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8:30 PM on 01.20.2015

Hong Kong event might confirm several Transformers rumors

Normally I'm hesitant to report on rumors when there's no concrete evidence, but lately some lingering rumors appear to be gaining legs. That includes the rumors of new Masterpiece figures from Takara Tomy and some really une...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker


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Unlock new "adventurers" from iconic Final Fantasy character designer Yoshitaka Amano and a new scenario from Yasumi Matsuno, designer of Final Fantasy XII. Also, Terra Battle received the highly anticipated online co-op mode update that allows players to work together to clear stages and adds summons to the battlefield. More Info.




8:00 PM on 01.15.2015

Next Transformers Fan Built poll goes big with Combiner Wars

For the 2014 30th anniversary of the Transformers franchise Hasbro gave fans a first time chance to give collective input on a new character through the Fan Built Bot Poll. In a few rounds fans answered some kinda v...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



The bad bots shine at BotCon 2015 with Cybertron's Most Wanted photo
The bad bots shine at BotCon 2015 with Cybertron's Most Wanted
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

It's almost here! OK, no it isn't, it's actually around half a year away, but that's not stopping BotCon from spending New Year's Eve getting fans revved up for 2015! For Cybertron's Most Wanted expect to see a lot of parallels with Marvel's hit Guardians of the Galaxy movie. The story will feature a ragtag group of Transformers misfits saving Cybertron from an "extra-dimensional" threat. Sounds familiar, right? 

Here's how BotCon puts it:

The thief.
The muscle.
The loose canon.
The bounty hunter.
The boss.

They're criminals.
Nefarious outlaws.
Hunted fugitives.
And the planet's only hope.

In the city of Axiom Nexus, in a Universe where Autobots and Decepticons from across the Multiverse coexist peacefully, a group of renegades operate off the grid, using deception, scheming, and a hint of thievery to both survive and to further their own ambitions. However after the Transtech, the guardians of Axiom Nexus, are unable to stop an extra-dimensional threat, these outlaws will soon find themselves as Cybertron's last best hope for survival!

Yep, that's pretty much GotG. Should be interesting to see what characters they use as analogs for the movie. Being Axiom Nexus they'll be able to source their figures from any Transformers toy line of the past to make a cohesive set. One popular theory is "me Grimlock" for "I am Groot", perhaps the Animated figure? There's really an endless number of choices they could go with for any member. 

BotCon is expected to deliver another update, a preview of the comic, soon. Until then see if you can come up with who represents who in this series. BotCon 2015 will run from June 18 to 21 in Chicago/St. Charles, Illinois. 

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Tomopop Original: It's ALIVE! A look at FrankenJoes photo
Tomopop Original: It's ALIVE! A look at FrankenJoes
by Soul Tsukino

I love G.I. Joe figures. I have since I was 7 years old. I got into them largely when Masters of the Universe ended. I watched the cartoon almost everyday and grew up on these figures, so I never developed much of a fandom for the older G.I. Joe of the '60s and '70s, nor was I ever into any of the redesigns and overhauls over the years (Sgt. Savage, Extreme). I specifically look for the figures that were released between 1982 to 1994 (and the few re-releases since 1998). 

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11:30 PM on 12.13.2014

3A's offhanded comment takes shape with movie Bumblebee figure

It's been nearly a year ago since back in January 3A made an offhanded comment about having the Transformers license despite no formal announcement. Looks like that comment is finally bearing fruit as they finally reveal a Bu...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

1:30 PM on 12.01.2014

Hasbro Toy Shop doubles down on savings for Cyber Week

10% off + free shipping not good enough for you? Hasbro Toy Shop has upped the ante (and the savings) with a 20% off + free shipping (no minimum) promo. The promo, which runs until the and is activated with the promo code "CY...

Scarecroodle

5:30 PM on 11.28.2014

Hasbro Toy Shop offering 10% off + free shipping

While I've missed a lot of great deals this Black Friday, I've found at least a few modest sales. One of of the smallest (but still relatively cool) sales is Hasbro Toy Shop's "FREESHIP10" promo code which gives 10% off the c...

Scarecroodle

9:00 PM on 11.16.2014

Hasbro shows off Transformers: Combiner Wars figures in package

We're getting a little closer to the launch of the 2015 Transformers: Combiner Wars line with the first look at the finished figures in an all-new package style. These photos are of the international packaging and are a littl...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

8:50 PM on 11.16.2014

[Updated] Is Hasbro looking to buy DreamWorks Animation?

[Update: Hasbro has called off their talks to purchase DreamWorks Animation and for two reasons. First off when their intentions were revealed Hasbro's stock dropped 5%, not good since they were planning to use stocks to help...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Transformers New Years Optimus Prime and Soundwave really get my goat photo
Transformers New Years Optimus Prime and Soundwave really get my goat
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Another new year fast approaches and Hasbro is preparing their latest set of exclusive Transformers designed to represent the animals of the Chinese zodiac. 2015 marks the year of the goat and they're doing something a little different this year, going with a transparent and metallic color scheme. I'm no fan of translucent plastic and gold plastic tends to become very brittle over time so I'm not all that excited about these releases, but at least they picked some great figure molds to use. 

First up is the surprising return of the G2 Laser Optimus Prime. The last time we saw this mold in North America it was repurposed as Scourge for the Robots in Disguise cartoon in 2000. Nothing has changed in the mold, but now comes in translucent, gold, silver, and black. Oddly enough he's lacking all of the stickers and paint that would have been on the previous uses of the mold except for his head which has a silver mouth plate and yellow eyes. His fuel tanker trailer still has a chrome tank, but in battle station mode they've made some of his parts inexplicably pink and light blue.

Second is as similarly colored version of Masterpiece Soundwave. He doesn't have quite as many colors as Optimus has, almost entirely made from clear and copper plastic save for a section of light gray plastic. Would have been better if they had used Prime's silver and some black to break things up. Only spot on his head with color is his red eye visor, opting to not paint his mouth plate like Optimus. What he does have going for him is that being a Hasbro release he does come with five tapes (Laserbeak, Buzzsaw, Ravage, Rumble, and Frenzy) in translucent plastic and all of his weapons including a mini brass and silver Megatron gun. 

Both of these figures use good molds, but my dislike for the clear plastic kills my interest entirely. Had they replaced the clear parts with the proper respective red or blue opaque plastic, similar to the 2014 Optimus Prime, I would definitely want these. They've also once again missed a chance at using a Beast Wars mold, this time they could have used Ramulus. Either way, expect these to hit Toys R Us and Big Bad Toy Store by the end of this year.

On the plus side, the package art is pretty epic!

[via CYBERGEEKS Alliance (Optimus Prime, Soundwave)]

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Transformers Asia gets MP Skywarp and HA Barricade/Soundwave set photo
Transformers Asia gets MP Skywarp and HA Barricade/Soundwave set
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Looks like golden Masterpiece Megatron isn't the only new thing coming exclusively to Transformers Asia. Announced today Asia will soon be getting the new MP-11SW Skywarp. This is Skywarp's third Masterpiece, previously released by Takara Tomy as MP-06 in 2007 and a Walmart exclusive from Hasbro in 2008, but this is the first time he's been released using the revised MP-11 Starscream mold. In fact he's only Takara Tomy's third figure to use the mold, the other being MP-11S Sunstorm, while Hasbro has used the mold three times to make the Toys R Us exclusive Thundercracker, Acid Storm, and Sunstorm once again. The figure looks great, very cartoon accurate and I'm actually glad Takara Tomy left out the coronation cape and crown on this release. If this wasn't an Asia release (and I didn't already have MP-06) I might want one, but not for the US$199.99 that some stores like Big Bad Toy Store and TFSource are asking.

But that's not all, Transformers Asia also has something big in store for movie fans. They'll be offering a special Human Alliance two pack featuring Barricade and the Dark of the Moon Soundwave figure that was never released in the US. As part of the HA series Barricade will also come with a mini Frenzy as he did in the original movie while Soundwave comes with little Laserbeak and Mr. Gould figures. Pretty fitting set considering Barricade was basically the prototype Soundwave character in the first movie while both off them have the distinction of getting their butts handed to them by Bumblebee. By the looks of it these are identical to their individual releases which can be a hassle to find now, especially Soundwave. At the US$144.99 that BBTS and TFSource are asking for them, working out to about US$72.50 each, they're a great deal when compared to most ebay auctions asking upwards of US$200 for Soundwave alone.

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9:00 PM on 10.24.2014

BotCon and JoeCon move to Illinois in 2015

Today is the first day of the unofficial Transformers convention TFCon in Chicago, Illinois. I guess there's no better time than today for Fun Publications to announce that their two major Hasbro-backed conventions are headin...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker