We're getting a little closer to the launch of the 2015 Transformers: Combiner Wars line with the first look at the finished figures in an all-new package style. These photos are of the international packaging and are a littl...
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[Update: Hasbro has called off their talks to purchase DreamWorks Animation and for two reasons. First off when their intentions were revealed Hasbro's stock dropped 5%, not good since they were planning to use stocks to help...
Another new year fast approaches and Hasbro is preparing their latest set of exclusive Transformers designed to represent the animals of the Chinese zodiac. 2015 marks the year of the goat and they're doing something a little different this year, going with a transparent and metallic color scheme. I'm no fan of translucent plastic and gold plastic tends to become very brittle over time so I'm not all that excited about these releases, but at least they picked some great figure molds to use.
First up is the surprising return of the G2 Laser Optimus Prime. The last time we saw this mold in North America it was repurposed as Scourge for the Robots in Disguise cartoon in 2000. Nothing has changed in the mold, but now comes in translucent, gold, silver, and black. Oddly enough he's lacking all of the stickers and paint that would have been on the previous uses of the mold except for his head which has a silver mouth plate and yellow eyes. His fuel tanker trailer still has a chrome tank, but in battle station mode they've made some of his parts inexplicably pink and light blue.
Second is as similarly colored version of Masterpiece Soundwave. He doesn't have quite as many colors as Optimus has, almost entirely made from clear and copper plastic save for a section of light gray plastic. Would have been better if they had used Prime's silver and some black to break things up. Only spot on his head with color is his red eye visor, opting to not paint his mouth plate like Optimus. What he does have going for him is that being a Hasbro release he does come with five tapes (Laserbeak, Buzzsaw, Ravage, Rumble, and Frenzy) in translucent plastic and all of his weapons including a mini brass and silver Megatron gun.
Both of these figures use good molds, but my dislike for the clear plastic kills my interest entirely. Had they replaced the clear parts with the proper respective red or blue opaque plastic, similar to the 2014 Optimus Prime, I would definitely want these. They've also once again missed a chance at using a Beast Wars mold, this time they could have used Ramulus. Either way, expect these to hit Toys R Us and Big Bad Toy Store by the end of this year.
Looks like golden Masterpiece Megatron isn't the only new thing coming exclusively to Transformers Asia. Announced today Asia will soon be getting the new MP-11SW Skywarp. This is Skywarp's third Masterpiece, previously released by Takara Tomy as MP-06 in 2007 and a Walmart exclusive from Hasbro in 2008, but this is the first time he's been released using the revised MP-11 Starscream mold. In fact he's only Takara Tomy's third figure to use the mold, the other being MP-11S Sunstorm, while Hasbro has used the mold three times to make the Toys R Us exclusive Thundercracker, Acid Storm, and Sunstorm once again. The figure looks great, very cartoon accurate and I'm actually glad Takara Tomy left out the coronation cape and crown on this release. If this wasn't an Asia release (and I didn't already have MP-06) I might want one, but not for the US$199.99 that some stores like Big Bad Toy Store and TFSource are asking.
But that's not all, Transformers Asia also has something big in store for movie fans. They'll be offering a special Human Alliance two pack featuring Barricade and the Dark of the Moon Soundwave figure that was never released in the US. As part of the HA series Barricade will also come with a mini Frenzy as he did in the original movie while Soundwave comes with little Laserbeak and Mr. Gould figures. Pretty fitting set considering Barricade was basically the prototype Soundwave character in the first movie while both off them have the distinction of getting their butts handed to them by Bumblebee. By the looks of it these are identical to their individual releases which can be a hassle to find now, especially Soundwave. At the US$144.99 that BBTS and TFSource are asking for them, working out to about US$72.50 each, they're a great deal when compared to most ebay auctions asking upwards of US$200 for Soundwave alone.
Today is the first day of the unofficial Transformers convention TFCon in Chicago, Illinois. I guess there's no better time than today for Fun Publications to announce that their two major Hasbro-backed conventions are headin...
Here's something we don't see too often. Looks like Hasbro is letting sticker company Ocean Designs produce an officially licensed set of decals for Masterpiece Prowl and Wheeljack. It's exceedingly rare for Hasbro to agree t...
Thanks to Big Bad Toy Store we now have more details on the upcoming Asia Exclusive Masterpiece Megatron release. Previous information was pretty cryptic, especially the reference to the "Destron leader repaint". Originally I...
One day Hasbro came along and announced a new Rattrap figure for Transformers Generations to everyone's surprise. I mean, yeah, we wanted one, badly, but Hasbro isn't exactly known for always making the figures fans want and at the proper scale (see: Universe Galvatron; Powerglide; Generations Tankor), but they know how to make a hit. They pulled out all of the stops making Rattrap, but did they make a perfect figure?
Eh, they might have made a few bad calls. Follow me after the jump to see what went very right and what went kinda wrong.
Hasbro's preview night also included a first look at the company's upcoming 6-inch and 3.75-inch Star Wars Black Series figures. None of these selections were anywhere as exciting as the bounty-hunting IG-88 assassin droid set to appear in the 6-inch line.
Fans will recall IG-88's sole (official?) film appearance was on the deck of the Executioner in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back where he stood among the assembled bounty hunters, but the character would go on to appear in some cartoons as well as receiving a memorable role in the videogame Shadows of the Empire. Perhaps less well-known is role in the Expanded Universe, where stories revealed that the bounty hunter known as IG-88 was actually FOUR separate, identical droids who operated under that name and shared something of a gestalt consciousness by uploading their data into the other units.
IG-88 previously had a pretty cool figure in the 3.75-inch Saga Legends line, but it lacked both outward arm and leg movement (at the shoulder and hips respectively). Unfortunately, it's difficult to tell whether that jointing has been implemented on this new figure given the vanilla pose but I'm both hoping and expecting that one will in place. Here's to hoping that we see the other bounty hunters (Dengar, Zuckuss, and 4-Lom from the films) before long.
The other 6-inch reveals included a Stormtrooper Luke, a Bouchh Leia, the Emperor, Commander Cody, and a Clone Captain. While I've been inclined to dislike the Stormtrooper variants in the past, I've since come to recognize their value as just ordinary army builders (since with the helmet on it looks like any other storm trooper). The 4-inch selection includes Boushh Leia, a C-3PO, a Jawas 2-pack, Clone Commander Thorn, and Mosep Bineed.
New York Comic Con, the first major convention of the fall, kicked off with Hasbro showing off a number of new figures spanning multiple Transformers lines. We've got official images for new figures from Generations, new anim...
Hasbro has released some tantalizing images of a few Marvel figures on display at its preview night, as well as information about a few other upcoming figures.
Although these reveals included a few Marvel Legends (or 6-inch Marvel Infinites), the real show-stopper was the 3.75-inch Marvel Infinite line which included a new Doctor Octopus, a first-time-ever-in-the-scale Vulture, Thunderstrike (the Thor stand-in), Shana the She-Devil, and Daredevil. A Miles Morales Spider-Man was also on display at the event, along with a few other previously revealed, upcoming figures.
On the 6-inch front, Hasbro showed off its Valkyrie, a new Hulk figure, and another Captain America. Hulk, Captain America, and a Mark 43 Iron Man will apparently close out the Thanos wave that we saw at SDCC. While I want Thanos, the overall wave doesn't really do it for me.
Otherwise I'm extremely happy to see that Hasbro will be releasing the first half-decently articulated 3.75-inch Doctor Octopus since the time that Toy Biz had its Marvel Superhero Showdown line. When you add in the Vulture (as well as the upcoming Sandman), this completes the original Sinister Six line-up (Doc Ock, Vulture, Kraven the Hunter, Sandman, Mysterio, and Electro) in the 3.75-inch scale. Hooray! Of course, there are still a lot of Spidey villains who haven't appeared in the line so we'll have that to look forward to at some point as well.
After some 20 years of Mattel doing Disney Princess figures and dolls it looks like things are changing. Hasbro has announced that Disney has pulled the Princess license away from Mattel (the current number two toy maker in t...