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Auto Assembly 2012 Exclusive Update
Posted by News Fetcher on April 11 '12 at 10:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Auto Assembly has released some bad news relating to their planned exclusive for this year's show. Auto Assembly 2012 was to have featured an IDW comic with an exclusive cover, one that would have been particularly poignant for UK fans. The comic would have been Generation 1 #81, with a dual number on the front of the comic so it would also have been number issue #333 - the original Marvel UK run finished with #332, so this would have been a fantastic homage to the UK comics run.

Sadly it was not to be, as for as yet unexplained reasons the issue was vetoed by Hasbro US as the master license holder.

Alongside the Auto Assembly team's vote of thanks to their committee member Martin Fisher and IDW's editor John Barber, who worked hard to try to make this dream issue a reality, I would also like to add TFW2005's vote of thanks to their hard work, as well as my own personal thanks as a fan who grew up on the Marvel UK comics.

All is not lost, however. Auto Assembly promised attendees a comic in their goodie bags this year and attendees will have a comic! Attendees will be receiving a completely new comic, with cover art by Jeff Anderson and an exclusive six page script by Kris Carter. The ultimate ambition is to give attendees an issue which includes at least three different comic stories, created by collaborations between professional comic creative talent and fans alike. But that's not all! To make up for the fact that Auto Assembly cannot offer the exclusive comic this year, they will instead be upping the print run on the Auto Assembly 2012 exclusive litho - so that every attendee who would have received the comic will instead receive the litho, free of charge.

How is that for looking after the fans after a disappointing turn of events?

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Derrick J Wyatt to Attend Botcon 2012
Posted by News Fetcher on April 11 '12 at 10:00 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Another wonderful contributer to the Transformers franchise has been announced as a guest over on the Botcon website. Art director, lead character designer, and color stylist for Transformers Animated, Derrick J Wyatt will be on hand at this years convention. Great news for friends and fans for this very impressive artist! Derrick will be on hand for a panel looking back at his time on Transformers Animated and will be signing autographs.

Botcon 2012 will be held April 26th-29th at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

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Transformers voice actor Scott McNeil to attend TFcon 2012
Posted by News Fetcher on April 11 '12 at 06:30 AM
By Super_Megatron from TFW2005:
TFcon is very pleased to welcome Canadian Transformers voice actor Scott McNeil to TFcon 2012.

The voice of Waspinator, Dinobot, Rattrap, and Silverbolt in Beast Wars; plus various characters in Transformers Armada, Energon and Cybertron; Mr. McNeil will be taking part in Q&A panel and autograph sessions with the attendees of the Canadian Transformers Collectors Convention.

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. The group rate is good for July 25 to July 31, 2012 at the price of $109 per room. No deposit is required to reserve your room now. You have until July 25th to cancel your room if you can not make the convention.

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Takara-Tomy Transformers Prime August Releases - Swoop & Airachnid
Posted by News Fetcher on April 11 '12 at 04:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Reports are reaching us from online retailers (and Facebook group Planet Iacon) of two future releases in the Takara-Tomy Arms Micron range of Transformers Prime. Arriving in August are:

AM-17 Autobot Swoop
AM-18 Airachnid

Both are said to come with Arms Microns. Airachnid is potentially the same toy we have seen previously - she is described as a Deluxe class - while Autobot Swoop is a complete left-field reveal and a Voyager class. Speculation abound as to what this one actually is - hopefully we can update you soon with further information.

No word yet either as to what the July releases are, other than there will be two of them, and they will be numbered AM-15 and AM-16.

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Transformers Autocracy #7 Preview
Posted by News Fetcher on April 10 '12 at 09:00 PM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
IDW Publishing's first twelve issue digital-only comic continues tomorrow and Comicbookresources.com has updated their website with a four page preview of the next issue. This story takes place before Orion Pax becomes the heroic leader we all love and know as Optimus Prime.

Be sure to check out the preview, download the issue tomorrow and then come back to our Transformers Comics Forum to discuss the issue.

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Transformers Prime Tunnel Vision
Posted by News Fetcher on April 10 '12 at 01:45 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The title and description of the next episode of Transformers Prime is now out! Episode 38, or season 2 episode 12, is titled "Tunnel Vision" and features the 'bots in the big city! Description courtesy of Zap2it below:

Arcee and Bumblebee go deep into New York's "underground'' in an attempt to beat Megatron to the next four lacon relics.

12 episodes of Transformers Prime without a break? It just might be too good to be true, but it's happening! This one airs on 5 May 2012.

Upcoming Transformers Prime Episodes

04/14 Grill
04/21 Armada
04/28 Flying Mind
05/05 Tunnel Vision

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Revoltech Bumblebee and CM's Ginrai and Minerva at Miyazaki Model Show
Posted by News Fetcher on April 10 '12 at 09:00 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Thanks to Amiami Blog, we have new images of Revoltech Bumblebee and CM Corps Ginrai and Minerva. The photos of these figures are from the Miyazaki Model Show.

Check out these very impressive licensed figures by clicking on the title bar

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Justitoys WST Sixshot Color Images
Posted by News Fetcher on April 10 '12 at 08:30 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
3rd Party Group, Justitoys, have updated their Facebook page with new color images of their unofficial World's Smallest Transformers Sixshot. Our first color images of this toy show off the figure in all six of it's modes. Along with the recently announced G1 Sixshot reissue and Mastermind Creations Hexatron figure, 2012 is shaping up to be a great year for fans of the Decepticon six-changer.

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

Check out the images after the break and then head over to the 3rd Party Forum to discuss

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Reprolabels April Update
Posted by News Fetcher on April 10 '12 at 07:45 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Reprolabels has updated their website with new custom sticker sets for your Transformer products. This month you will get to give your Maketoys' Battle Tanker a full on G2 deco and finally get to sticker up your Takara Leadfoot with sponsor stickers

Updates this month include:

Maketoys' Battle Tanker

Transformers Prime set 2 (Powerizer Optimus Prime, Revealer Wheeljack & Cliffjumper)

Takara Movie Deluxe Leadfoot

TFC Madblender

Takara Windcharger and Wipeout

Generations Scourge

Head over to Reprolables.com for all your sticker needs and then head back over here to discuss

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In Memorium - Takeshi Aono (Deathsaurus)
Posted by News Fetcher on April 10 '12 at 04:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
It saddens us to report the passing of Takeshi Aono, the voice of Transformers Victory's Deathsaurus. Mr Aono passed away at the age of 76 on Monday due to complications following a stroke. In addition to providing the voice of Deathsaurus, Mr Aono also voiced Rihaku in Fist of the North Star, and Kami-Sama and King Piccolo in Dragon Ball.

Read the full obiturary on the Anime News Network.

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Rescue Bots Episode 10 Deep Trouble
Posted by News Fetcher on April 10 '12 at 04:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
A new Transformers Rescue Bots episode is set to air on 5 May 2012! The next new episode is titled "Deep Trouble", with the description given on Zap2it as follows:

A shark targeting high-tech ocean equipment is spotted off the Griffin Rock shore.

Rescue Bots returns with new episodes this Saturday at 12:30pm ET | 9:30am PT on The Hub!

Upcoming Transformers Rescue Bots Episodes

04/14 Four Bots and a Baby
04/21 Walk on the Wild Side
04/21 Christmas in July
05/05 Deep Trouble

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Transformers Prime Cyberverse Extended Bios
Posted by News Fetcher on April 09 '12 at 12:45 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Here is an interesting oddity unearthed by TFW2005 member Monzo - it seems that while most of the Cyberverse toys at retail are getting one or two line bios, there actually exist longer bios for the Cyberverse toys - these longer bios being pared down (perhaps for space reasons?) to the ones we see on the packaging. A bunch of them, for Bumblebee, Arcee, Vehicon, Breakdown, Evac, Mirage and Soundwave - the latter three Movieverse characters released in the Prime Cyberverse series - have surfaced on a Hasbro Toy Shop listing. There seems to be no sign of longer bios for Ratchet, Cliffjumper, or the Commander Class at this time - but who knows if and when such a thing might come to light?

Read on to view a copy of the extended bios.

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Beast Wars Neo DVD Box Set - Released in Japan September 2012
Posted by News Fetcher on April 09 '12 at 12:15 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
According to a tweet by digital anime comic store AnicomiMAX (which came to our attention by way of Autobase Aichi), Beast Wars Neo is finally coming to DVD in Japan. The show, which like its predecessor Beast Wars Second has never had any sort of previous DVD release, is currently streaming on the AniMAX internet channel. It's due out on 26 September 2012 in Japan - no word on pricing or extras yet.

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IGear MW-05: Cogz
Posted by News Fetcher on April 09 '12 at 06:30 AM
By process from TFW2005:
Third party group IGear has revealed the next figure in their line of Mini Warriors, Cogz, their take on G1 Gears.

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

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TFW Transformers Prime Hot Shot Gallery & Review
Posted by News Fetcher on April 09 '12 at 04:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Our next new Transformers Toy Gallery for you is the third and final member of Transformers Prime Deluxe Wave 3, Hot Shot!

Hot Shot spends most of his time trying to prove himself worthy of being called warrior by the older AUTOBOTS. Unfortunately, this often means either showing off, which bugs the more experienced soldiers, or rushing headlong into danger, which requires a rescue. He's got a lot of potential, but also a lot to learn.

A leading character from Transformers Armada - 10 years old this year! - Hot Shot makes a return to the Transformers line with this remold of Deluxe Wave 1 Bumblebee. He's using his blue deco from Transformers Cybertron since the role of yellow sports car Autobot was taken, and he's looking rather fine with a shiny blue deco and a new head sporting a visor that can be moved up or down like on the original Hot Shot.

Open the link below to view the full gallery, or read on for our review.

Transformers Prime Deluxe Hot Shot Gallery

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Transformers Who's Who Hideaki Yoke & Koujin Oono on the History of Transformers
Posted by News Fetcher on April 09 '12 at 03:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
TFW2005 staff member SydneyY (with help from Aernaroth, Shin Densetsu and Pravus Prime) has helpfully translated another interview for your enjoyment. Originally presented in Transformers Generations 2011 Volume 1, this interview with the legendary Transformers designers Hideaki Yoke & Koujin Oono touches on the very origins of the Transformers line and the entire history of Generation 1, right down to the modern lines. It is a fascinating look into the design aspects behind some of the most significant choices in the run of the series, such as Headmasters. Read on and check out the translation of the interview with the founding fathers of Transformers toys.

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Kabaya DX Transformers Gum
Posted by News Fetcher on April 09 '12 at 03:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Kabaya have brought us a whole range of Transformers gum kits over the last two years - now they are going large. A listing for DX Transformers Gum has appeared on the Sproutoy Rakutan store, due for a release in July with a price of 2,625 for a box of twelve. The packaging shown so far is only a mockup, but by all indications the DX Transformers Gum series is going straight for the big guy himself right away - a new Transformers gum Fortress Maximus. By the looks of things, each box will contain a small Transformer with Micromaster level of transformation (Windcharger is shown), as well as a mini base - and all three mini bases connect together to make Fortress Maximus.

We'll update you once more information on this next evolution of Kabaya's Transformers Gum series comes to light.

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Hasbro Asia Commemorative Coin Box
Posted by News Fetcher on April 09 '12 at 02:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Some pictures have reached us of an interesting oddity from Hasbro Asia. Fat Toys Corner Blog reports that Hasbro Asia has released a coin box to hold the commemorative coins that they have been issuing alongside the major releases of their region: MP9 Rodimus Prime, MP10 Optimus Prime, MP11 Starscream, Jetwing Optimus Prime and Encore Devastator. Interestingly it uses the English names for them all, in spite of MP9, MP10 and Devastator being released under their Japanese names.

The box itself features a Matrix design on the front of the box, and slides apart down the middle to reveal the contents. While a nice idea it does mean that the already nice packaging for the coins will need to be discarded to place them in this box!

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New Jersey Collectors Con Announces Mark Bellomo As Guest!
Posted by News Fetcher on April 08 '12 at 03:30 PM
By DESTRO from TFW2005:
Mark Bellomo will be attending NJCC as a special guest, promoting his new book, "Totally Tubular '80s Toys". Filled with super rad toys and bodacious memories, this righteous ride back in time when Madonna ruled and Spinal Tap amplifiers went to 11. You'll find everything from He-Man to Cabbage Patch Kids, Trivial Pursuit to Rubik's Cube, Transformers to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, Pac-Man, Mario Bros, Donkey Kong-as well as lots of fun and smiles.

Mark Bellomo has written more than 150 articles for ToyFare, Wizard Magazine, Lee's Toy Review, Tomart's Action Figure Digest, and most recently for Toy Shop Magazine, where he served a lengthy tenure as their Action Figure Columnist. He has written a number of composition/rhetoric texts, has published critical literary articles, and has authored a number of bestselling books on action figures and pop culture: Warman's Action Figures Field Guide, Transformers: Identification & Price Guide, Warman's Field Guide to Transformers, The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe: 1982-1994 (1st & 2nd editions), and the recently-released Totally Tubular 80’s Toys. Bellomo contributes three chapters each year to Toys & Prices (2007 2011), and has also been featured in The Collectable Spectacle currently posted on YouTube.

Make sure to check out all of Mark Bellomo's Books At Amazon.com

Amazon.com: Mark Bellomo: Books

New Jersey Collectors Con

Holiday Inn Cherry Hill – New Jersey
2175 West Marlton Pike (Rt. 70), Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Sunday, May 6th, 2011

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Transformers Prime Knock Out Review and Gallery
Posted by News Fetcher on April 08 '12 at 02:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
It's time for another look at an upcoming Transformers Prime toy from Deluxe Wave 3 - this time it is the turn of the Decepticon scientist / medic / narcissist, Knock Out!

KNOCK OUT is oily slick; the ultimate salesman. Everyone knows his weapons are dangerous and prone to malfunction, and his installation methods often leave DECEPTICONS scarred and crippled. But who can resist having quantum disintegration at his fingertips?

Unlike Vehicon, who made a lot of good first impressions from the very first picture, Knock Out is one of those toys who got off to a bad start with a mistransformed initial picture, which is a pity because he is actually not a bad little toy at all. Decently poseable, clever and full of personality, check out our gallery by clicking the link below and read on for this writer's thoughts on why Prime Knock Out is a worthy addition to your Transformers Prime Decepticon lineup.

Transformers Prime Knock Out Gallery

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