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2:00 PM on 04.22.2014

WonderCon 2014: Kotobukiya's Spring Preview panel, Part 2

Now that you all have had a chance to read over Part One of our coverage of Kotobukiya's Spring Preview 2014 panel, let's move on to the second half. While the first portion jumped between several different fandoms, the majority of this one is all about comics, comics, and more comics. Read on and you'll see what I mean.

Natalie Kipper


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WonderCon 2014: Kotobukiya's Spring Preview panel, Part 1 photo
WonderCon 2014: Kotobukiya's Spring Preview panel, Part 1
by Natalie Kipper

For a toy collector, if you only attended one panel at last weekend's WonderCon, it was Kotobukiya's Spring Preview. They had licensing announcements. They had prototypes. They had concept art a plenty. Heck, they even had a very generous raffle! So much awesomeness is impossible to contain within a mere one post and thus this panel's summary has been split into two posts. The anime, Star Wars, and gaming news can be found here and the rest will be in part two. For now, don't worry so much about that. Just read on and take in the excitement.

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9:00 AM on 04.16.2014

Plex tackles a Titan

It looks like even Plex will be cashing in on the Attack on Titan cow, because they've updated their DPCF/UMCF listings with an entry for a prototype Colossus Titan wrecking a bit of wall. As a part of the UMCF line, this mon...

Kristina Pino

9:00 PM on 04.08.2014

Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: Phat! Company's Kill la Kill Satsuki Kiryuin

It's already been well established how much I love Ryuko Matoi from Kill la Kill, and how excited I am for Phat! Company's Ryuko figure, but now we get to see another beautiful lady - Satsuki Kiryuin! You couldn't ask for a b...

Rio McCarthy

11:00 AM on 04.08.2014

Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: Phat! Company's Kosaki Onodera

Though I'm only one volume of the manga into Nisekoi, I'm actually pretty pleased to see that one of the characters is getting a figure. Phat! Company was showing a prototype of Kosaki Onodera, the girl who is basically not m...

Kristina Pino

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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Mag scans give first in-color look at Masterpiece Wheeljack  photo
Mag scans give first in-color look at Masterpiece Wheeljack
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Thanks to scans from Figure Oh magazine we're getting our first look at the upcoming Transformers Masterpiece Wheeljack now in full color. There's been a lot of speculation on just how this figure would turn out thanks to its many logos and fears that most of them would be either removed or replaced by new made up ones. Thankfully that wasn't the case and they appear to be keeping all of the logos used on the original figure and even corrected their positions. Overall his car mode looks as close to perfect as possible and I'm sure someone is bound to make a sticker sheet for any missing logos from the original real-life car. 

The bot mode I'm still rather iffy about. He's very thin and still has a number of gaps in his body. It's strange because an equally streamline car in Sideswipe made for a very solid and pleasingly bulky bot. They have entirely different transformations, but you would still expect similar build quality. I can only hope he looks better in person. 

Also in these scans is a new look at Kabaya's candy toy versions of Star Convoy, Hydra (Darkwing), and Buster (Dreadwind), the same shots of MP Bumblebee we've seen already, and another took at TF Cloud Starscream and Brawn. They also took several photos of the Japanese version of the upcoming Leader class Optimus Prime for Transformers 4: Age of Extinction (not the one that is out now). It looks like the Takara Tomy version will have a different paint pattern on the chest and more detailed paint on the face. 

The scans end with a reminder that MP Star Saber is still in development and Ultra Magnus really is happening. Nothing new to look at on either of those, but I'm thinking we'll get a preview at Tokyo Toy Show in June. At this point it's probably safe to say neither will be released in 2014, not like there'll be a Transformers shortage this year or anything.

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8:00 PM on 03.21.2014

Ume Toys goes serious with a Joker mask sculpt

Ume Toys' Rich Page is working on a new sculpt, and like some of his other pieces, he's pulled a bit of pop culture into the collectibles realm. This time, it's a replica of The Joker's mask from the bank robbery scene in the...

Brian Szabelski

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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9:00 PM on 03.08.2014

Masterpiece Bumblebee prototype revealed and brings a friend with him

Thanks to a product sheet posted by Planet Iacon we're getting our first look at the Transformers Masterpiece Bumblebee prototype. The figure looks absolutely fantastic with lots of neat little features like the hide-able Aut...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

9:08 PM on 03.07.2014

Kotobukiya shows prototype of ARTFX Wonder Woman

At NY Toy Fair, Kotobukiya showed a picture in their display of the prototype for ARTFX Wonder Woman. Even though there was no actual figure there, it was nice to see a glimpse of the next statue in their DC line. Today on t...

Vanessa Cubillo

7:30 PM on 03.05.2014

Mo Abedin's Raiiken is looking awesome

If you've never heard of Mo Abedin, the Dubai-based artist will be one you remember after seeing his newest work, Raiiken. His second collaboration with Acube Art Studios, it's a 1/6-scale sculpted piece that Mo is currently ...

Brian Szabelski