HasbroToyShop.com currently has the Marvel Universe Omega Red (as seen at SDCC!) listed on the website. The only problem? It's out of stock.
Marvel Universe wave 24 released at the end of October and included Omega Red, Black...
You may remember back in August Toys R Us Canada leaked listings for Chinese New Year editions of Optimus Prime and Starscream. The original listings didn't give pictures, but after a few months we've got our first official looks at both figures. Chinese store TMall has a new listing for both figures complete with pictures.
Platinum Edition Year of the Horse Optimus Prime is based on the smaller Masterpiece MP-10 figure. Early reports said he'd be made with gold colored chrome which I wasn't too thrilled with the idea of, but I actually like the way this one turned out. Rather than just swapping silver for gold he now has darker shades of red and black, and ample amounts of black on his joints and sides. It's a nice look. But the biggest change of all is his entirely clear trailer with some translucent blue for good measure.
As I expected the other figure is based on Transformers: Cybertron Supreme Starscream. This time around Screamer is done up entirely in G1 colors. Almost makes him look like the Fall of Cybertron figure. Even though all of the pictures are in Chinese these figures will certainly sell in other places through Hasbro like Amazon, Toys R Us, Big Bad Toy Store like in past year. Kinda want that Prime more every time I see him.
[UPDATE: ML Jean Grey is back in stock but SW Black Series Boba Fett is out again. The rest of the 6-inch Star Wars Black stuff seems to be in although they may not appear in some search results]
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I'll come right out and say that I don't get paying so much for shoes. Then again, my point is moot as I pay stupid amounts of money for toys. In any case, the two are coming together in a way that I wouldn't expect. Nike has...
Big Bad Toy Store has a hard-earned reputation for being quick to list pre-orders and pull together content (such as photos) for listings earlier than many of its competitors. However, in a rare moment, BBTS has released a st...
The former NASA scientist who invented the Super Soaker and Nerf toy lines scored what may be described as an astronomical payday following a lawsuit with Hasbro over the Nerf toy line, reportedly forcing the popular toymaker...
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.
Hasbro has sent over some additional images for the third wave of its 6-inch Star Wars Black series. These photos include packaging shots for three of the figures in the series.
While I'm a little confused as to the line-up a...
You might remember back in July Harmony Gold field a lawsuit against Hasbro over their SDCC 2013 exclusive G.I. Joe and the Transformers: The Epic Conclusion figure set which, among other things, includes a repainted/remolded Joe Skystriker made to look like the jet mode of TF character Jetfire. Well good news, Generals Joes is reporting that the lawsuit has been dismissed outside of court! It's believed that a settlement was reached between the two companies, though exactly what has taken place is unknown and probably never will be.
One thing is for certain, Harmony Gold made several demands of the court including the surrendering of profits and unsold figure sets, and a fine large enough to punish and make an example out of Hasbro. However, the figure set is now up for sale at HasbroToyShop.com so it's unlikely the settlement had any effect on Hasbro. It also appears that each company will be paying their own legal fees so that certainly wasn't a factor either.
Who knows, maybe they decided it would be more beneficial to work together? I know I could go for a Jetfire reissue.
Dungeons & Dragons first went into production under TSR in the ancient days of 1974. Over the years it has spawned tabletop games, video games, toys, and even a Saturday morning cartoon among various other things including spin-offs. D&D has long been a fantasy staple and has inspired much of the fantasy entertainment to come since. In 1997 TSR was purchased by Wizards of the Coast (of Magic: The Gathering fame), which in turn was purchased by Hasbro in 1999. This put Hasbro in ownership of not just the D&D franchise, but everything that has come from it including an enormous cast of characters. It seemed like the most obvious thing for the toy company to do would be to make toys. After 14 years they're finally making good on that expectation.
But is this really what we've been waiting all these years for? Hasbro is continuing to push their Kre-O line of construction blocks, now having added Dungeons & Dragons to their lineup. When the news first broke it was very exciting considering how much untapped potential there is for a block series based on the franchise. Unfortunately just about everything shown in these photos is nothing but generic. All of the building sets feature generic building parts with generic orcs fighting generic humans using generic artillery. This might as well be a Lord of the Rings set, it's nothing more than generic medieval fantasy.
Here is what they should have done: With the other Kre-O sets out there they'll include at least one recognizable character with a few generic ones and the playsets are usually a little more recognizable and have more variety. Instead of nothing but stonework wall and gates they should have mixed in some dungeon and cave settings. Instead of nothing but orcs they could have added things like spiders, trolls, goblins, wolves, and giants. Instead of just humans they should have included elves, dwarves, and the like. Plus replace at least one figure in the set with someone recognizable. Hasbro's press release does mention Drizzt and Wulfgar from Forgotten Realms so maybe they do have bigger plans, but they're nowhere to be seen right now.
And come on, when you think of Dungeons & Dragons one of the first things that should come to anyone's mind is the dragons! It would be such an easy thing for them to do seeing as how they've already set a precedence by having a Kre-O dragon in the Transformers Beast Hunters Kre-O set, though they wouldn't actually be able to share parts. It's just a little ironic that the Transformers line has dragons, but the D&D line doesn't.
The potential here is endless and it seems like one of the greatest ways to get a new generation into a massive franchise celebrating its 40th anniversary. Maybe it's best to start generic before moving deeper in, but it seems like this method would just as easily alienate current fans. These wont be released until sometime in 2014 so maybe they'll have something better for us to see soon.
Here we go again. Hasbro is on another mission to make the perfect Transformers construction set. Throughout the franchise's history there have been multiple attempts based around building blocks such as the 2003 Built to Rule line which failed in a year, or the most recent try with Kre-O, which couldn't truly transform, and their Kreon mini figures have proven much more popular. Hasbro is wasting little time moving to their next construction set, selling the new Construct-Bots line as a series of customizable action figures that really transform rather than anything resembling building blocks.
But are they any good? Kinda-maybe, it really depends on what you're expecting to get out of them. Just don't expect much in the way of transformation variety. Follow me after the jump as we explore the ins and outs of one of the latest Transformers series to hit store shelves.