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Masterpiece Bumblebee proves to be the smallest of the cars photo
Masterpiece Bumblebee proves to be the smallest of the cars
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

A new update from Shogo Hasui of the Takara Tomy Transformers design team shows how Bumblebee stacks up against fellow Masterpiece, Prowl. If the MP Autobot cars up until now are considered the equivalent to a Voyager class figure then Bumblebee looks to be about the same size as a Deluxe figure. Of course despite his size he'll have a much more complex transformation and the articulated hands that are a standard of the line. While the bot mode is in scale the car mode certainly wont be, but the MP line is no stranger to scale issues just like most Transformers lines.

He also posted some updated images of Spike in his Exo Suit. He promises that Spike will be fully transformable without needing to replace parts; a true part of the Masterpiece line. Spike will be one of the smallest MP figures alongside Soundwave's tapes.

Colored pictures, please!

[via Seibertron]

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[UPDATED] First look at what the 2015 Transformers toy line will be based on photo
[UPDATED] First look at what the 2015 Transformers toy line will be based on
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

[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 continuation of Prime then it should be interesting to see how they bring back Optimus. The new image also includes a new look at Bumblebee, check it out in the gallery]

Today Hasbro announced the next Transformers cartoon series to come along in 2015 for the HUB Network, but they're so early into this they haven't even given it a proper name yet. What we do know is that it's a sequel to Transformers Prime and takes place years after that series ended and stars Bumblebee as a new Autobot team leader. If you've seen the Prime finale in Predacons Rising then you know (spoilers ahead) Megatron has given up his pursuits of conquest, the Decepticons are disbanded with some joining the Autobots (Knock Out), and the Predacons were left to themselves on Cybertron. Most likely the series will involve the Autobots going ofter Decepticon resistance groups, but it's anyone's guess. 

Unlike the all CG visuals of the previous series, the new series will feature CG characters on hand painted (not digitally painted?) backgrounds. This will likely look similar to what we saw in the Transforemrs Energon and Cybertron series some 10 years ago. So far the only transformer confirmed for the new series is Bumblebee who looks like a cross between his Prime design and the Transformers Animated style of art. 

We can probably expect the toys to be debuted at Toy Fair 2015 next February, though maybe they'll throw us a bone at BotCon in a couple months. Bumblebee will certainly turn into a car of some sort, but judging from the art it's hard to tell if he'll even have wheels, which may be the case depending on how far into the future we're talking. One of the goals they're aiming for with this series is to make something that both kids and adults (particularly parents) will enjoy so it's very likely they'll follow the same method they're using for Transformers 4: Age of Extinction. Expect them to do several very simple toys for the kids along side more complex figures suitable for collectors.

Follow the jump to see the pull press release including some of the new and returning staff and cast members. 

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High quality shots of Masterpiece Wheeljack hit Amazon photo
High quality shots of Masterpiece Wheeljack hit Amazon
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

After some fuzzy magazine scans last week we're now getting some nice high quality images for Transformers Masterpiece Wheeljack from Amazon.co.jp! I've been kinda hard on the guy since we first saw him and while I'm still not entirely sold on his Transformation he's definitely winning me over with his details. 

I've mentioned before that the car, based on the Italian Lancia Stratos, is perfect in every way and they did a great job of getting back some of the original logos. While I'm not crazy about the robot mode's construction they did do a great job of getting tons of little details sculpted into him. His head sculpt is especially nice with its cartoon look and I like the way they did his 'wings' in the style of the toy. I wish they could have found a way to make his 'ears' light up, but I'll forgive them. 

Wheeljack will role out in August for ¥6,500. There's been a lot of speculation on how they'll reuse this mold later. The front runners is Sunstreaker so hopefully we'll get news of what's coming next soon enough. 

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9:00 AM on 03.26.2014

S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Kabuto 2.0 preview details new possibilities for line

The original S.H. Figuarts Kamen Rider Kabuto was released more than 5 years ago. At that time, it was a great figure and in many respects, still is. However, with 5 years come a lot of innovations. Bandai deemed it necessary...

Andres Cerrato

5:00 AM on 03.25.2014

Get the jump on the Variant Play Arts Kai Dragoon pre-orders

Pre-orders for Square-Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai Dragoon have literally fallen out of the sky and landed on our heads. Although many of the usual suspects have yet to list Dragoon, the jumpy among us currently have an oppor...


11:00 PM on 03.24.2014

Under the Radar: Sentinel announces three Iron Man figures

A couple of weeks ago, Sentinel teased a new line of action figures on their Facebook page, the first of which will feature Iron Man. Specifically it was an illustration of Iron Man's Bleeding Edge armor, which takes a lot of...

Tianxiao Ma

7:00 AM on 03.21.2014

MS Zombie Magneto & Gill-man lead the newest DST pre-orders

Diamond Select Toys has a slew of new items going up for pre-order this week, including a Marvel Select Zombie Magneto, the recently discussed King Ghidorah vinyl bank bust, TMNT vinyl bank busts, the Select Jay & Silent ...


TomoTour: Final Fantasy edition photo
TomoTour: Final Fantasy edition
by Natalie Kipper

Final Fantasy is one of gaming's most well-known roleplaying series with millions of fans. It stands to reason that a good portion of them would have to have to be crafters. On this edition of TomoTour, we look at some of the Final Fantasy-inspired loot to be found on Etsy. So cue the overworld theme, because we are going on an adventure!

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4:00 AM on 03.18.2014

Play Arts Kai Rorschach takes to the streets with new photos

Scarecroodle's journal. Saint Patrick's Day yesterday. Streets filled with drunks and insanity. Bigger news is that Hidemi Matsuzuka unveiled new photos of Square-Enix's upcoming Play Arts Kai Rorschach. Same Rorschach seen a...


7:00 AM on 03.15.2014

TAG Hobby catches our first look at Action Toys' Ultimetal Megatron

Thanks to TAG Hobby spending some time at Hong Kong's C3 Festival we're getting our first look at Action Toys' and Fewture Model's  UM-03 Ultimetal Megatron! There aren't any details to go by beyond the prototype, but we...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

New clear images of Masterpiece Bumblebee are finally here photo
New clear images of Masterpiece Bumblebee are finally here
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Forget the silhouettes and toss aside the tiny product sheet images, we now have large, clear images of the upcoming Transformers Masterpiece Bumblebee. Thanks images gathered from various online stores (seen below) we now have our clearest look at the new MP's details. With the clearer look we now see that the two expressions are a happy face and a serious face.

He looks so great, but what I really want is a look at his feet from the outside instead of the inside. His front wheels fold up underneath and I want to know what is in their place. Also really want a shot from his back, I really want to know just how well the back of the car mode folds up on his back. Could also use a good look at Spike's head, they really haven't given us a good look at that yet. 

Pre-orders are now open and like with other MPs he's selling very quickly. There's also an Amazon.co.jp exclusive that features a battle mask based on the original 1984 figure's face. I imagine some third party group will make their own version of the mask so while I want it I doubt I'll miss it. No way I'm missing out on bumblebee, he belongs in my collection. He'll be out in November for ¥6,000. 

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | Play Asia | Big in Japan | TF Source | Big Bad Toy Store ]


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8:00 PM on 03.13.2014

Tomopop LinkUP: Ready. Set. LEGO!

LEGO toys are one of those things that I think most boys and probably a lot of girls can associate with. Raise your hand if you've ever tried to dig a LEGO brick out of your mom's vacuum or know the pain of stepping on a bloc...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker