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1:00 AM on 10.16.2014

AD-31 Optimus Prime is the figure we should have started with

At this point Transformers fans have come to learn one constant when it comes movie figures: never by the launch releases. I mean, we buy them anyway, we can't help ourselves, but we do so knowing that at some point an even b...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker


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TF Masterpiece MP-05 Megatron to get a new exclusive release photo
TF Masterpiece MP-05 Megatron to get a new exclusive release
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Big Bad Toy Store is reporting that a new release of Transformers MP-05 Megatron is on the way. They're listing it as a 30th Anniversary exclusive, but stop short of saying where exactly it's intended to be sold. While it certainly isn't a North American release it's hard to guess what store or event it is being produced for. It also wouldn't surprise me if it turned out to not be a Japanese release at all, but yet another "Asia Exclusive" like the upcoming Masterpiece Optimus Prime reissue instead. Others think this might be one final run for the mold similar to the final use of the original Masterpiece Optimus Prime mold MP-01L which had the word "Last Shot" molded into his back and perhaps signals an all new Megatron in the modern scale on the horizon. 

Whatever the case we don't get a very clear idea of what this will look like and the photos where in black and white. We know it'll have chromed parts, but it also is listed as a "Destron leader repaint". Destrons are the Japanese equivalent to Decepticons so that's not a lot to go on. However, when the original G1 figure was first released to Japan around 1985 one of the biggest changes to the figure (aside from removing the chrome) was using blue where the American figure used red. I wouldn't at all be surprised if this new figure featured blue parts instead of the red of the original Masterpiece. 

BBTS has the figure listed at US$199.99 and a December release, same month as Ultra Magnus gets released which gives more credit to the theory of this being an exclusive to Asia. And let's face it, for most people this is the absolutely worst TF MP figure there is with lots of floppy joints, skinny legs, and overall poor design. Hopefully we'll get a proper new MP Megatron in the coming years, but for now it looks like Starscream is still leading the Decepticons.

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4:30 AM on 10.09.2014

NYCC 2014: More new Transformers from Hasbro

New York Comic Con, the first major convention of the fall, kicked off with Hasbro showing off a number of new figures spanning multiple Transformers lines. We've got official images for new figures from Generations, new anim...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Pre-orders open for Playstation Optimus, no tv connections required photo
Pre-orders open for Playstation Optimus, no tv connections required
by Scarecroodle

Takara Tomy's hotly anticipated Playstation Optimus Prime is now available for pre-order. The Autobot leader looks even better than the first color images had suggested and even features painted connection ports on his back.

While I'm not sure that I necessarily like Optimus more than the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis) Megatron, I find the design quite a bit more impressive the more we see of it. Like many of my colleagues, I also would have preferred that Optimus Prime's alt mode be a Super Nintendo (thus evoking the 16-bit console wars) although I suppose a SNES might work nicer with Soundwave from a logistical standpoint as Laserbeak, Rampage, and so forth could be used as cartridges.

At a ¥10,000 list price, I doubt that I'll bother picking up the Playstation Optimus Prime but I imagine that more eager (and less frugal) fans may jump on these pre-orders

[ Pre-order Playstation Optimus at HobbyLink Japan | AmiAmi ]

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9:00 PM on 09.30.2014

TF4 home video special features reveals new Grimlock figure

Ever watch a video of a figure developer's workshop and stare madly at their work environment trying to find traces of something that hadn't been seen before? Well, fans picking up Transformers: Age of Extinction didn't have ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

8:00 PM on 09.30.2014

D-Style Optimus Prime assembles its pre-orders

It was way back in February at Wonder Festival 2014 Winter that Kotobukiya made a small announcement that Optimus Prime would be joining their D-Style line of super deformed robot model kits. It was only a matter of time as t...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

9:00 PM on 09.26.2014

Kotobukiya pulls the trigger on D-Style Megatron

[Added a second, clearer image from AmiAmi to the gallery] No real surprise that Kotobukiya wouldn't be able to stop at just one. Over at the All Japan Model Hobby Show 2014 they've revealed the follow up to their previously ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Funko's Hikari Transformers are feeling a little distressed *and* golden photo
Funko's Hikari Transformers are feeling a little distressed *and* golden
by Scarecroodle

Funko today unleashed a double double set of reveals (ie, two reveals of two figures): "Distressed" and "24k" copies of Hikari Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (Transformers), all of which are currently up for pre-order.

While most people associate the word "distress" with an emotional state of anxiety or sadness, it's also a term for making an object look older by simulating wear over time. It's an idea that the "Distressed" deco on this figures accomplishes in some senses even if the figures don't look aged (the Battle Ready versions of the characters looked far more like antiques). The "Distressed" Optimus and Bumblebee are limited to 1,000 pieces each, have a US$80 MSRP, and are slated for an October release.

The "24k" versions of Optimus and Bumblebee are not, as one might expect, actual gold-plated versions of the figures. Instead these Books-a-Million exclusives have merely been given a gold paintjob that looks surprisingly good. I'm usually not a fan of gold variants but the choice just seems somewhat natural given that the characters are naturally metallic. These two are somewhat counter-intuitively cheaper than the "Distressed" versions, clocking in at a US$50 MSRP apiece. They're limited to 600 pieces each and are apparently in-stock now.

As always, you can win one of these via Funko's Facebook contest.

[ Pre-order "Distressed" Optimus | Bumblebee at Entertainment Earth ]

[ Order "24k" Optimus | Bumblebee at Books-a-Million ]

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7:00 AM on 09.19.2014

Hasbro Toy Shop has a 20% off promo on most action figures

Hasbro Toy Shop recently sent out an email announcing that "most" of its action figures would be available for 20% off with the promo code "SUPER20" (and free shipping on orders over US$50). After doing a bit of soul-searchin...

Scarecroodle

1:00 AM on 09.18.2014

RIP Hub: Discovery kills joint television venture with Hasbro

It was only a matter of time, but soon Discovery will be announcing the end of their joint television venture with Hasbro, the Hub Network. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Discovery will soon be taking over control ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

9:00 PM on 09.16.2014

Takara Tomy reveals hidden secret in MP Star Saber's Shield

Just when you think there's nothing left to say about Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber, Takara Tomy gives us something new. We've known for a while that Star Saber would come with a shield as it showed up in a few scans an...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



8:00 AM on 09.13.2014

Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber and Exhaust get full color galleries

I hope you aren't tired of listening to me ramble on about how amazing these figures are because I'm sure not tired of doing it. Thanks to a combination of official galleries and photos from Takara Tomy designer TFYuki on Twi...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker