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Dr. Wu MSG-03 Classics Hound accessory set - final photos
Posted by News Fetcher on April 07 '12 at 10:00 AM
By process from TFW2005:
TFW2005 member uranusdd has been kind enough to post several new photos of the final Dr. Wu accessory kit for Henkei and Universe Hound.

The kit, shown in package, includes two gas canisters, two different weapons capable of combining, and a backpack mount for both robot and vehicle modes.
A pair of missiles are also included for Hound's boxmate Ravage. The 5mm posts on the missiles mean they can be used with your G1 Ravage if so desired.

Check out all the new photos after the jump!

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TFW Transformers Prime Vehicon Gallery & Review
Posted by News Fetcher on April 07 '12 at 04:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
We've got a bunch more new Transformers Toy Galleries coming your way over the next few days, and we're going to be starting the ball rolling with the newest and hotest Transformers Prime releases. Fresh from Deluxe Wave 3 is the mainline version of the Vehicon!

Every Vehicon knows how likely he is to be dismantled - either by the Autobots, or by a Decepticon commander in need of spare parts. Danger is part of the life for them, and they welcome it. To a Vehicon, happiness is loyalty to Megatron and a warm blaster cannon.

So, to sum up the Transformers Prime Vehicon in a single word? Awesome. A total must-buy for all fans of the show, and even if you are not a Transformers Prime collector, track down a friend who is when this one hits and have a play about with it to experience one of the cleverest car to robot transformations in a few years. The Hasbro / Takara-Tomy designers have outdone themselves with this release.

Click the link below and check out the full gallery. Read on for a few more of this fan's thoughts on this awesome new toy!

Transformers Prime Vehicon Gallery

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Botcon 2012 Registration Back Online for Club Members
Posted by News Fetcher on April 07 '12 at 01:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
With a little under three weeks left to go before Botcon 2012 opens, registration for this year's convention has gone back online. Please note that at this time you need to be a member of the Transformers Collectors Club to register, as you will need to log in with their Club store account.

The club store is set to go back online Monday if you need to create a new membership.

The cutoff for pre-registration is set at next Friday, 13 April, so you have a week to pre-register for this year's convention unless you want to go with walk-in registration.

Click here to go to the registration page.

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Transformers Prime Nemesis Prime Airs Today
Posted by News Fetcher on April 07 '12 at 01:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
A reminder for you friends - tune in to The Hub today at 8:30pm ET | 5:30pm PT to catch the all new episode of Transformers Prime. Titled Nemesis Prime, it is an episode where the title alone tells you most of what you really need to know about the series.

To get your motor running here are a couple of preview images by way of i09 and the Transformers Facebook page - then tune in to The Hub later today and catch the full episode!

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Transformers Prime Japanese Airing
Posted by News Fetcher on April 07 '12 at 12:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Transformers Prime has made its Japanese debut! The show is accompanied in Japan by an intro made up of clips from the series, accompanied by a wonderfully out of place theme song. According to 2005 Boards member Sprocket the Arms Micron theatre segments are low budget CGI, with basically the three weapons floating around for the whole sequence, so probably your typical omake segment. In terms of voices, Starscream is less Steve Blum menacing and more flamboyant, Bumblebee is the same as ever, and Arcee likes to say "this is / you are the worst" a whole lot.

All the characters also say "Arms Up" when deploying their weapons, and "TRANSFORMMMM!" when transforming, even the Vehicons, which you might arguably have expected from previous Japanese Transformers dubs.

Check out the intro and ending credits videos below - notice also the ending credits show a "next time" segment in the credits themselves, a nice touch but not as seamlessly integrated as other examples of the style, such as the Tales of the Abyss anime.



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Transformers Prime One Shall Stand DVD
Posted by News Fetcher on April 06 '12 at 03:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
TV Shows on DVD reports that there is a new Transformers Prime DVD coming our way from Shout! Factory. Due out on July 31st with an MSRP of $14.97, this DVD is called "One Shall Stand", and features the trifecta of Optimus Prime, Megatron and Unicron on the cover with what looks like Cybertron in the background.

The exact contents of the DVD are unknown at this time, but given the name and the fact Unicron is right there on the cover, expect it to cover the season 1 finale - and possibly the season 2 premiere Orion Pax as well, for the complete seven episode story arc. It's aimed for more casual viewers who might not want to lay out the cash for a full season set, much like the previous Darkness Rising single DVD set.

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Transformers: Prime - Shadow Strike Bumblebee
Posted by News Fetcher on April 06 '12 at 01:00 PM
By process from TFW2005:
Once again, Transformers fan site TFND.net has provided us with our first look at Shadow Strike Bumblebee, a repaint of the Robots in Disguise deluxe Bumblebee. The sharp black and yellow deco is highly reminiscent of Dark of the Moon Cyberfire Bumblebee.

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Transformer: Prime - Shadow Strike Bumblebee
Posted by News Fetcher on April 06 '12 at 12:45 PM
By process from TFW2005:
Once again, Transformers fan site TFND.net has provided us with our first look at Shadow Strike Bumblebee, a repaint of the Robots in Disguise deluxe Bumblebee. The sharp black and yellow deco is highly reminiscent of Dark of the Moon Cyberfire Bumblebee.

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Meet Mito Prime
Posted by News Fetcher on April 06 '12 at 10:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Yet another one of the Japanese friendly neighborhood Primes has been revealed. Mito Prime is the name of this one, based on Generation 1 Hound (by way of his Legends toy). He is the mascot of the Mito region, with a Transformers version of the Tokugawa triple-hollyhock crest as a reference to the history of the area.

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Featured Ebay Auctions - Hard Hero G1 Statue Prototypes
Posted by News Fetcher on April 06 '12 at 10:45 AM
By Joe Moore from TFW2005:
Today for our Featured Ebay Auctions, we're opting to go with just a couple of listings. But today's auctions give you a shot to earn something really rare. Hard Hero is selling some of their Transformers G1 Statue and Bust Prototypes. Check them out below.

Hard Hero Prototypes - G1 Optimus Prime and Megatron Busts
Hard Hero Prototype - G1 Insection Bombshell Statue

Keep your eye on Hard Hero's listings to see if any additional Prototypes pop up.

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Transformers Prime Cyberverse Legion Wave 2 Released at US Retail
Posted by News Fetcher on April 06 '12 at 10:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The second assortment of Transformers Prime Cyberverse Legion Class toys have now been found at US retail! They are popping up in both Alhambra, CA and Boise, ID from early sightings, so the hunt for more Cyberverse goodness is now well and truly on! This assortment is the Movie / Prime hybrid assortment and adds Prime Breakdown into the mix along with Movie Mirage, Soundwave and Evac.

Happy hunting all!

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Peter Cullen to attend BotCon 2012
Posted by News Fetcher on April 06 '12 at 09:00 AM
By Secretcode from TFW2005:
More BotCon news, courtesy of the BotCon Twitter account. The one and only Peter Cullen will be on hand at BotCon 2012. For the three people who don't know, Peter Cullen is the infamous voice actor of Optimus Prime in Generation One, the Movies, and can currently be heard in Transformers Prime. Aside from Optimus Prime, Cullen is also known for voicing Ironhide in Generation One and Eeyore in many Winnie The Pooh productions.

Happy by the announcement? Have you come to the sudden realization that this BotCon has three Optimus Prime voice-actors confirmed thus far? Sound off in the discussion board by hitting the link below.

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Bot Shots Wave 2 found at Retail!
Posted by News Fetcher on April 06 '12 at 07:30 AM
By Secretcode from TFW2005:
Hey Bot Shots fans, ready to start the hunt again?

TFW2005 user Sideswipe1954 has found the second wave of Transformers: Bot Shots at a Toys R Us in Frederick, Maryland. This second wave is composed of Ratchet, Brawl, Bumblebee (Chase Figure), and Mirage. The wave also has repacks of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Barricade from the first wave.

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Transformers Generations 2012 Exclusive Revealed: Artfire!
Posted by News Fetcher on April 06 '12 at 07:30 AM
By Secretcode from TFW2005:
Exciting tidbit of news coming from the Snakas Blog, as it's been revealed that the exclusive for the Transformers Generations 2012 book is none other than Artfire! This exclusive was guessed by many when the character appeared in the comic from Transformers Generations 2011 Volume 2. Artfire is (presumedly) a remold of Reveal the Shield Grappel, with Inferno's head and an Arms Micron. It is unknown if the Arms Micron is a new mold, or a redeco at this time.

This is but a teaser image, as TFW2005 user Ricochet has pointed out, with the official reveal and full-on images to be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Saitama Prime Revealed!
Posted by News Fetcher on April 06 '12 at 03:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
It seems we are not quite done with "The Primes of Japan" just yet, as a seventh has just been posted up by Snakas. Saitama Prime is the mascot of the Saitama region of Japan, and is based on Bumblebee. His regional influence derives from an alternate spelling of Saitama in Japanese (彩玉市 instead of 埼玉市), where the kanji for "Sai" (彩) can also mean "colorful".

Check out more on the other Primes of Japan and the recently revealed Ginza Prime.

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Hasbro Studios to bring Generation 1, Beast Wars and Rescue Bots to Netflix
Posted by News Fetcher on April 06 '12 at 03:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Business Wire is reporting that Hasbro Studios has done a deal with Netflix to bring its content to multiple platforms across the US. Why this is great news for Transformers fans? Netflix already hosts Transformers Prime, but under this deal, Netflix will also soon be adding Transformers Generation 1, Beast Wars and Rescue Bots later in 2012.

There is also news about when Transformers Prime Season 2 will be available on Netflix. According to the release, Transformers Prime Season 2 will be added after the season finale airs on The Hub.

Other shows which will also be coming to Netflix under this new deal are JEM & The Holograms and G.I. Joe: Real American Heroes. Already available on Netflix are My Little Pony, Pound Puppies, G.I. Joe: Renegades and The Adventures of Chuck & Friends, along with the first season of Transformers Prime.

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New Classics Legends Assortment Appearing at Dollar General
Posted by News Fetcher on April 06 '12 at 01:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
... well, perhaps "new" is the wrong word as all four of these have been around before, but never in the same assortment before.

2005 Boards member HoosierDaddy reports finding some new Legends Class toys in his local Dollar General. The four toys in the assortment come on generic backer cards, so are not just old Reveal the Shield stock but a new run. The assortment consists of:

Reveal the Shield Legends Optimus Prime
Reveal the Shield Legends Starscream
Universe 2.0 Legends Megatron
Dark of the Moon Cyberverse Bumblebee (Cyberverse Evolution Set)

The Bumblebee is a true oddity, since he is a single pack version of a previous Toys R Us exclusive multipack. This version also omits the big honkin' Autobot symbol on his chest that the last release had. The other three seem largely unchanged from their first releases.

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Transformers Prime Nemesis Prime Preview Clip
Posted by News Fetcher on April 06 '12 at 01:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
IGN has posted a clip of tomorrow's new episode of Transformers Prime. There are minimal spoilers for the episode itself in the clip - just an entertaining scene involving the Autobot cast feeling a little uneasy around their leader.

Click here to check it out at IGN then share your thoughts on our 2005 Boards.

(Special thanks to ken8kuhletz08 for the thumbnail attached to this story)

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For the Fan who has Everything - Transformers Prime Crayons!
Posted by News Fetcher on April 06 '12 at 01:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Here's a random bit of fun Transformers Prime merchandise that has popped up in Dollar Tree - Transformers Prime crayons! The jumbo crayons come 10 to a box and feature artwork of Bumblebee pointing his gun at a prospective buyer as if to say "yeah, leave these on the pegs, IF YOU DARE".

In all seriousness it's another oddity for those of you who collect the non-toy merchandise. The colors just have generic names though - no official "Bumblebee yellow" crayon for you!

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Arise, Ginza Prime!
Posted by News Fetcher on April 06 '12 at 01:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The sixth of the Japanese neighborhood Primes, Ginza Prime, has been revealed. For those who missed our previous coverage, the Primes of Japan are a set of six characters based on existing Autobots and traits of the local neighborhoods who they are assigned to, as a part of the Cybertron Satellite promotion. Ginza Prime here is based on the Movie Optimus Prime, his silver coloration based on Ginza's historic silver-coin minting, from which the area of Ginza takes its name.

Find out more about the other Primes of Japan by clicking here for our previous coverage.

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