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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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Beast Hunters Deluxe Aree Confirmed, possible Beast Hunters Huffer?
Posted by News Fetcher on February 14 '13 at 01:45 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
On completing the Shockwave's lab "choose your own adventure" game on the newly revamped Transformers.com, you are given a look at the Autobots "gearing up to take down the Predacons". Among the various images shown at the end of this sequence is a look at a Beast Hunters Arcee - complete with bio and tech specs. Arcee is following suit with the rest of the Autobots by donning Mad Max style battle armor on her vehicle mode, giving her a tougher appearance in robot mode.

A second character is also hinted at - Huffer has an entry in the list of Autobots at the end of the sequence. The toy shown is the Power Core Combiners Huffer from 2010, but there is a new bio attached to the listing, suggesting that Huffer may also be getting a toy in the Beast Hunters line.

For those keeping score, that's one more Predacon and two more Autobots for a prospective Beast Hunters Deluxe Wave 4 - doubtless there will be a Decepticon in there as well, but for the moment we know nothing of them.

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Transformers.com Updates to Beast Hunters - new Predacon Vertebreak Revealed
Posted by News Fetcher on February 14 '13 at 01:30 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The official Transformers website has updated to its new Beast Hunters theme, and with it comes some rather interesting new material! There is a "choose your own adventure" style game where you jump into the action exploring Shockwave's lab following the "urgent transmission" promo spot, as well as a rather fun Rampage clone where you play as Predaking trashing city blocks. There's also a "beast creator" minigame.

The "choose your own adventure" spot has some fun extras too in the form of character profiles, revealing a new Predacon character. His name is Vertebreak and he is a tiger-striped Lazerback redeco. His bio is as follows:

"The powerful Vertebreak wants nothing more than to smash the Autobots and all who stand with them!"

Other character bios are also revealed as you play the game!

Check this and all the other goodies out at the official Transformers homepage, Transformers.com

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Amazon Transformers Book Listing - Beast Hunters, Ultimate Pop-Up Universe, Rescue Bots And More
Posted by News Fetcher on February 14 '13 at 12:15 PM
By NIBMRatchet from TFW2005:
Amazon has been updated with some upcoming Transformers books. These books include Beast Hunters, Rescue Bots and an Ultimate Pop-up book for the price of whopping US$300.

The list of upcoming books are as follows:

2014 Transformers Fall of Cybertron Wall Calendar

Transformers Rescue Bots Roll to the Rescue!: A Lift-the-Flap Book

Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Optimus Prime versus Predaking

Transformers Classified: Satellite of Doom

Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe

Transformers: Rescue Bots: Meet Boulder the Construction-Bot

Transformers: Rescue Bots: The Mystery of the Pirate Bell

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Transformers Generations Japan Wave 3 In-Hand Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 14 '13 at 12:15 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Takara-Tomy design team member Hisashi Yuki has tweeted a nice selection of pictures showcasing the next assortment of Takara-Tomy Transformers Generations releases. These images show four of the five releases in the assortment - Ultra Magnus, Sideswipe, Starscream and Kickback - in both their modes and side-by-side with the Hasbro releases, which lets you appreciate all the little extra paint details and other changes that Takara-Tomy's releases include on their decos.

Check out all the images on Hisashi Yuki's Twitter stream.

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BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Image
Posted by News Fetcher on February 14 '13 at 10:00 AM
By Deefuzz from TFW2005:
The Transformers Collector's Club has provided another update to the Botcon 2013 site. Today we have been treated to our first look at the next exclusive for the 2013 BotCon set: Machine Wars Strika! Strika is making use of the Generations Warpath mold, and sporting a new head and Machine Wars inspired paint job to boot.

Check out the picture on Botcon.com, and keep an eye on that site or the frontpage right here at TFW for more convention news!

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Rumor - Metroplex Redeco into . . . Metrotitan?
Posted by News Fetcher on February 14 '13 at 12:30 AM
By Superquad7 from TFW2005:
The excitement from Toy Fair 2013 continues! A careful ear from board member Scaleface catches a discussion between an attendee and a Hasbro representative from a Toy Fair 2013 video (linked below) discussing the possibilities of the recently-announced (and now, highly anticipated) Generations Metroplex. During this discussion (around the 4:45 mark), one such possibility is Metroplex redecoed into - Metrotitan!

You can view the video here: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNTEzMjI5ODA0.html

For those of you unfamiliar with Metrotitan, if you click the resource link in the previous statement, you will discover that Metrotitan is a Japanense exclusive deco of G1 Metroplex as a Destron (Decepticon) from the Japanese series Transformers: Zone. Hasbro certainly has created modern toys with obscure references, such as Generations Sky Shadow. That coupled with the obvious necessity for such a large toy as Generations Metroplex (!) to have a good redeco in order for Hasbro to recoup some of the mold costs as well as the referenced discussion of this news bit, certainly makes this a possibility!

Now, while all of this certainly seems like a very possible reality, we are still posting this as a "rumor", as this is not an "official" confirmation of Metrotitan actually being produced, so take this with a grain of salt, so to speak.

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Generations Sandstorm on the Way?
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '13 at 12:15 PM
By Secretcode from TFW2005:
A bit of surprising news today, as Generations Sandstorm has been confirmed via a product listing on the Hasbro Live Chat customer service page. Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that a small orange helicopter possibly resembling Sandstorm was on the packaging for Generations Metroplex at Toy Fair, possibly as a retooling of Generations Springer.

(The product numbers for Highbrow and Banzai-Tron on the page are reportedly the same numbers as the Hunt for the Decepticons Voyagers from 2010.)

Be sure to keep it here on TFW2005 as we bring you the latest Transformers news as it happens.

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Kre-O Microchangers Bios added to the Official Kre-O site
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '13 at 11:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The official Transformers Kre-O site has updated with a trio of documents giving the bios for the Kre-O Micro-Changers Preview Wave, Wave 1 and Combiners Wave 1. The bios are all written in a firmly tongue-in-cheek style, with some highlights including:

Galvatron's Bio - Nothing stands before Galvatron! I am supreme! I am totally awesome! I am the scariest thing ever to come out of the mouth of a weirdly pudgy planet monster! Look upon me and despair!
Spinister's Hobby - Hiding fusion bombs in the Autobot restroom.
Airachnid's Fondest Memory - The time I webbed ARCEE to the floor and let INSECTICON tickle her.
Dirge's Favorite Childhood Pet - I had a pet toucan, but it ran away.
Springer - Yeah, I could turn into a car, too. I just don’t feel like it.
Devastator's Favorite TV Show - The one with the guys who blow stuff up all the time.

That's just a taste - head on over to the Kre-O official site to check out the rest!

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Transformers Prime Beast Hunters "Final Chapter" of Prime; new series coming late 2014
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '13 at 10:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Our fellow fans over at the Allspark get the credit for digging up this bit of news. The latest edition of Kidscreen magazine contains some news on Transformers Prime Beast Hunters including the fate of Transformers Prime itself. The article puts forward that Prime season 3, Beast Hunters, will now only contain 13 episodes and it will mark the final chapter of the Transformers Prime series.

That being said, the article goes on to say that a "new iteration of the animated TV series" is due in late 2014, and while there is no word on what this new series might be, chances are it will be set in the Aligned Continuity. With all the effort Hasbro has put into creating this cohesive continuity for Transformers - a continuity presently covering two novels, two prequel video games, the upcoming MMOG "Transformers Universe", three comic book miniseries, 65 episodes and a TV movie - it is unlikely that the Aligned Continuity is going away so soon.

Read the original post on The Allspark by clicking here.

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Diamond Comics Shipping List for 20 February
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '13 at 06:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
2005 Boards member D-Drive has sent us the shipping list from Diamond for next Wednesday. Next week's comics will see the release of Transformers Prime Rage of the Dinobots #4 (of 4), concluding this comic-book prequel to the next season of Transformers Prime. Check out the full text of the Diamond listing below:

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

(W) Mike Johnson, Mairghread Scott (A) Agustin Padilla (CA) Ken Christiansen

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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TFW2005 Reviews Regeneration One #88
Posted by News Fetcher on February 13 '13 at 04:30 AM
By Tim Formas from TFW2005:
TFW2005's early Transformers comic reviews continue! Today, we review Regeneration One #88! Regeneration One #88 is out today - Wednesday, February 13th - from IDW Publishing. Check out the review on our Regeneration One #88 page of our Comics Resource Section!

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Toy Fair 2013 - Pretty Transformers Pictures Redux
Posted by News Fetcher on February 12 '13 at 03:15 PM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:
Toy Fair 2013 has come and gone for us here at TFW2005.com, and boy was it crazy. We do our best to get the info and images up to you quickly, and for the most part, that doesn't allow us to curate, refine and enhance the pictures we take. We just want to get em all to you quick, and let you sort them out while the show is in full swing.

That being said, we've started to go through our image sets from the weekend, are picking out the best ones and giving them a little extra love. Attached to the story are some of the hottest shots from the show. Not necessarily the hottest as in new & never seen - just some good looking pictures in their own right. To see them all - read on!

If you are looking for comprehensive coverage, check our - Toy Fair News category.

If you'd like to see non-Transformers "pretty pictures" - check out the story on Toyark.com

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Bot Shots Dragon Track set released
Posted by News Fetcher on February 12 '13 at 11:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
The next new bit of Transformers merchandise has hit US retail! The Bot Shots Dragon Track Battle Set, which features Bot Shots of Optimus Prime and Megatron along with track, launchers and a spinning "dragon pit" arena is the first of the Beast Hunters themed Bot Shots releases which were teased at Toy Fair 2013! This one was spotted at a Wal-Mart in CA.

The hunt continues! Good hunting, Bot Shots fans!

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Transformers Regeneration One #88 Preview
Posted by News Fetcher on February 12 '13 at 11:30 AM
By Shin Densetsu from TFW2005:
Thanks to IDW Publishing we bring you a preview of Transformers Regeneration One #88, due out in comic shops tomorrow!

Transformers Regeneration One #88
WAR IN THE CITY!

Anarchy reigns on the streets of Iacon as SCORPONOK's grip tightens further, and those AUTOBOTS still willing and able to resist look to their absent leader-who is on an endangered list all of his own.

Beneath the surface of CYBERTRON, HOT ROD runs for his life, locked on a collision course with his maker, PRIMUS!

Read on to preview this issue!

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