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...
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...
Is there such a thing as being too early to start taking pre-orders for a movie release? It always seemed like there used to be a cool down period between leaving theaters and when these things got announced. I guess in our e...
How's this for timing? Only a few weeks ago Adult Swim's Toonami aired the episodes of One Piece where Luffy gets wedged between two buildings and Zoro gets stuck upside down inside a chimney. And then Bandai goes and reveals...
You might remember back in April Transformers fans finding Masterpiece Prowl listed in Toys R Us computers, including computers in the UK complete with price. Well bad news came this week as Hasbro has officially canceled the...
If you haven't heard yet, Disney's next big CG movie will also be their first major Marvel animated movie, Big Hero 6. It's the story of a ragtag group of would-be heroes gathered together by the Japanese government to do th...
The end of BotCon 2014 came with the Transformers Collectors' Club and BotCon heads revealing the Transformers Collectors Club 3.0 offerings for 2015. I have to say, I've seen some obscure references translated into figures by this crew and really dug deep for this one. So deep that two of the figures were nothing more than Hasbro test prototypes that have never been released as figures or used in fiction before.
Zap with G.B. Blackrock - Zap uses the Generations Bumblebee mold and is based on an unused Carzap figure that would have been part of Takara's unreleased Block Town building block series. Blackrock is a reoccurring Marvel Transformers comic character that is getting his first figure ever as a Kre-O Kreon. Seeing the block theme here?
G2 Starscream - Classics Starscream in G2 red and white with gray camo.
Super obscure prototypes, somewhat obscure comic characters, an Actionmaster, a G2 figure, and a BotCon character. Why yes, that is one interesting roundup for characters. I like that this set doesn't create character designs (Tarantulas is debatable), but everything, including Nacelle and Zap, are based on something that already exists in one form or another. No woolly mammoth Ultra Magnus equivalent this year. As with the TFCC 2.0 there will be a mystery bonus seventh figure released with the sixth figure. No word on when the sub orders begin or prices, but I'm thinking that info should be coming soon.
BotCon 2014 may be over, but there's still a lot more to see. We've gotten official images direct from Hasbro of all of the major (and more than a few minor) Transformers reveals to share. You can find a list of what was newl...
While Gainax's seminal mecha show Gunbuster has begun to get a bit more love from the figure world over the years (such as the rather excellent Super Robot Chogokin Gunbuster), it's sort-of-sequel Diebuster has mostly been left out in the cold. It's understandable since Diebuster is nowhere near as beloved as its forefather, but still a shame. So when ever anybody makes figures from the show, my ears prick up. That's why we're here today, to take a look at Sentinel's take on Diebuster's lead robot, Buster Machine No.7. Be warned, spoilers for the show will follow!
[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. I like them, but not that much! They're be out in late July]
It's been almost a month since we've seen Medicom and Takara Tomy's jointly made Be@rbrick Transformers Optimus Prime in scans and he's already back again. And this time he didn't come alone. AmiAmi blog posted the first colored photos of Optimus Prime along with Megatron, Starscream, and Bumblebee. Each of the fully transforming figures in robot mode have unique heads for each character featuring bear ears of their own. The likenesses are pretty good, especially loving that Megatron head, one of the best we've gotten in a while (even with the bear ears). They also have two robot body types.
The figures are nearly the same size in both modes and now we have a better idea of their height. They appear to be between four and five inches tall, much larger than the usual Be@rbrick figures. What that will mean for their price is still unknown, but I'm starting to think these won't be particularly cheap. We should be getting more info and even pre-orders pretty soon if they're already this far into production. I like them and want them all, but going to have wait to see what the price looks like.
[Update: TFormers has photos of the updated display with all of the newly announced 2014 figures!]
Hasbro held their Transformers brand panel at BotCon 2014 moments ago and made several exciting announcements. They were surprisingly light on revealing new Age of Extinction figures, aside from the previously announced Lockdown, which will indeed have a gun head, and a repaint Crosshairs in blue as Hot Shot. They did finally give those wolf creatures the name Steeljaw and one will be included in the One Step Changers line which may actually look decent next to the movie Generations figures figures, going to have to wait on photos to say for sure. I'm sure they'll have a lot more for San Diego Comic Con after the movie has been seen.
On the non-movie Generations line side they've made several popular announcements that are sure to get fans excited!
Nemesis Prime (Optimus repaint) with Spinister
Cliffjumper (Bumblebee repaint with new head) with Suppressor
Chromia - all new motorcycle mold people are comparing to a Tron bike.
Arcee - all new mold, apparently it's very G1!
Brainstorm - all new mold and an actual Headmaster!
For 2015 they're redoing the package design. Deluxe figures will continue to come with comics while Legends, Voyagers, and Leaders(!!) will have collectors cards (like in Japan).
Powerglide - all new mold
Thundercracker (Starscream repaint, Skywarp possible later)
Windcharger (Tailgate remold)
Bombshell - all new mold
Optimus Prime - all new truck mold!
Megatron - new tank figure that looks near G1 in bot mode. Has working rubber treads and a sticker sheet that includes Autobot stickers.
Armada Megatron - probably a remold of the previous announced Megatron.
Bluestreak (same colors as Takara Tomy version)
Of course they saved some reveals for later, we are still a year away on the 2015 figures. They didn't show any Deluxe figures, but they say they have 16 planned, and they're going to follow a theme: Combiners! A Silhouette of Superion (the Aerialbots) was shown! Hmm, 16 divides into four pretty easily and the only Voyager shown was Optimus. Maybe they've learned from the Combaticons and will do a proper four deluxe figures and one Voyager this time around. They also have plans for more Legends and Leader class figures so that's something to look forward to.
Overall Hasbro did not disappoint with the announcements this year, sticking close to G1 for the Generations fans. Sounds like Arcee and Brainstorm are going to be very popular figures when they're released late this year. Was hoping for a new Titan class figure, but maybe at SDCC. While I don't have photos yet hopefully Hasbro will send some official images along soon enough. In the meantime I'll toss some links along to other sites when they upload their pics.
Thanks to the official BotCon Facebook page we got several photos of many of the upcoming Transformers figures. Most of the stuff on display we've seen before back at Toy Fair, but there are a few new things on display that we haven't seen in person yet. Some for the better, some for worse.
For Masterpiece figures we can see that Hasbro's upcoming MP Prowl really is near identical to the Takara Tomy version. Sunstorm is pretty disappointing. His color scheme isn't really based on anything. The yellow is much too bright (the figure he's based on is orange), the white is in the wrong spots (forearms, not lower legs), and there's too much red. Not so impressed.
They haven't added much to the Age of Extinction line, but did have on display the helicopter version of Drift coming using the Dark of the Moon Skyhammer figure mold with new head and swords. Plus Deluxe Lockdown was on display looking like one of the best figures of the series. We know from Robotkingdom.com that a movie accurate version of Evac Mode Optimus Prime (the G1 looking figure) is there in his white and rusty colors, but he ended up not going on the display.
For the regular Generations line it was mostly more of the same figures from Toy Fair. They did include some packaged samples for us to ogle, proof that we're getting that much closer to their release. Worth mentioning is that the Nightbeat figure packaged comic art shows the figure using the Reveal the Shield Jazz figure mold (as he appeared in leak images) when the final figure uses the IDW Bumblebee mold.
Lots of things on display this year that I want and they're just getting started. Traditionally after Hasbro holds their panel Saturday they'll add their newest revealed figures to the display. We have the figure pics mirrored in the gallery, but follow the link above to see additional images including shots of the fan art and customs on display as well as images from the dealers' room.