robots

Not-so-jolly green giant gets repainted
As people suspected, one of this year's San Diego Comic Con exclusives from Hasbro is Titan class Devastator. Like with the 2013 SDCC Titan Metroplex, Titan Devastator is pretty similar to the retail version, but features add... read feature

Top sales 5/4 to 5/10

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 5/4 to 5/10


Well this looks familiar
May 18
Well this is a little odd. For the first time since we started reporting these Japanese sales ranking we've got absolutely nothing new for the overall and hobby lists. In fact none of the rankings reported by Toynes.jp h... read
Schick Evangelion

Achieve "Shave Impact" with Schick and Evangelion


Yes, this is figure related
May 13
Japan gets the best stuff. In the west Gillette doesn't make Batman shaving accessories for adults, but in Japan Schick makes Evangelion razor holders and a bunch of other cool stuff. Schick once again brings back clean shave... read
Transformers D-Style

Pre-orders start for Transformers D-Style Starscream, Skywarp, and Thundercracker


These are some great photos!
May 12
Kotobukiya continues to trudge along with their D-Style SD model kit line of Transformers characters. What started with Optimus Prime and Megatron along with an upcoming Nemesis Prime kit continues in the skies with new ... read
Top sales 4/27 to 5/3

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 4/27 to 5/3


Is that a drone I see?
May 11
Well this is interesting. For the first time since we've been following these top lists we're absent one Shuriken Sentai Ninninjer DX Shurikenjin. It and the Ninja Ichibantou have been something of a staple on the list for th... read
Masterpiece gets its first fembot
Back in January the ol' Transformers rumor mill claimed to know the next three Masterpiece figures coming to Japan. The first was said to be MP-25 Tracks which turned out to be true. The second was long shot MP-26 Road Rage w... read feature

Seele Danboard

Revoltech Mini Danboard gets new life as an Evangelion Seele monolith


Amazon Japan exclusive bundle
May 09
This fall will mark the 20th anniversary of the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV anime series which first premiered in October of 1995. In celebration of this major milestone the original TV series and movies are being remastered i... read
Cybertron: Most Wanted
BotCon 2015 is a little over a month away so let's see what's in store for their box set, Cybertron: Most Wanted. The story takes place on Axiom Nexus, a Cybertronian hub city at the  center of the Transformers multivers... read feature

Top sales 4/20 to 4/26

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 4/20 to 4/26


Lots of new arrivals
May 04
By now we should be used to Bandai owning these top lists so I won't harp on that any more. Instead we'll focus on what's actually made the lists rather than who made them. Like last week the overall list matches the boys lis... read
Transformers May Mayhem

Hasbro, IDW, and retailers team up for Transformers May Mayhem


Month long event features comics, figure reveals, and more!
Apr 30
May might be the month of flowers and warming weather, but Hasbro wants to make sure it's known for something else: Transformers! Through the entire month of May Hasbro will be combining fans with retailers and various events... read
Prepare for a wild ride(r)
Brake-Neck is an interesting name. It's a dual play on words using brake in place of break since he's a car and making it part of a phrase meaning to drive recklessly at high speeds. It isn't a terrible new name for a guy onc... read feature

He may have a new name, but Slingshot is back!
When Hasbro did their year-long reveal of the Combiner Wars theme for the Transformers Generations line last year fans were simultaneously excited and confused. On one hand we're getting proper updates to popular G1 combiner ... read feature

Top sales 4/13 to 4/19

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 4/13 to 4/19


Welp, Bandai wins
Apr 25
I guess this is what we've been building up to. It started to look like they were losing their grip, but a steady gain in rankings lead to this point: total domination. I'll comment more down below. Overall (→) Yo-... read
Top sales 4/6 to 4/12

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 4/6 to 4/12


Also known as the top 5 Gundam of the week
Apr 19
This week supported two known facts: trading card games and Gundam are insanely popular in Japan. To say it was a great week for either, especially Gundam, might be an understatement. There are only three new items this week,... read
And away we go!
When Hasbro first announced the Combiner Wars theme for 2015 the possibilities seemed endless. And when fans began coming up with different ways to incorporate Legends figures into the combinations the doors were blown wide o... read feature

Top sales 3/30 to 4/5

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 3/30 to 4/5


Plus monthly results for March
Apr 11
So last time I lamented a bit that figma Sinon from Sword Art Online II didn't rank during her release week. Well it seems she received a delayed reaction as she ranked pretty high in the first week of April. And she wasn't e... read
Top sales 3/23 to 3/29

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 3/23 to 3/29


Bandai continues to dominate
Apr 09
Looks like Bandai finished March on a high note by releasing a bunch of new Gundam stuff as well as their continued Sentai domination. Plus game cards keep being big sellers and... Star Wars? Here's the ranking: Overall (&u... read
Top sales 3/16 to 3/22

Top selling Japanese toys for week of 3/16 to 3/22


Good week for Transformers, Gundam, and Super Sentai
Mar 28
  Curious about what's the Japanese are actually buying and how they lineup with your own collecting habit? Toynes.jp has you covered with a weekly and monthly sales round up. Last week was a good week for robot fans as ... read
Should have named him Silverstreak
Takara Tomy pulls another one out of the Transformers obscurity bag, but this time it's one a lot of fans have wanted. Quick history lesson: way back before Hasbro began the Transformers franchise, Takara was deep into the Di... read feature

Different names, but they're still Slingshot and Wildrider to me
As Hasbro put it so simply, "the rumors are true". Some fans felt a little blindsided when Hasbro announced their Transformers Generations Combiners Wars series only to find Slingshot and Wildrider replaced by new member... read feature

Transformers

Hasbro goes large with oversized simplified Transformers


These are actually kinda neat
Mar 18
So, out of no where, we got our first look at some new simplified Transformers from Hasbro. Normally I'd just shrug these off and hope they don't take up too much space, but these are actually pretty interesting. The line app... read
And they aren't even G2 figures
Some things are beyond explanation. Fans of the clunky original Transformers Generation 1 figures have been wanting to see Hasbro give Blitzwing and Astrotrain a proper reissue for years now. We knew the molds were still... read feature

Masterpiece Tracks

Masterpiece Tracks gets better pictures, price, and date


It's going to be a long six month wait.
Mar 13
More photos bring more excitement as the latest addition to Takara Tomy's Transformers Masterpiece line finally enters the pre-order stage. You might remember the first colored preview we got just last week and we're already ... read
Hope they make a bunch of these
You know what's a fun movie about a war machine that takes on a life of its own with a child-like innocence? Short Circuit, not CHAPPiE. What CHAPPiE was is a fascinating movie about the moral dilemmas of creating artificial ... read feature

Narcissistic Transformer gets a figure to be proud of
It's been less than two weeks since we got our first look at Takara Tomy's Transformers Masterpiece Tracks and things appear to be moving along quickly. Already we're being treated to some full color images of the A... read feature

Lost Protectors

Play With This Too launches Lost Protectors Kickstarter


Former Hasbro staff and fans team up for Pretenders homages
Feb 28
There are a lot of third party groups these days making unofficial Transformers figures, but here's one with some real credibility. Play With This Too is a new company made up in part of former Hasbro and toy industry em... read
Transformers: RID

Toy Fair 2015: Transformers: Robots in Disguise


More figures planned for 2015 animated series
Feb 18
Hasbro's latest Transformers animated series, Robots in Disguise, is set to start on Cartoon Network in March and Hasbro continues to pump out even more figures. The toy line has already launched and while they only showed of... read
Transformers Generations

Toy Fair 2015: Transformers Generations


Party in the Scramble City tonight
Feb 17
Hasbro promised to deliver to Transformers fans and collectors at Toy Fair 2015 and they sure didn't let people down. There have been a lot of rumors over the years, but the big surprises weren't in who they showed, but what ... read
Transformers Generations

Toy Fair 2015: Hasbro reveals some of their Transformers Generations plans


Combiner Wars Devastator revealed in full at last!
Feb 14
Hasbro is offering a sneak peek at their plans for the Transformers Generations Combiner Wars line to be shown this weekend at New York Toy Fair. Many figures that have been long rumored have finally been confirm, though we'r... read
Prime 1 Studio

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Prime 1 Studio


Official statue line of the Michael Bay fan club
Feb 14
No matter what you think of Michael Bay's treatment of the Transformers and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles you have to admit that Prime 1 Studio knows how to make a killer statue. I'm guessing they use actual CGI renders fr... read
figma and figFIX

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: figma and figFIX flood


Time to check stuff off of the wish list!
Feb 08
So you say you've got some figma you're just dying to see made? Well then, let's see how many of your wishes have come true this time with the first round of announcements!  figma: Kantai Collection - Yukikaze, Kitakami... read
EVA Unit-13

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Bandai EVA Unit-13: You can (not) Resist


Fly me to the moon
Feb 07
EVA is awesome, no denying that. And a little bit of that awesome will be coming home now with Bandai showing off this poseable Evangelion: 3.0  Unit-13 figure. Bandai will kill all the Angels that invade with Shinj... read






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