Thanks to a product sheet posted by Planet Iacon we're getting our first look at the Transformers Masterpiece Bumblebee prototype. The figure looks absolutely fantastic with lots of neat little features like the hide-able Aut...
Every now and then when Hasbro comes out with a new version of a character they feel the need to pair the new figure with older iterations of the same character. They've done it with Optimus Prime and Bumblebee and probably some other character sets that I can't be bothered to remember. This time it's Grimlock getting the multi-pack as a Toys R Us exclusive later this year and it's a pretty surprising choice of figures.
Well, half surprising I suppose. Since this is being done for the Transformers 4: Age of Extinction movie it isn't unexpected that they'd use Voyager class Grimlock in this two-pack. What's a lot more unexpected is them going all the way back to the 2005 Transformers: Energon line for a Grimlock to represent 1984. Problem is that it just wasn't a very good figure; it's short and has gorilla arms. The figure was actually designed around 2003 for the Transformers: Universe line, but was canceled and then shoehorned into Energon thanks to his ability to combine with his partner, Swoop, which happened to be the major theme behind Energon.
Energon Grimlock wasn't designed by Takara, which shows in it's strange engineering quirks, particularly the lack of standard five millimeter peg holes in his hands. They modeled him off of the original G1 Grimlock figure, yet somehow made a substandard figure. Even the repaint, which looks much better in color, misses the mark by strangely giving him yellow t-rex arms. Not really sure why they would have used the bigger and better (but by no means great) Fall of Cybertron Grimlock.
Fully expecting them to reveal a Swoop two-pack as well. Should be interesting to see if they go with cartoon blue or toy red for the repaint.
It was way back in June 2013 when Big Bad Toy Store first dropped the bomb on us that Wheeljack and Bumblebee would be soon getting the Transformers Masterpiece treatment. It wasn't until the start of the new year that we got our first teaser of Masterpiece Wheeljack, but many of us were wondering how long we'd have to wait to get confirmation of MP BB. Well, it's been two months, but Takara Tomy is now finally ready to give us our first silhouetted teaser of Bee thanks once again to Shogo Hasui.
From what we can see in the silhouette (and in a little Photoshop work by Seibertron member superbat you can find the gallery) he appears to be using the much rumored Volkswagen Beetle as his car mode. VW has been notorious for not allowing their Bug to be used for 'war toys' and have prevented their use in the Alternators/Binaltech line and in the live action movies. It would seem they may have finally decided to let that slide and made way for its use here. That, or Takara Tomy is using a clever lookalike. If it is the real deal then this is the first time the Beetle has been usued officially in Transformers since the 80s (aside from reissues).
His outline appears to be pretty well proportioned. He does have big feet, but so did the original figure. I do like that they didn't put wheels on his arms. He does look to have a bit of a 'backpack', but he seems to be OK from the front. He appears to be holding a small gun. I'm holding out hope for a battle mask accessory, but it's too early to say.
Since they appear to be keeping him smaller than the other cars for accuracy I'm hoping they'll go with a lower price tag as well. Hopefully they'll remold him later on into Goldbug or even just give him a simple red repaint.
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It was just a week ago when BotCon revealed their theme for 2014 to be Pirates vs Knights while promising to debut Star Seekers captain Cannonball within the pages of the club magazine. Well, not content to make people wait for the mag to trickle out they've put an image of the figure up on Twitter. The figure uses the Transformers Prime Ratchet figure as a base and includes a new head based on the original Transformers: Cybertron figure which itself was a repaint of TFC Red Alert. Fitting that the new figure is a repaint of a rescue vehicle just like the original.
As far as how well they did, it's a pretty nice job. The BotCon and Transformers Collectors Club figures usually do a good job trying to match paint markings the best they can to the source and it's no different here. The swords are a really nice fit for a pirate. He also retains his skull and skeleton graphics from the original figure. Well done.
They also added some other tidbits to their Twitter feed. In one tweet they wrote, "So the question is... Who is Squirm?" along with a picture of a trollish looking humanoid. In the followup tweet that revealed Cannonball they wrote, "Before we ask who is the Navigator" which may indicate Squirm is the ship's navigator. They also said this would be the only Prime mold used in the set, though it's not known if that includes Beast Hunters. I'm thinking no, it makes too much sense to use them in a set like this. They also stressed that they were only talking about the box set which may mean we'll see Cannonball repainted into Red Alert as one of the additional convention exclusives. Talk about full circle.
Thanks to listings by Brazilian website Distribuidora de Brinquedos Hobby we're getting our first look at a new series of Mr. Potato Head Transformers figures unexpectedly based on G1 rather than the upcoming TF4: Age of Extinction movie. The variety of figures include two versions of Grimlock, three Optimus Primes, a Starscream, and a Bumblebee.
The biggest set is the big Grimlock with Optimus Prime. Or is it Optimash Prime? Grimlock is in dino mode and towers over Prime. Looks like he'll have some hip articulation thanks to the way Mr. Potato Head figures work and an articulated jaw. Prime is all new rather than a re-release of the original and has some 'neck' articulation, basically sliding on the peg that connects to the body. He also comes with a shield and flame sword.
The next listing is for a three-pack of figures consisting of Bumblebee, Grimlock, and Optimus Prime. Bumblebee is interesting because of his inclusion of a battle mask. Grimlock is in some sort of weird t-rex mode, but it just looks like Mr. Potato Head is wearing him as a hoodie. Prime looks to be a translucent version of the one that comes with the bigger Grimlock, or at least that's what the Photoshop seems to be indicating.
Lastly we've got 'transforming' versions of Optimus Prime and Starscream. Transforming is a very loose way to describe them. Basically you're just moving the potato from a bot body to vehicle parts, it doesn't seem like any other parts are being shared between the two.
I'm pretty happy with these. I really want the Grimlock and Optimus Prime set, I might get the rest if I can get them cheap enough. Hasbro has been making a lot of Mr. Potato Head figures, but this is easily my favorite run.
Back at the beginning of January the official Transformers Collectors Club revealed that part of the BotCon exclusive box set would involve pirates, but left the rest to speculation. Not quite a month later the other half of the set has been revealed to be knights!
The cover for the next issue of the club magazine coming in February shows off the faction symbols. The pirate symbol is that of the Star Seekers, first seen on the Transformers Prime Thundertron figure, rather than the symbol seen in the teaser preview linked above. The other symbol is a more knightly version of the classic Autobot symbol.
Inside the pages the magazine will also preview the first figure in the set: Canonball. His inclusion as captain of the Star Seekers rather than Thundertron indicates that this is a different continuity from what we've previously seen. There has been a lot of speculation as to what the knight figures will be since there aren't a lot of knight themed Transformers. A lot of eyes are looking towards recent Beast Hunters repaints as an obvious source for figures.
I actually like where they're going with this theme. It's nice to have something original to BotCon again rather than rehashing previous toy lines as modern repaints. I probably won't be willing to spend the money on them, but they should be fun to look at.