortment could not be too far away when they were stocked at Universal Studios Hollywood, evidently they have now managed to begin moving from warehouses and stock rooms onto store shelves! This assortment features Wheeljack with his Starhammer (Jackhammer) spaceship, and Knock Out with an Energon Driller. They are retailing for $19.99, great value considering you get a cool Cyberverse Legion toy along with an awesome little vehicle that can take up to three Cyberverse toys. These were found at the Walmart at 79th and Peoria in Peoria AZ.

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Transformers Prime RC Cars Assortment Released
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '12 at 01:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Are you ready Transformers Prime fans? Someone, somewhere must have decided that today is new toys day! We are getting reports of lots of new Transformers toys being sighted at US retail. First up are the Transformers Prime RC Cars assortment, which were spotted in K-Mart. These cute little RC Car versions of Bumblebee and Knock Out transform from cars to robots - the box boasts it is an R/C conversion so they may even transform on their own, how cool is that?

More sightings to come! Stay up to date with the latest in your area by checking out our Transformers Sightings section.

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Cyberverse Ultra Magnus Sighted
Posted by News Fetcher on June 22 '12 at 02:45 PM
By Shin Densetsu from TFW2005:
For those of you looking not only for a new Cyberverse Commander, but a new character to the Transformers Prime line, the hunt begins anew! You can handle it now as Cyberverse Ultra Magnus has been sighted in a Toys R Us in Tucson, Arizona. Thanks to 2005 boards member for visual proof! Happy hunting!

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