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2:00 AM on 08.30.2014

Takara Tomy compares new and old with MP Star Saber

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)...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker


6:00 PM on 08.27.2014

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

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 ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

8:00 PM on 08.21.2014

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

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. ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



The Sega fan in me is loving these new images of Mega Drive Megatron photo
The Sega fan in me is loving these new images of Mega Drive Megatron
by Natalie Kipper

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 mentioned, the transforming blast-from-the-console-past will cost ¥10,000 and ship this September. But thanks to the site's update, we now have even more information! The Mega Drive Megatron will have a removable miniature cartridge of Sonic the Hedgehog in its slot. How is that for a big dose of nostalgia? The cartridge's label looks absolutely perfect, too. In fact, the whole darn robot looks magnificent.

Share in our excitement with these new photos in the gallery!

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TFCC adds Nova Prime and Marissa Faireborn/Afterburner to 2015 club store photo
TFCC adds Nova Prime and Marissa Faireborn/Afterburner to 2015 club store
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

The official Transformers Collectors' Club has announced two new figures that will be in the club store in 2015. The first is Nova Prime, a repaint of the remolded Lio Convoy that will be given to active club members next year. Nova Prime is one of the Primes that came before Optimus Prime and would eventually fall from grace to become the evil Nemesis Prime. TFCC released a Nemesis Prime in their first Subscription service (in the style of Robots in Disguise's Scourge) so this will be a fitting companion figure. It is a little unfortunate, however, that they're using the same mold as two TFCC exclusives at the same time rather than saving one for BotCon like they did with the 2014 Rampage (TFCC) and Shokaract (BotCon). Think I would have rather seen Generations Dreadwing repainted into Beast Wars II's BB to go with the Lio Convoy theme, but whatever, it's a nice looking figure. 

Second store exclusive is a surprise G.I. Joe/Transformers crossover set featuring Earth Defense Command's Marissa Faireborn and Autobot Technobot Afterburner. Marissa made regular cameos in the later G1 Transformers cartoon episodes and hardcore fans might recall that she is the daughter of none other than G.I Joes Flint and Lady Jaye making this an all the more fitting figure. The figure was mashed together from parts from various Scarlet, Cover Girl, and Baroness figures to make a for a convincing likeness. She comes with jet pack and null-ray as a call back to the episode Five Faces of Darkness. She's partnered with a non-transforming Afterburner motorcycle repainted from a Cobra Wheel Blaster Bike meant to represent her teaming up with the Technobots in the episode Money is Everything. Considering the nature of the figure I'm curious to see if this will also be made available in the G.I. Joe Collectors' Club store as well. 

Not bad as TFCC exclusives go, but not exactly exciting either. I like the idea of Marissa as a club exclusive, but I wish she came with a transforming partner. Still, TFCC doesn't give us multiple store exclusives that often anymore so the extra effort is appreciated. Keep in mind that all of these images are digitally painted so the final product will likely vary. 

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8:00 PM on 08.13.2014

Transformers Expo 2014 reveals MP Star Saber in color

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...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

10:00 PM on 08.09.2014

PlayStation Optimus Prime makes first colored appearance

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. ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



TFCC announces Lio Convoy for 2015 membership incentive figure photo
TFCC announces Lio Convoy for 2015 membership incentive figure
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

The Official Transformers Collectors Club has announced their 2015 membership incentive figure. They're adding to their tradition of giving Beast Wars characters new Cybertronian vehicle modes with a new figure of Lio Convoy based on the Transformers Generations Orion Pax figure. If you know your TF history then you know Orion Pax would later become the Autobot leader Optimus Prime so it's a bit appropriate that the Pax figure would be used to make another leader. Lio Convoy is the leader of the Maximals in the Japanese series Beast Wars II

It's interesting that they chose to use the Japanese name Lio Convoy when Hasbro tends to prefer to retcon him as Leo Prime and has released a few figures under that name. It's pretty good representation of the figure, helped largely by the new head sculpt. He'll go well with the previous two incentive figures Rampage and Deapthcharge as well as the figures from the Dawn of Future's Past series that began with BotCon 2006. 

I'll be looking forward to this one. They haven't released a lot of details, but typically the membership period to receive new incentives end in March with the figure being released around June. 

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Matty Collector's post-SDCC sale starts on 8/4 photo
Matty Collector's post-SDCC sale starts on 8/4
by Scarecroodle

Matty Collector's post-SDCC sale starts at noon EST on August 4th and includes, but is not limited to, the DCU containment suit Doomsday.

Other non-DCU containment suit Doomsday SDCC items up for sale include the Monster High Manny Taur and Iris Clops 2-pack, the MotUC Hordak with Imp (but not the Imp as a treasure chest, which was SDCC-only), the Total Heroes Cyborg, the Arkham Knight Batmobile, and "Turbo Charged" Max Steel.

As such, this is a great opportunity to pick up a containment suit Doomsday if you weren't able to make it to SDCC along with, well, some other stuff like that neat-looking Manny Taur.

[ Order at Matty Collector ]

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SDCC 2014: Diamond Select Toys 'The Best of All Worlds' Panel photo
SDCC 2014: Diamond Select Toys 'The Best of All Worlds' Panel
by Scarecroodle

Diamond Select Toys' action-packed SDCC included its "Best of All Worlds" Panel, which featured a look at DST's non-Minimates offerings. Some of the slides covered items revealed at the show like the Marvel Select Carnage (booth photos in gallery), MS Cable, and MLP:FIM Rarity vinyl bank as well as upcoming items like the 1966 Batman tv series unmasked Catwoman and Penguin resin busts.

Information from the panel apparently includes the news that Toys "R" Us will be carrying an exclusive color edition of 6-inch Select Sin City figures (see gallery) and that Alien-licensed bank busts will released this Fall along with an Alien Pulse Rifle bottle opener. Additionally, the B-9 Robot will apparently be getting his own bottle opener (albeit it's nowhere near as cool as the Mecha Godzilla bottle opener).

While I'm happy that DST is continuing its Batman tv series of resin and vinyl bank busts, I somehow keep missing announcements. For instance, I was surprised to see a photo of a masked Catwoman bank bust from the booth appear on other websites; in fact, every time I blink I imagine that DST may use the opportunity to sneak a new one by me. That aside, it's great to see that a Burgess Meredith Penguin resin bust is on the way.

Otherwise, the Marvel Select Carnage has allegedly been mentioned as including as many alternate parts as the acclaimed MS Venom, although those parts have yet to be revealed.

Be sure to check out the gallery for a few highlights and a look at the MS Carnage (along with Cable) at the booth.

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2:00 AM on 07.28.2014

SDCC 2014: Four Horsemen

Four Horsemen had a great selection at SDCC. After their successful Kickstarter, their Gothitropolis Raven line was out in full force. There was a mix of prototypes and final versions of all their bird figures. They also ha...

Vanessa Cubillo



10:50 PM on 07.26.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Nendoroid Batman, figma Leonidas and more

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer is here and Good Smile Company hit the ground running. We've got our first good look at the Nendoroid Batman that they hinted at and it looks quite good. Looks like he'll come with a Bat Signa...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker