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Red Bumblebee photo
Red Bumblebee

Not Cliffjumper, but red Bumblebee next Transformers Masterpiece


So close yet so far away
Aug 21
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Looks like we'll have to keep waiting for that elusive Masterpiece Cliffjumper figure. To tide us over (perhaps forever?) we're getting a red Bumblebee for now. MP21R Bumblebee Red Mode is inspired by the very early days...
Transformers stuff photo
Transformers stuff

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Transformers


Yes, that's exactly what it looks like
Jul 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Once again a multiple companies were showing off a very wide and eclectic variety of Transformers figures. But nothing was more unusual than Takara Tomy's latest addition to the Q Transformers line: Evangelion. Having already...
Tokyo Toy Show 2015 photo
Combaticons get upgraded articulation
Transformers fans were given a lot to be excited about at Tokyo Toy Show 2015 this past week. Takara Tomy had done some small reveals, like letting us see a finished look at their take on the Protectobots and their three evil...

Transformers Legends photo
Your move, Hasbro
[Update: The three were shown at Tokyo Toy Show 2015 earlier this week fully painted. They were only shown in bot mode and pics can be found in the gallery. Plus pre-orders are still available in a number of places. (via Daim...


Top sales 5/25 to 5/31 photo
Top sales 5/25 to 5/31

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 5/25 to 5/31


So this is what variety looks like
Jun 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Hey, this is actually a really cool mix for this sales period. Sure, we've got the usual mix of Yo-Kai Watch, Super Sentai, and Gundam, but we've also got a Transformer, a second week of Hatsune Miku, another Kamen Rider, and...
Masterpiece Road Rage photo
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...

Top sales 3/16 to 3/22 photo
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
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
  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 ...
Transformers Masterpiece photo
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...

Masterpiece Tracks photo
Masterpiece Tracks

Masterpiece Tracks gets better pictures, price, and date


It's going to be a long six month wait.
Mar 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
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 ...
Masterpiece Tracks photo
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...

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The next Transformers Masterpiece breaks cover on this months Magazine scans!


Confirm or deny?
Feb 21
// Chris Seto
Last month, our own Jeremy posted some interesting rumours about the next masterpiece transformers releases. Well, consider one of those rumours confirmed! MP-25 Tracks is on his way! Unfortunately, that's pretty much all we ...
Transformers photo
Transformers

Takara Tomy adds Aerialbots, obscure repaints to Japanese Transformers lines


Robots in Disguise character repainted into another RID character is more unusual than it sounds.
Jan 25
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Recently Takara Tomy teased an image of Superion's silhouette announcing their plans for Hasbro's Transformers Generations: Combiner Wars figures. This past week they released images of the Aerialbots including Slingshot...
Transformers photo
Transformers

Hong Kong event might confirm several Transformers rumors


Hasbro and Takara Tomy may have interesting things planned for 2015
Jan 20
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
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...
Transformers Masterpiece photo
Transformers Masterpiece

[Update] TaoBao puts the Transformers Masterpiece rumor mill into overtime


Site lists Tracks, Road Rage, and Ironhide listed
Jan 20
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
[Update: Seibertron is reporting that a rumor going around UK Toy Fair right now is that Takara Tomy is also planning to release Masterpiece versions of tank Megatron (not the Combiner Wars version), Ratchet (of course), Shoc...
3A Bumblebee photo
3A Bumblebee

3A's offhanded comment takes shape with movie Bumblebee figure


Just don't expect him to transform, or be cheap
Dec 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It's been nearly a year ago since back in January 3A made an offhanded comment about having the Transformers license despite no formal announcement. Looks like that comment is finally bearing fruit as they finally reveal a Bu...

Mega Drive Megatron gets a Genesis makeover

Dec 08 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Mega Drive Megatron photo
And a gold one, too
Everyone's favorite video game-console-turned-killer-robot Mega Drive Megatron from Takara Tomy is getting a limited makeover. Soon Megatron will be getting redesigned as a Sega Genesis and come complete with a matching mini ...

Transforemrs Exhaust photo
Transforemrs Exhaust

Phillip Morris snuffs out sales of MP-23 Exhaust in the US


Marlboro cigarette-paterned Transformers will have to stay in Japan
Nov 24
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
There's been a bump in the road for American Transformers fans hoping to get their hands on Takara Tomy's MP-23 Exhaust figure. The Japanese figure intended for the Japanese market is patterned off of a real-life Lancia Serie...
Transformers Asia photo
First time Skywarp has been seen in the new jet mold
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 relea...

MP-5G Megatron photo
MP-5G Megatron

Asia exclusive MP Megatron to be a gold redeco


The man that turns into the golden gun
Oct 24
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
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...
TF4 Optimus Prime photo
TF4 Optimus Prime

AD-31 Optimus Prime is the figure we should have started with


Still a shellformer, but at least it's a pretty one
Oct 16
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
At this point Transformers fans have come to learn one constant when it comes movie figures: never by the launch releases. I mean, we buy them anyway, we can't help ourselves, but we do so knowing that at some point an even b...
MP-05 Megatron photo
But why?
Big Bad Toy Store is reporting that a new release of Transformers MP-05 Megatron is on the way. They're listing it as a 30th Anniversary exclusive, but stop short of saying where exactly it's intended to be sold. While it cer...

Transformers photo
The original title? Hook yourself up with a Playstation Optimus, which would have referred to connecting a system to a tv rather than connecting yourself to... well, let's just say the meaning of hook up has changed over the years
Takara Tomy's hotly anticipated Playstation Optimus Prime is now available for pre-order. The Autobot leader looks even better than the first color images had suggested and even features painted connection ports on his back. ...

D-Style Megatron photo
D-Style Megatron

Kotobukiya pulls the trigger on D-Style Megatron


Built for destruction
Sep 26
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
[Added a second, clearer image from AmiAmi to the gallery] No real surprise that Kotobukiya wouldn't be able to stop at just one. Over at the All Japan Model Hobby Show 2014 they've revealed the follow up to their previously ...
Masterpiece Star Saber photo
Masterpiece Star Saber

Takara Tomy reveals hidden secret in MP Star Saber's Shield


Not bad for only being used in one episode
Sep 16
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Just when you think there's nothing left to say about Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber, Takara Tomy gives us something new. We've known for a while that Star Saber would come with a shield as it showed up in a few scans an...
Transformers Masterpiece photo
Transformers Masterpiece

Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber and Exhaust get full color galleries


Plus some stiff pre-order competition
Sep 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
I hope you aren't tired of listening to me ramble on about how amazing these figures are because I'm sure not tired of doing it. Thanks to a combination of official galleries and photos from Takara Tomy designer TFYuki on Twi...
MP Star Saber photo
MP Star Saber

MP Star Saber gets a surprisingly low price and distant release date


Plus more comparison shots with the G1 figure
Sep 02
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It took long enough, but Takara Tomy has finally given us all of the details we've been begging for over the last few months. Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber has finally been officially designated number MP-24 in the line...
MP Exhaust photo
MP Exhaust

Transformers Masterpiece 23 announced as Decepticon Exhaust


Wheeljack gets an evil remold
Sep 02
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
When Takara Tomy or Hasbro come out with a new Transformers figure one of the first things they do in development is figure out how to make the most out of the figure's sculpt. For the more expensive to make Masterpiece figur...
MP Star Saber photo
MP Star Saber

Takara Tomy compares new and old with MP Star Saber


Fun with scale!
Aug 30
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Thanks to Takara Tomy's attempt at being screen accurate with their upcoming Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber we're seeing them take an interesting slant on bot mode scale. Starting with the Brain of Courage (the tiny bot)...
MP Star Saber photo
MP Star Saber

Magazine scans show off all of MP Star Saber's features


One of the biggest robot releases for 2015
Aug 27
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Once again we get another month of scans featuring the incredible looking Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber. The Dengeki Hobby scans from TAG give us our best look yet at all of the little features that have made their way ...
Transformers Go! photo
Transformers Go!

Mag scans show off Kabaya Transformers Go! Samurai Team candy toys


They actually look better than the full size figures
Aug 21
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It's been a while since Transformers Go! ended, both the figure line and the anime series, so everyone is a little surprise to see that Kabaya is planning a series of candy toys based on the toy line's Swordbot Samurai team. ...
Mega Drive Megatron photo
Transformers fans, get pumped!
With the new images from Takara Tomy's site, we get another chance to "ooh" and "aah" over Sentinel's Mega Drive Megatron. Andres posted the pre-order information last May and I totally share in his excitement. As previously ...

Transformers Expo photo
Transformers Expo

Transformers Expo 2014 reveals MP Star Saber in color


Plus a bunch of rare prototypes from the Takara archive
Aug 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Last Weekend in Japan was Transformers Expo, more or less the equivalent to BotCon in the US. They were a little light on the announcements this year, not giving away any real plans for upcoming figures past what's been previ...
PlayStation Optimus Prime photo
PlayStation Optimus Prime

PlayStation Optimus Prime makes first colored appearance


Looking good!
Aug 09
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
At the recent corporate UDX conference in Akihabara where many new hobby goods for 2014 were displayed for people within the industry, Takara Tomy was showing off a relatively finished looking Sony PlayStation Optimus prime. ...
Playstation Optimus Prime photo
Playstation Optimus Prime

U R NOT (red e) for transforming PlayStation Optimus Prime


I can't be the only one that remembers Sony's old PSX slogan
Jul 26
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
First Takara Tomy surprised everyone by partnering with Sega to make Megatron into a transforming Mega Drive (Genesis) and now they're doing it again with Sony. Just revealed are plans to add Optimus Prime as the second proje...
Dual Model Optimus Prime photo
Dual Model Optimus Prime

TF4 Optimus Prime finally gets ideal movie likeness with new model


Well, in bot mode anyway
Jul 17
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Back in 2011 Takara Tomy introduced us to the first Dual Model Kit, a kit of Optimus Prime as he appeared in Transfomers: Dark of the Moon. It was a very impressive kit featuring a fully articulated, pre-built and pre-painted...
Transformers G1 photo
Transformers G1

Mysterious Japanese Optimus Prime appears online


Is it an action figure? Is it a statue? Can it transform?
Jul 16
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Best part about being a fan even in this day and age is that there are still surprises and mysteries that are hard to explain on their own. Over on Transformers Facebook fan site Planet Iacon they've found themselves wit...
Be@rbrick Transformers photo
Changes from Optimus Prime bear to Optimus Prime robot, and back!
[Update: AmiAmi has an early listing for the impending pre-order for Optimus Prime and Megatron. They're 145 mm or 5.7 inches tall, which isn't bad, but they're breaking the bank at a suggested price of ¥5,184 each. ...

Transformers Masterpiece photo
Get a good look at one big bot and one little bot
New images of Transformers Masterpiece Ultra Magnus and Bumblebee found their way onto Amazon Japan giving us our biggest and best looks at the two newest MP figures yet. I've already spoken quite a bit about Bumblebee so the...

Star Wars photo
Star Wars

Star Wars finally to be mass merchandised by mass manufacturers


Not just a select few anymore
Jun 13
// Andres Cerrato
If a catalog coming out of the International Tokyo Toy Fair is to be believed, there is going to be a lot of people involved in Star Wars over the next few years. Bandai has already revealed their hand partially with S.H. Fig...
Optimus Prime photo
Optimus Prime

Who needs a sports car when you can have a US$30,000 Optimus Prime statue?


Does it qualify for a new car loan?
Jun 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
And here I thought it was ridiculous when Prime 1 Studio was asking some US$2,300 for a three-foot tall movie Optimus Prime statue. If I only knew.  Takara Tomy has revealed this enormous statue of Optimus Prime that can...

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