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 l...
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 planned for Transformers Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime.
Numerous changes and adjustments are being planned to make a better bot and it's a pretty lengthy list of adjustments.
adjust eye opacity
fix rubbing from the chest screws
fix loose fuel tanks
fix index fingers falling off
realign the chest doors
make the Matrix door easier to open
fix the way the legs close
fix rubbing from the windshield wipers
prevent stress marks on the legs
remove the black hole behind the translucent yellow on his pelvis
prevent sprue marks
They're planning a very no-thrills release of the figure with no box (likely just a cardboard mailer box), no trailer, and just his gun, ax, and Matrix for accessories. He'll be in Japanese colors (photos are of an early prototype) and is expected to be released in December, but nobody seems to know where to order or what the price will be.
I'm not really crazy over knockoffs being done in this manner, but it is interesting that someone found so many flaws in the original that they felt the need to release their own.
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...
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?
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...
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.
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.
Earlier in the month retailer eToysJapan posted a pictureless listing for what they called "G26 Optimus EX Prime" with a release for sometime in January 2014. They described it as a triple-changing figure with both train...
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.
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.