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Transformers Prime Rage Of The Dinobots #4 Preview
Posted by News Fetcher on February 19 '13 at 07:30 AM
By Shin Densetsu from TFW2005:
Ready for more Dinobots? We've got a preview!

Transformers Prime Rage Of The Dinobots #4
DINOBOT WAR!

GRIMLOCK leads the DINOBOTS against SHOCKWAVE's troops-and the results won't be pretty! With SWOOP under SER-KET's control, it's an all-or-nothing battle of DINOBOT versus PREDACON-with the fate of CYBERTRON hanging on every punch, blast, jab, and bite!

Don't miss the senses-shattering conclusion to this mind-blowing miniseries!

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Classics Generation 2 Dreadwing ATB to be a redeco of Generations IDW Megatron?
Posted by News Fetcher on February 19 '13 at 05:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Here is a little conundrum for you to puzzle over, friends. The next issue of IDW's awesome Robots in Disguise ongoing was posted early on iBooks - and in one crowd scene, the eagle-eyed among us might be able to spot a familiar looking body type on one of the Decepticons. By way of Allspark user Spectre we've got the panel in question (left) - you can see it is a Generation 2 Dreadwing ATB styled redeco of the IDW stealth bomber Megatron.

Ordinarily, this would not be much more than a case of an artist using an existing design, tweaked, to make a new character to fill out a crowd scene. But with the recent revelation of IDW's characters getting toys - among them, the stealth bomber Megatron - and Hasbro's penchant for reusing molds to break even on design and production costs, and you move from a random cameo into the possibility that Dreadwing here is being planned as a future reuse of Megatron's mold.

As always we will not know for sure until we get some official confirmation of a toy being in the works - but the evidence on the table presents a compelling argument, alongside a perfect way to recognise and commemorate Generation 2 as a part of a 30th anniversary line.

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Prime Arms Micron Jet Vehicon General and Final Battle Megatron Preview Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 18 '13 at 02:45 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Takara-Tomy's Hisashi Yuki is at it again! He's updated his Twitter photostream with some preview images of the upcoming releases from the Transformers Prime Arms Micron series, Final Battle Megatron and Jet Vehicon General, the last confirmed non-exclusive releases for the line. Final Battle Megatron takes the Voyager Class Megatron and redecos him with lots of shiny silver paint, as well as a unique red and gold deco on his right forearm to represent his "Prime Arm". He comes with a black redeco of the Dark Matter Caliber Arms Microns, to represent the Dark Star Saber. Meanwhile the Jet Vehicon General is a silver redeco of the Japan-only Jet Vehicon, to represent the elite unit of Jet Vehicons that fought in the final battle of Transformers Prime season 2.

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Kre-O Predaking Micro Changers Combiner Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 18 '13 at 11:00 AM
By DESTRO from TFW2005:
Check out High-Res images of Kre-O Predaking fresh from the case at TRU. Being a big fan of the Kre-O line will keep you busy Trans-Building each character 3 times and then forming Predaking.

Ah, there’s nothing like hunting a terrified group of teensy KREONS through the jungle. Yes indeed, nothing gets my Energon flowing like plucking off a victim’s legs, putting them on the wrong way, and watching the poor fool run backward into trees. You might call it mean, but I just call it funny.

Hobbies: Hunting. Messing with tiny KREONS.
Favorite food: Steak. Rare.
Rival: TRAILCUTTER. Like I care about nature

Many more Kre-O Predaking images after the jump.

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Masterpiece 17 Prowl Silhouette Teaser Image
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '13 at 10:30 PM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Another update this evening from Takara designer Shogo Hasui's twitter account. This time it's a silhouette teaser image of the upcoming Masterpiece 17 Prowl figure. Shown completely in black, this figure is due for release in July. Subsequent mold reuses will come in August as Smokescreen and in September as Bluestreak.

Hopefully, this will be a short lived teaser and we'll get our first view of the full prototype in the near future.

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Masterpiece 15 Rumble and Jaguar Video Review
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '13 at 10:00 PM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
Did our news story earlier with new pictures of MP-15 Rumble and Ravage (Jaguar) not fill your need for news on these two exciting figures? Fear not, for reviewer thielmj has posted a video review for all to enjoy. Check it out below!



On top of that, word from our sponsors BBTS and TFsource is that this Masterpiece two pack has been bumped up in release from March, to late February!

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Kre-O Bruticus Micro Changers Combiner Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '13 at 09:00 AM
By DESTRO from TFW2005:
Check out High-Res images of Kre-O Bruticus. It's amazing how much articulation you can get out of building blocks. I promise you these combiner sets will kepp you busy Trans-Building for hours at a time.

Some other KREONS call me dumb. But I have one thing to say to them – “BRUTICUS Annihilate!” Other KREONS might be smarter, but no one is as strong as me. Anyone who faces off against me better have plenty of spare parts, because I break KREONS like little toys!

Rival: SUPERION. He thinks he’s so smart and cool just because he’s made of airplanes.
Hobby: Knocking over the things DECEPTICON HOOK builds. Hilarious.
Fondest wish: To fly. Like an airplane. Even though I still think airplanes are dumb.

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Masterpiece MP-15 Rumble and Ravage (Jaguar) Preview Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '13 at 08:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Mr Starscream aka Shogo Hasui of the Takara-Tomy Transformers design team has been tweeting a selection of photos showing the new upcoming Masterpiece cassettes Rumble and Jaguar / Ravage in hand. The images from over the last week show the two Decepticon cassettes alongside the Generation 1 originals, as well as showing off some optional weapon storage options for Rumble. They are due out in March time, with MP-16 Buzzsaw and Frenzy due to follow in April.

Check out all the images in Shogo Hasui's Twitter photostream.

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TFW Beast Hunters Predaking and Lazerback Galleries
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '13 at 07:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
It's time to open the doors on the newest sub-section of our Transformers Toy Galleries - Transformers Prime Beast Hunters. We're kicking off the section with galleries of the new villainous Predacon faction, so check out these galleries of Deluxe class Lazerback and the Voyager class Predaking - the draconic leader of the evil Predacons!

As representatives of the new faction, Predaking and Lazerback represent two good new releases. They set a strong precedent for the new faction and they bring back a lot of elements from the Beast era of Transformers toys, while mixing in some clever engineering tricks at the same time. While there's a certain amount of "animal limbs become robot limbs" and claw-hands in there, they are both nicely poseable toys, lots of great detail and they're also very slightly bigger than recent releases in their respective size classes. Overall both are worth picking up, particularly if you like monster / dragon Transformers.

Open the links below to check out the galleries:

Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Predaking
Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Lazerback

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Rescue Bots Energize Wave 1 Variant
Posted by News Fetcher on February 17 '13 at 05:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
There's an interesting variant in the Transformers Rescue Bots lineup. The Rescue Bots Energize figures as you may be aware feature translucent blue plastic. The variant we are getting reports of suggest that on Optimus Prime and Bumblebee at the very least some toys sport a lighter shade of translucent blue, closer to the weapons than the usual darker blue. 2005 Boards member Octavius Prime reported on the variation with a comparison shot of the two different versions - he was not able to find a Heatwave or a Chase to verify if they too have variants.

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TFW Transformers Prime Arms Micron Stunt Wildrider Gallery
Posted by News Fetcher on February 16 '13 at 06:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
For our next Transformers toy gallery update, we would like to draw your attention to SydneyY's gallery of Transformers Prime Arms Micron series Stunt Wildrider. Stunt Wildrider is a Japan exclusive release, remolded from the Autobot Wheeljack and sporting a Generation 1 inspired square head with spikes on his ears. He features a rather striking grey and red deco again referencing his Generation 1 self. As well as coming with Wheeljack's twin swords he sports a new Arms Micron, Ozu, an elephant which transforms into a grenade launcher.

All in all, this is a nice looking redeco. Its Japan-exclusive nature means you will need to pay that little bit more to get hold of it, of course - so check out the gallery below and decide for yourself how much you like it.

Transformers Prime Arms Micron Stunt Wildrider with Ozu

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Beast Machines Unreleased Megatron Megabolt In Package Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 16 '13 at 06:00 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Here is a real blast from the past. Via the Futaba image board we can share some images of a packaged sample of Megatron Megabolt from the Beast Machines line with you. For those not familiar with this toy, it was originally intended for a release in 2001 as a part of the Beast Machines Battle for the Spark line, but the line was cancelled before it ever made it to retail (the toy would later be released, repackaged, under the Robots in Disguise line). What we have here for you is a rare look at a packaged sample of the Battle for the Spark Megatron Megabolt, a toy which like the Generation 2 Stunticons or Megatron ATB only exists in very small (probably single digit) quantities.

Take a look and enjoy!

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Kre-O Devastator Micro Changers Combiner Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 15 '13 at 02:45 PM
By DESTRO from TFW2005:
Check out High-Res images of Kre-O Devastator fresh from the case at TRU. Being a big fan of the Kre-O line will keep you busy trans-building each character 3 times and then forming Devastator.

CONSTRUCTICON DEVASTATOR cannot be defeated. Puny AUTOBOTS are always scorching me with their tiny lasers, but nothing hurts CONSTRUCTICON DEVASTATOR. I smash and dismantle all who oppose me! Then I kick their bricks into the closest river!

Hates: AUTOBOTS. Thinking.
Favorite TV show: The one with the guys who blow stuff up all the time.
Prefers: Devastating to constructing.

Many more Kre-O Devastator images after the jump.

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Bot Shots Cindersaur and single pack Scourge Revealed
Posted by News Fetcher on February 15 '13 at 02:45 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Another pair of Bot Shots have been revealed through an update to the Hasbro Bot Shots page. The page now includes some information and bios on the first Predacon Bot Shots. Twinstrike (aka Sinnertwin) was among those on the Hasbro display at Toy Fair; we've got confirmation that it is indeed him from this update. This update also reveals that the Dinobot looking Predacon is in fact going to be named Scourge - he's already got a redeco coming in a three pack with Sergeant Kup and Blitzwing, too. Third of this trio of new Predacon Bot Shots reveals is Cindersaur - and to the best of our knowledge, he's new to us! No word on the assortments that these three are debuting in, but expect to potentially see them appearing from the next assortment onwards.

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Transformers Prime Beast Hunters to be called Transformers Go! in Japan
Posted by News Fetcher on February 15 '13 at 02:45 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Scans from a Japanese retailer catalog have been posted on Twitter by Twitter user trafes20120505. There's four scans of Transformers related material, two of them, Transformers GT and Generations, show us little we've not seen already. The other two though, showcase new releases in the BeCool line as well as Beast Hunters Japanese release!

The Japanese release of Beast Hunters will be known as Transformers Go! The catalog scan reveals the same toys we had heard previously, and presently only shows the US release toys, possibly as placeholders. There's no indication at present of any extras like new paint jobs or Arms Micron partners.

The page for BeCool is the one that reveals a few new toys. It seems that last year's assortment of the Bot Shots Launchers will be making their way to Japan. All four will be altered though - Optimus Prime's trailer will be blue, rather than gray. Ironhide will be red rather than movie black, Starscream will be yellow and Megatron green. It is unclear what characters these are meant to represent, given the nature of the link between BeCool and the Transformers franchise in Japan.

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Featured ebay Auctions - Transformers Machine Wars
Posted by News Fetcher on February 15 '13 at 10:15 AM
By Joe Moore from TFW2005:
With the Botcon 2013 items being related to the Machine Wars line, we though today would be a good time to take a look at the original line. Machine Wars itself was a short lived line of KB Toys exclusive figures meant to offer vehicles during the height of the Beast era. Check out some of the figures below.

Transformers Machine Wars by Kenner Autobot Optimus Prime SEALED Truck Station | eBay
Transformers Machine Wars Skywarp MOSC New Skywarp | eBay
Transformers Machine Wars Pursuit Capture Starscream | eBay
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IDW Transformers Solicitations for May 2013
Posted by News Fetcher on February 15 '13 at 04:30 AM
By Tim Formas from TFW2005:
Solicitations for Transformers comics from IDW for release in May 2013 have been revealed. After the break, check out solicits and cover images for Spotlight: Hoist, More Than Meets the Eye #17, Robots in Disguise #17, Regeneration One #91, Regeneration One Volume 2 Trade Paperback, and Rage of the Dinobots Trade Paperback, and...Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters #1!Check out the solicits for April's new comics including Regeneration 1 #90, More than Meets the Eye #16, Robots in Disguise #16 and Spotlight Trailcutter after the break.

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New Beast Hunters Promo Image
Posted by News Fetcher on February 14 '13 at 10:15 PM
By Shin Densetsu from TFW2005:
The Official Transformers Facebook page has uploaded a new promotional image for Beast Hunters featuring Optimus Prime & Megatron. Interestingly enough, unlike both the voyager Beast Hunter Optimus and Ultimate Optimus Prime figures, Prime in this image sports his battle mask. The image also shows Prime sporting a green Star Saber and green eyes like on the aforementioned toys.

Could a battle mask head sculpt be planned as running changes to both of the figures or used later on for repaints/retools? While Predaking has been hyped as the main nemesis for the show, it remains to be seen if Megatron will be upgraded. A new figure of him has not been shown for the Beast Hunters line thus far, however, as noted with our Toy Fair 2013 Transformers Toy Information, 1 out of the 6 voyager figures remains to be seen...

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TFW Resources Section Update - Beast Hunters Bios!
Posted by News Fetcher on February 14 '13 at 04:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
With the updating of the official Transformers homepage to Beast Hunters, a lot of new bios were released for the Predacons - and even a few for the Autobots. We have updated our Transformers Resources section with all of the new bio data - check them out by opening the links below. There's some potential hints at upcoming plot developments if some of these bios are reflected in the show, so be warned if you are concerned about spoilers.

Autobots

Arcee
Autobot Ratchet
Huffer
Prowl
Trailcutter
Ultra Magnus

Predacons

Blight
Grimwing with Blackbeak
Hun-Gurrr
Ripclaw
Rippersnapper
Skystalker
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Beast Hunters Legion Blight, Windrazor and Rippersnapper Single Releases?
Posted by News Fetcher on February 14 '13 at 02:00 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The third in our little trifecta of news derived from the updated Transformers.com is this news that the three remaining members of the Abominus combiner group - Blight, Rippersnapper and Windrazor - may also be getting single carded releases. Our evidence suggesting this comes from the "Choose your own adventure" game once again. Inside the in-game database, all five of the Predacons that form Abominus are shown with bios and repackaged weapons from other Legion class toys. The individual bios are unlikely to be shown on the packaging for Abominus, if yesterday's Kre-O Combiner bios are anything to go by together with the recent trend to reducing bios on packaging.

Granted it is not proof positive - but all the signs seem to be pointing to both a single release Abominus and a store exclusive "combiner boxed set" just like in Generation 1. As always, watch this space.

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