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7:00 PM on 07.27.2014

SDCC 2014: Sideshow Collectibles - statues and maquettes part 2

Continuing with Sideshow coverage, here's the rest of their licensed statues and maquettes. Star Wars characters featured heavily, as did Marvel. The booth also had a smattering of horror and other movie characters. Most of the experience is about simply gaping in awe at the larger scale figures (especially the legendary scale ones). Click through for the gallery!

Tianxiao Ma


8:30 PM on 07.26.2014

SDCC 2014: Transformers display

Rounding out our Transformers coverage at Comic-Con is a gallery for their booth display. I kinda laugh when I refer to something this big as just a "booth" when there's so much on display. We've got photos of many of Hasbro'...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

8:00 PM on 07.26.2014

U R NOT (red e) for transforming PlayStation Optimus Prime

First Takara Tomy surprised everyone by partnering with Sega to make Megatron into a transforming Mega Drive (Genesis) and now they're doing it again with Sony. Just revealed are plans to add Optimus Prime as the second proje...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



SDCC 2014: Hasbro shows off even more new Transformers photo
SDCC 2014: Hasbro shows off even more new Transformers
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

It's hard to believe that with so many new Transformers yet to be released from Toy Fair in February and BotCon back in June that there would be anything left to show at San Diego Comic Con. Well, believe it, they've got more!

At Hasbro's Transformers Breakfast Thursday morning they've given us a very early first look at the first figures in their new Transformers: Combiner Wars sub-line with Aerialbots Superion and Stunticons Menasor! Both teams feature Voyager class figures as their central leader with Deluxe figures making up the limbs. It appears that all eight Deluxe figures are new molds or at lest slight variations on multiple molds. However, as suspected, Stunticon leader Motormaster is a remold of the Optimus Prime figure revealed back at BotCon. Even more interesting is that both teams also make use of a surprise sixth member. Superion is shown using Legends Powerglide (also shown at BotCon) as a gun, while Menasor's chest shield is a yet unrevealed legends car. Keep in mind that these are very early hand painted prototypes, they're even being held together with glue, but they appear to have learned from every mistake they made with the Fall of Cybertron Combaticons. 

Then came Hasbro's Transformers panel were there were more reveals and some general clarification on some of the things said back at BotCon. Starting with Kre-O they revealed new figures of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. This time around they finally caught on and made it so you can build and transform them without having to take them apart again (as it should have been from the start). For Age of Extinction Generations figures they pointed out that the Platinum Edition Optimus Prime and Grimlock set will actually be a Kmart exclusive while Silver Knight Optimus Prime is a Target exclusive. This is the first time Platinum Edition figures have been sold in a physical store other than Toys R Us. They also revealed that Amazon will be getting a G1 repaint of Slog to go with the SDCC exclusive set. There was also mention that Masterpiece Grimlock might be making a return trip to Toys R Us soon. 

They then went into more detail on the Combiner Wars series explaining that the title will be used as the central theme for all Generations figures (aside from the movie figures) for 2015. The Deluxe figures will include comics that reveal the origins of the teams. Like with the original G1 figures the Deluxe figures are interchangeable and all use the same connection piece to form either arms or legs. They also pointed out that the new Voyager Optimus Prime can indeed combine with either team as well! Art shown for combined Optimus appears to have Combaticon Blastoff as his right arm so take that as you will.

Unfortunately there have been a few name changes thanks to copyright losses over the years. Fireflight is now Firefly and Slingshot is now Alpha Bravo (I really hope that's temporary, he's also a helicopter now), while Wildrider is completely replaced by truck Offroad. Here's what release waves for Generations look like in 2015. Of course there will likely be much more released later.

  • Deluxe Wave 1: Firefly, Skydive, Alpha Bravo, Dragstrip
  • Deluxe Wave 2: Air Raid, Dead End, Breakdown, Offroad 
  • Voyager Wave 1: Silverbolt, Optimus 
  • Voyager Wave 2: Motormaster

Only a small amount of time was spent talking about next year's Transformers: Robots in Disguise animated series. They revealed One-Step Changers for Sideswipe and Decepticon Underbite, Legends figures for fembot Strongarm and Optimus Prime, and what they're calling Warrior class Bumblebee. 

That appears to be it for reveals from SDCC. It's a little lighter than years past and surprisingly there was nothing new revealed for the movie which could mean they might be putting that line to rest pretty quickly. Enjoy the gallery!

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Epic new 'Starscream' Optimus Prime is a Hot Toys figure in disguise photo
Epic new 'Starscream' Optimus Prime is a Hot Toys figure in disguise
by Scarecroodle

Hot Toys has just dropped an awesome bomb with the massive reveal of its upcoming Optimus Prime (Starscream version), which features the Autobot leader with Seeker-like wings and a limited edition Starscream head. It's a bizarre combination that I never knew I wanted!

While the 30-cm tall Hot Toys Optimus is non-transforming, it features LED light-up eyes, a removable LED light-up Matrix of Leadership (which can be stored in his chest), and what appear to be fully articulated fingers. In addition, he sports an awesome battle-worn paint job. However, the biggest selling point might be the optional Starscream-deco'd Seeker-like wings AND an exclusive Starscream head [UPDATE: Apparently the Starscream head isn't meant as an alternate head, which reduces much of my interest). The Starscream head is only available in a special edition which is listed as being for Ani-Com pre-orders and selected markets only.

The figure also features a set of wheels that can be mounted onto his back, a ground base/diorama, two Seeker-like Rifles that can be attached to his forearms or shoulders, and a cannon.

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10:00 PM on 07.17.2014

TF4 Optimus Prime finally gets ideal movie likeness with new model

Back in 2011 Takara Tomy introduced us to the first Dual Model Kit, a kit of Optimus Prime as he appeared in Transfomers: Dark of the Moon. It was a very impressive kit featuring a fully articulated, pre-built and pre-painted...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

10:00 PM on 07.16.2014

Mysterious Japanese Optimus Prime appears online

Best part about being a fan even in this day and age is that there are still surprises and mysteries that are hard to explain on their own. Over on Transformers Facebook fan site Planet Iacon they've found themselves wit...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

11:00 PM on 07.04.2014

Pre-orders open already on Transformers 4 home release bundles

Is there such a thing as being too early to start taking pre-orders for a movie release? It always seemed like there used to be a cool down period between leaving theaters and when these things got announced. I guess in our e...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

8:00 PM on 06.28.2014

Sorry, Europe, no Masterpiece Prowl for you

You might remember back in April Transformers fans finding Masterpiece Prowl listed in Toys R Us computers, including computers in the UK complete with price. Well bad news came this week as Hasbro has officially canceled the...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

2:00 PM on 06.27.2014

Funko's Hikari line undergoes a slight transformation

After weeks and weeks of colorways, Funko has suddenly started announcing new molds for its Hikari line. Last week saw Mystic Powers Skeletor (the coolest figure in the line thus far) and now, possibly in honor of Transformer...

Scarecroodle



TFCC announces Transformers Subscription Service 3.0 photo
TFCC announces Transformers Subscription Service 3.0
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

The end of BotCon 2014 came with the Transformers Collectors' Club and BotCon heads revealing the Transformers Collectors Club 3.0 offerings for 2015. I have to say, I've seen some obscure references translated into figures by this crew and really dug deep for this one. So deep that two of the figures were nothing more than Hasbro test prototypes that have never been released as figures or used in fiction before. 

  • Krok with Gatoraider - One of the original Actionmaster figures finally given a proper transforming figure as a repaimt of Generations Dreadwing. Comes with repaint of Japanese Arms Micron Dai.
  • Nacelle - New character based on a very early prototype for G1 Thrust. Made from the BotCon 2007 Trust figure mold.
  • Serpent O.R. - AKA Serpentor Prime from the  Devil's Due G.I.Joe vs. Transformers comic. Made from a Japanese-only Generations Ratbat. Will have the mixed Cobra/Decepticon logo!
  • Zap with G.B. Blackrock - Zap uses the Generations Bumblebee mold and is based on an unused Carzap figure that would have been part of Takara's unreleased Block Town building block series. Blackrock is a reoccurring Marvel Transformers comic character that is getting his first figure ever as a Kre-O Kreon. Seeing the block theme here?
  • G2 Starscream - Classics Starscream in G2 red and white with gray camo. 
  • Tarantulas - For the BotCon Dawn of Future's Past series. He uses the Takara Transformers United Scrapheap figure base and comes with two Arms Micron Ida figures. 

Super obscure prototypes, somewhat obscure comic characters, an Actionmaster, a G2 figure, and a BotCon character. Why yes, that is one interesting roundup for characters. I like that this set doesn't create character designs (Tarantulas is debatable), but everything, including Nacelle and Zap, are based on something that already exists in one form or another. No woolly mammoth Ultra Magnus equivalent this year. As with the TFCC 2.0 there will be a mystery bonus seventh figure released with the sixth figure. No word on when the sub orders begin or prices, but I'm thinking that info should be coming soon. 

[images via TFW2005, Seibertron]

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Flixist offers Transformers fans a chance to win some Age of Extinction swag photo
Flixist offers Transformers fans a chance to win some Age of Extinction swag
by Scarecroodle

Our sibling site, Flixist, currently has a contest going for some Transformers: Age of Extinction collectibles. Two winners will receive a Transformers figure (one will win an Optimus Prime, the other will get a Crosshairs) and a hat. All you have to do to enter is go to leave a comment about your favorite memory of a Transformers toy on the contest story. It should literally take you two seconds, so what are you waiting for?

[ Enter at Flixist ]

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