Due to scheduling difficulties, I wasn't able to get a question post up. My deepest apologies, dearest Tomocast listeners. To make up for it, I brought on a trio of guests that will surely entertain you. To...
Usually when you think of knockoffs you think of cheap plastic, messy paint, and broken parts. Certainly you wouldn't expect to hear 'better than the original', but that's exactly what Collection Kingdom says they have planne...
The BMOG Kickstarter project website updated recently with new CAD rendered images of their stretch goal sets. If the Kickstarter can reach an additional US$12,000 (for a total of US$31,000) then Featherblight and the Non-Dino team will be added to the campaign for an additional purchase.
Featherblight is a Paraxxoid eagle counterpart to the Augmentoid Ursenal figure that launched the Kickstarter. It can be disassembled into multiple weapons including swords, guns, and rocket launchers. The Non-Dino team consists of members ax Slashback the dimetrodon, ray gun Splashpoint the icthyosour, and "multi purpose" Pterattactyle the pterodactyl.
The project is down to 12 days with only US$6419 remaining before reaching its funding goal keeping it still well within sight of success.
Japan has picked their representatives for the Gunpla Builder's World Cup Junior Division and it's not what you would normally expect from a Gunpla builder. 10-year-old Mei, a fourth grader, took the win in Japan's 14-and-und...
Takara Tomy has ended thier Fan's Choice Transformers Masterpiece campaign asking fans to vote on the next Autobot leader to get the Masterpiece treatment and we now have our winner! Star Saber from japanese series Transformers Victory has been selected by fans out of 11 possible choices by earning a major 31.2% of the votes. For a lot of fans this seemed like the obvious choice; what wasn't so obvious was who made it into second place: Micron Densetsu Convoy (Armada Optimus Prime). Guess people really wanted to see how they'd articulate his legs. Third place went to Super Ginrai (Powermaster Optimus Prime) from Transformers Masterforce which would have gotten my vote for sure. It goes way downhill from there for the rest of the entries.
The results look like this:
Star Saber - 31.2%
Micron Densetsu Convoy - 24.3%
Super Ginrai - 18.6%
Dai Atlus - 8%
Super Fire Convoy - 4.9%
Beast Wars Convoy - 4.6%
Galaxy Convoy - 2.5%
Big Convoy - 2.1%
Lio Convoy - 2%
Grand Convoy - 1.5%
Fortress Maximus - .3%
Guess nobody wants to pay around US$500 for a Masterpiece Fort Max. I'm sure these results won't stop many of these from getting the Masterpiece treatment eventually. A number of sketches were also reveals by Takara Tomy that might give us some idea of what Masterpiece Star Saber will look like. Of course we can't have Star Saber without Victory Leo; how long before that one happens?
One of the latest crowd-funded toys to hit Kickstarter is a real bear. Project BMOG (Bio-Mechanical Ordinance Gestalt) is an innovative building system that combines multiple weapons into robotic animal forms. Using 5mm pegs and holes the parts can be mixed and matched in endless combinations and utilized by any figure that supports the 5mm system.
The first figures looking for funding are the heroic Augmentoid Ursenal and the evil Paraxxoid Mantax. Robotic bear Ursenal can be broken down into four guns, a warhammer, battle-blade, scanner, and bear-head crusher-claw while manta ray Mantax can separate into double-bladed axe-pick and a double-barreled hand-blaster. But you don't have to stop there; with multiple sets you can build as big or small as you want.
If the Kickstarter is successful (and having hit 40% funded in it's first week that seems more than likely) the figure will be sold at retail in black. However, Kickstarter backers will be able to vote on one of five exclusive color options available only to backers: "Arctic Custom" white; "Toxic Spill" fluorescent green; "Protoprimer" prototype gray; "Action Hunter" fluorescent orange; or "Solar Flare" canary yellow. Just like with Transformers repaints over the years, color variations also mean different characters and factions to be announced after the campaign.
Stretch goals have also been announced with more details to follow soon. Like with Ursenal and Mantax they'll consist of a main BMOG and a mini-BMOG made of three parts. The first of the three Notasoars is a Ichthyosaur ray pistol; the other three will be revealed later. We've also been given an early look at a sketch of Paraxxoid Featherblight. Plus one of the top backers being given the chance to design a single piece for the set has chosen to make a replacement head for Ursenal that's something dragon-like. That's under development right now.
Backing options follow quite a range, but as little as US$15 will snag you a Mantax figure in the Kickstarter exclusive colors, a sticker for the figure, and a wallpaper. US$20 scores you an Ursenal in the exclusive colors, sticker, and wallpaper. For a better deal US$30 will get you both Ursenal and Mantax exclusives along with the other stuff. But my favorite deal of all is the US$50 level which will nab you one set of Ursenal and Mantax in the exclusive colors and a set in retail black. If you want to spend more you can also go for the US$90 set which puts you down for two pairs of both colors. Of course there are many other options going all the way up to US$10,000! These are all great and it's nice to save more the more you buy. The prices also include shipping within the US, but international shipping is super cheap.
I'm sure you've already figured out that these figures are designed primarily to interact with Transformers and for good reason. As it happens all three of the lead members on this project have been involved with the Transformers franchise at some point. Project head and BMOG creator Trent Troop has worked on multiple Transformers projects for Fun Publications and Hasbro. Alex Androski, the project's technical engineer, is a former Hasbro employee that worked directly on toys for Transformers Universe and Revenge of the Fallen. The project's lead promotional artist and co-writer, Greg Sepelak, has also worked on multiple Transformers projects for Fun Publications and Hasbro. This is a team that knows their stuff!
I'm sure you can tell I'm pretty excited about this Kickstarter and really want to see it succeed. They're already in talks with interested retailers and with 26 days remaining until the Kickstarter ends on December 13 things are looking very good for this getting funded. Can't wait to see where they go from here!
Hello and welcome, Tomopeeps, to the first ever Tomopop LinkUP! A lot of news comes out in any given week and there just isn't enough time in a day to get it out. It's not bad news, in fact it's quite good news, but when you deal with a few hundred tips in a week like we do, some stuff is just bound to fall to the wayside.
Our solution is Tomopop LinkUP; taking the best of what's been left behind and rounding it all up into one big report. Unlike the daily news you see around here, LinkUP consists of a series of short blurbs and teaser images with links you can follow for more information. If the rest of the site is the main course, then consider this the dessert.
And speaking of dessert, this week we'll be talking about Japan's incredible holiday cakes, designer toys, robots, anime stuff, and even a few videos!
Fans of the original Transformers animated movie will certainly remember seeing the adult version of Spike and his son Daniel running around in special Exosuits (called Excel Suits in Japan) through most of the movie. CM's corporation has shown at the Miyazawa Model Expo Autumn 2013 a first look at their take on the Exosuit complete with adult Spike and his son Daniel. Aside from a small PVC this is the first time all three have been made into figures this way.
The Exosuit is even transformable into its vehicle form. While you can't fit Spike or Daniel inside the suit, if you look closely you'll notice seams on their bodies where you can remove their heads and parts of their chest to place inside the Exosuit to make it look like they're piloting it. The scale is certainly way off compared to anything else out there, but it looks like a good set on its own.
As a bonus there are two rather strange and obscure items also being featured. The first is a mini figure of Grand Galvatron, basically Unicron's planet mode with Galvatron's head and limbs sticking out. It comes from an unrealized plan by Galvatron to turn Earth into his new planet-sized body. Should make for a pretty comical little figure when it's finished. The other thing hanging there is, seriously, a floppy disc. It's supposed to contain the data for the Master Sword, the ultimate weapon of Fortress Maximus in The Headmaster series.
We're getting some odd things, but I'm glad none-the-less that Takara Tomy is starting to trust other companies like CM's with the Transformers franchise and even allowing them to make transforming figures.
Bluefin Distribution has announced their pick for the North American regional finals that will be heading to Japan in December to compete against builders from around the world. The winner is Kevin Yi Zhang of Conne...
No, that's not someone's attempt at a fury costume. That is, in fact, a real, honest to goodness Voltron hoodie that you can buy right now from 80sTees.com. There are a lot of character hoodies out there, but we've never seen...
Hasbro released some new images of Transformers Generations Voyager Class Rhinox and Doubledealer. Fans were really excited about these two, especially Rhinox, when they were first revealed at Botcon 2013 in June. Surprisingly not a whole lot has changed in the transition from hand-painted prototype to final production.
Doubledealer looks exactly like the the prototype including the shark head on the jet which I still wish was a bird to play off the original figure's bird mode. He's a simple repaint of Blitzwing with a new head. Really wish they would have done more to change him than just the head after Sandstorm got a major overhaul compared to Springer. Rhinox, I think, looks quite a bit better. The shine of the rhino skin is now gone which was a complaint among some fans of the prototype. Probably not a conscious effort on Hasbro's part since the prototype would have been hand painted and the final figure is just colored plastic, but it looks a little more real now. Thankfully he doesn't have the awful metallic coating of the Takara Tomy version.
As per Hasbro's usual methods there's no telling when these will actually be in stores, but it'll probably be soon. Hasbro lists them at US$19.99 each, but that's rarely the price you'll see them at even in places like Walmart and Target.
It would seem Hasbro got a little ahead of themselves when updating their website today and made the mistake of listing a heap of previously unannounced figures. Watchful eyes of Transformers World 2005 members JamesBenjamin and Thundershot went through all of the menus and pulled out a treasure trove of product names covering Generations, Age of Extinction, Beast Hunters, Legends, Construct-Bots, and Masterpiece.
It's a long list so fallow me through the jump to see the impressive names. It's full of fan favorite, high demand character so give the list a good look. Pictures soon I hope, the header image is purely representational.
[Update: Art Storm has posted official images mirrored in the gallery. Art Storm is handling sales of the figure.]
Back in August we got an early look at Takara Tomy and Action Toys' new non-transforming Ultimetal Optimus Prime and now a few months later we're getting a better look at some of his features. Thanks to Dengeki Hobby magazine scans we can see just how extensive the removable armor of this 17 inch figure is. Armor from his arms, legs, body, hips, and legs can be removed to expose all of Prime's inner workings. Even his gun has removable parts. Plus he includes his signature Energon ax and Matrix. He also has a great range of articulation including double elbow joints and individually jointed fingers.
Then there's the less obvious stuff like the heavy use of metal parts (it is called "Ultimetal" after all), the lights and sounds controlled via remote, and the mouth plate that moves when he talks. Unfortunately this much figure doesn't come cheap. He's priced at ¥78,000 which more or less makes Prime the Transformers equivalent to a high end doll.
As far as release dates go all I've got is that he'll be out in 2014. I would think that now that we have some official images through magazines we should be seeing pre-orders appear soon. He's out of my budget, but that doesn't mean I don't want one.