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7:00 AM on 03.26.2015

Hasbro adds Brake-Neck and Quickslinger to Combiner Wars

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...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

8:00 AM on 03.18.2015

Hasbro goes large with oversized simplified Transformers

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...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Two original TFs get WTF repaints from Hasbro photo
Two original TFs get WTF repaints from Hasbro
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

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 good because Takara used them back in 2004 and 2005 for their Transformers Collection line of reissues. Hasbro has since released reissues of Astrotrain in 2005 and 2012, but in the original Japanese market black and white figure colors, not the gray and purple cartoon colors (or even Hasbro's original white and purple) like fans have always wanted and Japan eventually got. Hasbro never got around to reissuing Blitzwing making his only release the original 1985 release.

So when rumor first went around of a Blitzwing and Astrotrain reissue coming as a Platinum Edition box set surely we were getting the pair the way fans have always wanted them, right?

Nope.

Instead we're getting garish new colors like something straight out of Generation 2. It's hard to explain how Hasbro came up with these colors when recent box sets featuring the original Insecticons and the Seeker Jet 'coneheads' have been pretty true to the originals. Astrotrain is now in a strange white, orange, and purple color scheme while Blitzwing is red, beige, and purple. One theory is that Astrotrain is inexplicably in the colors of Robots in Disguise 2000 character Movor and Blitzwing is based on G1 Duocon character Flywheels. The colors are close, but they're also off enough that it could just be a coincidence.

Apparently these guys will be showing up at Toys R Us eventually. Unfortunately with this it brings into question what type of release the previously announced reissues of Trypticon, Blaster, and Perceptor will get. Time will tell.

[via Seibertron, Nilo Tozzo & Cia Ltda]

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11:00 AM on 03.15.2015

Star Wars fan takes speeder bike to new heights

A Star Wars fan named Adam Woodsworth has taken the Speeder Bike sequence from Return of the Jedi and brought it to life! Combining a Power of the Force Speeder bike from Hasbro and some quadcopter technology, Adam created a...

Soul Tsukino


1:00 AM on 02.18.2015

Toy Fair 2015: Transformers: Robots in Disguise

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...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

8:00 AM on 02.17.2015

Toy Fair 2015: Transformers Generations

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 ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

7:00 AM on 02.15.2015

Toy Fair 2015: Hasbro gives us a look to the future

To coincide with its appearance at the 2015 New York Toy Fair, Hasbro was nice enough to show some pictures on its official news Twitter. It is giving us who aren't fortunate enough to be there a look into its plans for the n...

Soul Tsukino

4:00 AM on 02.14.2015

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

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...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

8:30 PM on 01.20.2015

Hong Kong event might confirm several Transformers rumors

Normally I'm hesitant to report on rumors when there's no concrete evidence, but lately some lingering rumors appear to be gaining legs. That includes the rumors of new Masterpiece figures from Takara Tomy and some really une...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

8:00 PM on 01.15.2015

Next Transformers Fan Built poll goes big with Combiner Wars

For the 2014 30th anniversary of the Transformers franchise Hasbro gave fans a first time chance to give collective input on a new character through the Fan Built Bot Poll. In a few rounds fans answered some kinda v...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



The bad bots shine at BotCon 2015 with Cybertron's Most Wanted photo
The bad bots shine at BotCon 2015 with Cybertron's Most Wanted
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

It's almost here! OK, no it isn't, it's actually around half a year away, but that's not stopping BotCon from spending New Year's Eve getting fans revved up for 2015! For Cybertron's Most Wanted expect to see a lot of parallels with Marvel's hit Guardians of the Galaxy movie. The story will feature a ragtag group of Transformers misfits saving Cybertron from an "extra-dimensional" threat. Sounds familiar, right? 

Here's how BotCon puts it:

The thief.
The muscle.
The loose canon.
The bounty hunter.
The boss.

They're criminals.
Nefarious outlaws.
Hunted fugitives.
And the planet's only hope.

In the city of Axiom Nexus, in a Universe where Autobots and Decepticons from across the Multiverse coexist peacefully, a group of renegades operate off the grid, using deception, scheming, and a hint of thievery to both survive and to further their own ambitions. However after the Transtech, the guardians of Axiom Nexus, are unable to stop an extra-dimensional threat, these outlaws will soon find themselves as Cybertron's last best hope for survival!

Yep, that's pretty much GotG. Should be interesting to see what characters they use as analogs for the movie. Being Axiom Nexus they'll be able to source their figures from any Transformers toy line of the past to make a cohesive set. One popular theory is "me Grimlock" for "I am Groot", perhaps the Animated figure? There's really an endless number of choices they could go with for any member. 

BotCon is expected to deliver another update, a preview of the comic, soon. Until then see if you can come up with who represents who in this series. BotCon 2015 will run from June 18 to 21 in Chicago/St. Charles, Illinois. 

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Tomopop Original: It's ALIVE! A look at FrankenJoes photo
Tomopop Original: It's ALIVE! A look at FrankenJoes
by Soul Tsukino

I love G.I. Joe figures. I have since I was 7 years old. I got into them largely when Masters of the Universe ended. I watched the cartoon almost everyday and grew up on these figures, so I never developed much of a fandom for the older G.I. Joe of the '60s and '70s, nor was I ever into any of the redesigns and overhauls over the years (Sgt. Savage, Extreme). I specifically look for the figures that were released between 1982 to 1994 (and the few re-releases since 1998). 

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