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Diamond Comics Shipping List for February 6th
Posted by News Fetcher on January 30 '13 at 06:30 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
2005 Board member D-Drive has sent us over next weeks Diamond Comics Shipping list. Lots of good stuff coming out next week! Check all that will be on tap below:

TRANSFORMERS SPOTLIGHT MEGATRON ONE SHOT #1 (also shipping 1-in-10 incentive cover)

(W/A) Nick Roche (CA) Livio Ramondelli, Nick Roche
Nick Roche (w & a) o Roche, Livio Ramondelli (c)
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!
Ships with 2 covers in a 1-to-1 ratio, 1 by Nick Roche and 1 by Livio Ramondeli.

TRANSFORMERS PRIME RAGE O/T DINOBOTS #3 Of(4) (also shipping 1-in-10 and 1-in-25 variants)

(W) Mike Johnson, Mairghread Scott (A) Agustin Padilla (CA) Ken Christiansen
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 MORE THAN MEETS EYE ONGOING #13 (also shipping 1-in-10 incentive cover)

(W) James Roberts (A) Guido Guidi (CA) Alex Milne, Nick Roche
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.

Ships with 2 covers in a 1-to-1 ratio, 1 by Alex Milne and 1 by Nick Roche

TRANSFORMERS FOC GRIMLOCK PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT BLACK

One of the most popular Transformers of all time - Grimlock - stars on this black t-shirt!

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Renderform Hawk Saber and Giga Blaster - Botcon Metalhawk and Overlord Weapons
Posted by News Fetcher on January 30 '13 at 05:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Renderform has officially announced their next two releases, which were teased by Captured Prey last summer. The two new releases are the Hawk Saber for Botcon 2012 Metalhawk and the Giga Blaster for Botcon 2012 Gigatron. Both weapons are based on accessories from the Generation 1 toys. The regular versions are available in a two pack through the Renderform website and also through our sponsors Captured Prey and Big Bad Toy Store - singles of both weapons (with a different metallic tint in the Giga Blaster's case) are also available, along with a purple version of the Hawk Saber exclusively available through Captured Prey.

See more information at the Renderform homepage.

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Voyager Fall Of Cybertron Springer & Astrotrain
Posted by News Fetcher on January 30 '13 at 02:15 AM
By Shin Densetsu from TFW2005:
Surprising news has come from site sponsor Robotkingdom, pre-order listings for 2 new Transformers Generations Voyager figures:

Fall Of Cybertron Springer

Fall Of Cybertron Astrotrain
Who would've thought we would see a new Springer this soon, let alone space choo-choo, and voyagers at that?!

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Toys R Us Exclusive Masterpiece Soundwave & Acid Storm
Posted by News Fetcher on January 30 '13 at 02:00 AM
By Shin Densetsu from TFW2005:
Griffin & Macksimus Prime of fellow fansite Ozformers have brought the news that not only is Masterpiece Soundwave coming to Toys R Us in Australia, but so is Masterpiece Acid Storm! These are Toys R Us exclusives, not Australian exclusives. While they are expected to be released in Australia in mid 2013, a date has not been given yet for the US, so stay tuned!

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E-Hobby & TFCC VS-E Shattered Glass G1 Soundwave VS Blaster Set In-Hand
Posted by News Fetcher on January 29 '13 at 12:15 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Here's something cool for you to take a look at if the current Beast Hunters line just isn't your cup of tea. The E-Hobby and Transformers Collectors Club shared exclusive VS-E set has been released, and 2005 Boards member Masabon has it in-hand! The set takes Generation 1 toys Soundwave, Blaster and their cassettes Ramhorn, Eject, Rewind, Ratbat and Slugfest and redecos them as their Shattered Glass counterparts - the first Generation 1 toys to receive such treatment.

The set is out now in Japan, and hopefully that means those who ordered the set through the Transformers Collector's Club will also be able to lay hands on their very own set soon.

In the meantime, ease the pain of the wait by reading on and checking out Masabon's pictures!

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Beast Hunters Ripclaw and Starscream In-Hand
Posted by News Fetcher on January 29 '13 at 12:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
A pair of threads on the 78dm BBS site have given rise to some in-hand images of the two "bad guys" from Beast Hunters Deluxe Wave 2. There's a pair of images of the Deluxe Starscream, showing him in comparison with the First Edition Seeker mold in the form of Thundercracker and Skywarp. There's also a slightly more extensive look at the female Predacon Ripclaw, again showcasing her with other Prime toys. There's also further images available for the Starscream via HK-TF. We've mirrored a selection of the images with this story, open the links above to check out the original threads.

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SXS Toys Masterpiece Optimus Prime Rocket Pack & Other Accessories Set
Posted by News Fetcher on January 29 '13 at 12:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
By way of ACtoys, we have a look at prototypes of the next release from third party group SXS Toys. They appear to be working on an accessory set for the MP-10 Masterpiece Optimus Prime Version 2, which so far is shown to include a rocket pack (from More than Meets the Eye Part 3 and Dinobot Island) as well as the oil pump accessory for Roller. The word is these are upscaled designs from the THS-02 Hybrid Style Convoy.

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Collectors' Club Subscription Figure Update - Delayed Until April/Early May
Posted by News Fetcher on January 28 '13 at 06:45 PM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
The Official Transformers Collectors' Club has posted an update on their homepage regarding when we can start seeing the subscription figures start to ship out:

We apologize that it has taken so long to get back to all of you concerning the first ship date, but we have been waiting on our confirmation. There was an internal issue at Hasbro that has caused the figures' ship date to slip a fair amount. As of this week, Hasbro is telling us to expect the figures in late April/early May. We are sorry for the delay. Please know that we are pushing as hard as we can to get them here.

We will keep you updated and appreciate your patience!


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FT-03 Quake Wave (Shockwave) IN HAND Gallery!
Posted by News Fetcher on January 28 '13 at 02:45 PM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:
3rd Party Manufacturer Fans Toys are close to their release of FT-03 Quake Wave (Not Shockwave). They've provided us a sample so we can share some snazzy images with you. This figure will easily stand in for a Masterpiece Shockwave if you are looking for one.

This figure will be available at Captured Prey very soon!

Video reviews, text reviews and additional images will be coming soon. For now, check out over 90 high res images of the figure by reading on!

PS - If you'd like to see one of FansToys earlier projects - check their 20th Anniversary Optimus Prime Trailer, a straight upscale of the G1 trailer, which fits the original, bigger, Masterpiece Prime.

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New Bot Shots Launcher Assortment with Optimus Prime and Bumblebee Released
Posted by News Fetcher on January 28 '13 at 10:45 AM
By Tim Formas from TFW2005:
2005 Boards member deltagod, who we just reported having the first sighting of the new Cyberverse vehicle assortment, also reports finding the new assortment of Bot Shot launchers at the same Target in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. The new assortment of Bot Shot launchers features Generation One inspired Spin Shot Optimus Prime and Jump Shot Bumblebee figures.

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Beast Hunters Wave 1 Cyberverse Sets Apex Hunter Armor and Sky Claw Released
Posted by News Fetcher on January 28 '13 at 10:30 AM
By Tim Formas from TFW2005:
2005 Boards member deltagod has reported finding Wave 1 of the Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters Cyberverse set assortment at a California San Francisco Bay area Target store. Wave 1 of the assortment features Apex Hunter Armor and Sky Claw with Smokescreen.

The picture proof for both items show off the fancy new boxes, which retail for $19.99 each.

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Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters Wave 1 Cyberverse Sets Apex Armor and Sky Claw Released
Posted by News Fetcher on January 28 '13 at 10:15 AM
By Tim Formas from TFW2005:
2005 Boards member deltagod has reported finding Wave 1 of the Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters Cyberverse set assortment at a California San Francisco Bay area Target store. Wave 1 of the assortment features Apex Hunter Armor and Sky Claw with Smokescreen.

The picture proof for both items show off the fancy new boxes, which retail for $19.99 each.

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E-Hobby Launches Youtube Channel - VS-E In-Hand / Unboxing Video
Posted by News Fetcher on January 28 '13 at 08:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
E-Hobby have launched an official Youtube channel, and to kick things off there, they have uploaded a video of the unboxing of the Shattered Glass Blaster VS Soundwave set. The set, VS-E, is a shared exclusive between E-Hobby and the Transformers Collectors Club. The video shows the set in its box, plus the contents in their inner tray and the other items in-box; frustratingly the toys themselves don't get a lot of focus in the video! Check it out below:



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Transformers Masterpiece MP-19 Bluestreak
Posted by News Fetcher on January 28 '13 at 07:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
With the recent news that MP-17 would be Prowl and MP-18 would be Smokescreen, it seemed inevitable that the third of the Autobot Datsun Fairlady Z trio would get the Masterpiece treatment sooner or later, and the answer is: sooner! September 2013 will see the third Masterpiece release in as many months with MP-19 Bluestreak getting released that month. Like Prowl and Smokescreen, he's retailing for in the region of $79.99.

The only question that remains of course is which variant of Bluestreak shall it be, a toy accurate Silverstreak, an animation colors black roofed Bluestreak, or the more-likely-to-be-an-EHobby-release blue Bluestreak? Time and Japanese hobby magazine scans will tell.

In the mean time, please check out the preorder links for MP-19:

Big Bad Toy Store

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TFcon 2013 Charity Auction for Make-A-Wish Canada
Posted by News Fetcher on January 28 '13 at 06:45 AM
By Super_Megatron from TFW2005:
TFcon 2013 is pleased to announce that they will once again be hosting a charity auction for Make-A-Wish Canada on Saturday, July 27th, 2013. Last year TFcon raised $2705 in their first ever charity auction.

The charity auction will feature many great unique donations and we hope our community will help us raise as much as possible for the Make-A-Wish foundation. If you wish to donate an item for the auction please email the convention.

Make-A-Wish® Canada creates magical moments for children between the ages of 3 and 17, living with life threatening medical conditions, through granting a child’s one true wish. Make-A-Wish® strives to create hope, strength and joy by giving a child a much needed respite from being sick, allowing them to experience the wholesome enjoyment of just being a “kid” again.

Make-A-Wish impacts the lives of families when they need to know that their community cares about what they are going through, as their child battles for his or her life.

Make-A-Wish exists for one reason only – to grant wishes to children living with life-threatening medical conditions. Thanks for helping to share the power of a wish®!

TFcon – The world's largest fan-run Transformers convention will take place July 26th to 28th, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario at the Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre.

TFcon 2013 hotel block is now available, the group rate is good for July 24 to July 31, 2013 at the price of $109 per room. No deposit is required to reserve your room now. You have until July 23rd to cancel your room if you can't make the convention.

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TFW United Artfire (Million Publishing Exclusive) Gallery
Posted by News Fetcher on January 27 '13 at 09:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
It's time for the next gallery in our Transformers United toys galleries section - it's time for Artfire! Transformers United Artfire is a Million Publishing exclusive available only through a mail-in offer in the Transformers Generations 2012 book. He's a homage to the rare Japan-only character from Headmasters, Artfire, who was a white-cab version of Inferno with Targetmaster Scourge's partner Targetmaster figure. In that vein Transformers United Artfire is a redeco of Transformers Universe Inferno, but like the original Inferno, he has been remolded to incorporate the Targermasters - in this one's case, it is the inclusion of Solar Storm Grappel's crane in place of Inferno's water cannon, which allows Artfire to mount both his Targetmasters on the crane hook as a water cannon. That's right, Artfire is not just a homage to the original Artfire, he is also a homage to the second run "double Targetmasters" who could peg their weapons into one another.

As far as decos go, Artfire is fantastic. He's got a very sharp deco that flows nicely in both his modes, with lots of detailed paint applications making the finished article look just that little bit more awesome. The two Targetmasters included are Nightstick, a redeco of Universe Cyclonus' partner in a predominantly silver deco, and Sparks, a redeco of Power Core Combiners Pinpoint, the Mini-con who came with Leadfoot and had been previously been drawn as Artfire's partner Targetmaster by Guido Guidi in the Generations 2011 comic strip. Artfire makes an excellent companion piece to the Million Publishing 2011 mail in exclusive Stepper, and what is really great about this duo is not only that they are great toys in excellent decos, but in many ways they are the only ways some of us will get to own versions of the characters, particularly because in Artfire's case he has never seen a reissue.

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Mastermind Creations Feral Rex Revealed
Posted by News Fetcher on January 27 '13 at 07:15 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Shortly after we broke the news that our sponsors had opened up preorders for Mastermind Creations Unofficial Predacon, Bovis, cenokibble dropped a big bomb in the Feral Rex Mega Thread. We now have the the newest render of the combines form revealing Feral Rex himself! Feral Rex is looking not only massive and fierce, but this 3rd party unofficial figure is offering a fantastic homage to the original Predaking figure.

Check out the render by clicking the title bar!

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Figure King February Scans
Posted by News Fetcher on January 27 '13 at 07:00 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Toy World has updated with scans of next months issue of Figure King. While most of the Transformers related items shown are of those we've seen before, there are a pair of images of Encore Fortress Maximus. The two images may serve as an indicator that he will be coming with the God sword and instead of tampographs, we will have to sticker up the big guy.

Also shown are: Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-33 Final Battle Megatron, AM-34 Jet Vehicon General, Transformers Generations TG-08 through TG-12, Masterpiece MP-15 Ravage and Rumble, Encore 23 Fortress Maximus. Super GTR GT-01 Optimus Prime, GT-02 Star Saber, and GT Fortress Maximus and
Transformers Prime Arms Micron Exclusive Nightmare Unicron

Click the title bar to check it all out

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New Bot Shots Single Packs Releases at US Retail
Posted by News Fetcher on January 27 '13 at 06:45 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Good news Bot Shots fans! The first wave of 2013's Bot Shots figures have been found at a Wal-mart in Washington state. 2005 Board member Archangelz was the lucky hunter that scored these new Bot Shots that feature new play patterns. Flip Shot Bumblebee, Spin Shot Ironhide, Jump shot Shockwave and Sunstorm makeup the new wave.

Click the title bar to see photographic proof of the find and to discuss!

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Transformers Generations Fall of Cybertron Combaticon Galleries
Posted by News Fetcher on January 26 '13 at 05:45 PM
By process from TFW2005:
Alfes 2010 has posted several extensive galleries of the newly released Transformers Generations Fall of Cybertron Combaticons on his blog. These Japanese repaints feature highly game-accurate decos, though at a premium. We've attached some of his photos to this posting, and you can check the links below for his full galleries.

TG-03 Blast Off

TG-04 Vortex

TG-05 Brawl

TG-06 Swindle

TG-07 Onslaught

TG-03 to TG-07 Bruticus

Comparison: Takara Tomy vs. Hasbro

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