At the time of this post, it's only 15 days until San Diego Comic Con. With time ticking down, you know that there'd be a ton of exclusive announcements and let me tell you, companies have definitely unleashed the floodgates....
[Update: We're now getting our first look at Optimus Prime thanks to an image in TV Kids magazine. Optimus looks a lot like his Animated incarnation crossed with the Cybertron series version. If this truly is a continuat...
It was just a week ago when BotCon revealed their theme for 2014 to be Pirates vs Knights while promising to debut Star Seekers captain Cannonball within the pages of the club magazine. Well, not content to make people wait for the mag to trickle out they've put an image of the figure up on Twitter. The figure uses the Transformers Prime Ratchet figure as a base and includes a new head based on the original Transformers: Cybertron figure which itself was a repaint of TFC Red Alert. Fitting that the new figure is a repaint of a rescue vehicle just like the original.
As far as how well they did, it's a pretty nice job. The BotCon and Transformers Collectors Club figures usually do a good job trying to match paint markings the best they can to the source and it's no different here. The swords are a really nice fit for a pirate. He also retains his skull and skeleton graphics from the original figure. Well done.
They also added some other tidbits to their Twitter feed. In one tweet they wrote, "So the question is... Who is Squirm?" along with a picture of a trollish looking humanoid. In the followup tweet that revealed Cannonball they wrote, "Before we ask who is the Navigator" which may indicate Squirm is the ship's navigator. They also said this would be the only Prime mold used in the set, though it's not known if that includes Beast Hunters. I'm thinking no, it makes too much sense to use them in a set like this. They also stressed that they were only talking about the box set which may mean we'll see Cannonball repainted into Red Alert as one of the additional convention exclusives. Talk about full circle.
Thanks to a Tweet from the Transformers Collector's Club we're getting our first look at the figures from the 2014 membership drive. These are separate figures from the BotCon exclusives that will be revealed later this year.
First up is Protoform X, the character that would be known later as Rampage in Beast Wars. He's using the Transformers: Prime First Edition Deluxe Megatron figure as his base, presumably with a new head. The mold looks great in red, but I'm not so sure about giving a flight mode to a character that in Beast Wars turned into a crab and tank. He'll be exclusive with TFCC yearly memberships.
The other figure, Transmutate, uses Transformers: Prime First Edition Arcee as her(?) base. In Beast Wars the character was a damaged and disfigured protoform that awakened from a broken stasis pod. Rampage finds and relates to her as a fellow mutant outcast (as does Silverbolt). It's never revealed just who Transmutate's spark was meant to be in the show had she not been damaged, but supposedly this figure will finally solve that puzzle. The Arcee figure looks really good in the Transmutate colors and the bot mode should be a good fit. Probably wont have a new head, but doesn't really need one. She'll be sold in the TFCC store later this year.
I'll be getting Protoform X for sure, but hopefully they let us know a bit before Transmutate goes up for sale as those store exclusives often sell out fast.
You might have noticed last week things got a little bit quiet around these parts. Thanks to the New Year being a much bigger deal in the east than in the west, news coming out of Japan was pretty light. You might even call it nonexistent as Japan basically took all of last week off. Seeing as how this article thrives on covering the greatest news from the previous week that came in under the radar you might see why this installment came up a little starved for news.
What's a writer to do?
I probably could have just taken a week off, but instead I decided to fall back on my one true love: Transformers. I was only four-years-old when the franchise launched in 1984 and I've been a fan non-stop ever since. For 30 years I've been spending money on it, letting it take over my house and my life, sticking with it through the good times and the bad. If that doesn't sound like marriage then I don't know what it sounds like. Well, an obsession, I guess, but that doesn't sound nearly as nice.
Whatever. Welcome to the Tomopop LinkUP Transformers special!
Took a while, but after a two month wait from what little we saw back in October we're finally getting our first clear look at the new Japanese Transformers Go! Optimus Prime figure thanks to a listing at Amazon Japan. I'm still really loving his bot mode and the train mode is still looking great, but that dragon mode takes a lot of imagination to believe.
The big selling point remains the combined modes which we're getting our best look at yet. The plan was to make the leaders of the Samurai and Ninja teams combinable with Optimus at their center. This half works. The tops of both combined forms look pretty good I think, but the bottom halves are really scrawny looking. Big robots with chicken legs aren't very appealing, but they're also not unheard of in the Transformers universe.
He won't likely make new fans for the Transformers Go! line, but existing fans or serious Optimus Prime fans will certainly want him. He'll be out in January for ¥5,250. Still no idea on how to officially translate his name, though.
Earlier in the month retailer eToysJapan posted a pictureless listing for what they called "G26 Optimus EX Prime" with a release for sometime in January 2014. They described it as a triple-changing figure with both train...
Gotta love the left field, some really interesting things come out of there. A year ago Takara Tomy started quietly releasing Hasbro's BotShots line in Japan under the new name BeCool with the bulk of the offerings coming out...
After weeks of talking about it the Official Transformers Collectors Club 2014 Transformers Subscription Service 2.0 has finally begun. They're only leaving membership open for three weeks ending October 17 so you haven't got much time to get in. Price this year is US$279 which can be payed in full or in three payments of US$93. Of course they won't ship for free so if you pay the lump sum you'll be charged for the six shipments at the same time; if you pay in the three installments you'll be charged two shipments per payment. Plus they're charging a US$4 service charge for each payment, either once in full or with each installment, which seems kinda bogus when you're already paying US$46.50 plus shipping per figure. On the bright side there's that unannounced seventh bonus figure so it's not a total ripoff. On the other hand you'll need an active membership to subscribe, but at least you'll get another figure with that as well.
Just to recap if you haven't been following along the sub includes the following six figures: Chromedome with Stylor, Thrustinator, Rewind, Fisitron, Barricade with Frenzy, and Treadshot with Catgut. A random figure will be shipped out every two months next year. They're "build to order" as they're calling it so there's no limit on how many you order if you've got the cash.
Once again Amazon comes through with a new official look at a number of Transformers. Unlike the previous batch of official images for this group seen back at BotCon in June for Generations and Beast Hunters, this batch is ta...
Took a while, but the sixth figure, Chromedome, for the 2014 Transformers Subscription Service 2.0 has finally been revealed. He was among the first group of figures to be announced, but the last to be fully revealed. He's a blend of both the original G1 toy's color scheme and the IDW comic version's design key features. He's trading in his original square head for something much more angular. He'll also include his partner, Stylor, in Micron form. The figure use the Transformers Prime Wheeljack mold with a new head, yet doesn't quite match his TFSS comic self, especially the misstransformed shoulders and the missing windows on the chest, which is kinda odd. Considering this is mostly a cobbled together photoshop they'll likely make a few changes. What probably wont change is the strangely elongated face, but you never know.
And that brings us to the last of the TFSS 2.0 six-piece set. Chromedome will be joined by Thrustinator, Rewind, Fisitron, Barricade, and Treadshot along with the three Microns and comic. And that's not all, there's still the seventh incentive being added this year and only available to subscribers as opposed to on the club store where other sub figures have been found.
Still no details like price and sub periods have been announced, but I'll keep you posted when more is known.
Little known fact: "guren" is a Japanese word meaning "giant robot in a red, black, and gold paint scheme".
OK, that's a lie. The word simply means "crimson lotus" which is probably why it lends itself so well to red an...
Last week the official Transformers Collectors Club promised they had some huge surprises in store for this week concerning the 2014 Transformers Subscription Service 2.0 and they weren't kidding! They came right out of the g...