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Cubex Buster Gun Set
Posted by News Fetcher on November 29 '12 at 08:15 AM
By process from TFW2005:
TFW2005 member ruanxiaoguo has posted new, pre-production photos of his weapon accessories designed for ROTF and DOTM Leader Class Optimus Prime. The weapons, being produced by the new third party group Cubex, are highly screen accurate and styled after the transforming gas tank weapons used in the first two films.

The weapons are currently slated to be sold in pairs, in four finishes: Grey, Metallic Silver, Metallic Dark Silver, and Chrome. The guns are natively compatible with the Buster Optimus Prime variant of the mold that already features detachable gas tanks, but additional parts in this set will allow any version of the Leader class mold to mount them. The guns can also be combined with the weapons included with the most recent DOTM Striker Optimus Prime.

Site sponsors BigBadToyStore and TFsource have both opened pre-orders for these items.

Staff Note: Please be aware that this accessory is not produced or endorsed by Hasbro or Takara Tomy.

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Asia Exclusive Optimus and Unicron Prime 2-pack
Posted by News Fetcher on November 29 '12 at 07:15 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Transformersasia.com have updated their website with a new Transformers Prime upcoming release; The Prime Chinese New Year Exclusive Optimus Prime & Gaia Unicron Combo pack. This two pack will scratch your itch if you've wanted both figures for combining purposes. Additionally, both figures come with some minor additional paint apps, including Optimus' forearms (which are not clear on this release) and his Micron. Unicron appears to sport additional purple paints apps and chrome. This set is scheduled to be released on December 28th.

Check out all the official images in the link above or head over to the forums to discuss.

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Transformers Prime Dark Guard Optimus Prime Exclusive In Package Pictures
Posted by News Fetcher on November 29 '12 at 05:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Our sponsors Robot Kingdom have updated their Facebook with in-package pictures of the Takara-Tomy Cybertron Satellite campaign exclusive Dark Guard Optimus Prime. This black redeco of the First Edition Voyager Optimus Prime is a limited edition only available at select Yodobashi Camera stores in Japan.

On a related note, are you curious about the backstory behind this black version of Optimus Prime? 2005 Boards staff member SydneyY has your back and has shared with us a translation of the bio:

To save his comrades who are infected with Dark Energon, Optimus Prime had his body covered with Energon Defence Coating. This black coating is an alloy Ratchet created by analysing and converting MECH's equipment, and is capable of shielding Transformers from Dark Energon or any biological weapons such as a virus. Optimus' mobility is reduced due to the added weight, but this is the only form he can guard himself from Dark Energon...

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Transformers Animated Allspark Almanacs Now Available on Comixology
Posted by News Fetcher on November 28 '12 at 02:15 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
A brief bit of good news for all of you Transformers Animated fans out there now - the two volume definitive guide to all things Transformers Animated by Jim Sorenson and Bill Forster is now available electronically on Comixology. These two volumes as you may be aware cover all aspects of this fan-favorite series from its inception to the unmade fourth season - which you can read all about in the second volume.

Check it out and rekindle that Transformers Animated love!

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BeCool Japanese Transformers Bot Shots Website online
Posted by News Fetcher on November 28 '12 at 12:45 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Takara-Tomy have opened a new website for their version of Transformers Bot Shots. Bot Shots are coming to Japan as "BeCool" (a play on the Japanese pronunciation of "vehicle"). At the moment the website includes a character lineup and a selection of video segments.

Of interest here is that BeCool is completely devoid of the Transformers name - both for the line name and also for the individual characters. In the videos instead of saying "TRANSFORM!!" they say "henkei" (meaning transform, but much more commonly used in Japanese media, where a bold shout of transform has always been more of a Transformers thing). The symbols on the chests have also been changed, and in some pictures - but not all - the individual BeCool releases sport eyes on their vehicle modes in the style of Disney & Pixar's Cars.

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Transformers Legends Mobile Game Trailer
Posted by News Fetcher on November 28 '12 at 09:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
A trailer has been released for the Transformers Legends mobile game by Mobage. This game, which will be free to play, is said to be in a similar vein to Mobage's popular Rage of Bahamut mobile game. Check out the trailer below:



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Transformers Masterpiece Sideswipe Shogo Hasui Interview Video
Posted by News Fetcher on November 28 '12 at 09:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The Takara-Tomy Youtube channel has updated with an English subtitled interview with Transformers design team member Shogo Hasui talking about the process of designing and creating Masterpiece Lambor aka Masterpiece Sideswipe. Check it out embedded below:



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Diamond Comics Shipping List for December 5th
Posted by News Fetcher on November 28 '12 at 08:00 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
D-Drive has sent over the Diamon Comics Shipping list information for next Wednesday, December 5th. On tap for next week is:

TRANSFORMERS REGENERATION ONE #86 (also shipping 1-in10 variant cover)

(W) Simon Furman (A) Andrew Wildman (CA) Andrew Wildman, Guido Guidi
DARK REIGN! The fallout from the devastation on Earth ripples outwards, all the way to Nebulos, where GRIMLOCK faces his own darkest demons and a fateful choice that may cost him his very Spark. The dark reign of SCORPONOK begins here, and nothing will ever be the same again!

Ships with 2 covers in a 1-to-1 ratio, 1 by Andrew Wildman and 1 by Guido Guidi.

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Mech Ideas Apex and Geminus Test Shots Review
Posted by News Fetcher on November 28 '12 at 07:45 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
2005 Board member Peaugh has uploaded his 1000th video review. In celebration of this monumentous occasion, he has reviewed something special. Or rather, a pair of something specials; test shots of Mech Ideas Apex and Geminus! This pair of Not-Wreckers was announced in July back at TFcon and Peaugh goes into detail how the figures will transform, what accessories they come with and provides size comparisons with other Not-Wreckers Defender and Assaulter from Fansproject.

Check out the video review or hit the discuss link to check out his photos!



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Kre-O Transformers the Quest for Energon Part 2
Posted by News Fetcher on November 28 '12 at 06:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The Kre-O channel on Youtube has updated with the second part of the two-part Transformers Kre-O Quest for Energon series. In part 1 the Kre-O Decepticons stole the Energon - and now in part 2 Megatron's morally ambiguous plan for the Energon has been revealed! Check it out below:



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Transformers Prime Dark Energon Deluxe Series In Package Pictures
Posted by News Fetcher on November 27 '12 at 12:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Site sponsor Robot Kingdom has posted some in-package images of the Transformers Prime Dark Energon series on their Facebook. The Dark Energon Deluxe series consists of a Slicer-themed version of Wheeljack, a G2-esque Knock Out, a Skywarp-homage Starscream and a Bumblebee as himself. These are online exclusives, being mainly carried by BigBadToyStore and a select few other online retailers. They are due out very shortly - Robot Kingdom has them down for a release this week in fact! Open the link above to check out the pictures.

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Transformers Collectors Club Magazine Issue #48 Cover
Posted by News Fetcher on November 27 '12 at 11:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The Transformers Collectors Club has posted the cover art to the TFCC magazine issue 48. The cover for 48 features Circuit, the one-time Generation 1 Action Master and now a member of the Collector's Club Subscription Service lineup. Also in this issue of the TFCC Magazine is the reveal of the Botcon 2013 set theme and an interview with Clint Chapman from the Transformers brand team regarding the next chapter of Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters!

Find out more at the Transformers Collectors Club homepage.

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Transformers Prime Arms Micron Weapon Series Advanced Star Saber and Gravity Planet Bow-Gun
Posted by News Fetcher on November 27 '12 at 11:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Takara-Tomy have updated their site with final product pictures for the Arms Micron Series AMW-13 Advanced Star Saber and AMW-14 Gravity Planet Bow-Gun sets. The sets each contain five repackaged Microns from the regular Arms Micron series releases, and as the names suggest, the Microns can be combined into super-combo weapons. In fact the sets in all likelyhood will be able to form a variety of weapon configurations, and that will potentially be one of their main selling points.

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TFW2005 Reviews Arms Micron Nemesis Prime
Posted by News Fetcher on November 27 '12 at 08:15 AM
By Shin Densetsu from TFW2005:
Wondering if you should pick up the recently released Arms Micron Nemesis Prime With Giza? Well our very own SydneyY has posted a pictorial review of this repaint of Arms Micron Optimus! It even comes with stickers to make it look like past Nemesis Prime's...or even...RID Scourge!

Read on to see how this figure turned out!

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The Art Of Fall Of Cybertron Preview
Posted by News Fetcher on November 27 '12 at 07:45 AM
By Shin Densetsu from TFW2005:
Thanks to IDW Publishing we have a preview for the long awaited and oft-delayed, The Art Of Transformers Fall Of Cybertron!

The Art Of Transformers Fall Of Cybertron
The curtain is raised on the biggest and best TRANSFORMERS game in history! See never-before-revealed art from the genre-smashing TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON! Watch as OPTIMUS PRIME, GRIMLOCK, BUMBLEBEE, and SHOCKWAVE grow from conceptual sketches into finished, fully-realized characters; witness the development of CYBERTRON into the most detailed renderings of the planet that have ever existed; learn the behind-the-scenes secrets from the visionary artists at Activision and High Moon Studios! THE ART OF TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON is a must-have for any fan of Transformers, gaming, or great art!

Read on to preview this highly anticipated Transformers art book!

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Reprolabels.com November 2012 Update
Posted by News Fetcher on November 27 '12 at 01:45 AM
By Superquad7 from TFW2005:
For those of you looking to spice up some of your Transformers toys, Reprolabels.com comes through for you once again with their latest update:
Quote:
We've got more excellent sticker sets for you this month, starting with new sets for Prime Kup...
http://www.reprolabels.com/Prime/p9.php

..and AM Ironhide:
http://www.reprolabels.com/Prime/p8.php

In addition to those, Craig has also created the first of three sets for Maketoys Green Giant. Specifically, this one's for Not-Mixmaster and Not-Scrapper:
http://www.reprolabels.com/Classics/devastatora.php

And Mike continues his Third Party Minibot sets with something for the new iGear toys, Brawn...
http://www.reprolabels.com/Classics/brawn.php

...and Cosmos:
http://www.reprolabels.com/Classics/cosmos-seaspray.php

We're continuing on with the free Autobot symbol promo, where you receive a free set of Bot symbols with every $20 you spend, but anyone ordering on November 26 or 27 (Cyber Monday and Tuesday), will also receive a free set of Decepticon symbols with every $20 spent!
If that's not enough for you, make sure you keep an eye out in our own Radicons Customs forums, as often times the designers (or even Delta Star himself) will post some of their preliminary work for our members to post feedback to Reprolabels for their cool sets!

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Transformers Collectors Club Collected Edition Volume 1
Posted by News Fetcher on November 26 '12 at 02:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Last week the Transformers Collector's Club teased that they had an announcement to make and today the lid has been lifted on that reveal. Up for preorder now is the first "Transformers Collectors Club Magazine Collected Edition", collecting the first year's worth of Collectors Club magazines. Unlike the Balancing Act trade paperback which collected the first two years worth of comic strips, this volume presumably contains the magazines in their entirety, the comic strips, the profiles, the features and all the other content. This limited edition volume is priced at $19.99 and features a new cover by Robby Musso, and is available for preorder until 17 December 2012. Check out the preorder listing here.

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Kre-O Microchangers may be coming to Europe
Posted by News Fetcher on November 26 '12 at 02:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Here is a bit of potentially good news for Europe-based Transformers fans - we just might be getting the preview wave of Transformers Kre-O Microchangers over here. 2005 Boards member Optimist Prime picked up some Microchangers belonging to the preview wave from Ebay recently and they came in multilingual packaging, similar to how their carded brethren are released in the UK and Europe. It is by no means a done deal yet - but the appearance of this assortment in multilingual packaging strongly suggests these will see the light of day somewhere in Europe.

The question of course is where? The fun part will be finding out the answer!

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First Look Images IDW Limted Covers By Alex Milne
Posted by News Fetcher on November 26 '12 at 07:15 AM
By DESTRO from TFW2005:
New first look images of the upcoming Transformers IDW Limited comics. Up next are covers by Alex Milne - Optimus Prime and Megatron!

IDW Limited is a new sub-series of comics by IDW, with three levels of increasingly limited edition high-end releases and including a selection of special features including special art prints. These are going to print in silver ink to give off a nice shine.

IDW Limited Books

IDW Limited FaceBook

More IDW Limited images after the jump.

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TFW Transformers Prime Smokescreen with S2 Gallery
Posted by News Fetcher on November 25 '12 at 04:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
We've got another Transformers toy gallery to round out your weekend now. Today's new gallery, fresh from the Japanese Transformers Prime Arms Micron series, is the Deluxe Class Smokescreen!

Smokescreen is a remolded version of Transformers Prime Knock Out. This presents an immediate issue with show accuracy, because even with remolding, Smokescreen lacks a few design elements from his CG model on the show - the most notable being the door wings on his back. But let's not linger on the negatives - Smokescreen does manage to look different from Knock Out with his stickers, remolded rear end in vehicle mode and his new head. The head sculpt captures the character well - I'd have personally given him a smirk rather than a serious determined look - but it goes a good way to giving Smokescreen his own identity. The head is spot-on to the look of the character in the show. Stickers give Smokescreen the rest of his deco.

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