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8:00 PM on 11.24.2014

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

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...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker


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9:00 PM on 11.16.2014

Hasbro shows off Transformers: Combiner Wars figures in package

We're getting a little closer to the launch of the 2015 Transformers: Combiner Wars line with the first look at the finished figures in an all-new package style. These photos are of the international packaging and are a littl...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Transformers New Years Optimus Prime and Soundwave really get my goat photo
Transformers New Years Optimus Prime and Soundwave really get my goat
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Another new year fast approaches and Hasbro is preparing their latest set of exclusive Transformers designed to represent the animals of the Chinese zodiac. 2015 marks the year of the goat and they're doing something a little different this year, going with a transparent and metallic color scheme. I'm no fan of translucent plastic and gold plastic tends to become very brittle over time so I'm not all that excited about these releases, but at least they picked some great figure molds to use. 

First up is the surprising return of the G2 Laser Optimus Prime. The last time we saw this mold in North America it was repurposed as Scourge for the Robots in Disguise cartoon in 2000. Nothing has changed in the mold, but now comes in translucent, gold, silver, and black. Oddly enough he's lacking all of the stickers and paint that would have been on the previous uses of the mold except for his head which has a silver mouth plate and yellow eyes. His fuel tanker trailer still has a chrome tank, but in battle station mode they've made some of his parts inexplicably pink and light blue.

Second is as similarly colored version of Masterpiece Soundwave. He doesn't have quite as many colors as Optimus has, almost entirely made from clear and copper plastic save for a section of light gray plastic. Would have been better if they had used Prime's silver and some black to break things up. Only spot on his head with color is his red eye visor, opting to not paint his mouth plate like Optimus. What he does have going for him is that being a Hasbro release he does come with five tapes (Laserbeak, Buzzsaw, Ravage, Rumble, and Frenzy) in translucent plastic and all of his weapons including a mini brass and silver Megatron gun. 

Both of these figures use good molds, but my dislike for the clear plastic kills my interest entirely. Had they replaced the clear parts with the proper respective red or blue opaque plastic, similar to the 2014 Optimus Prime, I would definitely want these. They've also once again missed a chance at using a Beast Wars mold, this time they could have used Ramulus. Either way, expect these to hit Toys R Us and Big Bad Toy Store by the end of this year.

On the plus side, the package art is pretty epic!

[via CYBERGEEKS Alliance (Optimus Prime, Soundwave)]

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Transformers Asia gets MP Skywarp and HA Barricade/Soundwave set photo
Transformers Asia gets MP Skywarp and HA Barricade/Soundwave set
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

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 released by Takara Tomy as MP-06 in 2007 and a Walmart exclusive from Hasbro in 2008, but this is the first time he's been released using the revised MP-11 Starscream mold. In fact he's only Takara Tomy's third figure to use the mold, the other being MP-11S Sunstorm, while Hasbro has used the mold three times to make the Toys R Us exclusive Thundercracker, Acid Storm, and Sunstorm once again. The figure looks great, very cartoon accurate and I'm actually glad Takara Tomy left out the coronation cape and crown on this release. If this wasn't an Asia release (and I didn't already have MP-06) I might want one, but not for the US$199.99 that some stores like Big Bad Toy Store and TFSource are asking.

But that's not all, Transformers Asia also has something big in store for movie fans. They'll be offering a special Human Alliance two pack featuring Barricade and the Dark of the Moon Soundwave figure that was never released in the US. As part of the HA series Barricade will also come with a mini Frenzy as he did in the original movie while Soundwave comes with little Laserbeak and Mr. Gould figures. Pretty fitting set considering Barricade was basically the prototype Soundwave character in the first movie while both off them have the distinction of getting their butts handed to them by Bumblebee. By the looks of it these are identical to their individual releases which can be a hassle to find now, especially Soundwave. At the US$144.99 that BBTS and TFSource are asking for them, working out to about US$72.50 each, they're a great deal when compared to most ebay auctions asking upwards of US$200 for Soundwave alone.

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1:00 AM on 10.24.2014

Masterpiece Prowl and Wheeljack get an official decal upgrade kit

Here's something we don't see too often. Looks like Hasbro is letting sticker company Ocean Designs produce an officially licensed set of decals for Masterpiece Prowl and Wheeljack. It's exceedingly rare for Hasbro to agree t...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

12:00 AM on 10.24.2014

Asia exclusive MP Megatron to be a gold redeco

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...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Tomopop Review: Transformers Generations Rattrap photo
Tomopop Review: Transformers Generations Rattrap
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

One day Hasbro came along and announced a new Rattrap figure for Transformers Generations to everyone's surprise. I mean, yeah, we wanted one, badly, but Hasbro isn't exactly known for always making the figures fans want and at the proper scale (see: Universe Galvatron; Powerglide; Generations Tankor), but they know how to make a hit. They pulled out all of the stops making Rattrap, but did they make a perfect figure?

Eh, they might have made a few bad calls. Follow me after the jump to see what went very right and what went kinda wrong. 

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1:00 AM on 10.16.2014

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

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...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



TF Masterpiece MP-05 Megatron to get a new exclusive release photo
TF Masterpiece MP-05 Megatron to get a new exclusive release
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

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 certainly isn't a North American release it's hard to guess what store or event it is being produced for. It also wouldn't surprise me if it turned out to not be a Japanese release at all, but yet another "Asia Exclusive" like the upcoming Masterpiece Optimus Prime reissue instead. Others think this might be one final run for the mold similar to the final use of the original Masterpiece Optimus Prime mold MP-01L which had the word "Last Shot" molded into his back and perhaps signals an all new Megatron in the modern scale on the horizon. 

Whatever the case we don't get a very clear idea of what this will look like and the photos where in black and white. We know it'll have chromed parts, but it also is listed as a "Destron leader repaint". Destrons are the Japanese equivalent to Decepticons so that's not a lot to go on. However, when the original G1 figure was first released to Japan around 1985 one of the biggest changes to the figure (aside from removing the chrome) was using blue where the American figure used red. I wouldn't at all be surprised if this new figure featured blue parts instead of the red of the original Masterpiece. 

BBTS has the figure listed at US$199.99 and a December release, same month as Ultra Magnus gets released which gives more credit to the theory of this being an exclusive to Asia. And let's face it, for most people this is the absolutely worst TF MP figure there is with lots of floppy joints, skinny legs, and overall poor design. Hopefully we'll get a proper new MP Megatron in the coming years, but for now it looks like Starscream is still leading the Decepticons.

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4:30 AM on 10.09.2014

NYCC 2014: More new Transformers from Hasbro

New York Comic Con, the first major convention of the fall, kicked off with Hasbro showing off a number of new figures spanning multiple Transformers lines. We've got official images for new figures from Generations, new anim...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Pre-orders open for Playstation Optimus, no tv connections required photo
Pre-orders open for Playstation Optimus, no tv connections required
by Scarecroodle

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.

While I'm not sure that I necessarily like Optimus more than the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis) Megatron, I find the design quite a bit more impressive the more we see of it. Like many of my colleagues, I also would have preferred that Optimus Prime's alt mode be a Super Nintendo (thus evoking the 16-bit console wars) although I suppose a SNES might work nicer with Soundwave from a logistical standpoint as Laserbeak, Rampage, and so forth could be used as cartridges.

At a ¥10,000 list price, I doubt that I'll bother picking up the Playstation Optimus Prime but I imagine that more eager (and less frugal) fans may jump on these pre-orders

[ Pre-order Playstation Optimus at HobbyLink Japan | AmiAmi ]

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9:00 PM on 09.30.2014

TF4 home video special features reveals new Grimlock figure

Ever watch a video of a figure developer's workshop and stare madly at their work environment trying to find traces of something that hadn't been seen before? Well, fans picking up Transformers: Age of Extinction didn't have ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker